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  • The Great Social Experiment Takes the Field – In the War of 2020

    02/07/2016 8:34:33 PM PST · by pboyington · 20 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | February 7, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    The United States of America, 2020 President Hillary Clinton has been in office since January of 2017, after defeating Donald J. Trump in the closest and most litigated election in American history. Disliked as a candidate by the right, as President she is despised by Congress and most Americans, who are now well aware that an incompetent criminal sits in the Oval Office. The vast social engineering of the US military that rode roughshod over the armed services under Barack Obama is now legal policy. Open homosexuality is common in all branches. Transgenders who have undergone sex change operations, those...
  • Erika Lopez, first Tenn. woman to enlist for combat role, goes AWOL from Army (now deserter)

    02/04/2016 10:11:21 AM PST · by jazusamo · 102 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 4, 2016 | Kellan Howell
    The first woman in Tennessee and the fourth in the nation to enlist as a combat engineer in the Army went AWOL last month and is now considered a deserter, according to a military spokesperson. Erika Lopez made headlines in July when she enlisted for a role that could put her on the front lines of battle, just after the U.S. Army lifted its ban on women in combat roles. Ms. Lopez was in basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, by September but was placed on convalescent leave by the end of the year, according to a local CBS...
  • DOD Diversity Chief Violates Rules, Gives Leftist Groups $300k to Promote Agenda

    02/04/2016 9:45:28 AM PST · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | February 4, 2016
    To meet the Obama administration's goal of "implementing a robust diversity strategy" at the Department of Defense (DOD), the agency's director of diversity violated government rules by distributing hundreds of thousands of dollars to controversial leftist groups. Adding insult to injury, a "consulting" firm gets nearly half a million dollars from the DOD to help distribute the money to groups--even those that don't qualify--that support the Pentagon's "diversity strategy and program objectives." Among the recipients is the notorious open borders group League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), Minority Access Inc., a Maryland-based nonprofit committed to decreasing disparities and reducing...
  • Obama bucks history, directs Pentagon to make guns safer, not more lethal

    01/31/2016 6:20:25 PM PST · by jazusamo · 79 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 31, 2016 | Rowan Scarborough
    Wartime U.S. presidents have taken keen personal interest in picking the most lethal gun for the military. But in President Obama's first foray into small-arms procurement for the armed forces, his Jan. 4 executive order on gun control directs the Pentagon to find ways to make not so much more lethal firearms, but safer ones. His direct order has brought a few snickers among retired combatants who argue that the commander in chief is issuing his directive at a time of more pressing small-arms priorities. The military, critics say, fields a flawed personal rifle and has spent more than a...
  • DOD Will Allow Troops On Duty to Breastfeed

    01/29/2016 9:02:01 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 56 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 29, 2016 | 8:13 AM EST | Susan Jones
    As part of his commitment to build the military "force of the future," Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Thursday announced a series of "family-friendly" initiatives to attract and retain "the best America has to offer." "We are not Google. We are not Walmart. We're war fighters. But that doesn't mean we should not be challenging ourselves just like the private sector," Carter told reporters at the Pentagon. [...] The Defense Secretary outlined the following initiatives: [...] Making military workplaces more accommodating to women when they return from maternity leave: The focus here is to make it easier for new mothers...
  • D.C. is Shutting Down because of Snow, But Look At The Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier…

    01/22/2016 6:29:43 PM PST · by xzins · 85 replies
    Young Conservatives ^ | January 22, 2016 | John S. Roberts
    Washington D.C. is currently being bombarded with snowfall, so most government employees thought it would be best to take the day off. I mean, if it's dangerous, then sure - take the day. But it's pretty typical of the government to do nothing while others go about their business, isn't it? Check out what's happening during the blizzard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington, VA...
  • Illegals to be Housed at US Military Bases Warm welcome for lawbreakers.

