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  • Army morale low despite 6-year, $287 million optimism program

    04/17/2015 7:24:39 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 15 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | April 17, 2015 | Gregg Zoroya
    More than half of some 770,000 soldiers are pessimistic about their future in the military and nearly as many are unhappy in their jobs, despite a six-year, $287 million campaign to make troops more optimistic and resilient, findings obtained by USA TODAY show. Twelve months of data through early 2015 show that 403,564 soldiers, or 52 percent, scored badly in the area of optimism, agreeing with statements such as "I rarely count on good things happening to me." Forty-eight percent have little satisfaction in or commitment to their jobs. The results stem from resiliency assessments that soldiers are required to...
  • Transgender in the military: A Pentagon in transition weighs its policy

    04/11/2015 6:55:24 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 31 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 9, 2015 | By Juliet Eilperin
    Over the past decade, Sgt. Shane Ortega has served three combat tours: Two in Iraq, one in Afghanistan. Two as a Marine and one in the Army. Two as a woman and one as a man. Ortega is a helicopter crew chief in the Army’s 25th Infantry Division in Hawaii. He was born female and would like to serve the rest of his career as a man. That would require a significant change in Pentagon rules, which require that transgender troops be discharged from military service, usually on medical grounds. Last summer, medical tests showed Ortega had elevated testosterone levels...
  • Kansas man accused of plotting to detonate bomb at Fort Riley military base

    04/10/2015 1:15:12 PM PDT · by VR-21 · 23 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 10 April 2015
    A 20-year-old Kansas man plotted to kill American soldiers with a vehicle bomb at the Fort Riley military base, an attack he planned to carry out on behalf of the ISIS terror group, prosecutors announced Friday. John T. Booker, also known as Mohammed Abdullah Hassan, was arrested as part of a lengthy FBI investigation. Federal authorities said he was arrested near the army base in Manhattan, Kansas, as he completed final preparations to detonate the bomb, which had, in fact, been rendered inert while he was under FBI surveillance. “As alleged in the complaint, John Booker attempted to attack U.S....
  • Army Ordered to Pay Damages for Discrimination; Trans Man Kept from Women’s Bathroom

    04/09/2015 12:30:18 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 54 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | April 9, 2015
    The Obama administration has ordered the U.S. Army to pay damages for discriminating against a transgender worker by denying the one-time man access to the women’s bathroom after he “transitioned” to female, thus changing his “gender identity.” Additionally, the administration has determined that the Army also discriminated against the employee by failing to use his new female name (Tamara Lusardi) and instead continuing to use the name the man was originally hired under. The case involves a military veteran who worked as a civilian software specialist at the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center (AMRDEC) in...
  • Chelsea Manning breaks silence from behind bars

    04/08/2015 8:51:57 PM PDT · by PROCON · 51 replies
    nypost.com ^ | April 8, 2015 | Chris Perez
    The Army made her feel “like a joke” — but they couldn’t keep her silent. Chelsea Manning — formerly known as Bradley E. Manning — the ex-Army intelligence analyst sentenced to 35 years for leaking a treasure trove of secret documents to WikiLeaks, has given her first public interview with the press from military prison in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Speaking through the mail to Cosmopolitan magazine, Manning opened up about her recent experience behind bars and her lifelong desire to live as a woman. “I don’t know how [this struggle] shaped my life and who I am, but it’s absolutely...
  • Panel to decide if former Special Forces officer Matt Golsteyn will be thrown out of Army

    04/08/2015 3:25:56 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 24 replies
    WaPo, via Stars & Stripes ^ | April 8, 2015 | Dan Lamothe
    A former Green Beret officer who was stripped of one of the military’s top awards for heroism by the Army secretary will soon face a panel of officers that can throw him out of the service, according to the officer’s lawyer and Army officials. Army Maj. Mathew L. Golsteyn will face an administrative hearing known as a board of inquiry the week of May 18, according to a memorandum sent March 26 by the panel’s top officer, Col. Stuart Goldsmith. It is believed the board will review evidence against Golsteyn in the 2010 death of a Taliban bomb maker that...
  • Army Soldiers Lectured About White Privilege During “Equal Opportunity” Briefing

