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  • Woodward Fire

    03/23/2018 1:53:20 PM PDT · by SandRat
    Cochise County Board of Supervisors ^ | Cochise County Board of Supervisors
    Woodward Fire Update A wildland fire started Thursday morning north of the Ft. Huachuca west gate on the west side of the Huachuca Mountain range. The approximately 125-acre burn had its forward progress stopped during firefighting operations Thursday night into Friday morning. Aided by ground crews and air assets, firefighting will continue throughout Friday. At the Friday morning operations briefing this morning, fire command was guardedly optimistic about fire containment. However, as expected, significant SW winds have developed throughout the day that may make firefighting difficult. No injuries or resident evacuations are reported.
  • You Can Now Buy Your Very Own F-4 Phantom Fighter Jet for a Total Steal

    03/23/2018 12:04:36 PM PDT · by BBell · 25 replies ^ | 3/22/18 | James Clark
    Do you have dreams of buzzing the control tower after a day of barrel-rolling and air-to-air training against those goons on the red team, and then hopping on your hog and cruising to the beach so you can douse yourself in tanning oil and play a spirited game of volleyball — while maintaining eye contact with your buddies for far too long? Now, you can make those dreams a reality thanks to the folks over at Platinum Fighters: For a cool $4 million, they’ll sell you your very own F-4 Phantom II. The Phantom McDonnell Douglas F4H-1F Phantom II Bu.145310...
  • Military Changing Body Armor to Accommodate Women’s Hairstyles

    03/23/2018 11:41:39 AM PDT · by BBell · 24 replies ^ | 3/22/18 | HOPE HODGE SECK
    As women enter ground combat fields in larger numbers, the military services are working harder to make gender-specific accommodations for their gear — even down to tweaking protective equipment to fit around longer hair. According to presentations prepared by the Army and the Marine Corps for the Pentagon’s Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services, both services are making independent changes to ensure gear fits correctly for women with hair buns. A presentation prepared by Army Lt. Col. Ginger L. Whitehead, product manager for Soldier Protective Equipment, shows a recently introduced version of the Female Improved Outer Tactical Vest,...
  • Burned to death in a bunker: Horrifying images show civilians incinerated after [tr graphic]

    03/23/2018 11:12:40 AM PDT · by C19fan · 15 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 23, 2018 | Chris Pleasance
    This is the horrifying scene left behind after Syrian regime forces reportedly bombed a bunker in eastern Ghouta with Napalm overnight, burning at least 37 civilians to death. Images circulated online by the Syrian Civil Defence, a rescue group otherwise known as the White Helmets, showed volunteers pulling charred bodies from the ruined shelter. Rebel group Failaq al-Rahman, which controls the town of Arbin, said around 125 people, mostly women and children, were inside the shelter when the bomb exploded just before midnight when a ceasefire was supposed to take effect.
  • Obituary - Caroline Chojecki, analyst at Bletchley Park

    03/23/2018 9:19:40 AM PDT · by Captain Peter Blood · 10 replies
    The Herald ^ | 03-23-2018 | BILL HEANEY
    Analyst at Bletchley Park Born: November 11, 1920; Died: September 24, 2017 CAROLINE Chojecki, who has died aged 96, was a Second World War intelligence analyst who played a key role at the Bletchley Park codebreaking centre, reorganising its database and undertaking research into the possible range of Germany’s newest submarines. Later, she worked at the Soviet Studies Research Centre, which was established at Sandhurst in the 1970s to assess threats from the Soviet bloc.
  • Assad rains fire on the last of the rebels: Incendiary explosives fall in militant-held region [tr]

    03/23/2018 6:41:29 AM PDT · by C19fan · 9 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 23, 2018 | Chris Pleasance
    Syrian government forces have intensified their attack on rebels in Eastern Ghouta as fighter jets rained fire down on one of the last insurgent strongholds in the region. Bombs containing what appeared to be white phosphorus, a banned weapon, lit up the night sky over the town of Douma in the early hours of Friday as videos from the ground showed dozens of fires burning in hellish scenes. The bombardment came as hundreds of anti-government fighters and civilians stranded in another rebel enclave around the town of Harasta were allowed to flee to Idlib province.
  • Reuniting a sailor and his ship Buena band brings back together veteran and his memories

