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  • [SNIP] USS Fitzgerald Crew Fought Flooding For An Hour Before Distress Call Reached Help

    06/25/2017 7:21:19 PM PDT · by TXnMA · 59 replies
    USNI News ^ | June 21, 2017 8:28 PM | By: Sam LaGrone June 21, 2017 8:28 PM
    Investigators Believe USS Fitzgerald Crew Fought Flooding For An Hour Before Distress Call Reached Help By: Sam LaGrone The crew of the guided-missile destroyer that was struck by a merchant ship on Friday off the coast of Japan fought to save the ship for an hour before the first calls went out for help, Japanese investigators now believe. According to the current operational theory of Japanese investigators, the deadly collision between USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) and the Philippine-flagged merchant ship ACX Crystal knocked out the destroyer’s communications for an hour, while the four-times-larger merchant ship was unaware of what it hit...
  • ABC6 Honors: Army Veteran Who Came Back From Death to Live Life to the Fullest

    06/23/2017 1:35:11 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    ABC6 ^ | 6/23
    Greg Reynolds should not be alive. But he feels so fortunate that he got a second chance that he has dedicated his life to motivating others. Greg was a Staff Sergeant in the Army and survived 15 months in Iraq from 2003 to 2004. When he was preparing for a second tour, he was on a motorcycle ride in Rhode Island with his buddies when everything changed in an instant.Greg collided with a truck. He woke up from a coma six weeks later. “In three seconds I went from being in control of my life to fighting for my life,”...
  • They Were ‘Grilled Alive’: US Govt Exposed Running Nazi-Like Torture Program

    06/23/2017 12:32:13 PM PDT · by johnk · 57 replies
    thefreethoughtproject.com ^ | June 22, 2017 | By Claire Bernish
    ... n unprecedented report from the corporate press claims U.S. forces have participated in extreme torture and abuse of detainees accused of affiliation with Al Qaeda in Yemen — including “the ‘grill,’ in which the victim is tied to a spit like a roast and spun in a circle of fire,” the Associated Press finds. A network of secretive prisons in southern Yemen provide the backdrop for the alleged barbaric acts allegedly carried out by forces from the U.S. and United Arab Emirates — many of those detention facilities remain hidden in plain sight. That some of the covert prisons...
  • Analyzing the Aegis Intercept Test

    06/23/2017 9:41:48 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 12 replies
    Real Clear Defense ^ | 23 Jun, 2017 | Thomas Karako
    The Missile Defense Agency yesterday conducted an intercept test of the Standard Missile-3 Block IIA (SM-3 IIA), a relatively new interceptor designed for use in the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) program. Something appears to have gone wrong, however, and the interceptor did not destroy its target. The type or cause of failure is not yet known, nor will it likely be known for some time. The June 21 test was the fourth flight test and the second intercept attempt of the SM-3 IIA configuration. The previous intercept test in February 2017, by contrast, had been successful in intercepting a...
  • The Su-27 Fighter Warns The F-16 And Demonstrates The R73 (AA-11 Archer) Missiles

    06/23/2017 5:31:37 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 17 replies
    Live Leak ^ | 06/21/17
    A NATO F-16 fighter jet has tried to approach the Russian defense minister’s plane above the neutral waters of the Baltic Sea. The plane was warded off by a Russian Su-27 escorting the minister’s aircraft.   https://www.liveleak.com/view?i=361_1498043536    
  • Fitzgerald: When a Big Ocean Gets Small

    06/22/2017 7:16:05 PM PDT · by Retain Mike · 17 replies
    U.S. Naval Institute Proceeding ^ | June 2017 | Captain Kiven Eyer, U.S. Navy (Retired)
    It is a big ocean. Until you have been far into it, it is really hard to appreciate just how big. Bringing a ship back from Japan to Hawaii, I once went ten days without seeing another ship, either by eye or radar. That is a long time to be alone in the world, especially if you are moving in a straight line and at good speed. On the other hand, you would be surprised at how crowded the ocean can get in certain places. The Strait of Malacca, for instance, divides the island of Sumatra from Malaysia. Not only...
  • Hitler's last gasp! Kamikaze Doodlebug with room for a PILOT that was the Nazis' [tr]