    04/05/2015 11:04:01 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 11 replies
    Young Conservatives ^ | 04/05/2015 | John S. Roberts
    White privilege is not a thing.Mentioning those two words in a time when America is more diverse than it has ever been is a red herring. White privilege is a topic so easily defeated that liberals simply entertain the notion just to bring up how racist white America still is in their eyes.It’s a deflection of the real problems we currently face – illegal immigration, 93 million not in the workforce, Iran, etc.The left wants it to be true, but their failed attempts on the subject never manifest into coherent logic. It’s the victim mentality. “Oh poor me, I can’t seem to...
  • {Traitor} Bowe Bergdahl to Face Preliminary Hearing July 8 in Texas

    04/03/2015 8:41:35 AM PDT · by PROCON · 22 replies
    newsmax.com ^ | April 2, 2015 | Cathy Burke
    Accused deserter Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl faces a preliminary hearing July 8 at the Texas base where he's stationed, Stars and Stripes reports. The Article 32 hearing is similar to a civilian grand jury inquiry, and will determine if there's sufficient evidence to merit a court-martial, the newspaper reports. In charges announced last week, Bergdahl was accused of desertion and "misbehavior before the enemy," and faces a potential sentence of life in prison if convicted on the latter count, Stars and Stripes reports.
  • Ray Odierno: Army changes tattoo policy, effective immediately

    04/02/2015 12:36:31 PM PDT · by PROCON · 68 replies
    washingtontimes ^ | April 1, 2015 | Douglas Ernst
    Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno confirmed Wednesday that the Army will change its unpopular tattoo policy, with looser rules that allow for more ink to take effect in the near future. “Society is changing its view of tattoos and we have to change along with that. It makes sense. Soldiers have grown up in an era when tattoos are much more acceptable and we have to change along with that,” the general said while speaking at a conference in Huntsville, Alabama, Army Times reported.
  • Army issues troops safety instructions following Islamic State kill list threat

    03/29/2015 6:36:49 AM PDT · by PROCON · 15 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | March 28, 2015 | Rowan Scarborough
    The U.S. Army has issued a worldwide urgent “security awareness message” to soldiers on how to protect their social media accounts, and their homes, from attacks by the Islamic State terrorists or other extremists. The message lists over a dozen safety steps, including to make sure personnel check the door peephole before letting someone in their homes, to fortify doors, to hold family meetings on security and to greatly tone down social media postings so terrorists do not know personal connections or daily comings and goings. The Army issued the warning on Friday in reaction to the Islamic State, also...
  • Sgt. Bergdahl

    03/27/2015 3:26:29 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 27, 2015 | Rich Galen
    From the Army Times: “The Army has charged Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, officials announced Wednesday.” · You know the case. As a PFC Bergdahl disappeared from his unit's outpost in Afghanistan, on June 30, 2009. He was captured by the Taliban and spent the next five years in captivity. · He was released on May 31, 2014 as the result of swapping five prisoners held in Guantanamo Bay for his freedom. · President Barack, with Bergdahl's parents flanking him, took a bow in the Rose Garden announcing the deal. Susan Rice, the President's National...
  • Officials: Bergdahl never intended to desert (BARF)

    03/27/2015 11:17:59 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 74 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 27, 2015 | Kristina Wong
    Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was not intending to desert his post in Afghanistan but instead wanted to walk to the nearest U.S. military post to report concerns about his unit, according to an Army report seen by U.S. officials. Bergdahl was planning to report problems with "order and discipline" in his unit and believed he could not trust his own commanders to deal with them, an unnamed senior defense official told CNN. The report was part of a fact-finding investigation conducted by Army investigators that was presented to Army Gen. Mark Milley before he charged Bergdahl with desertion and misbehavior...
  • Bowe Bergdahl, Once Missing U.S. Soldier, Charged with Desertion (Army presser 3:30 p.m. EDT)

