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  • The Magnificent Infantry of WW II

    05/01/2014 7:23:39 PM PDT · by Retain Mike · 47 replies
    Self | May 1 2014 | Retain Mike
    The Army deployed 67 infantry divisions for the Second World War. Each was like a small town with its own equivalents for community services plus the eight categories of combat arms. Units such as artillery, engineering, and heavy weapons engaged the enemy directly. Yet of all categories, the foot soldier faced the greatest hazard with the least chance of reward. Except for the Purple Heart and the coveted Combat Infantryman’s Badge, recognition was often missing because so few came through to testify to the valor of many. The infantryman faced the most dismal fate of all whose duty was uninterrupted...
  • China’s Got a Supergun: Beijing’s new infantry weapon is cheaper and simpler than the American..

    03/05/2014 5:43:50 AM PST · by C19fan · 26 replies
    War is Boring ^ | March 5, 2014 | Kyle Mizokami
    China’s got a high-tech new gun that combines a rifle and grenade launcher. The ZH-05 Objective Individual Combat Weapon fires “smart” explosives that can kill enemies hiding behind cover. If this sounds familiar, it’s because the Pentagon has been working on a similar concept. The ZH-05 is yet another Chinese weapon based on a Western design. But this time, the copy could be as good as the original.
  • 500 Pound Bomb Dropped on U.S. Soldiers By Mistake - INTERVIEW

    02/28/2014 7:10:36 AM PST · by servo1969 · 11 replies
    funker530.com ^ | 2-21-2014 | funker530
    Video from inside outpostPaktika Province, Afghanistan – After spotting Taliban forces on a distant ridge line, U.S. Army mortar teams engage with 60mm mortars. A simultaneous airstrike is called in which accidentally drops a 500 pound bomb on a U.S. Army infantry outpost, mistaking the position for Taliban fighters. Luckily there were no friendly casualties in this incident. It is still unclear what caused the pilot to target the wrong position. INTERVIEW: Q: What events led up to this bomb drop, and what was going through your mind after the bomb hit? A: We had been taking harassing sniper fire...
  • PC Insanity: Female Marines Can’t Do Pullups But Will Be Allowed to Serve on Front Lines Anyway

    12/28/2013 8:56:40 AM PST · by servo1969 · 96 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 12-28-2013 | Jim Hoft
    Female Marines: They’ve got your back – As long as it doesn’t involve upper body strength. (NBC) It's an Obama world… Female Marines can’t do pullups but will be allowed on the front lines anyway. KPCC reported: Starting Jan. 1, every woman in the Marines Corps was supposed to meet a new physical standard by performing three pullups. But that has been put off. The Marine Corps announced it quietly. There was no news conference — just a notice on its social media sites and an item on its own TV show, “The Corps Report.” Lance Cpl. Ally Beiswanger explained...
  • Two more female officers fail in Marines’ infantry course

    07/03/2013 9:46:38 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 64 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 3, 2013 | Rowan Scarborough
    A third pair of female Marine lieutenants has failed to complete the Corps’ Infantry Officer Course at Quantico, Va. The Marine Corps Times embedded a reporter with the latest class of candidates. It reported Wednesday that one of the women was pulled for falling behind schedule. The other made it to the course’s end but did not meet its standards, as did six men, the newspaper said. Corps commanders have said they will not lower standards to ensure that women can qualify for direct ground combat units. The Pentagon last winter lifted the ban on women in such jobs, but...
  • Was There Any Doubt About The Outcome? (TRADOC - Women in infantry. The myth of gender neutrality.)

    05/20/2013 11:42:03 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 28 replies
    Blackfive ^ | 5-19-2013 | Deebow
    Well, it appears that TRADOC is now well into the process of attempting to destroy the greatest armed force that the world has ever known. Training and Doctrine Command has launched “two major efforts in support of this full integration of women soldiers.” TRADOC has started a scientific review working with U.S. Army Medical Command, U.S. Army Research Institute for Environmental Medicine and Army Research Institute to assist in the development of gender-neutral physical standards for all Areas of Concentration for commissioned officers and military occupational specialties for enlisted soldiers.In addition, the “TRADOC Analysis Center is examining the institutional and cultural...
  • Demilitarizing the Military

    01/24/2013 10:30:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The National Review ^ | January 24, 2013 | David French
    The decision to open up ground combat, front-line roles to women should not be viewed in isolation from a number of significant military policy changes during President Obama’s administration. Some changes have made headlines — the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell,” women in combat roles, and planned troop reductions– while others, like the ever-increasing influence of international human-rights law in combat operations, have not. There is a common theme, however, and it is decidedly not one of increased combat effectiveness. Following the collapse in morale after the Vietnam War, our nation has labored long and hard to create a...
  • Infantry Shut to Women; Do They Want It Open?

