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  • Military stateside allowances to rise only .7%

    12/17/2017 3:32:38 AM PST · by SandRat · 16 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Tom Philpott
    Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) paid to 956,000 service members living off base in the United States will climb modestly Jan. 1, an average of only 0.7 percent or $10 a month, as an allowance-dampening formula enters its fourth year. Actual BAH increases for individuals will vary widely based on where they are assigned, pay grade and whether they have family. But military folks assigned to 128 of 301 of military housing areas will see no housing allowance increase in 2018 because local BAH rates will fall. Thanks to a rate protection rule, no current recipients will see their BAH...
  • Wreaths put on veterans' graves as part of nationwide event

    12/17/2017 3:21:55 AM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies
    SIERRA VISTA — Cemeteries are usually places of reflection, but on rare occasions even that solemnity can be added upon. That was case Saturday morning as hundreds gathered at Southern Arizona Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery for the annual Wreaths Across America Day. In coordinated ceremonies happening simultaneously in more than a 1,200 cemeteries across the nation, fallen or missing veterans were honored for their service and sacrifice. In Sierra Vista, that ceremony took the form of the 107th Civil Air Patrol Squadron placing wreaths on the memorials to each branch of the armed services while delivering a message on what the...
  • 2 Navy Airmen and an Object That ‘Accelerated Like Nothing I’ve Ever Seen’--UFO

    12/16/2017 8:13:02 PM PST · by HogsBreath · 138 replies
    New York Times ^ | 12-16-2017 | HELENE COOPER, LESLIE KEAN and RALPH BLUMENTHAL
    The following recounts an incident in 2004 that advocates of research into U.F.O.s have said is the kind of event worthy of more investigation, and that was studied by a Pentagon program that investigated U.F.O.s. Experts caution that earthly explanations often exist for such incidents, and that not knowing the explanation does not mean that the event has interstellar origins. Cmdr. David Fravor and Lt. Cmdr. Jim Slaight were on a routine training mission 100 miles out into the Pacific when the radio in each of their F/A-18F Super Hornets crackled: An operations officer aboard the U.S.S. Princeton, a Navy...
  • The dead giveaway that exposed this ‘Green Beret’ as a fraud

    12/16/2017 3:42:15 PM PST · by sparklite2 · 52 replies
    New York Post ^ | December 15, 2017 | By Kevin Fasick and Laura Italiano
    For real Green Berets, there was one dead giveaway that Brooklyn Army vet ­Papotia Reginald “Reggie” Wright was an imposter. We took one look at that and knew he was messed up — it was comical,” said a retired Green Beret, a member of the Guardians of the Green Beret, to The Post on Friday. His beret was black.
  • Korean Battle Flags with Links to Kim Jong Un Found at Naval Academy

    12/15/2017 8:52:15 AM PST · by Saint X · 22 replies
    U.S. Naval Institute ^ | 12/15/17 | U.S. Naval institute
    Long forgotten flags captured by U.S. forces during an obscure 19th-century military action in Korea were uncovered during restoration work at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis last week. The well-preserved flags were rediscovered in the academy’s Mahan Hall when British ensigns seized as trophies during the War of 1812 were removed from their display cases.
  • Melania Trump Glows in Emerald Prada Coat for Visit with Children of Military Families

    12/15/2017 5:40:44 AM PST · by KC_Lion · 51 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 13 Dec 2017 | John Binder
    First Lady Melania Trump glowed in a vibrant pop-of-color for her visit with children of military families at a “Toys for Tots” event at the Joint Base Acostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday. Melania chose an emerald green, wool Prada coat for her visit with the military kids, pairing the vivid top with khaki-toned J Brand jeans and matching nearly-knee-high leather boots. The Prada coat is made in Italy and features six oversized buttons and a giant, waist-cinching belt buckle, a favorite silhouette of Melania’s.
  • UA makes major leap in Military Times ranking

    12/15/2017 5:05:50 AM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies
    TUCSON — The University of Arizona climbed 23 spots in the eighth annual "Military Times Best: Colleges 2018" rankings, placing 51st out of 218 ranked colleges and universities. The UA's high military enrollment, 15-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio, 75 percent retention rate and its four-star rating in extracurricular activities contributed to its improvement in the 2018 rankings. The UA debuted at No. 74 last year. “We respect and admire the dedication of our nation's armed service members, and the UA community believes it is our duty to provide top-notch transition and support services for our veterans,” said UA President Robert C. Robbins....
  • North Korean WMD Is Not Just Nuclear

