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  • Report urges Pentagon to allow transgendered military personnel to openly serve

    08/27/2014 11:13:41 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 63 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 27, 2014 | Douglas Ernst
    Gay military service personnel may now serve openly, and now former top Pentagon officials believe that another group should be afforded the same treatment: transgendered Americans. A report issued Tuesday by retired Maj. Gen. Gale S. Pollock, former acting surgeon general of the Army; Brig. Gen. Clara Adams-Ender, former chief of the U.S. Army Nurse Corps; and Brig. Gen. Thomas A. Kolditz, a Yale University professor and professor emeritus at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, opened the door for ending a de-facto “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy for transgendered individuals, the Washington Examiner reported.
  • Obama’s reckless disregard of ISIS, Hillary wants a reward for timidity

    08/15/2014 2:57:44 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 6 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 8-15-14 | Jennifer Rubin
    His remarks about Ferguson, Mo., and the Michael Brown incident got most of the attention, but the president’s comments on Iraq may be much more important in the long run — and certainly more depressing. The president has never recognized and still refuses to accept the threat posed by the Islamic State. ~snip~ So the bottom line is, is that the situation on the mountain has greatly improved and Americans should be very proud of our efforts. Because of the skill and professionalism of our military and the generosity of our people, we broke the ISIL siege of Mount Sinjar,...
  • Beau Bergdahl’s Duty—And Ours

    07/23/2014 5:29:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 23, 2013 | Ken Blackwell
    Beau Bergdahl has been returned to “active duty.” Apparently, that means a desk job while the Army considers what should be done with this young enlisted soldier. Bergdahl was held for five years by the Taliban since walking away from his post one night in 2009. President Obama greeted Bergdahl’s relieved parents in Rose Garden at the White House in a move widely criticized. And that was even before Americans learned that the Obama administration had traded young Bergdahl for five of the most murderous Taliban detainees from our facility at Guantanamo Bay. Duty. There seems to be much confusion...
  • Outrageous: Combat Troops to Receive Pink Slips While Deployed Overseas

    07/11/2014 4:37:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 45 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 10, 2014 | Daniel Doherty
    Some members of the armed services, all of whom are currently deployed in war zones, will soon be notified by the Defense Department that they will be involuntarily discharged from the military at the end of their current tours. Why? “Budget cuts.” It’s as simple as that. Shockingly, too, hundreds of Army captains have already been handed the devastating news, according to the New York Post, and more officers are expected to get it, if they haven't already, soon enough. For obvious reasons, this is an outrageous and heartless way to “thank” combat veterans: What is astonishing is that the...
  • Obama's Vision for American Military Might: Caring for Illegal Immigrants and Fighting for Muslims

    07/08/2014 8:20:03 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 6 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 07/08/14 | Fred Dardick
    The Commander in Chief of the most powerful military the world has ever seen has a new mission for the brave young men and women who signed up to fight for our great nation: caring for tens of thousands of illegal immigrant children and putting their lives on the line to protect Muslims.
  • Army wants a harder-hitting pistol

    07/03/2014 7:51:01 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 227 replies
    Foxnews.com ^ | July 03, 2014 | By Matthew Cox
    The U.S. Army is moving forward to replace the Cold War-era M9 9mm pistol with a more powerful handgun that also meets the needs of the other services. As the lead agent for small arms, the Army will hold an industry day July 29 to talk to gun makers about the joint, Modular Handgun System or MHS. The MHS would replace the Army's inventory of more than 200,000 outdated M9 pistols and several thousand M11 9mm pistols with one that has greater accuracy, lethality, reliability and durability, according to Daryl Easlick, a project officer with the Army's Maneuver Center of...
  • Military Bans Bibles But Forces Soldiers to Adhere to Ramadan Rules

    06/29/2014 11:28:02 AM PDT · by Nachum · 43 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 6/29/14 | Jim Hoft
    It’s an Obama world.The US Air Force kicked Christian Gideon’s volunteers off base in March. The Bibles were too offensive and violated the separation of church and state rule.But US military personnel are expected to adhere Islamic practices during Ramadan.Stars and Stripes reported: U.S. personnel accustomed to drinking their coffee on the drive to work will have to put that habit on hold for about a month. It’s one of a few lifestyle changes Americans will have to make during the holy month of Ramadan.Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. Officials expect Ramadan to begin at sunrise...
  • Pentagon: Young Adults Too Fat, Tattooed, Uneducated for Military

