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  • Using Al-Qaeda linked fighters to battle IS could succeed: Petraeus

    09/02/2015 11:58:40 AM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 17 replies
    MSN.com ^ | September 2 2015 | AFP
    Former US military commander David Petraeus said Wednesday fighters from Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate could be used to take on the Islamic State group as he warned that his nation's hesitation to enforce "red lines" in Syria had damaged US credibility. The decorated four-star general said a controversial move to harness fighters from a group linked to Al-Qaeda -- which was responsible for the September 11, 2001 attacks -- was "an option that has some prospect for achievement". Petraeus, who was feted for changing the course of the Iraq war in 2007, said the focus was not on cooperating with the...
  • THE VIETNAM SYNDROME: Desert Storm changed Americans and their military

    08/25/2015 6:38:26 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 14 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/25/15 | Lt. Col. (P) Bill Connor
    Never again should we neglect, marginalize our military. Never again should we forget what it takes to build our defense. Vietnam Syndrome was kicked a quarter century ago in the deserts of the Middle East. Let's vow to never let it come back “By God, we’ve kicked the Vietnam syndrome once and for all.” — President George H.W. Bush after victory in Desert Storm On Aug. 2, 1990, Operation “Desert Shield” was declared after Iraqi President Saddam Hussein invaded neighboring Kuwait and stood poised to invade Saudi Arabia. Desert Shield started as the defense of Saudi Arabia and lasted until...
  • 25 Quotes That Show You How Much Liberals Hate Soldiers Like Chris Kyle

    08/21/2015 7:18:14 PM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 55 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | Feb 07, 2015 | John Hawkins
    1) “In Vietnam, our soldiers came back and they were reviled as baby killers, in shame and humiliation. It isn’t happening now, but I will tell you, there has never been an [American] army as violent and murderous as our army has been in Iraq.” —Seymour Hersh 2) “I haven't seen American Sniper, but correct me if I'm wrong: An occupier mows down faceless Iraqis but the real victim is his anguished soul.” – Max Blumenthal 3) “Put a man in uniform, preferably a white man, give him a gun, and Americans will worship him. It is a particularly childish...
  • If I were Secretary of Defense, here’s the FIRST position I’d eliminate

    08/11/2015 11:37:52 AM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 22 replies
    Allen B. West - Steadfast & Loyal ^ | August 10 , 2015 | Allen West
    There’s no need for “diversity agents” to try and manipulate the composition of our armed forces, sacrificing our effectiveness in pursuit of fairness, under the guise of enhanced increased capability. And what’s most disconcerting is the infiltration into the military of this ill-conceived mindset — namely the Pentagon joining in on this folly. The statement from an “expert at the Pentagon on the diversity of commando forces” — since when did the U.S. military need an expert on diversity of commando forces? I can tell you right now, if I were Secretary of Defense, that’s the first position I’d eliminate!...
  • Threatening note found on service member's car near Dobbins ARB (Atlanta Metro Area)

    07/23/2015 4:09:28 AM PDT · by Wiz-Nerd · 5 replies
    myfoxatlanta.com ^ | Jul 22, 2015 11:11 PM EST | MYFOXATLANTA STAFF
    Video/Story at link The letter, written in all lower case, states:
  • DISARMING AMERICA: How Obama and Democrats are sabotaging our military from within.

    07/16/2015 7:49:32 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 07/15/2015 | Arnold Ahlert
    A devastating report by the Heritage Foundation reveals yet another arena where the Obama administration, with the blessings of the Democrat Party, is fundamentally transforming the United States of America. "The U.S. military may be weaker than you think,” the report states. "All but one branch of America’s military and nuclear forces are currently operating at ‘marginal' strength levels.” The Heritage Foundation’s conclusions are strikingly at odds with the 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review, which maintains the U.S. can still fight two major conflicts simultaneously. Yet that same report highlights the reality that beginning in FY2012 the Department of Defense began absorbing the "significant...
  • As Global Threats Grow, Obama Slashes U.S. Military Muscle

