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  • D-Day Vet Goes on Final Jump

    01/31/2016 10:42:12 AM PST · by beaversmom · 14 replies
    Pueblo Chieftain ^ | January 28, 2016 | Peter Roper
    By Peter Roper The Pueblo Chieftain Published: January 28, 2016; Last modified: January 28, 2016 11:01PM Elmer Melchi survived parachuting into Normandy on D-Day and he survived jumping into Holland in Operation Market Garden -- although a German soldier shot him when the young 82nd Airborne paratrooper tried to escape from a POW camp. But death finally caught up with the tough 92-year-old veteran Thursday afternoon, taking him in his sleep at the Sangre de Cristo Hospice here. It was expected. Melchi had cancer and knew he was dying. "My dad went for his last jump," said a tearful...
  • Just Call This Submachine Gun ‘The Annihilator’ (Thompson)

    01/30/2015 7:22:17 AM PST · by C19fan · 39 replies
    War is Boring ^ | January 29, 2015 | Paul Huard
    On Jan. 29, 1945, First Sgt. Leonard Funk, Jr. faced a determined German army officer ready to kill him with a pistol. Armed with a Thompson M1A1 submachine gun, the U.S. Army paratrooper had just led an assault against 15 houses occupied by German troops in Holzheim, Belgium. It was part of an operation by the 82nd Airborne Division to clear German soldiers from the area following the Battle of the Bulge. Leading a makeshift headquarters platoon of clerks, Funk and his unit captured 30 prisoners. He left them with several dozen more prisoners—under guard—and returned to the fight. While...
  • West Columbia (SC) paratrooper dies in Afghanistan

    04/02/2014 3:49:47 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 7 replies
    The State ^ | April 2, 2014 | JEFF WILKINSON
    COLUMBIA, SC — A U.S. Army paratrooper from West Columbia has died in Afghanistan. The cause of the death of Capt. James Edward “Ed” Chaffin, an artillery officer with the 82nd Airborne Division, is being reported by the Department of Defense as a non-combat related incident. It is under investigation. Chaffin died Monday in Kandahar, Afghanistan, according to the military. He is the 48th service member with ties to South Carolina that has died in the Southwest Asian country sincd the war began after Sept. 11, 2001. Another 64 service members with ties to South Carolina have been killed in...
  • Former 82nd Airborne Soldier receives helmet that saved his life

    01/08/2014 7:33:15 AM PST · by Londo Molari · 9 replies
    PEO SOLDIER LIVE ^ | 6-January-2014 | ddawson
    SAN ANTONIO – When Chance Darby received the helmet that saved his life in Afghanistan, he said it successfully stopped an enemy rifle bullet but left him with two big headaches. One headache lasted a few days after the impact from a high-velocity round. The other lasted several weeks as he tried to keep the news of the incident from his mother, Lynlee Darby, and his then-fiancée and now wife, Cheryl. Chance proposed to Cheryl shortly before deploying to Afghanistan with the 82nd Airborne Division. On May 31, 2012, Taliban ambushed his platoon while it was dismantling an improvised explosive...
  • Army General Charged with Forcible Sodomy During Tour in Afghanistan

    09/27/2012 11:22:30 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 38 replies
    ABC OTUS News/Yahoo ^ | 9-26-12 | Luis Martinez
    An Army brigadier general has been charged with forcible sodomy, inappropriate relationships, and possessing alcohol and pornography while serving as a senior commander in Afghanistan earlier this year. Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair, a deputy commanding general of the 82 nd Airborne Division, faces a possible court martial over the charges handed down Wednesday. In May, Sinclair was sent home to the United States in the middle of his combat tour in Afghanistan, where he was serving in the southern Afghanistan province of Kandahar as the deputy commander of logistics and support for the 82nd Airborne. *snip* A news release by...
  • Fort Bragg Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair Facing Sodomy, Other Charges (Recalled from Afghanistan)

    09/26/2012 11:19:54 AM PDT · by kristinn · 102 replies
    Fayetteville Observer ^ | Wednesday, September 26, 2012 | Henry Cuningham
    A Fort Bragg brigadier general has been charged with forcible sodomy and other offenses involving sex, pornography and alcohol, Army officials said this morning. The Fayetteville Observer has been monitoring the case and learned of the charges this morning. Fort Bragg officials will hold a press conference this afternoon. "Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair has been charged with multiple violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice," said Col. Kevin V. Arata, the 18th Airborne Corps public affairs officer. Charges include attempted violation of an order, violations of regulations by wrongfully engaging in inappropriate relationships and misusing a government travel...
  • Not Photoshopped: Beam of Light Shines on Fallen Soldier’s Miracle Dog (incredible)

