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  • Prayer request for family. My Father passed away Monday.

    09/03/2015 4:38:13 AM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 58 replies
    03 SEP 15 | dcbryan1
    Jim Bryan III, 75, of Longboat Key, FL, died Sep. 1, 2015 at Arkansas Hospice from complications of pancreatic cancer. He was born in Harrison, AR in 1940 to the late J.W. and Jane Bryan of Bellefonte, AR. He was preceded in death by his son Joey (who died of a brain tumor in 1981 at age ten) and grandparents Witt and Zula Burns Bryan and Noah and Myrtle Eoff Dearing. He is survived by his beloved wife of 52 years, Ann, son Jim, IV and his wife Ann, son Chris and his wife Jennifer, grandchildren Laura and her newlywed...
  • Female Rangers – How General Odierno Saved the Ranger Program and Army’s Warrior Culture.

    08/31/2015 8:37:24 AM PDT · by Bill Russell · 39 replies
    WilliamRussell.net ^ | 8/31/2015 | Bill Russell
    OVERCOMING CYNICISM AND GIVING A FAIR SHOT AT SUCCESS AND FAILURE Since the August 21st graduation of two women from the Army’s Ranger School there has been an out pouring of commentary on the notoriety of the moment. Writing this article through the lens of a graduate of the Ranger Course (Class 10-87), I want to join those who are congratulating Capt. Kristen Griest and 1st Lt. Shaye Haver on their achievements. What is particularly notable, is the lengths the Army and the Airborne Ranger Training Brigade (ARTB) went through to ensure the women were treated fairly and that the...
  • U.S. Army Kicking Out a Hero After He Confronted an Afghan Pedophile/Rapist

    08/29/2015 8:20:29 AM PDT · by darkwing104 · 21 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | August 29, 2015 | Jim Emerson, staff writer
    In a FOXNEWS exclusive the U.S. Army is planning to kick out Sgt. 1st Class Charles Martland for shoving an Afghan pedophile who just happened to be an Afghan police commander. The alleged pedophile rapist, identified as Abdul Rahman, has not yet been charged with a crime. The American trained Rahman was said to be practicing the ancient Afghan act of “Bacha Bazi” and beating up the mother of the victim after she reported the rape. In Afghanistan, “Bacha Bazi” is a term attached to any activity that involves an adult sexually preying on a child. It includes child pornography,...
  • Raytheon looks to add Army air-defense role to Sidewinder

    08/28/2015 5:05:43 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 25 replies
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | August 26, 2015 | David Wichner
    The Army and Tucson-based Raytheon Missile Systems have test-fired the latest version of the company’s venerable Sidewinder air-to-air missile from a ground launcher to down an unmanned aircraft target, the company said Wednesday. WHAT HAPPENED Raytheon said that an AIM-9X Block II Sidewinder missile was launched from a prototype Multi-Mission Launcher, a new ground-based launch system under development by the Army. The test was performed in March at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, and details were announced by the company Wednesday. The AIM-9X missile locked onto an unmanned aircraft before launch and then intercepted and destroyed the drone,...
  • Army picks new vehicle to replace the Humvee

    08/27/2015 9:38:44 AM PDT · by PROCON · 52 replies
    CNN ^ | Aug. 27, 2015 | Tal Kopan
    (CNN)—The Army this week selected the company to build its much-anticipated new vehicle to replace the Humvee -- a multibillion dollar contract. Oshkosh Corporation, located in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, won the $6.7 billion contract to produce the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, which will also be used by the Marine Corps. The initial order will be for 17,000 vehicles, with production set to begin next year. The Army expects to have its first JLTV unit ready to go in fiscal year 2018, according to a release from the Army. Oshkosh beat out two competitors for the final contract: defense giant Lockheed...
  • Video: Three Americans awarded Legion of Honor by French president