    12/14/2017 7:21:58 PM PST · by MtnClimber · 9 replies
    OpsLens ^ | 11 Dec, 2017 | Bart Marcois
    Kim Jong UnÂ’s obsession with developing a nuclear weapon capable of reaching American territory has absorbed the worldÂ’s attention for the better part of a year. It also may have diverted the worldÂ’s attention from North Korean WMD, or weapons of mass destruction, that are not nuclear. Recent reports have highlighted the dangers posed by the hermit kingdomÂ’s chemical and biological agents. Chemical Weapons: A Murder with a Message In February of this year, the North Korean dictator had his half-brother, Kim Jong Nam, murdered in the Kuala Lumpur airport. Two teams of assassins were standing ready, but it took...
  • ...MoD rubbishes claims Royal Navy helicopter was chasing an Argentine submarine ..

    12/14/2017 7:14:47 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 2 replies
    THE Royal Navy today rubbished "completely untrue" claims one of its helicopters was chasing an Argentine submarine when it went missing near the Falklands. ... Jesica Medina claimed her sailor brother Roberto sent her "strange" messages two days before the last communication from the ageing sub. She said the Second Sub-Officer told her on WhatsApp a British helicopter and a Chilean ship began tracking the vessel when it passed the Falkland Islands on November 13. He reportedly wrote: "On Monday an English helicopter was looking for us, and yesterday the Chileans, there has been a lot going on." Jesica told Argentina's...
  • This is the the US Army’s newest pistol

    12/14/2017 12:49:48 AM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 16 replies
    NY Post ^ | Dec 14, 2017 | Allison Barrie
    In future battles, U.S. soldiers will have a new sidearm for personal protection. The Army’s new pistol may see more action than the last thanks to a design that has great potential for offensive purposes like close quarter combat. The Army has begun fielding the first Sig Sauer XM17 Modular Handgun System (MHS) sidearms. The Sig Sauer 9mm XM17, and the more compact version XM18, are replacing the M9 as the Army’s service pistol. This is the first change in about three decades since Beretta’s M9 was first introduced as the Army’s sidearm in the Cold War era back in...
  • Atomic Age Began 75 Years Ago with the First Controlled Nuclear Chain Reaction

    12/13/2017 11:20:50 AM PST · by Red Badger · 46 replies ^ | 12/03/2017 | By Artemis Spyrou, Wolfgang Mittig,
    The finding that fission releases huge amounts of energy launched a scientific and military race to understand and use this new atomic source of power Over Christmas vacation in 1938, physicists Lise Meitner and Otto Frisch received puzzling scientific news in a private letter from nuclear chemist Otto Hahn. When bombarding uranium with neutrons, Hahn had made some surprising observations that went against everything known at the time about the dense cores of atoms—their nuclei. Meitner and Frisch were able to provide an explanation for what he saw that would revolutionize the field of nuclear physics: A uranium nucleus could...
  • This Day in History: George Washington’s final wish for a military academy

    12/13/2017 6:48:25 AM PST · by iowamark · 10 replies ^ | 12/12/17
    On this day in 1799, George Washington writes one of the last letters that he would ever write. He couldn’t then know it, but he was mere hours away from coming down with a fatal illness. Among his final written words? A letter about military academies—a subject near and dear to his heart. If only he could have known that an institution such as West Point was in America’s future?! Washington had long advocated for a military academy. His experiences during the American Revolution taught him the need for such military training. The war effort had been constantly hindered by...
  • Russia’s Military Boosted by Syria Campaign

    12/13/2017 5:38:49 AM PST · by C19fan · 21 replies
    Real Clear Defense ^ | December 13, 2017 | Roger McDermott
    The Russian Armed Forces have benefited from and been boosted by their operation in Syria, more than any other military intervention in Russia’s post-Soviet history. President Vladimir Putin used the opportunity of his visit to the Russian airbase in Latakia, on December 11, to announce a “withdrawal” of forces from Syria, while threatening future strikes if terrorists dare to “raise their heads.” Meanwhile, the chief of the General Staff, Army General Valery Geramisov, struck a similar tone in declaring that the Aerospace Forces (Vozdushno Kosmicheskikh Sil—VKS) effectively routed the Islamic State in Syria (, December 11). While these statements may...
  • Objection voiced as Ireland signs up to EU defense pact

