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  • Shooter fears he killed Pat Tillman

    04/18/2014 11:37:23 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 12 replies
    ESPN ^ | 4/18/2014 | Mike Fish
    For the first time, one of the three Army Ranger platoon mates who fired at Pat Tillman speaks publicly about what happened that fateful day, ten years ago this week. OLYMPIA, Wash. -- In his first public statements about the death of Pat Tillman, the former NFL player turned Army Ranger, one of the fellow Rangers involved in the 2004 friendly-fire incident in Afghanistan told ESPN's "Outside the Lines" he has lived for 10 years with the thought that he might have fired the fatal shots. "It is possible, in my mind, that I hit him," said Steven Elliott, who...
  • Former Army Sgt. Kyle J. White to receive Medal of Honor

    04/15/2014 2:41:20 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | April 15, 2014
    WASHINGTON — Former Army Sgt. Kyle J. White will be awarded the Medal of Honor on May 13, 2014, the White House announced late Tuesday afternoon. White will receive the nation's highest military award for his actions during a dismounted movement in mountainous terrain in Aranas, Afghanistan, on November 9, 2007. He was then serving as a Platoon Radio Telephone Operator assigned to C Company, 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade. White, who now works as an investment analyst in Charlotte, N.C., will be the seventh living recipient to be awarded the Medal of Honor for actions...
  • Army goes to war with National Guard, seizes Apache attack helicopters

    04/11/2014 2:17:41 PM PDT · by blueplum · 33 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 9, 2014 | Douglas Ernst
    The National Guard is following a direct order — but it’s not happy with it. All of the Guard’s AH-64 Apache helicopters are scheduled to go to the active Army, and there’s nothing its top brass can do about it. “None of us like what we’re having to do,” National Guard Chief Gen. Frank Grass told members of the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday, the military website Defense One reported. “My big concern right now is figuring out how I’m going to move, and how many states I’m going to have an impact on, and what’s the cost of...
  • Black lawmakers urge Defense Dept. to change ‘discriminatory’ grooming rules

    04/10/2014 4:29:37 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 10, 2014 | By Douglas Ernst
    Black female lawmakers have now weighed in on an Army controversy over what one soldier calls “racially biased” hairstyle regulations. Sixteen female members of the Congressional Black Caucus signed a letter Thursday to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, stating that the changes are “discriminatory rules targeting soldiers who are women of color.” The rule in question, Army Regulation 670-1, bans hairstyles that require twists and dreadlocks, among other options preferred by minority soldiers. The Army contends that the grooming requirement is needed to “maintain uniformity.”
  • Per Obama, Female Soldiers Should Make Less Money than Males

    04/10/2014 4:45:19 AM PDT · by Desperado67 · 12 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | 04/09/2014 | Rob Binsrick
    In his latest White House teleprompter reading on Tuesday, President Barack Obama railed against the alleged problem of pay inequality between male and female workers. He stated assertively at one point, "Equal pay for equal work, it's not that complicated." Obama also signed two more executive orders that are tangental to the issue. So assuming that Obama is a man of his word, it is fair to say that he is about to embark on his own latest 'war on women' and declare that female members of the U.S. Army should be paid less than their male counterparts. How can...
  • Army's ban on dreadlocks, other styles seen as offensive to some African-Americans

    04/08/2014 4:31:07 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 45 replies
    CNN ^ | 8 Apr 2014 | Halimah Abdullah
    Washington (CNN) -- The U.S. Army's new ban on many types of ethnic hairstyles has African-American women who wear their coifs in dreadlocks, braids and cornrows in a twist. The Army's regulations stipulate such guidance as hair "must be of uniform dimension, small in diameter (approximately Ľ inch), show no more than 1/8 (inch) of the scalp between the braids." Dreadlocks "against the scalp or free-hanging" are banned. "Unkempt" or "matted" braids and cornrows are also considered dreadlocks and "are not authorized," according to the regulations that were updated this month. It's that type of language, words like "unkempt" and...
  • Fort Hood shooter snapped over denial of request for leave, Army confirms