    01/08/2016 12:11:58 PM PST · by BlatherNaut · 11 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 1/6/16 | Brian Lilley
    Forget looking the other way as illegals stream across the southern border. The Obama administration is now looking at having the federal government supply housing to thousands of illegals on several military bases, according to The Washington Examiner. The new surge of illegal immigrant youths has forced the federal government to look at an emergency plan to house them at six military bases at at least two federal worker centers, according to the administration. The Pentagon is beginning "site assessments" at bases as far north as North Dakota and Massachusetts. According to the newspaper, Alabama Republican Rep. Martha Roby unveiled...
  • 2015 Was an Awful Year? Look Again

    12/30/2015 10:52:08 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 30, 2015 | Jeff Jacoby
    OF COURSE 2015 was a miserable year; all years are miserable. It was a year of rampage killings and police brutality, of natural disasters and government corruption. There were ghastly terror attacks and devastating civil wars, floods of refugees and acts of unspeakable cruelty. Airliners were blown out of the sky. Priceless antiquities were destroyed. Politics seethed with incivility. Too many innocents died young, too many officials lied, too many victims suffered.You don't have to look far for proof that this has been an annus horribilis, and that things are getting worse. You never do. The conviction of decline routinely...
  • Seymour Hersh: US Military Shared Intelligence with Assad, Defied Obama

    12/24/2015 11:16:41 AM PST · by VitacoreVision · 23 replies
    News Max ^ | 23 Dec 2015 | Bill Hoffmann
    The Joint Chiefs of Staff has indirectly supported Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in a bid to help him defeat jihadist groups, a bombshell report by investigative journalist Seymour Hersh claims. Hersh writes in the London Review of Books that the group of senior military leaders who advise Secretary of Defense Ash Carter sent intelligence through Israel, Germany, and even Russia.
  • Hagel: The White House Tried to ‘Destroy’ Me

    12/18/2015 5:29:30 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 145 replies
    Jet-lagged from a long overseas trip, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel had just sat down with his wife for a quiet dinner at an upscale Italian restaurant in northern Virginia when his phone rang. It was the White House on the line. President Barack Obama wanted to speak with him. It was Aug. 30, 2013, and the U.S. military was poised for war. Obama had publicly warned Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad that his regime would face consequences if it crossed a “red line” by employing chemical weapons against its own people. Assad did it anyway, and Hagel had spent the day...
  • Pentagon Officers: We Quit if Trump Wins

    12/17/2015 9:08:34 AM PST · by mrbinga · 385 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 12/16/15 | Nancy A. Youssef
    The plans of the next president are personal to the officers of the Pentagon, who are threatening to quit if The Donald becomes commander-in-chief. Republican presidential candidate and business mogul Donald Trump has repeatedly vowed to build up the U.S. military if elected president. But it is not clear he will have the experienced commanders within the ranks to do it. In the halls of the Pentagon, there is a different plan afoot for the Trump presidency. Here, officers are privately contemplating what they would do should Trump become their commander-in-chief. And more often than not, they proclaim they will...
  • Male U.S. Commandos Don’t Want Women in Special Ops Jobs

    12/11/2015 1:17:56 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 43 replies
    Time ^ | December 10,2015 | Lolita C. Baldor
    (WASHINGTON) — The men in the U.S. military’s most dangerous jobs care little about political correctness or gender equality. And they have a message for their political leadership. When they are fighting in the shadows or bleeding on the battlefield, women have no place on their teams. In blunt and, at times, profanity-laced answers to a voluntary survey conducted by the Rand Corp., more than 7,600 of America’s special operations forces spoke with nearly one voice. Allowing women to serve in Navy SEAL, Army Delta or other commando units could hurt their effectiveness and lower the standards, and it may...
  • Ralph Peters Calls Obama a ‘Total Pussy’ on Live Television

    12/07/2015 6:13:31 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 61 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | 12/7/2015 | David Rutz
    Retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Ralph Peters called President Obama “a total pussy” during a live interview Monday for what he views as his impotent response to the threat of Islamic extremist terrorism. Peters, a Fox News military analyst, appeared on Stuart Varney’s Fox Business program to respond to Obama’s Sunday night Oval Office address on the threat of terrorism, a speech that was widely panned. Peters, a fierce critic of Obama’s national security policies, was visibly angry as he blasted the speech. Peters said he was taken aback by Obama’s continued references to Americans not giving into their fears....
  • The Changing Role of America's Armed Forces

    11/11/2015 6:59:00 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 2 replies
    The New American ^ | 11 November 2015 | John F. McManus
    The following is the first chapter of Changing Commands: The Betrayal of America's Military, written by John F. McManus and published by The John Birch Society in 1995. In observance of Veterans Day 2015, we offer this as an opportunity to reflect back 20 years on the observations of Mr. McManus to see the progress made on such an insidious agenda of changing the role of America's armed forces. The book is available at ShopJBS.org.Changing the Role of America's Armed Forces"The Clinton Administration appears dedicated to sending the U.S. military into dangerous seas of multinational peacekeeping in an effort...
  • Secret Military Operations To Divert LAX Planes For A Week

