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  • German Officer To Serve As U.S. Army Europe’s Chief Of Staff

    08/01/2014 5:25:00 AM PDT · by Fighter@heart · 14 replies
    Stars And Stripes ^ | July 31,2014 | Jim Tice
    A German Army brigadier general who recently served with NATO forces in Afghanistan is assuming duties as the chief of staff of U. S. Army Europe, the first time a non-American officer has held that position.
  • Army officials on ‘pink slip’ controversy: We don’t have a choice

    07/25/2014 4:25:46 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 21 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | July 23, 2014 | Dan Lamothe
    For weeks, the Army has been taking a verbal beating for sending “pink slips” to officers while they were deployed. It was no joke or Internet rumor, either: About 1,100 captains received notice last month that they would be required to leave active duty within a year as the service shrinks, and some of them were in Afghanistan and other volatile areas. Reaction was swift. It was a “stunning display of callousness,” one Army veteran wrote earlier this month in the New York Daily News. It was an “outrageous and and heartless way to ‘thank’ combat veterans,” responded one writer...
  • Army: Of 1,100 captains pink-slipped, 48 were in Afghanistan

    07/25/2014 4:21:14 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 28 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | July 23, 2014 | Chris Carroll
    Of the more than 1,100 Army captains notified last month their military careers would soon end, 87 were deployed worldwide and 48 were serving in Afghanistan at the time, Army officials said Wednesday. The Army has been talking for months about the need to separate the captains as well as more than 500 majors this summer as part of the broad Army drawdown, but it’s the first time details have emerged about the sobering business of delivering pink slips to troops in harm’s way.
  • Bowe Bergdahl's Grandstanding Attorney Vilifies Fox News

    07/22/2014 11:45:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Breitbart's Big Journalism ^ | July 22, 2014 | John Nolte
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's attorney, Eugene Fidell, has apparently been retained to launch a hyper-partisan political campaign against Fox News. The Army has not charged Bergdahl with anything. According to some news reports, the Army hasn't even begun investigating Bergdahl. Nonetheless, one of Fidell's first media appearances was with the Huffington Post where he vilified Fox News for vilifying his client: “It’s very unfortunate that Fox News has an opportunity to use this case in an effort to stir up the base, use this in an effort to vilify my client, who everybody knows has gone through a terrible five-year long...
  • WATCH: Marines Confront a Man Impersonating An Army Sergeant Major (Video)

    07/21/2014 8:34:49 PM PDT · by montag813 · 1 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 07-21-2014 | Jason DeWitt
    by Jason DeWitt | Top Right NewsAt a military funeral this weekend in Florida, a couple of Marines confronted a man dressed in a U.S. Army dress uniform. The back-and-forth, in West Palm Beach on Sunday, started off well enough, with polite questions about his medals and ribbons.  Then the Marines started to real suspicious of the self-proclaimed “sergeant major.” WATCH:
  • Watch Some Marines Confront a Man Impersonating An Army Sergeant Major

    07/21/2014 8:33:05 PM PDT · by Nachum · 46 replies
    IJReview ^ | 7/23/14 | Kevin Boyd
    At a military funeral this weekend in West Palm Beach, Florida, a couple of possibly retired Marines confronted a man dressed in a U.S. Army dress uniform. At first the conversation, posted on the Facebook page U.S Army W.T.F! moments, is cordial, then the Marines started to get suspicious of the alleged “sergeant major.” During the conversation, the Marines catch him in one too many lies about everything from violating uniform code to wearing the wrong ribbons and medals. The man also called himself a sergeant major, a military policeman, and a special forces operator. He also claims to have...
  • On this Day in 1962: Infantry Nuke Test

