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  • Army Ranger Steven Elliott Fears He May Have Killed Pat Tillman

    04/19/2014 6:31:16 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    ABC15 ^ | Apr 18, 2014 | Elizabeth Erwin
    It's one of the most famous military mysteries of the past decade, Pat Tillman, the former ASU and Cardinals player turned Army Ranger killed in 2004 after he left the NFL to fight in Afghanistan. The Army said it was friendly fire, but never said whose shots killed Tillman. Three soldiers acknowledged firing at his position, but none have spoken publicly until now. Steven Elliott told ESPN's "Outside the Lines" that two convoys entered the mountains, but got separated. He said Tillman's group scaled a ridge line to help fellow rangers under attack, but a squad leader mistakenly thought an...
  • Shooter fears he killed Pat Tillman

    04/18/2014 11:37:23 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 12 replies
    ESPN ^ | 4/18/2014 | Mike Fish
    For the first time, one of the three Army Ranger platoon mates who fired at Pat Tillman speaks publicly about what happened that fateful day, ten years ago this week. OLYMPIA, Wash. -- In his first public statements about the death of Pat Tillman, the former NFL player turned Army Ranger, one of the fellow Rangers involved in the 2004 friendly-fire incident in Afghanistan told ESPN's "Outside the Lines" he has lived for 10 years with the thought that he might have fired the fatal shots. "It is possible, in my mind, that I hit him," said Steven Elliott, who...
  • The National Disgrace of Ft Hood ... Mark Steyn

    04/13/2014 1:00:11 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 17 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | 11 Apr 2014 | Mark Steyn
    In After America (available here, he pleads, and the profits of which go to support my free-speech pushback against Michael E Mann), I write inter alia about Fort Hood, and in particular the disgraceful statement by General Casey, and the Pentagon's absurd decision to classify what happened as "workplace violence": In the days after the slaughter, the news coverage read like a satirical novel that the author's not quite deft enough to pull off, with bizarre new Catch-22s multiplying like the windmills of your mind: If you muse openly on pouring boiling oil down the throats of infidels, then the...
  • Proving grounds celebrates 60 years Anniversary draws praise from Army's top officials

    04/09/2014 1:01:30 PM PDT · by SandRat · 8 replies
    FORT HUACHUCA — The Electronic Proving Ground “plays a key role,” in the Army, said Maj. Gen. Peter D. Utley. And it has done so for “60 years of test excellence” since its establishment, which led to the reopening of Fort Huachuca in 1954. Utley, who heads the Army Test and Evaluation Command, spoke at two ceremonies involving the anniversary, one in the morning, which included a cake cutting, and another during an afternoon ribbon cutting for the Small Arc Range. “We have come a long, long way from when I was a brand new second lieutenant in 1982,” he...
  • Fort Hood shooter snapped over denial of request for leave, Army confirms

    04/07/2014 1:53:44 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 68 replies ^ | 4-7-2014 |
    <p>The spree began in one building of the sprawling complex, where Lopez, who was 34, first pulled his .45-caliber Caliber Smith & Wesson handgun and killed one, injuring 10.</p> <p>"The deceased and one of wounded had been involved in the verbal altercation with subject," Grey said.</p>
  • Army looks to relocate Pentagon

    04/01/2014 8:48:01 PM PDT · by Marie · 20 replies ^ | 1APR14 | Army News Release
    The proposed move will take the Pentagon from the banks of the Potomac River to northwest Kansas. WASHINGTON (April 1, 2010) -- Top Army officials unveiled plans early today to relocate the massive Pentagon building to the western part of Kansas sometime this summer. "This move will be a huge undertaking, but we determined it was a necessary step as we realign our force structure," said one of the Army's top generals. "Once we started investigating the possibility of the move, we determined that it was not only critical to our efforts, but that it would be good for our...
  • Overnight Defense: Army Cutting Combat Brigades