    03/25/2015 11:04:10 AM PDT · by kristinn · 210 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Wednesday, March 25, 2015 | Dan Lamothe
    Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the U.S. soldier who was recovered in Afghanistan last spring after five years in captivity, faces charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, according to his lawyer.
  • Remembering Remagen Bridge: A Lesson in American Initiative

    03/11/2015 2:53:12 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 11, 2015 | Austin Bay
    The March 7, 1945, seizure the Rhine River's Remagen Bridge by a U.S. Army task force is an outstanding example of individual and organizational initiative and carefully assessed aggressiveness. A lesson in leader intuition, one with application to politics and business as well as battle, lies within the operation's deep history. The moment of capture was a thriller. Ignoring span-rattling enemy demolition charges and German fire from the Rhine's east bank, approximately 60 young American soldiers raced across the damaged bridge that blundering German military engineers had not quite destroyed. By March 17, when it collapsed, six U.S. divisions had...
  • 7 Marines, 4 soldiers missing after Army helicopter crash in Florida

    03/11/2015 3:08:22 AM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 31 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | March 11, 2015
    <p>Search-and-rescue crews are looking for seven Marines and four soldiers after an Army helicopter crashed late Tuesday during a routine night training exercise in the Florida Panhandle.</p> <p>Eglin Air Force Base spokesman Andy Bourland told the Associated Press that the helicopter was reported missing at around 8:30 p.m. local time and crews found debris from the crash at around 2 a.m. Wednesday.</p>
  • Army Makes It Harder to Dismiss Transgender Soldiers (Top Obama appointee to decide)

    03/09/2015 10:38:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    Breitbart's Big Peace ^ | March 9, 2015 | Edwin Mora
    A change in policy issued by the Army Friday evening will make it harder to dismiss transgender soldiers, according to advocate groups. Various media outlets reported on the new directive. “The Army issued a directive Friday that protects transgender soldiers from being dismissed by mid-level officers by requiring the decision for discharge to be made by the service’s top civilian for personnel matters,” reported USA Today. “The Army’s new policy is the latest indication that the military’s ban on transgender troops may be eased or even lifted.” USA Today was the first news outlet to report the possibility of a...
  • The Military Bankrolled Spock’s Early Acting Gigs

    03/08/2015 8:31:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    War is Boring ^ | March 1, 2015 | Matthew Gault
    Leonard Nimoy—the famed actor synonymous with Star Trek’s iconic Mr. Spock—died on Feb. 27. He leaves behind two children, a storied career and one of the most recognizable characters in pop culture. He’s also a reminder of a different era in America—the years after World War II when the military was more connected to the public, and when it wasn’t so strange for an actor to be a soldier at the same time. In the early ’50s, Nimoy was just another hungry actor with parents who worried he’d never have a real job. So he did what a lot of...
  • The US Army Still Trains For Trench Warfare

    03/08/2015 7:02:11 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 12 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | March 6, 2015 | Tyler Rogoway
    The US Army Still Trains For Trench Warfare Even in an era of combat aircraft, tanks, and an endless array of technological advances, the US Army still trains troops in the tactics of trench warfare. And sometimes they go to Poland to do it. It may sound archaic, but the truth is that while trench warfare – and the horrors that go along with it – are more closely identified with World War I, the practice has continued throughout the last century. During WWII, Russia was well known for its use of trench warfare as a defensive measure. The outcome...
  • Army secretary defends stripping Special Forces officer of awards

    03/06/2015 3:51:24 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 19 replies
    WaPo, via Stars & Stripes ^ | March 5, 2015 | Dan Lamothe
    The secretary of the Army is defending his decision to strip awards for heroism from a former Green Beret officer, saying the soldier demonstrated a "lack of honorable conduct" after he earned the medals. Golsteyn was later investigated for an undisclosed violation of the military's rules of engagement in combat — a violation related to the killing of a known enemy bombmaker, according to officials familiar with the case. The investigation closed in 2014 without Golsteyn's being charged with a crime, but Army Secretary John McHugh made the rare decision to strip him of both awards anyway. (snip) In a...
  • Army spied on Medal of Honor recipient over Amazon book review