    07/15/2015 4:11:31 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 28 replies
    Investors.com ^ | July 15, 2015 | IBD Editorial
    Defense: Even as the U.S. faces unprecedented security challenges, the Obama administration continues to slash the military. Cuts in funding and troop levels are leading to a dangerous lack of readiness. President Obama's most recent reduction in forces is a big one: The Army last week announced it would drop 40,000 soldiers from its ranks, a reaction to ongoing deep budget cuts. These cuts are real, deep and damaging — unlike spending in the rest of the federal government, where spending continues to rise. Since 2011, the Army's "base budget" has plummeted by nearly 18% in real terms.
  • APNewsBreak: Pentagon readying plan to lift transgender ban

    07/13/2015 12:12:06 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 69 replies
    CNS News ^ | July 13, 2015 | Lolita C. Baldor AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Pentagon leaders are finalizing plans aimed at lifting the ban on transgender individuals in the military, with the goal of formally ending one of the last gender- or sexuality-based barriers to military service, senior U.S. officials told The Associated Press. An announcement is expected this week, and the services would have six months to assess the impact of the change and work out the details, the officials said Monday. Military chiefs wanted time to methodically work through the legal, medical and administrative issues and develop training to ease any transition, and senior leaders believed six months would...
  • Momentum grows to scrap Pentagon's ban on transgender troops

    06/27/2015 11:11:04 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 36 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 27, 2015 | Martin Matishak
    There is renewed energy on Capitol Hill to lift the Defense Department's ban on transgender troops. Lawmakers view recent steps by the Pentagon and some of the armed services to expand protections for gay and lesbian troops as an opportunity to do away with the decades-old prohibition on allowing transgender troops to serve openly. They are also taking note of other societal changes in calling for the ban on service by transgender trips to be lifted. “In politics, I think it’s always appropriate to take advantage of timing. Whether it’s taking down the Confederate flag or creating equality in the...
  • West Point cadet found guilty of possessing child porn (homosexual pedophile)

    06/24/2015 8:35:10 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 51 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | June 24, 2015 | Stephen Rex Brown
    A West Point cadet was found guilty Tuesday of possessing a trove of violent child pornography in his dorm room at the storied military academy. Patrick Hester, 25, was taken into custody following the verdict in U.S. District Court in White Plains because the videos “depicted children being tortured,” Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said. “In collecting and sharing these appalling videos, he contributed to the victimization of the most vulnerable members of our society, our children.” More than 1,200 images and videos were seized from Hester’s dorm room in December 2013. Hester told fellow pervs in emails he preferred...
  • Secret World War II Chemical Experiments Tested Troops By Race

    06/24/2015 6:43:19 AM PDT · by cyborg · 21 replies
    NPR ^ | 06/22/2015 | Caitlin Dickerson
    As a young U.S. Army soldier during World War II, Rollins Edwards knew better than to refuse an assignment. When officers led him and a dozen others into a wooden gas chamber and locked the door, he didn't complain. None of them did. Then, a mixture of mustard gas and a similar agent called lewisite was piped inside. "It felt like you were on fire," recalls Edwards, now 93 years old. "Guys started screaming and hollering and trying to break out. And then some of the guys fainted. And finally they opened the door and let us out, and the...
  • NATO-Russia Collision Ahead?

    06/23/2015 8:23:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 47 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | june 23, 2015 | Pat Buchanan
    "U.S. Poised to Put Heavy Weaponry in East Europe: A Message to Russia," ran the headline in The New York Times. "In a significant move to deter possible Russian aggression in Europe, the Pentagon is poised to store battle tanks, infantry fighting vehicles and other heavy weapons for as many as 5,000 American troops in several Baltic and Eastern European countries," said the Times. The sources cited were "American and allied officials." The Pentagon's message received a reply June 16. Russian Gen. Yuri Yakubov called the U.S. move "the most aggressive step by the Pentagon and NATO since the Cold...
  • Marines, corpsman refuse to testify against sergeant at retrial in Iraqi killing