    08/24/2015 7:13:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/24/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    Three Americans received France’s highest honor from its President this morning after risking their lives to stop a terror attack on a train before it could get in motion. The three quick-thinking Americans, joined by a British businessman who helped in rendering the terrorist immobile, received high praise from Francois Hollande. “We are giving you the highest distinction of the country to show you how much we appreciate what you did,” declared François Hollande:CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO Three Americans who helped thwart an attack by an AK-47-toting gunman on a high-speed train received France’s highest honor on...
  • US Troops Mobilized in South Korea After North Korea Threatens War

    08/21/2015 4:34:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Grasswire ^ | August 21, 2015
    The Facts US troops have been mobilized in South Korea after Kim Jong-un ordered his military generals to ready for a state of war. US troops' vehicles were mobilized in the South Korean town of Paju, bordering North Korea. North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un ordered military generals to ready for a state of war from 5:00 p.m. local time Friday. By 4:30 PM local time, the North Korean leader said preparations were complete, declaring a "quasi-state of war." South Korean news agency Yonhap says satellite imagery shows North Korea moving missiles in preparation for possible launch. South Korea's defense ministry...
  • First 2 Women Complete Army Ranger Training

    08/20/2015 4:15:04 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 61 replies
    One of the first women to graduate from the Army's notoriously grueling Ranger School says she hopes her success will go toward proving that women in the military are capable of doing what men do. Capt. Kristen Griest of Orange, Connecticut said her successful completion of the elite, two-month program show that women "can deal with the same stresses and training that men can." Griest and First Lt. Shaye Haver of Copperas Cove, Texas, will graduate at Fort Benning, Georgia, along with 94 men on Friday. Out of 19 women who began the program, Haver and Griest are the only...
  • Ohio veteran, 91, gets France's highest civilian honor for his military service in WWII

    08/19/2015 7:17:03 AM PDT · by Hombre Malevo · 1 replies
    Fox News ^ | 08/12/2015 | AP
    Clarence Devore Jr. was presented with his Legion of Honor medal Tuesday. About 93,000 people have received that honor over more than two centuries.
  • The Army is broken

    08/18/2015 10:25:56 AM PDT · by NRx · 66 replies
    San Diego Union Tribune ^ | 08-15-2015 | Robert H. Scales
    ...Sadly, the Army that stayed cohesive in Iraq and Afghanistan even after losing 5,000 dead is now being broken again by an ungrateful, ahistorical and strategically tone-deaf leadership in Washington. The Obama administration just announced a 40,000 reduction in the Army’s ranks. But the numbers don’t begin to tell the tale. Soldiers stay in the Army because they love to go into the field and train; Defense Secretary Ashton Carter recently said that the Army will not have enough money for most soldiers to train above the squad level this year. Soldiers need to fight with new weapons; in the...
  • Ben Bernanke: being in the military won't actually help you in the real world

    08/17/2015 7:24:08 PM PDT · by Hombre Malevo · 85 replies
    Foreign Policy magazine ^ | 08/17/2015 | John Hudson
    The U.S. military has spent tens of millions of dollars on TV advertising promoting the armed forces as a great way to acquire skills and training that will pay dividends in the private sector. But on Monday, one of the country’s most respected observers of the U.S. labor force, former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, directly contradicted that message.
  • 2 parachutists seriously injured in Chicago Air & Water show

    08/16/2015 4:38:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Fox News.com via AP ^ | August 16, 2015
    CHICAGO – Two parachutists were seriously injured Saturday during the Chicago Air & Water Show after colliding midair while performing a stunt, a parachute team spokeswoman said. Witnesses say at least one of the men clipped the top of a high-rise apartment building before falling to the ground in the city's Gold Coast neighborhood. The two men were taken in serious-to-critical condition to Northwestern Memorial Hospital on Saturday morning, Fire Department spokesman Juan Hernandez said. The Army Golden Knights and Navy Leap Frogs parachute teams were performing a stunt known as a "bomb burst," Golden Knights spokeswoman Donna Dixon told...
  • Lightning Strikes 44 Soldiers and Instructors at Army Ranger School

    08/14/2015 11:22:50 AM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 62 replies
    Military dot com ^ | Aug 13, 2015 | Matthew Cox
    Forty students and four Ranger instructors in the swamp phase of Ranger School were struck by lightning Wednesday afternoon. All 44 were evacuated to a local hospital, but many were discharged, according to a press release from Fort Benning, Georgia, home of the Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade. Eleven soldiers remained hospitalized Thursday evening, according to a news report. “At the time of the incident, they were conducting lightning-protection protocols when lightning struck nearby,” the release states.
  • Whatever Happened to the Wild Camels of the American West?