    06/29/2014 4:12:47 AM PDT · by SamAdams76 · 92 replies
    Newsmax ^ | June 28, 2014 | Sandy Fitzgerald
    The American military is facing a serious personnel issue: More than two-thirds of today's youth are too uneducated, have behavior issues, and are not physically fit enough for service. "We're trying to make decision makers see this is a national-security matter — and they need to prioritize it," retired Maj. Gen. Allen Youngman told The Wall Street Journal.
  • The U.S. military’s ongoing slur of Native Americans

    06/27/2014 9:55:16 AM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 54 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Jun 26th 2014 | Simon Waxman
    * In the United States today, the names Apache, Comanche, Chinook, Lakota, Cheyenne and Kiowa apply not only to Indian tribes but also to military helicopters. Add in the Black Hawk, named for a leader of the Sauk tribe. Then there is the Tomahawk, a low-altitude missile, and a drone named for an Indian chief, Gray Eagle. Operation Geronimo was the end of Osama bin Laden. Why do we name our battles and weapons after people we have vanquished? For the same reason the Washington team is the Redskins and my hometown Red Sox go to Cleveland to play the...
  • Obama nominates 3 new military commanders

    06/24/2014 3:14:03 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 24, 2014 5:58 PM EDT | Lolita C. Baldor
    President Barack Obama has tapped the vice chief of the Army to take over the U.S. command in Afghanistan later this year as America pulls out its combat troops and leaves a force of about 10,000 to train and advise the Afghan military. …
  • America's First Lady Disrespecting Our Veterans

    06/14/2014 1:36:06 PM PDT · by lbryce · 41 replies
    Google Plus ^ | June 14, 2014 | thewarrior0123
  • U.S. quietly moves detainees out of secretive Afghanistan prison

    06/12/2014 5:50:28 PM PDT · by Lacey · 3 replies
    Yahoo News/ Reuters ^ | 6/12/14 | Missy Ryan
    The Obama administration has quietly repatriated a dozen detainees from a small U.S. military prison in Afghanistan, moving a modest step closer toward winding down the United States' controversial post-9/11 detainee system. President Barack Obama, in a letter to Congress released on Thursday, informed U.S. lawmakers that about 38 non-Afghan prisoners remained at the Parwan detention center outside of Kabul, down from around 50 a few months ago. A U.S. defense official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that a Frenchman, a Kuwaiti and 10 Pakistani prisoners were sent back to their respective home countries at the end of May....
  • Top Ten Casualties in Obama’s Wars—To Whom He Won’t Apologize

    06/11/2014 8:52:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 11, 2014 | John Ransom
    10) In six short years as president, Obama has taken the Democratic Party from the One to done. While it’s way too early to write off the party even for 2014, the wounds created by supporting this colossal bozo will be even longer to heal than the wounds inflicted by Jimmy Carter. Obama said way more then he knows when he admitted that the problem is he’s president not emperor. 9) Remember when the Fawning News Media said that comedians would have a tough time making fun of Obama because he was so serious, so perfect, so black? Well the...
  • Obama Reminds the Greatest Generation How He's Changing the Military

    06/06/2014 6:40:05 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 57 replies
    CNS News ^ | 06/06/2014 | Susan Jones
    At a ceremony commemorating some of the bravest Americans of World War II, President Barack Obama reminded the "greatest generation" how the U.S. military has changed under his command, by slipping in references to immigrants and women. "Rock, I want you to know that Staff Sgt. Melvin Sabillo Martin, who is here today, is following in your footsteps. He just had to become an American first. Because Melvin was born in Honduras, moved to the United States, joined the Army. After tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, he was reassigned to the 82nd Airborne. And Sunday, he'll parachute into Normandy. "Wilson,...
  • US soldier freed from captivity in Afghanistan

    05/31/2014 2:01:49 PM PDT · by chicagolady · 50 replies
    washington AP ^ | May 31, 2014 | JULIE PACE and LOLITA C. BALDOR
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The only American soldier held prisoner in Afghanistan has been freed by the Taliban
  • How about bring back the draft to include women?