    03/23/2018 5:42:49 AM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Alexis Ramanjulu
    For more than a year Robert Hall called the USS Missouri home. Even after witnessing death, destruction and the horrors of war, the World War II veteran longed to return to the ship he flew planes off of from 1944 to 1945. Robert’s family knew that he wanted to return to Hawaii but were uncertain when and how they would get the 94-year-old Florida resident across the country. In February 2017 Duane Chun, band director at Buena High School, announced the band would be taking a trip to Hawaii in March 2018. With current sophomore Macey Hall in the band...
  • Will Trump Sign the Omnibus Bill? [Vanity]

    03/22/2018 11:59:27 PM PDT · by Reno89519 · 124 replies
    Self ^ | March 23, 2018 | Self
    Wow, Omnibus bill rushed through both House and Senate without discussion, now to President Trump. Not just the balance of the year, but for many items, for the next three years! Planned Parenthood, token amount for wall and prohibition to build further, funding for sanctuary cities, funding for ObamaCare, new 2nd amendment infringements, and more.
  • Nobody Wanted to Give Up the M-1 Carbine - Classic weapon endured through three big American wars

    03/22/2018 11:06:30 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 97 replies ^ | Paul Huard
    A grim-faced U.S. Army major led a group of armed men away from a tropical village he decided not to attack. Wearing jungle boots and olive-drab battle dress, Edwin Brooks grasped a lightweight, reliable, .30-caliber weapon in his right hand as he walked. It was an M-1 carbine. The scene could have been anywhere in the South Pacific during World War II or somewhere near the Pusan Perimeter during the Korean War. But Brooks also wore a green beret with a Special Forces flash and he was leaving the then-South Vietnamese village of Ban Me Thuot in 1964, leading the...
  • Teacher Who Called Military 'Lowest Of The Low' Is Fired

    03/21/2018 8:00:01 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 33 replies
    Fox News ^ | 03/21/18 | Benjamin Brown
    A Southern California teacher who was recorded bashing the U.S. military in a profane classroom rant was fired Tuesday evening. Board of Education President Aurora Villon said the El Rancho Unified School District reached a unanimous decision to fire Gregory Salcido, a history teacher at El Rancho High School and elected Pico Rivera city councilman, the Los Angeles Times reported. close Teacher's scathing anti-military classroom rant goes viral A Southern California teacher who was recorded bashing the U.S. military in a profane classroom rant was fired Tuesday evening. Board of Education President Aurora Villon said the El Rancho Unified School...
  • BREAKING: USMC To Adopt Modular Handgun System

    03/20/2018 4:41:50 PM PDT · by BBell · 61 replies
    The US Marine Corps is set to replace its M9s with 35,000 Modular Handgun System pistols, budgeting over $6 million for the procurement. Since the US army’s adoption of the XM17/18 in January 2017, there has been much speculation around if and when the other services would follow. It seems the Marine Corps will be the first. The recently published 2019 Fiscal Year Budget Estimates Justification Book for United States Marine Corps procurement gives us some insight into the Corps small arms aims for the next couple of years. The adoption of SIG Sauer’s Modular Handgun System is one of...
  • F-35: Is America's Most Expensive Weapon of War the Ultimate Failure?

    03/20/2018 1:54:49 PM PDT · by BBell · 67 replies
    Jim Roche, then-Secretary of the Air Force, made an announcement on October 26, 2001, that all aviation enthusiasts had been waiting for: a winner had been picked to design and build the Joint Strike Fighter. The American people were assured the new jet would enter service in 2008 and be a high-performance replacement for the military’s aging airframes while only costing between $40 million and $50 million. The F-35 has now entered an unprecedented seventeenth year of continuing redesign, test deficiencies, fixes, schedule slippages, and cost overruns. And it’s still not at the finish line. Numerous missteps along the way—from...
  • Microsoft founder discovers wreckage of US military ship sunk in WWII killing 687 [tr]

    03/20/2018 7:12:10 AM PDT · by C19fan · 14 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 20, 2018 | Sara Malm
    Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has announced that the wreckage of a military ship on which five brothers died in World War II has been discovered in the South Pacific. The sunken USS Juneau was found on Saturday, off the coast of the Solomon Islands, by an expedition led by Allen. The ship was hit by Japanese torpedoes during the Battle of Guadalcanal in November 1942, killing 687 men, including the five Sullivan brothers from Waterloo, Iowa.
  • Fort to conduct prescribed burn on East Range

