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  • Army quits tests after competing rifle outperforms M4A1 carbine

    08/29/2014 3:08:23 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 68 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 19, 2014 | Rowan Scarborough
    A competing rifle outperformed the Army’s favored M4A1 carbine in key firings during a competition last year before the service abruptly called off the tests and stuck with its gun, according to a new confidential report. The report also says the Army changed the ammunition midstream to a round “tailored” for the M4A1 rifle. It quoted competing companies as saying the switch was unfair because they did not have enough time to fire the new ammo and redesign their rifles before the tests began. Exactly how the eight challengers — and the M4 — performed in a shootout to replace...
  • Army Hypersonic Missile Fails in Second Test (Chinese Hypersonic Weapons Worked.)

    08/25/2014 8:27:59 PM PDT · by Robert A. Cook, PE · 40 replies
    Washington Free Beacon, Drudge Report ^ | August 25, 2014 5:00 am | Bill Gertz
    Advanced Hypersonic Weapon test aborted shortly after launch (linked at Drudge Report) The Army’s test of an advanced hypersonic weapon failed shortly after takeoff early Monday, the Pentagon said in a statement. The failure is a setback for a key part of the Pentagon’s strategic weapon program of building arms that can attack any point on earth in 30 minutes. The missile carrying the weapon was intentionally blown up shortly after launch, the Pentagon said. “Due to an anomaly, the test was terminated near the launch pad shortly after liftoff to ensure public safety,” the Pentagon said in a brief...
  • Army Hypersonic Missile Fails in Second Test

    08/25/2014 12:43:28 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 08/25/2014 | Bill Gertz
    The Army’s test of an advanced hypersonic weapon failed shortly after takeoff early Monday, the Pentagon said in a statement. The failure is a setback for a key part of the Pentagon’s strategic weapon program of building arms that can attack any point on earth in 30 minutes. The missile carrying the weapon was intentionally blown up shortly after launch, the Pentagon said. “Due to an anomaly, the test was terminated near the launch pad shortly after liftoff to ensure public safety,” the Pentagon said in a brief statement. “There were no injuries to any personnel.” “Program officials are conducting...
  • ‘All clear’ issued after earlier ‘active shooter incident’ at Fort Lee in Virginia

    08/25/2014 6:49:10 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 76 replies
    Fox 8 ^ | 8/25/14
    <p>An “active shooter incident” has been reported at the Army base in Fort Lee, Virginia, according to multiple reports.</p>
  • Report: Simon & Schuster imprint rejected book about Bergdahl because it might hurt Obama

    08/13/2014 2:01:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 13, 2014 | Allahpundit
    Via the Daily Caller, you would think an eyewitness account of the disappearance of the last American POW in Afghanistan would be easy money for a publisher. But sometimes there are higher considerations. While the U.S. Army weighs whether to bring charges against Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was freed earlier this year after spending nearly five years as a Taliban captive in Afghanistan, six of his former platoon mates are shopping proposals for a book and movie that would render their own harsh verdicts… “I’m not sure we can publish this book without the Right using it to their ends,”...
  • Lawsuit: Soldier forced out of Army for serving Chick-fil-A, reading Hannity book

    08/06/2014 1:06:00 PM PDT · by markomalley · 28 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8-6-2014 | Todd Starnes
    A member of the U.S. Army Band said he was forced out of the U.S. Army for having anti-Obama bumper stickers on his personal car, serving Chick-fil-A sandwiches at a party and reading books written by conservative authors like Sean Hannity, a federal lawsuit alleges. Master Sergeant Nathan Sommers, a 25-year veteran of the military and a decorated soloist in the U.S. Army Band Chorus, claims he was forcibly retired from the Army due to his religious and conservative political beliefs. I first told you about Sommers last year in a series of exclusive Fox News reports. John Wells, an...
  • Army Staff Sergeant’s Home Demolished While Stationed In Iraq

    08/04/2014 1:20:27 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    WFOR-TV ^ | July 28, 2014 | Cynthia Demos
    A federal judge has slammed Miami-Dade County for knocking down the home of an active United States soldier. The county sent a number of violation notices. The US Army Staff Sergeant said he was doing what he could while fighting overseas, but the county demolished his home anyway. All that is left is an empty field with a tattered American flag and a sign that says: “This is how the U.S. Government thanks the service of an active army soldier.” CBS4 spoke with Sergeant First Class Jesus Jimenez who’s now stationed in Texas about what happened to his home. “That...
  • Army to force out 550 majors; some in Afghanistan

    08/03/2014 6:11:34 AM PDT · by Innovative · 50 replies
    Yahoo News/AP ^ | Aug 1, 2014 | LOLITA C. BALDOR
    About 550 Army majors, including some serving in Afghanistan, will soon be told they have to leave the service by next spring as part of a budget-driven downsizing of the service. Gen. John Campbell, the vice chief of the Army, acknowledged Friday that telling troops in a war zone that they're out of a job is a difficult task
  • Army announces new camouflage uniform pattern (again!)

    08/02/2014 7:57:33 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 107 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | August 1, 2014 | Chris Carroll
    The Army has selected a new camouflage pattern to begin fielding next year, an unidentified senior Army spokesperson announced in a statement late Thursday. “The Army has confirmed through testing that the pattern would offer exceptional concealment, which directly enhances force protection and survivability for Soldiers,” according to the statement from the Army. The pattern will be used in all combatant commands, including Afghanistan, the Army said. Uniforms and equipment with the existing pattern won’t be discarded, but replaced only as they wear out. The pattern was developed by the Army under the name Scorpion W2 to replace the much-maligned...
  • Obama Places German Foreign Commander As Chief Of Staff For U.S. Army Europe

    08/01/2014 8:50:15 PM PDT · by Baynative · 47 replies
    nowtheendbegins ^ | Aug 1, 2014 | newsdesk
    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.
  • German officer will serve as US Army Chief of Staff in Europe. First non-American Officer.

    07/31/2014 3:19:28 PM PDT · by machogirl · 180 replies
    army times can't post | July 31, 2014 | Me
    A German Army General has been appointed to Chief of Staff of U.S. Army Europe. This is the first time a non-U.S. officer has held this position.
  • Army to Force out 550 Majors; Some in Afghanistan

    08/01/2014 2:34:55 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 59 replies
    ABC News ^ | August 1, 2014 | By LOLITA C. BALDOR - AP
    The Army says it will soon notify 550 majors that they must leave the service by next spring as part of a budget-driven downsizing of the service. Some of those soldiers will get the bad news while they are on the front lines in Afghanistan. The Army has close to 514,000 soldiers now, but due to budget cuts must be down to 510,000 by October, and down to 490,000 by October 2015.
  • Obama military downsizing leaves U.S. too weak to counter global threats, panel finds

    08/01/2014 1:47:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 31, 2014 | Rowan Scarborough
    An independent panel appointed by the Pentagon and Congress said Thursday that President Obama’s strategy for sizing the armed services is too weak for today’s global threats. The National Defense Panel called on the president to dump a major section of his 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) and write a broader strategy that requires the military to fight on multiple fronts at once. It also said the shrinking U.S. armed forces, which are being downsized to fit that strategy and budget cuts, is a “serious strategic misstep on the part of the United States.” The forces’ numbers spelled out in...
  • German Officer To Serve As U.S. Army Europe’s Chief Of Staff

    08/01/2014 5:25:00 AM PDT · by Fighter@heart · 17 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...