    04/07/2014 1:53:44 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 68 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 4-7-2014 | FoxNews.com
    <p>The spree began in one building of the sprawling complex, where Lopez, who was 34, first pulled his .45-caliber Caliber Smith & Wesson handgun and killed one, injuring 10.</p> <p>"The deceased and one of wounded had been involved in the verbal altercation with subject," Grey said.</p>
  • Ft. Hood Shooter Ran Free for 15 to 20 Minutes — Before Being Stopped by Military Policewoman

    04/03/2014 10:04:37 AM PDT · by montag813 · 73 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 04-03-2014 | Gina Cassini
    by Gina Cassini | Top Right News Outrageous. Reckless. Senseless. That is what many military families are calling the continuing ban on concealed carry for servicemembers on U.S. military bases. Bases like Ft. Hood, where 3 brave members of our military were gunned down by an apparently mentally-compromised Spc. Ivan Lopez. And the outrage will only grow in light of a new shocking report that Lopez was able to remain free for 15 to 20 minutes -- more than enough time for him to kill 3 and wound 16 -- before finally being confronted by a military policewoman, whereupon he took...
  • Fort Hood gunman Ivan Lopez sought mental health treatment

    04/03/2014 6:08:36 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 60 replies
    News Day ^ | Apr 3, 2014
    Fort Hood gunman Ivan Lopez sought mental health treatment Published: April 3, 2014 7:05 AM By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS FORT HOOD, Texas - An Iraq War veteran being treated for mental illness was the gunman who opened fire at Fort Hood, killing three people and wounding 16 others before committing suicide, in an attack on the same Texas military base where more than a dozen people were slain in 2009, authorities said.
  • FBI, US military in hunt for one-time recruit planning 'Fort Hood-style Jihad'

    03/31/2014 2:37:54 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 82 replies
    Fox News ^ | Monday, March 31, 2014 | Jana Winter
    EXCLUSIVE: The FBI is searching for a recent Army recruit believed to be planning a "Fort Hood-inspired jihad against U.S. soldiers," FoxNews.com has learned. The alert, whose legitimacy was confirmed by military and law enforcement officials, stated that a man identified as Booker had told friends of his "intention to commit jihad." Booker, who is also known as Muhammad Abdullah Hassan, was recruited by the U.S. Army in Kansas City, Mo., in February 2014 and was scheduled to report for basic training on April 7. But he was discharged last week, apparently after law enforcement authorities learned of his alleged...
  • MSNBC Plays Race Card with Army Hairstyle Regulation

    04/02/2014 1:18:15 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 19 replies
    MSNBC loves to find a racial controversy in the most unexpected of places and on Wednesday’s NewsNation, anchor Tamron Hall seized a golden opportunity to do just that. Hall brought on Sgt. Jasmine Jacobs, a soldier who started a White House petition asking the president to force the U.S. Army to reconsider its updated appearance and grooming regulations. [T]he U.S. Army just released its updated appearance and grooming regulations and it's drawing sharp criticism for rules many say unfairly target African-American women's hair... [O]ne of the rules which only applies to women is a ban on twists, dreadlocks, and multiple...
  • Army looks to relocate Pentagon

    04/01/2014 8:48:01 PM PDT · by Marie · 20 replies
    Army.mil ^ | 1APR14 | Army News Release
    The proposed move will take the Pentagon from the banks of the Potomac River to northwest Kansas. WASHINGTON (April 1, 2010) -- Top Army officials unveiled plans early today to relocate the massive Pentagon building to the western part of Kansas sometime this summer. "This move will be a huge undertaking, but we determined it was a necessary step as we realign our force structure," said one of the Army's top generals. "Once we started investigating the possibility of the move, we determined that it was not only critical to our efforts, but that it would be good for our...
  • The Man of Men: Living through work, sweat and mud