    08/09/2015 9:18:49 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 43 replies
    The Smithsonian ^ | 8-6-15 | Chris Heller
    Initially seen as the Army's answer to how to settle the frontier, the camels eventually became a literal beast of burden, with no home on the range. In the 1880s, a wild menace haunted the Arizona territory. It was known as the Red Ghost, and its legend grew as it roamed the high country. It trampled a woman to death in 1883. It was rumored to stand 30 feet tall. A cowboy once tried to rope the Ghost, but it turned and charged his mount, nearly killing them both. One man chased it, then claimed it disappeared right before his...
  • MILITARY UPDATE: Commissary reformers eye repeal of ‘cost-plus-5%' pricing

    08/09/2015 8:22:31 AM PDT · by SandRat · 11 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Herald/Review
    Defense officials appear ready to ask Congress to repeal a law that commissaries must sell products at cost plus 5 percent, a formula that for decades has ensured commissary shoppers everywhere pay the same prices. Officials have drafted a replacement formula that would allow prices to vary from store to store to meet a new twin goal: reducing taxpayer support for commissaries while maintaining still attractive savings for patrons. Variable pricing would seek to keep savings consistent across the commissary system by pegging local commissary prices for a market basket of goods at some target percentage level below prices of...
  • Obama stonewalls probe into deadly SEAL Team 6 helicopter crash, watchdog says

    08/05/2015 6:15:00 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 28 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 08/05/2015 | Rowan Scarborough
    The Obama administration is violating a judge’s order to turn over documents in the Aug. 6, 2011, shootdown of a U.S. helicopter — call sign Extortion 17 — that killed members of SEAL Team 6 in Afghanistan, a watchdog group is charging. On the fourth anniversary of the worst one-day loss of military life in the war on terror, families of the dead say they are aghast that the government will not honor basic requests under the Freedom of Information Act. “It has now been four years since Extortion 17 was shot down,” said Doug Hamburger, whose Army air crew...
  • Sheriff: 2 men fire at soldiers in Mississippi; none hurt

    08/04/2015 4:50:56 PM PDT · by Islander7 · 3 replies
    AP ^ | August 4, 2015 | AP
    HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) -- Authorities are searching for two men who fired gunshots from a vehicle at soldiers at a military facility in Mississippi, although no one was reported wounded, a sheriff said Tuesday. Perry County Sheriff Jimmy Dale Smith told WDAM-TV ( http://bit.ly/1UlrHi6 ) that the soldiers were training at Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center near Hattiesburg.
  • General: The Army Is Breaking Down

    08/03/2015 2:56:22 PM PDT · by GoneSalt · 34 replies
    WeeklyStandard ^ | 8/3/2015 | Geoffrey Norman
    It happened after World War II and it happened after Vietnam. Now, after years of repeated deployments, the Army, as Robert H. Scales writes the U.S. Army is breaking down. The Obama administration just announced a 40,000 reduction in the Army’s ranks. But the numbers don’t begin to tell the tale. Soldiers stay in the Army because they love to go into the field and train; Defense Secretary Ash Carter recently said that the Army will not have enough money for most soldiers to train above the squad level this year. Soldiers need to fight with new weapons; in the...
  • Army is breaking, let down by Washington

    08/03/2015 8:33:51 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 45 replies
    Stars And Stripes ^ | Aug 2, 2015 | Robert H. Scales
    Last month, Gen. Ray Odierno, outgoing Army chief of staff, and Gen. Mark Milley, his successor, testified to the difficulties faced by the Army. I’d like to make the same points by telling a story. **********snip************ The Obama administration just announced a 40,000 reduction in the Army’s ranks. But the numbers don’t begin to tell the tale. Soldiers stay in the Army because they love to go into the field and train; Defense Secretary Ash Carter recently said that the Army will not have enough money for most soldiers to train above the squad level this year. Soldiers need to...
  • Bowe Bergdahl detained after Mendocino County marijuana raid