    06/14/2015 8:31:41 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 13 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 14, 2015 | By Tony Perry
    Despite offers of immunity from prosecution, four ex-Marines and a former Navy corpsman have refused to testify against Sgt. Lawrence Hutchins in his retrial in the 2006 killing of an Iraqi. The five — all of whom were convicted in the killing and served time in the brig — asserted their 5th Amendment right against self-incrimination during the court martial last week at Camp Pendleton. Hutchins, 31, was the squad leader the night that prosecutors claim the squad dragged a 52-year-old Iraqi from his bed, tied his hands, shot him multiple times and then tried to make the incident look...
  • Bergdahl seeks to remove general from his case

    06/06/2015 7:43:14 AM PDT · by PROCON · 11 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | June 5, 2015 | Tara Copp
    Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the U.S. soldier charged with desertion after he was returned from the Taliban last year in exchange for prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay, is seeking to have the officer in charge of deciding his fate removed from the case now that he has been nominated to serve as the new Army chief of staff. Gen. Mark Milley is responsible for deciding whether to charge Bergdahl criminally for leaving his post in 2009 in Afghanistan. Bergdahl was captured and remained a captive of the Taliban for nearly five years.
  • Your mother wears specially-made, Navy SEAL combat boots (Women in Combat)

    05/28/2015 9:11:07 AM PDT · by PROCON · 9 replies
    onenewsnow.com ^ | May 28, 2015 | Chad Groening
    A national defense analyst says it's a disgrace that U.S. military officers are not fighting an ongoing effort to put women in front-line combat units.The Washington Times recently reported that Congress is prodding the armed forces to develop a special combat boot for women to minimize stress fractures due to marching and training. Bob Maginnis, a senior fellow for national security at the Family Research Council, says the issue is about more than combat boots for women.It's about women are not men. Women are not little men either," says Maginnis, who retired from the U.S. Army as a lieutenant colonel....
  • Brian Williams pulls out of hosting awards show for military veterans and will be replaced...

    05/21/2015 11:46:49 AM PDT · by PROCON · 25 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | May 21, 2015 | Michael Zennie
    Full Title: Brian Williams pulls out of hosting awards show for military veterans and will be replaced by MICHELLE OBAMA NBC anchor, who was suspended after being called out by veterans for lying about his experience in Iraq, said he didn't want to be a 'distraction' First-ever Lincoln Awards features a concert by Nick Jonas, Gavin DeGraw and Jerry Lewis, which was filmed in January Ceremony, to air on PBS Friday, honors people who have helped veterans and military familiesDisgraced NBC news anchor Brian Williams, who was brought down when it was revealed he lied about his experience in a...
  • Hollywood, star Gary Sinise now entertains only for veterans

    05/21/2015 9:54:16 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 20, 2015 | Eric Althoff
    Uses his stardom to ‘do a little more’ Gary Sinise began providing free performances and dinners for Vietnam veterans — what he called “vets nights” — in the late 1970s, long before he was a household name thanks to his Oscar-nominated portrayal of the man who loses his legs in the jungles of Vietnam. Even before he portrayed Lt. Dan Taylor, the Vietnam commander saved by Forrest Gump from certain death in the 1994 best picture winner, the Chicago native and co-founder of the iconic Steppenwolf Theater knew he had to do something to give back to America’s heroes. “I...
  • Armed Forces Day Quotes 2015: 15 Inspirational Sayings That Honor The Sacrifices Made By US Troops

    05/16/2015 1:06:00 PM PDT · by PROCON · 7 replies
    ibtimes.com ^ | May 15, 2015 | Philip Ross
    Armed Forces Day honors the men and women who are currently serving the U.S. at home and abroad. The day, which falls on the third Saturday in May, is typically marked by events and ceremonies that observe the sacrifices made by those in uniform. The day was first observed in 1950 following the creation of the Department of Defense in 1949, which put all of the branches of the Armed Forces – the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps and Navy - under one department. In a speech announcing the first Armed Forces Day, President Harry Truman said the...
  • ISIS activity prompts threat level increase at bases