    03/13/2014 6:33:40 PM PDT · by kristinn · 32 replies
    The Hill ^ | Thursday, March 13, 2014 | Kristina Wong and Jeremy Herb
    Army cutting combat brigades: The Army could need to cut brigade combat teams — the Army's self-sustainable deploying units — nearly in half to accommodate the Pentagon’s plans to slice the Army’s size to below 450,000 soldiers after 2017. Gen. John Campbell, the Army’s vice chief of staff and second-highest ranking member, in an exclusive interview with The Hill said the service was already planning to reduce its combat brigades, basic Army units of 5,000 soldiers that can be deployed and sustain themselves overseas. The brigades were scheduled to reduce from 45 in 2013 to 32 by 2015, but now...
  • A Letter From A Soldier's Wife

    03/08/2014 8:12:53 AM PST · by SilvieWaldorfMD · 14 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | 2/14/14. | BuzzFeed User
    It’s borderline abusive, inhumane and unjustifiably despicable. Our troops go and serve proudly for months on end, and return to a situation that sometimes proves to be more emotionally disturbing than what they faced on active duty. Please read the story below, and if you had no idea of this reality, I regret to inform you, this is the new cost of the liberty and freedom we all enjoy.
  • Greenwald: How Covert Agents Infiltrate the Internet to Manipulate, Deceive and Destroy Reputations

    02/24/2014 5:29:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 93 replies
    Glenn Greenwald's The Intercept & Guardian UK ^ | February 24, 2014 | Glenn Greenwald
    One of the many pressing stories that remains to be told from the Snowden archive is how western intelligence agencies are attempting to manipulate and control online discourse with extreme tactics of deception and reputation-destruction. It’s time to tell a chunk of that story, complete with the relevant documents. Over the last several weeks, I worked with NBC News to publish a series of articles about “dirty trick” tactics used by GCHQ’s previously secret unit, JTRIG (Joint Threat Research Intelligence Group). These were based on four classified GCHQ documents presented to the NSA and the other three partners in...
  • Saab’s Carl-Gustaf Man-Portable Weapon System Selected as Standard Issue for the U.S. Army

    02/21/2014 1:34:50 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 43 replies
    Saab AB ^ | Feb 20, 2014
    Defence and security company Saab’s man-portable weapon system Carl-Gustaf has been chosen by the U.S. Department of the Army to be a Program of Record within the U.S. Army. This means that the world leading shoulder-fired weapon system, with a long service record with the U.S. Special Operations Forces, will now become standard issue to the U.S. Army’s Light Infantry units. The Carl-Gustaf system will provide the U.S. Army with a capability that units using disposable shoulder fired munitions currently lack. This system has been a key component of the U.S. Special Operations Forces for over twenty years. “The fact...
  • Cover-up? Army historian says report on deadly Afghan battle was altered to absolve faulty gun

    02/21/2014 3:38:04 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 34 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 20, 2014 | Rowan Scarborough
    A former Army historian who chronicled the infamous Battle of Wanat in Afghanistan, where nine U.S. soldiers died after their M4 carbines jammed, tells The Washington Times that his official account was altered by higher-ups to absolve the weapons and senior officers.
  • Army Taps Controversial Generals: What McMaster & Mangum Mean For The Future

    02/20/2014 2:40:22 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 8 replies
    Breaking Defense ^ | February 19, 2014 | Sydney J. Freedberg Jr.
    The ever-beleaguered Army has a reputation — not undeserved — for being bland, conformist, and bureaucratic, an organization where brilliant mavericks are forced to retire at colonel and the guys who make general don’t rock the boat. Just ask any of the long-serving and long-suffering officers convening here in Huntsville, home of the massive Army Materiel Command, for the Association of the US Army’s annual winter conference. But it looks like 12 years of war and three years of budget chaos may be able to shake things up. One sign of the times is that the Army plans to promote...
  • Army Considers Trading Armor for Speed

