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  • West Point grad who posed with 'Communism will win' in cap discharged

    06/19/2018 2:52:28 AM PDT · by familyop · 105 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 19, 2018 | Lukas Mikelionis
    The West Point graduate, who last year posed in a picture holding a cap that had “Communism will win” written inside, is officially out of the U.S. Army with an other-than-honorable discharge. Spenser Rapone rocked the military community last year after his social media posts were revealed, showing him wearing a Che Guevara shirt underneath his military uniform.
  • New Army Artillery Doubles Attack Range & Outguns Russian Equivalent

    06/14/2018 12:24:13 PM PDT · by C19fan · 27 replies
    Warrior Maven ^ | June 13, 2018 | Warrior Maven
    The Army is fast-tracking an emerging program to engineer a longer-range artillery cannon able to out range enemy ground forces by hitting targets at more than twice the distance of existing artillery. The service is now prototyping an Extended Range Cannon Artillery weapons with a larger caliber tube and new grooves to hang weights for gravity adjustments to the weapon – which is a modified M777A2 mobile howitzer. Existing 155m artillery rounds, fired with precision from mobile and self-propelled howitzer platforms, have a maximum range of about 30km; the new ERCA weapon is designed to hit ranges greater than 70km,...
  • Army's submachine gun challenge: 10 companies vying to supply conventional forces

    06/13/2018 8:15:31 PM PDT · by Simon Green · 49 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 06/13/18 | Douglas Ernst
    The U.S. Army recently put word out that it wanted submachine guns for conventional forces, and gun-makers were quick to respond. Ten companies are currently vying to supply troops outside the special operations forces realm with subguns for the modern battlefield. Officials said they wanted a weapon with full/semi-automatic selectable variant and a Picatinny rail, among other features, and organizations from Sig Sauer, Inc. to Colt answered the call. “For the first time in a long time, the Army is looking at a subgun for conventional forces,” Todd South of Military Times reported Wednesday. “Special operations forces have carried these...
  • Austria Police, Army to Stage Border Defence War Games as Balkans Warn 80,000 Migrants Headed North

    06/13/2018 7:51:02 AM PDT · by BBell · 25 replies
    http://www.breitbart.com/ ^ | 6/13/18 | Virginia Hale
    Austrian troops will carry out exercises preparing the nation’s border defence against a migration influx later this month after Balkans police warned 80,000 third-world migrants are heading towards Western Europe. With up to 1,000 police officers, soldiers, and riot police set to take part in June, the drill will be Austria’s largest ever border patrol exercise, according to Kronen Zeitung, Austria’s best-selling newspaper. The announcement came following a security conference in Slovenia at which police chiefs from countries along the Balkans migration routes warned they had seen a significant upsurge in the number of border crossings. Speaking after the conference,...
  • Don't Forget the Dark Side of Living in South Korea (Army doesn't cotton to gays)

    06/12/2018 8:43:32 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | June 11, 2018 | Binaifer Nowrojee
    It was little more than a year ago that South Korean police descended on the home of Lee Jin-young in Seoul, arrested him and placed him in solitary confinement. Lee is a long-time activist who had already been jailed in the 1980s for promoting democracy, but this time he was thrown in prison for different reasons. His so-called crime was running Labor Books, an online library of information on North Korea. Lee was charged with spreading literature that “benefitted the enemy” and could have faced years in prison until a court eventually quashed the charges against him. Sadly, this is...
  • Prince Harry’s plea as Veterans take own lives once every 13 days this year

    06/10/2018 3:21:25 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 55 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | June 9, 2018 | M. Nikol and S. Rayment
    "Save my heroes from suicide." Prince Harry has raised serious concerns about the number of British soldiers committing suicide after returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. The Prince confided his fears about a recent surge in suspected suicides in a private letter to a decorated former war hero. His intervention comes as an investigation by The Mail on Sunday reveals veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are now taking their own lives at a faster rate than their comrades died on the battlefield. At least 12 veterans are feared to have killed themselves since the start of the year...
  • Army identifies US soldier killed in Somalia - Staff Sgt. Alexander Conrad