    07/26/2015 11:41:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Weather Space ^ | July 26, 2015 | Chelsea West
    He was charged March 25 with one count of desertion with intent to shirk important or hazardous duty, and one count of misbehavior before the enemy by endangering the safety of a command, unit or place. The Sheriff said "Bergdahl was "above politeness" as several people from the home where Bergdahl was visiting were taken into custody". Bowe Bergdahl, the Army soldier-turned-prisoner who was released by the Taliban after President Barack Obama released five terrorists from the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, was unexpectedly spotted at a California marijuana farm this week. Bergdahl, who is awaiting military court martial,...
  • Army To Recruiters: Avoid Civilians Who Volunteer To Guard, Report Them

    07/24/2015 3:17:13 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 32 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | July 24, 2015 | Awr Hawkins
    On July 20, a policy letter from the U.S. Army Recruiting Command (USAREC) instructed recruiters to avoid contact and/or conversation with armed “law-abiding” civilians who volunteer to guard recruitment centers and to report said volunteers to law enforcement “if the recruiter feels threatened.” Stars and Stripes responded to the letter with a July 22 headline that read, “Army To Recruiters: Treat Armed Citizens As Security Threat.”
  • Bowe Bergdahl Spotted Hanging Out at Illicit Mendocino County Marijuana Farm During Raid

    07/23/2015 4:47:05 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 42 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Riya Bhattacharjee
    Bowe Bergdahl — the once-missing U.S. soldier in Afghanistan who was accused of desertion — was spotted hanging out at a Mendocino County marijuana farm during a raid. According to the The Anderson Valley Advertiser, Bergdahl was an "unexpected visitor" in Mendocino County, where he was visiting old friends when the "local dope team arrived on a marijuana raid." Bergdahl arrived Friday at the farm, which is located in a remote part of Redwood Valley. Bergdahl, who is awaiting military court martial, had an Army pass allowing him to be in Mendocino County, the Advertiser reported, adding he was "not...
  • Army Says Armed Citizens Are “Security Threat” At Recruiting Stations

    07/23/2015 6:15:16 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 41 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 07/22/15 | Michael Strickland
    As private citizens stand guard at military recruiting centers across the nation, the Army has released a warning to its personnel and recruits, stating that armed citizens should be treated as a “security threat”. Travis Tritten of Stars & Stripes reports: The Army has warned its recruiters to treat the gun-toting civilians gathering at centers across the country in the wake of the Chattanooga, Tenn., shooting as a security threat. Soldiers should avoid anyone standing outside the recruiting centers attempting to offer protection and report them to local law enforcement and the command if they feel threatened, according to a...
  • Army to recruiters: Treat armed citizens as security threat [WHAT?????]

    07/22/2015 6:08:31 PM PDT · by markomalley · 74 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | 7/22/15 | Travis J. Tritten
    The Army has warned its recruiters to treat the gun-toting civilians gathering at centers across the country in the wake of the Chattanooga, Tenn., shooting as a security threat. Soldiers should avoid anyone standing outside the recruiting centers attempting to offer protection and report them to local law enforcement and the command if they feel threatened, according to a U.S. Army Recruiting Command policy letter issued Monday. Armed citizens — some associated with activist groups and militias — were standing vigil outside recruiting centers in Wisconsin, Georgia, Tennessee, Idaho and elsewhere this week, saying they want to provide protection to...
  • Incoming Army Chief of Staff: ‘Increased Risk’ From Military Cutbacks

    07/21/2015 3:40:09 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    The Washingon Free Beacon ^ | July 20, 2015 | Thomas Novelly
    Gen. Mark A. Milley testifies that troop drawdown and global threats make for bad combinationresident Barack Obama’s next choice for Army chief of staff said during a nomination hearing on Tuesday morning that the proposed military cutbacks introduced at the beginning of the month would increase national security risks. General Mark. A Milley testified Tuesday before the Senate Armed Services Committee ahead of a confirmation vote on his nomination as the new Army chief of staff. During the questioning, Milley said the recent decision to reduce the armed forces could have a damaging impact on national security given the uncertainty...
  • Pentagon Army cuts: Citizens to be cut, but illegal aliens recruited?