    03/29/2014 10:19:12 PM PDT · by SZonian · 4 replies
    KVVU Fox 5 ^ | Feb 28, 2014 | Rick Portier
    WATSON, LA (WAFB) - On a rainy Monday afternoon, the buzz of air-powered tools rattled through the garage at CSC Lifts, Liners, and Accessories. The experienced hands of Darrell Carmena applied just the right pressure to make the tools sing. It was a song he has played since he left the US Air Force in 1974. During the Vietnam era, Carmena re-skinned damaged aircraft with shiny new aluminum. These days, he turns small trucks into monsters. Carmena said the Ford F-350 on his rack that day is for a very special person. When he is finished, it will be a...
  • US Army's new grooming standards called racially biased

    03/29/2014 8:31:21 AM PDT · by Mandingo Conservative · 54 replies
    http://america.aljazeera.com ^ | March 28 2014 | The Stream Team
    The U.S. Army is coming under fire for changes to its appearance and grooming standards, which some say discriminates against black women who wear their hair natural...Within and outside of the Army, women of color have been calling the guidelines racially biased. A White House petition has amassed more than 3,000 signatures to date requesting that the Army reconsider...Unauthorized hairstyles now include twists, dreadlocks, Afros and braids that are more than a quarter-inch thick – styles commonly worn by many African-American women...Army veteran "Tonya" [name has been changed to protect identity], who has dreadlocks...
  • Fort Jackson steels itself to possible loss of 3,100 jobs (Military and civilian)

    03/28/2014 5:28:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Charleston Regional Business Journal ^ | March 27, 2014 | Chuck Crumbo
    Fort Jackson and the post’s local supporters are bracing for the possibility that 3,100 military and civilian jobs could be lost by the end of the decade. The cuts, which would eliminate more than 40% of Fort Jackson’s current workforce of 7,000 troops and civilians, could happen if Congress allows budget sequestration to resume in 2016, said Col. Dan Beatty, chief of staff at Fort Jackson. At Wednesday’s meeting of the S.C. Military Base Task Force, Beatty emphasized that no decision has been made and that the worst-case scenario is part of an Army study on how the potential personnel...
  • U.S. Gives Russia Free Military Equipment Used By Army, Marines

    03/26/2014 7:33:35 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 17 replies
    http://www.judicialwatch.org ^ | March 26, 2014 | Staff
    Behind closed doors the U.S. government is giving Russia free military equipment—also used to train American troops—even after President Obama announced punitive sanctions against Moscow and, more importantly, a suspension in military engagement over the invasion and occupation of Ukraine. The secret operation was exposed this week by members of Congress that discovered it in the process of reviewing the Fiscal Year 2014 budget and the proposed Fiscal Year 2015 budget request. It turns out that the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has been providing the Russian Federation with the Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System (MILES), the federal legislators say....
  • WAR DOGS: Got Yer Back!

    03/25/2014 8:59:37 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 23 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 25 March 2014 | Reaganite Republican
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  • Poland Is Quietly Mobilizing Its Army Reservists

    03/24/2014 7:58:03 PM PDT · by Nachum · 65 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 3/24/14 | tyler durden
    It seems the words of Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk warning that “the world stands on the brink of conflict, the consequences of which are not foreseen... Not everyone in Europe is aware of this situation," are a little more real than some (US equity buyers) might suspect. As The Week's Crispin Black reports, at least 7,000 Polish workers in Europe have received call-up papers as army reservists in the last few weeks. Polish authorities dismiss it as "routine" but the men note this has never happened before. As The Week's Crispin Black goes on to note, At least 7,000...
  • Medal of Honor Ceremony Connects Generations

    03/18/2014 11:47:15 AM PDT · by cll · 18 replies
    Military.com ^ | 3/18/2014 | Richard Sisk
    Army Sgt. Ashley Randall never knew her grandfather, never knew of his heroism in Korea, until President Obama told her that she was next of kin to a Medal of Honor recipient. "I didn't know anything, not even his name," Randall said of her grandfather, Army Pvt. Demensio Rivera, who was killed at age 18 in Korea during an enemy assault. ~ snip ~ Rivera, originally from Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico, was drafted into the Army from New York City. He was an automatic rifleman serving with Company G, 2nd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division, when his platoon's...
  • Is the U.S. Air Force really necessary?