    02/26/2015 4:17:20 PM PST · by jazusamo · 22 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 26, 2015 | Douglas Ernst
    The sixth living servicemember to be honored with the Medal of Honor was spied on by Army investigators over an Amazon book review that mentioned his name. Captain Will Swenson received the Medal of Honor on Oct. 15, 2013 for his heroism during the Battle of Ganjgal in Afghanistan in 2009. His trash was rummaged through, leading up to the ceremony with President Obama, and his girlfriend and Seattle neighbors were confronted about his whereabouts. “There’s good reason to suspect that the investigation into Swenson was really about his award, his criticism of the Army, and the hope that agents...
  • 40th makes its return official. Recent deployment has soldiers in seven countries

    02/21/2015 9:52:02 AM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies
    FORT HUACHUCA — A time-honored Army tradition officially marked the return of the 40th Expeditionary Signal Battalion to its home post in Arizona Friday morning. Signifying its return, the battalion stood on Brown Parade Field as the unit’s flag, held by Spc. Jessica Mortimer, was uncased and unfurled by the battalion’s commander, Lt. Col. David Thomas, and Command Sgt. Maj. John Reinburg.
  • 3,000 Fort Stewart soldiers deploying to Europe amid US effort to deter Russian aggression

    02/18/2015 4:42:04 AM PST · by Wiz-Nerd · 13 replies
    Daily Journal ^ | February 17, 2015 | THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    <p>FORT STEWART, Georgia — The U.S. Army is sending more than 3,000 Fort Stewart soldiers to Europe to help assure American allies in the region and deter Russian aggression in Ukraine.</p> <p>Officials at the southeast Georgia Army post said Tuesday that soldiers from the 3rd Infantry Division will deploy next month.</p>
  • Tattoos, prescription drugs, obesity hinder Army Reserves recruitment effort

    02/16/2015 8:19:50 PM PST · by PROCON · 23 replies
    washingtontimes ^ | Feb. 16, 2015 | Maggie Ybarra
    The majority of potential Army reservists are either hooked on prescription drugs, have too many tattoos, are overweight or have mental conditions that prohibit them from joining the military, recruiters say. Seven out of 10 applicants — who return to their civilian lives after training, but can be called into active service at any time — fail to meet Army Reserve standards for on mental, physical and other grounds, said Capt. Eric Connor, U.S. Army Reserve Command spokesman. The problem affects the broader service as well. According to Army Recruiting Command statistics compiled last year, 71 percent of young people...
  • Fort Carson brigade headed to Kuwait for possible showdown with the Islamic State

    02/13/2015 1:02:08 PM PST · by Timber Rattler · 25 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | February 13, 2015 | Tom Roeder
    As Congress mulls America's war with the Islamic State terror group, more than 4,000 Fort Carson soldiers prepared Thursday to leave Colorado for Kuwait, where they will take over as America's largest ground force in the troubled region. The 3rd Brigade Combat Team bid farewell to the post in a ceremony and will head off soon to serve as U.S. Central Command's Reserve force in the Middle East - the first soldiers into battle if a major combat force is used to battle Islamic State fighters. The unit is Fort Carson's heaviest force, armed with tanks and Bradley Fighting Vehicles....
  • US army to start training Ukrainian troops, commander says

    02/11/2015 7:16:40 AM PST · by McGruff · 35 replies
    AP ^ | Feb. 11, 2015
    A top U.S. military commander in Europe says the U.S military is to train Ukrainian soldiers who are battling Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine. U.S. Army Europe Commander Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges said Wednesday that in March a battalion of U.S. soldiers would train three battalions of Ukrainians from the Ministry of Interior. The training is to take place at the Yavariv training center in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv.
  • The Defend Freedom Tour

