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  • JAG temporarily banned Army and Marine Corps snipers from using a highly accurate open-tip bullet.

    01/22/2006 2:35:38 PM PST · by radar101 · 111 replies · 5,434+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Jan 20, 2006 | Bill Gertz, Rowan Scarborough
    JAG, we are told, mistakenly thought the open-tip round was the same as hollow-point ammunition, which is banned. The original open-tip was known as Sierra MatchKing and broke all records for accuracy in the past 30 years. The difference between the open-tip and the hollow point is that the open tip is a design feature that improves accuracy while the hollow point is designed for increasing damage when it hits a target. About 10 days ago, the Army JAG in Iraq ordered all snipers to stop using the open-tip 175-grain M118LR bullet, claiming, falsely, it was prohibited. Instead of the...
  • U.S. rejection of request for custody of Marines charged with rape sparks protests

    01/18/2006 10:19:09 PM PST · by A.A. Cunningham · 10 replies · 597+ views
    North County Times & AP ^ | 17 January 2006 | Teresa Cerojano and Jim Gomez
    Wednesday, January 18, 2006 Last modified Tuesday, January 17, 2006 6:24 PM PST U.S. rejection of request for custody of Marines charged with rape sparks protests By: TERESA CEROJANO - Associated Press CARMEN, Philippines -- The United States on Tuesday refused a Philippine request to hand over four Marines charged with rape, provoking anti-American protests in the capital and the Muslim south, where U.S. troops began annual counterterrorism training of Filipino soldiers. In a letter to the Philippine government, the U.S. Embassy invoked the bilateral Visiting Forces Agreement, which allows large-scale U.S. training in the country, and vowed to keep...
  • Serving Was Soldier's Mission - Sudan Native Killed in Iraq Did 'Good Deeds'

    01/06/2006 8:27:37 PM PST · by redgirlinabluestate · 12 replies · 1,332+ views
    Washington Post ^ | January 4, 2006 | Martin Weil
    Ayman Taha, a Berkeley graduate who was described as athletic, a speaker of many languages, and a friend to all who met him, had only to write his dissertation to earn his PhD, his father said. But three years ago, Taha, a budding economist and the son of a Northern Virginia couple, Abdel-Rahman and Amal Taha, joined the Army to serve in the Special Forces. About a year ago, he was sent to Iraq. On Friday, as Staff Sgt. Ayman Taha, 31, was preparing a cache of munitions for demolition in the town of Balad, the explosives detonated and he...
  • Hoosier who was part of first Iwo Jima flag-raising dies

    CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. - Phil Ward, who was part of a Marine patrol that raised an American flag on Iwo Jima hours before the famous World War II flag-raising photograph was taken, has died. Ward, who was 79, died Dec. 28 at his winter home in McAllen, Texas. His funeral was Tuesday in Crawfordsville and his ashes will be interred Jan. 19 at Arlington National Cemetery. Ward was two weeks shy of his 19th birthday when he and other members of E Company, 2nd Battalion, 28th Marines, landed on Iwo Jima, a Japanese-occupied Pacific island. The battle was the deadliest in...
  • Letter to an American Soldier (from U.K. article)

    12/22/2005 10:56:32 AM PST · by dynachrome · 24 replies · 959+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 12-22-05 | Vasko Kohlmayer
    Dear Soldier, For some time now, we have sought to underplay the strife in Washington to reassure you that despite our differences we are all united behind your mission. It is no longer possible to do so. Sadly, there are some among us whose worldview is so skewed that in their minds you are worse than the murderous terrorists intent on our destruction. To them you are the bad one while they are freedom fighters. These people think we cannot and deserve not to win this war.
  • Sailor home for holidays slain in park - Wife, teen boyfriend held without bond in shooting

    12/21/2005 12:50:58 PM PST · by celejrm313 · 102 replies · 3,719+ views
    CNN ^ | December 21, 2005
    <p>RALEIGH, North Carolina (AP) -- Home for Christmas after nearly a year in the Middle East, Navy Reservist Paul Berkley was making up for lost time with his family.</p> <p>He arrived Wednesday, in time to hear his 18-year-old son, Zeke, sing the national anthem with his high school chorus. On Friday, he and 16-year-old stepdaughter Becky ate pizza, watched movies and danced.</p>
  • Soldier's disability not disabling (have tissues at the ready)

    12/20/2005 3:10:26 PM PST · by SandRat · 14 replies · 714+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Dec 20, 2005 | Tobi Elder
    FORT JACKSON, S.C. (Army News Service, Dec 20, 2005) – Despite several injuries acquired during combat, to include an above-the-knee leg amputation, Staff Sgt. Roy Mitchell is not willing to let go of his 12 years in the Army without a fight. “People came into my hospital room two weeks after my injury and wanted to process me for medical retirement, and they presented it to me as if I didn’t have an option,” said Mitchell. “I told them no.” For him, there was no decision to make, because the Army is his career. “And this injury didn’t change that...
  • UND: Duty, valor and now, graduation (Must Read)