    03/17/2014 12:37:23 PM PDT · by xzins · 232 replies
    World ^ | March 17, 2014 | Michael Cochrane
    Robert Farley, a political science professor at the University of Kentucky, wants to ground the U.S. Air Force, for good. In his book, Grounded: The Case for Abolishing the US Air Force, Farley argues the United States does not need an independent Air Force in order to effectively wield military air power. Farley, an assistant professor at the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce, came to his conclusion after studying the conflict between the Army and the Air Force over which military branch was primarily responsible for winning the first Gulf War. “I slowly became more aware that these...
  • Army General Reaches Deal on Sex Counts

    03/17/2014 8:06:36 AM PDT · by centurion316 · 17 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 16, 2014 | Richard Oppel
    The senior Army officer prosecuted in the military’s most closely watched sexual assault case, Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair, has agreed to plead guilty to sharply reduced charges, including that he disobeyed a commander’s order, misused his government charge card and mistreated his former mistress, a captain. In exchange for those pleas, prosecutors will dismiss far more serious charges against General Sinclair, including that he twice forced the captain into oral sex and threatened to kill her and her family. General Sinclair is expected to enter the pleas, outlined in a document endorsed by both sides and distributed by the...
  • U.S. Army Gets Big-Ass Old-School Gun (Recoilless Rifle)

    03/10/2014 6:25:18 AM PDT · by C19fan · 41 replies
    War is Boring ^ | March 10, 2014 | Joe Trevithick
    According to Swedish defense contractor Saab, the U.S. Army is planning to issue recoilless rifles broadly to regular units for the first time in more than 30 years. The decision reflects the service’s combat experience in Afghanistan. The ground combat branch had previously made a small purchase of recoilless rifles in 2012, but just for units in Afghanistan. All light infantry units may now receive them.
  • On Defense Cuts, Obama Just Comes Right Out And Says He Wants The Terrorists To Win

    03/06/2014 5:57:19 AM PST · by servo1969 · 5 replies
    duffelblog.com ^ | 3-3-2014 | Juice Box
    WASHINGTON — Confirming suspicions of Americans and Fox News contributors everywhere, Communist-in-Chief Barack Obama announced today that his plans to downsize the Defense Department in size and spending are singularly rooted in a heartfelt desire to allow the terrorists to win. “I’m doing this because I hate America,” Obama told reporters. “Plain and simple.” Indeed, last week, the president unveiled proposals that would shrink the Army to pre-World War II levels, slash a number of costly programs, and roll back some benefits to service members and their families. Speaking today from the White House briefing room, the president assured Americans...
  • Nearly 1 in 5 had mental illness before enlisting in Army, study says

    03/04/2014 1:20:57 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | March 3, 2014 | Alan Zarembo
    Nearly 1 in 5 U.S. soldiers had a common mental illness, such as depression, panic disorder or ADHD, before enlisting in the Army, according to a new study that raises questions about the military's assessment and screening of recruits. More than 8% of soldiers had thought about killing themselves and 1.1% had a past suicide attempt, researchers found from confidential surveys and interviews with 5,428 soldiers at Army installations across the country. The findings, published online Monday in two papers in JAMA Psychiatry, point to a weakness in the recruiting process, experts said. Applicants are asked about their psychiatric histories,...
  • Survey: Less than 10 percent of Army women want to join combat units

