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  • Journalist in war ponders troubling questions

    04/18/2010 4:46:44 PM PDT · by Saije · 11 replies · 565+ views
    Google/AP ^ | 4/18/2010 | Christopher Torchia
    All around, men roared and rifles thudded. Sprawled in the earth in an open field, an American soldier to the left handed me a wounded man's ammunition belt. Even as Taliban bullets whipped overhead, I thought about professional codes of conduct. Carry the belt? Or not? I was a journalist, not a soldier. My job was to observe without bias, not take part. Yet surely it was a time for instincts rather than circumspection; a time for decisions geared to survival. In four weeks of reporting on the war in Afghanistan as a journalist embedded with the U.S. military, I...
  • Combat Stress Team Strives to Connect

    04/07/2010 5:07:26 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 246+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Andrew A. Reagan, USA
    PAKTIA PROVINCE, Afghanistan, April 7, 2010 – Air Force Maj. Kim Floyd and Air Force Senior Airman Jessica E. Delgado just want to talk. Air Force Maj. Kim Floyd speaks with Army Spc. Autumn L. Gregg at Forward Operating Base Lightning in Afghanistan’s Paktia province, April 1, 2010. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Andrew A. Reagan  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Floyd, a psychologist deployed from the 92nd Medical Group at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., and Delgado, a mental health technician deployed from the 5th Medical Group at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., make up the Combat Stress...
  • Behind the Lens: Combat Camera Afghanistan

    04/05/2010 4:44:36 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 337+ views
    ISAF Joint Command - Afghanistan ^ | Staff Sgt. Christine Jones, USA
      Story by Staff Sgt. Christine Jones22nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - Seconds can feel like hours . . . pulse racing, heart pounding, hands shaking uncontrollably, as all around lives are changed forever in the blink of an eye. But in that blink, time doesn't stop. Life is still happening around you and it is your mission to photograph every part of what is happening in that moment. Even after an explosion.As Combat Camera, that is the job. As a member of the 4th Combat Camera Squadron it's my mission.Images and video by 4th Combat Camera...
  • Collateral Damage

    03/01/2010 3:07:05 PM PST · by Ari Bussel · 4 replies · 222+ views
    "Postcards from Israel - Postcards from America" ^ | February 28, 2010 | Norma Zager and Ari Bussel
    Strange Bunch These Jewish People By Norma Zager and Ari Bussel “Since God chose you to be the holy people He loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience…” The Bible The other evening we were privileged to hear an IDF colonel speak about Israel’s battle against terrorism. Much has been written and spoken lately about an egregious anti-Semitic document called the Goldstone Report alleging Israel of misdeeds. We were anxious to learn the truth from someone who is in the fray daily and literally on the front lines of battle. Viewing real footage from...
  • Mothers in Combat Boots

    02/18/2010 8:14:17 AM PST · by AreaMan · 20 replies · 622+ views
    Hoover Institute ^ | Feb-Mar 2010 | Mary Eberstadt
    February & March 2010Table of ContentsFeatures:Mothers in Combat Boots By Mary EberstadtReassessing a military policy font-size: 300%; float: left; color: #000000; font-family: sabon,garamond,serif; In november 2009, one of the uglier fruits of the current practice of seeding mothers into the American military burst briefly onto the national stage. Ordered to Afghanistan from Hunter Army Airfield in Georgia, an Army cook named Alexis Hutchinson refused to go. A 21-year-old single mother, she explained that there was no one to care for her infant son because initial plans to leave him with her own mother had fallen through. What happened next should...
  • Face of Defense: Aviator Nears 3,000 Combat Flight Hours

    02/09/2010 4:16:21 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 313+ views
    Face of Defense ^ | Sgt. Travis Zielinski, USA
    CAMP TAJI, Iraq, Feb. 9, 2010 – Ask Army Chief Warrant Officer Anthony Potter what it takes to reach more than 2,000 combat flight hours and he'll tell you it requires the support of a loving family and fellow soldiers. Before being a senior in high school, the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter instructor pilot from Company C, 3rd Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry, said he always knew that he wanted to fly; that he wanted to be a pilot. So when it came time to choose a college, he made it abundantly clear aviation would...
  • Lawmakers: Soldiers have problems with combat gear