    07/18/2014 2:02:27 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    WeaponsMan blog ^ | July 17, 2014
    The USA fired its last above-ground nuclear test at a test site in Nevada on this day, 17 July, in 1962. The operation was a culmination exercise that brought together nuclear warhead tests (code-named Little Feller, as a nod to the W54 warhead’s light weight and low yield) and nuclear weapons employment maneuvers code-named Ivy Flats. The test was a pretty-much full-spectrum test of an actual tactical nuke, and a very unusual one — a nuclear infantry weapon called the Davy Crockett. A lot of tripe is written about the Davy Crockett, including that it could not fire a projectile...
  • Army to replace 9mm pistol with more reliable gun packing better 'knock down’ power

    07/13/2014 2:21:40 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 109 replies
    FoxNews ^ | July 12, 2014 | Joseph Weber
    The Army wants to retire its supply of 9mm handguns and replace it with a more accurate and user-friendly model that also will provide soldiers with more “knock-down” power. Army officials say their inventory of more than 200,000 semi-automatic Beretta M9 and Sig Sauer M11 pistols has become outdated, worn out and needs to be replaced with an updated model that also offers more reliability and durability.
  • GOP's Ernst of Iowa to Give Party's Radio Address

    07/11/2014 9:04:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    ABC News / The Associated Press ^ | July 11, 2014 | Thomas Beaumont
    Iowa Senate candidate Joni Ernst will take a break from campaigning for two weeks to take part in active-duty training for the Iowa National Guard. But before lacing up her boots, Ernst was to record the Republicans' national radio address, the Republican National Committee said Friday. Ernst, a lieutenant colonel and state senator from southwest Iowa, recorded the speech Thursday evening just hours before she was scheduled to report for duty at 6 a.m. From central Iowa Ernst was leading a convoy to Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, where for the next two weeks she will drill with her transportation battalion....
  • Sending pink slips to a war zone

    07/10/2014 7:50:01 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 12 replies
    The New York Post ^ | 7/9/2014 | Jonathan Hendershott
    In a stunning display of callousness, the Defense Department has announced that thousands of soldiers — many serving as commanding officers in Afghanistan — will be notified in the coming weeks that their service to the country is no longer needed. Last week, more than 1,100 Army captains — the men and women who know best how to fight this enemy because they have experienced multiple deployments — were told they’ll be retired from the Army. The overall news is not unexpected. The Army has ended its major operations in Iraq and is winding down in Afghanistan. Budget cuts are...
  • The Army Wants a More Potent Sidearm

    07/05/2014 12:47:51 PM PDT · by virgil283 · 135 replies
    "Soldiers who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan have complained that the 9mm round is not powerful enough to be effective in combat. “The 9mm doesn’t score high with soldier feedback,” said Easlick, explaining that the Army, and the other services, want a round that will have better terminal effects — or cause more damage — when it hits enemy combatants. One of the major goals of the MHS effort is to adopt a pistol chambered for a more potent round than the current 9mm, weapons officials said. ..."
  • Bowe Bergdahl starting to venture out in public

    07/03/2014 11:01:54 AM PDT · by Libloather · 41 replies
    CBS News ^ | 7/02/14
    HOUSTON - Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was a prisoner of war in Afghanistan for five years, has been allowed to venture off the Texas military base where he is receiving care as part of his "reintegration process" into society, a U.S. Army spokeswoman said Wednesday. Bergdahl has been allowed to go, with supervision, to a grocery store, restaurants, shopping centers and a library as part of the process of getting him comfortable with being out in public, Army spokeswoman Arwen Consaul said. **SNIP** He has not commented publicly on the circumstances of his disappearance, and the Army has made no...
  • How Climate Change Affects Terrorism (Say What???)

    07/02/2014 9:31:41 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 15 replies
    Defense One ^ | July 3, 2014 04:11 GMT | Jon Gensler
    According to the Obama Administration’s newly released National Climate Assessment, climate change is already impacting communities in every corner of the country, with an increasing frequency and severity of extreme weather events – storms, floods, and droughts – and rising sea levels destabilizing the everyday lives of Americans. Worse, the impacts of these changes are accelerating, and they are affecting communities around the world. The Pentagon’s most recent Quadrennial Defense Review warns that “climate change may increase the frequency, scale and complexity of future missions.” Some of the least stable states in the world will face changing weather patterns that...
  • Soldiers who served with Bowe Bergdahl not yet contacted by military investigators