    05/08/2015 9:13:57 AM PDT · by PROCON · 22 replies
    CNN ^ | May 8, 2015 | Barbara Starr
    Washington (CNN)—Security conditions at U.S. military bases were raised Thursday night, because of growing concern of a jihadist threat in the U.S. It comes hours after FBI Director James Comey raised the prospect there are thousands of ISIS followers online in the U.S. "We have a general concern, obviously, that ISIL is focusing on the uniformed military and law enforcement," Comey told reporters Thursday. The order was signed by Admiral William Gortney, head of the command. "We have the same concern about the potential threat posed by violent homegrown extremists," said Captain Jeff Davis, spokesman for the U.S. Northern Command...
  • Defense Secretary: 10,400 Male Troops Subjected to 'Unwanted Sexual Contact' Last Year

    04/23/2015 10:47:47 AM PDT · by PROCON · 57 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | April 23, 2015 | Susan Jones
    (CNSNews.com) - Defense Secretary Ashton Carter told a group of ROTC cadets on Wednesday that sexual assault is a "particular challenge and a particular disgrace" to the U.S. military. He noted that last year, far more men (10,400) than women (8,500) "experienced unwanted sexual contact." "We've made some progress," Carter said. "We seem to have seen some decrease in the estimated number of assaults, and we seem to have seen some increase in those reporting an assault."But, last year, we estimated that at least 18,900 servicemembers -- 10,400 men and 8,500 women -- experienced unwanted sexual contact." Carter added that...
  • The Footwear Cadets Were Allegedly Forced to Wear During Political Event March Has Sparked an Uproar

    04/20/2015 5:35:33 PM PDT · by true believer forever · 154 replies
    IJReview ^ | April 20, 2015 | Juan Leon
    Making the general public aware about tough issues that need addressing is obviously a good thing. But there’s a right way and a wrong way to go about doing it. A Reddit post supposedly containing a message from the cellphone of a cadet has raised questions concerning an allegedly mandatory ROTC event. In the “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event, cadets were required to wear high heels and march to “raise awareness of sexual assault against women.”
  • An open letter from the mother of the first Navy Seal killed in Iraq to General Martin Dempsey

    04/19/2015 5:11:39 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 30 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 19, 2015 | Debbie Lee
    Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey responded to reports that Ramadi, Iraq is on the verge of an Islamic State today by describing Ramadi as “not symbolic in any way.” In an open letter, Debbie Lee, whose son Marc was the first Navy SEAL casualty in Ramadi, responded to his remarks today. I am shaking and tears are flowing down my cheeks as I watch the news and listen to the insensitive, pain inflicting comments made by you in regards to the fall of Ramadi. “The city itself is not symbolic in any way” oh really are...
  • AP Exclusive: Special ops troops doubt women can do the job

    04/04/2015 12:39:05 PM PDT · by PROCON · 38 replies
    apnews.myway.com ^ | April 4, 2015 | LOLITA C. BALDOR
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Surveys find that men in U.S. special operations forces do not believe women can meet the physical and mental demands of their commando jobs, and they fear the Pentagon will lower standards to integrate women into their elite units, according to interviews and documents obtained by The Associated Press. Studies that surveyed personnel found "major misconceptions" within special operations about whether women should be brought into the male-only jobs. They also revealed concerns that department leaders would "capitulate to political pressure, allowing erosion of training standards," according to one document.
  • A message to Putin: Hundreds of Poles mob convoy of U.S. troops driving through eastern Europe

    03/24/2015 12:28:38 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 40 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 24 March 2015 | Jennifer Newton for MailOnline
    "Hundreds of Polish residents took to the streets to give a hero's welcome to a convoy of U.S. troops who are driving through eastern Europe and deliver a damning message to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Children climbed on to Stryker armoured vehicles and even offered souvenirs to the troops, who stopped to pose for pictures in the main square of the eastern Polish town of Bialystok. Meanwhile other residents lined the roads and applauded as the troops from the 3rd Squadron of the 2nd Cavalry Regiment of the American Army passed by." "The scenes mirrored those in France after Paris...
  • Islamic State posts kill list with purported addresses of U.S. military personnel