    06/10/2018 10:17:51 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/10/18 | Julia Manchester
    The U.S. Army on Saturday identified the American soldier killed in a firefight with al Qaeda-affiliated al Shabaab militants as Staff Sgt. Alexander Conrad.Conrad was killed on Friday, while four other soldiers were wounded in an operation against the militant group. The Army said Conrad was attached to the 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group, Airborne, in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Conrad was a Human Intelligence, noncommissioned officer, according to Reuters. President Trump offered his condolences to Conrad's family on Friday via Twitter. "My thoughts and prayers are with the families of our serviceman who was killed and his fellow...
  • "Communism will win" soldier discharged from the Army

    06/08/2018 5:57:22 AM PDT · by Midwesterner53 · 57 replies
    www.breitbart.com ^ | June 7, 2018 | Kristina Wong
    Spenser Rapone — the Army soldier who became notorious after a picture of him in his West Point uniform holding a “Communism Will Win” sign went viral — was discharged from the Army this month, according to social media postings.
  • Turkish army attacks a village of Kobane

    06/06/2018 12:10:23 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 13 replies
    ANF News ^ | Wednesday, 6 Jun 2018, 11:10 | ANF KOBANE
    Armed forces of the Turkish state continue their attacks in an effort to intimidate the people of Rojava, northern Syria as Afrin remains under their occupation. Rojava-based Hawar News Agency (ANHA) reported that Turkish troops deployed at the border with Rojava attacked the village of Ali Shar located east of Kobanę. Citing local sources, ANHA said Turkish forces opened fire on the village for 20 minutes, reportedly to cause fear and panic among the local people. Turkish forces had opened fire on the same village before.
  • National Military Service To Fix, Heal, And Renew Our Nation

    05/26/2018 6:41:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 46 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 26, 2018 | Erich Reimer
    French President Emmanuel Macron this year reintroduced national service, also known as conscription, to France in order to “foster patriotism and heal social divisions.”At a time when our nation is the most hyperpolarized it has ever been, when our young generation increasingly questions the very worth of America itself, and our country, particularly new generations is at the worst health in history, it is time to consider whether we should implement national service ourselves. National service is in common use currently across democratic nations in the world as a form of civic duty amidst the freedom one is provided, just...
  • Midnight curfew in effect for some soldiers in South Korea

    05/24/2018 8:56:10 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | May 23, 2018 | Marcus Fichtl and Yoo Kyong Chang
    OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea — A midnight curfew is now in effect for the sole U.S. Army infantry division in South Korea. A 2nd Infantry Division policy memo published Tuesday says soldiers are required to be on base, at a residence or inside a hotel room by the new deadline, instead of the U.S. Forces Korea standard of 1 a.m. followed until Monday. The curfew, which officials called a “readiness recall,” still ends at 5 a.m. 2ID did not identify any specific incident that sparked the change to the policy, but said readiness of the unit’s 12,000 troops was...
  • Watch: The ‘Trash Dish’ That Came Out of the Korean War

    05/20/2018 4:08:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    Eater ^ | April 5, 2018
    As one of the most iconic Korean dishes, army base stew, or budae jjigae, has a colorful history. In the aftermath of the war, American servicemen and troops were stationed in South Korea to prevent invasion. Resourceful Koreans had heard that these bases had a surplus of canned meats that often ended up in the garbage. These meats, like ground beef, Spam, hot dogs, and ham, were picked up and put into a spicy stew. In this episode of K-Town, host Matthew Kang tries an exemplary version of this now-classic stew at Dallas’s Dan Sung Sa. Today, budae jjigae shows...
  • Congressman Paul Gosar: Have the Army Build the Border Wall

    05/18/2018 6:32:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Phoenix New Times ^ | May 18, 2018 | Joseph Flaherty
    Arizona Congressman Paul Gosar wants a border wall, and he's ready to order the military to do the job. In an amendment filed on Wednesday to a defense spending bill, Gosar proposed authorizing the Secretary of the Army to carry out President Trump's signature campaign promise of a security wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. Gosar's proposal was tucked in the slew of amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act, a massive annual appropriations exercise that determines military spending and policy. The Hill reported Gosar's amendment in a roundup of the most notable of the 554 amendments to the NDAA that...
  • Sanford Army Chaplain fights for husband, who is facing deportation to Honduras