    01/14/2013 9:55:14 AM PST · by QT3.14 · 16 replies
    Military.com ^ | January 7, 2013 | Pauline Jelinek
    If or when the Pentagon lets women become infantry troops -- the country's front-line warfighters -- how many women will want to? The answer is probably not many. Interviews with a dozen female soldiers and Marines showed little interest in the toughest fighting jobs. They believe they'd be unable to do them, even as the Defense Department inches toward changing its rules to allow women in direct ground combat jobs. In fact, the Marines asked women last year to go through its tough infantry officer training to see how they would fare. Only two volunteered and both failed to complete...
  • Not yet time for women to serve in infantry

    12/07/2012 3:29:54 PM PST · by neverdem · 67 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 6, 2012 | Robert H. Scales
    Recently The Post reported that four women serving in the Army, two with Purple Hearts, had filed a federal lawsuit seeking to overturn the military’s combat exclusion policy. “Combat exclusion” is code for being kept from serving in the close-combat arms of the Army, Marines and special forces. These units are made up of soldiers whose purpose is to kill the enemy directly. They also do virtually all of the military’s dying: Since the end of World War II, four out of five combat deaths suffered by men and women serving in the U.S. military have been in the infantry,...
  • Few female Marines step forward for infantry

    11/28/2012 1:45:12 PM PST · by QT3.14 · 53 replies
    Washington Times ^ | November 25, 2012 | Kristia Wong
    Female Marine officers are unlikely to join the infantry anytime soon, in part because of a lack of volunteers for the Marine Corps' Infantry Officer Course, which was opened to women in September. Only two of about 80 eligible female Marines have volunteered for the course -- a grueling, three-month advanced regimen conducted at Quantico, Va., that was opened to women to research their performance. Of the two female volunteers, one washed out on the first day, along with 26 of the107 men, and the other dropped out two weeks later for medical reasons, a Marine Corps spokesman said.
  • Willamsburg Man's Military Service Gave Close Up View Of Combat

    11/10/2012 8:56:13 PM PST · by girlangler · 1 replies
    The Sierra County Sentinel ^ | 11/9/12 | Etta Pettijohn
    Editor’s Note: Williamsburg resident Joe “Porky” Porcacelli’s oral narrative of his experiences in WWII is available from the Colonel Robert R. McCormick Research Center in Wheaton, IL, http://firstdivisionmuseum.org.> > By Etta Pettijohn >The epic history of WWII has been told through movies and books, but nobody knows the details better than Joe “Porky” Porcacelli. > >His personal war experience was loaded with historic names and places - General George S. Patton Jr., D-Day, Omaha Beach, Nazi prison camps, the Nuremberg Trials, and War Correspondent Ernie Pyle, to name a few. < >Porcacelli quit high school at age 17 and volunteered...
  • Williamsburg Resident's Military Service Gave Close Up View Of Combat

    11/10/2012 8:23:14 PM PST · by girlangler · 6 replies
    The Sierra County Sentinel ^ | 11/9/12 | Etta Pettijohn
    Editor’s Note: Williamsburg resident Joe “Porky” Porcacelli’s oral narrative of his experiences in WWII is available from the Colonel Robert R. McCormick Research Center in Wheaton, IL, http://firstdivisionmuseum.org. Williamsburg Man’s Military Service Gave Close-Up View Of Combat By Etta Pettijohn The epic history of WWII has been told through movies and books, but nobody knows the details better than Joe “Porky” Porcacelli. His personal war experience was loaded with historic names and places - General George S. Patton Jr., D-Day, Omaha Beach, Nazi prison camps, the Nuremberg Trials, and War Correspondent Ernie Pyle, to name a few. Porcacelli quit high...
  • Trailblazing Women Fail Marine Corps’ Infantry Officer Course

    10/24/2012 9:52:16 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 42 replies
    KPBS.org ^ | October 17, 2012 | Beth Ford Roth
    Two trailblazing women who became the first female participants in the notoriously brutal Marine Corps’ Infantry Officer Course have dropped out of the program, according to the Stars and Stripes. The two female lieutenants failed to complete the combat endurance test portion of the program, as did 26 male Marines.
  • Are Women Headed to the Infantry?

    10/05/2012 3:55:13 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 76 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | Thu Oct. 4, 2012 | Erika Eichelberger
    Women could be poised to breach the final frontier of military macho. For the first time yesterday, women were included in a Marine Corps infantry officer training, a grueling three-month course at Quantico, Virginia, where Marines are schooled in making command decisions under extreme stress. Women have fought and died in every American war, and more than 280,000 of them have deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, but they are still barred from the infantry. In February, as my colleague Adam Weinstein reported, the Department of Defense urged Congress to allow women to serve in more combat-related jobs, and has since...
  • Don’t Forget the Infantry

    08/03/2011 6:06:41 PM PDT · by neverdem · 21 replies
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | July 28, 2011 | Jim Lacey
    Don't Forget the InfantryWhen Congress cuts defense spending, the Army and Marine Corps get the short end of the stick. As I write this, 150,000 American ground troops continue to wage violent counterinsurgency campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan. After ten years of war, our country’s land forces are tired, much of their equipment is worn down, and they fear they are fighting for a cause America no longer concerns itself with. But here is the remarkable thing: If their country asked them to continue the fight for another ten years, they would salute and do their duty. For, when someone...
  • Happy Birthday Army Infantry

    06/14/2011 10:17:49 AM PDT · by NowApproachingMidnight · 16 replies
    JOURNALS OF CONGRESS ^ | 6/14/1775 | Congress
    JOURNALS OF CONGRESS WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14, 1775 . . . . . . . . The Congress met and agreeable to the order of the day, resolved itself into a committee of the whole, to take into consideration &c. After some time spent thereon, the president resumed the chair, and Mr [Samuel] Ward reported, that not having yet come to a conclusion they desired him to move for leave to sit again. At the same time they desired him to report some resolutions which they had come into. The resolutions being read, were adopted as follows: Resolved, That six companies...
  • a little information about South Korean K21 IFV

    12/19/2010 5:34:25 AM PST · by shutwho · 20 replies · 1+ views
    Greetings from S. Korea! I wrote a article about K21 IFV in my blog. there aren't much explanation about K21 IFV, but lots of pics and videos instead. this is the article: http://shutwho.blogspot.com/2010/03/k21-ifv-aka-nifv.html I spent almost a month to search infos about K21. and if you don't have broadband internet service, I advise you do not click that link. lots of traffic. Regards, S. J. Kim a.k.a blue_shark
  • US Army Infantry-Mom needs advice

    10/19/2010 5:52:43 AM PDT · by panthermom · 23 replies
    Vanity | 10/19/2010 | panthermom
    I have some questions regarding pre-deployment. Can you ping me if you are/were recently infantry? My son is in the 25th ID Thanks
  • EXCLUSIVE:1st Living Medal of Honor Winner Since Vietnam Tells His Story (video)

    09/13/2010 10:16:36 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 9 replies
    ABC News ^ | 9-13-10 | Luis Martinez
    Army Staff Sgt., Awarded Medal of Honor for Valor in Afghanistan, Says Comrades Going Beyond Call Every Day America's first living recipient of the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War says the heroic actions he undertook in Afghanistan are as brave as what every American soldier experiences day in and day out during their tours of duty in that country. Interview - Staff Sgt Salvatore Giunta
  • Son in the Army now.

    06/28/2010 1:24:01 AM PDT · by ScubieNuc · 74 replies · 2+ views
    My oldest son left last week for the Army. He is currently at Fort Benning waiting in the "receiving" barracks. His Boot Camp Company (I'm not sure if that's what the Army calls it...I'm exNavy) forms up and starts actual Basic this next Friday. We've gotten a call from him the other night. Other than being tired and anxious for actual training to start, he sounded like he was doing fine. This is new territory for me and my wife. I don't feel old enough to have a child in the military. We are planning on going out to his...
  • A surprise return of precious metal (Italian sends Texan's lost tags home 6 decades later)

    05/31/2010 3:09:17 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 13 replies · 1,058+ views
    statesman ^ | May 31, 2010 | Jeremy Schwartz
    Last month, Steve Glomb got a message on his answering machine at his Buda home. The caller spoke in a thick Italian accent, but Glomb could make out the words "metal detector ... dog tags ... Oscar Glomb." The message, he would learn, held the answer to a 66-year-old family mystery. His father, Oscar F. Glomb, had served with the 36th Infantry Division — which today is a Camp Mabry-based Texas National Guard unit — and landed at the Bay of Salerno in 1943. In June 1944, in a battle near Gavorrano, Italy, shrapnel from an artillery shell tore through...
  • Face of Defense: Student Finds Path in Army

    03/03/2010 8:46:56 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 242+ views
    Face of Defense
    KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan , March 3, 2010 – Robert J. Goggins started his college career with the goal of becoming a mechanical engineer. Instead, he joined the Army as an infantryman. Army Pfc. Robert J. Goggins shakes hands with a resident of Kandagal village in the Manogai district of eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar province, Feb. 21, 2010. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Albert L. Kelley   (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. His life as a soldier in Afghanistan is markedly different from his life as a NASA intern and as a student at the University of Virginia, but he said...
  • 'Avengers of Bataan' Indiana's 38th Infantry

    11/10/2009 5:51:50 AM PST · by mshoffner · 378+ views
    Huntington Examiner ^ | 11/10/2009 | Mark Shoffner
    It is 1945 in the Philippines. A short while earlier, American forces were made the Bataan Death March. Now the area between the shore and Zig Zag Pass were once again under U.S. Control. The 'Cyclones' looked at the area. The pass was a few pieces of ground combined to the same degree to roughness and dense jungle. The main road, Route 7 twists violently through the pass, following a line of least terrain resistance that wild pigs must originally have established. The jungle flora in the region is so thick that one can step five yards off the highway...
  • Ironman Battalion

    10/29/2009 8:07:30 AM PDT · by campg · 457+ views
    Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier ^ | October 22, 2009 | Mattew Wilde
    WATERLOO --- Northeast Iowa soldiers attached to "Ironman Battalion" are facing another lengthy deployment. The Waterloo-headquarterd Iowa Army National guard 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry regiment spent nearly two years on active duty --- mostly in Iraq --- starting in 2005. It appears the Iowa National Guard unit will spend another year away from family and friends, this time in Afghanistan. The U.S. Department of Defense announced Tuesday the guard's 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th "Red Bull" Infantry Division, of which the 1/133rd is a part of, is on alert. The division will begin deploying in the fall of 2010 to...
  • National Infantry Museum opens in Georgia

    06/20/2009 3:36:53 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 21 replies · 1,910+ views
    NBC Augusta ^ | June 19, 2009 | AP story
    The National Infantry Museum at Fort Benning has officially opened, with retired Gen. Colin Powell speaking at the grand opening. The four-star general and former secretary of state joined other dignitaries Friday at the $107 million, 190,000-square-foot museum honoring the 234-year history of the U.S. Army Infantry. The building contains a 13,000-square-foot hall with six galleries covering battles from the Revolutionary War to Iraq. Outside, Gen. George Patton's original office and sleeping quarters are found on World War II Street, which also displays 1940s barracks, mess hall and other buildings moved from their original locations on Fort Benning.
  • Face of Defense: Infantryman Rejoins Army to Lead Combat Troops

    07/22/2008 4:24:27 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 53+ views
    Face of Defence ^ | Sgt. James Hunter, USA
    BAGHDAD, July 22, 2008 – When Army Sgt. Victor Faggiano was growing up in Manchester, N.H., he always knew the military was the choice from him in life. Army Sgt. Victor Faggiano (left), a native of Manchester, N.H., patrols through a field of trash using a medal detector to search for possible enemy caches in northern Ghazaliyah, Iraq, July 10, 2008. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. James Hunter, Multinational Division Baghdad  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. “I pretty much always wanted to join the Army since I was playing with little green Army men, and I never saw...
  • Veterans events ahead in Sierra Vista

    06/08/2008 1:12:04 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 387+ views
    A number of veteran events are coming up in the Sierra Vista area. “The one-year clock is ticking and the name of the game is fundraising,” said Joe Larson, administrator of the Southern Arizona Veterans Memorial Cemetery. He was speaking about next May’s reburial of remains of soldiers from the late 1800s from a Tucson cemetery to the Sierra Vista site. Larson spoke at the monthly meeting of the Grater Sierra Vista Area United Veterans Council meeting on Saturday. The Historic Soldiers Relocation Project will involve the reburial of 70 sets of remains, of which 53 are known, in an...
  • The New Infantry Epoch (forget fighter planes... dogfaces win wars today)

    05/12/2008 2:40:36 PM PDT · by DesScorp · 17 replies · 135+ views
    The Wilson Quarterly ^ | Spring 2008 | Editors at WQ
    An epochal shift in the immemorial cycle of war is under way, writes retired major general Robert H. Scales, the former commandant of the Army War College. The infantry is back. America’s enemies have learned that they can’t win blitzkrieg- age wars, so they no longer fight them. They have moved the battlefields to cities, jungles, and mountains, where the U.S. military’s techno log­ically superior ma chines are ineffective. “The enemy chooses to fight as infantry because he can win the infantry fight,” Scales says, and America’s experience in Iraq and Afghanistan shows that the nation has no choice but...
  • Doc loves being ‘green’ (Marine's Hospital Corpsman)

    05/05/2008 5:43:33 PM PDT · by SandRat · 8 replies · 131+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Cpl. Ryan Tomlinson, USMC
    KOREAN VILLAGE, Iraq — When a Navy hospital corpsman becomes “green,” he is placed on the front lines with the trust of the Marine Corps infantryman. He runs through the trenches, engaging the enemy, all while putting his own life on the line providing medical care for the wounded. After four tours in two separate conflicts, Chief Petty Officer Truman A. Gartman, chief petty officer of the Battalion Aid Station, 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, Regimental Combat Team 5, has been a part of that trust for 14 years and counting. “What I love most about being with the Marines...
  • Face of Defense: Infantry Soldiers Inducted Into Order of Saint Maurice

    04/02/2008 5:31:20 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 107+ views
    BAGHDAD, April 2, 2008 – Two U.S. soldiers from Multinational Security Transition Command Iraq were inducted into the Order of Saint Maurice and received the infantry medallion in Baghdad. U.S. Army Sgts. 1st Class Tim Leckie and Fidel Cisneros, both convoy security platoon sergeants in 1st Provisional Motorized Infantry Company, received the prestigious medallion of the Centurion level, awarded by the National Infantry Association and the Chief of Infantry of the United States Army for outstanding contributions to the infantry. "The infantryman displays courage, candor and commitment," U. S. Army Col. Alfred Dochnal, Coalition Army Advisory Training Team's chief of...
  • Face of Defense: Infantry Soldier Takes Pride in Iraq Service

    02/08/2008 5:09:40 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 50+ views
    Face of Defence ^ | Staff Sgt. J.B. Jaso III, USA
    CAMP TAJI, Iraq, Feb. 8, 2008 – A long way from his family, friends and hunting, Army Pvt. Benjamin Raulerson, a native of Jacksonville, Ala., is here helping his unit rid northwestern Baghdad of terrorism and criminal activity. Army Pvt. Benjamin Raulerson, a native of Jacksonville, Ala., who is assigned to Company A, 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Multinational Division Baghdad, walks on patrol in the northwestern Baghdad area. Photo by Sgt. Brad Willeford, USA  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. In his first month in Iraq, the 22-year-old infantryman has...
  • Echo 2/8 confirms versatility of infantry in Anbar

    01/09/2008 3:37:44 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 59+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Lance Cpl. Charles E. McKelvey
    RAMADI, Iraq (Jan. 9, 2008) -- It’s not their normal everyday mission. It’s not even what the Marine Corps infantry has historically trained to do. But the job Company E, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, is doing in the Anbar province is important nonetheless. Their job is to prepare the Iraqi Police to become the sole protectors of what was once Iraq’s most vicious city, all while making sure the absence of insurgency remains. Instead of conducting normal combat missions, the Marines of Echo Company spend their days training and patrolling with the Iraqi police, looking forward to the day...
  • Infantry Leaders Attend Holiday Feast at Sheik’s Home

    01/02/2008 4:11:27 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 141+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. Natalie Rostek
    COMBAT OUTPOST CLEARY — Soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, attended an Iraqi holiday feast at the home of the head sheik of the Mada’in Qada, Sheik Nouri, Dec. 27, in Al Ja’ara. Before the feast, leaders of the Concerned Local Citizens program, Iraqi security forces, 1-15 Infantry Regiment, and village leaders held a meeting to discuss future operations and progress Ja’ara and the surrounding areas. “We specifically talked about recent incidents in the Al Bawi and Wardyah areas,” said Capt. Stephen Hemmann, Des Peres, La. Native and executive officer of Company B, 1-15 Inf. Regt. While the...
  • Infantry, Reserves Provide Humanitarian Aid

    12/19/2007 4:01:34 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 88+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. Natalie Rostek
    Local children of Al Arafia stand in line, Dec. 8, as Soldiers from Company D, 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment and Concerned Local Citizens hand out bags full of school supplies. Photo by Sgt. Natalie Rostek, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division Public Affairs. FORWARD OPERATING BASE HAMMER — Soldiers of Company D, 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment completed two humanitarian missions in Al Arafia including a food and schoolbag drop, Dec. 8, and a medical assistance visit, Dec. 14. Company D Soldiers together with Concerned Local Citizens (CLC) of Arafia, handed food and bags of school supplies to...
  • Okinawa dog handler patrols with infantry in Iraq (WOOF! WOOF!)

    11/05/2007 4:11:40 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 167+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Gunnery Sgt. Brenda L. Varnadore
    Sgt. Jaimi Diaz, a dog handler with Task Force Military Police, poses for a photograph with her dog, Darrah. Diaz is currently the kennel master in Al Qaim, Iraq, and is running patrols with 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment. CAMP GANNON, Iraq (Nov. 05, 2007) -- CAMP GANNON, Iraq — Operation Iraqi Freedom has called on Marines from different military occupational specialties to serve on the frontlines with infantry units. One Long Island, N.Y., native is guiding them on patrols with her dog, Darrah. Sgt. Jaimi Diaz, the Al Qaim kennel master, Task Force Military Police, is currently working...
  • Ma Deuce Replacement Stumbles

    08/06/2007 5:37:38 PM PDT · by Renfield · 86 replies · 1,976+ views
    Strategypage ^ | 7-31-07 | Jim Dunnigan
    July 31, 2007: Two years ago, field testing of the XM-312, the replacement for the eighty year old, .50 caliber (12.7mm) M-2 ("Ma Deuce") machine-gun, began, in the United States and overseas. Then, nothing. That's because the test results were not encouraging, the biggest shortcoming being the low rate of fire (about 260 rounds per minute). This is about half the rate of the M2, and was believed adequate for the 25mm smart shells the XM312 was originally designed for (as the XM307). But for 12.7mm bullets, it didn't impress the troops. There were some reliability problems, which could be...
  • Israel unveils portable hunter-killer robot

    03/09/2007 1:11:51 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 19 replies · 784+ views
    Reuters ^ | 03/08/07
    Israel unveils portable hunter-killer robot Thu Mar 8, 10:26 AM ET An Israeli defense firm on Thursday unveiled a portable robot billed as being capable of entering most combat zones alone and engaging enemies with an onboard armory that includes a machine-pistol and grenades. The VIPeR, roughly the size of a small television, was invented as part of Israel's efforts to develop weaponry that could reduce the risks to its forces from hand-to-hand fighting against Palestinian or Lebanese Hezbollah guerrillas. The manufacturer, Elbit Systems Ltd., said that the VIPeR's small size and dual treads enable it to move "undeterred by...
  • Baghdad Surges into Hell

    02/13/2007 10:09:30 AM PST · by Flavius · 13 replies · 941+ views
    middle east online ^ | 2007-02-13 | na
    ike the other campaigns initiated by the US occupation of Iraq, this new strategy will make things measurably worse, says Michael Schwart. First Results from the President's Offensive In his Iraq policy address on January 10, President Bush promised three new initiatives: a "surge" of American troops accompanied by a new "clear, hold, and build" strategy in Sunni insurgent strongholds; an offensive against Shia militias, particularly the Sadrist Mahdi Army which "U.S. military officials now identify as the greatest security threat in Iraq"; and forceful action to prevent Iran from further increasing its influence in Iraq and the Middle East....
  • Infantry Company’s Efforts Breathe Life into Small Town

    10/16/2006 7:08:24 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 356+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Cpl. Michael Molinaro
    Infantry Company’s Efforts Breathe Life into Small Town Farmer’s crops thrive thanks to guidance, equipment from U.S. troops. By Cpl. Michael Molinaro 2nd Brigade Combat Team PAO, 4th Infantry Division FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU, Iraq, Oct. 16, 2006 -- Multi-National Division - Baghdad soldiers delivered an assortment of equipment and goods to the Muehla Agricultural Union, Oct. 9. Refurbished tractors, seed spreaders and water pumps were among the items donated to the union as it begins to move from underneath the guidance of the soldiers from Company B, 2nd Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry...
  • New Body Armor Passes Tests