    06/22/2017 6:32:10 AM PDT · by C19fan · 24 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | June 22, 2017 | NIck Enoch
    An incredibly rare Kamikaze version of Adolf Hitler's deadly V1 terror weapon is about to go on display at a British museum 47 years after it was saved from the scrapheap - and restored in Germany. The piloted Doodlebug was effectively a suicide bomb packed with one ton of explosives in its nose. Towards the end of the Second World War, some 5,000 V1 rockets, the world's first cruise missile, were launched by the Germans to bomb London, causing massive loss of life.
  • Bill to Provide Veterans With Acupuncture Access Introduced in House

    06/21/2017 8:29:35 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    NBC News ^ | AGNES CONSTANTE
    A measure to expand acupuncture access to veterans was introduced last week in the House of Representatives. The bill, called the "Acupuncture for Our Heroes Act," was sponsored by Rep. Judy Chu, D-California, and would require acupuncturist services be available at veterans health facilities. In an email to NBC News, Chu said she has seen how useful acupuncture was in treating pain and other health problems. An acupuncturist applies acupuncture needles to a patient's neck. Trevor Adeline / Getty Images "But I've also seen how stigma or lack of understanding of acupuncture and traditional Asian medicine has put it out...
  • Signing out/in at the MP station helps Fort with physical accountability

    06/20/2017 6:05:33 AM PDT · by SandRat · 11 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Tanja M. Linton, media relations officer for Fort Huachuca Public Affairs Office
    FORT HUACHUCA — Whether folks head into the canyons or hike the trails in the game management areas to sightsee, bird watch or just experience a different side of Fort Huachuca, it is imperative to come to the MP station to sign out/in. This helps Fort Huachuca with physical accountability in the event of an emergency. “The current fire condition is very high and we're approaching monsoon season which increases the possibility of an emergency requiring our law enforcement team to evacuate areas,” said Tanja M. Linton, media relations officer for Fort Huachuca Public Affairs Office. “Help us keep you...
  • The Heidar Is Iran’s Weird-Looking .50-Caliber Sniper Rifle: Look at that grip

    06/19/2017 12:15:03 PM PDT · by C19fan · 14 replies
    War is Boring ^ | June 18, 2017 | Robert Beckhusen
    Iran regularly over-hypes its military technology, and in some cases, shows off bogus equipment for propaganda purposes. Iran’s military industry is also resourceful and produces interesting weapons which the Islamic republic then proliferates into very real conflicts. As a latter example, Iran in April 2017 revealed the .50-caliber, semi-automatic Heidar sniper rifle to coincide with the annual Iran Army Day, an event for showcasing new hardware. The odd-looking weapon is an anti-material rifle primarily designed to destroy equipment and vehicles.
  • Raymond W. Bliss Army Health Center Earns US Army Safety Star

    06/19/2017 8:59:39 AM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies
    FORT HUACHUCA — Raymond W. Bliss Army Health Center was recognized as an Army Safety and Occupational Health Star site in a ceremony here on June 12, making it one of two medical facilities in Region Health Command-Central to earn the award this year. Star site recognition is given to units that demonstrate a culture of safety and all members of the organization understand their role in promoting a safe environment. The Army Safety and Health Management System’s Star award is based on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Voluntary Protection Program in which organizations must complete a process of...
  • Lockheed Signs Pact With Tata to Make F-16 Planes in India

    06/19/2017 6:22:03 AM PDT · by C19fan · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 19, 2017 | Staff
    Lockheed Martin signed an agreement with India's Tata Advanced Systems on Monday to produce F-16 fighter planes in India, pressing ahead with a plan to shift its Fort Worth, Texas plant to win billions of dollars worth of order from the Indian military. India's air force needs hundreds of aircraft to replace its Soviet-era fleet, but Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government has said foreign suppliers would have to make the planes in India with a local partner to help build a domestic industrial base and cut outright imports.
  • What Was the Best Advice Your Father Ever Gave You?