    03/21/2015 7:55:03 AM PDT · by PROCON · 23 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | March 21, 2015 | Kellan Howell
    A group affiliated with the Islamic State published a list of addresses purportedly belonging to about 100 U.S. service members late Friday night, calling for their beheadings. The self-identified “Islamic State Hacking Division” claimed to have obtained the information by hacking into military servers, databases and emails, The Blaze reported Saturday. The online document contains names and photos along with some of the addresses.
  • Integrating women into combat reduces effectiveness, harms unit cohesion

    03/19/2015 10:11:45 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 37 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 19, 2015 | Jacqueline Klimas
    As the American military prepares to open all combat positions to women by 2016, a British report found that integrating women into combat would reduce effectiveness in battle and could harm unit cohesion. The British report, released in December, found that physiological differences put women at a disadvantage in both strength-based and aerobic fitness tests. Even women who are able to overcome the physiological disadvantage will likely get injured more easily or get tired quicker, making them easier targets and poorer marksmen in combat. “These are about biology rather than character,” the report states. The report found that some of...
  • Our Navy Is Getting Dangerously Smaller, And No One Is Paying Attention

    03/17/2015 6:47:48 AM PDT · by rktman · 17 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 3/17/2015 | Seth Cropsey
    The Times published a piece earlier this week by the same author. He argues that because the U.S. has 10 nuclear-powered aircraft carriers, its Navy “is big enough.” If those 10 ships could remain on patrol indefinitely, this argument would carry weight. They cannot. They must return home so that crews can be rotated, equipment repaired, and eventually, nuclear fuel replenished. About three or four carriers are required to keep one on station permanently.
  • U.S. military decimated under Obama, only ‘marginally able’ to defend nation

    02/24/2015 1:35:50 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 56 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 02/24/2015 | Rowan Scarborough
    The U.S. military is shedding so many troops and weapons it is only “marginally able” to defend the nation and falls short of the Obama administration’s national security strategy, says a new report by The Heritage Foundation Tuesday. “The U.S. military itself is aging. It’s shrinking in size,” said Dakota Wood, a Heritage analyst. “And it’s quickly becoming problematic in terms of being able to address more than one major conflict.”
  • Report: VA Secretary Lied About Serving in Special Forces

    02/23/2015 6:04:23 PM PST · by lowbridge · 81 replies
    weekly standard ^ | february 23, 2015 | daniel halper
    The Veterans Affairs secretary lied about serving in the special forces, a report in the Huffington Post alleges. "Robert McDonald, the secretary of veterans affairs, wrongly claimed in a videotaped comment earlier this year that he served in special operations forces, the most elite units in the armed forces, when his military service of five years was spent almost entirely with the 82nd Airborne Division during the late 1970s," the report reads. U.S. special operations forces (SOF) are composed of exhaustively trained and highly capable troops from each military service, including the Green Berets, Army Rangers, Delta Force and Navy SEALs --...
  • Veteran Protests Davis-Monthan Home Flying Gay-Friendly Flag (AF Base)

    02/06/2015 3:57:04 PM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 24 replies
    military.com ^ | February 6, 2015
    n outspoken wounded veteran from Tucson has caused a stir on social media over his objection to a flag he calls an affront to the American flag. Instead of red and white stripes, the flag flying recently at a home on Tucson's Davis-Monthan Air Force Base has stripes of rainbow colors -- traditionally used to show gay pride. Former Senior Airman Brian Kolfage, who lost two legs and an arm in an attack in Iraq, says the flag parodies the American flag. Kolfage says it's illegal and had no business flying on a military base. "I was cutting across base...
  • U.S. Military Not Taught Ideology of Islamic Jihad, ‘Our Nation Is In Great Peril,’ Says CSP

    01/17/2015 8:32:21 AM PST · by LSUfan · 32 replies
    CNS News ^ | 16 Jan 15 | Penny Starr
    Center for Security Policy (CSP) official Tommy Waller, who fought against Islamic jihadists "on their turf" in Afghanistan and elsewhere, said his military training did not include instruction in the ideology of the enemy, a deliberate omission that puts America in "great peril." Waller, a Marine Reserve major, speaking via Skype at the National Press Club on Jan. 16, said he was speaking as an employee of the CSP, a conservative national security group in Washington, D.C., which released that day a new report, The Secure Freedom Strategy: A Plan for Victory Over the Global Jihad Movement. The plan, designed...
  • After ISIS Twitter threat, military families rethink online lives