    02/10/2015 4:35:23 AM PST · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | February 10, 2015 | Chuck Norris
    Patrick Henry once said, "The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave." And for me, those special qualities have always been epitomized in our courageous men and women in uniform. I have written countless times on the need to support and serve our nation's heroes who have selflessly volunteered to serve us. Few and far between are legitimate and proactive avenues through which the average citizen can return the favor and help our service members around the country. Luckily, one of those opportunities is rolling through Texas this April, and...
  • Army to award Purple Heart to Fort Hood victims

    02/06/2015 8:17:48 AM PST · by ColdOne · 26 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 2/6/15 | foxnews
    The U.S. Army has decided to award the Purple Heart to victims of the Fort Hood massacre, sources tell Fox News. Three sources confirmed that the Army will announce the decision by next week.
  • With Bergdahl, Army Leaders Must Choose Honor Over Politics

    02/02/2015 4:24:04 AM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 2, 2015 | Kurt Schlichter
    It’s no surprise that the Obama administration desperately wants to keep Bowe Bergdahl from being convicted of desertion. It can’t even bring itself to call the Taliban terrorists who held him “terrorists.” Maybe that’s because the Administration traded him for five not-terrorist masterminds, at least one of whom is already trying to get back in the not-terrorism game. Maybe it’s because liberals naturally support any service member who betrays his buddies. Secretary of State Bergdahl anyone? We can’t expect the Obama administration and its liberal media brownnosers to care if our military remains institutionally strong. But we should expect more...
  • 1,000 paratroopers from 82nd Airborne headed to Iraq this week

    01/27/2015 6:50:36 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 26 replies
    The Fayetteville Observer, via Stars & Stripes ^ | January 25, 2015 | Amanda Dolasinski
    The 82nd Airborne, and more specifically its 3rd Brigade Combat Team, are no strangers to Iraq. Since 2003, parts of the brigade have deployed in support of U.S. efforts there on at least three occasions. Now, more than three years after the U.S. military presence in Iraq was thought over, about a quarter of the Panther Brigade will return with a new mission to help train Iraqi forces to fight the Islamic State. About 1,000 paratroopers from the brigade will deploy this week as part of the Operation Inherent Resolve mission.
  • U.S. Army General Dempsey Sponsors Essay Competition to Honor Saudi King [Amerabia]

    01/26/2015 2:22:35 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 20 replies
    U.S. Department of Defense ^ | 1/26/2015 | Jim Garamone
    The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has established a research and essay competition in honor of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Bin Abdul-Aziz hosted by the National Defense University. The king, who died Jan. 23 at age 90, oversaw the modernization of his country’s military during the time he spent as commander of the Saudi Arabian National Guard, a position he held from 1963 until he became king in 2005. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey said the essay competition is a fitting tribute to the life and leadership of the Saudi Arabian monarch. The king was a lifetime supporter...
  • Lt. Lorance Gets 19 Years at Leavenworth because He defended his Troops against Jihadists

    01/23/2015 4:21:16 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 35 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | 1/22/2015 | Tim Brown
    First Lieutenant Clint Lorance never imagined that following the rule of engagement to save not only his life, but the lives of his fellow soldiers against Islamic enemies would result in him spending nearly two decades in prison. But it did. Lorance, 30, had been trained to make split-second decisions and his training culminated in a real-life scenario in July 2012 when he and his squad were on a foot patrol in southern Afghanistan. He had just been made Platoon Leader after his predecessor had been severely wounded. At that time, Lorance led his troops into a Taliban-infested territory, where...
  • German police call into question validity of USAREUR license

    01/15/2015 5:18:44 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 17 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | January 14, 2015 | Jennifer Svan, Marcus Kloeckner, and John Vandiver
    Some German police say they will not recognize military-issued driver’s licenses if the bearer doesn’t also possess a valid stateside license, a situation that raises concerns about whether many U.S. troops and civilians could face penalties for driving illegally. U.S. Army Europe said Wednesday that the issue was “in dispute” and cautioned that there was misinformation circulating through the U.S. military community in Germany. However, German police officials said that the regulations were clear, that anyone driving without a valid stateside license would be violating the law, and that the USAREUR license alone was not valid. Across the U.S. military...
  • Former Army officer to remain in prison for slaying of 2 Afghan nationals