    05/27/2014 5:55:07 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 52 replies
    JewishWorldReview ^ | May 27, 2014 | By Alicia Colon
    Last January 2013, then Defense Secretary, Leon Panetta, ordered the Joint Chiefs of Staff to study the feasibility of opening all military jobs to women by 2016. This would include more than 200,000 jobs that make up the core of the ground-level combat force in the Army and the Marine Corps. Opponents of women in combat argue, rightly in my opinion, that the military's physical standards must not be compromised to expand access because our military's fighting effectiveness is at stake. Hauling 50 pounds of equipment while walking 20 miles is a standard that must not be demoted as it...
  • Durbin pushes for military green cards for illegal ‘Dreamers’ who enlist

    05/19/2014 1:38:11 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 22 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 19, 2014 | S.A. Miller
    Senate Assistant Majority Leader Richard J. Durbin vowed Monday to keep fighting to give green cards to some illegal immigrants who serve in the U.S. military, according to a report. “If you are willing to sign up in our military and risk your life for America, you should be given that opportunity,” Mr. Durbin, Illinois Democrat, proclaimed at a Senate Appropriation Committee field hearing in Chicago. Senate Democrats are debating whether to add the measure, known as the ENLIST Act, to the annual defense authorization act. The ENLIST Act would enable young illegal immigrants who entered the United States before...
  • Once More With Feeling

    05/17/2014 5:56:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 17, 2014 | Rich Tucker
    “Actions speak louder than words,” people used to say. But that’s so 20th century. The modern American ethos seems to value how you feel far more than what you do. Last month, almost 300 girls were kidnapped in Nigeria by the terrorist group Boko Haram. Its leader insists they’ll be sold into slavery; some may have been already. Western leaders have left no doubt they feel bad about all this. Michelle Obama’s pouty-faced photo on Twitter went viral. She’s holding a hand-lettered sign: “#BringBackOurGirls.” British Prime Minister David Cameron also held such a sign on the BBC. Yet the Western...
  • The Manipulation of the American Military by the Muslim Brotherhood

    05/01/2014 3:42:49 AM PDT · by RightSideNews · 11 replies
    Right Side News ^ | May 1, 2014 | William Michael
    In an article published in the London Review of Books, Pulitzer Prize winning columnist Seymour Hersh (of My Lai and, more recently, Abu Ghraib fame), explains recent two foreign policy mysteries to American readers. The piece, The Red Line and the Rat Line is based on interviews with intelligence sources and consultants, and it connects the dots between between these two mysteries, and explains how they are related. What emerges is a clear picture of American cooperation, at the highest levels, with Turkey and Qatar, the foremost sponsors of the Arab Spring (see links). For example, NATO, as of December,...
  • Preparing the US military for the 'threat multiplier' of climate change.

    04/22/2014 11:46:58 AM PDT · by machogirl · 41 replies
    Slate via Stripes.com ^ | 04-21-2014 | Eric Holthaus
    The U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has just completed a series of landmark reports that chronicle an update to the current state of consensus science on climate change. Its conclusion: On our current path, climate change could pose an irreversible, existential risk to civilization as we know it, but we can still fix it if we decide to work together. But in addition to the call for cooperation, the reports also shared an alarming new trend: Climate change is already destabilizing nations and leading to wars. That finding was highlighted in last week's premiere of Showtime's climate change docu-drama...
  • U.S. ground troops going to Poland, defense minister says

    04/18/2014 3:13:07 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 108 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 18, 2014 | by Fred Hiatt
    Poland and the United States will announce next week the deployment of U.S. ground forces to Poland as part of an expansion of NATO presence in Central and Eastern Europe in response to events in Ukraine. That was the word from Poland’s defense minister, Tomasz Siemoniak, who visited The Post Friday after meeting with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel at the Pentagon on Thursday. Siemoniak said the decision has been made on a political level and that military planners are working out details. There will also be intensified cooperation in air defense, special forces, cyberdefense and other areas. Poland will play...
  • A Paper Kitten

    03/20/2014 5:12:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 20, 2014 | Derek Hunter
    Mao Zedong said of the United States, “In appearance it is very powerful, but in reality it is nothing to be afraid of; it is a paper tiger. Outwardly a tiger, it is made of paper, unable to withstand the wind and the rain. I believe that is nothing but a paper tiger.” Osama bin Laden said, “We have religion, we have Islam. The American soldier may have the best weapons in the world, but on the inside, he is spiritually empty – a paper tiger.” Both were wrong. Mao found out by being held in check, and bin Laden...
  • Is the U.S. Air Force really necessary?