    02/27/2014 11:35:58 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 02/27/2014 | Chuck Ross
    Results from a U.S. Army survey show that female soldiers are not enthusiastic about entering combat positions. Maintaining physical standards for soldiers regardless of sex is nearly universally supported. “Less than 8 percent of Army women who responded to the survey said they wanted a combat job,” reported The Associated Press, which obtained the results of a preliminary survey of 170,000 soldiers. The assessment was emailed last year to active duty, reserves and Army National Guard members to gauge attitudes towards women in combat. Only 2,238 of 30,000 women, or 7.5 percent, who responded to the questionnaire said that they...
  • Stupid selfie! Soldier posts pic of herself avoiding flag salute, ignites online firestorm

    02/26/2014 1:54:13 PM PST · by dynachrome · 87 replies
    New york Daily News ^ | 2-26-14 | Lee Moran
    "This is me laying back in my car hiding so I don't have to salute the 1700 flag," she captioned the picture. "KEEP ALL YOUR 'THATS SO DISRESPECTFUL/HOWRUDE/ETC.' COMMENTS TO YOURSELF cuz, right now, IDGAFFFF," she added, under her handle sheffeynation.
  • British soldiers banned from training ..at Norwegian base because health..rules deem it too COLD

    02/26/2014 8:55:18 AM PST · by C19fan · 19 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 26, 2014 | Sam Webb
    British soldiers are being banned by health and safety rules from training at a military base in the Arctic circle - because it's too cold. Locals at the Allied Training Centre in Porsanger in Norway said they were stunned that while Norwegian troops were out in -25C weather, the Brits were being kept in the warm because of the army rules. The base commanding officer Lieutenant Colonel Trond Thomassen confirmed: 'British officers are not in a position to train with large divisions at Porsanger, where the temperature drops to 25 degrees below zero.
  • Our Food Stamp Commander In Chief

    02/25/2014 4:36:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | February 25, 2014 | The Editors
    Defense: The U.S. withdrawal from global leadership continues as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel proposes cutting the Army to its smallest size since before World War II, leaving no replacement except tyrants and chaos. The best analysis of the devastating military cuts ordered by President Obama came from former Vice President Dick Cheney on Monday's "Hannity": "He would much rather spend the money on food stamps than he would on a strong military or support for our troops." Considering the Obama administration has ignored or violated the Constitution in so many ways, we're not surprised that the imperative to provide for...
  • AP Exclusive: Few Army women want combat jobs

    02/25/2014 7:35:58 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 35 replies
    Associated Press ^ | February 25, 2014
    FORT EUSTIS, Va. — Only a small fraction of Army women say they'd like to move into one of the newly opening combat jobs, but those few who do say they want a job that takes them right into the heart of battle, according to preliminary results from a survey of the service's nearly 170,000 women. That survey and others across the Army, publicly disclosed for the first time to The Associated Press, also revealed that soldiers of both genders are nervous about women entering combat jobs but say they are determined to do it fairly. Men are worried about...
  • Chuck Hagel to shrink Army to pre-World War II levels, report says

    02/24/2014 7:55:16 AM PST · by bestintxas · 36 replies
    wah times ^ | 2/24/14 | c chumley
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is due to decrease the size of the U.S. Army to its lowest levels since before World War II, The New York Times reported on Monday. He’s due to unveil the new budget plan on Monday. Among his plans: Reduce the troop level in the Army from its high of 570,000 — the number recorded just after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on American soil — to 440,000 or 450,000, the smallest since 1940, The Hill reported. “You have to always keep your institution prepared, but you can’t carry a large land-war Defense Department when...
  • Pentagon Plans to Shrink Army to Pre-World War II Level

    02/24/2014 6:52:15 AM PST · by shove_it · 35 replies
    NYT ^ | 23 Feb 2014 | THOM SHANKER and HELENE COOPER
    WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel plans to shrink the United States Army to its smallest force since before the World War II buildup and eliminate an entire class of Air Force attack jets in a new spending proposal that officials describe as the first Pentagon budget to aggressively push the military off the war footing adopted after the terror attacks of 2001. The proposal, described by several Pentagon officials on the condition of anonymity in advance of its release on Monday, takes into account the fiscal reality of government austerity and the political reality of a president who pledged...
  • Inside The Army’s Spectacular, Hidden Treasure Room