    01/11/2015 9:58:56 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 31 replies
    The Fayetteville Observer, via Stars & Stripes ^ | January 6, 2015 | Paul Woolverton
    A former Fort Bragg Army officer will remain in prison on murder charges for the slayings of two Afghan nationals in the Afghanistan war, Maj. Gen. Richard D. Clarke of the 82nd Airborne Division has decided. Clarke, the division's commander, was considering a clemency request from former 1st Lt. Clint Lorance. Lorance was court-martialed at Fort Bragg, N.C., in summer 2013 for ordering his soldiers to shoot at three Afghans while on patrol in summer 2012. Two of the men were killed, and the third ran away. Clarke cut a year off Lorance's 20-year sentence but otherwise upheld his convictions...
  • US Army chaplain rebuked for citing Christian faith in suicide prevention effort [Brave New Army]

    01/06/2015 10:25:42 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 20 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 1/01/2015 | Rowan Scarborough
    Traditional values groups are rallying around an Army chaplain who was rebuked by his commander for distributing information on Christianity during mandatory suicide prevention training. Twenty nonprofit organizations dedicated to religious freedom have signed a letter to Army Secretary John McHugh, urging him to overturn action against Capt. Joseph Lawhorn, an evangelical and onetime infantryman. His commander, Col. David Fivecoat, who heads the brigade at Fort Benning, Georgia, that molds new Rangers, issued a “letter of concern” on Thanksgiving. He took action after one soldier complained to the website MilitaryAtheists.org, which posted an article. The atheist group later said it...
  • Colonel, United States Army, Retired

    01/05/2015 4:25:42 AM PST · by Kaslin · 33 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 5, 2014 | Kurt Schlichter
    It’s fitting that 27 plus years of active and reserve service in the United States Army ended with a piece of paper, but those of us who had the chance to serve understand that the military runs on paper. A paper enlisted me on May 20, 1987, and another paper, Order No. 297-1088, transferred me to the retired reserve on January 2, 2015. Not 2 JAN 15, mind you. January 2, 2015. I’m retired, so now I get to write dates like a normal person. Though, when people on the other end of the phone want me to spell out...
  • Gen. Boykin: Army Violated Its Own Regulations in Punishing Chaplain for Using Scripture

    12/19/2014 8:49:50 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 18, 2014 - 5:26 PM | Lauretta Brown
    Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin (U.S. Army-Ret.) says the Army violated its own regulations by punishing Chaplain Joseph Lawhorn for “using Christian scripture and solutions” in a mandatory suicide prevention training session. Boykin, chair of the Restore Military Religious Freedom Coalition (RMRFC), also said that the treatment of Lawhorn violated the chaplain’s constitutional rights. “First of all, his case is important because it is an infringement on his First Amendment rights,” Boykin told CNSNews.com. “Secondly, he is a chaplain. By definition, chaplains deal with spiritual issues, and all he was doing was explaining how his faith helped him. The third thing,...
  • Military Punishes Chaplain for Referring to the Bible in Suicide-Prevention Seminar

    12/15/2014 5:30:21 AM PST · by iowamark · 8 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | December 14, 2014 | Kelsey Harkness
    The Army has disciplined a military chaplain for making references to the Bible during a suicide-prevention seminar last month.A serviceman brought the Judeo-Christian religious content to the attention of an atheist group, which complained about it. Now, the chaplain is fighting back, maintaining he did nothing wrong. The dispute has renewed a debate over the appropriate role of faith in the military.The chaplain, Capt. Joe Lawhorn, conducted the training session on suicide prevention Nov. 20 at the University of North Georgia. During the session, he shared his personal struggles with depression while an Army Ranger.What upset the atheist group is that...
  • Fort Hood Attack Victims Closer to Purple Hearts