    07/02/2014 10:04:10 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 2, 2014 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    U.S. Army soldiers who were serving with Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl when he left his post and wound up in the hands of the Taliban say no one has contacted them, even though military brass are currently conducting a new investigation into the case. Several soldiers who immediately came forward after Bergdahl was released on May 31, in a swap for five Guantanamo Bay detainees, have accused the 28-year-old Idaho native of deserting. But even though the Army is probing that very charge, investigators have not reached out to at least two former Army sergeants — including the platoon’s leader —...
  • Army Fires Officers After Ordering Them to Move

    07/01/2014 8:31:09 PM PDT · by george76 · 53 replies
    Fox ^ | June 30, 2014 | Amy Bushatz
    The Army last week began notifying about 1,100 captains that they will be purged from the ranks. The same fate is awaiting about 500 majors, who beginning this week will be told their active-duty careers are over. They're among nearly 2,500 officers and NCOs who will be involuntarily separated this year as part of an ongoing drawdown of forces. ... some officers who were let go are scrambling to find a home, as well as a job. Thankfully for the captain who's expecting his first child, his landlord is allowing him and his wife to continue to rent the house...
  • Bergdahl cleared of misconduct during captivity (Huh?)

    06/30/2014 10:23:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Idaho Mountain Express and Guide ^ | June 30, 2014 | Gregory Foley
    The U.S. Army has reported that it has found no evidence that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl of Hailey engaged in any misconduct during his five years in captivity of the Taliban. The report stated that there is no evidence Bergdahl helped his captors while he was held after going missing from his Army outpost in eastern Afghanistan five years ago today, June 30, 2009. However, the Army has not concluded its investigation into the Bergdahl case. Officials still plan to invetsigate the circumstances of Bergdahl's capture by enemy forces. That investigation is expected to last several weeks or more. Bergdahl reportedly...
  • Disgrace for 'Lawrence of Afghanistan': Decorated Green Beret Major lived in Afghan village

    06/29/2014 3:43:17 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 18 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 06/24/14 | James Nye
    Major Jim Gant was thrown out the military unceremoniously in March 2012 after his secret affair was discovered Had been living with former Washington Post reporter Ann Scott Tyson for a year The pair had 'gone native' with the Pashtun tribe living in Magwel, in the north of Afghanistan Gant and Tyson both were married with four children when they become involved Green Beret Gant had been serving continuously for 22-months Was respected and praised by then General David Petraeus - US commander in Afghanistan The former general encouraged Gant's unconventional tactics and called him 'Lawrence of Afghanistan' Gant was...
  • Recruits' Ineligibility Tests the Military

    06/28/2014 9:11:18 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 64 replies
    WSJ ^ | June 27, 2014 | Mariam Jordan
    More than two-thirds of America's youth would fail to qualify for military service because of physical, behavioral or educational shortcomings, posing challenges to building the next generation of soldiers even as the U.S. draws down troops from conflict zones. The military deems many youngsters ineligible due to obesity, lack of a high-school diploma, felony convictions and prescription-drug use for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. But others are now also running afoul of standards for appearance amid the growing popularity of large-scale tattoos and devices called ear gauges that create large holes in earlobes.
  • ‘No reason to believe’ Bergdahl collaborated with Taliban captors, Army officials say

    06/26/2014 11:13:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    West Hawaii Today / The Washington Post ^ | June 26, 2014 | Stephanie McCrummen
    The Army has “no reason to believe” that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl collaborated with his Taliban captors during his five years as a prisoner, as some have speculated, and he has not said anything that might incriminate him in other misconduct, Army officials said Wednesday. A two-star Army general is currently investigating the exact circumstances of Bergdahl’s 2009 disappearance from his post in Afghanistan, which led to his capture by the Taliban-allied Haqqani network. Investigators have not yet interviewed Bergdahl, who was released May 31 as part of a controversial prisoner exchange with the Taliban. He is now living at a...
  • State Department Spokeswoman Refuses to Apologize to Bowe Bergdahl's Platoon