    12/15/2009 8:59:55 PM PST · by DirtyHarryY2K · 43 replies · 1,967+ views ^ | 12/15/09 | RICHARD LARDNER
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Troops are being sent to war zones without proper training and suitable gear, according to two senior Democratic lawmakers who say they've been told by soldiers about problems ranging from their backpacks to their rifles. In a Dec. 10 letter to the Pentagon's top leaders, Rep. Ike Skelton, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, and Rep. Solomon Ortiz, who heads the subcommittee on military readiness, said they are "greatly troubled" by what they learned as the Obama White House begins escalating the U.S. presence in Afghanistan.
  • Back from combat, women struggle for acceptance

    12/14/2009 9:15:22 AM PST · by US Navy Vet · 186 replies · 2,450+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | 14 Dec 2009 | KIMBERLY HEFLING
    Nobody wants to buy them a beer. Even near military bases, female veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan aren't often offered a drink on the house as a welcome home. More than 230,000 American women have fought in those recent wars and at least 120 have died doing so, yet the public still doesn't completely understand their contributions on the modern battlefield. For some, it's a lonely transition as they struggle to find their place.
  • Special Forces Use Zombie Tech In Combat

    11/16/2009 12:15:23 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies · 644+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 11/15/2009 | The Strategy Page
    The U.S. Army Special Forces is equipping 18 A Teams (officially known as ODAs, or Operational Detachment Alpha) with Land Warrior electronic equipment. But the Special Forces gear will have one special addition; satellite communications. Normally, Land Warrior comms use line-of-sight (FM) radio. But in the hilly Afghan terrain, and with the dispersed tactics used by Special Forces, satellite communications makes more sense. This is yet another field test for the cancelled Land Warrior project. Last Summer, the army sent an infantry brigade, equipped with Land Warrior gear, to Afghanistan. All this is happening, in spite of the fact that,...
  • Do the wounded at Ft. Hood get a Purple Heart?

    11/11/2009 7:07:45 PM PST · by Mamzelle · 67 replies · 1,308+ views
    vanity question | 11/10/09 | Mamzelle
    I'm not military, but my understanding is that a Purple Heart is for those wounded in action. Do these dead and wounded qualify? If not, would it be proper to lobby for them to receive the medal.
  • Combat Advisors See Afghan Troops in Action

    11/03/2009 4:16:31 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 233+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Stephen Decatur, USA
    KANDAHAR, Afghanistan, Nov. 3, 2009 – Afghan soldiers in armored Humvees led a combined convoy of Afghans and Americans down Highway 1. As dawn broke, they passed an Afghan National Police checkpoint and dismounted by an Afghan army combat outpost. Their objective was Shah Hasan Kheyl, a village about a half mile off the road. Army 1st Lt. Sean Snook emerges from an orchard with his fellow paratroopers Oct. 3, 2009, in Afghanistan’s Zabul province. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Stephen Decatur  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Starting in August, small, embedded training teams dispersed throughout Afghanistan started getting...
  • Female Warriors Engage in Combat in Iraq, Afghanistan

    10/25/2009 7:24:06 AM PDT · by Saije · 76 replies · 2,767+ views
    ABC News ^ | 10/25/2009 | Martha Raddatz
    The image of young women in a hot , dusty combat zone toting automatic weapons is still startling to some. But right now there are 10,000 women serving in Iraq, more than 4,000 in Aghanistan. They have been fighting and dying next to their male comrades since the wars began. "I can't help but think most Americans think women aren't in combat," says Specialist Ashley Pullen who was awarded a Bronze Star for valor in 2005 for her heroic action in Iraq where she served with a military police unit. "We're here and we're right up with the guys." Technically...
  • Freedom Radio Welcomes Candidates Jesse Kelly, Will Breazeale and Joyce Kaufman of 850 WFTL

    10/17/2009 10:26:49 AM PDT · by HonestConservative · 6 replies · 421+ views
    BlogtalkRadio/NiteCap at Freedom Radio ^ | October 17, 2009 | HonestConservative
    As Col. Allen West said in his recent blog, "it us one year away". And so it is.’s-tun-tavern-hear-lt-col-ret-allen-b-wests-podcast/#comment-4692 Time to edumacate ourselves on the specific candiates. Sunday 8 pm est! Call in at 646 478 5613 We are honored to welcome back to our show vet Will Breazeale running for the House from North Carolina and Jesse Kelly from Arizona, also running for the House. Time to Clean House!
  • Report: Mullen Backs Women Serving on Submarines