    03/20/2018 5:21:21 AM PDT · by SandRat
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Tanja M. Linton, Fort Huachuca Public Affairs Office
    FORT HUACHUCA — Fort Huachuca, in conjunction with the U.S. Forest Service, will conduct a prescribed burn of Area Delta on the East Range on Tuesday to support military training, reduce the risk of wildfires and maintain the ecological integrity of the fire-adapted ecosystems dependent on recurring fire that benefits forest health. Ignition will start around 8:30 a.m. Prescribed fire activities are expected to continue throughout the year when favorable weather permits. Before fires were suppressed here around the turn of the century, areas such as Fort Huachuca had fire burn across them every three to seven years, which is...
  • We Now Know When Navy Aircraft Carriers Will be Armed with F-35s

    03/19/2018 8:28:48 PM PDT · by BBell · 28 replies ^ | 3/19/18 | Kris Osborn
    US Navy leaders have announced that the first-of-its kind carrier-launched F-35C stealth fighter will deploy for its first operational deployment on the USS Carl Vinson -- in 2021. The anticipated historical deployment could be accelerated by the 2019 budget proposal which supports a transition of the F-35C program from a developmental phase to more formal test and evaluation before being declared operational later this year, Rear. Adm. S.D. Conn, Director, Air Warfare Chief of Naval Operations, told Congress. “Stealth technology and advanced integrated systems enable the F-35C to counter rapidly evolving air-to-air and surface-to-air threats. Whether the mission requires the...
  • Three Armies Still Upgrading Their Cold War-era M-60 Tanks

    03/19/2018 5:26:25 AM PDT · by C19fan · 35 replies
    War is Boring ^ | March 19, 2018 | Charlie Gao
    The M-60 “Patton” tank is one of the most iconic tanks of the Cold War. While it did not see use in the Vietnam War, it saw extensive use by Israel and Iran in the various hot wars of the 20th century, and comprised the vast bulk of the U.S. Army’s tank fleet facing down the Warsaw Pact throughout the 1970s and 1980s. It was also used by U.S. Marines in Grenada and Operation Desert Storm. While it was phased out of American service in the 2000s — and most other tank fleets by the 2010s — the M-60 continues...
  • "Hell Week" stories...

    03/18/2018 8:16:55 PM PDT · by wheresmyusa · 52 replies
    me again | 3/18/2018 | me
    I created this thread to compile hilarious and compelling "Hell Week" & other boot camp stories. Let em' rip.
  • How Turkey Destroyed Its Own Air Force

    03/18/2018 3:24:07 PM PDT · by BBell · 29 replies ^ | 3/16/18 | Michael Peck
    Fighter pilots aren't cheap. The U.S. Air Force estimates that training a new pilot to fly a plane like the F-35 costs $11 million. And that doesn't count the priceless experience of a veteran pilot who has been flying for years. That's why the U.S. Air Force is willing to offer half-million-dollar bonuses to retain experienced fighter pilots. So a nation that throws its fighter pilots in jail is not just wasting money, but also an extremely valuable resource. Yet in the name of politics, Turkey's government has purged its air force so badly that it can barely fly its...
  • After Backlash, Cop Designer Of Gun Shirt Vows To Buy More Guns

    03/18/2018 12:51:32 PM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 18 replies
    BlueLivesMatter ^ | 17 March 2018 | OfficerBlue
    The police officer who designed Warrior 12's "Gun Control" shirt has been getting backlash over the design. Martinsburg, WV - A police officer who owns Warrior 12 Apparel has been the target of anti-gun voices after his latest design launched this week. Warrior 12 makes law enforcement and patriotic apparel, including our Blue Lives Matter shirts. The owner's newest design shows a rifle next to the words, "I'll control my guns, you control your kids." After the shirt launched, it was shared over 30,000 times in the first couple of days on social media. "This is saying what everyone...
  • Russia's Devious New Battlefield Tactic: Use Tanks as Decoys to Kill Enemy Artillery

    03/17/2018 4:41:28 PM PDT · by BBell · 56 replies ^ | 3/17/18 | Michael Peck
    Russia has unveiled a devious new battlefield tactic: use tanks as decoys in order to hunt down enemy artillery batteries. It's a bait-and-switch con job that relies on relies on Russian tanks, drones, artillery—and an opponent that is just a tad gullible. The technique works like this, according to Russia's Sputnik News: When facing an enemy that has artillery, Russia will attempt to locate the enemy batteries and destroy them through counterbattery fire. The problem, which dates back to the eighteenth century, is that the enemy batteries will attempt to remain concealed. So how to lure them out? Russia intends...