    12/14/2014 9:37:04 AM PST · by SleeperCatcher · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 12/13/2014 | Nomaan Merchant
    The victims of the 2009 Fort Hood shooting that left 13 dead and more than 30 wounded moved closer Friday to receiving the Purple Hearts many say they are due. Congress passed a defense policy bill Friday evening that includes a provision making victims of the attacks at the Texas Army post eligible for the Purple Heart. The award given to military personnel wounded in battle also offers increased retirement benefits.
  • U.S. Army wants a new gun

    12/04/2014 8:47:56 AM PST · by PROCON · 109 replies
    CNN ^ | Dec. 4, 2014 | Aaron Smith
    After about 30 years of using the Beretta as the primary sidearm pistol for the U.S. military, the Pentagon is seeking a new gun contract. For gun manufacturers, this kind of a contract is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. While the Beretta lasted three decades, the U.S. military's first semiautomatic standard-issue sidearm, the M1911 from Colt, lasted nearly 90 years. It was issued during the U.S. war in the Philippines through the World Wars to Vietnam and beyond.
  • What You Might Not Know About The Army-McCarthy Hearings

    11/20/2014 9:03:53 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 4 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 11/20/14 | Michael D. Shaw
    In light of the recent death of Irving Peress, I dust off this one I did back in 2007… I must admit that I was unaware just how deep the calumny against Senator Joseph McCarthy was until a friend of mine, supposedly an arch-conservative, invoked the infamous Joseph Welch line “You’ve done enough. Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?” to decry the unfair treatment of a current political figure. My friend did not realize that Welch’s statement was no more than bluster, and has been forever (and successfully) quoted...
  • Army chooses 31 women for spring Ranger Course assessment

    11/18/2014 10:41:24 AM PST · by jazusamo · 47 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 18, 2014 | Douglas Ernst
    The U.S. ArmyRanger school has 31 female candidates for its planned Ranger Course Assessment next spring. The Maneuver Center of Excellence in Fort Benning, Georgia, said on its Facebook page Monday that Fort Benning’s Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade has chosen 11 officers and 20 noncommissioned officers as observers and advisers for the course. Candidates went through a week of training to give them an idea of the rigors that Ranger School inflicts upon soldiers. “I was very satisfied with both the quality and quantity of the volunteers we received,” said Maj. Gen. Scott Miller, commanding general of the Maneuver...
  • Sikh student sues U.S. Army, says ROTC enlistment blocked because of his faith

    11/14/2014 8:37:31 AM PST · by PROCON · 73 replies
    cnn ^ | Nov. 14, 2014 | David Shortell
    (CNN) -- A Sikh student at Hofstra University filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the United States Army, claiming the service refused to grant him a religious accommodation that would allow him to enlist in his school's ROTC program without shaving his beard, cutting his hair and removing his turban, according to court documents. When Iknoor Singh requested a religious exemption from the military's grooming policies to enlist as an ROTC cadet in April 2013, his request was first denied on the grounds that his noncompliance would have "an adverse impact on the Army's readiness, unit cohesion, standards, health, safety, or...
  • Soldier’s hero dog ‘stolen’ by military

    11/09/2014 8:34:42 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 35 replies
    NY Post ^ | 11-9-14 | Maureen Callahan
    Where’s Matty? On July 20, 2013, Spc. Brent Grommet returned from Afghanistan with his military working dog, a Czech German shepherd named Matty. The two had gone through basic training together, deployed together and were injured together when a roadside IED detonated. Grommet slept on top of Matty’s crate as they flew back to the United States. Upon landing at an Air Force base in New Jersey, the two were separated — standard operating procedure. Grommet wasn’t worried, though: According to Army regulations, if he wanted Matty, he had the sole right to adopt his military working dog. This right...
  • Obama admin orders sensitivity training after Army bars man from woman’s restroom