    06/24/2014 2:14:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Townhall ^ | June 24, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    When Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was released in a swap for five Taliban prisoners three weeks ago and celebrated by the White House as a hero, his fellow Army platoon leaders came forward with details about how he was "captured" as a prisoner. Bergdahl was accused of being a deserter who violated his oath and left on his own accord by the men who served with him. At the time of their statements, State Department Deputy Press Secretary Marie Harf was asked during a press conference about the knowledge the platoon members had surrounding Bergdahl's alleged desertion. She dismissed their statements...
  • 173rd Airborne Soldier to Receive Medal of Honor

    06/23/2014 6:05:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Miltary.com ^ | June 23, 2014 | Richard Sisk
    A soldier who kept fighting despite grenade shrapnel wounds to the legs and arm in the controversial battle of Wanat in Afghanistan will receive the Medal of Honor, the White House announced Monday. Former Army Staff Sgt. Ryan M. Pitts, who was medically discharged in 2009, will be the ninth living recipient of the Medal of Honor from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. President Obama will present him with the nation's highest award for valor at a White House ceremony on July 21. Pitts will receive the MOH for his actions while serving as a Forward Observer with 2nd...
  • If China and Japan Went to War: What Would America do?

    06/23/2014 8:25:46 AM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 32 replies
    The National Interest ^ | 06/21/14 | Harry J. Kazianis
    Picture it: It's March 1, 2015. Tokyo and Beijing are headed towards what was once the unthinkable. Over the last several months China has instituted daily non-naval maritime patrols around the hotly disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu islands. Beijing is even sending fully-fledged naval assets within the islands' 12 mile exclusion zone while its aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, exercised only 50 miles away from the islands back in February — truly the end of Beijing's small-stick diplomatic strategy. But on 1 March the plot thickens. Two Chinese SU-27 fighters come within 25 feet of a Japanese P-3 Orion surveillance plane just 10 miles...
  • Army program aims to bring Bergdahl in for a ‘safe landing’

    06/20/2014 7:35:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    KTVI-TV / CNN ^ | June 20, 2014
    Like the six other former captives who have been through the Army’s reintegration program at Brooke Army Medical Center before him, daily life for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is focused on routine. He rises, eats and sleeps on a “normal schedule” and lives in a “typical” room at the huge hospital facility on a floor he shares with other patients. What isn’t typical is the security presence outside his door. The reason, says Col. Hans Bush, command spokesman for U.S. Army South, is not to keep the returnee in, but “to make sure he doesn’t get overwhelmed in a social setting.”...
  • Security tight as Bergdahl goes through reintegration

    06/20/2014 7:20:48 PM PDT · by Libloather · 13 replies
    WQAD ^ | 6/20/14 | Shellie Nelson
    (CNN) — Like the six other former captives who have been through the Army’s reintegration program at Brooke Army Medical Center before him, daily life for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is focused on routine. He rises, eats and sleeps on a “normal schedule” and lives in a “typical” room at the huge hospital facility on a floor he shares with other patients. What isn’t typical is the security presence outside his door. The reason, says Col. Hans Bush, command spokesman for U.S. Army South, is not to keep the returnee in, but “to make sure he doesn’t get overwhelmed in a...
  • Mexican Army Troops Invading Arizona, Shooting at U.S. Citizens

    06/20/2014 1:33:07 PM PDT · by dvan · 39 replies
    Mexican Army Troops INVADING Arizona, Shooting at U.S. Citizens. According to documentation Mexican Army troops have invaded U.S. soil 300 times challenging the Border Patrol, local citizens and shooting and injuring one person seriously. The accompanying video by Channel4 indicates the seriousness of this situation. The Channel 4 news crew crossed into Sonora Mexico and interviewed the commander of the Mexican Army outpost on the border. The U.S government claims to be investigating these incidents but nothing has been disclosed or resolved.
  • Soldier interrupts Dem lawmaker trying to justify POW desertion: ‘Nobody else deserted’

