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  • Another Massive Fail… Obama Sends 1,000 Paratroopers From Fort Bragg Back to Iraq

    01/27/2015 11:13:16 AM PST · by servo1969 · 24 replies ^ | 1-27-2015 | Jim Hoft
    On December 14, 2011 Barack Obama delivered a speech to soldiers at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, on how the Iraq War was over: “It’s harder to end a war than to begin one… We’re leaving behind a sovereign, stable and self reliant Iraq.“ And with that Barack Obama pulled all US troops from Iraq despite the advice from top military leaders. forward three years… Today Barack Obama sent 1,000 US paratroopers from Fort Bragg back to Iraq as part of the Operation Inherent Resolve mission. The place is a mess.
  • Always Out Front: a Photo History of an Airborne Company

    01/05/2015 7:32:10 AM PST · by TigerTale · 4 replies
    Kickstarter ^ | 01-02-15 | Jason Auld
    In August of 1990, Iraq invaded Kuwait triggering a quick response from the United States. Ground troops and aircraft were rapidly deployed to protect the country of Saudi Arabia. The first boots on the ground were from the historic 82nd Airborne Division- America's Guard of Honor. Now, almost 25 years later there are very few accounts of what it was like for the soldiers on the ground. The photo book "Always Out Front: a Photo History of an Airborne Company" will tell the story of B Co 313th Military Intelligence Battalion in their own words and photos.
  • CDC throws cold water on talk of ‘airborne’ Ebola transmission

    12/02/2014 8:52:13 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 1, 2014 | Tom Howell, Jr.
    Hoping to tamp down fears about Ebola, the Obama administration said Monday the virus wreaking havoc in West Africa is unlikely to mutate and spread by air. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a fact sheet that says samples from the current outbreak, which has killed about 5,000 abroad and elicited fear in the U.S., are nearly identical — 97 percent the same — as the strains studied when Ebola was discovered in 1976. Scientists monitoring the virus have not seen any evidence that Ebola may be mutating in a way that would make it spread more easily,...
  • CDC Finally Admits that Ebola Can Float through the Air … 3 Feet

    10/27/2014 9:05:45 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 154 replies
    CDC ^ | 10/27/14
    Droplet spread happens when germs traveling inside droplets that are coughed or sneezed from a sick person enter the eyes, nose, or mouth of another person. Droplets travel short distances, less than 3 feet (1 meter) from one person to another. A person might also get infected by touching a surface or object that has germs on it and then touching their mouth or nose. *** Clean and disinfect commonly touched surfaces like doorknobs, faucet handles, and toys, since the Ebola virus may live on surfaces for up to several hours.
  • "Why I Will Not Submit To Medical Martial Law"

    10/23/2014 8:13:27 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 21 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 10/23/2014 | Tyler Durden, Brandon Smith
    Submitted by Brandon Smith of, One of the most dangerous philosophical contentions even amongst liberty movement activists is the conundrum of government force and prevention during times of imminent pandemic. All of us at one time or another have had this debate. If a legitimate viral threat existed and threatened to infect and kill millions of Americans, is it then acceptable for the government to step in, remove civil liberties, enforce quarantines, and stop people from spreading the disease? After all, during a viral event, the decisions of each individual can truly have a positive or negative effect on...
  • Official WHO Ebola toll near 5,000 with true number nearer 15,000

    10/23/2014 9:59:04 PM PDT · by justlittleoleme · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu, Oct 23 00:08 AM BST | Tom Miles
    At least 4,877 people have died in the world's worst recorded outbreak of Ebola, and at least 9,936 cases of the disease had been recorded as of Oct. 19, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday, but the true toll may be three times as much. The WHO has said real numbers of cases are believed to be much higher than reported: by a factor of 1.5 in Guinea, 2 in Sierra Leone and 2.5 in Liberia, while the death rate is thought to be about 70 percent of all cases. That would suggest a toll of almost 15,000.
  • Ebola Surveillance Thread

    08/10/2014 12:46:23 AM PDT · by Smokin' Joe · 5,020 replies
    Free Republic Threads ^ | August 10, 2014 | Legion
    I have spent a little time compiling links to threads about the Ebola outbreak in the interest of having all the links in one thread for future reference. Please add links to new threads and articles of interest as the situation develops. Thank You all for you participation.
  • A Promising Experimental Ebola Drug Goes Overlooked