    05/14/2018 11:31:25 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 43 replies
    ABC Local WTVD-TV ^ | May 13, 2018 | by Timothy Pulliam
    US Army Chaplain Tim Brown of Sanford is fighting for his husband facing deportation back to Honduras. "I will not stop. I am determined. I am persistent. and I am an advocate for humanity," said Brown. On Thursday, Brown's Husband, Sergio Avila Rodriguez was detained by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Charlotte. Sergio is now being held at a facility in Georgia. "I get a phone call and that's when Sergio says to me, 'I've been detained and they are deporting me,'" Brown said. Sergio escaped Honduras with his family when he was just 6 years old. Brown says...
  • Ernest Medina, Army Captain Acquitted in My Lai Massacre, Dies at 81

    05/14/2018 11:06:37 AM PDT · by oh8eleven · 21 replies
    NYT ^ | 14 May 2018 | Richard Goldstein
    Ernest L. Medina, the Army captain who was accused of overall responsibility for the March 1968 mass killings of unarmed South Vietnamese men, women and children by troops he commanded in what became known as the My Lai massacre, but was acquitted at a court-martial, died on Tuesday in Peshtigo, Wis. He was 81.
  • The U.S. Army Is Rushing to Field Drone-Killing Stryker Armored Vehicles

    05/08/2018 7:51:35 AM PDT · by C19fan · 16 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | May 7, 2018 | Kyle Mizokami
    The U.S. Army has taken note of the explosion of cheap, unmanned drones on the modern battlefield and is working to field a variant of the Stryker armored vehicle to shoot them down. The new variant will go to brigade combat teams fielding the Stryker vehicle, including an armored cavalry regiment in Europe. The Stryker interim armored vehicle (IAV) is an eight wheeled armored fighting vehicle that carries up to nine infantrymen into battle. The Stryker is equipped with a .50 caliber machine gun, TOW anti-tank missiles, or a 105-millimeter gun system. At 18 tons the Stryker is on the...
  • New Infantry Fighting Vehicles a Top Army Priority, Secretary Says

    05/01/2018 6:32:10 PM PDT · by Simon Green · 33 replies
    Military.com ^ | 05/01/18 | Matthew Cox
    The U.S. Army's top official said Tuesday that the service's Next Generation Combat Vehicle program will focus first on fielding a replacement for the Bradley fighting vehicle. Building a fleet of NGCVs to replace the M1 tank and the Bradley is the Army's second-highest modernization priority. Over the last six months, Army leaders have stressed that NGCVs will have to be manned as well as unmanned, but Army Secretary Mark Esper revealed that the service will focus first on the "new infantry fighting vehicle, which is what the first Next Generation Combat Vehicle will be." "It should provide us with...
  • Berthoud High graduate Gabriel Conde killed in action in Afghanistan (updated)

    05/02/2018 2:36:27 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 10 replies
    Reporter Herald ^ | May 1, 2018 | Hans Peter
    A Berthoud High School graduate was killed in action Monday while serving in Afghanistan, weeks before his unit's deployment in the country was scheduled to end. The U.S. Department of Defense announced Tuesday that Spc. Gabriel D. Conde, 22, died of small arms fire in the Tagab District while supporting Operation Freedom's Sentinel, according to a release from the department. The incident is still under investigation. Conde was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 509th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, U.S. Army Alaska, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska.
  • April 24 in Turkey: Still No Justice for the Murdered Armenian Serving in the Turkish Army

    04/24/2018 6:59:15 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil
    The Armenian Weekly ^ | April 26, 2017 | Uzay Bulut
    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s message was read at the commemoration mass that was held at the Feriköy Surp Vartanants Church in Istanbul on April 24—the 102nd anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.The message said, in part:“On this occasion, I would like to emphasize that the peace, security and happiness of our Armenian community are of special importance to us. We have no tolerance for the alienation and exclusion of our Armenian citizens and for a single Armenian citizen to feel second-class… With these thoughts, I once again pay tribute to the memories of the Ottoman Armenians who lost their lives...
  • A Perfect Storm is Brewing in Army Recruiting – Does It Know Why?

    04/23/2018 6:06:51 PM PDT · by pboyington · 83 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | April 23, 2018 | Ray Starmann
    Two days ago, it was reported that the Army will fall short of its goal to recruit 80,000 new soldiers this year. According to the Associated Press: Army officials say the updated goal will be 76,500. Six months into the recruiting year the service has brought in just 28,000 new soldiers. Army spokeswoman Cynthia Smith said the main effort is to grow the Army to 483,500, as approved by Congress. The struggle to meet this year’s higher recruiting numbers — which were a significant hike over last year’s recruiting mission of 69,000 — was expected, mainly due to the favorable...