    06/19/2014 2:02:54 PM PDT · by george76 · 55 replies
    Biz Pac ^ | June 19, 2014 | Tom Tillison
    A former member of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl‘s platoon interrupted a Democrat on Capital Hill Wednesday as he asked an academic expert about conditions the soldier might have endured in Afghanistan to tell him “nobody else deserted.” Much to the consternation of U.S. Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Calif., former Army Specialist Cody Full asked for permission to speak as the lawmaker was in the process of building a case that Bergdahl may have had reason to act in “an inexplicable manner.”
  • Soldier: Bowe Bergdahl lodged false war crime allegations against his unit

    06/18/2014 7:55:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | June 18, 2014 | Thomas Gibbons-Neff
    An Army veteran who served alongside Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in Afghanistan said Wednesday that the long-captive soldier was deeply frustrated with the mission and had lodged false allegations that their unit had carried out atrocities. Bergdahl “didn’t understand why we were doing more humanitarian aid drops, setting up clinics, and helping the populous instead of hunting the Taliban,” former Spec. Cody Full told lawmakers during a hearing on the exchange of Bergdahl for five Taliban detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. “He wanted to hunt and kill.” (VIDEO-AT-LINK)The Taliban released Bergdahl to U.S. Special Operations forces May 31 after he had...
  • Bowe Bergdahl’s Roommate: Court-Martial Him for Desertion

    06/18/2014 4:52:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | January 18, 2014 | Tim Mak
    At a tense congressional hearing, retired Army Spc. Cody Full called the former Taliban prisoner’s decision to walk off his post ‘the ultimate betrayal.’Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s actions in Afghanistan constituted the “ultimate betrayal”—and he deserves to be charged with desertion, his former Army roommate told a charged congressional panel Wednesday. “Bowe Bergdahl needs to be charged with desertion,” said retired Spc. Cody Full, who served in Bergdahl’s unit, listing off a series of violations he said the sergeant should be investigated for. “Countless people looked for him when he went missing, putting their own lives on the line for him…Knowing...
  • Bergdahl and recruiting (II): It wasn't just the enlistees who learned to dissemble

    06/16/2014 1:20:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | June 16, 2014 | Lt. Col. Douglas A. Pryer, U.S. Army and Thomas E. Ricks
    As the political firestorm concerning Sergeant Bowe Berghdahl continues, I am hearing people state as fact that enlistment standards dropped far too low after 9/11, allowing either hardened criminals or, as they claim in Bergdahl's case, men with serious mental issues into the Army. It is a recurring notion that I've read often, and it is an idea that, I believe, is a red herring hiding a profounder and harder reality. After commanding an intelligence company in Iraq in 2003 and 2004, I volunteered for recruiting duty to, hopefully, spend more time with my family. I had no idea what...
  • Bergdahl mostly seen as traitor

    06/15/2014 6:08:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Newnan Times-Herald ^ | June 15, 2014 | W. Winston Skinner
    Local military veterans – like veterans and other citizens across the country – have varying opinions about Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, but their views are generally negative. “I think a firing squad is too good for him,” said Tim Gresham of Newnan, who served three years in the Army. Gresham referred to Bergdahl as “that traitor.” Bergdahl returned to the United States early Friday after his release from five years in captivity in Afghanistan. There is controversy about the Obama administration swapping five senior Taliban officials – who had been held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba – for Bergdahl’s release, without...
  • Bob Bergdahl, Good Father

    06/15/2014 5:38:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The New Yorker | June 15, 2014 | Virginia Cannon
    Link only, due to copyright issues: http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/newsdesk/2014/06/bob-bergdahl-good-father.html
  • Soldiers Secretly Being Fed Halal Meat

    06/15/2014 2:39:59 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 12 Jun 2014 | Claire Carter
    The Ministry of Defence admits it does not label food as halal or kosher in its UK or overseas bases, with only soldiers who request these meals told what they are eatingSoldiers are unwittingly being fed halal meat in military bases , the Ministry of Defence has admitted. The MoD has confirmed that only troops who request specific meals are told the source of the meat they are eating. Food served in MoD canteens in both UK and permanent bases abroad is not routinely labelled to indicate it has been slaughtered using religious methods to ensure it is halal or...
  • Bergdahl's future uncertain; legal resolution could take years, say experts

    06/15/2014 8:20:53 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 15, 2014 | Kristina Shevory
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is back in America, but it will be months before his future takes shape, according to both experts in the military's legal system and people familiar with the treatment of long-term captives. After nearly five years in the hands of the Taliban and Haqqani network in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the American soldier was exchanged for five top Taliban operatives, underwent medical and psychological treatment at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany and, Friday morning, landed at a military base in San Antonio. There he will undergo treatment to reintegrate back into society -- or possibly military...
  • Sgt. Bergdahl's Post-Dramatic Stress

    06/14/2014 11:29:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 14, 2014 | Deborah C. Tyler
    It is likely that many people will die young because Bowe Bergdahl chose to act out a childish, grandiose fantasy in which he cast himself as a wise and courageous man of mystery and adventure. Both his parents and the American taxpayer supported Mr. Bergdahl to play pretend soldier with a script that reads like a cheesy story for eleven-year-old boys. In Bergdahl’s feverish imagination, which he was tragically allowed to enact, he was a magnificently skilled survivalist who also solved the problem of war in his environmentally and socially sensitive walk about the new world order. He played the...
  • Lewis: The real issues regarding the Bergdahl situation

    06/14/2014 1:52:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Casper Star-Tribune ^ | June 14, 2014 | Nora Marie Lewis
    Editor: As our dear voluntary soldier Bowe Bergdahl returns to us, let's rejoice with his family. If he chose to walk away in Afghanistan instead of committing suicide, we rejoice. His message reaches us here at home: American soldiers are objecting to multiple deployments and multiple injuries. Those who commit suicide are sending an unheeded message. America's problem at this moment is not judgment of a soldier who has served 5 years imprisonment by terrorists. Let us instead discern what must be done about detainees at Gitmo. Instead of trading them to terrorists, NATO must step up. The 27 other...
  • Happy Birthday to the U.S. Army

    06/14/2014 8:10:13 AM PDT · by GreyFriar · 15 replies
    U.S. Army Center of Military History ^ | June 14, 2014 | U.S. Army Center of Military History
    Welcome to the U.S. Army Center of Military History website. Visit the Birthday page at the link and then go to the full site: http://www.history.army.mil/ Visit our links: Resources/Research; Images; Unit History; Museums; Medal Of Honor; Staff Rides; FAQs; Book Shelves
  • Secret war logs on Bergdahl search revealed

    06/13/2014 9:16:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Fox News' On The Record / The Wall Street Journal ^ | January 12, 2014 | Judge Jeanine Pirro, guest host
    JUDGE JEANINE PIRRO, 'ON THE RECORD' GUEST HOST: How exactly did the U.S. Army respond in the hours and days and weeks right after Sergeant Bergdahl walked off his base? Turns out, there is a classified military log leaked. The "Wall Street Journal's" Jason Bellini has been combing through that secret log. He joins us now. Good evening, Jason. What can you can tell us? JASON BELLINI, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: Hi there, Judge. I have been going through and there is fascinating details in there. This log starts at 9:00 in the morning on June 9th, 2008. That's when...
  • Bergdahl could return to active duty after treatment

    06/13/2014 9:03:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    The New York Post ^ | June 13, 2014 | Lia Eustachewich
    Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl could return to active duty after he completes medical treatment for being held captive for five years by the Taliban, Army officials said Friday. “The goal of reintegration is to return a soldier to duty,” said Colonel Bradley Poppen, a psychologist who will be treating the 28-year-old Idaho native at the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. Bergdahl returned to the US early Friday after spending 12 days in Germany as part of his recovery process. He was captured by the Taliban in 2009 and released May 31 in a swap that freed five high-level Taliban...
  • Obama: Don't listen to those who knew Bergdahl best