    07/20/2015 10:22:31 AM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    Examiner ^ | July 8, 2015 | Jim Kouri
    resident Barack Obama and Pentagon officials confirmed on Tuesday their plans to cut 40,000 troops from the United States Army over the course of the next two years, which is expected to affect domestic and foreign Army bases and installation. However, there has been no mention of cuts to the Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest (MAVNI) program initiated to enlist immigrants including those enjoying the benefits of Obama's executive order creating DACA. The force reductions will mean that the active-duty Army will experience cuts from its current size of about 490,000 soldiers to about 450,000. It will become...
  • What do you think about these new food rules for sailors?

    07/17/2015 9:42:19 AM PDT · by HarleyLady27 · 32 replies
    The Federlist Papers.org ^ | July 17, 2015 | The Federlist Papers
    Seriously, they are only allowing a choice between skim milk and soy milk? These people clearly don’t know much about nutrition
  • As Pentagon mulls ending ban, transgender soldiers talk about serving country openly (+video)

    07/16/2015 1:58:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | July 15, 2015 | Harry Bruinius, Staff writer
    With an estimated 15,000 transgender soldiers now serving throughout the US military, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter on Monday called the military's ban 'outdated' and 'confusing.'When Kristin Beck was a Navy SEAL for 20 years, and known as a fighter named Christopher, her transgender identity was “maybe third or fourth or fifth down the list of things that were concerning me.” A decorated veteran of seven combat missions and a member of the famed special counterterrorism unit SEAL Team Six, Ms. Beck was part of the one of the most elite fighting forces in the world, the “toughest of the...
  • Fat Female Commander Intimidated Subordinates Into Letting Her Pass The Tape Test

    07/15/2015 10:39:25 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 58 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | July 9, 2015 | Jonah Bennett
    Col. Glenda Lock, commander of McDonald Army Health Center, was fired in late March. We now know the reason why. Apparently, Lock intimidated subordinates into letting her pass the tape test after she was found overweight. Initial reports in April indicated Lock was fired for “undue influence” and “command climate problems,” after receiving a suspension in February. Results from the investigation indicate that undue influence took the form of manipulating tape test results, Army Times reports. The tape test is used by all services to measure body fat in the neck and waist.
  • Overall, what do you think about the Army down- sizing in Hawaii: POLL

    07/11/2015 2:20:37 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 46 replies
    Honolulu Star Advertiser ^ | July 11 , 2015 | Honolulu Star Advertizer
    Overall, what do you think about the Army down- sizing in Hawaii: 1,400 fewer troops and loss of the Stryker Brigade?
  • Hawaii's Schofield Barracks, Fort Shafter to lose 1,500 soldiers in Army drawdown

    07/09/2015 7:09:25 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 12 replies
    Pacific Business News ^ | July 9, 2015 | Lorin Eleni Gill
    The U.S. Army will reduce the number of soldiers stationed at Hawaii bases by 1,443 over the next two years, a reduction of 8 percent, rather than cutting most of the troops currently stationed on Oahu, Defense Department officials said Thursday. The cuts are part of a nation-wide cost-cutting move that will reduce the number of soldier positions by 40,000 by 2017.
  • Lindsey Graham Wants 10,000 Troops in Syria: Slammed Rand Paul & jabbed Ted Cruz in a hawkish speech