    11/07/2015 1:14:22 PM PST · by Drago · 28 replies
    KABC-7, Los Angeles ^ | 11/07/1959 | Jory Rand
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Mysterious maneuvers over the Pacific are forcing a change in Los Angeles International Airport landings late at night, meaning noise for thousands of people in the flight path.
  • Again: Senate Democrats Mount Third Filibuster Against Bill to Pay Troops, Fund Military

    11/06/2015 9:04:55 AM PST · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 6, 2015 | Guy Benson
    Senate Democrats launched athird consecutive filibuster of the bipartisan defense appropriations bill yesterday, once againblocking consideration of legislation that would fund the United States military and pay members of our armed forces. Yes, it's okay to be thoroughly perplexed bythis development. Remember, the ostensible reason that Democrats have engaged in this obstruction over recent months -- which also entailedfilibustering the Veterans Affairs appropriations bill -- was to exploit the troops and veterans as leverage to force Republicans to agree to higher federal spending on unrelated matters. It was a cynical play, but thanks in part to President Obama'shyper-partisan veto, it...
  • By the Way, Obama Just Vetoed a Bipartisan Bill to Fund the Military, Pay Troops

    10/23/2015 9:08:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 23, 2015 | Guy Benson
    Yesterday was slightly heavy on the breaking news front, so this (not unexpected) development went largely overlooked.  President Obama held a photo-op to highlight his decision to veto the bipartisan National Defense Authorization Act, which appropriates $612 billion in defense spending -- a figure that matches Obama's military budget request.  Among other things, the legislation pays the troops and gives them a raise.  It sailed through the Senate with 70 votes, attracting dozens of Democratic votes at both ends of Capitol Hill.  But in an escalation of partisan politics, Obama has refused to sign the measure into law in an effort to coerce Republicans into...
  • Walter Williams: Unnecessary Loss of Life

    09/29/2015 10:50:54 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 28 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | September 30, 2015 | Walter E. Williams
    War is nasty, brutal and costly. In our latest wars, many of the casualties suffered by American troops are a direct result of their having to obey rules of engagement created by politicians who have never set foot on or even seen a battlefield. Today's battlefield commanders must be alert to the media and do-gooders who are all too ready to demonize troops involved in a battle that produces noncombatant deaths, so-called collateral damage. According to a Western Journalism article by Leigh H Bravo, "Insanity: The Rules of Engagement" (http://tinyurl.com/p59nlqs), our troops fighting in Afghanistan cannot do night...
  • Podesta: Anyone But Hillary Would Hide in a Cabin

    09/26/2015 4:47:47 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 47 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Hillary Clinton: bravest person in America? You betcha! But don't take my word for it. Here's John Podesta, Chair of Hillary for America, in an email sent out this morning: "If anyone else faced the constant barrage of insults and attacks that Hillary endures everyday, they would quickly and happily squirrel away in a cabin hidden somewhere in the Rockies. Not Hillary. Her default setting is resilience." Huh: that's funny. I can think of millions of Americans who served in Iraq, Afghanistan and other unpleasant locations who didn't run and hide despite facing a "barrage of attacks" that some say...
  • POTUS Caps Pay

    09/05/2015 7:16:08 PM PDT · by DJ Taylor · 37 replies
    President Obama sent a disappointing letter to Congressional leaders last week stating that he plans to use his executive authority to cap military pay for the third consecutive year. In 2014 and 2015, pay raises were capped at 1 percent. The president intends to cap 2016 pay raises at 1.3 percent, instead of the 2.3 percent raise called for by law. The troops last four raises averaged less than 1.4 percent, with the FY14 and FY15 pay raises being the lowest in 50 years. In his letter, Obama said that he is, strongly committed to supporting our uniformed service members,...
  • 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, weve 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 isnt 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, heres the FIRST position Id eliminate

    08/11/2015 11:37:52 AM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 22 replies
    Allen B. West - Steadfast & Loyal ^ | August 10 , 2015 | Allen West
    Theres 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 whats 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, thats the first position Id 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 devastatingreportby 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 Americas military and nuclear forces are currently operating at marginal' strength levels. The Heritage Foundations conclusions are strikingly at odds with the2014 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 its always appropriate to take advantage of timing. Whether its 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 Hesters 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 Americas 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 theres 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 administrations national security strategy, says a new report by The Heritage Foundation Tuesday. The U.S. military itself is aging. Its shrinking in size, said Dakota Wood, a Heritage analyst. And its 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 theHuffington Postalleges. "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...