    11/27/2011 12:06:21 AM PST · by STARWISE · 24 replies
    ABC News ^ | 11-24-11 | Kimberly Launier
    *snip* Sometimes when Rhonda hugged Hero she would softly pet her face and coo, “Justin, are you in there?” It was Rhonda’s gentle way of remembering their son and his last living connection to Hero. At one point, Hero wandered off and took a stroll in the backyard. All of a sudden, the clouds broke and a light began to solidify in a beam directly down on Hero — a kind of vertical halo.
  • Liberal Humor: Fiction Only, Please!

    05/06/2010 6:01:11 AM PDT · by Stoutcat · 10 replies · 462+ views
    Grand Rants ^ | 05-06-10 | Stoutcat
    President Obama told a joke. He’s a father, he has daughters, he’s allowed to joke about the situation. Fathers do it all the time. Sadly, 70% of the readers of the Washington Post’s article on this subject found the joke offensive, which suggests to me that liberals only have a sense of humor when it comes to fantasy, but not when it comes to real life...
  • U.S. soldiers land in Port-au-Prince

    01/19/2010 6:45:43 PM PST · by myknowledge · 4 replies · 677+ views
    UPI ^ | January 19, 2010
    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- U.S. soldiers arrived by helicopter at Haiti's presidential palace Tuesday with some immediately deploying to the general hospital in Port-au-Prince. Officials said the 82nd Airborne Division is providing a combination of humanitarian aid and security, CNN reported. The hospital, like much of the capital, has no running water or electricity a week after the earthquake, and doctors were using vodka to sterilize equipment. "Our primary purpose is in getting to the population, whether it be the distribution of water, food, or, in this case, where they've got medical treatment going on and they're overwhelmed,"...
  • America sends paratroopers to Haiti to help secure aid lines

    01/19/2010 6:14:03 PM PST · by myknowledge · 291+ views
    Times Online ^ | January 20, 2010 | Giles Whittell in Port-au-Prince, Jacqui Goddard in Miami
    In a deafening display of military muscle, a detachment of US paratroopers flew into the heart of the Haitian capital yesterday to secure the flattened presidential palace and reassure onlookers that they were on a mission to help, not take control. Four helicopters brought the first of 2,200 American Marines and seamen into Port-au-Prince as thousands of homeless Haitians camping out in the city’s central squares cheered or simply stared. “We are here to provide security to the [central] hospital,” Sergeant Bill Smith said. “We work with the Government of Haiti. We have rules of engagement but we are on...
  • Why Are 82nd Airborne Soldiers Unarmed in Haiti?

    01/19/2010 11:24:04 AM PST · by BobMcCartyWrites · 25 replies · 1,225+ views
    Bob McCarty Writes ^ | 1-19-10 | Bob McCarty
    Only days after Secretary of Defense Robert Gates explained the systemic flaws that allowed the Nov. 5 shootings at Fort Hood to take place, I was shocked at what I saw during one television report this morning -- especially in light of what other television reports have described. A short while ago, Fox News Channel reporter Steve Harrigan was shown standing upon a hill in Haiti where U.S. Army soldiers, which he described as members of the 82nd Airborne, were overseeing distribution of relief supplies to Haitians desperate for food, water and, in many cases, medical attention. As the camera...
  • U.S. Military Expected to Have Nearly 10,000 Personnel in Haiti by Monday - Video 1/14/10

    01/15/2010 5:11:22 AM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 14 replies · 633+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | January 15, 2010 | Brian
    Here is a video report on the plan for close to 10,000 U.S. Military Personnel to be on the ground in Haiti, or on ships just offshore by Monday. The speed with which everything can be put in place is being hampered there by the fact that the Port-Au-Prince Airport has only one usable runway, and there are so many planes needing to use it. An entire brigade of 3,500 from the 82nd Airborne is expected to be on the ground by this weekend to provide security in the devastated area. The Aircraft Carrier U.S.S. Carl Vinson should arrive on...
  • US rushes troops to Haiti earthquake zone