    02/21/2014 9:03:28 AM PST · by re_tail20 · 42 replies
    BuzzFeed Politics ^ | February 20, 2014 | Benny Johnson
    Remember that ending scene out of Indiana Jones where the Ark of the Covenant is boxed up and wheeled through an endless government warehouse? Did you know that that place actually exists? It is located 30 minutes outside Washington, D.C., at Fort Belvoir in Virginia. The building itself is very nondescript…
  • Cover-up? Army historian says report on deadly Afghan battle was altered to absolve faulty gun

    02/21/2014 3:38:04 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 34 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 20, 2014 | Rowan Scarborough
    A former Army historian who chronicled the infamous Battle of Wanat in Afghanistan, where nine U.S. soldiers died after their M4 carbines jammed, tells The Washington Times that his official account was altered by higher-ups to absolve the weapons and senior officers.
  • Army Taps Controversial Generals: What McMaster & Mangum Mean For The Future

    02/20/2014 2:40:22 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 8 replies
    Breaking Defense ^ | February 19, 2014 | Sydney J. Freedberg Jr.
    The ever-beleaguered Army has a reputation — not undeserved — for being bland, conformist, and bureaucratic, an organization where brilliant mavericks are forced to retire at colonel and the guys who make general don’t rock the boat. Just ask any of the long-serving and long-suffering officers convening here in Huntsville, home of the massive Army Materiel Command, for the Association of the US Army’s annual winter conference. But it looks like 12 years of war and three years of budget chaos may be able to shake things up. One sign of the times is that the Army plans to promote...
  • Gov. Scott Walker: It’s ‘Unfathomable’ That Nat’l Guard Member Posted These Photos Online

    02/19/2014 7:50:55 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 17 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Feb 19, 2014 | Dave Urbanski
    Gov. Scott Walker: It’s ‘Unfathomable’ That Nat’l Guard Member Posted These Photos Online Feb. 19, 2014 10:25am Dave Urbanski Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said it’s an “outrage” that a now-suspended National Guard member posted photos making light of military funerals online. Spc. Terry Harrison was suspended after posting photos making light of military funerals. (Image source: WISN-TV) “To me, it’s just completely unacceptable,’ the Republican governor told WISN-TV in Milwaukee. “It’s an outrage. It’s unfathomable to me that people who are not just service members, but who were picked to be in this highly specialized area, wouldn’t be sensitive enough...
  • Ex-Militants Who Admit Killing Cops Seek Parole (Black Liberation Army)

    02/17/2014 1:21:11 PM PST · by Libloather · 34 replies
    NBC News ^ | 2/17/14
    **SNIP** In their 2012 appearances before parole officials, both men admitted their roles in killing officers Joseph Piagentini and Waverly Jones, 33. The officers were shot multiple times after they'd responded to a report of a domestic dispute at a Harlem housing complex on May 21, 1971. Prosecutors said it was a trap set by Bell and Bottom. "I began to see things in a way that I wanted to come clean," Bell said in 2012, according to a transcript. "I wanted to accept that fact that I committed this offense, I wanted to show remorse, but I didn't really...
  • October 14, 2013: The Army’s $5 Billion New Uniform Already Being Replaced

    02/15/2014 7:48:03 PM PST · by Red6 · 45 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | October 14, 2013 | Caitlin Dickson
    In 2004, the Army decided to scrap the two traditional camouflage uniforms that had long been used by the military—one meant for woodland environments, another for the desert—and claimed to have come up with a universal pattern that could be worn anywhere and blend in with any environment. The $5 billion dollar experiment with the universal pattern is over as the Army is phasing out the uniform after less than a decade of use. But many soldiers and observers are wondering why it took this long and cost this much to replace an item that performed poorly from the start...
  • Secret Military Contractors Will Soon Mine Your Tweets