    10/21/2014 12:05:50 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 14 replies
    Bloomberg Businessweek | October 20, 2014 | Paul M. Barrett
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  • Leading U.S. scientist warns deadly virus is already changing to become more contagious

    10/18/2014 7:27:54 AM PDT · by RummyChick · 28 replies
    daily mail ^ | 10/18 | newton
    The deadly Ebola virus could be mutating to become even more contagious, a leading U.S scientist has warned. The disease has killed nearly 4,000 people, infecting in excess of 8,000 - the majority in the West African nations of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. Communities lie in ruins, thousands of children have been orphaned, millions face starvation but the virus continues its unprecedented pace, invading and destroying vast swathes of these countries.
  • Muslim Burial Practices Blamed for Spread of Ebola Virus

    10/21/2014 12:48:55 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 36 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 10-21-2014 | Jim Hoft
    <p>Muslim burial practices are being blamed for the spread of Ebola.</p> <p>Remains of Secretary General of The Nigeria Supreme General for Islamic Affairs and Seriki of Egbaland, Alhaji Lateeef Adegbite at his burial in 2012.</p> <p>Islam requires family members to personally wash the corpses of loved ones from head to toe. This practise is putting more Africans at risk to catch the disease that is spread by body fluids.</p>
  • U.S. Army warns of potential 'airborne' Ebola

    10/16/2014 10:29:54 PM PDT · by RC one · 14 replies
    WND ^ | 10/16/14 | Jerome Corsi
    U.S. Army warns of potential 'airborne' Ebola Virus could be transmitted by means other than contact NEW YORK – While Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization officials continue to insist Ebola cannot be transmitted by air from one person to another, an Army manual clearly warns the virus could be an airborne threat in certain circumstances. The handbook published by the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, USAMRID, titled “USAMRID’s Medical Management of Biological Casualties Handbook,” is now in its seventh edition. The most recent edition was published in 2011, with more than 100,000 copies distributed...
  • Airborne Ebola outbreak in monkeys raises possibility virus could mutate

    10/16/2014 5:40:59 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 16, 2014 | Tom Howell Jr.
    1989 episode at Reston, Virginia research facility inspired movie ‘Hot Zone’Both President Obama and his top infectious disease experts tried to calm Americans’ fears about Ebola this week by saying the current outbreak cannot be transmitted through the air. But less than 30 miles from where top government officials made their declarations in Washington, scientists a quarter century ago did in fact prove that an Ebola strain contained to monkeys could spread airborne. The 1989 episode at the suburban Reston, Virginia, monkey research facility — made famous by Hollywood movie “Hot Zone” — along with additional research by a scientist...
  • Infectious Disease Experts... Suggest Ebola Transmission by Air Can't be Ruled Out

    10/16/2014 12:59:31 PM PDT · by RC one · 5 replies
    cleveland leader ^ | 10/15/14 | Julie Kent
    Infectious Disease Experts & Multiple Research Studies Suggest Ebola Transmission by Air Can't be Ruled Out Standard surgical masks are not enough protection against Ebola virus, says a report from the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota. In an extensive commentary submitted to CIDRAP by national experts on respiratory protection and infectious disease transmission, the authors indicate that multiple research studies have shown that aerosol transmission of Ebola virus cannot be ruled out and should be suspected as a possible mode of transmission, and recommends at minimum a powered-air purifying respirators (PAPR) for healthcare...
  • Yale Student Hospitalized with Ebola-Like Symptoms

    10/16/2014 9:13:48 AM PDT · by Columbo · 72 replies
    A Yale University student who recently returned from Liberia has been admitted to Yale-New Haven Hospital to be evaluated for Ebola-like symptoms, according to officials from New Haven Mayor Toni Harp's office and Yale-New Haven Hospital. Two Yale students who had been conducting research in Liberia returned on Saturday, Oct. 11 and have been kept in voluntary sequestration, Laurence Grothier, Director of Communication for Mayor Harp.
  • Ebola Could Mutate into an Airborne Virus; "Bar Entry from Affected Countries" Says Liberty GB