    02/16/2014 11:52:44 AM PST · by null and void · 121 replies ^ | Feb 12, 2014 | Matthew Cox
    For the past decade, armor protection has dominated U.S. combat vehicle programs. Now, maneuver officials are breaking with that tradition, abandoning armor for highly transportable, all-terrain vehicles. The Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning, Ga., recently reached out to the defense industry to see if it could build the new Ultra Light Combat Vehicle -- a new effort to equip infantry brigade combat teams with go-anywhere vehicles capable of carrying a nine-man squad. Lawmakers recently cut most of the funding for the U.S. Army's Ground Combat Vehicle -- a move that has all but killed the high-profile acquisitions effort....
  • US army builds fake city to shoot at during training

    02/16/2014 5:01:13 AM PST · by ZULU · 39 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 13 Feb 2014 | Lucy Kinder
    The US army has built a fake city designed to be used during combat training exercises. The 300 acre 'town' includes a five story embassy, a bank, a school, an underground subway and train station, a mosque, a football stadium, and a helicopter landing zone. Located in Virginia, the realistic subway station comes complete with subway carriages and the train station has real train carriages. The subway carriages even carry the same logo as the carriages in Washington DC
  • US army builds fake city to shoot at during training

    02/15/2014 11:49:38 AM PST · by shove_it · 62 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 13 Feb 2014 | Lucy Kinder
    The US army has built a fake city designed to be used during combat training exercises. The 300 acre 'town' includes a five story embassy, a bank, a school, an underground subway and train station, a mosque, a football stadium, and a helicopter landing zone. Located in Virginia, the realistic subway station comes complete with subway carriages and the train station has real train carriages. The subway carriages even carry the same logo as the carriages in Washington DC. There are also bridges and several other structures which can be transformed into different scenarios. The $96 million is designed to...
  • They Call it Darby Day

    02/15/2014 6:53:37 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | February 15, 2014 | Paul Greenberg
    It was Darby Day in Fort Smith, Ark., one Friday this snowy month, and the students at Darby Junior High held their annual observance in honor of the school's namesake. Just who was Bill Darby of Fort Smith, Ark.? He was a brigadier general, a West Pointer, and a legend. He wasn't just a U.S. Army Ranger, he was the Rangers' first commander and founder. He began not just a special force but a special tradition. The Brits had their commandos, and now we had our Rangers. They had their Orde Wingate and his Chindits, we had our Bill...
  • When elite US forces strapped nukes to their backs

    02/10/2014 5:20:26 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 37 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | February 9, 2014 | Adam Rawnsley and David Brown
    As Capt. Tom Davis stands at the tailgate of the military cargo plane, the night air sweeps through the hold. His eyes search the black terrain 1,200 feet below. He grips the canvas of his reserve parachute and takes a deep breath. Davis and the men who make up his Special Forces A-team are among the most highly trained soldiers in the U.S. Army. It's 1972, and Davis isn't far removed from a tour in Vietnam, where he operated along the Cambodian border. His communications sergeant served in Command and Control North, which was responsible for some of the most...
  • US Army rocked by Iraq war recruitment fraud scheme

    02/05/2014 11:50:20 AM PST · by Leaning Right · 6 replies
    BBC News ^ | 4 February 4, 2014 | unnown author
    More than 1,200 people are under investigation for a US military recruitment fraud during the Iraq war, officials say. Two generals and dozens of colonels are implicated in the alleged scheme, in which referral fees were illegally collected for recruiting soldiers.
  • Army recruitment fraud bilked taxpayers of tens of millions of dollars

    02/04/2014 6:01:12 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 16 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | February 4, 2014 | By Jon Harper
    WASHINGTON — The Army is conducting an investigation into large-scale fraud tied to an Army recruitment program, Sen. Claire McCaskill, the head of the Senate Subcommittee on Financial and Contracting Oversight, disclosed Monday, a day before she held a hearing on the scandal. Investigators have found that $29 million in taxpayer money has been lost to fraud, but that number could increase to nearly $100 million by the time the probe is over, Maj. Gen. David Quantock, the Commanding General of U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, told lawmakers at the hearing Tuesday. The Recruiting Assistance Program began in 2005 at...
  • Stryker platoons learning to deal with different enemy, faltering equipment