    01/14/2010 11:22:58 AM PST · by traumer · 22 replies · 1,043+ views
    The US is sending up to 3,500 soldiers and 2,200 marines to Haiti to help rescue efforts in the wake of the devastating earthquake. President Barack Obama pledged one of the biggest relief efforts in recent US history and said Haiti would "not be forgotten" in its hour of need. The search for survivors continues but rescuers lack heavy lifting equipment and many are using their bare hands. The Red Cross estimates 45,000-50,000 people are dead and up to 3m affected. BBC correspondents say the situation is increasingly desperate, with aid only trickling in. Mr Obama confirmed that some US...
  • Remains of U.S. Paratrooper Found in Afghanistan

    11/30/2009 3:36:21 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 602+ views
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 30, 2009 – The remains of a U.S. paratrooper reported missing since early this month in western Afghanistan were recovered yesterday, military officials said. The body of Army Sgt. Brandon Islip was recovered from the Bala Murgahab River in Badghis province after a local Afghan resident provided information on his whereabouts, officials said. Islip, a paratrooper with the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division, went missing with another paratrooper Nov. 4 after being swept away by a fast-moving current while on an airdrop re-supply mission in western Afghanistan. The recovery comes weeks after British divers found the body of Islip’s...
  • New Taliban magazine has article calling for taking foreigners hostage as prisoners of war

    12/01/2009 12:33:03 AM PST · by Cindy · 7 replies · 725+ views
    ALL THINGS COUNTERTERRORISM - blog ^ | November 28, 2009, 8:29 pm | Leah Farrall, Australia
    SNIPPET: "I finally got around to reading this. Link to the article is here. It is in Arabic. The article starts off talking about the missing 82nd airborne soldiers earlier this month. This piece basically reiterates what Abu Walid al Masri wrote about in his July 2009 book wherein he outlined this strategy and suggested the Taliban adopt it. Key difference being this new piece is an article in an official Taliban publication. The July 2009 book was Abu Walid’s own work, not part of a Taliban sanctioned media publication that has processes of review and approval before things get...
  • Air Force officials dedicate C-130 to Army's 82nd Airborne in Afghanistan

    10/06/2009 6:16:20 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 611+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | Tech. Sgt. John Jung, USAF
    10/6/2009 - BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (AFNS) -- Air Force officials here dedicated a C-130 Hercules to the Soldiers of the Army's 82nd Airborne Division stationed in Afghanistan Oct. 5 at Bagram Airfield. The transport was originally dedicated at Pope Air Force Base, N.C., Oct. 25, 2008, to Fort Bragg's entire 82nd Airborne Division based in North Carolina. Tail number 79282 from the Air Force Reserve 440th Airlift Wing from Pope AFB has official nose art prominently displaying an American eagle in flight surrounding the iconic 82nd Airborne's insignia wings on the aircraft's fuselage. The plane also sports "Bragg-Pope" on its...
  • 82nd Airborne celebrates 67 years

    08/16/2009 7:43:47 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 15 replies · 2,275+ views ^ | August 15, 2009 | Roy Parker
    August is a seminal month in the history of the airborne, and especially of the 82nd Airborne Division. Aug. 15, 1942, is the birth date of the 82nd and 101st airborne divisions. "Airborne" was already well under way before the magic date 67 years ago when the War Department formally ordered the formation of two divisions of jumpers and glidermen. Battalions of jumpers had been training at Fort Benning, Ga., since 1940, and the high command of the Army was eager to grow the airborne force. By March, a new infantry division, the 82nd, was activated for training at Camp...
  • From mortgage broker to medic: Missouri man receives Bronze Star

    07/22/2009 12:26:45 PM PDT · by darrellmaurina · 1 replies · 231+ views
    Pulaski County Daily News ^ | 7/22/2009 | Darrell Todd Maurina
    SAINT ROBERT, Mo. (July 22, 2009) — A Waynesville High School graduate serving in Iraq received the Bronze Star with valor device for his role as a medic in rescuing Navy personnel from a burning explosive ordinance disposal vehicle that had been blown into the air by a roadside culvert bomb. Sgt. James H. Carter, 33, followed up on that 2007 award by recently being named Medic of the Year for the 3rd Brigade Combat Team in Iraq, to which he’s assigned as part of the 82nd Airborne in his second tour of duty in Iraq. Although he’s the son...
  • 'Band of Brothers' American World War Two hero exposed as a fraud

