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  • Former 82nd Airborne Soldier receives helmet that saved his life

    01/08/2014 7:33:15 AM PST · by Londo Molari · 9 replies
    PEO SOLDIER LIVE ^ | 6-January-2014 | ddawson
    SAN ANTONIO – When Chance Darby received the helmet that saved his life in Afghanistan, he said it successfully stopped an enemy rifle bullet but left him with two big headaches. One headache lasted a few days after the impact from a high-velocity round. The other lasted several weeks as he tried to keep the news of the incident from his mother, Lynlee Darby, and his then-fiancée and now wife, Cheryl. Chance proposed to Cheryl shortly before deploying to Afghanistan with the 82nd Airborne Division. On May 31, 2012, Taliban ambushed his platoon while it was dismantling an improvised explosive...
  • BBC's 'Top Gear' Host to America: 'It took us 40 years to get rid of Piers Morgan, Pleasse don't

    12/25/2012 8:57:10 PM PST · by Nachum · 44 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/25/12 | Kerry Picket
    Jeremy Clarkson, a British television personality who hosts the popular BBC program Top Gear, weighed in on the controversy surrounding fellow Brit CNN’s Piers Morgan. Clarkson tweeted on Monday: Jeremy Clarkson ✔ @JeremyClarkson Americans. It took us 40 years to get rid of Piers Morgan. Pleasse don't send him back. 24 Dec 12 Reply Retweet Favorite The Top Gear host also tweeted: Jeremy Clarkson ✔ @JeremyClarkson Americans. Was the second amendment not introduced to protect you from the tyranny of the British? Piers Morgan in other words. 24 Dec 12 Reply Retweet Favorite Following the deadly shooting at an elementary...
  • 5TH Graders Design Improved Military Helmet (Video)

    02/21/2012 10:08:12 AM PST · by JerseyanExile · 14 replies · 1+ views
    Platts Energy Week ^ | February 16, 2012 | Mike Hydeck
    We made two stops for this Cool Schools report: Leesburg, Va. and the White House. A team of fifth graders came up with an invention so impressive, the President of the United States even noticed! Learning about the war in Afghanistan could be pretty daunting and the graphic scenes can be scary, but for these 11 year olds, it was a motivation to do something positive. Jack Dudley, a student at Stone Hill Middle School in Ashburn, Va. told us, "Our inspiration for the project...Specialist Robert Warren lost part of his skull in an IED blast in Afghanistan." Virginia 5th...
  • Dogs of War

    02/05/2012 3:16:56 PM PST · by cap10mike · 11 replies
    BizPacReview.com ^ | February 5, 2012 | Diana Demarest
    Anyone who knows me is well aware that I have a great love of our military and a great love of dogs, especially the German shepherd. Our family has a 4-year-old shepherd, Apollo. (He is affectionately known around here as just "The Boy.") That's him over there on the right. These dogs are loyal, protective, highly trainable and always looking for ways to please their masters. Our military, dating back to the Civil War, has been using dogs in warfare for more than 100 years. It is estimated that dogs saved the lives of more than 10,000 troops in the...
  • Why Marco Rubio Should Resist 2012 Temptations

    03/28/2011 1:11:16 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 39 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | March 28, 2011 | Myra Adams
    It seems not a day goes by without Florida Senator Marco Rubio being mentioned as the favorite choice for vice president among Republicans in Washington. Even talk radio’s Rush Limbaugh weighed in when he said Senator Rubio should run for president in 2012. It is true that Senator Rubio has certain political assets, including his ability to “attract” Latino voters due to his Cuban heritage. He also is conservative, smart, and a good speaker. And he hails from a state that is considered the mother of all battleground states for 2012. What’s not to like if you are a Republican...
  • Connecticut voters can wear WWE gear

    10/27/2010 10:00:13 PM PDT · by Libloather · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 10/27/10 | Andy Barr
    Conn. voters can wear WWE gearAndy Barr – Wed Oct 27, 12:06 pm ET Connecticut Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz says her office never tried to prohibit voters from wearing WWE apparel within 75 feet of a polling place. Vince McMahon, head of the WWE and husband of Connecticut Republican Senate nominee Linda McMahon, filed a lawsuit earlier this week amid reports that the state would encourage election officials to cover up the wrestling federation’s logo if worn at polling places. Last week, a spokesman for the secretary of state indicated that campaign workers may “cover up a hat, a...
  • Millions' worth of gear left in Iraq