    01/25/2014 3:47:41 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 16 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | January 24, 2014 | Adam Ashton
    Lt. Tyler Tessman awoke in the desert one day this week with two problems. He had to rethink a tough training mission that stacked the odds against his Joint Base Lewis-McChord Stryker platoon. And he had to consider the possibility that his team might be grounded before he could even start on the battle plan. Three of the four Strykers vehicles in his platoon were immobilized — one from too many busted tires, one from a broken axle and one from an assortment of safety issues that made it undrivable.
  • US Army considers replacing thousands of troops with robots

    01/21/2014 12:56:41 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 68 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6:14PM GMT 21 Jan 2014 | Ben Farmer
    The US Army is considering replacing thousands of soldiers with robots as it deals with sweeping troop cuts. A senior American officer has said he is considering shrinking the size of the Army’s brigade combat teams by a quarter and replacing the lost troops with robots and remote-controlled vehicles. The American military is still far from fielding armies of Terminator-type robotic killers, though. Ideas under discussion instead include proposals to see manned trucks and transporters replaced by supply trains of robot vehicles. Generals are studying proposals as the US Army is to slim down from 540,000 to about 490,000 soldiers...
  • 1 killed in Army helicopter 'hard landing' in Ga. (Savannah, Night Stalkers)

    01/16/2014 1:51:29 PM PST · by xzins · 20 replies
    AP ^ | Jan. 16, 2014 | RUSS BYNUM
    SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A member of an elite Army helicopter unit was killed and two crew members suffered injuries when their aircraft slammed into the ground as they tried to land at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, a military spokesman said Thursday. The MH-60 Black Hawk helicopter was returning from a routine training flight when it made a "hard landing" just before 11:30 p.m. Wednesday on or near the airstrip at the base in coastal Georgia, said Army Maj. Allen Hill, a spokesman for the crew's aviation unit. The three-man crew was assigned to the 160th Special Operations Aviation...
  • New U.S. Army Rifle:

    01/12/2014 8:24:05 AM PST · by umgud · 109 replies
    Blogster ^ | December 14th 2013 | skipper12383
    The MXT135 Counter Defilade Target Engagement System has a range of roughly 7,800 feet - and is to be deployed in Afghanistan soon. I would call it the "Equalizer." Some call it the "Punisher".
  • Bury Their Purple Hearts at Ft. Hood

    01/11/2014 11:44:24 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | January 11, 2014 | Larry Provost
    Sometimes heroes are not recognized when they should be. The case of COL (RET) Kathy Platoni, and her fellow survivors and victims of the Ft. Hood Terrorist Attack of November, 2009, is a sad example of this. The prevalence of political correctness is not helping in this situation. COL Platoni believes she is far from alone and that there are many heroes of this horrific terrorist attack who remain forgotten. Dr. Platoni, a now retired Army Reserve psychologist who has had her own private practice for 20 years and has been a practicing psychologist for 34 years, has had a...
  • Former 82nd Airborne Soldier receives helmet that saved his life

    01/08/2014 7:33:15 AM PST · by Londo Molari · 9 replies
    PEO SOLDIER LIVE ^ | 6-January-2014 | ddawson
    SAN ANTONIO – When Chance Darby received the helmet that saved his life in Afghanistan, he said it successfully stopped an enemy rifle bullet but left him with two big headaches. One headache lasted a few days after the impact from a high-velocity round. The other lasted several weeks as he tried to keep the news of the incident from his mother, Lynlee Darby, and his then-fiancée and now wife, Cheryl. Chance proposed to Cheryl shortly before deploying to Afghanistan with the 82nd Airborne Division. On May 31, 2012, Taliban ambushed his platoon while it was dismantling an improvised explosive...
  • Army: Don’t say Christmas