    10/15/2014 5:41:44 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 3 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 15 October 2014 | Enza Ferreri
    Tuesday during a House of Lords debate Labour's Lord Robert Winston, a medical doctor who has presented scientific TV programs, said that Ebola could mutate into an airborne virus that is caught like a common cold. He was reacting to Health Minister Earl Howe's remark at the House of Commons that the Ebola risk to British people "remains low". At the moment the disease is passed through bodily contact or fluids such as blood and sweat, but the contagion risk would increase if the virus became airborne. Lord Winston asserted: "I am slightly concerned about the possible risk of...
  • US troops prepare to go to war with Ebola: 101st Airborne receives safety training

    10/13/2014 6:58:52 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 41 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 10/13/14 | Annabel Grossman
    Soldiers from 101st Airborne Division took part in a course at Fort Campbell Families are desperate to know how military can keep their loved ones safe Ebola is a different threat to what troops are used to in Afghanistan and Iraq There are already more than 350 US troops on the ground in West Africa Number is set to grow and could even top current projection of nearly 4,000
  • Meeting Doctor Doom [Top scientist advocates eliminating 90% of population for ecology]

    10/12/2014 9:13:30 AM PDT · by JCG · 77 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 3/31/2006 | Forest M. Mimms III
    There is always something special about science meetings. The 109th meeting of the Texas Academy of Science at Lamar University in Beaumont on 3-5 March 2006 was especially exciting for me, because a student and his professor presented the results of a DNA study I suggested to them last year. How fulfilling to see the baldcypress ( Taxodium distichum ) leaves we collected last summer and my tree ring photographs transformed into a first class scientific presentation that's nearly ready to submit to a scientific journal (Brian Iken and Dr. Deanna McCullough, "Bald Cypress of the Texas Hill Country: Taxonomically...
  • Airborne Ebola? More Settled Science?

    10/08/2014 4:09:57 PM PDT · by tips up · 32 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 8, 2014 | Brian C Joondeph
    As the number of Ebola cases continues to grow, many of us are asking whether we are safe. How easily is it transmitted? The answer will determine whether this is a small outbreak in a few isolated areas or a pandemic worthy of a science fiction movie. Read more: Follow us: @AmericanThinker on Twitter | AmericanThinker on Facebook
  • CDC: Airborne Ebola possible but unlikely

    10/08/2014 5:28:36 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 34 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/07/14 | Elise Viebeck
    The Ebola virus becoming airborne is a possible but unlikely outcome in the current epidemic, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Tom Frieden said Tuesday.
  • Why Ebola Probably Won't Go Airborne

    10/06/2014 2:26:07 PM PDT · by blam · 62 replies
    BI ^ | 10-6-2014 | Kevin Loria
    Kevin LoriaOctober 6, 2014 The idea that Ebola could go airborne is terrifying. Once you are infected, few diseases are more likely to kill you — and death by hemorrhagic fever, diarrhea and vomiting often accompanied by bleeding and organ failure, sounds particularly awful. At present it's hard to get infected — healthcare workers and family members caring for victims are at highest risk — but that would change if the virus were to mutate so that it could be transmitted through the air while keeping its present lethality. That's a nightmare scenario. But it's more the stuff of bad...
  • Hemorrhagic fever viruses as biological weapons: medical and public health management.

    10/03/2014 4:52:02 PM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Display Settings: Abstract Send to: JAMA. 2002 May 8;287(18):2391-405. Hemorrhagic fever viruses as biological weapons: medical and public health management. Borio L1, Inglesby T, Peters CJ, Schmaljohn AL, Hughes JM, Jahrling PB, Ksiazek T, Johnson KM, Meyerhoff A, O'Toole T, Ascher MS, Bartlett J, Breman JG, Eitzen EM Jr, Hamburg M, Hauer J, Henderson DA, Johnson RT, Kwik G, Layton M, Lillibridge S, Nabel GJ, Osterholm MT, Perl TM, Russell P, Tonat K; Working Group on Civilian Biodefense. Author information Abstract OBJECTIVE: To develop consensus-based recommendations for measures to be taken by medical and public health professionals if hemorrhagic...
  • The Current Ebola Strain: It’s Airborne Folks

    08/05/2014 6:15:51 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 301 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | 8-5-14 | sundance
    The empirical evidence of an airborne Ebola Strain is overwhelming Hat Tip GWP - Patrick Sawyer was the American businessman, who contracted Ebola while working in Liberia, then collapsed after he got off a plane to Nigeria and died July 25. He was the first patient in Nigeria with the Ebola virus. The Nigerian authorities have refused to release the names of other passengers on the plane with Mr. Sawyer, or notify the media of their status.
  • Pandemic by Design ~ The Ebola Bio-Weapon!