    06/13/2014 6:15:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Mineral Wells Index ^ | June 13, 2014 | Taylor Armerding
    For several weeks now, since President Barack Obama held a Rose Garden event to brag about his exchange of five Taliban terrorist leaders for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the patronizing elite of the left have scolded conservatives and a few fellow Democrats for a hateful “rush to judgment.” Critics are not supposed to listen to, or place any credibility in, multiple members of Bergdahl’s unit, who have declared publicly that the former prisoner of war is a deserter. We’re not supposed to draw any conclusions about anything, they tell us, until “all of the facts are known.” After all, Bergdahl...
  • Bergdahl held in solitary confinement for 2 years, sources say (Fax me a crying towel)

    06/13/2014 4:35:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 13, 2014
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)American Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, while held prisoner in Afghanistan, was locked in solitary confinement for two straight years and did not see another human face for that entire time, senior military sources with knowledge of his "reintegration process" told Fox News. Officials said Bergdahl, during that period, only talked to his captors through the wall of a six-foot-by-six-foot metal box, in which he was kept. The box was just big enough for him to stand up straight and stretch his arms. If he was ever taken out of the box, Bergdahl was apparently hooded. Bergdahl told officials that this treatment...
  • Bowe Bergdahl Is All of Us

    06/12/2014 2:30:52 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    The Jewish Daily Forward ^ | June 12, 2014 | The Editors
    ‘Was He Worth It?” blared the cover of Time magazine, as if that should be the question Americans ask in light of the release of Bowe Bergdahl after five years of brutal captivity by the Taliban. No, the question we should be asking is a version of the one Pope Francis made famous in a different context: “Who Are We To Judge?” Who are we, in the safety of our civilian homes, to judge whether an American soldier captured overseas is worthy of rescue? Who are we to decide whether, somehow, the fact that he was imprisoned for so many...
  • The Significance of Bergdahl’s “Washing Out” of the Coast Guard (Blame-shifting)

    06/11/2014 7:43:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Time ^ | June 11, 2014 | Mark Thompson
    If he couldn’t tend to the coasts, why’d the Army think he could handle the Taliban? The U.S. government confirmed Wednesday that Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl was discharged early from the Coast Guard, after only 26 days in boot camp, two years before he tried to enlist in the Army. The fact raises questions on a third front that has nothing to do with how Bergdahl came to be captured by the Taliban, or how much the Obama Administration did to win his freedom May 31 in an exchange for five senior Taliban leaders: why did the Army let a failed...
  • Bergdahl Given ‘Uncharacterized Discharge’ From Coast Guard Prior To Army Service

    06/11/2014 1:44:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    Prior to his Army service, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was “administratively discharged” from the Coast Guard after only 26 days in 2006. U.S. Coast Guard and Army officials confirmed to CBS News that the sergeant who was recently exchanged for five Taliban detainees had joined the Coast Guard before the Army, but was dismissed for unclear reasons just 26 days later. Lt. Col. Elaine Conway told CBS News that the Army knew of Bergdahl’s discharge from the Coast Guard, and said they are “looking into” whether it was known at the time of his enlistment into the Army. An “uncharacterized discharge”...
  • Survey: Troops Expect Army to Prosecute Bergdahl

    06/10/2014 5:11:45 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 16 replies
    Military.com ^ | June 5, 2014 | Michael Hoffman
    [SNIP]...Responses from more than 8,800 service members, their spouses, veterans and retirees to questions regarding Bergdahl's release show the military community would not forgive Bergdahl and want him held accountable if he willingly left his post on June 30, 2009...[SNIP]...About 95 percent of the more than 1,000 active duty, Guard and Reserve troops who responded to the survey said Bergdahl should face a court-martial or separate punishment if it is found he deserted his unit. If Bergdahl is convicted, 86 percent of survey respondents said Bergdahl should not receive back pay for the past five years. The voluntary survey was...
  • Does Navy spokesman mean we should keep the lights on for a Sgt. Bergdahl?