    10/31/2014 9:50:17 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 57 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 10/31/14 | Ben Johnson
    The Obama administration has said the U.S. Army “discriminated” against a transgender male employee by not allowing him to use the female restroom, calling him “he,” and asking him to stop having uncomfortable and “unwanted” discussions with his co-workers about his upcoming surgical castration. The U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) found that the Department of the Army committed gender identity discrimination against “Tamara” Lusardi, a civilian quality assurance specialist who announced he wanted to become a woman. Lusardi, who has been a civilian employee since November 2004, announced his transition in April 2010 and began presenting himself as...
  • Ali Al-Timimi, al-Qaeda and Anthrax

    10/29/2007 2:22:32 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 105 replies · 768+ views
    JAWA Report ^ | October 29, 2007 03:48 PM | Howie
    Ali al-Timimi will be serving life for sedition. Specifically he was recruiting for al-Qaeda from the US. Scary enough, but read the whole article. It appears al-Qaeda had infiltrated US biodefense and has supporters/agents with access to the Ames strain of anthrax and the know how to make dried concentrated forms of the spores.Via Bloggernews.net:A colleague of famed Russian bioweaponeer Ken Alibek and former USAMRIID head Charles Bailey, a prolific Ames strain researcher, has been convicted of sedition and sentenced to life in prison. He worked in a program co-sponsored by the American Type Culture Collection and had access to...
  • 7 in 10 Young Americans Too Fat, Uneducated, or Criminal to Join Army

    10/29/2014 1:33:15 PM PDT · by DJ Taylor · 37 replies
    NEWSWEEK ^ | 10/27/14 | Taylor Wofford
    Health problems, low education levels and criminal histories make seven out of 10 young people ages 17 to 24 unfit to become soldiers, according to the U.S. Army.
  • Army is guilty of discrimination for barring transgender from female restrooms

    10/24/2014 6:57:36 AM PDT · by massmike · 74 replies
    http://dailycaller.com/ ^ | 10/24/2014 | Johnah Bennett
    Tamara Lusardi, a transgender who transitioned from male to female, has won his case against the Department of the Army for discrimination and humiliation, based on a report from the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC). In 2010, Lusardi was working for the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center as a civilian employee, and announced that he was now officially beginning his transition from male to female. Lusardi changed his name and began dressing as a woman, at which point management held a meeting to accommodate Tamara in the workforce. Management supported Lusardi and repeatedly stated...
  • 'Toxic' battalion commander returns to job despite recommendation of firing

    10/24/2014 4:39:14 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 25 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | October 23, 2014 | Tom Roeder
    The commander of a Fort Carson helicopter battalion objected when subordinates talked about a toxic command climate, according to documents obtained by The Gazette. "You want toxic? I'll show you toxic," Lt. Col. Tammy Baugh allegedly told soldiers in the 1st Battalion of the 25th Aviation Regiment, documents said. A 263-page Army investigation report released under the Freedom of Information Act portrays Baugh as a foul-mouthed boss who belittled soldiers, threw things during a meeting and sometimes stormed out of battalion gatherings. Baugh and the battalion's command sergeant major were temporarily relieved in July, but later placed back in command...
  • Ebola Surveillance Thread

    08/10/2014 12:46:23 AM PDT · by Smokin' Joe · 4,946 replies
    Free Republic Threads ^ | August 10, 2014 | Legion
    I have spent a little time compiling links to threads about the Ebola outbreak in the interest of having all the links in one thread for future reference. Please add links to new threads and articles of interest as the situation develops. Thank You all for you participation.
  • Muslim Burial Practices Blamed for Spread of Ebola Virus

    10/21/2014 12:48:55 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 36 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 10-21-2014 | Jim Hoft
    <p>Muslim burial practices are being blamed for the spread of Ebola.</p> <p>Remains of Secretary General of The Nigeria Supreme General for Islamic Affairs and Seriki of Egbaland, Alhaji Lateeef Adegbite at his burial in 2012.</p> <p>Islam requires family members to personally wash the corpses of loved ones from head to toe. This practise is putting more Africans at risk to catch the disease that is spread by body fluids.</p>