    12/12/2017 5:36:33 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Irish Central ^ | December 12, 2017 02:39 PM | Even Short
    The Irish government has been accused of selling out Irish neutrality. It comes as the European Council has adopted the decision to establish a European Union defense pact, known as PESCO. Portugal and Ireland are the latest countries to join the pact. However, Sinn Féin Member of the European Parliament, Matt Carthy, said there has been “zero public debate” on the issue. “Among the most ludicrous argument proponents asserted was that we needed to sell off Irish neutrality in order to show support for the EU and its values,” Carthy said. “Since when did increasing national defense budgets, creating new...
  • New Paradigms in Addiction Therapy – Chemical Substances Are Not the Main Factor

    12/12/2017 9:30:01 AM PST · by JockoManning · 86 replies
    Wake Up World ^ | 11 DEC 2017 | Anthony Tyler
    Original source: I'm fairly averse to starting threads. But this is an important issue--and--with the help of my housemate, I'm willing to bother. We would be willing to discuss it with seriously interested folks. Portugal's changed laws and treatment of addiction issues has changed their statistics and the results in individual's lives and the lives of their family members has yielded dramatic success. We can do better, as Christians, conservatives and Americans. From the original source article (same is in referenced article): QUOTE: A true enveloping substance addiction is gritty, and tends to be enabled by a varying degree...
  • The PPsH-41 Submachine Gun Makes Me Want to Shout ‘Uraah!’

    12/12/2017 8:12:23 AM PST · by C19fan · 6 replies
    War is Boring ^ | December 12, 2017 | Sebastien Roblin
    The PPsH-41 submachine gun undoubtedly reigns as an icon of the Soviet war machine in World War II, immortalized in combat photographs and in films such as Cross of Iron and The Tin Drum. Like the T-34 tank and the Il-2 Shturmovik attack plane, the “Pepsha” or “Papasha” (“Daddy”) was not only a rugged marvel of mass production, but performed well compared to more expensive contemporaries. Both the Red Army and later the Chinese and North Korean armies would employ the “burp gun” on an unprecedented scale.
  • Thousands of Russian private contractors fighting in Syria

    12/12/2017 7:59:08 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 12 at 8:52 AM | Nataliya Vasilyeva 
    ... Fontanka reported that about 3,000 Russians under contract to the Wagner group have fought in Syria since 2015, months before Russia’s two-year military campaign helped to turn the tide of the civil war in favor of Syrian President Assad... ... The Russian Defense Ministry has said 41 of its troops have died in Syria. But according to Fontanka, another 73 private contractors have been killed there. ... Russia has used such proxies before — in the conflict to help pro-Moscow separatists in eastern Ukraine since 2014. One Russian commander boasted of working alongside Russian troops who said they were...
  • Why Nato must defend women's rights

    12/12/2017 6:07:54 AM PST · by C19fan · 16 replies
    UK Guraridan ^ | December 10, 2017 | Jens Stoltenberg and Angelina Jolie
    All violence against women betrays the fundamental promise in the UN Charter of equal rights and dignity for women. It is one of the prime reasons why women remain in a subordinate position in relation to men in most parts of the world. When this violence is committed as an act of war it tears apart families, creates mass displacement, and makes peace and reconciliation far harder to achieve. In fact, it is often designed expressly to achieve those goals as part of a military strategy.
  • Electromagnetic water cloak eliminates drag and wake

    12/11/2017 1:48:34 PM PST · by Red Badger · 25 replies ^ | 12/11/2017 | by Ken Kingery & Provided by: Duke University
    A schematic for a prototype of the proposed water cloaking device. It consists of wires and coils that create an electromagnetic field that acts on dissolved ions to move water around the object. Credit: Duke University ======================================================================================= Researchers have developed a water cloaking concept based on electromagnetic forces that could eliminate an object's wake, greatly reducing its drag while simultaneously helping it avoid detection. The idea originated at Duke University in 2011 when researchers outlined the general concept. By matching the acceleration of the surrounding water to an object's movement, it would theoretically be possible to greatly increase its propulsion...
  • Transgender troops can enlist, over Trump’s demand for a ban

    12/11/2017 11:49:21 AM PST · by sparklite2 · 47 replies
    New York Post ^ | December 11, 2017 | Bob Fredericks
    The Pentagon said Monday that transgender people can enlist in the military beginning Jan. 1, despite President Donald Trump’s opposition and effort to ban them. Two federal courts already have ruled against the ban. Potential transgender recruits will have to overcome a lengthy and strict set of physical, medical and mental caveats that make it possible, though difficult, for them to join the armed services.