    02/13/2014 10:54:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Defense One ^ | February 12, 2014 | Bob Brewin
    The Army wants a contractor to conduct detailed social media data mining to “identify violent extremist influences” around the world that could affect the European Command, responsible for operations in Europe as well as Iceland, Israel, Greenland and Russia. Though the project is classified Secret, an Army contract shop in Europe posted a wealth of information on the FedBizOps contract website Tuesday. The data mining contract, which has the very long title of “Social Media Data-mining, Localized Research, Market Audience Analysis, and Narrowcast Engagement Requirements,” will support both the European Command and Special Operations Command Europe. In its request for...
  • Ohio National Guard stages drill fighting fictional “right-wing terrorists”

    02/10/2014 4:44:33 PM PST · by KeyLargo · 83 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | Feb 10, 2014 | Robert Spencer
    Ohio National Guard stages drill fighting fictional “right-wing terrorists” Robert Spencer Feb 10, 2014 Useful idiots They had a drill fighting left-wing terrorists last year, until leftists complained, whereupon they apologized. Meanwhile, no one would even dare to suggest that they hold a drill involving fighting against Islamic jihadists. Everyone knows that Islam is a Religion of Peace and that Tiny Minority of Extremists that has hijacked it is nowhere near Ohio, right? Well, there was Nuradin Abdi, who in August 2002 planned a jihad attack against an Ohio shopping mall. And Abdullah Mohammed Muslim, an Ohio Muslim who trained...
  • When elite US forces strapped nukes to their backs

    02/10/2014 5:20:26 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 37 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | February 9, 2014 | Adam Rawnsley and David Brown
    As Capt. Tom Davis stands at the tailgate of the military cargo plane, the night air sweeps through the hold. His eyes search the black terrain 1,200 feet below. He grips the canvas of his reserve parachute and takes a deep breath. Davis and the men who make up his Special Forces A-team are among the most highly trained soldiers in the U.S. Army. It's 1972, and Davis isn't far removed from a tour in Vietnam, where he operated along the Cambodian border. His communications sergeant served in Command and Control North, which was responsible for some of the most...
  • Army recruitment fraud bilked taxpayers of tens of millions of dollars

    02/04/2014 6:01:12 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 16 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | February 4, 2014 | By Jon Harper
    WASHINGTON — The Army is conducting an investigation into large-scale fraud tied to an Army recruitment program, Sen. Claire McCaskill, the head of the Senate Subcommittee on Financial and Contracting Oversight, disclosed Monday, a day before she held a hearing on the scandal. Investigators have found that $29 million in taxpayer money has been lost to fraud, but that number could increase to nearly $100 million by the time the probe is over, Maj. Gen. David Quantock, the Commanding General of U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, told lawmakers at the hearing Tuesday. The Recruiting Assistance Program began in 2005 at...
  • US Army rocked by Iraq war recruitment fraud scheme

    02/05/2014 11:50:20 AM PST · by Leaning Right · 6 replies
    BBC News ^ | 4 February 4, 2014 | unnown author
    More than 1,200 people are under investigation for a US military recruitment fraud during the Iraq war, officials say. Two generals and dozens of colonels are implicated in the alleged scheme, in which referral fees were illegally collected for recruiting soldiers.
  • Turban High (The Army needs Turbines, not turbans)

    02/04/2014 9:38:26 PM PST · by Red6 · 16 replies
    Capt. Tejdeep Singh Rattan, a 31-year-old dentist, has become the first turbaned officer in a generation to graduate from the U.S. Army’s officer basic training program. Rattan graduated from Fort Sam Houston after securing an exception from the Army’s uniform policy, which since 1981 has barred conspicuous religious articles of faith, such as headgears and beards. An official link: http://usarmy.vo.llnwd.net/e2/-images/2010/12/09/94230/
  • Army General Scolded For Email Joking About Masturbating To 'Smoking Hot' Congresswoman