    12/24/2013 5:41:06 AM PST · by Doogle · 57 replies
    FOXNEWS ^ | 12/24/13 | Todd Starnes
    Don’t say Christmas. That’s the message that was conveyed to a group of soldiers at Camp Shelby by an equal opportunity officer from the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute, according to a soldier who attended a recent briefing. “It’s unbelievable that the Army would ban ‘Christmas’ like it’s a bad word,” said Michael Berry, an attorney with the Liberty Institute, a legal firm representing the unidentified soldier. Two weeks ago, a routine meeting was held at the Mississippi base with various leaders of the 158th Infantry Brigade. During the meeting, they discussed an upcoming Christmas football tournament. The equal opportunity...
  • A (non) debate over honoring Confederate generals (Reply to Wash. Times article of 12/17)

    12/22/2013 1:53:26 PM PST · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 22, 2013 | Jazz Shaw/Dr. James Joyner
    There was an article by Rowan Scarborough this week in the Washington Times which claimed that the US Army War College in Pennsylvania was considering removing portraits and statues of Confederate Army leaders such as Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. The purported reason for the possible “purge” was depicted as being some sort of statement against the CSA. Nestled in rural Pennsylvania on the 500-acre Carlisle Barracks, the war college is conducting an inventory of all its paintings and photographs with an eye for rehanging them in historical themes to tell a particular Army story.During the inventory, an unidentified...
  • Eagles Will Honor Former Cheerleader-Turned-Army Intelligence Officer

    12/22/2013 1:24:32 AM PST · by Lmo56 · 49 replies
    Yahoo Sports ^ | 12/21/13 | Jay Busbee
    On Sunday night, the Philadelphia Eagles will honor one of their own, a former cheerleader who has served two tours in Afghanistan as an Army intelligence officer. Rachel Washburn, age 25, hasn't had a typical career path, to put it mildly. She joined the Eagles' cheerleading squad from 2007 to 2009 while a student at Drexel University. After graduation, she joined the Army and participated in paratrooper training while ultimately following a path into military intelligence.
  • DoD Identifies Army Casualties

    12/19/2013 9:19:26 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 15 replies
    The Department of Defense announced today the death of six soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. They died Dec. 17, in Now Bahar, Afghanistan, of injuries suffered as a result of a helicopter crash. The incident is pending investigation.
  • Army to cut up to 4,000 captains and majors

    12/17/2013 6:25:20 PM PST · by Nachum · 87 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 12/17/13 | Douglas Ernst
    The U.S. Army is sending roughly 19,000 active-duty captains and majors to a screening board for early separation this spring, the Army Times reported. Up to 20 percent of those screened — approximately 3,800 officers — could be scheduled to leave the service by the Officer Separation Board and Enhanced Selective Early Retirement Board. Officers with fewer than 18 years of federal active service will have their screening process done by OSB, and those with more than 18 years of service will see the E-SERB, according to the Army Times. “The Army’s drawdown plan is a balanced approach while maintaining
  • Southern Discomfort: U.S. Army seeks removal of Lee, ‘Stonewall’ Jackson honors

    12/17/2013 11:24:11 AM PST · by jazusamo · 99 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 17, 2013 | Rowan Scarborough
    Revisionist history would remove portraits of Confederate legendsThe U.S. Army War College, which molds future field generals, has begun discussing whether it should remove the portraits of Confederate generals, including Robert E. Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson. The college, nestled in rural Pennsylvania on the 500-acre Carlisle Barracks, is doing an inventory of all its paintings and photographs with an eye toward rehanging them in historical themes to tell a particular Army stories. During the inventory, an unnamed official — not the commandant, Maj. Gen. Anthony A. Cucolo III — asked the administration why the college is honoring two generals...
  • Army Eyes New Standards for Women in Combat