    07/07/2009 11:38:20 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 82 replies · 5,778+ views
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | July 7, 2009 | Peter Allen
    For more than six decades, Howard Manoian revelled in his heroic reputation as one of the legendary ‘Screaming Eagles’ who landed in Nazi-occupied France on D-Day. The World War Two U.S paratrooper said he was wounded in action twice after initially coming down on Sainte-Mčre-Eglise – scene of the ferocious battle on June 6th 1944 depicted in the epic film ‘The Longest Day’, starring John Wayne. But after 84-year-old Mr Manoian came to receive yet another decoration at last month’s 65th anniversary of the Normandy landings – this time the Legion d'Honneur, France’s highest award for bravery – his true...
  • 82nd Airborne Assumes Command in Eastern Afghanistan

    06/03/2009 6:40:48 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 307+ views
    BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan, June 3, 2009 – Fifteen months after transferring authority of Regional Command East in Afghanistan to the 101st Airborne Division, the 82nd Airborne Division reassumed command during a ceremony here today. U.S. soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines stand in formation saluting with their Afghan and coalition counterparts during a transfer-of-authority ceremony at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, June 3, 2009. U.S. Army photo by Capt. Michael Greenberger  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The ceremony marks the official transition from Combined Joint Task Force 101 to Combined Joint Task Force 82, with the new unit assuming responsibility for...
  • Coalition, Iraqi Surge Was Keystone to Success in Iraq

    09/09/2008 4:33:24 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 146+ views
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 9, 2008 – At the end of 2006, Iraq seemed on the verge of a civil war. Al-Qaida was inciting divisions between Sunni and Shiia Iraqis. The newly elected government seemed ineffectual. Militia groups roamed neighborhoods and intimidated those who did not agree with them. More than 100 U.S. servicemembers per month were being killed in fighting in the country. Today, that number has dropped dramatically, thanks largely to the troop surge and a new strategy that senior military officials credit with laying the groundwork for success throughout Iraq. U.S. officials understood the challenges in Iraq and studied...
  • 10,000 miles from home, the 4th of July is celebrated as enthusiastically as ever

    07/07/2008 4:15:46 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 2 replies · 1,951+ views ^ | 7-4-08 | Jeff Emanuel
    The paratroopers of C Co 2-505 Parachute Infantry Regiment (82nd Airborne) celebrate the 4th of July at Patrol Base Olson in Samarra, Iraq -- halfway around the world from their home country.
  • N.C. Paratrooper Killed in Pakistan

    06/27/2008 11:44:47 PM PDT · by Eagles6 · 3 replies · 170+ views
    Eyewitness News ^ | May 15, 2007 | Eyewitness News
    05/15/07 -- FAYETTEVILLE) (WTVD) -- 82nd Airborne Division Paratrooper, Major Larry Bauguess of Moravian auguess graduateFalls, N.C. died from injuries sustained from enemy small arms fire in Pakistan Monday. The 36-year-old was the operation officer for the 4th Brigade Combat Team's Special Troops Battalion. Bauguess graduated from Appalachian State University in 1993. Public Family Statement by Mrs. Wesley Bauguess An 82nd Airborne Division Paratrooper died from injuries sustained from enemy small arms fire, in Teri Mengel, Pakistan Monday. Maj. Larry J. Bauguess, Jr., 36, of Moravian Falls, N.C., was the Operations Officer for the 4th Brigade Combat Team's Special Troops...
  • President Bush Offers His Thanks

    05/23/2008 3:00:02 AM PDT · by PeteB570 · 69+ views
    The Fayetteville Observer ^ | 05/23/2008 | Laura Arenschield
    .....Bush Made his speach standing before five of the six brigades of the 82nd Airborne during the Division's annual ceremony to review and inspect the soldiers.....
  • Bush Praises 82nd Paratroopers, Families, Veterans at Fort Bragg

    05/22/2008 6:22:38 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 153+ views
    WASHINGTON, May 22, 2008 – President Bush saluted thousands of soldiers of the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division during his visit to Fort Bragg, N.C., today. The president cited the soldiers’ distinguished service in Afghanistan and Iraq. “This is the first time since 2006 that five brigades from your division have assembled together,” Bush remarked to troops after performing an in-ranks review of the division. Many of the paratroopers Bush addressed had recently completed 15-month deployments in Afghanistan and Iraq. “We’ve asked a lot of you,” Bush told the soldiers, noting they’ve “achieved difficult objectives in a new kind...
  • Progress in Iraq is 'undeniable,' Bush tells troops

    05/22/2008 2:27:34 PM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 13 replies · 72+ views
    LA Times ^ | 5/22/08 | James Gerstenzang
    The president could not have chosen a friendlier audience for a message that he has been trying for months to plant with the majority of the American public, which polls show stopped supporting the war long ago. Bush addressed thousands of troops of the storied 82nd Airborne Division, some of whom returned from Iraq barely two weeks ago and others who are preparing for a fourth deployment this fall. To fatigue-clad soldiers lined up in formation across a parade ground the size of a football field or more, Bush presented a point-by-point definition of the success he says is coming...
  • President Bush Attends Division Review Ceremony [82nd Airborne Division]

    05/22/2008 12:12:02 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 6 replies · 398+ views
    The White House ^ | May 22, 2008 | George W. Bush
    THE PRESIDENT: I want to thank you for the warm welcome to Fort Bragg. It is good to be at the home of the Airborne and Special Operation Forces. This is my fourth visit to Fort Bragg since I have been honored to be the President. Somehow I always find my way back to the "center of the universe." (Applause.) And every time I come, I look forward to saying: Hooah! AUDIENCE: Hooah! THE PRESIDENT: I'm pleased to be with the paratroopers of the All American 82nd Airborne Division. You know, you and my dad have something in common: You...
  • Fort Bragg soldiers come home to worn out unsafe housing

    04/29/2008 5:10:33 PM PDT · by oneolcop · 22 replies · 535+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | April 29, 2008 | Robert Burns
    Army widens probe after finding bad conditions at Fort Bragg By ROBERT BURNS, AP Military Writer 31 minutes ago WASHINGTON - Army officials said Tuesday they are inspecting every barracks building worldwide to see whether plumbing and other problems revealed at Fort Bragg, N.C., last week are widespread. ADVERTISEMENT Brig. Gen. Dennis Rogers, who is responsible for maintaining barracks throughout the Army, told reporters at the Pentagon that most inspections were done last weekend but he had not seen final results. While not providing specifics about problems discovered during the weekend inspections, Rogers indicated some deficiencies were corrected. In cases...
  • Dad's Video of Army Barracks Filth Gets Results

    04/28/2008 10:20:22 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 113 replies · 773+ views ^ | April 28,2008 | By MARCUS BARAM
    Ed Frawley Posted Video on YouTube to Expose Conditions at Fort Bragg When Edward Frawley went to welcome home his 22-year-old son, who was returning from a tour of duty with the 82nd Airborne Division in the mountains of Afghanistan, he was in for a shock. Not to hear the stories about Jeff's battles with insurgents, but to witness his son's current living conditions at Fort Bragg, N.C. So, Frawley did what any concerned citizen does — he posted a video on YouTube two weeks ago, containing still photos of moldy ceiling panels, broken toilet seats, backed up sewage water...
  • Iraq snubbed Britain and calls US into Basra battle

    04/09/2008 8:58:55 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 30 replies · 190+ views
    The Times ^ | 4/10/2008 | Deborah Haynes and Michael Evans
    Relations between Britain and Iraq suffered “catastrophic failure” after Baghdad bypassed the British military and called in the American “cavalry” to help the recent offensive against Shia militia in Basra, The Times has learnt. About 550 US troops, including some from the 82nd Airborne Division, were sent from Baghdad to Basra to join up with 150 American soldiers already serving with Iraqi forces in the southern city. The Ministry of Defence made much of the fact that British troops, based at Basra airport outside the city, were not requested in the early stages of the operation. British officials claimed that...
  • Woman earns Silver Star in Afghan war (2nd woman so honored since WWII)

    03/09/2008 8:30:10 AM PDT · by dead · 34 replies · 1,317+ views
    AP ^ | 3/8/8 | FISNIK ABRASHI, Associated Press Writer
    CAMP SALERNO, Afghanistan - A 19-year-old medic from Texas will become the first woman in Afghanistan and only the second woman since World War II to receive the Silver Star, the nation's third-highest medal for valor. Army Spc. Monica Lin Brown saved the lives of fellow soldiers after a roadside bomb tore through a convoy of Humvees in the eastern Paktia province in April 2007, the military said. After the explosion, which wounded five soldiers in her unit, Brown ran through insurgent gunfire and used her body to shield wounded comrades as mortars fell less than 100 yards away, the...
  • Airborne Buddies Are Friends for Life

    10/24/2007 5:51:30 PM PDT · by Dubya · 6 replies · 62+ views
    PAKTIKA PROVINCE, Afghanistan, Oct. 24, 2007 – Sitting in their turrets manning their guns as tracers whizzed over their heads from all directions, Army Sgt. Damon Bligh and Spc. Rick Crothers knew they always had somebody they could count on: each other. Serving in Iraq together, the two soldiers can’t remember how many times they were attacked by the enemy, but they’ve been through it all, thick and thin, for close to three years now. Bligh, from Boston, and Crothers, from Mascoutah, Ill., drivers in Company A, 782nd Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, have served...
  • Bin Laden may have just escaped U.S. forces

    09/27/2007 6:09:14 AM PDT · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 47 replies · 372+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 9-26-2007 | Justin Balding, Adam Ciralsky, and Robert Windrem
    A little more than a month ago...some U.S. intelligence and military analysts thought they had found one of the world’s two most wanted men just where they last saw them six years ago. For three days and nights — between Aug. 14 and 16 — U.S. and Afghanistan forces pounded the mountain caves in Tora Bora... (snip) The military operation included "several hundred" U.S. and Afghan ground forces... Elements from the 82nd Airborne blocked off escape routes through the mountains on the Afghanistan side of the border, while helicopters inserted U.S. Navy Seals at night. The Seals pinpointed enemy positions...
  • Bin Laden may have just escaped U.S. forces

    09/26/2007 6:15:15 PM PDT · by SevenMinusOne · 108 replies · 812+ views
    msnbc ^ | 9-26-07
    Bin Laden may have just escaped U.S. forces August mission in Tora Bora almost snared 'high value target' A little more than a month ago, with the anniversary of Sept. 11 approaching and fears of a new al Qaeda attack rising, some U.S. intelligence and military analysts thought they had found one of the world’s two most wanted men just where they last saw them six years ago. For three days and nights — between Aug. 14 and 16 — U.S. and Afghanistan forces pounded the mountain caves in Tora Bora, the same caves where Osama Bin Laden had hidden...
  • U.S. and British Troops bridge medical gap

    09/15/2007 10:59:21 AM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 320+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. 1st Class Felix A. Figueroa
    British Lt. Col. Scott. Frazer, clinical director of Brady Lanes Medical Facility, shows U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman Christopher Conley, and Lt. Cmdr. Amy Garret the European style portable ventilator and instructs them on its use. Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Felix Figueroa, 82nd Sustainment Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division Public Affairs. BASRA — U.S. Navy medics assigned to the 2515th Naval Air Ambulance Detachment recently met up with their British counterparts to talk about ways to streamline lateral communications and familiarize each other with equipment. “We’ve met some British medical personnel in passing while dropping off and picking up patients,” said...
  • The Future of Iraq

    08/28/2007 1:19:46 PM PDT · by neverdem · 2 replies · 639+ views ^ | August 27, 2007 | Michael J. Totten
    MUSHADAH, IRAQ – “Al Qaeda terrifies locals,” said Major Mike Garcia from Canyon, Texas, before he put me in a convoy of Humvees with 18 American Military Police on their way to the small town of Mushadah just north of Baghdad. “The only people Iraqis may be more afraid of is their mothers. When we arrest or detain people and threaten to call up their mom, they completely freak out. Please, no, don’t tell my mother they say. Women are quiet outside the house, but they severely smack down their bad kids inside the house. When your Iraqi mother tells...
  • Iraq Vets Respond to the NYTimes 7 (NYTimes declined to publish it)

    08/24/2007 7:46:42 AM PDT · by anita · 29 replies · 1,839+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 08/24/2007 | David Bellavia, Pete Hegseth, Michael Baumann, Carl Hartmann, David Thul, Knox Nunnally, Joe Worley
    ON SUNDAY, seven soldiers from the 2nd Brigade of the 82nd Airborne Division stationed in Iraq penned a passionate opinion piece in the New York Times that further illustrates the complexity of what is "really" happening in Iraq. Of the almost 3,000 soldiers from the Army's storied 82nd Airborne Division currently serving in the hottest of Iraqi neighborhoods, seven felt confident enough in their misgivings to sign an opinion piece. Insurgents are exposed, leaders stand up, and stability occurs. General David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker understand the principles of counterinsurgency and are applying them up and down the chain...
  • Paratroopers Prove Unshakeable in the Face of Adversity

    07/02/2007 4:20:13 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 375+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Spc. L.B. Edgar
    U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class John “Smoke” Duggins, 36, a platoon sergeant with Battery B, 2nd Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, provides security as residents pass through the streets north of the Grey’at neighborhood of Baghdad’s Adhamiyah District, June 28, 2007. U.S. Army photo by Spc. L.B. Edgar Paratroopers Prove Unshakeable in the Face of Adversity Security a priority along with improving essential services. By Spc. L.B. Edgar, 7th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment BAGHDAD, July 2, 2007 — Only one man knew what was coming. From afar he completed the circuit...
  • Soldier's mom trying to send a Slurpee machine to Iraq

    04/23/2007 8:47:31 PM PDT · by SoldierMedic · 22 replies · 769+ views
    ALBANY, Ore. — An Albany woman with a son in Iraq is raising money to buy his 82nd Airborne unit a machine that makes "Slurpee" type frozen carbonated drinks. Sharon Crary said her son, Pfc. Preston Crary, 21, a chaplain's assistant, asked for a machine that could make enough drinks to serve up to 100 soldiers at a time. Preston told his mother the machine would be a "great morale booster."
  • Translator Who Faked Identity Pleads Guilty To Having Secret Data

    02/15/2007 11:01:39 AM PST · by pabianice · 22 replies · 720+ views
    Wa Post ^ | 2/15/07 | White
    An Arabic translator who used an assumed identity to get work as a contractor for the U.S. Army in Iraq pleaded guilty yesterday to federal charges of possessing classified national defense documents, including sensitive material about the insurgency that he took from an 82nd Airborne Division intelligence group in 2004. The translator obtained U.S. citizenship under a false identity before securing a job in August 2003 with Titan Corp., which supplied translators to the U.S. military to aid in fighting the war in Iraq. The man then used his false identity to get secret and top-secret clearances -- access to...
  • 82nd Airborne Accepts Responsibility for Afghanistan Task Force

    02/02/2007 4:04:18 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 320+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Pfc. Anna K. Perry, USA
    BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan, Feb. 2, 2007 – The 82nd Airborne Division accepted responsibility for Combined Joint Task Force 76 from the 10th Mountain Division in a transfer-of-authority ceremony here today. Army Maj. Gen. Benjamin Freakley (left), commander of the 10th Mountain Division, furls the division’s colors with the help of outgoing Combined Joint Task Force 76 command sergeant major Army Command Sgt. Maj. Ralph Borja during a transfer-of-authority ceremony at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, Feb. 2. Photo by Sgt. Jim Wilt, USA  '(Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The task force supports NATO operations in eastern Afghanistan. The...
  • "Why Joshua Sparling should never leave the house" (hateful left, VIDEO of Fox News appearances)

    01/31/2007 3:47:27 AM PST · by ajolympian2004 · 10 replies · 1,485+ views
    Hannity Forums - 'Washington Politics' ^ | Tuesday, January 30th, 2007 | Shannon Murphy
    At Hannity Forums liberals, leftists and democrats are accusing Joshua Sparling of working with conservatives / FReepers to set this confrontation with war protesters up intentionally as a publicity stunt so Joshua can get more name recognition for himself. Plus other typical anti-American and anti-US military type statements. --- Why Joshua Sparling should never leave the house (the liberal leftist democrat who started this thread could use a good slappin' around along with others who will be obvious by their hatred of our military) Liberal leftist democrats spit at Iraq War hero Joshua Sparling yesterday in DC (I started this...
  • Wounded Iraq Vet Threatened, Spat on by 'Antiwar' Protesters (D.C. Chapter Report on 1/27/07)

    01/28/2007 5:37:22 PM PST · by kristinn · 625 replies · 22,952+ views
    Sunday, January 28, 2007 | Kristinn
    I'm angry. I'm angry at the 'antiwar' protesters who heaped abuse on our troops. And I'm angry at the people who couldn't be bothered to stand up for our troops yesterday.Tens of thousands of anti-American leftists and their dupes marched on our nation's capital calling for America's defeat in the war on terror in Iraq.Only about forty people could be bothered to turn out in support of America's victory in Iraq. Among those forty was a civilian POW held by the North Vietnamese communists and several Iraq war veterans--including wounded warriors who left the hospital to stand up for their...
  • Spitting at a war hero (Iraq War veteran Joshua Sparling of the 82nd Airborne Division)

    01/29/2007 3:53:28 AM PST · by ajolympian2004 · 63 replies · 3,924+ views
    Michelle Malkin ^ | Michelle Malkin
    Free Republic's Kristinn Taylor had his excellent first hand report linked to by Michelle Malkin below. --- Spitting at a war hero By Michelle Malkin   ·   January 28, 2007 10:19 PM Readers of this blog will remember the name Joshua Sparling. In December 2005, the Iraq war veteran received a disgusting, anti-war death wish card while being treated at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington, D.C. for injuries from a bomb explosion in Ramadi. Last month, his right leg was amputated. And this weekend, while participating in a counter-protest against the moonbat convergence, he was spit at by anti-war demonstrators....
  • Md. Man Who Was Eager to Lead Is Killed in Combat

    11/18/2006 1:59:50 PM PST · by RDTF · 38 replies · 1,682+ views
    Washington Post ^ | November 18, 2006 | Cameron W. Barr
    John Ryan Dennison was a shining light in the Class of 2000 at Urbana High School in Frederick County -- an excellent student, a football player, a wrestler. Yesterday, the school's teachers and administrators reeled from the news that he was killed Wednesday in Iraq. "When you lose a young life, it somehow diminishes all of us," said Principal George M. Seaton. History teacher Norm Crosby, who wrote a recommendation in support of Dennison's application to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, said he was a natural leader. "He was a young man who always knew the right thing...
  • "The Blog of War" - Front-Line Dispatches from Soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan (from BlackFive)

    09/06/2006 4:43:18 AM PDT · by ajolympian2004 · 4 replies · 576+ views
    Blackfive ^ | Tuesday September 5th, 2006 | Matt, Blackfive
    Milblogger BlackFive has just released a new book that contains dispatches from our outstanding men and women of the US military who are serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. If it weren't for the milbloggers much of the good news from Iraq and Afghanistan would never become widely known by the American people. --- It is the work of over 50 Americans who tell their stories about the experiences around the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. In it you will meet: * The Warriors. Snipers, tankers, grunts. Readers who have never heard a shot fired in anger will come closer to...
  • Army War Objector Returns to Base (Quotes MLK Jr)

    08/13/2006 6:20:22 AM PDT · by PghBaldy · 12 replies · 661+ views
    Associated Press (AP) ^ | August 13 | Staff
    Shortly after returning from Iraq last year, Army Sgt. Ricky Clousing gathered a few belongings and sneaked out of Fort Bragg, leaving only a note quoting Martin Luther King. After six months spent seeing the "daily physical, psychological and emotional harassment of civilians," the 24-year-old said he was confused and disenchanted with the United States' role in the war.
  • Iraq Invades Kuwait: Sixteen Years Ago Today--Rocollections from the home front.

    08/02/2006 5:03:05 PM PDT · by gleeaikin · 25 replies · 394+ views
    self (vanity) ^ | 8/2/06 | gleeaikin
    It was a warm day, August 2nd in 1990 when I turned on the news and heard the stomach clutching news that Iraq was invading Kuwait. My heart beat accelerated as I realized that my son's Bravo Co. of the 82nd Airborne at Ft. Bragg was "on mission" for the month of August. This meant that his company would be the first to go if the US offered military assistance for the crisis. All day and evening my husband, a Korean combat veteran, and I seesawed between listening to the news and trying to reach our son's barracks phone. (Remember,...
  • Paratrooper Pleads Guilty in Porn Case

    04/27/2006 11:23:59 AM PDT · by JZelle · 20 replies · 949+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 4-27-06 | MARGARET LILLARD
    FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) -- An Army paratrooper pleaded guilty Thursday to engaging in sex acts on a military-themed gay pornographic Web site after a judge denied a request to dismiss the case. Pfc. Richard T. Ashley, one of seven members of the 82nd Airborne Division charged with appearing on the site, faces up to a year in prison, forfeiture of two-thirds pay for one year, reduction in rank and a bad conduct discharge. Ashley appeared calm in court Thursday, appearing with a military lawyer and a civilian lawyer. His family sat behind him in the courtroom as the judge...
  • Exposing the Socialist Agenda of Antiwar Protestors in Fayetteville, NC (After Action Report)

    03/20/2006 11:20:02 AM PST · by Huber · 56 replies · 5,589+ views
    Old North State Chapter | March 20, 2006 | Huber, et al.
    Preparing to greet the commies - Early Saturday Morning DStarr chooses a sign from her arsenal as she prepares to confront the leftist march. This past Saturday, March 18, 2006 we conducted our third annual FReep in commemoration of the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom. As in past years, leftists marched through the streets of Fayetteville, NC (home of Fort Bragg and Pope Airforce Base) and congregated in Rowan Park for their day of music and speeches, coordinated by NC Peace and Justice Coalition. The support the troops rally was conducted on the hillside overlooking Rowan Park. Wolfpat's sound...