    03/17/2014 12:37:23 PM PDT · by xzins · 232 replies
    World ^ | March 17, 2014 | Michael Cochrane
    Robert Farley, a political science professor at the University of Kentucky, wants to ground the U.S. Air Force, for good. In his book, Grounded: The Case for Abolishing the US Air Force, Farley argues the United States does not need an independent Air Force in order to effectively wield military air power. Farley, an assistant professor at the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce, came to his conclusion after studying the conflict between the Army and the Air Force over which military branch was primarily responsible for winning the first Gulf War. “I slowly became more aware that these...
  • In farewell to parliament, Karzai says Afghanistan doesn't need foreign troops

    03/15/2014 1:51:59 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 12 replies
    .usnews ^ | March 15, 2014 | KATHY GANNON and RAHIM FAIEZ
    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — In his final address to Afghanistan's parliament Saturday, President Hamid Karzai told the United States its soldiers can leave
  • Why Are Dozens Of High Ranking Officers Being Purged From The U.S. Military?

    03/14/2014 4:15:52 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 32 replies
    The American Dream ^ | January 16, 2014 | Michael Snyder
    Since Barack Obama has been in the White House, high ranking military officers have been removed from their positions at a rate that is absolutely unprecedented. Things have gotten so bad that a number of retired generals are publicly speaking out about the “purge” of the U.S. military that they believe is taking place. As you will see below, dozens of highly decorated military leaders have been dismissed from their positions over the past few years. So why is this happening? When I was growing up, my father was an officer in the U.S. Navy. And what is going on...
  • LGBT Group Asks Obama to Allow Transgenders in Military Through Executive Order

    03/14/2014 9:04:43 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 52 replies
    CNSNews ^ | March 14, 2014 | Penny Starr
    (CNSNews.com) – The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force seized on an advocacy group's report on transgender military service Thursday to call on President Barack Obama to issue an executive order allowing transgender men and women to serve in the military. “We commend the commission for stating independently what we all know: there is no compelling medical reason to exclude trans people from serving their country, and transitions would place almost no burden on the military,” Rea Carey, executive director of the task force, said in a press release . “The President should sign an executive order to lift the...
  • Oliver North Tears Into Obama White House’s ‘Leadership Deficit Disorder’ (CPAC)

    03/07/2014 12:59:11 PM PST · by jazusamo · 5 replies
    The Baze ^ | March 7, 2014 | Becket Adams
    NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Former Marine Corps. Lt. Col. Oliver North said Friday that Ukraine is paying the price for America’s lack of leadership under President Barack Obama. “The people of Ukraine are at this very minute paying the terrible price for America’s leadership deficit disorder and the Obama organization’s utopian rush to unilateral disarmament,” North said at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference held outside Washington, D.C. He continued, ramping up his criticism of President Obama’s approach to national defense and foreign policy. “We don’t need a head of state who guts our defenses and draws phony red lines...
  • US to bolster military support to Poland, Baltic

    03/05/2014 11:42:32 AM PST · by ColdOne · 9 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | 3/5/14 | afp
    Washington (AFP) - The United States plans to expand military cooperation with Poland and Baltic states to show "support" for its allies after Russia's intervention in Ukraine, Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel said Wednesday.
  • Gay and lesbian troops perform in drag on American military base

    03/03/2014 11:17:23 AM PST · by barmag25 · 29 replies
    The week ^ | 3/3/14 | JORDAN VALINSKY
    Troops based at the Kadena Air Base in Japan know how to party. On Saturday, six gay and straight service members applied some of their finest makeup and lip synced to "I Wanna Dance with Somebody" in what is believed to be first drag queen and king show on an American military base. The show was thrown in support for the base's recently formed OutServe-SLDN chapter, a nonprofit advocacy group for the army's LGBT community.
  • Back to the '30s: The Great American Retreat