    02/04/2014 8:01:59 PM PST · by Red6 · 93 replies
    Business Insider ^ | January 27 | Geoffrey Ingersoll
    Army Brigadier General Martin P. Schweitzer received a "memoranda of concern" following a lurid set of emails between him and another general, according to documents obtained by The Washington Post. Schweitzer was briefing Brigadier Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair on a recent meeting he had with tea party Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.) in 2011. From WaPo: “First — she is smoking hot,” Schweit­zer wrote. “Second — briefing went well . . . she was engaging . . . had done her homework. She wants us to know she stands with us and will work/push to get the Fort Bragg family resourced.”
  • Obama's Army Only 85% Ready To Fight

    02/03/2014 9:58:40 AM PST · by raptor22 · 21 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | February 3, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Defense: Budget cuts, sequestration and indifference to maintaining what was once "the arsenal of democracy" have led to units that are not deployment-ready and soldiers with weapons their grandfathers could have used. The standing ovation given at the State of the Union to Sgt. 1st Class Cory Remsburg, seriously wounded in an Afghan war that his commander in chief did not believe was winnable, was well deserved. It also served as a tribute to all the heroes we send into battle, particularly under rules of engagement that often make the proverbial "one hand tied behind your back" a preferable option....
  • I need help

    02/01/2014 9:00:35 PM PST · by peacelover81 · 16 replies
    2/1/2014 | anna disisto
    I need help on finding free records of my grandfather who fought in world war 2 and the Korean war.
  • After seeing “Lone Survivor” this is the video to watch

    01/28/2014 10:53:47 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 11 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 1/28/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    This video of actual combat in Afghanistan will make you smile and make you angry. It will make you smile because it follows the work of two Apache helicopter crews as they destroy a nest of Tally –ban troops who were trying to set up an ambush of a Special Forces patrol. It will make you angry because it...
  • Opera singer ‘can’t work’ over uncontrollable flatulence

    01/27/2014 7:36:56 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 51 replies
    New York Post ^ | January 27, 2014 | David K. Li
    An opera diva claims her career might be over — because she can’t belt out big notes without passing gas. Singer Amy Herbst is suing an Army hospital over allegedly botching a procedure that’s forced her off stage with chronic incontinence and flatulence. The opera performer and her hubby, US Army Staff Sgt. James Herbst, are plaintiffs in the federal complaint against Fort Campbell’s Blachfiled Army Community Hospital in Kentucky.
  • Stryker platoons learning to deal with different enemy, faltering equipment

    01/25/2014 3:47:41 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 16 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | January 24, 2014 | Adam Ashton
    Lt. Tyler Tessman awoke in the desert one day this week with two problems. He had to rethink a tough training mission that stacked the odds against his Joint Base Lewis-McChord Stryker platoon. And he had to consider the possibility that his team might be grounded before he could even start on the battle plan. Three of the four Strykers vehicles in his platoon were immobilized — one from too many busted tires, one from a broken axle and one from an assortment of safety issues that made it undrivable.
  • U.S. Army’s elite Special Forces train with local cops in a secretive joint exercise

    01/22/2014 9:43:24 AM PST · by Altariel · 76 replies
    BenSwann.com ^ | January 21, 2014 | Ben Swann
    Unwarranted NSA surveillance, the passage of NDAA, stop and frisk programs, and the rise of warrior cops, have essentially turned America into a centralized police state. Blurring the lines between the U.S. military and local sheriff departments sets a dangerous precedent that erodes freedom and civil liberties.Those lines are being blurred right now in South Carolina.According to The State, the Richland County Sheriff’s Department will participate in secretive joint exercise Monday and Tuesday with unnamed units from Ft. Bragg.The drills are scheduled to run up to midnight on both days and occur primarily in Lower Richland, around Hopkins and Eastover....