    08/04/2014 8:07:25 AM PDT · by agondonter · 48 replies
    8/2/2014 | DAHBOO77 Weaponized Ebola ............. the story not being told Aerosol emission of a deadly/highly contagious pathogen! Article Below The primary Ebola strain being spread right now (as there are 2) was bioengineered using US Department of Defense (via USAMRIID), Monsanto, Alnylam, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Merck and Pfizer funding through a pharmaceutical company called Tekmira based in Vancouver Canada. A common Ebola-Zaire strain from West Africa was used as the base, but bioengeneered to become a respiratory illness (a hybrid of Ebola-Zaires & Lassa Hemorrhagic Fever, weaponized via USAMRIID at Fort Detrick) becoming a genetic variant of the original strain, which allowed...
  • 93-year-old WWII paratrooper marks D-Day with encore jump

    06/06/2014 12:11:53 PM PDT · by shove_it · 15 replies
    CBSnews ^ | 5 Jun 2014
    NORMANDY, France -- On Monday, the "CBS Evening News" met Jim Martin of Xenia, Ohio. On D-Day in 1944, he parachuted into Normandy with the 101st Airborne Division. On Thursday, he performed an encore. Martin, now 93, joined daredevils from all over the world to commemorate the D-Day anniversary. He landed on the same patch of land as he did 70 years ago, just behind Utah Beach...
  • Ebola Spread to Guinea's Capital Raises Fears

    03/29/2014 1:19:43 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 18 replies
    MSN News ^ | March 29, 2014 | MSN News
    CONAKRY, Guinea — Ebola, one of the world's most deadly viruses, has spread from a remote forested corner of southern Guinea to the country's seaside capital, raising fears that the disease, which causes severe bleeding and almost always death, could spread far beyond this tiny West African nation's borders.
  • Could Ebola now be airborne?

    03/28/2014 6:34:35 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 69 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 3/28/14 | DAMIEN GAYLE
    Fears are growing that the most lethal form of the Ebola virus can mutate into an airborne pathogen, making the spread of the terrifying disease more difficult to check. It was previously thought the untreatable virus, which causes massive internal bleeding and multiple organ failure, could only be transmitted through contact with infected blood. But now Canadian researchers have carried out experiments showing how monkeys can catch the deadly disease from infected pigs without coming into direct contact.k
  • ULUS-KERT: An Airborne Company's Last Stand

    03/01/2014 8:54:29 AM PST · by cunning_fish · 9 replies ^ | Michael D. Wilmoth, Peter G. Tsouras
    In four days of desperate fighting, from 29 February to 3 March 2000, a large force of Chechen fighters wiped out a Russian paratroop company in the harsh defiles and ridges of the Argun Gorge in the mountains of southern Chechnya. Although the battle was a catastrophic tactical defeat for the Russian airborne force, the company's stubborn defense to the last man and the concentration of Russian relief forces inflicted a strategic setback on the Chechens. The Russians stumbled into this catastrophe through poor unit leadership, but Russian blood and valor transformed it into victory. Hatred to the Bone In...
  • Military Photo of the Day

    12/12/2013 5:41:30 AM PST · by frankenMonkey · 13 replies
    MILPOD ^ | 12 Dec 2013 | MILPOD
    December 12 marks the 28th anniversary of the crash of Arrow Air Flight 1285, carrying 248 Soldiers of the 101st Airborne and 8 crew members, in Gander, Newfoundland. Returning from peacekeeping duties in the Sinai Desert, all were killed. Above, soldiers fasten flags to caskets in Gander. Dec 1985.
  • High-Speed Russian VDV Airborne: Air-Mech Paras Jump with Drogues

    07/27/2013 10:48:25 AM PDT · by cunning_fish · 41 replies
    Notice how the Russian VDV Airborne Paras jump without d-bags dangling outside the aircraft such that they can jump IN FRONT OF IL-76 JET ENGINES! By using drogue chutes they exit the plane clean and can have timers delay openings for HIGH ALTITUDE mass tactical jumps without trying to teach everyone belabored civilian skydiving stable body position skills. This means more Paras can jump from more doors and land closer together near their BMD light tank/APC to get into action far faster than U.S. Airborne equipment and techniques. And the VDV can jump with their IL-76 jets not having to...
  • Canadian Paratrooper Can't Avoid Trees, Is The Luckiest Man Alive [video only]