    07/08/2015 3:16:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 98 replies
    US News & World Report's The Run 2016 ^ | July 8, 2015 | David Catanese
    Calling Iraq and Syria a "single battle space," Sen. Lindsey Graham said he'd place around 10,000 troops in Syria today if he were president, in order to eradicate the heart of the Islamic State group's attempted caliphate. That call amounted to one of the most aggressive proposals by a 2016 presidential candidate regarding dealing with Syria, which has been engulfed in years of fighting between the government, rebels and Islamic militants. In remarks before The Atlantic Council on Wednesday, Graham, R-S.C., said half-measures like arming the Kurds to fight the Islamic State group were insufficient, and name-checked two of his...
  • Navy, Marines Ease Up on Transgender Policy

    07/08/2015 9:26:51 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 27 replies
    Military.com ^ | July 6, 2015 | William Cole
    The Navy and Marine Corps have joined the Army and Air Force in making it harder to discharge transgender military members. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus signed a memorandum last Wednesday stating, "Effective immediately, separations initiated under the provisions of the reference for service members with a diagnosis or history of gender dysphoria, who identify themselves as transgender, or who have taken steps to externalize the condition, must be forwarded to the assistant secretary of the Navy (manpower and reserve affairs) for decision." The memo was directed to the chief of naval operations and commandant of the Marine Corps. Previously, discharge...
  • US Army plans to cut 40,000 troops over next two years

    07/08/2015 7:31:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Fox News ^ | 07/08/2015
    The U.S. Army is planning to cut more than 40,000 troops over the next two years, a senior U.S. defense official confirmed to Fox News Tuesday. General Martin Dempsey announced at a Senate Armed Services Committee Hearing Tuesday that dwindling resources was a major factor in the decision to cut the number of active troops from 490,000 to 450,000. In addition to the troop cuts, 17,000 Army civilian employees will be laid off in a plan that is to be formally announced on Thursday.
  • U.S. Army to cut 40,000 troops over next two years: USA Today

    07/07/2015 1:56:42 PM PDT · by Nachum · 30 replies
    Rueters ^ | 7/7/15 | Sandra Maler
    The U.S. Army plans to cut 40,000 troops over the next two years, affecting all its domestic and foreign posts, USA Today reported on Tuesday, citing a plan it said was
  • DoD renames “unlawful combatants” in detainee manual to … ("Unprivileged Belligerents")

    07/05/2015 2:43:29 PM PDT · by Marie · 32 replies
    Hot Air ^ | November 26, 2014 | Ed Morrissey
    In fact, captured terrorists went out of style a long time ago, so that’s not the actual change. Until recently — like, say, two weeks ago — the Department of Defense used the term unlawful combatant as the label for terrorists captured by American military and intelligence forces as a way to distinguish them from uniformed soldiers of a recognized state authority in a straight-up fight. Their new manual dispenses with that term, the Federation of American Scientists noticed today (via Steven Aftergood and Olivier Knox): When it comes to Department of Defense doctrine on military treatment of detained persons,...
  • It’s an Obama World… US Troops Put on Drinking, Eating Restrictions for Ramadan

    06/27/2015 12:39:15 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 56 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 06/26/2015 | Jim Hoft
    The Weekly Standard reported: A top commander in southwest Asia reminded U.S military personnel stationed in Muslim countries in the Middle East of the restrictions placed on them during Ramadan. According to a report by the U.S. Air Forces Central Command Public Affairs, Brig. Gen. John Quintas, 380th Air Expeditionary Wing commander in Southwest Asia, said that the U.S. is “committed to the concepts of tolerance, freedom and diversity.” But he added that soldiers should “become more informed and appreciative of the traditions and history of the people in this region of the world… [R]emember we are guests here and...
  • West Point cadet found guilty of possessing child porn (homosexual pedophile)

    06/24/2015 8:35:10 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 51 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | June 24, 2015 | Stephen Rex Brown
    A West Point cadet was found guilty Tuesday of possessing a trove of violent child pornography in his dorm room at the storied military academy. Patrick Hester, 25, was taken into custody following the verdict in U.S. District Court in White Plains because the videos “depicted children being tortured,” Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said. “In collecting and sharing these appalling videos, he contributed to the victimization of the most vulnerable members of our society, our children.” More than 1,200 images and videos were seized from Hester’s dorm room in December 2013. Hester told fellow pervs in emails he preferred...
  • Historic Decision: Sikh Turban victory against U.S. Army