    12/07/2009 1:33:20 PM PST · by markomalley · 31 replies · 1,319+ views
    Washington comPost ^ | 12/7/2009 | Ernesto Londoño
    Even as the U.S. military scrambles to support a troop surge in Afghanistan, it is donating passenger vehicles, generators and other equipment worth tens of millions of dollars to the Iraqi government. Under new authority granted by the Pentagon, U.S. commanders in Iraq may now donate to the Iraqis up to $30 million worth of equipment from each facility they leave, up from the $2 million cap established when the guidelines were first set in 2005. The new cap applies at scores of posts that the U.S. military is expected to leave in coming months as it scales back its...
  • Face of Defense: NCO Works to Improve Soldiers' Gear

    08/03/2009 4:21:08 PM PDT · by SandRat · 240+ views
    Face of Defence ^ | Renita Foster
    FORT MONMOUTH, N.J., Aug. 3, 2009 – Army Sgt. 1st Class Debra Tanacea was eager to begin her first deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. She had been wearing the Army uniform for 16 years, she said, and felt more than ready to accept the challenge of serving in a hostile environment. But after learning the requirements of one particular project, she wasn't sure it was a mission she could accomplish. Her job was to collect personal protective equipment, or PPE, damaged by improvised explosive devices for forensic testing so that it could be improved. But it was the...
  • Mountains of Gear to Move to U.S. as Forces Responsibly Withdraw

    08/02/2009 1:21:56 PM PDT · by SandRat · 24 replies · 802+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Spc. Kiyoshi Freeman, USA
    COB ADDER — As U.S. forces prepare for one of the biggest logistical challenges since the Vietnam War, military planners continue examining the best ways to move the mountains of equipment accumulated here since 2003. During a recent conference at Joint Base Balad, senior logisticians traveled from around the world to discuss the ongoing drawdown of forces and equipment here and the repositioning of assets to Afghanistan. One of the key issues addressed was the shipping containers scattered around the country, and the thousands more Coalition forces would need for drawdown operations. Enter the 368th Seaport Operations Detachment, which manages...
  • Competing for Tea Party Attention

    04/08/2009 10:38:46 AM PDT · by Selkirk · 29 replies · 818+ views
    Political Castaway ^ | 4/8/2009 | Selkirk
    Michelle Malkin is reporting that the left is mobilizing to get out in front of the Tea Party movement by organizing their own counter-demonstrations on April 11. Sounds like a gas - a counter demonstration of a demonstration that won't happen for a few days. That said, there are a few reasons to be concerned: 1. Media. Demonstrations are effective only to the extent that they get media attention.
  • Weight of Combat Gear Is Taking Toll

    01/31/2009 9:44:36 PM PST · by Flavius · 29 replies · 2,697+ views
    washington post ^ | February 1, 2009; A0 | By Ann Scott Tyson
    Carrying heavy combat loads is taking a quiet but serious toll on troops deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, contributing to injuries that are sidelining them in growing numbers, according to senior military and defense officials. Rising concern over the muscle and bone injuries -- as well as the hindrance caused by the cumbersome gear as troops maneuver in Afghanistan's mountains -- prompted Army and Marine Corps leaders and commanders to launch initiatives last month that will introduce lighter equipment for some U.S. troops. As the military prepares to significantly increase the number of troops in Afghanistan -- including sending as...
  • Army-issued Body Armor Safe, Effective, Official Says

    01/30/2009 4:59:07 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 570+ views
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 30, 2009 – Soldiers should have full confidence in the quality of a particular series of Army-issued body armor plates that has come under recent scrutiny, Army officials said. Scores of Army tests and an independent evaluation have determined the effectiveness of three types of ceramic plates manufactured by Armor Works of Chandler, Ariz., said Army Brig. Gen. Peter Fuller, one of the officers who oversees equipment as part of the Army’s Program Executive Office Soldier. “Those plates being worn on the backs and fronts of soldiers all around the world are quality product,” Fuller said in...
  • Gladiat8r: a modern take on Roman battle-gear

