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  • Letter: One Year Anniversary — In Loving Memory of Officer Ashley Marie Guindon

    02/26/2017 12:54:41 PM PST · by COBOL2Java · 16 replies
    InsideNOVA ^ | Feb 24, 2017 Updated Feb 25, 2017 | Sharon Guindon and the entire Guindon Family
    One year ago, my daughter, Officer Ashley Marie Guindon, beloved niece and granddaughter, passed away on February 27, 2016. The entire Guindon family and I would like to thank the many, many people who supported us following her death. Your many acts of kindness and expressions of sympathy have been a great comfort to me and my family during this past year. As we write this thank you letter, we want to take this opportunity to offer each and every one of you our deepest and most sincere appreciation for your magnificent support. As we quickly realized, Ashley’s death...
  • Trump's Rough Words Shock Left - Funny Analysis by Greg Gutfeld

    02/26/2017 12:36:37 PM PST · by tony75034 · 10 replies ^ | 2/26/2017 | Lord of All Editors
    Trump is Right about Sweden - Funny Analysis by Greg Gutfeld Trump's words are analyzed by Greg Gutfeld with humor and he makes some great points. Also details on Sweden. Two leading Swedish politicians have a message for President Trump’s critics: He’s right. Per Jimmie Akesson and Mattias Karlsson, both leaders of the Sweden Democrats, penned a Wall Street Journal op-ed on Wednesday supporting Trump’s characterization of a Muslim immigrant-led crime crisis in Sweden. “Mr. Trump did not exaggerate Sweden’s current problems,” Akesson and Karlsson wrote. “If anything, he understated them.” On the comedy, satire program- The Greg Gutfeld Show
  • Artillery: Lie, Cheat, Steal, Smuggle And Succeed

    02/26/2017 11:22:27 AM PST · by fella · 12 replies
    Strategy Page ^ | 25 Feb 2017
    On February 12th North Korea conducted a test a new mobile ballistic missile test in which the “Polaris 2” was successfully fired from canister on a tracked vehicle acting as a TEL (Transporter Erector Launcher). The TEL used the same cold launch used by the North Korean “Polaris 1” SLBM (submarine launched ballistic missile). The Polaris (or Pukguksong) 2 appeared to be the same missile as the Polaris 1, except that it was fired from a canister on a TEL instead of a silo in a submarine. A mobile TEL carrying a ballistic missile that can reach all of South...
  • Special Operations: Turning The Tables In Korea

    02/26/2017 11:14:12 AM PST · by fella · 5 replies
    Strategy Page ^ | 26 Feb 2017
    South Korea has since 2015 been adapting its military organization and strategy to deal with the rapidly changing situation in North Korea. For example South Korea has organized six special operations teams that are trained to attack and destroy key targets inside North Korea. This represents a major change in special operations in Korea because since the 1950s it was North Korea that was constantly sending commandos and spies into South Korea where not all of them were quickly caught or caught at all. At the same time until recently it has proved nearly impossible to get foreign agents into...
  • Filing for VA increase in disability benefits. Any suggestions?

    02/25/2017 10:36:21 PM PST · by 1_Inch_Group · 30 replies
    Me | Today | Me
    Help? ;)
  • Terrorists Are Building Drones. France Is Destroying Them With Eagles.

    02/25/2017 2:43:33 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    San Fracisco Chronicle ^ | Tuesday, February 21, 2017 | Avi Selk
    Under French military supervision, four golden eagle chicks hatched last year atop drones - born into a world of terror and machines they would be bred to destroy. The eagles - named d'Artagnan, Athos, Porthos and Aramis - grew up with their nemeses. They chased drones through green grass that summer, pecking futilely at composite shells as seen in Sky News footage. They were rewarded with meat, which they ate off the backs of the drones. When the eagles were ready - this month - d'Artagnan launched screeching from a military control tower across a field, Agence France-Presse reported. The...
  • This foam stops bullets cold and pulverizes them to dust

    02/24/2017 1:11:37 PM PST · by Red Badger · 27 replies ^ | February 23, 2017 | By Allison Barrie
    North Carolina State University Professor Afsaneh Rabiei led the team that created the amazing foam. This is not ordinary foam like the kind used for shaving, for example. This is a special type of foam called composite metal foams, or CMF. The military and law enforcement could use this kind of foam for advanced, ultra light body armor to protect personnel. And this research team has other foams up its sleeve that have the potential to keep military and first responders safe from radiation and extreme heat too. BULLET V. FOAM Sound impossible that foam-based armor could stop armor piercing...
  • Questions Surround Shooting of (86 Year Old)Retired Navy Veteran in His Own Home

    02/24/2017 9:06:21 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 59 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 2/24 | Stephen Stock, Michael Bott, Michael Horn and Rachel Witte
    Oid Sheriff’s deputies violate procedure during a September 2016 welfare check?NBC Bay Area’s Investigation raises questions about whether Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Deputies violated their own policies and procedures leading up to the shooting of Saratoga homeowner Eugene Craig in September, 2016. Senior Investigative Reporter Stephen Stock reports in a video that first aired on Feb. 23, 2017. An attorney for the family of 86 year-old Eugene Craig says sheriff’s deputies violated their own department policy when they kicked in the doors and confronted Craig in his living room during what was supposed to be a “wellness” or “welfare” check....
  • China’s Second Aircraft Carrier Is Almost Complete

    02/24/2017 8:35:45 AM PST · by C19fan · 9 replies
    War is Boring ^ | February 24, 2017 | Dave Majumdar
    According to Chinese state media, Beijing’s first domestically built carrier is nearing completion at Dalian. The vessel — which is expected to become operational in 2020 — will be launched soon. Thereafter, the new carrier will spend roughly the next two years being outfitted with various systems such as sensors and other hardware.
  • A new gun, and a mystery too! (vanity)

    02/23/2017 6:36:32 PM PST · by Celtic Conservative · 27 replies
    An obscure gun shop in the thumb | 02/22/17 | Me
    Ladies and gents, i think I've lucked out. Every year at this time when my tax return comes in I treat myself to a new firearm. Last year it was a snubby revolver. This year I found myself a Chinese SKS in pristine condition. The bore is spotless. The stock is clear and unmarked, the weapon functions flawlessly. I did some net research and it seems to have been made for the Chinese PLA, circa 1975. Just a really nice piece. But then I noticed something. With every other com-bloc weapon I've ever bought the importer has either laser etched...
  • Disabled Vet Beaten By Accused Turtle Abusers Given Car

    02/23/2017 11:54:40 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    <p>A disabled Navy veteran has a new ride a week after authorities said he was beaten by three men he confronted as they were torturing a turtle in Daytona Beach.</p> <p>Daytona Beach Kia-Mitsubishi gave Garry Blough, 45, keys to a 2012 Kia Forte after the incident was brought to their attention by another veteran, former Marine Paula Mongeon.</p>
  • Meet China's triple-hulled warship of the future: A trimaran vessel with [tr]

    02/23/2017 10:36:58 AM PST · by C19fan · 10 replies
    Popular Science ^ | February 23, 2017 | Jeffrey Lin and P.W. Singer
    At the Dubai IDEX defense exposition, arms makers from around the world show off their latest wares. A notable debut at the recent 2017 show: a new, triple hulled Chinese warship design. While showing off a model of the planned ship, China Shipbuilding Trading Company announced that it is aiming to start construction on a "trimaran" warship in 2018 for the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN).
  • 72nd Anniversary of Flag Raising on Mt Suribachi

    02/23/2017 8:49:21 AM PST · by rey · 20 replies
    23 Fe 2017
    Just a reminder, to day is the 72nd anniversary of the flag raising on Mt Suribachi.
  • The Turkish Army Has Had These Howitzers For Over 50 Years [SPG]

    02/23/2017 7:38:55 AM PST · by C19fan · 16 replies
    War is Boring ^ | February 23, 2017 | Joseph Trevithick
    In February 2017, Turkish troops brought out tanks, armored personnel carriers, self-propelled artillery and more for an annual winter war game called Kış Tatbikatı. Among the various weapons on display on the snowy training grounds were mobile howitzers that Turkey has had in service for over 50 years. Between 1963 and 1966, Turkey received more than 350 M-52 guns from the United States, according to data from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. After World War II, the U.S. Army developed the tracked 105-millimeter weapons as part of a whole family of new vehicles to prepare for a major confrontation...
  • Russian air defense system (S-400) purchase ‘most likely,’ Turkish minister confirms

    02/23/2017 4:36:22 AM PST · by PIF
    Hurriyet Daily News ^ | Thursday,February 23 2017 | Not listed
    Russia’s S-400 long-range air defense missile system is most likely to be selected for Turkey’s long-range anti-missile shield, Turkish Defense Minister Fikri Işık has said. “Russia’s S-400 missile system seems to be the most possible in discussions. Some progress was obtained in the talks, but we are not at the stage of a signature yet,” Işık said Feb. 22 in a televised interview. “There is a schedule in negotiations,” he said, abstaining from giving further details.
  • Russia military acknowledges new branch: info warfare troops

    02/23/2017 4:26:40 AM PST · by PIF · 4 replies
    AP The Big Story ^ | Feb. 22, 2017 11:22 AM EST | VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV
    Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu ... said that the military received a sweeping array of new weapons last year, including 41 intercontinental ballistic missiles. He added that the wide-ranging military modernization will continue this year, with the air force set to receive 170 new aircraft. The army will receive 905 tanks and other armored vehicles, and the navy will receive 17 new ships. Also this year, three regiments of Russia's strategic nuclear forces will receive new intercontinental ballistic missiles, Shoigu said. Each regiment has up to 10 launchers. The rising number of new weapons has raised demands for new personnel....
  • Yeah, the AR15 is Now Becoming C&R Eligible

    02/22/2017 11:37:02 AM PST · by Yo-Yo · 23 replies
    Forgotten Weapons ^ | 2/7/17 | Ian McCollum
    Given the status of the AR15 as the preeminent military rifle still today, it comes as a surprise to many people to learn just how old the gun really is. Civilian production of the SP-1 model by Colt actually began in 1964, which means that early SP-1 rifles started becoming Curio & Relic qualified back in 2014. Right now in 2017, more than 10,000 C&R AR15s exist – and this is one of them.
  • Suicide Strike on Saudi Frigate Was the First Carried Out by Drone Boat

    02/22/2017 11:07:51 AM PST · by C19fan · 11 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | February 21, 2017 | Kyle Mizokami
    Last month, a Houthi vessel packed with explosives rammed a frigate of the Saudi Navy at high speed, killing two sailors and injuring three others. That small boat was unmanned was an unmanned drone, Defense News now reports, and this may be the first such attack by a drone boat. The attack on the Al Madinah-class frigate took place in broad daylight on January 30, in the Red Sea approximately 30 miles from the Yemeni port of Hudaydah. Three small boats approached the frigate. One got close enough to ram it, causing a large explosion. The others were "dealt with...
  • Exclusive: China finishing South China Sea buildings that could house missiles - U.S. officials

    02/22/2017 6:45:34 AM PST · by C19fan · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | February 22, 2017 | Idrees Ali
    China, in an early test of U.S. President Donald Trump, has nearly finished building almost two dozen structures on artificial islands in the South China Sea that appear designed to house long-range surface-to-air missiles, two U.S. officials told Reuters. The development is likely to raise questions about whether and how the United States will respond, given its vows to take a tough line on China in the South China Sea. China claims almost all the waters, which carry a third of the world's maritime traffic. Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam also have claims. Trump's administration has called China's...
  • Vietnam Vet Lost His Purple Heart as Thieves Swept Into the Oroville Dam Evacuation Zone

    02/21/2017 4:52:05 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | FEBRUARY 17, 2017 | Sam Stanton
    Authorities are investigating a series of looting incidents in neighborhoods evacuated this week during the Oroville Dam crisis, with residents reporting the thefts of cash and credit cards. One Vietnam veteran had nearly two dozen military medals stolen from his Yuba City home. At least six people have been detained so far in various incidents, and authorities say they still are investigating some reports. Among the victims was Mike Pomeroy, 69, a Vietnam veteran who left his Yuba City home Sunday with his wife, Gaylene, after the evacuation was ordered, then returned to find he had lost nearly two dozen...
  • See What Navy SEAL Training Looks Like From Start To Finish - Can You Do It?

    02/21/2017 12:51:43 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 39 replies
    WOR 710 AM(Mark Simone) ^ | 02/21/2017 | staff
    Video of Navy SEAL Training From Start To Finish
  • BREAKING : Paris Burning - Media Blackout. Le Pen: Brink Of Civil War

    02/20/2017 5:05:14 PM PST · by tony75034 · 62 replies ^ | 2/20/2017 | Lord of All Editors
    Remember America: The Left and the media tried their best to bring this to our nation. Thank God for President Trump! Paris has been under martial law for almost 2 years. The media is maintaining a blackout, especially now that France is about to have an historic election. The left can't hide the facts of Muslim riots, rape and murder. The people know, just as we knew here in America that Trump would be our man in the White House to prevent this from happening here. WHERE THE F**K ARE THE BBC , ITV , SKY , CNN , MSNBC...
  • The Secret U.S. Army Study That Targets Moscow (H.R. McMaster alert!)

    02/20/2017 1:55:21 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 27 replies
    Politico ^ | 2014 | Bryan Bender
    Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster has a shaved head and gung-ho manner that only add to his reputation as the U.S. Army’s leading warrior-intellectual, one who often quotes famed Prussian general and military theorist Carl Von Clausewitz. A decade ago, McMaster fought a pitched battle inside the Pentagon for a new concept of warfare to address the threat from Islamist terrorists and insurgents in Afghanistan, Iraq and other trouble spots. Now, his new mission is more focused. Target: Moscow. POLITICO has learned that, following the stunning success of Russia’s quasi-secret incursion into Ukraine, McMaster is quietly overseeing a high-level government panel...
  • The All American B-17 – World War II Survival Story

    02/20/2017 3:26:43 AM PST · by Kartographer · 20 replies ^ | 10/21/15 | KB
    An enemy fighter attacking a 97th Bomb Group formation went out of control, probably with a wounded pilot then continued its crashing descent into the rear of the fuselage of a Fortress named All American, piloted by Lt. Kendrick R. Bragg, of the 414th Bomb Squadron. When it struck, the fighter broke apart, but left some pieces in the B-17. The left horizontal stabilizer of the Fortress and left elevator were completely torn away. The two right engines were out and one on the left had a serious oil pump leak. The vertical fin and the rudder had been damaged,...
  • Iran Defeats America in Tehran’s Newest Animated Film

    02/19/2017 4:43:11 AM PST · by C19fan · 11 replies
    War is Boring ^ | February 18, 2017 | Matthew Gault
    American troops descend from a helicopter onto a green field peppered by palm-like tees. A fog hangs over the area and all the soldiers are faceless. Masks, mirrored goggles and technological doodads cover their features. Indistinct chatter fills the air as the soldiers move forward, their weapons raised. They’re ready for war.
  • The USS ‘Massachusetts’ Packed Lots of Firepower in a Small Package

    02/19/2017 4:41:44 AM PST · by C19fan · 23 replies
    War is Boring ^ | February 19, 2017 | Robert Farley
    The U.S. Navy began construction of its first fast battleships in 1937, with the two ships of the North Carolina class. The restrictions of the Washington and London Naval Treaties had imposed a battleship “holiday,” and mandated limits on the size of new warships.
  • Went to the Trump Rally. Holly cow was that a great time

    02/18/2017 6:19:06 PM PST · by napscoordinator · 70 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 18 February 2017 | NAPSCOORDINATOR
    I had the best time today. I decided to take my family to the Trump Rally. It was so much fun. I left for the Rally around 2 o'clock and got there about 3:45. I parked in the Dollar General which I THOUGHT was close....Haha. Nope had to walk a mile to the end of the line. Once we were in line, it was so much fun being among patriots. It really brought home that we are going to be ok. We were immediately behind 3 Law School young guys from University of Florida and a young Lady who was...
  • Trump considering large order of F/A-18E/F Super Hornets!

    02/17/2017 11:49:05 AM PST · by CivilWarBrewing · 48 replies
    February 17, 2017 | CivilWarBrewing
    During his speech before a large Boeing crowd in South Carolina today, President Trump said he is considering a large order for more F/A-18E/F Super Hornets! IMO, the F/A-18 is the all-around greatest fighter jet ever produced. It has proven itself as a reliable and effective all-weather fighter and is a great complement to America's arsenal of F-15's, F-16's, F-22's, and F-35's.
  • 'Rome, Sweet Rome': Could a Single Marine Unit Destroy the Roman Empire?

    02/17/2017 10:16:40 AM PST · by C19fan · 69 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | October 31, 2017 | Alyson Sheppard
    James Erwin was browsing Reddit on his lunch break when a thread piqued his interest. A user called The_Quiet_Earth had posed the question: "Could I destroy the entire Roman Empire during the reign of Augustus if I traveled back in time with a modern U.S. Marine infantry battalion or MEU?" The question struck a chord with the 37-year-old Erwin, a technical writer from Des Moines, Iowa, who happened to be finishing a book called The Encyclopedia of U.S. Military Actions (Through Facts on File). Erwin tells PM that he wasn't impressed by other users' early attempts to answer this question,...
  • Is the US Air Force's X-37B space plane finally set to land after secret two year mission?

    02/17/2017 6:33:16 AM PST · by C19fan · 17 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 16, 2017 | Mark Prigg
    One of the most mysterious craft ever to be flown by the US military has been in orbit for almost two years. The X-37B space plane, an experimental program run by the Air Force, launched atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket on May 20, 2015. Now, experts claim it may be about to finally return to Earth - almost two years later.
  • Russia's tank biathlon kicks off with a bang as military beasts compete in 10km race [tr]

    02/17/2017 5:53:56 AM PST · by C19fan · 15 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 16, 2017 | Paddy Dinham
    When it comes to high-speed races, a tank may not be the fastest vehicle that springs to mind. But scores of the armoured military beasts were pictured out in force, whizzing round a 10km course to qualify for an international biathlon. The tanks undertake three laps of the circuit, firing at targets as they circle the track, in the ultimate test of complex tank training.
  • China mulls joining U.N. talks on treaty to ban nuclear weapons

    02/16/2017 11:57:16 PM PST · by RC one · 6 replies
    JapanTimes ^ | 2/16/17
    GENEVA/MEXICO CITY – China, one of the five major states possessing nuclear weapons, is thinking of joining U.N. talks on a treaty outlawing nuclear arms starting late March in New York, diplomatic sources said Wednesday. China has heard the views of countries promoting the treaty such as Austria and Mexico in a meeting earlier this month ahead of the start of negotiations at the U.N. headquarters, the sources said. A senior official of the Chinese Foreign Ministry who was at a disarmament-related international meeting in Mexico City admitted Wednesday that China is considering joining the talks but said a final...
  • College, riding club bring rodeo to Fort Huachuca

    02/16/2017 6:56:07 AM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies
    U.S. Army .mil Web ^ | Joan Vasey
    Fort Huachuca, Arizona--The Directorate of Family Morale, Welfare and Recreation; the Sierra Vista Riding Club; and Cochise College will host the Cochise College Rodeo March 5 and 6 at Wren Arena. Gates open at noon and the rodeo will start at 1 p.m. both days. On March 6, Exceptional Rodeo will start at 10 a.m. at the arena, followed by Cowboy Church at noon. On both March 5 and 6, four-person teams from various units on Fort Huachuca will compete against one another to see which can be the first to put a big pair of underpants on a young...
  • Flynn Affair All Fake - Fake Media Strikes Again - All Proven Once Again

    02/16/2017 5:23:38 AM PST · by tony75034 · 4 replies ^ | 2/16/2017 | Lord of All Editors
    Alt Left Propaganda Media Bias - Piers Morgan - the leftist was on Hannity and admits much. This is all fake, this is hysteria by the fake journalists like Chuck Todd and fake news outlets. Second Video by Paul Joseph Watson on this whole fake scam (see below). Zero evidence that Flynn misled FBI or did ANYTHING illegal at all. The media is exposed. Spread the word. Their game is to create hysteria over the wind, over the rain every second.
  • Local Business Gives Back to Veterans

    02/15/2017 9:19:53 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    KTVL ^ | Wednesday, February 15th 2017 | Alexander Mesadieu
    A new business is giving back to veterans in a big way. EZ Sleep Mattress is giving out a free mattresses to Rogue Valley Veterans & Community Outreach for every mattress they sell over $599. Rogue Valley Veterans and Community Outreach is a local organization designed assist low-income and homeless veterans. For EZ Sleep Mattress owners, it's about more than just a sell. A veteran himself, co-owner Tony Kell served in the military for 12 years and is an Iraq combat veteran. Co-owner Mark Reeves says he is excited about this venture and giving back. "This is our business. This...