    01/14/2015 2:09:41 PM PST · by PROCON · 14 replies
    cnn ^ | Jan.14, 2015 | Ashley Fantz
    (CNN)—One military wife recalls staying up all night and deleting every Facebook picture of her children, every post that mentioned them or where they went to school. She Googled herself, trying to figure out how easy it would be to find where the family lived. In the morning, she went to her car and scraped the military decal off the front window. As the spouse of a Special Forces soldier, she's always tried to be conscious of how much she advertises that she and her three young children are a military family. "It's hard because I am so proud of...
  • The Tragedy of the American Military

    12/31/2014 7:28:09 PM PST · by US Navy Vet · 88 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | by James Fallows
    The American public and its political leadership will do anything for the military except take it seriously. The result is a chickenhawk nation in which careless spending and strategic folly combine to lure America into endless wars it can’t win. In mid-September, while President Obama was fending off complaints that he should have done more, done less, or done something different about the overlapping crises in Iraq and Syria, he traveled to Central Command headquarters, at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida. There he addressed some of the men and women who would implement whatever the U.S. military strategy turned...
  • Army Thanks Soldier For Confronting Offensive Behavior Online

    12/28/2014 11:35:20 AM PST · by hcmama · 76 replies
    Military Times ^ | Claudette Roulo
    First Sgt. Katrina Moerk, now the first sergeant of Charlie Company, 741st Military Intelligence Battalion, was browsing a social media network's community page earlier this year, when she came upon a video that she found offensive and sexist. When she commented as much, several respondents attacked her with insults. Some of these respondents were wearing uniforms in their profile photos, the first sergeant said, so she wrote to them directly. "I looked them up, introduced myself and explained to them why they were stupid. And I [copied] the director of the Army SHARP program to help their units improve their...
  • The Good That Results From US 'Boots on the Ground'

    12/08/2014 6:25:46 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 8, 2014 | Jeff Jacoby
    It has always made Americans uncomfortable to think of their nation as the world's policeman.John Quincy Adams avowed nearly two centuries ago that the United States "goes not abroad in search of monsters to destroy"; today, Barack Obama declares that America's focus must be on "nation-building here at home." A broad swath of public opinion shares that view — 52 percent of Americans in a Pew survey last winter agreed that the US should "mind its own business internationally and let other countries get along the best they can on their own." Influential Americans regularly argue that US intervention abroad...
  • Initial Results from Major Survey of U.S. Military Sexual Assault, Harassment [3850 Men Raped]

    12/05/2014 12:16:49 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 23 replies
    Rand Corporation ^ | 12/04/2014 | Rand Corporation
    The RAND Corporation has released initial results from a study that estimates the number of U.S. service members who experienced sexual assault, sexual harassment or gender discrimination in the past year. The Department of Defense selected RAND to conduct this congressionally mandated study. Approximately 170,000 service members, or 30 percent of the 560,000 invited, answered questions for the study, one of the largest of its kind. RAND researchers estimate that approximately 20,000 of the U.S. military's 1.3 million active-duty members experienced one or more sexual assaults in the past year, including assaults by other service members, civilians, spouses or others....
  • US military urged to allow transgender troops to serve openly

    11/26/2014 2:54:24 PM PST · by jazusamo · 65 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 26, 2014 | Lydia Wheeler
    Retired military personnel are calling on the Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines to change their lists of disqualifying conditions to allow transgender people to serve openly. Though the “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy was repealed, allowing openly gay people to serve in the military, there is still a ban on transgender service members. In May, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said that the ban should be “continually reviewed.” A report released by the Palm Center on Tuesday, however, said the Department of Defense deleted its list of medically disqualifying and administratively disqualifying conditions in August. Now only conditions that...
  • WATCH: Turkish nationalists assault US sailors in Istanbul