    01/27/2009 9:15:49 AM PST · by Reaganesque · 23 replies · 1,121+ views
    Gizmag.com ^ | 1/27/09 | Gizmag.com
    This intriguing helmet concept from Canedo Studio and spotted by Yanko Design is said to be inspired by the protective headwear worn by Roman Gladiators and we mention it mainly because, well, it's a very cool design. Although on one hand it may look like an industrial brain slicer, the design is indeed intended to protect one's noggin, with weight being distributed evenly across the arch structure to reduce pressure on the bridge of the nose. According to Yanko Design, the helmet is adjustable via a range of rubber attachments that brace the ribs on the frame. Breathe-ability certainly wouldn't...
  • First Combat Test: Soldiers Field New Improved Outer Tactical Vests

    03/30/2008 11:00:56 AM PDT · by SandRat · 8 replies · 999+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Spc. Aaron Rosencrans, USA
    BAGHDAD — After stomping around for a few days with the new Improved Outer Tactical Vest (IOTV), 4th Infantry Division Soldiers reported both pros and cons about the new tactical gear. The new vest has several design differences and some added features, which keep the Soldiers in mind when they're in times of trouble. The first noticeable difference in the vest design is the way Soldiers don the IOTV. Rather than slipping into it like a jacket, as with the Interceptor Body Armor, they lift it over their head and pull down, which sometimes requires another person to help get...
  • Air Force pilots test new helmet during Army exercise

    03/30/2008 6:16:00 AM PDT · by Clive · 2 replies · 718+ views
    Canadian Forces Army News ^ | 2008-03-20 | Sgt Robert Comeau (army news video)
    Army News video: Air Force pilots test new helmet during Army exerciseNELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nevada — CF-18 fighter pilots participate in Exercise BOLD QUEST
  • Another Obama Dress-Up Picture

    02/26/2008 4:05:56 PM PST · by jdm · 76 replies · 3,451+ views
    Right On the Right ^ | Feb. 26, 2008 | Staff
    Politicians go native in garb all the time, but because of the muslim-hype surrounding Barack Hussein Obama, the recent picture of him received a lot of unwarranted attention. Sweetness & Light brings us another photo and some analysis:
  • Enough With All Of This "Obama Is A Mooslim" Crap

    02/24/2008 6:42:49 PM PST · by jdm · 159 replies · 2,548+ views
    Right-Wing Nut House ^ | Feb. 24, 2008 | by Rick Moran
    I am usually quite proud of being a conservative. I know in my heart that the only way to enjoying liberty under the law AND equality of justice is through the application of conservative principles to government and society. And I am usually proud of the rational, reasonable basis on which most conservatives see the world and evaluate people and events. That’s why it embarrasses me to no end to see fellow conservatives who actually believe that Barack Obama is some kind of “Manchurian Candidate” sent by Muslims to undermine American society. Or that Obama is a closet Muslim just...
  • GEAR PROVIDERS FOR GATHERING OF EAGLES

    04/23/2007 8:37:17 PM PDT · by MountainFlower · 14 replies · 747+ views
    Gathering of Eagles UpdateHi, there. We are the gear provider for Gathering of Eagles. I have gotten requests for banners and flags, and am trying to work with my vendors to come up with the best product possible, at the best possible pricing - so if we can get everyone that wants product together, we can get the pricing way down. Do you happen the state and regional coordinator email addresses for contact? www.gatheringofeaglesgear.org 888-743-2968
  • 'Operation Jump Start' Jumps Into Gear Along Southwest Border

    06/15/2006 5:38:21 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 329+ views
    WASHINGTON, June 15, 2006 – About 800 National Guard troops have arrived for duty in four U.S. border states as "Operation Jump Start" gets under way. The Guard members reported to Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California, to support the U.S. Border Patrol and are expected to begin their missions by next week, Michael Friel, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman, told American Forces Press Service. "They're in various stages of in-processing," Friel said. Some command-and-control elements are already standing up a joint task force, and many of the operators are expected to be working within days, he said....
  • Al Qaeda in Iraq Disrupted; Iraqi Operation in High Gear

    06/15/2006 4:46:52 PM PDT · by SandRat · 17 replies · 826+ views
    BAGHDAD, June 15, 2006 – Al Qaeda in Iraq is in disarray and confusion following the death of its terrorist boss, and the Iraqi government is moving forward quickly to provide security for its capital city, coalition officials said today at a news conference. Army Maj. Gen. Bill Caldwell, a coalition spokesman, said Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's death June 7 helped set the conditions for a huge step forward in the security picture of Iraq. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki announced the beginning of Operation Together Forward yesterday. Iraqi forces are leading this operation and it is designed to cripple or...
  • America Supports You: Utah Group Donates Soccer Gear to Iraqi Children

    05/27/2006 3:12:08 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 205+ views
    WASHINGTON, May 27, 2006 – The Utah Youth Soccer Association has teamed up with "Operation Give" to collect soccer equipment for needy children in Iraq, UYSA officials said. Operation Give is a nonprofit organization comprising volunteers in six states who collect donations for in-need children overseas. The donations are sent to U.S. servicemembers for distribution. The organization is a member of the Defense Department's America Supports You team. "We are lucky to have the resources our soccer community enjoys, so we jumped at the opportunity to donate," Leisa Vineyard, the group's president, said. "We're proud to team up with...
  • Armoured Suits Are 'Too Goofy' Say US Troops

    05/08/2006 6:51:57 PM PDT · by blam · 63 replies · 2,844+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5-9-2006 | Francis Harris
    Armoured suits are 'too goofy' say US troops By Francis Harris, in Washington (Filed: 09/05/2006) American troops have complained that a new armoured body suit designed to be worn in Iraq makes them look "goofy". The water-cooled "alien spacesuits" are being handed out to turret gunners in their notoriously vulnerable Humvee vehicles. The new suit is designed to protect against roadside bombs but has had mixed reviews from soldiers The protective suit, based on those worn by bomb disposal officers, was intended to cut spiralling casualties for one of the most dangerous jobs in modern warfare. But some troops have...
  • Survival Gear. Supplies to Have on Hand in Case of Long-Term Emergency. Freeper input please.

    04/15/2006 6:20:52 PM PDT · by Chickensoup · 168 replies · 4,988+ views
    04.15.06 | chickensoup
    I received some money recently. I have decided to put a portion of it aside to spend on retrofitting the house and packing in some supplies for 6 for a year. I want to be able to rotate the supplies through our regular pantry. I also will be retrofitting our well to pump into a holding tank...and I am looking for a good wood cookstove, I have a big jotol in the living room. Candles, oil lamps whatever. Your input and links would be appreciated.
  • Faulty gear puts troops at risk

    02/10/2006 2:52:30 PM PST · by Dundee · 8 replies · 320+ views
    The Australian ^ | February 11, 2006 | Cameron Stewart and Michael McKinnon
    Faulty gear puts troops at risk THE safety of Australian troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, including the elite SAS force, has been compromised by defective body armour, combat jackets and helmets, according to damning Defence Department documents. The faults include combat jackets that glow in the dark, giving enemies an easy target, and body armour that cracks easily. The helmets issued to soldiers have harnesses that are "worn, rusted and damaged" and are shaped in a way that makes it "impossible to sight a live claymore (landmine) in the prone position" while wearing them. The documents reveal that the safety...
  • Soldier's wife holds fundraisers for body armor for troops

    02/10/2006 4:07:17 PM PST · by jmc1969 · 13 replies · 381+ views
    AP ^ | Febuary 10 2006
    Texas: A U-S soldier's wife is launching real and virtual bake sales to raise money to buy body armor for troops -- even though the government has promised to rush more protective gear to those on Iraq's front lines. Tammara Rosenleaf's husband deployed from Fort Hood in December. She said the Bake Sales for Body Armor fund-raiser also will provide medical supplies, communications equipment and other needed gear. Rosenleaf hosts the first bake sale tomorrow in Montana. Beatriz Saldivar of Fort Worth -- whose nephew Daniel Torres was killed in Iraq a year ago -- said she plans to help...
  • Millionaire Offers to Buy Riot Gear For Land of Israel Protestors

    02/09/2006 10:11:37 AM PST · by Nachum · 3 replies · 350+ views
    Arutz 7 ^ | 17:07 Feb 05, '06 | Staff
    (IsraelNN.com) Maariv daily reports that a millionaire businessman from Ra'anana has offered to donate $20,000 to Land of Israel protestors in order to purchase equipment, including helmets, batons and shields for use in defending themselves during the next expulsion attempt. "When I saw what happened at Amona, that the balance of power was unequal, I didn't see police, I saw masked faces with shields and helmets and I want the settlers to have them too," the man told Maariv. "I don't want the settlers to attack the expellers, I want them to be able to defend themselves," he emphasized. The...
  • Survivors Praise Body, Vehicle Armor to House Subcommittee

    02/01/2006 10:24:24 PM PST · by A.A. Cunningham · 16 replies · 1,252+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | 1 February 2006 | Donna Miles
    Survivors Praise Body, Vehicle Armor to House Subcommittee By Donna MilesAmerican Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, Feb. 1, 2006 – Three soldiers just back from Iraq -- including two who credit personal and vehicle armor with saving their lives -- traveled to Capitol Hill today to tell Congress that when it comes to protecting troops, more isn't always better. "We're here to say we're pretty happy with what we have," Brig. Gen. Karl Horst, the 3rd Infantry Division's assistant division commander for maneuver, told the American Forces Press Service before appearing at today's House Armed Services Committee's Tactical Air and...
  • IRAQ: Body Armor Likely Saved ABC News Pair ~ Take that Hillary....

    01/30/2006 11:57:41 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 58 replies · 2,098+ views
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | January 30, 2006 at 9:6:56 PST | DAVID BAUDER
    NEW YORK (AP) - 0130dvs-woodruff-update ABC News anchor Bob Woodruff, seriously hurt by a roadside bomb in Iraq, has shown signs of improvement and may be airlifted to the United States as soon as Tuesday, the network's news president said Monday. A hospital official said body armor likely saved the journalist's life. Cameraman Doug Vogt, also hurt in the explosion, is in better shape than Woodruff but doctors were pleased with how both handled the transfer to a U.S. military base in Germany, said ABC News President David Westin. "We have a long way to go," Westin said. "But it...
  • Helmet saves Soldier’s life

    01/25/2006 5:23:27 PM PST · by SandRat · 11 replies · 728+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Jan 24, 2006 | Staff Sgt. Mark Wojciechowski
    IRAQ(Army News Service, Jan. 24, 2006) -- For many Soldiers, even the new Advanced Combat Helmet is a necessary evil; it can be cumbersome when in the dining facility trying to handle a tray of food and it causes headaches and tension in the neck when worn on lengthy missions. Sgt. Shawn Snyder of 3rd Infantry Division’s 2/7 Scout Platoon is one Soldier who will never complain about wearing his helmet again. With good reason … it saved his life. Snyder’s mission was to serve as a routine escort of the Explosive Ordinance Disposal detail to the forensics building in...
  • All Dressed Up With No Way to Fight

    01/14/2006 7:05:45 AM PST · by aculeus · 5 replies · 554+ views
    The New York Times ^ | January 14, 2006 | By ANDREW EXUM
    THIS week Senator Hillary Clinton, citing a secret Pentagon report that suggested some marines killed in Iraq might have survived had they been wearing more body armor, became the latest in a long line of politicians to castigate the Pentagon for a supposed failure to adequately protect our fighting men and women. Well-intentioned as the senator might be, the body-armor issue, like so many in war, is just not that simple. From 2000 until 2004, I was an infantry officer in the Army. I deployed with a light-infantry platoon to Afghanistan in 2002, then with a platoon of Army Rangers...
  • Army Continues Changing, Improving Body Armor

    01/10/2006 6:35:10 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 758+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Jan 10, 2005 | Jim Garamone
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 10, 2006 – The Army will continue to improve body armor issued to soldiers, and will begin manufacturing side-panel inserts to the Interceptor ballistic armor, officials said here today. The side panels, which weigh 3 pounds, will be made of the same material as the small-arms protective inserts. Army Col. Thomas Spoehr is in charge of fielding body armor. He said the Interceptor body armor now issued to servicemembers protects against most of the threats they face in Iraq and Afghanistan today. "It's the best body armor in the world," Spoehr said. And the proof is in the...
  • Sen. Clinton calls Bush Admin "incompetent"

    01/10/2006 1:39:42 PM PST · by SAMS · 34 replies · 676+ views
    Jan. 10, 2006 — Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton called the Bush administration "incompetent" when it came to protecting the troops in combat and called the lack of adequate body armor for soldiers and Marines "unforgivable." So far in Iraq, more than 2,100 American troops have been killed. Critics like Clinton, D-N.Y., say that many of these deaths are the result of inadequate body armor. A secret Pentagon study of 93 Marines who were killed in Iraq found that 74 died after they were hit by a bullet or shrapnel in the torso or shoulders — areas unprotected by the armor...
  • Pentagon study faults US body armor in Iraq deaths

    01/07/2006 4:53:06 AM PST · by benjamin032 · 30 replies · 2,448+ views
    By Will Dunham Fri Jan 6, 11:19 PM ET WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Better body armor could have prevented or limited about 80 percent of fatal torso wounds suffered by Marines killed in Iraq, a report by U.S. military medical experts obtained on Friday said. The report, conducted for the Marine Corps by the Office of the Armed Forces Medical Examiner and not released to the public, examined the cases of Marines fatally wounded from the start of the war in March 2003 through June 2005, and found weaknesses in the torso protective gear. Bullets or shrapnel hit the Marines' shoulders,...
  • Helmet Protects Soldier from Sniper Fire (One Lucky Soldier)

    01/06/2006 5:04:33 PM PST · by SandRat · 31 replies · 1,488+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Jan 6, 2006 | Staff Sgt. Mark Wojciechowski
    U.S. Army Sgt. Shawn Snyder displays the helmet that saved his life from a sniper in downtown Tikrit, Iraq. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Mark Wojciechowski U.S. Army Sgt. Shawn Snyder Helmet Protects Soldier from Sniper Fire By U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Mark Wojciechowski 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FORWARD OPERATING BASE REMAGEN, TIKRIT, IRAQ, Jan. 6, 2006 — For many soldiers, the new Army combat helmet is a necessary evil. It can be cumbersome when in the dining facility trying to handle a tray of food and it causes headaches and tension in the neck when worn...
  • What the Troops Buy With Their Own Money

    01/05/2006 6:42:39 PM PST · by strategofr · 95 replies · 3,557+ views
    strategy page ^ | January 5, 2006
    American troops in Iraq are discovering, through combat experience, that more changes are needed in the type of weapons they should carry. As the U.S. Army Special Forces have discovered, if you are well trained and know what you are doing, you should carry a pistol, in addition to your rifle. But not the official issue 9mm pistol, but something with a bit more stopping power. The Special Forces prefer a new model .45 caliber (11.43mm) pistol, although 10mm weapons are also popular. The reason for this is that you are most likely to be using the pistol indoors, where...
  • Veteran Marines reveal best gear for deployment

    01/04/2006 4:45:07 PM PST · by SandRat · 9 replies · 1,141+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Jan 4, 2005 | Cpl. Tom Sloan
    MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (Jan. 4, 2006) -- Just like the training they receive, Marines are equipped with the gear they need to accomplish their missions. In addition to the standard issue, however, many Marines seek out and purchase their own gear as a way to make their job easier and gain the edge. With constant rotations to Iraq and Afghanistan in support of the Global War on Terrorism, many Marines have come to learn what gear works best, both issued and paid for out of pocket. Marines throughout the Corps recently commented on the gear they rely...
  • Need FReeper help for TV news story. Story is about GIs buying own equipment for Iraq duty.

    12/05/2005 1:11:08 PM PST · by MindBender26 · 107 replies · 1,339+ views
    MB26 | 05DEC05 | MB26
    Local TV newsperson wants to favorable story on GIs who are purchasing own specialized quipment for duty in Iraq. Interested primarilly in weapons and weapon accessories (special sights, mags, flashlights, etc.) and self-protection equipment (vests, helmets, etc.) Particularly interested in anyone in Central Florida area who has made such purchases for self, friends, family....
  • Officials: Vests recalled to put troops at ease

    12/01/2005 4:12:46 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 312+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Dec 1, 2005 | Cpl. Jonathan Agg
    MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. (Dec. 1, 2005) -- Following the Corps’ recall of more than 10,000 protective vests in November, Marine Corps Systems Command officials are defending the decision to initially field them to leathernecks in combat. Headquarters Marine Corps ordered 10,342 Outer Tactical Vests pulled from the operating forces after media reports indicated some samples tested by the manufacturer and by the Army’s Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland failed to fully comply with ballistics standards. The Outer Tactical Vest, together with Small Arms Protective Inserts, composes the Interceptor Body Armor System, which has been credited with saving numerous...
  • USS Nassau Loads Gear for Deploying Marine Unit

    11/03/2005 3:23:55 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 380+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Nov 3, 2005 | Seaman Apprentice Charles A. Ordoqui
    A forklift carries cargo onto the amphibious assault ship USS Nassau, Oct. 31, 2005. Personnel from the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) began on loading equipment and supplies pier-side at Naval Station Norfolk, Va., in preparation for a six-month deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism. U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Apprentice Charles A. Ordoqui USS Nassau Loads Gear for Deploying Marine Unit When the advance team completes loading the equipment, the ship will head to Camp Lejeune to on load the remaining personnel and gear. By U.S. Navy Seaman Apprentice Charles A. Ordoqui Fleet...
  • Marine shown importance of gear, hard way. (All about ‘The little bullet that couldn’t.’)

    11/02/2005 5:07:00 PM PST · by SandRat · 15 replies · 995+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Nov 2, 2005 | Sgt. Jerad W. Alexander
    CAMP AL QA’IM, Iraq (Nov. 2, 2005) -- The 3rd Mobile Assault Platoon took sniper fire all day as they conducted a relief in place with 1st Mobile Assault Platoon. As Lacey Springs, Ala., native Lance Cpl. Bradley A. Snipes, antitank assault man, 3rd MAP, Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, sat in the turret of his hummer watching his assigned sector behind his M-2 .50 caliber machine gun, it happened. “We were doing a relief in place with [1st MAP] and had been taking sniper fire across the wadi all day,” Snipes, the 21-year-old, 2002 graduate of Brewer...
  • ETDC supplies gear downrange so deployed troops don’t have to

    10/11/2005 5:57:33 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 321+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Oct 11, 2005 | Master Sgt. Lisa Polarek
    10/11/2005 - MANAS AIR BASE, Kyrgyzstan (AFPN) -- The 376th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron’s expeditionary theater distribution center here is leading the way in expeditionary mobility gear processing to make life easier for thousands of deploying Airmen. The center is part of an Air Force test where Airmen can deploy from their home stations to the Central Asia theater without their A, B and C mobility bags. When they arrive here to stay, or before heading “downrange,” they are issued everything they will need from the ETDC. Airmen are still required to bring a helmet, gas mask, web belt and...
  • Huachuca troops fine-tune their communications gear

    10/06/2005 7:49:17 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 303+ views
    CAMP VIRGINIA, Kuwait —As Fort Huachuca soldiers wait for their communications equipment to arrive, some are fine-tuning systems that have been in Kuwait for years. A number of tropospheric systems were at Camp Doha were moved to Camp Virginia, where members of the 11th Signal Brigade repaired, checked out and inventoried the four tropos — as called by GIs — that send radio signals into the atmosphere and scatter the signals back to Earth to be used by the Army. Staff Sgt. Jeremy Brown said the systems will eventually head for Iraq, where soldiers of the 40th Signal Battalion will...
  • Jacket that adapts to the outside temperature, designated for NATO

    09/24/2005 4:50:02 PM PDT · by Flavius · 17 replies · 1,031+ views
    vecernji list ^ | 24.09.2005 | Petra Maretić
    Smart jacket, which adapts to the outside temperature, is the newest discovery by a quartet of scientist from Textile-Technology College in Zagreb. Temperature change from 40 C (104F) or bellow 0 (32) is not felt by the wearer. There was some interest from NATO organization, so there is a possibility that NATO members could soon wear this equipment. Russians are also interested, testing is continuing but at the same time patent is being pursued. Even though the jacket will have various partings, it will be much lighter then comparable regular jacket. The jacket will not only maintain internal temperature...
  • British Soldiers Get Germ-Fighting Undies

    08/20/2005 11:36:19 AM PDT · by NCjim · 8 replies · 437+ views
    LONDON - British troops combating the heat and dust of Iraq and Afghanistan have a new weapon in their armory — germ-fighting underwear. The antimicrobial underpants have been introduced by the Ministry of Defense as part of a new desert uniform for soldiers. They are the first undergarments issued to British troops, who traditionally have had to supply their own. Military officials said Thursday the unisex trunks were made from artificial fibers for comfort, with silver particles woven into the material to prevent sweating. "It is coated to prevent bacterial infection, and we have tried to arrange the seams so...
  • By the left or right, Sir? The Army shows off its new commando pants

    08/19/2005 9:43:12 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 28 replies · 1,789+ views
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | (Filed: 19/08/2005) | By Catriona Davies
    By the left or right, Sir? The Army shows off its new commando pants The modern soldier has the best in high-tech weaponry, satellite navigation and lightweight combat clothing, but until now there has been one thing missing from the kit bag: sensible underpants for hot climates. Enter "combat underwear", the first army-issue smalls since the 1960s, designed to look after the - ahem - privates better than their civilian equivalents. Col Silas Suchanek shows off the new pants The Army unveiled its underpants yesterday as part of its new range of desert clothing, the first large-scale redesign of kit...
  • U.K. Soldiers Serving In War To Get Germ-Fighting Underwear

    08/18/2005 11:05:03 AM PDT · by Millee · 4 replies · 238+ views
    Defense officials in Britain are briefing the public on a new wrinkle in the fight against the heat and dust of Iraq and Afghanistan -- germ-fighting underwear. The antimicrobial underpants have been introduced by the Ministry of Defense as part of a new desert uniform. They are the first undergarments issued to British troops, who traditionally have supplied their own. A military spokesman said the underwear is not only coated to prevent bacterial infection, developers tried to arrange the seams so they don't chafe. The army's new desert kit also includes boots with rubber soles designed to withstand temperatures of...
  • Body Armor Being Replaced Again (withstand the strongest of attacks from insurgents) excellent news

    08/15/2005 7:20:09 PM PDT · by Former Military Chick · 11 replies · 606+ views
    Associated Press ^ | August 15, 2005 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON - For the second time since the Iraq war began, the Pentagon is replacing body armor for U.S. troops in Afghanistan and Iraq, citing a need for better protection that can withstand the strongest of attacks from insurgents, a spokesman said Saturday. The effort, which began more than a year ago, would upgrade the protection used by more than 500,000 soldiers as well as civilian employees and news reporters. The first upgrade installed ceramic protective plates in the vests and was completed in early 2004. Defense officials acknowledge the replacement processes have been slowed in part by debates over...
  • The Slowness in Procuring Body Armor for Iraq

    08/14/2005 9:45:44 AM PDT · by GermanBusiness · 29 replies · 664+ views
    Pentagon Replacing Troops' Body Armor Again Thicker Plates Could Shield Soldiers Against Stronger Attacks By HOPE YEN, AP WASHINGTON (Aug. 14) - For the second time since the Iraq war began, the Pentagon is replacing body armor for U.S. troops in Afghanistan and Iraq, citing a need for better protection that can withstand the strongest of attacks from insurgents, a spokesman said Saturday. AP U.S. Marines wearing body armor load mortar shell into containers as they set up defensive positions in eastern Afghanistan. Talk About It: Post Thoughts The effort, which began more than a year ago, would upgrade the...
  • Helmet liners

    08/12/2005 5:55:24 PM PDT · by TheHound · 30 replies · 2,113+ views
    Radio | Today | Self
    Soldiers need helmet liners at $99 apiece?
  • The London bombings were fueled by oil (left gets in gear, blames America)

    07/08/2005 10:32:50 PM PDT · by Libloather · 43 replies · 1,224+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | 7/08/05 | Froma Harrop
    The London bombings were fueled by oil Friday, July 8, 2005 - Page updated at 12:00 AM Froma Harrop / Syndicated columnist It is oil's fault. The London bombings are almost surely al-Qaida's work, which means oil paid for them. Oil keeps the Mideast backward. It funds the madrassas that fill heads with anti-West poison. And it pays the terrorists who plant bombs on European trains and fly airplanes into American buildings. It is time we did something about oil. The United States accounts for 25 percent of the world's oil consumption. We could crush oil's power to hurt us...