    12/09/2013 12:08:31 PM PST · by QT3.14 · 61 replies ^ | November 27, 2013 | Matthew Cox
    The U.S. Army general in charge of training recently wrote about the service's examination of gender neutral standards to open the infantry and other combat-arms jobs to female soldiers. The piece by Gen. Robert Cone, commander of Training and Doctrine Command, appears in the November issue of Army Magazine, the same month three female Marines made history by graduating from Marine infantry training. Last January, former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta ordered all services to open combat-arms roles to women that so far have been reserved for men.
  • Site of Fort Hood Massacre to be Demolished

    11/07/2013 1:03:05 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    KRISTV ^ | Nov 6, 2013
    Fort Hood officials plan to demolish the medical building where an Army psychiatrist killed 13 people and wounded more than 30 others during a shooting rampage in 2009. Fort Hood spokesman Chris Haug said Wednesday that Building 42003 will be razed, while other parts of the Soldier Readiness Processing Center complex are set to be moved.
  • Why has the Army covered up the rape and murder of PFC Johnson, since July 2005?

    11/01/2013 9:02:57 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 10 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 11/1/13 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    There are few experiences more painful than losing a child. Learning your child was murdered and the authorities refuse to do anything about it makes the pain incalculably greater. In July 2005 the Johnson family of Missouri experienced the start of this nightmare and they have not been able to come close to getting out of it ever since. According to the website MILITARYCORRUPTION.COM, on July 18, 2005 Army PFC Lavena Johnson “committed suicide.” In doing so PFC Johnson who was stationed in Iraq at the time, shot herself in the head smashed in her own front teeth and poured...
  • U.S. Army in the Market for ‘Light’ Tanks

    10/16/2013 10:00:02 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 47 replies
    National Defense ^ | 10/7/2013 | Sandra I. Erwin
    U.S. Army in the Market for ‘Light’ Tanks Army paratroopers gave up their tanks in 1997. Now they want them back. “The infantry needs more protection and more firepower,” says Col. Ed House, Army Training and Doctrine Command manager for the infantry brigade combat team. Even in these times of deep budget cuts and a projected steep decline in purchases of military hardware, senior Army officials believe that a light tank is a high priority that should be funded. In a future war, they contend, Army airborne forces would parachute into a warzone equipped with only light weapons and might...
  • Army corrects Camp Shelby for labeling American Family Association as hate group

    10/15/2013 5:28:52 PM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    Jackson Clarion Ledger | 10/15/2013
    Article may not be posted per FR posting rules (Gannett). Link to the article here. Synopsis: The linkage was yet another example of an over-eager National Guard EEO briefing.
  • US Army defines Christian ministry as 'domestic hate group'

    10/14/2013 12:12:19 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 39 replies ^ | 10/14/2013 | Todd Starnes
    “The instructor said AFA could be considered a hate group because they don’t like gays,” the soldier told me. “The slide was talking about how AFA refers to gays as sinners and heathens and derogatory terms.” The soldier, who is an evangelical Christian, said the chaplain defended the Christian ministry. “He kept asking the instructor, ‘Are you sure about that, son? Are you sure about that?’” he said, recalling the back and forth. Later in the briefing, the soldiers were reportedly told that they could face punishment for participating in organizations that are considered hate groups. That considered, the soldier...
  • U.S. Army Set to Ban Tattoos Below the Elbow or Knees

    09/24/2013 10:00:57 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 22 replies
    National Journal ^ | 09/23/2013 | Brian Resnick
    Existing ink jobs could be grandfathered in.   The U.S. military and tattoos have an entangled history. The rise of the tattoo in popular culture started with floods of inked veterans—especially from World War II—returning home with them. The first tattoo parlor in New York City, established in 1846, served to mark up Civil War soldiers. It is that strong history that's probably the reason why a blog post on the Army's website declared in 2009, "Today, it seems, you couldn't throw a rock into an Army formation without hitting a Soldier with at least one tattoo." So it might be...
  • Army captain to receive Medal of Honor for bravery in Afghanistan ambush