    11/13/2014 6:09:30 AM PST · by kimtom · 17 replies
    JPost.com ^ | 11/13/2014 | By REUTERS
    ISTANBUL - A group of Turkish ultra-nationalists attacked three US sailors on a crowded street in Istanbul on Wednesday, shouting "Yankee go home" and trying to pull hoods over their heads in an assault condemned by the US embassy. Video footage posted on the website of the ultra-nationalist Turkish Youth Union showed the attackers surrounding the sailors, calling them "murderers" and throwing orange paint at the men. ..........
  • Italian governor calls for US servicemen to leave over Ebola virus

    10/31/2014 6:39:13 PM PDT · by wtd · 11 replies
    Irish Times ^ | November 1, 2014 | Paddy Agnew
    Italian governor calls for US servicemen to leave over Ebola virus Call on US authorities to repatriate all those US military personnel who served in Liberia After an Italian businessman ended up in court because of an unfortunate joke about the Ebola virus, it is worth pointing out that at least one Italian regional authority is most definitely not laughing about the disease. Luca Zaia, governor of the northeastern Veneto region, this week called on US authorities to repatriate all those US military personnel who have served in Liberia rather than have them undergo quarantine on Italian soil. Mr Zaia...
  • Transgender Soldiers Meet in DC, Want Ban on Military Service Struck Down

    10/23/2014 2:09:55 PM PDT · by PROCON · 67 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Oct. 23, 2014 | Austin Ruse
    Transgender military personnel from a number of American allied countries met in Washington, D.C. this week to discuss what they say are the benefits of allowing open transgenders in active military service. Organized by the American Civil Liberties Union, the conference met in the nation’s Capitol to continue pressure on the Pentagon to allow open transgenders to serve in the U.S. military. Advocates and many in the medical and scientific field believe that people are not born with a specific gender but are assigned one at birth, but that assignment may not match up to the person’s “gender identity” such...
  • General: US Troops Who Contract Ebola Will Be Quarantined in Liberia

    10/18/2014 5:32:48 PM PDT · by PROCON · 101 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Oct. 18, 2014 | Edwin Mora
    If any American soldiers in Liberia contract the deadly Ebola virus, they will be quarantined, stabilized, and evacuated to a medical facility for treatment, said the Ebola mission commander, adding that the U.S. military hospitals that will admit potentially infected troops have not yet been identified. “If, God forbid, one of these soldiers, sailors, airmen, or marine contracted this disease, as I mentioned, they would be stabilized, they would be quarantined, we would go through the appropriate protocols,” Maj. Gen. Darryl Williams, commander of U.S. Army Africa, said on October 16 while briefing reporters in the Pentagon by telephone from...
  • House Dems call for US troops in Africa to give direct Ebola care

    10/15/2014 12:08:12 PM PDT · by PROCON · 79 replies
    thehill ^ | Oct. 15, 2014 | Peter Sullivan
    A trio of House Democrats is calling on President Obama to allow U.S. troops in West Africa to provide direct care to Ebola patients. The Obama administration has already committed around 4,000 U.S. troops to help fight Ebola in the affected West African countries, but they are performing tasks such as building treatment centers and training local providers, not directly providing care. Reps. Keith Ellison (Minn.), Karen Bass (Calif.), and Barbara Lee (Calif.) want to change that.
  • House Dems call for U.S. troops to give direct Ebola care

    10/15/2014 10:26:38 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 60 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 15, 2014 | Peter Sullivan
    Three House Democrats are calling on President Obama to allow U.S. troops in West Africa to provide direct care to Ebola patients. The Obama administration has already committed around 4,000 U.S. troops to help fight Ebola in the affected West African countries, but they are performing tasks such as building treatment centers and training local providers, not directly providing care. Reps. Keith Ellison (Minn.), Karen Bass (Calif.), and Barbara Lee (Calif.) want to change that. "We write to urge you to consider building on the current response to the Ebola epidemic by allowing military medical and technical personnel to provide...
  • Combating Ebola Outbreak: U.S. Assistance Ramps Up