    02/15/2017 11:44:08 AM PST · by TomasUSMC · 14 replies
    Damn the Torpedoes FULL SPEED AHEAD. Mr President....damn the Torpedoes, full speed ahead.......a famous Civil War quote from a 63 year old Admiral Farragut those days mines where called torpedoes.....The Union Admiral had lashed himself atop the mainsail to see high above the smoke (sounds like somebody you know?) upon seeing one of his ships hit a torpedo and sink and the rest of his fleet slow down, he commanded FULL SPEED AHEAD DAMN THE TORPEDOES .. . because of his rash/calculated leadership his fleet stormed through the minefield and gained a victory that captured the 3 Forts of...

    02/14/2017 8:55:01 PM PST · by Maudeen · 2 replies
    Self | 2/14/2017 | Self
  • North Korea's 'game changing' new missile is more stable, more efficient -and harder to detect

    02/13/2017 10:48:09 AM PST · by C19fan · 27 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | February 13, 2017 | Julian Ryall
    The new type of intermediate-range ballistic missile launched by North Korea on Sunday is a "game changer", according to analysts, because it uses a solid fuel engine that makes the weapon more stable and reduces the time required to fuel a missile before launch. The Pukguksong-2 is also road-mobile on tractor-erector-launcher units, analysts point out, all of which means that the weapon is more difficult to detect and neutralise before it is launched.
  • A Marine explains which state would win if the US declared war on itself

    02/13/2017 8:02:57 AM PST · by tekrat · 104 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 2/13/2017 | Jon Davis
    We recently came across the following question on Quora: “ If every state of the USA declared war against each other, which would win?“ We’ve published the full answer from Quora user Jon Davis, a Marine veteran who is now a writer and blogger on military, veterans, and Middle Eastern affairs. In Oct. 2014, Davis’ answer was optioned by a Hollywood producer for a potential television series. These are the accounts of the Second American Civil War, also known as the Wars of Reunification and the American Warring States Period.
  • The Media’s War against Michael Flynn

    02/12/2017 9:14:23 AM PST · by MtnClimber · 27 replies
    The National Interest ^ | 11 Feb, 2016 | Aram Bakshian Jr.
    The Logan Act of 1799, which most Americans have never heard about and which has never been enforced, has suddenly become a big topic in Washington. It would be funny if it weren’t serious. The target is national security adviser Michael Flynn. There are plenty of reasons to wonder about Flynn’s policies, most notably on Iran. But in Washington, political differences have become war by other means. What Flynn’s views are isn’t even the main issue. Instead, it’s what can be used to take him down only a few weeks into his new post.......... If Flynn did, indeed, suggest that...
  • RIP Hal Moore, All-American Badass Whose Bravery On The Battlefield Inspired 'We Were Soldiers'

    02/12/2017 9:12:29 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 22 replies
    IJR ^ | 02/11/17 | BENNY JOHNSON
    America has lost a hero. Lt. Gen. Hal Moore, the legendary commander of 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment in Vietnam, whose bravery on the battlefield inspired the movie 'We Were Soldiers' has passed away. “He served his country with distinction and valor for over 32 years during the wars in Korea and Vietnam where he was immortalized,” the Army said in a powerful statement. Moore was 94. After being accepted to West Point in 1942, Moore served in the Korean War and commanded a heavy mortar company. He became a professor at West Point after the war, educating a young...
  • Italy’s World War II Battleships Were Lovely, But Not Exactly the Best

    02/12/2017 5:25:26 AM PST · by C19fan · 19 replies
    War is Boring ^ | February 12, 2017 | Robert Farley
    Italy’s Regia Marina was one of the busiest navies of the interwar period. Four old battleships were rebuilt so completely that they barely resembled their original configuration. This helped Italy achieve what was really, by the late 1930s, significant ship-to-ship superiority over the French Navy.
  • Lt. General Hal Moore....An Amazing American Hero

    02/11/2017 6:26:59 PM PST · by ICE-FLYER · 5 replies
    Stripes ^ | 11 Feb 2017 | Iceflyer
    I am greatly saddened today at the passing of Lt General Hal Moore. I would never have thought that in my Air Force career that it would be an Army General who would leave the greatest impression on me. This post is to reflect on that impact. In 2006 I attended Air Command and Staff College. After interviewing with 75+ others for 17 coveted slots on the Gathering of Eagles team I was selected to be one and could not believe my fortune. Through several weeks of work as a team we had selected our “Eagles” to come to the...
  • Is NATO Really Ready for a War?