    09/19/2013 7:12:07 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 24 replies
    News Channel 3 (Hampton, VA) ^ | 9:35 pm, September 19, 2013 | Matt Knight
    ... On the morning of the attack Swenson and his team moved on foot into the rural community of Ganjgal for a meeting with village elders. He and his team were ambushed there by more than 50 well-armed, well-positioned insurgent fighters. As the enemy unleashed a barrage of rocket-propelled grenades, mortar and machine gun fire, Swenson returned fire, coordinated and directed the response of his Afghan Border Police soldiers, and simultaneously tried to call in suppressive artillery fire and aviation support. ... With complete disregard for his own safety, Swenson voluntarily led a team into the kill zone, exposing himself...
  • Yakima council renames street for Medal of Honor recipient [then lawsuit threatened]

    09/04/2013 12:21:59 PM PDT · by kevcol · 18 replies
    Yakima Herald ^ | Sept 4, 2013 | Dan Catchpole
    Pendleton died in 1944 in Bardenburg, Germany, sacrificing himself to help knock out enemy machine guns that had pinned down his unit. The council first considered the petition — which was backed by two veterans groups — in August, but it hesitated when a resident objected, saying the city hadn’t fairly considered his group’s 2006 proposal to rename the street after civil rights and labor leader Cesar Chavez. Having determined that the city duly considered the earlier petition, the City Council passed the current proposal. But the resident who objected, Alonzo Marquez, accused the council of “race discrimination,” and threatened...
  • Verdict: Maj. Nidal Hasan sentenced to death for Fort Hood shooting rampage

    08/28/2013 12:02:25 PM PDT · by ken in texas · 202 replies
    WFAA TV (Dallas) ^ | 8/28/13 | JASON WHITELY
    FORT HOOD – U.S. Army Maj. Nidal Hasan will be executed for the 2009 shooting rampage on post that left 13 people dead and more than 30 wounded. The jury panel of 13 U.S. Army officers delivered the verdict on post moments before 2 p.m. Wednesday. They deliberated for less than three hours. Last Friday, the same panel unanimously found Hasan guilty of 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder for the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood. This sentencing verdict ends the court martial after 17 days. In it, Hasan, who defended himself, never...
  • Cruz Blasts Administration For Not Calling Ft. Hood Shooting a ‘Terrorist Attack'

    08/26/2013 2:23:12 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    CNSNews ^ | August 26, 2013 | Alissa Tabirian
    ( – “Hiding behind ‘workplace violence’ and excluding evidence on [Army Major Nidal] Hasan’s pursuit of jihad will not make terrorism go away or properly honor the American heroes who were slain at Fort Hood,” said Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) as he lambasted the Obama administration’s decision to classify the 2009 mass shooting as “workplace violence.” “If we ever hope to defeat the ongoing threat from radical Islamism, we need to start by calling this terrorist attack on our armed forces by its name,” Cruz said in a statement Friday shortly after Hasan was found guilty on 13 counts of...
  • Ft. Hood shooter first considered killing soldiers at Ft. Benning, Ga., report says

    08/06/2013 6:19:06 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 6, 2013 | Catherine Herridge & Pamela Browne
    On the same day he stood up and told a packed Fort Hood court room that the “evidence will clearly show that I am the shooter, ” Major Nidal Hasan, who is acting as his own attorney, exclusively turned over to Fox News another page of the “Full Report of Sanity Board, US v. MAJ Nidal M. Hasan” that reveals how the accused gunman initially considered killing soldiers at Ft. Benning, Ga. Fox News has now reviewed three pages of the 49-page document, which details the findings of an examination of Hasan to determine whether he was mentally fit to...
  • Accused Fort Hood shooter releases excerpts from his Sanity Board hearing (It's terrorism)