    07/18/2013 11:51:46 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 12 replies ^ | 6-25-2013 | ThePegasus315
    Stick Commander footage of 3 PPCLI paratroopers being "Off-dropped" during Ex Maple Flag. Nothing says pucker factor than the fear of a pine tree up the tail! FYI, drills worked, amazingly only one minor injury. ------------- Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI, generally referred to as The Patricias) is one of the three Regular Force infantry regiments of the Canadian Army of the Canadian Forces.
  • Fort Bragg cancels July 4th celebration over budget cuts

    04/11/2013 7:16:41 AM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies
    Fort Bragg is canceling its July 4th celebration because of budget cuts and worker furloughs. The event - a tradition for more than 30 years - usually attracts 50,000 people and includes what many people believe to be among the best fireworks shows in the region. "Our reduced operating budget for the remainder of this year forces many very tough decisions," said Lt. Gen. Daniel B. Allyn, commanding general of 18th Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg ... Fort Bragg announced other cuts and reductions today
  • Ebola may go airborne

    11/16/2012 5:15:39 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    Science News ^ | November 15, 2012 | Tina Hesman Saey
    The Ebola virus can spread through the air from pigs to macaques, a new study suggests. Transmission of the virus — which causes an often fatal hemorrhagic fever in people and primates — was thought to require direct contact with body fluids from an infected animal or person. But in the new study, published online November 15 in Scientific Reports, piglets infected with Ebola passed the virus to macaques housed in the same room even though the animals never touched. “The evidence that the virus got from a pig to a monkey through a respiratory route is good,” says Glenn...
  • Soldiers issued enhanced M14s

    09/15/2012 10:00:47 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 99 replies
    Ft. Campbell Courier ^ | 13 Sept 2012 | Spc. Kadina Baldwin, 1st Brigade Combat Team
    Soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, became familiar with their new M14 Enhanced Battle Rifles as they trained for Personnel Security Detachment duty for their battalion Sept. 6, at Johnson Field. The EBR is a magazine-fed, gas-operated, shoulder-fired weapon that also has a Mark-4 tactical scope and cantilever mount with an aluminum billet stock. The M14 EBR also has a new adjustable buttstock, cheek rest and M4-style pistol grip but can also be returned to its original configuration with no permanent modifications. “Today we are practicing and familiarizing ourselves with our...
  • President Obama to Award Medal of Honor

    05/09/2012 12:34:14 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    The White House ^ | May 9, 2012 | The White House
    WASHINGTON, DC—On May 16, President Barack Obama will award Specialist Leslie H. Sabo, Jr., U.S. Army, the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry. Specialist Sabo will receive the Medal of Honor posthumously for his heroic actions in combat on May 10, 1970, while serving as a rifleman in Company B, 3d Battalion, 506th Infantry, 101st Airborne Division in Se San, Cambodia. On that day, when he and his platoon were ambushed by a large enemy force, Specialist Sabo immediately charged the enemy position, killing several enemy soldiers. He then assaulted an enemy flanking force, successfully drawing their fire away from...
  • Fort Bragg death leads Army to suspend parachutes

    07/13/2011 6:14:25 AM PDT · by markomalley · 28 replies
    AP ^ | 7/13/11
    The Army has suspended the use of its new square parachutes because of problems found after a Fort Bragg soldier died during a training jump. The Fayetteville Observer reported Wednesday that the T-11 parachutes initially were praised as safer. Tests had shown the new parachutes provide a slower, more stable descent than the traditional mushroom-shaped style.
  • [Major] Dick Winters, of 'Band of Brothers' fame, dies

    01/09/2011 5:43:04 PM PST · by GQuagmire · 118 replies ^ | Sunday, January 09, 2011 | MONICA VON DOBENECK
    <p>Dick Winters, the former World War II commander whose war story was told in the book and miniseries “Band of Brothers,” has died.</p> <p>Dick Winters led a quiet life on his Fredericksburg farm and in his Hershey home until the book and miniseries “Band of Brothers” threw him into the international spotlight.</p>
  • Blood upon the Risers

    12/31/2010 5:48:24 PM PST · by Germanicus Cretorian · 36 replies · 1+ views
    Youtube ^ | Dec 31 2010 | N/A
    LYRICS: He was just a rookie trooper and he surely shook with fright. He checked off his equipment and made sure his pack was tight. He had to sit and listen to those awful engines roar. You ain't gonna jump no more. Chorus: Gory, gory, what a hell of way to die. Gory, gory, what a hell of way to die. Gory, gory, what a hell of way to die. He ain't gonna jump no more. "Is everybody happy?" cried the sergeant looking up. Our hero feebly answered, "Yes", and then they stood him up. He jumped into the icy...
  • EXCLUSIVE:1st Living Medal of Honor Winner Since Vietnam Tells His Story (video)

    09/13/2010 10:16:36 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 9 replies
    ABC News ^ | 9-13-10 | Luis Martinez
    Army Staff Sgt., Awarded Medal of Honor for Valor in Afghanistan, Says Comrades Going Beyond Call Every Day America's first living recipient of the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War says the heroic actions he undertook in Afghanistan are as brave as what every American soldier experiences day in and day out during their tours of duty in that country. Interview - Staff Sgt Salvatore Giunta
  • The Archbishop and the Concentration Camp

    08/17/2010 6:59:01 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 5 replies · 1+ views
    American Catholic ^ | Tuesday, August 17, 2010 A.D. | Donald R. McClarey
    Retired Archbishop Philip. M. Hannan of New Orleans, still alive at the age of 97, discusses his service in the video above, made in 2007, with the 505th parachute infantry regiment of the 82nd Airborne in World War II. Ordained at the North American College in Rome on December 8, 1939, he served with the 82nd Airborne as a chaplain from 1942-46, and was known as the Jumping Padre. He was assigned to be the chaplain of the 505th Regiment with the rank of Captain shortly after the Battle of the Bulge in 1944. He had many adventures during his...
  • Army Jumpmaster Earns Coveted Master Parachutist Wings

    07/23/2010 5:09:16 PM PDT · by SandRat · 8 replies
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Spc. Cody A. Thompson, USA
    FORT BRAGG, N.C., July 23, 2010 – Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Michael Sanders, a 43-year-old senior interrogator with the XVIII Airborne Corps here, battled a bad knee to earn the coveted master parachutist wings, the highest-level airborne skills award, other than the combat parachutists badge. Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Michael Sanders (right), a jumpmaster and senior interrogator with the XVIII Airborne Corps, yells “Go” to paratroopers during a tailgate jump training mission at Fort Bragg, N.C., June 11, 2010. This was Sanders’ 65th parachute jump, which earned him the coveted master parachutist wings, the highest award a jumpmaster...
  • Car goes airborne, lands on roof of Conn. office

    04/25/2010 10:09:43 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 12 replies · 515+ views
    ap ^ | Apr 24
    STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Witnesses and police say a Connecticut man drove his car into a stone wall, went airborne and landed on the roof of an accountant's office before stopping in a yard. Police say Chenpai Lee drove his car into the opposite lane and hit a wall late Thursday in Stamford. They say the car flipped several times, flew and punched a hole in the roof of the office, where it briefly landed.
  • Battle for Wanat

    03/29/2010 5:45:38 PM PDT · by concretebob · 8 replies · 314+ views
    Blogtalkradio ^ | 29 March 2010 | Twana Blevins
    Uncle Jimbo, Tankerbabe, and two senior NCO's discuss the Battle for Wanat. SSG Ryan Pitts, SGT Michael Denton, Jim Hanson and Tankerbabe (Leta Carruth) will be our guests Monday night. We will be discussing "The Battle of Wanat." SSG Ryan Pitt and SGT Michael Denton (both are medically retired from the Army) were in the battle of Wanat. "Somethings wrong when someone gets a Silver Star and a Reprimand at the same time".
  • Chinese 15th Airborne Corps

    01/28/2010 10:56:07 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies · 449+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 1/28/2010 | The Strategy Page
    The Chinese 15th Airborne Corps (three airborne divisions and an aviation brigade) has, for the last two decades, been the primary airborne infantry force in the Chinese military, and the primary rapid reaction force as well. China has enough air transports (Il-76s, Yu-8s, Yu-7s) to move one of the 11,000 man airborne divisions to anywhere in China within 48 hours. This was demonstrated two years ago, when one division was sent to Sichuan province, to assist in earthquake relief. The first use of this capability was in1988, when a division was moved to Tibet. The 15th Airborne Corps is now...
  • 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...
  • Subway airflow tests to prepare T for possible terror attacks

    12/06/2009 3:13:12 AM PST · by Cindy · 9 replies · 908+ views ^ | December 5, 2009 02:55 PM | Kathy McCabe, Globe Staff
    SNIPPET: "A team of researchers convened by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security began a series of tests today at 20 MBTA stations to determine how airborne contaminants would spread in a terrorist attack on Boston's subway system." SNIPPET: "The findings will help guide the design of future detection systems and help strengthen evacuation, ventilation, and other emergency response plans on mass transit across the country. "We hope to use the data from the two to come up with a model to predict the behavior (of chemicals) in other subway systems," Lustig said."
  • Special Forces Soldiers Could Be Zooming Into Combat Wearing Gryphon Stealth Wingsuits

    12/03/2009 3:17:09 PM PST · by Reaganesque · 41 replies · 2,150+ views ^ | 12/02/09 | Sean Fallon
    Seriously, how awesome does that look? Imagine Special Forces soldiers zooming through the skies at 60 mph, covering distances of 30 miles or more without being picked up by radar. It could actually happen. A group of German companies with expertise in parachute systems have joined forces to create the Gryphon Next Generation Parachute System. Designed for high altitude jumps, the Gryphon has a 6-foot wingspan and a glide ratio of 5:1, meaning that a solider can glide up to 30 miles in the air—60 if they go ahead with plans to add a small engine like the one...
  • Pew! Airborne Military Laser Takes Out Truck on Video

    10/02/2009 8:50:56 AM PDT · by Reaganesque · 23 replies · 2,051+ views
    Popular ^ | 10/01/09 | Stewart Fox
    In a recent test at the White Sands Missile Range, a specially equipped C-130 plane fried a parked truck with a powerful laser. And while we still haven't seen evidence of the laser "defeating" a ground target, as Boeing puts it, a video of it scorching a direct hit on the hood of a truck is still pretty amazing.Click here for the video. As you can see, the laser beam burns right through the truck's hood, and then through the engine, "defeating" the vehicle. Called the "Advanced Tactical Laser" (ATL), this is the first time the megawatt-powered chemical laser has...
  • Face of Defense: Soldier Fulfills Army Dream

    08/13/2009 4:39:00 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 410+ views
    Face of Defence ^ | Pfc. Kissta M. Feldner, USA
    FORT BRAGG, N.C., Aug. 13, 2009 – As an 8-year-old boy sitting on the roof of a friend’s house in war-torn Haiti in 1994, Claudy Bellanger saw a sight that captivated his attention: helicopters speeding past carrying American soldiers. Army Spc. Claudy Bellanger’s experiences with U.S. soldiers as a boy growing up in Haiti led to his joining the Army. U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Kissta M. Feldner  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. “I’d never seen them with my own eyes before, only on television,” he said. Bellanger’s boyhood experiences with U.S. troops in his home country set him...
  • National Veterans Wheelchai Games comes to Spokane, WA

    07/07/2009 3:30:48 PM PDT · by airborne · 299+ views
    29th Annual Veterans Wheelchair Games Scheduled for Spokane July 6, 2009 WASHINGTON -- A wide range of disabilities cannot stop more than 500 of America’s greatest wheelchair athletes, all U.S. military Veterans who will begin competition at the 29th National Veterans Wheelchair Games being held July 13-18 in Spokane, Wash. “President Obama recently said that caring for Veterans and their families is a matter of honor as a nation,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. “The National Veterans Wheelchair Games highlight our nation’s commitment to our wounded heroes. The Games also allow those Veterans to teach us all...
  • D-Day: The 96th Connection

    06/05/2009 7:18:03 PM PDT · by skydancer506 · 8 replies · 798+ views
    U.S. Air Force ^ | May 27, 2009 | Jeffrey S. Williams
    On a dreary, overcast June afternoon in Exeter, England, Cpl. William Wildes attached nozzles to the wings of the green and white C-47 Skytrain aircraft formerly known as the "Pride of Minnesota." Pouring approximately 100 gallons of fuel into each wing, he did it exactly like he had done several times before in the previous months for the training missions to prepare for the Normandy invasion. Nothing seemed out of the ordinary, except the white invasion stripes and the large "6Z" that was painted onto the fuselage earlier in the day. "The planes were fueled in the afternoon of June...