    03/01/2014 5:08:33 PM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 1, 2014 | Paul Greenberg
    It happens after every war. America disarms. And so invites the next attack, and next war. The same haphazard pattern is emerging now -- even before the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are over, much as this administration pretends they are in order to cut the defense budget. On both those fronts, the enemy is rushing to fill the vacuum left by the American withdrawal. This country's retreat has allowed al-Qaida, its branches and assorted allies and successors, whether the Taliban in Afghanistan or freelance terrorists in Iraq, to advance. At this rate, it may be only a matter of...
  • George Bush Honors "The One Percent" Who Keep America Safe

    02/21/2014 6:01:50 AM PST · by rktman · 9 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 2/20/2014 | unknown
    George Bush Honors "The One Percent" Who Keep America Safe
  • MSNBC'S RONAN FARROW USES WAR HERO'S WOUNDS FOR JOKE

    01/29/2014 1:46:48 PM PST · by mandaladon · 32 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 29 Jan 2014 | JOHN NOLTE
    There must be something in the water at NBC News. From out of left-field Wednesday, NBC's senior political director Mark Murray compared the story of wounded war hero Cory Remsburg to Barack Obama's own story. Twelve hours earlier, MSNBC's newest anchor, Ronan Farrow, used Remsburg's wounds to make what is apparently a joke about Congress: After the highly-publicized and embarrassing staff problems NBC and MSNBC recently faced with Melissa Harris-Perry, Alec Baldwin, and Martin Bashir, whoever is in charge over there might want to fire off a memo explaining to its on-air talent just how inappropriate it is to use...
  • Pentagon relaxes rules on religious apparel, facial hair

    01/22/2014 12:35:18 PM PST · by maddog55 · 62 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 22, 2014 | Fox News
    The Pentagon on Wednesday relaxed its rules governing the religious apparel and facial hair that troops can wear or maintain while in uniform, permitting in some cases tattoos, body piercings and other religious items. The Defense Department issued the changes via a directive Wednesday afternoon. As part of the military's changing approach to making religious accommodations, the new policy will allow service members to sport different kinds of religious garb and hairstyles so long as they don't have an "adverse effect on military readiness, mission accomplishment, unit cohesion, and good order and discipline." The changes create several new categories, besides...
  • Falluja’s Fall Stuns Marines Who Fought There

    01/10/2014 12:14:05 PM PST · by chessplayer · 63 replies
    Adam Banotai was a 21-year-old sergeant and squad leader in the Marine Corps during the 2004 invasion of Falluja, a restive insurgent-held city in Iraq. His unit — which had seven of 17 men wounded by shrapnel or bullets in the first days of the invasion — seized control of the government center early in the campaign. So when Sunni insurgents, some with allegiances to Al Qaeda, retook the city this month and raised their black insurgent flag over buildings where he and his men fought, he was transfixed, disbelieving and appalled.
  • DOD Will Review Training Materials That List Evangelical Christianity and Catholicism as...

    01/06/2014 2:24:08 PM PST · by jazusamo · 22 replies
    CNSNews ^ | January 6, 2014 | Penny Starr
    Full title: DOD Will Review Training Materials That List Evangelical Christianity and Catholicism as ‘Religious Extremism’ (CNSNews.com) – The Department of Defense will review its military training materials following a coalition of religious liberty advocates expressing outrage in a letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel that Christianity is described in the materials as “religious extremism” based, in part, on categorization provided to the government by the Southern Poverty Law Center. The letter, signed by a large coalition that includes the Family Research Council, American Values, Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty (CARL), Judicial Watch and the Media Research Center – the...
  • SC air base mulls holiday display after protest

    12/10/2013 11:21:34 AM PST · by armydawg505 · 15 replies
    www.thestate.com ^ | December 10, 2013 | unknown
    <p>SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. — Officials at Shaw Air Force Base are trying to determine what to do about a holiday display after a Nativity scene was taken down last week.</p> <p>Air Force spokeswoman Lt. Keavy (kev-EE) Rake said Tuesday a Nativity display was set up Friday by a group of volunteers from the base chapel at a small lake on the installation. The site was near where a tree lighting ceremony was scheduled Friday evening.</p>
  • I worked on the US drone program. The public should know what really goes on

    01/01/2014 2:29:20 PM PST · by Foundahardheadedwoman · 79 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 12/29/13 | Heather Linebaugh
    Comment is free I worked on the US drone program. The public should know what really goes on Few of the politicians who so brazenly proclaim the benefits of drones have a real clue how it actually works (and doesn't) Share 51006 117 inShare158 Email Anonymous woman on grey Heather Linebaugh theguardian.com, Sunday 29 December 2013 07.30 EST Jump to comments (2811) Hermes 450 drone An Elbit Systems Hermes 450 drone. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images Whenever I read comments by politicians defending the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Predator and Reaper program – aka drones – I wish I could ask them a...
  • Southern Discomfort: U.S. Army seeks removal of Lee, ‘Stonewall’ Jackson honors

    12/18/2013 8:24:58 PM PST · by Bringbackthedraft · 76 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 12/17/13 | Rowan Scarborough
    The U.S. Army War College, which molds future field generals, has begun discussing whether it should remove its portraits of Confederate generals
  • Remembering Our Armed Forces during the Holidays

    12/15/2013 10:45:59 AM PST · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 15, 2013 | Elise Cooper
    The holiday season should be a time of faith -- a time to show compassion for those in the military, as well as for their families. This is definitely the theme of three recent books: The First Phone Call From Heaven by Mitch Albom, The Trident: The Forging and Reforging of a Navy Seal by Jason Redman, and American Heroes: On The Homefront: The Hearts Of Heroes by Oliver North with Bob Hamer. Throughout these books, the theme of hope and the belief in G-d is emphasized. American Thinker interviewed the authors about their books... Oliver North's latest book shows...
  • Hagel: Same-sex benefits for troops’ spouses ready to go in all states

    12/13/2013 4:16:22 PM PST · by jazusamo · 36 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 13, 2013 | Douglas Ernst
    The nine remaining states that were refusing to extend full benefits to troops with same-sex spouses have formerly dropped their opposition. “All military spouses and families sacrifice on behalf of our country,” Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in a statement Friday, the Military Times reported. “They deserve our respect and the benefits they are entitled to under the law.”
  • PT Standards in Question for Women in Combat

    11/18/2013 10:48:36 AM PST · by QT3.14 · 92 replies
    Military.com ^ | November 14, 2013 | Matthew Cox
    The Marine Corps may have to change its physical standards in order to put females in positions to one day lead infantry platoons in combat. Both the Marine Corps and the Army continue to wrestle with the mandate that former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta issued in January, directing the U.S. military to open hundreds of combat-arms jobs that have been closed to female servicemembers. So far, the Marines have been out ahead.
  • The Unseen Scars Are Often As Painful As the Ones Seen

    11/13/2013 10:01:48 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 13, 2013 | Mark W. Hendrickson
    In economics, the first lesson I teach my pupils is the lesson of things that are seen and things that are not seen. Actions produce some effects that are readily apparent and others that are not. This truth applies to military veterans. Many return from their service scarred. Sometimes those scars are visible, as in the case of Ronny Porta, about whom I wrote last spring, or the Vietnam vet with whom I shared a poignant experience many Veterans Days ago. Other times, the scars are invisible. The psychological wounds may be more common. A close friend and a cousin...
  • Military chaplains harassed, mocked for quoting Scripture during chaplain training

    11/12/2013 6:34:07 PM PST · by markomalley · 22 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | 11/12/2013 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    From Citizen Link: Military Chaplains Sue Over Harassment, Attack on Christian Faith by Bethany MonkThose who serve our country often greet reveilles before the sunrise. They don the uniform. They represent our country, and they continue to make sacrifice after sacrifice. With the onslaught of government intrusion on religious freedom, some of them are dealing with egregious attacks on their personal faith.A legal group on Friday filed suit on behalf of two military chaplains. According to the suit, a supervisor with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) mocked their Christian faith, repeatedly, during a chaplain training program.  [?!?]Retired U.S. Army...
  • The Great Purge (Of the US Military)

    11/12/2013 11:01:56 AM PST · by xzins · 38 replies
    Family Security Matters ^ | November 11, 2013 | PETER FARMER
    During the years 1934-1939, Soviet dictator and Communist Party General Chairman Josef Stalin ordered what later became known to history as the "Great Purge" - a period of brutal political repression, torture, imprisonment and mass murder in the Soviet Union. Launched under the auspices of purifying the Communist Party of ideologically-unreliable elements and rooting out fifth columnists within its ranks, the purges focused initially on party leadership. However - fueled by Stalin's paranoia - they soon expanded into the military, government bureaucracy and wider Soviet society. Members of the intelligentsia, senior government bureaucrats (nomenklatura), professionals, land-owning farmers (kulaks), members of...
  • Veterans Aren’t Losers, Liberals

    11/11/2013 3:18:53 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 11, 2013 | Kurt Schlichter
    This Veterans Day, let’s honor our warriors, not patronize them. We veterans resent the left glomming on to us to justify the welfare state, responding to any observation regarding the millions of liberal-voting deadbeats feeding off of Uncle Sucker with the smug rejoinder “What about the veterans who need help? Why do you hate veterans?” Like progressives ever cared about our warriors – the only reason they aren’t lined up to spit on our returning fighters is they know they’d get their teeth knocked in. Let’s be clear – being a veteran is not a “Get out of work...
  • Pentagon reports 46 percent rise in military sexual assaults

    11/08/2013 12:18:06 PM PST · by jazusamo · 25 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 8, 2013 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    <p>The number of sexual assaults reported in the military saw a double-digit surge over the last year — but that doesn’t necessarily mean that members are suffering more attacks, the Pentagon said, in its latest report.</p> <p>Instead, most of the 46 percent hike can be attributed to “victim confidence in our response system,” the Pentagon made clear, United Press International reported.</p>
  • Another Military Commander Fired — That's 9 This Year

    11/07/2013 1:29:48 PM PST · by F15Eagle · 35 replies
    Newsma ^ | Tuesday, 05 Nov 2013 03:34 PM | By Courtney Coren
    Another top military commander has been given his marching orders, making the ninth general or officer that has been let go so far this year. The commander of the U.S. Army Garrison Japan, Col. Eric Tilley was dismissed for "lack of confidence" due to the findings of a recent investigation. He was suspended by Maj. Gen. James Boozer, commander of U.S. Army Japan and I Corps (Forward), and replaced by Col. Joy Curriera, Stars and Stripes reported. Tilley's civilian deputy was reassigned, with a "misconduct" investigation pending according to World Net Daily. A spokesman for U.S. Army Japan, Maj. Kevin...
  • 'Purge surge': Obama fires another commander

    11/05/2013 9:19:14 AM PST · by rarestia · 67 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | F. Michael Maloof
    After multiple top generals described to WND what they regard as a full-scale “purge” of the U.S. military by the Obama administration, the commander of U.S. Army Garrison Japan was summarily relieved of duty and his civilian deputy reassigned, pending a “misconduct” investigation. Nine generals and flag officers have been relieved of duty under Obama just this year – widely viewed as an extraordinary number – and several sources put the total number of senior officers purged during the five years of the Obama administration as close to 200. In response, prominent retired generals – ranging from Army Maj. Gen....
  • In reversal, Obama says he will boost US military support in Iraq

    11/02/2013 1:39:51 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 60 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | Nov 2, 2013 | By Paul Richter
    <p>Facing a deadly resurgence of al-Qaida in Iraq, President Barack Obama signaled Friday that he will begin increasing U.S. military support for Baghdad after five years of reducing it.</p> <p>The new U.S. plan represents a remarkable shift for Obama, whose administration trumpeted the 2011 withdrawal of the last U.S. troops from Iraq as a major achievement and has since shifted its attention to other regional challenges, such as Syria, Egypt and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.</p>
  • Priest Returns From China -- Has Mass Blocked by US Government

    10/30/2013 7:52:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 30, 2013 | Terry Jeffrey
    "I had to say Mass in my room," says Father Ray Leonard, recalling the years he served in the Tibetan region of the People's Republic of China. In that country, where the Communist government has created a state-sanctioned facsimile of the Catholic Church and driven faithful Catholics underground, Father Leonard saw firsthand how totalitarians approach religion. "Everything is controlled," he told me in an interview. "If you are part of the public church, what is known as the Patriotic Church, the church which is for the most part governed by the Communist Party, they restrict everything. They restrict the times...