    06/18/2017 12:42:24 PM PDT · by Eagles Field · 251 replies
    And why?
  • North Texas Teen Racing Against Time to Interview War Heroes

    06/17/2017 5:24:10 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    NBC DFW ^ | Jun 17, 2017 | Larry Collins
    We are losing World War II veterans at an alarming rate. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, an average of more than 370 World War II veterans die every day. But, 17-year-old Andy Fancher is dedicated to keeping their legacy alive and he's racing against life's clock to tell their stories. "I would see this man just sitting in his wheelchair with no one to talk to," Fancher recalled. He was only 12-years-old when he met that gentleman, and it was then that he realized someone had to record the story of those veterans. He decided to use his...
  • Shiloh sailor reported overboard now found hiding in engine room

    06/17/2017 2:19:10 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 29 replies
    Navy Times ^ | 06/15/2017 | David B. Larter,
    A sailor from the cruiser Shiloh whom Navy officials said fell overboard last week, triggering a massive search-and-rescue effort, has been discovered on board. Presumed dead after going missing June 8, Gas Turbine Systems Technician (Mechanical) 3rd Class Peter Mims reportedly hid himself in one of the engine rooms, according to two sources familiar with the situation. It is unclear how Mims survived a week in the engineering space or where he was hiding. He will be flown off Shiloh for evaluation soon. Mims' disappearance prompted a massive, 50-hour search-and-rescue effort off the coast of Japan that included Japanese Coast...
  • The Battle of Bunker Hill

    06/17/2017 6:08:45 AM PDT · by Paine in the Neck · 15 replies
    FreeRepublic.com | Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
    Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., was the father of the noted Supreme Court justice of the same name. Among other things, he was a poet whose most prominent work might be Old Ironsides, the poem credited with helping save the USS Constitution from being scrapped. Another of his poems was an interpretation of his grandmother's eye-witness account of the Battle of Bunker Hill, fought on the 17th of June in 1775. My grandmother had this committed to memory and used to recite it to me as a child. This is that poem. Grandmother's Story of Bunker Hill Battle as She Saw...
  • Will The Navy Name A Boat After Rep. Scalise ? (Vanity)

    06/14/2017 7:14:47 PM PDT · by llevrok · 16 replies
    6/14/2017
    After Congresswoman Gabby Giffords was shot, the Navy named an Independence-class littoral combat ship after her. I wonder if they will do the same for Congressman Steve Scalise? Fair is fair
  • The Tan Books: Modern Wars Are a Nightmare for the Army's Official Historians

    06/14/2017 3:13:05 PM PDT · by GreyFriar · 14 replies
    Atlantic Magazine ^ | June 14, 2017 | Adin Dorbkin
    The researchers compiling the U.S. Army’s accounts of Iraq and Afghanistan have an unprecedented—and overwhelming—volume of material to work through. When Major Spencer Williams was ordered to “shut down shop and move out” of Afghanistan in 2005, he closed his final message from the field as he always did—quoting a long-dead historian. “Plant yourself not in Europe but in Iraq; it will become evident that half of the roads of the Old World lead to Aleppo, and half to Bagram.” Williams made up one-third of the U.S. Army’s historical field staff in Afghanistan—a team directed to cover the breadth of...
  • Soldiers Killed In Afghanistan Return To US In ‘Very Emotional’ Ceremony

    06/14/2017 4:54:04 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 4 replies
    Task and Purpose ^ | June 14, 2014 | COREY DICKSTEIN
    They were sons and husbands, fathers and brothers. They were soldiers hailed as “heroes” and “amazing” young men, each a volunteer who chose an Army job that would place them on the front lines. The bodies of Sgt. Eric M. Houck, Sgt. William M. Bays and Cpl. Dillon C. Baldridge were returned to the United States late Monday after an Afghan soldier turned his gun on them in an apparent insider attack Saturday in eastern Afghanistan’s restive Nangarhar province, where they were assisting in the battle against Islamic State terrorists. The sacred homecoming ceremony, known as a dignified transfer, in...
  • Armed SAS troops take to streets disguised as tramps and street sweepers to stop another [tr]

    06/14/2017 2:45:20 AM PDT · by C19fan · 33 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | June 14, 2017 | Isobel Frodsham
    Armed SAS troops are disguising themselves as beggars in a bid to stop future terrorist attacks. Soldiers armed with Heckler and Koch MP7 guns and medical kits are stationed at key positions in cities and are ready to strike at a moment's notice. Troops from the Counter Revolutionary Warfare Wing have reportedly been drafted for the operation.