    08/05/2013 5:18:53 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 5, 2013 | Catherine Herridge & Pamela Browne
    On the eve of his military trial, accused Fort Hood shooter Major Nidal Hasan has released to Fox News two pages of the “Full Report of Sanity Board, US v. MAJ Nidal M. Hasan.” The military “Sanity Board” determines whether an individual is mentally responsible for his actions. Described as a “forensic evaluation,” the exam was conducted by a three-member panel. It took place at Bell County Jail in Belton, Texas on December 7-9, 2010, more than a year after the massacre at the military base. Based on the excerpt, a full report dated January 13, 2011, was released to...
  • The Voices of Fort Hood (Justice will be Hasan's execution)

    08/05/2013 3:44:49 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 5, 2013 | Elise Cooper
    There was the cry of "Allahu Akbar," a gun fired, mayhem all around, with the end result of thirteen dead and thirty wounded at an Army base in Fort Hood, Texas on November 5th, 2009. The culprit is not just any terrorist but a major in the U.S. Army, Nidal Malik Hassan. He was an officer sworn to protect, a psychiatrist sworn to help, and an American, sworn to the Constitution. American Thinker interviewed victims, their families, and someone who was a college classmate of Hassan. David Wellington in his latest book, Chimera, wrote that those serving in the military...
  • Army Keeps Contracts with Terrorists to Avoid Violating “Due Process Rights”

    07/31/2013 10:43:33 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | July 31, 2013
    Here is a crazy story involving the U.S. government’s $89.5 billion Afghanistan reconstruction effort; the United States Army refuses to suspend contracts with dozens of companies tied to al Qaeda and the Taliban out of fear that it could violate their “due process rights.” It doesn’t get more outrageous than this! American tax dollars are going to the Middle Eastern terrorists that are trying to kill them. The best part, of course, is that the U.S. government has known about this for years yet won’t terminate the deals. It’s pure insanity, to put it quite mildly. A conservative online newspaper...

    07/30/2013 10:10:34 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 52 replies
  • Getting the lead out, literally: U.S. Army plans switch to ‘green’ bullets

    07/25/2013 8:04:26 AM PDT · by kimtom · 59 replies ^ | 07/24/2013 | Michael Bastasch
    The U.S. Army is taking the expression “get the lead out” quite literally and switching to lead-free, environmentally-friendly bullets. The Army’s Picatinny Arsenal is working on a “green” version of the M80A1 7.62 mm bullet, which troops are supposed to start being issued in 2014, according to an Army press release. The Army has been looking to “green” small caliber ammo for some time now. In 2010, the Army switched to the greener 5.56 mm M855A1 Enhanced Performance Round. “The EPR replaces the lead slug with a copper slug,” said Lt. Col. Phil Clark, product manager for small caliber ammunition...
  • Jewish WWII hero who (single-handedly) 'killed 600 Japanese' dies

    07/03/2013 8:13:55 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 64 replies
    WND ^ | July 02, 2013 | Unattributed
    Commanders thought anti-Semitism kept him from Medal of Honor Did the American government refuse to honor a World War II veteran who was regarded as a war hero by the British Empire, because he was Jewish? The question apparently still lingered in David Rubitsky’s mind when he died, penniless, June 28 at a nursing home in East Moline, Ill., the local Quad-City Times reported. Rubitsky’s commanders claim he single-handedly killed 500 to 600 Japanese soldiers while guarding a military outpost in Papua New Guinea during the Battle of Buna in December 1942. According to Rubitsky’s account, he defended the bunker...
  • Vintage Photo November 27, 1941 - U.S. Army Nurses Perform Gas Attack Drill in NYC

    06/25/2013 6:52:59 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 6 replies
    Retronaut ^ | November 27, 1941 | Retronaut
    “With some of New York’s skyscrapers looming through clouds of gas, some U.S. Army nurses from the hospital post at Fort Jay, Governors Island, New York, wear gas masks as they drill on defense precautions”