    09/24/2009 11:38:30 AM PDT · by Ben Mugged · 134 replies · 3,412+ views
    Fox News ^ | 24 Sept 2009 | Unattributed
    Female sailors can broaden their role in the Navy by serving on submarines, an activity currently prohibited by the Armed Service, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has advised the Senate Armed Services Committee. According to, a site run by, a group boasting a membership of 10 million veterans and active duty forces, Adm. Michael Mullen told senators in a recent survey that he's long been an advocate for improving diversity in the Armed Forces. "I believe we should continue to broaden opportunities for women. One policy I would like to see changed is the one...
  • Video: Precision Urban Hopper leaps over fences, makes enemies cringe(25feet jump)

    09/16/2009 8:28:36 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 31 replies · 2,215+ views
    endgadget ^ | 09/15/09 | Darren Murph
    Video: Precision Urban Hopper leaps over fences, makes enemies cringe by Darren Murph posted Sep 15th 2009 at 10:46AM It's only been a few months since we heard from the whiz kids over at Boston Dynamics, and honestly, we've been waiting on pins and needles to see what miracle would emerge from its labs next. Said outfit has just been awarded a contract by Sandia to build the next generation of the Precision Urban Hopper, which will be a four-wheeled jumping robot that can navigate autonomously.
  • Soldiers Shift Gears From Combat to Security

    08/03/2009 4:26:01 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 286+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Staff Sgt. Aaron Giannini, USA
    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq, Aug. 3, 2009 – Over the past month, soldiers of Company A, 2nd Battalion, 29th Field Artillery Regiment, have been learning new skills and taking on new challenges as they adapt to a different mission in Iraq. Rather than combat, the soldiers have been working hand in hand with provincial reconstruction teams that are assisting Iraqis as they build key infrastructures in Dhi Qar, Maysan and Muthanna provinces. The soldiers provide security while reconstruction team members work to improve conditions in this war-torn country. “Working with the [provincial reconstruction team] has been pretty meaningful, just...
  • U.S. Units Partner, Pass Combat Life Saver Skills to Iraqi Army Medics

    07/14/2009 4:47:31 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 338+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. Crystal Reidy, 3rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary)
    Sgt. Fedra A. Toy instructs Iraqi Soldiers on how to properly administer an intravenous injection during a five-day Combat Life Saver course at Contingency Operating Base Adder, June 17. Photo by Sgt. Crystal Reidy, 3rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary). COB ADDER — Two U.S. units partnered to provide Combat Life Saver (CLS) skills to the Iraqi Army (IA) during a recent five-day training course here. Medics from the 287th Sustainment Brigade and 4th Brigade Combat Team (BCT), 1st Armored Division, partnered to provide CLS training to four medics from the IA 10th Special Forces Commando Battalion.The goal was to conduct a...
  • ‘Camouflage Angel’ Spends Last Moments With U.S. Combat Casualties (TISSUE ALERT!)

    07/10/2009 5:11:03 PM PDT · by SandRat · 22 replies · 1,254+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Staff Sgt. Dilia Ayala,, USAF
    ]-->Army Sgt. Jennifer Watson, non-commissioned officer-in-charge of the Casualty Liaison Team at Joint Base Balad, stands in Hero's Highway. Each patient brought via helicopter to the Air Force Theater Hospital passes through Hero's Highway. Watson, a native of Peru, Ind., is deployed here from Fort Campbell, Ky. Photo by Staff Sgt. Dilia Ayala, 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing. JOINT BASE BALAD — The emergency-room trauma call and the medical staff's immediate action upon his arrival is only a memory to her now; sitting quietly at the bedside of her brother-in-arms, she carefully takes his hand, thanking him for his service and...
  • Airmen Attain Combat Milestone in Afghanistan

    07/10/2009 4:46:07 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 229+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Capt. David Faggard, USAF
    BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan, July 10, 2009 – Airmen here hit a major milestone July 8 when they completed their 2,000th combat mission in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jose Rodriguez, right, assists Air Force Staff Sgt. Andres Jaramillo in securing bolts during a function check on the EC-130 Compass Call at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, July 6, 2009. Both are members of the 41st Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Unit and are deployed from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Felicia Juenke   (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. An EC-130H Compass Call...
  • Combat Camera Teams Document Military at War

    07/09/2009 4:46:07 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 277+ views
    American Forces Press Service | Ian Graham
    WASHINGTON, July 9, 2009 – From the use of newspapers and pamphlets to stoke the American Revolution to embedded journalists in the War in Iraq, the media has played a major role in every American conflict. A story often lost in the mix is that of military journalists -- men and women in uniform whose weapon of choice isn’t an M4 carbine with a laser sight, but a D3 with a 17-to-200mm lens. Members of the Air Force’s Combat Camera team spoke in a July 7 “DoDLive” bloggers roundtable about their role in documenting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan....