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  • 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...
  • Media Spinning of Operation Swarmer

    03/20/2006 8:19:42 AM PST · by dson7_ck1249 · 4 replies · 791+ views
    Townhall ^ | 3.20.2006 | W. Thomas Smith, Jr.
    The latest criticism of the war in Iraq has become so politically manipulative, so disingenuous, so over-the-top that it is undermining a critical cause that we cannot, for a variety of global security reasons, afford to lose... Let’s look at last Thursday, March 16, the day the Iraqi National Assembly opened in Baghdad and a high-profile "air assault" northeast of Samarra, as an example:
  • Spinning Operation Swarmer

    03/20/2006 2:44:05 AM PST · by SuzyQ2 · 14 replies · 1,124+ views ^ | March 20, 2006 | W. Thomas Smith Jr.
    And as far as the U.S. effort is concerned, it seems there is almost nothing the White House, the Pentagon, or for that matter any American rifleman on the ground can do that is good enough to garner so much as a one-line "attaboy" from many of our country’s largest newspapers and television news networks. Let’s look at last Thursday, March 16, the day the Iraqi National Assembly opened in Baghdad and a high-profile "air assault" northeast of Samarra, as an example:
  • WWII 82d Airborne hero lands in Afghanistan

    03/01/2006 3:26:59 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 401+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Sgt. Chuck D. Meseke
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE SALERNO, Afghanistan (Army News Service, March 1, 2006) – It had been 61 years since retired Lt. Col. James “Maggie” Megellas had set foot on a battlefield with fellow 82d Airborne Division “Devils in Baggy Pants.” That all changed Feb. 23 when he arrived in Afghanistan to visit paratroopers from the regiment that he called home during World War II, the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment. Megellas has been awarded the title of distinguished member of the regiment and has frequently visited with paratroopers from the 504th throughout the past six decades. Although it is not uncommon for...
  • I was right: The teacher admits that Airborne doesn't work (herbal cold "remedy")

    03/01/2006 8:43:28 AM PST · by Born Conservative · 11 replies · 513+ views
    Respectful Insolence ^ | 3/1/2006 | Orac
    A while back, I wrote about Airborne, the "herbal" concoction designed by a schoolteacher that is touted as preventing colds and the flu if taken preemptively or lessening their severity if taken early on in the course of a cold. I concluded that there was no evidence that it did what Victoria Knight-McDowell, a schoolteacher and the creator of Airborne, claims. Now the company itself seems to be admitting as much. It turns out that the company commissioned a study to "prove" Airborne's efficacy, and its results did seem to show a mild positive effect on colds. Unfortunately, the study...
  • 101st Airborne Division Video File

    02/24/2006 2:49:34 AM PST · by mcg2000 · 1 replies · 746+ views
    Vanity ^ | February 23, 2006 | Vanity
    It's taken a while to download ... but I have a very well done 3-minute video clip of the 101st Airborne Division in Iraq. The video is very well done and professional grade in appearance. If anyone is interested in viewing this clip, send me a note with an email contact!
  • 'All-American' chorus entertains Disney crowd

    02/21/2006 2:59:28 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 755+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Feb 19, 2006 | Steven Field
    ORLANDO (Army News Service, Feb. 18, 2006) – The “world’s happiest place” has been invaded by some of the Army’s best entertainers. The Soldiers of the 82nd Airborne Division “All-American” Chorus entertained hundreds of Mickey Mouse fans – young and old – at an outdoor performance pavilion in Downtown Disney Feb. 18. The concert was a part of Disney’s Magic Music Days program, which brings non-professional bands, choirs and orchestras to Disney World for the chance to participate in educational workshops with Disney musicians or perform for the thousands who visit the amusement parks daily. The program brings over one...
  • Army Moves Soldiers During Gay Porn Probe

    02/01/2006 1:50:19 PM PST · by Westlander · 27 replies · 2,338+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | February 1, 2006 | AP
    RALEIGH, N.C. -- A group of paratroopers from the elite 82nd Airborne Division have been moved from their regular barracks while military officials investigate allegations that they appeared on a gay pornography Web site, a spokeswoman said Tuesday. The investigation is still at an early stage, division spokeswoman Maj. Amy Hannah said in a statement. The move was prompted by concerns for the soldiers' privacy and rights, not for fears about their safety, she said.
  • 18th Airborne Corps Says Goodbye to Iraq

    01/19/2006 9:56:21 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 287+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Jan 19, 2006 | Multinational Force Iraq news release
    BAGHDAD, Jan. 19, 2006 – Army Lt. Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli accepted authority as the commander of Multinational Corps Iraq from Army Lt. Gen. John R. Vines in a transfer-of-authority ceremony at Camp Victory here today. Vines served as the commanding general of the 18th Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg, N.C., before replacing Lt. Gen. Thomas Metz as the MNCI commander in 2005. From Iraq, Vines will return to his previous position as commander of the 18th Airborne Corps, at Fort Bragg. Chiarelli comes to MNCI from his position as the commander of Task Force Victory, from Heidelberg, Germany. During...
  • 18th Airborne Corps Artillery Transfers Authority to 5th Corps

    01/17/2006 5:29:58 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 268+ views
    CAMP VICTORY, Iraq, Jan. 17, 2006 – Servicemembers witnessed the transfer of authority between the 18th Airborne Corps Artillery and the 5th Corps Artillery here today. The 18th Airborne Corps unit arrived in Iraq in January 2005, and served as the Effects Coordination Cell and Force Field Artillery headquarters for Multinational Corps Iraq. These responsibilities now go to 5th Corps Artillery. Army Lt. Gen. John R. Vines, MNCI Commander, thanked the outgoing soldiers and the coalition forces for their hard work and dedication to the mission, and welcomed the new troops. "This is an historic time for the people of...
  • Poisonings at Chechen School Investigated

    01/13/2006 8:44:09 PM PST · by struwwelpeter · 16 replies · 2,111+ views
    Novaya Gazeta ^ | January 12th, 2006 | Anna Politkovskaya
    Original Title: MAKE THE DIAGNOSIS CLASSIFIED. CONSIDER THE PATIENTS TO BE FAKING The preliminary documents concerning the mass poisoning in Chechnya have been confiscated, and physicians are compelled to choose between the Hippocratic Oath and a non-disclosure agreement.                      Throughout December there were reports of mass poisonings at schools in the Chechen region of Shelkovsk. Just before the New Year's holidays, a government commission which was created in order to 'determine the causes and liquidate the results' of the events there published its official verdict: no need to worry, there were no poisonings, but a mass psychosis due...
  • Rakkasans take control in Tikrit

    01/09/2006 4:40:12 PM PST · by SandRat · 10 replies · 555+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Jan 9, 2005 | Pfc. Cassandra Groce
    TIKRIT, Iraq (Army News Service, Jan. 9, 2005) -- The 101st Airborne Division’s “Rakkasan” brigade assumed control of operations in the Salah Ad Din Province in a ceremony Jan. 5 at Forwarding Operating Base Speicher as Soldiers of the 3rd Infantry Division prepared to head home. Various Iraqi officials attended the ceremony, including Lt. Gen Abdel Aziz, Iraqi Army 4th division commander, and Humad Mumood Shugti governor of Salah Ad Din. The ceremony opened with the Iraqi national anthem and the United States national anthem played by the 101st Army Band. The ceremony passed authority at FOB Speicher to the...
  • Why Bridge Too Far attempt was doomed

    01/08/2006 8:34:50 AM PST · by lizol · 188 replies · 3,518+ views
    Scotsman ^ | Sun 8 Jan 2006 | MURDO MACLEOD
    Why Bridge Too Far attempt was doomed MURDO MACLEOD IT WAS the Bridge Too Far which was the last British defeat of the Second World War. The audacious attempt to race through the Netherlands from Arnhem and sweep into Germany failed to shorten the war and cost 8,000 Allied lives. But today Scotland on Sunday can reveal the secret which doomed some of Britain and Poland's finest soldiers and gave rise to a series of myths about the ill-fated battle. High levels of iron in the soil around the Dutch town of Arnhem and its infamous bridge caused radio interference...
  • The 213 Things Skippy [can't] do in the Army.

    01/03/2006 9:31:12 AM PST · by FreedomFarmer · 37 replies · 4,331+ views
    Skippy's List ^ | 22SEP05 | SP4 Skippy
    The 213 Things Skippy is no longer allowed to do in the U.S. Army.... 1. Not allowed to watch Southpark when I'm supposed to be working. 2. My proper military title is "Specialist Schwarz" not "Princess Anastasia". 3. Not allowed to threaten anyone with black magic. 4. Not allowed to challenge anyone's disbelief of black magic by asking for hair. 5. Not allowed to get silicone breast implants. 6. Not allowed to play “Pulp Fiction” with a suction-cup dart pistol and any officer. 7. Not allowed to add “In accordance with the prophesy” to the end of answers I give...
  • 82nd Airborne Unit Winds Down Short, Fulfilling Deployment

    12/29/2005 3:29:33 PM PST · by SandRat · 11 replies · 557+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Dec 29, 2005 | Jim Garamone
    AL ASAD AIR BASE, Iraq, Dec. 29, 2005 – An 82nd Airborne Division unit has again proven the division's unofficial motto of "America's 911 Force" during its deployment to Iraq's Anbar province. It was a short, violent and ultimately fulfilling deployment for the paratroopers of Task Force 3-504, said its commander, Army Lt. Col. Larry Swift. The unit - built around the 3rd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, and under command of the 2nd Marine Division while in Iraq - was one of two battalions deployed in September from Fort Bragg, N.C. The unit worked with other coalition and Iraqi...
  • Christmas from the ends of the earth

    12/23/2005 3:16:26 PM PST · by SuzyQ2 · 2 replies · 544+ views ^ | December 23, 2005 | W. Thomas Smith, Jr.
    Like Temple, Lou, Murph, others, I too have my own memories of Christmas in uniform. My recollections go back to a time close to when Lou was a captain aboard a carrier in the Indian Ocean. I was a Marine corporal on Okinawa, sitting on my rack in a dingy squad bay, listening over-and-over to a cassette tape of Christmas wishes from family and friends, eating some chocolate-chip cookies Mom had made for me, looking at family pictures, and doing what all American soldiers and sailors have been doing during the month of December since 1775 – dreaming of home.
  • Russian paratroopers to participate in joint exercises (NATO & India)

    12/22/2005 9:01:53 PM PST · by jb6 · 19 replies · 630+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | 22/ 12/ 2005
    MOSCOW, December 22 (RIA Novosti) - Russian paratroopers will participate in three joint military exercises with foreign countries in 2006, Commander of the Russian Airborne Troops said Thursday. "We have planned two joint exercises with NATO and India for 2006," Colonel General Alexander Kolmakov said. "In addition, we will conduct joint maneuvers with Uzbekistan and a series of international exchanges with foreign paratroopers." According to the general, the joint exercises with NATO have been scheduled for September and those for India have been slated for August. Both maneuvers will be held in Russia.
  • The Original Green Beret

    12/19/2005 5:58:39 AM PST · by rahbert · 15 replies · 1,442+ views
    TCS Daily ^ | 19 Dec 2005 | Gordon Cucullu
    America lost a good one this month. Retired US Army Lieutenant General William Yarborough, 93, passed away. Bill Yarborough was a veteran of three wars: WW II, Korea, and Vietnam. He was a highly decorated paratrooper and is considered by many one of the most imaginative, innovative combat leaders that America has ever produced. Yarborough came of age at the defining moment of the 20th century, the onset of the Second World War.
  • Funeral Held For Soldier In Greeley On Vets Day

    11/12/2005 6:52:00 AM PST · by Jenny Hatch · 5 replies · 551+ views ^ | Nov 11, 2005 | (AP) GREELEY, Colo.
    (AP) GREELEY, Colo. The funeral for a soldier from Evans killed while serving in Iraq was held on Friday, Veterans' Day. Pvt. 1st Class Tyler Ryan MacKenzie, 20, died Nov. 2 when a roadside bomb blew up south of Baghdad near the Humvee he and his fellow soldiers were riding in. MacKenzie was assigned to the First Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, Second Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division based at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. He was the first Weld County resident killed in the Iraq war.
  • Paratroopers Awarded Distinguished Flying Cross

    11/10/2005 9:00:55 PM PST · by SandRat · 8 replies · 1,110+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Nov 10, 2005 | Army Sgt. Michael J. Carden
    From left to right, U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer Charles Folk, 1st Lt. Michael Hultquist, Chief Warrant Officer James Cornell and Chief Warrant Officer James Williamson, all aviators from 1st Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, received the Distinguished Flying Cross during a ceremony Nov. 8, 2005, at the 82nd Aviation Brigade Headquarters. The aviators were awarded the medal for valorous actions during Operation Iraqi Freedom. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. Carden Paratroopers Awarded Distinguished Flying Cross Hearing a mayday call from ambushed U.S. and Iraqi troops, the four soldiers went to their aid despite being...
  • 101st Airborne Division Unit Takes Control of Baghdad Sector

    11/07/2005 3:29:43 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 444+ views
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 7, 2005 – The 2nd Brigade Combat Team of the 101st Airborne Division formally took control of the southwestern Baghdad area of operations from the Georgia Army National Guard's 48th Brigade Combat Team on Oct. 31. Brig. Gen. Stewart Rodeheaver, 48th BCT commander, and brigade Command Sgt. Maj. James Nelson cased the unit's colors, representing the end of their mission and responsibility for this area. Shortly after the 48th's guidon was cased, Army Col. Todd Ebel, commander of 2nd BCT, 101st Airborne Division, and Army Command Sgt. Maj. Brian Stall, the brigade's senior enlisted soldier, uncased the colors...
  • The FReeper Foxhole - Dick Winters' Reflections on His Band of Brothers - Nov 3rd, 2005

    11/02/2005 10:46:59 PM PST · by snippy_about_it · 219 replies · 36,401+ views
    American History Magazine | Christopher J. Anderson
    Lord, Keep our Troops forever in Your care Give them victory over the enemy... Grant them a safe and swift return... Bless those who mourn the lost. . FReepers from the Foxhole join in prayer for all those serving their country at this time. ...................................................................................... ........................................... U.S. Military History, Current Events and Veterans Issues Where Duty, Honor and Countryare acknowledged, affirmed and commemorated. Our Mission: The FReeper Foxhole is dedicated to Veterans of our Nation's military forces and to others who are affected in their relationships with Veterans. In the FReeper Foxhole, Veterans or their family members should feel...
  • Task Force Band of Brothers Assumes Command in North-Central Iraq

    11/02/2005 4:32:00 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 631+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Nov 2, 2005 | unattributed
    TIKRIT, Iraq, Nov. 2, 2005 – Task Force Band of Brothers and the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) officially took command of military operations in north-central Iraq in a ceremony at Forward Operating Base Danger here Nov. 1. The ceremony marked the transfer of authority from Task Force Liberty and the 42nd Infantry Division, a National Guard unit from New York that has been deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom for a year, to TF Band of Brothers. TF Band of Brothers is composed of two brigade combat teams and a combat aviation brigade of the 101st Airborne Division,...
  • Democratic corruption under Bill Clinton

    10/31/2005 11:15:41 AM PST · by mark in iowa · 25 replies · 4,985+ views
    I'm tired of hearing liberals on their message boards all suprised of corruption/scandals surrounding government. Listen to them lately and it sounds like it is only a recently developing phenomenon, Right? Wrong. I found a nice article on the Progressive Review's website that you may/may not have not seen, it sums the Clinton Legacy up pretty good. Here's the Article: The Clinton Legacy The Progressive Review This list was compiled at the end of the Clinton administration. Our Clinton Scandal Index RECORDS SET - The only president ever impeached on grounds of personal malfeasance - Most number of convictions and...
  • Soldier Defends His Home (in Seattle !)

    10/04/2005 5:09:03 PM PDT · by llevrok · 52 replies · 2,111+ views
    SHORELINE - Ken Potts calls himself a patriot. That's what his front yard tells you too. But he says that in the last year the mailbox has been blown up twice with fireworks. The house has been egged. Paint has been thrown on the house too. The flags have been torn down and ripped up more than once. And the 101st Airborne flag has had the word "murder" and a swastika written on it with a permanent marker.

    09/29/2005 3:30:02 AM PDT · by airborne · 53 replies · 848+ views
    Me ^ | 9/29/05 | AIRBORNE
    I can't believe it, but today is the fifth anniversary of my signing up here at I wish to thank Jim Robinson for creating this oasis of sanity! And for all of my new found Freeper friends, for allowing me to ba a part of your lives. God bless you all!
  • 82nd Airborne Division Becomes 'Waterborne' in New Orleans

    09/21/2005 5:57:28 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 367+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sep 21, 2005 | Gerry Gilmore
    NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 21, 2005 – The Army's 82nd Airborne Division took to the water soon after it deployed to New Orleans to provide disaster relief assistance in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the unit's two-star general said here Sept. 20. Elements of the 82nd Airborne Division arrived in New Orleans Sept. 3. They handed off their duties in the city to National Guardsmen earlier this week and are preparing to redeploy home to Fort Bragg, N.C. About 80 percent of the Crescent City was flooded after levees broke Aug. 30. That became a challenge for the paratroopers when they...
  • N.O. Report - 82d Airborne (email)

    09/20/2005 6:46:47 PM PDT · by hombre_sincero · 19 replies · 889+ views
    Focus on Freedom ^ | 20 Sept 2005
    <p>Here's some of what was told to me tonight by my son < name withheld > who is in the 82nd Airborne in New Orleans.</p> <p>I don't know whether or not I sent you that video clip of that poor woman being "assisted" in leaving her home, (CHP officers tackled her and dragged her from her home) but Michael said tonight that since he'd been helping get people on planes at the N. O. airport, he'd heard so many similar stories, he lost count.</p>

    09/05/2005 12:00:53 PM PDT · by Sailor6468 · 6 replies · 701+ views
    World Defense Review ^ | September 5, 2005 | W. Thomas Smith, Jr.
    A few months ago, these same guys were fighting in Iraq. Now they were roaring down the highway in a long green line in central South Carolina, in the lane next to me. As I mentioned, they looked tough. But most also looked as if they were barely old enough to shave. Some of them probably had tubes of Clearasil (or whatever teenagers use today to fight acne) stowed away in their field packs.
  • Russian paratrooper saves falling friend

    08/29/2005 9:55:48 AM PDT · by lizol · 32 replies · 1,832+ views
    Independent Online ^ | August 29 2005
    Russian paratrooper saves falling friend August 29 2005 at 12:37PM Moscow - A Russian paratrooper will be decorated for valour after he caught hold of a comrade whose chute failed to open and steered him to the ground by his straps, the military said on Monday. The incident happened when the soldiers became entangled in their parachute lines while jumping from a plane during joint exercises with Chinese forces that ended last last week. One managed to deploy his emergency parachute and held on to the other until they touched down. "Both guys showed the best qualities of Russian airborne...
  • BORN TO BE A SOLDIER: Reflecting on the impact of Southern military culture

    08/29/2005 7:37:15 AM PDT · by Sailor6468 · 8 replies · 998+ views
    World Defense Review ^ | Aug. 29, 2005 | W. Thomas Smith, Jr.
    I was born to be a soldier. Not that I was particularly brave or even destined for a distinguished military career, but I think there is something inherent in most Southern boys that predisposes them to the profession of arms. I simply got a bigger dose of it than most.
  • Marines jump from planes, land with wings

    08/25/2005 4:11:10 PM PDT · by SandRat · 17 replies · 1,054+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Aug 25, 2005 | Lance Cpl. Rose A. Muth
    MARINE CORPS LOGISTICS BASE, Ga. (Aug. 25, 2005) -- Imagine jumping out of an airplane, free falling for a couple of seconds, until a slight pull on a string reveals a parachute which expands to save the body strapped to it from hitting the ground head on. First Lt. Paul C. Alvarado and Gunnery Sgt. Mark N. Rankin from Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany graduated from the Army's Airborne School at Fort Benning, Ga. July 29 and came home decorated with new silver jump wings. “I have always wanted to go to jump school," said Rankin, supply administrator, Supply Chain...
  • Two Infantry Battalions to Deploy to Iraq for Election Period

    08/24/2005 10:25:57 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 347+ views
    DoD News ^ | Aug 24, 2005 | unattributed
    On August 23, 2005, the Secretary of Defense approved a request by the commander of Multi-National Forces-Iraq (MNF-I) to deploy two additional infantry battalions to Iraq. Two battalions from the 82nd Airborne Division will deploy to Iraq for an anticipated duration of approximately 120 days to support security efforts during the election period. Adjustments to troop levels in Iraq occurred prior to the transfer to Iraqi sovereignty in June 2004 and during the January Iraqi elections. These troops will join 180,000 Iraqi security forces and 138,000 coalition forces in helping set the security conditions for successful elections. Gen. Casey’s request...
  • 82nd Airborne Unit to Bolster Election Security

    08/08/2005 5:17:03 PM PDT · by SandRat · 14 replies · 527+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Aug 8, 2005 | Army Pfc. Mike Pryor
    Units assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division have provided security for elections in Afghanistan and Iraq, so this mission came as no surprise to the paratroopers. BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan, Aug. 8, 2005 — The first group of paratroopers from a battalion of the 82nd Airborne Division rapidly deployed to Afghanistan to bolster security in advance of the country’s upcoming provincial elections began arriving here July 16. Approximately 700 paratroopers from the 1st Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment were scheduled to arrive in Afghanistan in mid-July to join more than 1,500 paratroopers from the 82nd’s 1st Brigade Combat Team who have...
  • Teddy Troopers-101 Airborne-A part of Iraq the MSM missed - (God bless our guy&gals in Iraq!)

    07/27/2005 5:29:41 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 4 replies · 305+ views
    A FEMALE SOLDIER.COM ^ | JULY 13, 2005 | SPC. DEREK DEL ROSARIO, Aviation Brigade PAO, Iraq
    "Teddy Troopers’ perform important mission in Iraq" Spc. Derek Del Rosario Aviation Brigade PAO CAMP TAJI, Iraq – July 13, 2005-They can be seen parachuting into various areas around Baghdad. Specially trained individuals recruited during Operation Iraqi Freedom 3, whose primary mission is to bring smiles to the faces of Iraqi children. These airborne “Soldiers” are actually “Teddy Troopers” or “Para-Bears,” stuffed animals with makeshift parachutes jumping into the arms and hearts of children during Operation Teddy Drop. The commander for this unique operation is Chief Warrant Officer 4 Randy M. Kirgiss, pilot for C. Company, 4th Battalion, 3rd Aviation...
  • Wounded Paratrooper Recounts Attack

    07/06/2005 5:26:45 AM PDT · by mark502inf · 21 replies · 1,138+ views
    Fayetteville (NC) Observer | July 6, 20 | By Kevin Maurer, Staff Writer
    Spc. Derrick Christianson couldn't see the enemy fighters, but he could see the blood as he launched grenade after grenade at their position in a ditch near the Afghanistan border. 82nd Airborne Division paratroopers were on patrol near a fire base about 50 miles south of Khost when the militants attacked. The battle was one of the fiercest encounters since the paratroopers took over security in the region in April. Christianson, a 20-year-old soldier from Iowa, said he could hear gunfire from a ridge line a few miles away as his patrol took up position on top of a mountain...
  • The FReeper Foxhole Remembers the Airborne in WWII (1940-1945) - June 1st, 2005

    05/31/2005 10:38:38 PM PDT · by SAMWolf · 55 replies · 1,941+ views
    World War II Magazine. | March 2004 | Williamson Murray
    Lord, Keep our Troops forever in Your care Give them victory over the enemy... Grant them a safe and swift return... Bless those who mourn the lost. . FReepers from the Foxhole join in prayer for all those serving their country at this time. .................................................................. .................... ........................................... U.S. Military History, Current Events and Veterans Issues Where Duty, Honor and Countryare acknowledged, affirmed and commemorated. Our Mission: The FReeper Foxhole is dedicated to Veterans of our Nation's military forces and to others who are affected in their relationships with Veterans. In the FReeper Foxhole, Veterans or their family members should...
  • Son of Minn. State Lawmaker Killed in Iraq

    05/27/2005 10:20:36 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 32 replies · 1,066+ views
    AP ^ | 5-27-05 | MARTIGA LOHN
    ST. PAUL - The son of a Minnesota state senator was killed in Iraq when his helicopter was shot down, officials said. It was the second tour in Iraq for Chief Warrant Officer Matt Lourey, 41, who flew helicopters with the Army's 82nd Airborne Division — though his mother, Sen. Becky Lourey, and other relatives opposed the war and had tried to talk him out of it. "He didn't want to die, but nonetheless he signed up for military service and he understood what that meant," said his brother, Tony Lourey.(snip) Chief Warrant Officer Matt Lourey, 41 (snip) When he...
  • The Jumpmaster Dance (Dirty Legs need not watch!)

    05/10/2005 7:56:11 PM PDT · by StoneGiant · 5 replies · 2,972+ views
    5/10/2005 | Unknown
    Dirty legs need not watch...well worth the time (it really does take a long time to download) to watch - this is great. All the way! ________________________________ Subject: The Jumpmaster Dance (UNCLASSIFIED) This is good! AIRBORNE! ...the Bleachers at Sicily DZ ________________________________ I know that you all will enjoy this, just click on the link below... Takes a while to download, but if you're an Airborne school grad, it's worth the wait. Turn-on your speakers. 
  • They Are Giving Up Their Careers To Fight For Our Nation - The American Soldier.

    05/09/2005 10:00:49 PM PDT · by FirebaseD · 8 replies · 452+ views
    *note Please to not get upset with me. I posted this thread in "Smoky Backroom", but that is not where I wanted to place it. I'm reposting it here, I am not trying to flood. Like Pat Tillman's decision to leave the NFL to join the US armed forces after the terroist attack on Sept. 11, a Professionl PRCA National Bull Fighter & Cowboy Protection Expert, Chris Mason, has also become a member of the US Army assigned to the 82nd Airborne Infantry Division. Many of our young men are enlisting into today's military because as Chris said: "I'm tired...
  • They All Come From Different Backgrounds - The American Soldier.

    05/08/2005 10:25:45 PM PDT · by FirebaseD · 2 replies · 482+ views
    Like Pat Tillman's decision to leave the NFL to join the US armed forces after the terroist attack on Sept. 11 the bull fighter in this video, Chris Mason, a Professionl PRCA National Bull Fighter & Cowboy Protection Expert, has also become a member of the US Army assigned to the 82nd Airborne Infantry Division. Many of our young men are enlisting into today's military because as Chris said: "I'm tired of setting on the sidelines while other people are fighting for my way of life, and freedom." They are not required to join the military, but they give up...
  • Canada's '911 Force' (Canadian Forces)

    05/02/2005 2:18:19 PM PDT · by Levante · 57 replies · 1,108+ views
    National Post ^ | May 2, 2005 | Chris Wattie
    Ten years after the Canadian Airborne Regiment was disbanded, the army is creating a strike force of fast-moving, highly trained "ranger" troops that will reprise most of the former elite parachute unit's roles, senior army officers have told the National Post. The planned Light Force will be able to airdrop into trouble spots around the world on its own or as a backup to the commandos of Joint Task Force 2, Canada's secretive special forces unit. The Light Force, developed in tandem with the defence policy statement released last month, will form the backbone of a new Special Operations Group,...
  • Marriage and the military

    01/01/2005 12:08:29 PM PST · by SandRat · 26 replies · 1,279+ views
    The Army has taken on a new mission: to help mend war-torn marriages. It's an admirable effort, as young service men and women are sent to harm's way for extended periods of time - including some stationed at Fort Huachuca. When they come home, they may have trouble adjusting back to everyday life, especially with children and spouses. As The Associated Press reported this week, 300 couples with the Fort Campbell-based 101st Airborne Division, which has had troops serve in Iraq, have attended "marriage enrichment" seminars. And surely there are others who need the help, too. According to the story,...
  • Christmas Eve Combat

    12/23/2004 7:13:11 AM PST · by SuzyQ2 · 2 replies · 465+ views
    National Review Online ^ | December 23, 2004 | W. Thomas Smith Jr.
    "Surprise attacks in supposedly secure areas. A spike in casualties. A few baffled American commanders. Suspicions of degrading morale within some units. Outright refusal to carry out lawful orders in others. Troops stretched too thin. Blame heaped on planners and those said to be responsible for unreliable intelligence. Sound familiar? It all began 60 years ago — this very Christmas season — when the German army, in a last-ditch effort, smashed through the Ardennes and struck the primary Allied lines in Belgium."
  • The FReeper Foxhole Remembers the Pathfinders at Bastogne (12/1944) - Dec. 22nd, 2004