    06/13/2015 10:46:10 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 32 replies
    Sikh Siyasat News ^ | 06/25/2015 | Sikh Siyasat Bureau
    A federal court ruled yesterday that a Sikh college student must be allowed to enroll in Army ROTC without shaving his beard, cutting his hair, or removing his turban. U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson acted in the case of Hofstra University student Iknoor Singh, who had been barred by the U.S. Army from enrolling in the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program because of his religious practices. The Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) is a college-based program for training commissioned officers of the United States Armed Forces.
  • Army refuses to provide Honor Guard for church's July 4th celebration

    06/09/2015 4:22:05 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 35 replies
    fox news ^ | june 9, 2015 | todd starnes
    For nearly two decades, the U.S. Army has provided an honor guard for an Independence Day celebration at a Baptist church that predates the founding of the nation. But this year – that tradition has come to an end. Officials at Fort Gordon say they will not be able to send an honor guard to a July 5th service at Abilene Baptist Church because it violates a military policy banning any involvement in a religious service.  -snip So what changed? Fort Gordon’s Public Affairs Office pointed me to Army Regulation 360-1 – dated May 2011.  The lengthy regulation states Army participation must...
  • Army Gen. Randy Taylor introduces his husband at Pentagon Gay Pride event

    06/09/2015 12:51:26 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 151 replies
    www.washingtontimes.com ^ | Updated: 3:14 p.m. on Tuesday, June 9, 2015 | By Rowan Scarborough
    A married Army general on Tuesday introduced his spouse at a Pentagon event that featured lots of top brass, including Defense Secretary Ashton Carter as the keynote speaker. What made this seemingly routine introduction noteworthy is that Brig. Gen. Randy S. Taylor introduced his husband, Lucas. “My husband Lucas is sitting up front here,” Gen. Taylor said of the man in the same row as Mr. Carter, Army Secretary John McHugh and other senior officials. He said Lucas has subjugated his own career to support the general’s frequent moves over an 18-year relationship.
  • McHugh (unexpectedly) stepping down as Army secretary, will leave before Nov. 1

    06/09/2015 6:46:24 AM PDT · by pabianice · 8 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 6/9/15 | Tritten
    "... The department provided no reason for McHugh’s departure but said he might stay on as the Army’s top civilian until November to give the Obama administration a smooth transition as it searches for his successor. His departure comes as Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno also plans to retire, closing a page on the era of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and ushering in new leadership as the service faces growing unrest around the world and defense budget caps in Washington. “There will be much time in the coming months to appropriately celebrate his many accomplishments, but for...
  • Army's Public Website Hacked by Unknown Intruders

    06/08/2015 12:48:12 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 6 replies
    NBC News ^ | 06/08/15
    Defense officials confirm the official public Army website has been hacked by unknown intruders demanding the U.S. stop training rebel fighters inside Syria. Unlike the massive hack into Office of Personnel Management records, the officials stress the website contains no official classified information or private personal data of any Amy personnel, military or civilian. The messages reportedly proclaimed "YOU'VE BEEN HACKED" and added "YOUR COMMANDERS ADMIT THEY ARE TRAINING THE PEOPLE THEY HAVE SENT YOU TO DIE FIGHTING." It's not clear yet whether the Army or the hackers shut down the website. The officials say the website is for general...
  • Military dad surprises his Killian high school graduate

    06/01/2015 6:36:38 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 7 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | June 1, 2015 | By Christina Veiga
    On tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, Army Staff Sgt. Jose Garcia missed his oldest daughter’s high school graduation. Stationed in Germany, an ocean away from his family in west Miami-Dade County, he watched his son accept his diploma through a live stream on the Internet. This time, Garcia wanted it to be different. With his youngest set to graduate from Miami Killian Senior High on Monday, it was his last chance to watch one of his children graduate from high school. He was determined to give his daughter, Samantha, “something to remember.” “She’s the baby of the house,”...
  • Bergdahl Teammates Asked to Stay Quiet About Desertion With Non-Disclosure Agreements