    06/09/2014 11:26:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Fort Wayne News-Sentinel ^ | June 10, 2014 | Craig Ladwig, editor, Indiana Policy Review.
    This generation is going to have to study war some more, alas. Even admirals today don’t seem to know how it works outside their politically corrected service academies. Rear Adm. John F. Kirby, the Pentagon spokesman, commented the other day that — wait, they assign admirals as flacks now? Isn’t that expensive? Anyway, Rear Adm. Kirby doesn’t think the American military leaves anyone behind. “When you’re in the Navy, and you go overboard, it doesn’t matter if you were pushed, fell or jumped,” he said the other day in justifying the prisoner exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. “We’re going to...
  • Ann Coulter: Bergdahl Was Left Where He Wanted to Be

    06/09/2014 9:28:16 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 6 replies
    Patriot Post ^ | June 7, 2014 | Ann Coulter
    Death Penalty Month at anncoulter.com has already been interrupted by the psycho in Santa Barbara, and now it’s being interrupted by the Buddhist in Bagram. Keeping to the spirit of Death Penalty Month, let’s review the execution of Pvt. Eddie Slovik. Slovik’s offense: desertion in wartime. (See the tie-in?) Unlike Bowe Bergdahl, who deserted his unit, according to the accounts of his comrades, Slovik never actually deserted. He also didn’t call America a “disgusting” country or say he was “ashamed to be an American.” Slovik was just a chicken.
  • “Former JAG Officer”: #Bergdahl Already Arrested! Likely Get 20 years, “They Could Still Shoot Him”

    06/09/2014 7:47:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 88 replies
    Fox News Radio ^ | June 9, 2014
    Since his release nine days ago, many have been wondering why Bowe Bergdahl has been so quiet! Latest reports say he hasn’t even spoken with his parents since being handed over by the Taliban! Well, according to one caller allegedly familiar with the Uniform Code of Military Justice, Bergdahl’s silence is due to the fact that he has already been put under arrest! On Monday’s show, “Richard from Saginaw”, called in and told Tom he understands that Bergdahl is expected to be charged with 11 counts — all related to his mysterious 2009 disappearance. Richard said he worked with the...
  • Bergdahl Could Receive $300K in Retroactive Pay

    06/09/2014 3:39:29 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 11 replies
    Military.com ^ | June 4, 2014 | Sarah Blansett and Terry Howell
    Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl could be entitled to about $300,000 in back pay and special compensation following his release as a Taliban prisoner, experts say. Service members designated by the Defense Department as "captive, missing or missing in action" are entitled to receive back pay and allowances, officials said. Any additional pay and allowances earned such as promotions or special entitlements are not issued until they are officially recovered or classified as deceased. However, questions remain over how much Bergdahl will receive and how much he is able to keep as he faces potential charges following allegations from his former unit...
  • Bergdahl Wasn't Only Soldier to 'Walk Off' Afghan Outposts

    "At least a dozen guys just walked off their posts" in Afghanistan since 2009 for a variety of reasons, said an experienced soldier, one of four Afghan war veterans familiar with the incidents who spoke to ABC News. The other sources estimated the number could be more than a dozen.
  • Obama releasing 'reformed' Guantanamo prisoners for reasons including having taken up yoga

    06/08/2014 4:46:40 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 52 replies
    DailyMail ^ | 13:22 EST, 8 June 2014 | By Alex Greig and Associated Press
    President Barack Obama is moving ahead with his push to close the Guantanamo Bay prison despite the uproar over the exchange of five Taliban prisoners for a captured American soldier, an administration official said Thursday. The Periodic Review Board has determined that more former 'forever prisoners,' including one who says he has been reformed by practicing yoga and another who was a bodyguard for Bin Laden but now wants to start a 'milk and honey farm' are fit for release to their homelands or repatriation. Ghaleb Nasser al Bihani, 35, told a parole board in April that he had read...