    12/17/2005 9:10:53 AM PST · by AliVeritas · 3 replies · 366+ views
    Grand Forks Herald ^ | Dec. 17, 2005 | Ryan Bakken
    If Brandon Erickson could magically go back to July 14, 1999, and change his decision that day to enlist with the North Dakota National Guard, he wouldn't. And he isn't just being a good soldier when he says that. That's because the events of the past six-plus years - even the rocket attack in Iraq that cost him his right arm - have improved his life. One of those improvements was realized Friday when the 24-year-old graduated from UND with a degree in political science. Today, he heads to California for graduate school and what he anticipates will be a...
  • They Sign Up Knowing They'll Go to War

    12/15/2005 5:56:46 PM PST · by Incorrigible · 23 replies · 865+ views
    Newhouse News ^ | 12/15/2005 | David Wood
    They Sign Up Knowing They'll Go to War BY DAVID WOOD FORT JACKSON, S.C. -- Deep in the dank woods of December, young Americans are gritting through another long day of basic combat training, new soldiers in their first weeks of military service. Straight off the bus from civilian life they get a haircut, fatigues and a rifle and learn to shoot wearing body armor. They struggle through days in cold and rain, learning to work in teams, mastering combat first aid and compass navigation at night, and pushing past limits of exhaustion and fear: They throw live hand grenades,...
  • Letter to an American Soldier

    12/14/2005 7:41:21 AM PST · by oldtimer2 · 4 replies · 431+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | December 14, 2005 | Vasko Kohlmayer
    Letter to an American SoldierDecember 14th, 2005 Dear Soldier, For some time now, we have sought to underplay the strife in Washington to reassure you that despite our differences we are all united behind your mission. It is no longer possible to do so. Sadly, there are some among us whose worldview is so skewed that in their minds you are worse than the murderous terrorists intent on our destruction. To them you are the bad one while they are freedom fighters. These people think we cannot and deserve not to win this war. Such notions almost invariably come from...
  • Descendant of First Gas Automobile Inventor Karl Benz of Mercedes-Benz Joins the U.S. Army

    12/11/2005 7:40:47 AM PST · by gymbeau · 19 replies · 2,936+ views
    Marco Benz Descendant of First Gas Automobile Inventor Karl Benz of Mercedes-Benz Joins the U.S. Army Marco Allen Benz a descendant of Karl Benz (inventor of automobile Mercedes Benz) joins the United States Army to defend the United States against terrorism and to assist in a democratic Iraq and Afghanistan for the people of their nation. (PRWEB) December 11, 2005 -- Marco Allen Benz is a descendant of Karl Benz, the German automobile engineer that is regarded as the inventor of the gasoline-powered automobile. Marco Allen Benz was born in St. Louis, Missouri on August 20th 1986, to Douglas Benz...
  • Operation Digital Camera: Taking the photos of our troops that the Media won't take.

    11/25/2005 5:46:20 PM PST · by Diva Betsy Ross · 105 replies · 2,588+ views
    I have an idea- why not send some digital cameras over to our guys and gals in Iraq and ask them to send back some photos for us. I will compile a list of people with servers, who will post the photos here at FR- perhaps we could use this thread for a meeting place. My hope is that blogs and friendly media can pick up the photos and spread them around a bit. What we need are: 1)People and organizations who are willing to donate cameras and get them to our troops. 2)Names of people who can receive the...
  • College Professor to Student: Real Freedom will come when American Soldiers Murder Superiors

    11/17/2005 1:37:43 PM PST · by Clint N. Suhks · 305 replies · 7,521+ views
    Young America’s Foundation. ^ | Nov 17, 2005 | Young America’s Foundation.
    HERNDON, VA –Warren Community College English professor, John Daly, said that “Real freedom will come when soldiers in Iraq turn their guns on their superiors.” Rebecca Beach, a freshman at Warren Community College in Washington, New Jersey, received this unexpected reply to a recent email she sent the faculty at her school announcing the appearance of decorated Iraq war hero, Lt. Col. Scott Rutter, on Thursday, November 17 to discuss America’s accomplishments in Iraq. In the email, Daly told Rebecca that he will ask students in his English and writing classes to boycott the event and also vowed “to expose...
  • Deputy guilty of stealing from military [FL]

    11/16/2005 10:01:41 AM PST · by ncountylee · 10 replies · 623+ views
    Sentinel ^ | November 16, 2005 | Pedro Ruz GutieRrez
    A jury on Tuesday convicted an Orange County deputy sheriff of six theft counts in connection with $23,000 she received by mistake when she was called for National Guard duty before the Iraq invasion in 2003. Orange County Deputy Sheriff Tawanda McNeil, indicted on federal embezzlement charges in September, sat in silence in Orlando's federal courthouse while listening to the verdict. Jurors took nearly three hours after a two-day trial to find McNeil guilty of pocketing $8,291. McNeil, a four-year deputy suspended without pay two months ago, was acquitted of 12 other identical counts. "This case is about an Army...
  • Hardly an army of one (Army Captain Amputee David Rozelle)

    10/29/2005 7:17:11 AM PDT · by radar101 · 12 replies · 955+ views
    S D Union ^ | Oct.29, 2005 | Don Norcross
    Army Capt. David Rozelle's right foot was blown off when his Humvee rolled over a land mine in Iraq, in June 2003. The next morning, resting in a hospital bed in a tent outside Baghdad, Rozelle woke up, pressed his palms against the sheets and started doing pushups, then situps. He had been a four-sport high school varsity athlete in Austin, Texas, played international rugby in the Army and didn't want to lose his athletic identity. "I wanted to stay fit," said Rozelle, who would become the first amputee soldier to return to combat in Iraq. Since being wounded, Rozelle...
  • Marine recounts role in capture of Wal-Mart suspect (Off-duty Marine holds assailant at gunpoint)

    10/20/2005 6:57:57 AM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 129 replies · 3,701+ views
    Statesboro Herald ^ | October 17, 2005 | HOLLI DEAL BRAGG
    Tucker man in the right place at the right time for Friday heroics Cpl. Kevin Doncaster, a 29-year-old Marine reservist from Tucker, Ga., was in the right place at the right time Friday night when he stopped a man who attacked a woman in a Wal-Mart bathroom, holding him at gunpoint until police arrived. What was Doncaster doing in Statesboro's Wal-Mart? What was he doing with a gun? And why did he chase Stephen Mark Hall into the parking lot after Hall sprayed him and a store manager with pepper spray? On his way to Savannah for a weekend getaway...
  • Bush accused of staging chat with troops (this is getting nasty)

    10/13/2005 4:14:50 PM PDT · by Former Military Chick · 109 replies · 3,601+ views
    The Guardian ^ | October 14, 2005 | Jamie Wilson
    The White House found itself at the centre of another public relations disaster yesterday after a Pentagon official was seen coaching a group of handpicked US troops before a live teleconference with President George Bush. In a cringingly wooden exchange the group of soldiers stationed in Saddam Hussein's home town of Tikrit told the president exactly what he wanted to hear - that Iraqis were eager to vote on a new constitution this weekend and the country's fledgling security forces were ready to meet the challenge. But before Mr Bush entered the room Alison Barber, a senior defence department official,...
  • A FATHER’S QUEST: Joe Johnson went to Iraq to avenge son’s death, but something changed (Must Read)

    10/13/2005 8:38:29 AM PDT · by Former Military Chick · 64 replies · 3,671+ views
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | October 11, 2005 | Jeremy Redmon and Ron Martz
    Rifle ready, Cpl. Joe Johnson nimbly stepped around mounds of trash and pools of raw sewage, handing out strawberry Twizzlers to scabby, barefoot children. Cpl. Joseph Johnson on patrol near Husseiniya, Iraq.photo by Louie Favorite/AJCIt saddens Johnson to think this desperate poverty and filth were the last things his son saw before he was killed last year. For more than a year, Johnson fought to follow in his son’s footsteps to Iraq. There was a sense of soldierly duty, but what most drew him here was his desire for vengeance. “I can shoot an insurgent and not lose a bit...
  • Ninth-grader punished for asking Army pilot sensitive question

    09/27/2005 4:33:37 AM PDT · by billorites · 135 replies · 4,049+ views
    The State ^ | September 23, 2005 | Associated Press
    FARGO - A ninth-grader here has been banned from his school's assemblies after asking a sensitive question to a U.S. Army pilot. Phil Sannes also had to apologize to speaker Michael Durant after he asked the "Black Hawk Down" helicopter pilot on Thursday whether he had been raped during his capture by hostile forces in Somalia. "He asked a fair, hard-balled question," said Phil's dad, Jon Sannes. "I don't know why he's being punished." "I felt the question posed was inappropriate at that time and that place," said Peggy Stibbe, assistant principal. In 1993, Durant flew a Blackhawk in Mogadishu,...
  • U.S. Army soldier Lynndie England is convicted

    09/26/2005 12:42:56 PM PDT · by Glenn · 184 replies · 7,236+ views
    CNN ^ | 09/26/2005 | AP
    of six counts in the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse case, The Associated Press reports.