    12/21/2004 10:38:14 PM PST · by SAMWolf · 165 replies · 3,250+ views
    World War II Magazine | September 2003 | Richard E. Killblane
    Lord, Keep our Troops forever in Your care Give them victory over the enemy... Grant them a safe and swift return... Bless those who mourn the lost. . FReepers from the Foxhole join in prayer for all those serving their country at this time. .................................................................. .................... ........................................... U.S. Military History, Current Events and Veterans Issues Where Duty, Honor and Countryare acknowledged, affirmed and commemorated. Our Mission: The FReeper Foxhole is dedicated to Veterans of our Nation's military forces and to others who are affected in their relationships with Veterans. In the FReeper Foxhole, Veterans or their family members should...
  • Opposition to Airborne Cell Phones Floods FCC

    12/19/2004 11:17:04 AM PST · by Libloather · 79 replies · 2,021+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 12/16/04 | Jeremy Pelofsky
    Opposition to Airborne Cell Phones Floods FCC Thu Dec 16, 6:06 PM ET By Jeremy Pelofsky WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. air travelers wasted little time barraging communications regulators with hundreds of e-mails registering their opposition to ending the ban on the use of mobile phones during commercial flights. The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday unanimously proposed lifting the ban if issues about safety and technical hurdles can be overcome. FCC officials said their mandate was to facilitate communications. But the potential of scores of passengers talking on mobile phones during a lengthy flight has many travelers worried that their...
  • 'Band of Brothers' troops pay a visit to Hanau on way to Bastogne reunion

    12/15/2004 7:02:26 PM PST · by Former Military Chick · 28 replies · 1,439+ views
    Stars and Stripes | December 16, 2004 | Kevin Dougherty
    HANAU, Germany — A buzz of anticipation rifled through the crowded gymnasium. In a few minutes, a Band of Brothers six-pack would pop in for a brief visit before heading off for a historic reunion in Bastogne, Belgium. Michael Abrams / S&S Col. Tracy Williams, left, commander of the 104th Area Support Group, talks to Earl McClung, center, and Darrell "Shifty" Powers of "Band of Brothers" fame. McClung, Powers and four other members of Company E, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division spoke in Hanau, Germany, on Wednesday. Darrell “Shifty” Powers looked not the least bit fazed...
  • ONE LOST A LEG, ANOTHER AN EYE WHILE IN IRAQ 3 Army buddies celebrate 'Alive Day'

    11/25/2004 6:02:43 AM PST · by SandRat · 618+ views
    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. - Staff Sgt. Joshua Olson called it his "Alive Day," the one-year anniversary of the day he lost his leg in Iraq. He marked the date by traveling from Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington back to the Fort Campbell woods where he once instructed men as a squad leader. Instead of camouflage, he wore jeans and a T-shirt, and used crutches to get around on one leg. He wanted to get back to the comrades ---snip---
  • ELECTION 2004: Kerry used vets for political gain

    10/29/2004 2:17:11 AM PDT · by Chieftain · 31 replies · 1,349+ views
    The Florida Times-Union ^ | Oct 29, 2004 | Self
    ELECTION 2004: Kerry used vets for political gain Sen. John Kerry smeared 2.5 million Vietnam veterans when he spoke to the Senate Foreign Relations committee in 1971. He said that we had "committed war crimes on a day-to-day basis with the full awareness of officers at all levels of command" and "razed villages in fashion reminiscent of Genghis Khan." Kerry's words were calculated to embarrass and manipulate the Nixon administration by spreading vicious lies about brave men who served honorably. His words caused wounds much more painful than any the enemy could inflict. They cast doubt and shame on an...
  • 101st Airborne Vet: 'No Way' Explosives Were at Al Qaqaa

    10/27/2004 10:52:50 PM PDT · by kattracks · 32 replies · 922+ views ^ | 10/28/04 | Carl Limbacher
    A former GI with the 101st Airborne Division who was among the first Americans on the scene at Saddam Hussein's Al Qaqaa weapons depot said Wednesday there was no way the bunkers he inspected housed 380 tons of high explosives as reported by the New York Times. "When we walked into the bunkers that apparently nobody [else] went into, there is no way there were 380 tons of explosives in those bunkers," 101st Airborne veteran Ken Dixon told the Fox News Channel's "Hannity & Colmes" Wednesday night. Instead, said Dixon, the weapons that were left behind at Al Qaqaa were...