    02/10/2017 8:44:34 PM PST · by MtnClimber · 29 replies
    The National Interest ^ | 9 Feb, 2017 | Elisabeth Braw
    When Jürgen Bornemann was a junior army officer in West Germany’s Bundeswehr, he spent many months of every year practicing getting his unit from its base to likely conflict zones near West Germany’s border with East Germany. His unit was not alone. “Entire divisions were moved within West Germany,” Bornemann, who went on to become a lieutenant general and director general of NATO’s international staff, told me. (A division consists of some fifteen thousand soldiers.) Practicing movements involving tens of thousands of troops towards potential hot spots was, in fact, a main component of NATO’s Cold War defense planning. “NATO...
  • Army Lifts Ban on Dreadlocks, and Black Servicewomen Rejoice

    02/10/2017 12:56:21 PM PST · by C19fan · 22 replies
    NY Times ^ | February 10, 2017 | Christopher Mele
    Black women serving in the United States Army are cheering revised regulations that permit hair locks, ending what critics said were years of scrutiny and confusing enforcement of rules about their appearance.
  • Vanity: a solution to the immigration/refugee problem.

    02/09/2017 11:05:17 PM PST · by RC one · 17 replies
    For every refugee that makes it into America, 5 Mexicans get deported. National Guard to the border with full combat loads and new troops get rotated in every 6 months. Nobody makes it back across the border. Officers that complain are relieved of their commissions and replaced by enthusiastic officers. F the 9th circuit court.
  • Marine behaving inappropriately

    02/09/2017 4:15:45 PM PST · by rey · 73 replies
    Press Democrat ^ | 9 Feb 2017
    Doesn't the SSgt in this picture have the wrong buckle? Where are the crossed rifles in his insignia? Where's the blood stripe on his trousers? Also, where's his cover and what about PDAs? And he has a wedding ring! It would be one thing if he were in Bangkok but he clearly isn't. Is this a case of stolen valor or just a stolen kiss?
  • The last conservative empire: Putin's amazing speech about traditionnal values

    02/09/2017 2:50:30 PM PST · by Conservative Kirovs · 33 replies
    We must admit that most of western nations live under values and ideas that literally erase national culture and history. I live in France, and I can see that every single information in this country is shared and analyzed from a leftist point of view, from history facts in school programs to modern geopolitical phenomenons. I've studied with attention what french kids learn in school today: there are no alternative lessons to the critisism of monarchy, to the praise of French revolutions and leftist reforms in the XIX and XX centuries. Television programs and news put an incredible amount of...
  • The French S35 Was a Good Tank Wasted by Bad Generals

    02/09/2017 6:20:50 AM PST · by C19fan · 51 replies
    War is Boring ^ | February 9, 2017 | Robert Beckhusen
    The fall of France in 1940, one of the 20th century’s most consequential disasters, wasn’t supposed to have happened. The French military was larger — on paper — and technologically superior to its German enemy. Testifying to the French advantage is the Somua S35, a plump, cute tank which was one of the best tanks in the world in 1940. Hundreds went into action in May 1940, but to little avail.
  • Army Preps for Urban Warfare in MegaCities: “Mass Migration, Disaster and Inner-City Turmoil”

    02/08/2017 9:41:22 AM PST · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 47 replies ^ | 2/7/17 | Mac Slavo
    There will be war in the streets of America. Things have been engineered that way. The scenarios are many, the issues are complex. The current anger from the left, who are violently protesting against President Trump, is just one aspect of it. But the Pentagon and the U.S. national security structure is increasingly looking towards the shifting demographics around the globe – people have moved from rural areas, and shifted into cities. Where ever conflict stirs, there will be a need for military and SWAT response to the call. Entire cities will be locked down; door to door sweeps will...