    10/12/2014 4:57:37 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 17 replies
    Front Page Africa ^ | 10/12/14 | Wade C. L. Williams
    Monrovia - The U.S. government continues to ramp up its assistance to help Liberia in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus. On Thursday evening the US military brought in additional men and supplies into the country via the Roberts International Airport. Six military aircraft landed at the RIA in two different flights of MV-22 Osprey and KC-130 aircraft on board were 100 US Marines. This brings the number of US military personnel in the country to a little over 300. Maj. Gen Darryl Williams, Commanding officer, Joint Task Force Command, Operation United Assistance, receiving the soldiers said: “What I...
  • U.S. military planes arrive in Liberia

    10/09/2014 4:23:07 PM PDT · by Prospero · 42 replies
    CBS News ^ | 10/9/2014 | Staff
    Monrovia - Six U.S. military planes arrived in the Ebola hot zone Thursday with more Marines, as West Africa's leaders pleaded for the world's help in dealing with "a tragedy unforeseen in modern times." "Our people are dying," Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma lamented by videoconference at a World Bank meeting in Washington. He said other countries are not responding fast enough while children are orphaned and infected doctors and nurses are lost to the disease. Alpha Conde of Guinea said the region's countries are in "a very fragile situation." "This disease is today an international threat and deserves...
  • Polaris DAGOR Ultra-Light Truck Ready For Combat (Race-Bred Military Vehicle)

    10/08/2014 6:24:29 PM PDT · by lbryce · 43 replies
    Fox ^ | October 7, 2014 | Gary Gestelu
    U.S. Special Forces will soon be riding into battle in a race-bred truck. The Polaris DAGOR is a compact military machine that uses a trophy truck-style suspension for extreme off-road capability and was developed in partnership with Roush Industries of NASCAR fame. The purpose-built military machine is about the size of a four-door Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, but can fit up to nine warfighters onboard: four in the cabin, four in the bed, and a roof gunner positioned in a sling seat suspended from the roll cage. The 4,500-pound vehicle is powered by a diesel engine of unspecified origin, has a...
  • U.S. Troops in Africa May Come in Contact with Ebola Patients

    10/08/2014 8:08:50 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 6 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/07/14
    The general suggested some soldiers would have contact with Ebola patients but later clarified his remarks, saying a small number of highly-trained medical experts would handle blood samples in testing labs but not patients. Asked how long American troops would remain in the region, Rodriguez told reporters: "I'm sure it'll be about a year ... at this point, but that's just a guess."
  • Is Obola Trying To Kill Our Military?

    10/08/2014 11:25:50 AM PDT · by Califreak · 34 replies
    calfreak ^ | 10/8/2014 | califreak
    Since the eighties, our military has been shrinking. This is deliberate. It's not about saving money or new technology making so many military bases unnecessary(I believe these were a couple of the excuses they used when they closed all those bases) Now they're sending our best to the ebola hellhole in Africa. How many of these elite forces have the special training needed to carry out their mission safely? I believe obola has something really bad planned for his last days in office. Something so evil that our military might finally rise up and deal with it. People say obola...
  • Enlisted women to begin serving on submarines

    10/03/2014 9:38:00 AM PDT · by markomalley · 70 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/3/2014 | Kristina Wong
    The Navy plans to begin putting senior enlisted female sailors on submarines in December, officials announced on Friday. The women will first be integrated onto ballistic missile submarines, which are larger than fast attack submarines, said Navy Cmdr. Renee Squier, head of the Office of Women's Policy for the Chief of Naval Personnel. The plan is to first integrate female senior enlisted sailors onto submarines and then junior enlisted female sailors, she said. "The goal is to have each unit have 20 percent," Squier said, in order to build a "good ecosystem" for female submariners. The Navy first opened submarines...
  • ISIS: Slaughter American Military Families in the U.S. and Around the World

    10/03/2014 7:09:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 35 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 3, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    The ISIS barbarians are out with a new threat: slaughter the families of American military members and personnel. According to a memo first reported by Fox News, the U.S. Army Threat Center has issued an alert to military families to remain vigilant as ISIS continues to look for ways to intimidate Americans.  "ISIL has called on lone offenders in the U.S. to use the "yellow pages," social media sites like Facbook, LinkedIn, and Twitter to find the addresses of service members, show up at [at their homes] and slaughter them." "Given the continued rhetoric being issued by ISIL's media services and...