    05/29/2015 1:15:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Townhall ^ | May 29, 2015 | Katie Pavlich
    According to a new report from Fox News' Catherine Herridge, teammates of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl were asked to sign non-disclosure agreements years ago after discussing his desertion with the Joint Chiefs Chairman in Afghanistan. According to Herridge's reporting and General Bob Scales, asking soldiers to sign non-disclosure agreements is unprecedented. "I can't remember, ever, have an enlisted soldier sign a non-disclosure agreement for anything. This is completely unprecedented," Scales said. "These non-disclosure agreements have got nothing to do with military justice." Further, new information shows Bergdahl not only deserted, but started planning for his departure by sleeping on the...
  • Forgotten WW2 soldier, lost more than 70 years, is finally honored

    05/25/2015 2:37:48 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | May 25, 2015 | JAZZ SHAW
    It’s difficult to describe anything as a “feel good story” on a day when we are commemorating the Honored Dead, but I suppose this story comes as close as any. CBS News is providing the details of a tale which took place long ago in a small village a bit to the north of where I live, in Gowanda, New York. They have a war memorial in their town just like so many other places around the country. But for the lifetime of most of the current residents, one name has been missing. Carroll Heath was a young boy born...
  • Special Report U.S. military and civilians are increasingly divided

    05/24/2015 10:39:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 151 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | May 23, 2015 | David Zucchino and David S. Cloud
    Jovano Graves' parents begged him not to join the Army right out of high school in 2003, when U.S. troops were fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.. But their son refused his parents' pleas to try college. He followed them both into the Army instead. Last June, 11 years later, Staff Sgt. Jovano Graves returned home from Afghanistan, joining his mother, Chief Warrant Officer 4 Sonia Graves-Rivers, for duty here at Ft. Bragg. "My family, going way, way back, has always felt so proud to be Americans," said Graves-Rivers, who comes from a family in which military service spans six generations,...
  • U.S. Army Raising “Concerns” Over CMP Transfers

    05/24/2015 12:41:01 PM PDT · by OK Sun · 125 replies
    FPC Blog ^ | May 24, 2015 | Evan Gillespie
    U.S. Representative Mike Rogers (R-Alabama) made headlines recently when he introduced an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act of 2015 (H.R. 1735). The amendment allows for the transfer of surplus 1911A1 handguns to the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) for sale to the general public. Last week, in response, the U.S. army released a white paper voicing “concern” over this amendment and claimed that there would be “potential negative impacts on public safety from the large amount of semi-automatic and concealable pistols that will be released for public purchase.” These concerns included the traceability of the firearms after sale, and...
  • Army weighs if ex-Green Beret hero should be dismissed

    05/17/2015 4:12:41 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 41 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 17 May 2015 | EMERY P. DALESIO
    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — An Army officer stripped of a medal for heroism under fire and his right to call himself a Green Beret is fighting for his military career after accusations he tracked down and killed a suspected bomb-maker in Afghanistan. Though a criminal investigation failed to find remains of his alleged victim and didn't result in charges against Maj. Mathew Golsteyn, he's been targeted for possible dismissal from the Army and the consequent loss of veteran's benefits with a less-than-honorable discharge. A Fort Bragg hearing before three, higher-ranked Special Forces officers could meet later this month to weigh...
  • None from first-ever group of female soldiers training to be Army Rangers advance through 1st round

    05/11/2015 7:03:26 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 34 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | May 9, 2015
    None from first-ever group of female soldiers training to be Army Rangers advance through first round: officials BY Rachelle Blidner NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Saturday, May 9, 2015, 5:24 PM The first-ever female soldiers allowed to train to be Army Rangers did not make it through the first round of the course, officials said Friday. Eight women and 101 men who made it through the first tests of the 20-day Crawl Phase will have to try again to pass the last few at one of the toughest soldier training schools, officials said.