    10/11/2006 11:21:15 AM PDT · by grandpa jones · 9 replies · 1,065+ views
    Nuke's news and comment ^ | 10/11/06 | nuke gingrich
    Experimental testing has demonstrated that the system 100 is effective to defeat an AP bullet fired from a rifle at point-blank range (e.g. at impact V.sub.p.apprxeq.850 meters/second). Applications include, but are not limited to, body armor for infantry soldiers and law enforcement agencies, integral armor or armor appliques for vehicles such as aircraft, helicopters, and cars. Other uses include military applications, such as used in conjunction with ground vehicles or amphibious assault vehicles. Thus, the system 100 for protection against a projectile 105 having a speed, or velocity V.sub.p, comprises an accelerating layer 110, a plug layer 120, and (optionally)...
  • Vanity: Parent Question about travel after OSUT

    09/03/2006 9:20:31 AM PDT · by frankenMonkey · 4 replies · 983+ views
    9/3/2006 | frankenMonkey
    Hi All. I have a question about my son, who's graduating OSUT at Ft. Benning in December. The ITB website says that I can pick him up after graduation, but what about his travel to his first station? Does the Army pay for his travel from Benning to his first station? Can I fly him home from Benning? How the heck does all this work? I'd like to pick him up after graduation, fly him home (western US), then get him to his duty station. What does the Army expect, do, and pay for?
  • "War is all hell"

    09/01/2006 2:25:37 PM PDT · by SuzyQ2 · 269 replies · 4,286+ views
    NavySEALs.com ^ | September 1, 2006 | W. Thomas Smith Jr.
    The idea of digging-in disgusted Patton. A victorious army, in his mind, was always on offense, never on defense. It was one of the myriad reasons Patton was such a successful combat commander. It didn’t always make him popular with his subordinates and peers, and he frequently caught hell from the media, but the man knew how to fight and win wars. He was neither a ticket puncher nor a politician. He would have scoffed at modern political correctness. And his only objective was always the combination of a decisive defeat of the enemy and the utter annihilation of his...
  • Stryker teams train with new vehicles

    08/29/2006 7:07:07 PM PDT · by SandRat · 14 replies · 801+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Jason Kaye
    FORT LEWIS, Wash. (Army News Service, Aug. 29, 2006) – A long wait is over for Stryker Mobile Gun System (MSG) crews of the 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division. The 2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry, received its complement of MGS vehicles last month after more than a year of waiting. They are the first vehicles to be fielded in the Army. “I think its going to give the infantry a whole new dimension of what they can do. Armor and infantry have kept each other at arm’s length for years and years," said Sgt. 1st Class David Cooper, an MGS platoon...
  • Infantry Soldiers Root Out Insurgents in Sayifiyah

    08/10/2006 4:51:03 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 249+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Cpl. Michael Molinaro
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU, Iraq, Aug. 10, 2006 -- Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, conducted Operation River Falcon July 25-27 in and around the town of Sayifiyah. “The goal was to set conditions in the area in support of future projects and more kinetic operations,” said Capt. Colin Brooks, commander, Company B, 2nd Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment. Sayifiyah had once been a “French Riviera”-type region for Sunnis, who were given preferential treatment under the Sadam regime, Brooks said.  Located southeast of Baghdad on the Tigris River, the small area, which...
  • 1st Infantry Division Bids Farewell to Germany

    07/06/2006 4:01:13 PM PDT · by SandRat · 23 replies · 727+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Spc. Stephen Baack
    WUERZBURG, Germany, July 6, 2006 – The U.S. Army's 1st Infantry Division, known as the "Big Red One," bid farewell to its host country of Germany at Victory Park on Leighton Barracks here today. The colors of Big Red One are scheduled to be unfurled at Fort Riley, Kan., Aug. 1, and the division will assume command and control of its units now there. Among other duties, the division is slated to take on the mission of training foreign security forces training teams in support of operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. Despite numerous deployments to distant countries within the...
  • Troops in Afghanistan: Mortars by night, water shortages by day

    06/23/2006 11:43:12 PM PDT · by mark502inf · 7 replies · 748+ views
    Staten Island Live/Associated Press ^ | 6/22/2006 | By JASON STRAZIUSO
    (AP) — EDITOR'S NOTE: An AP reporting team has been embedded with U.S. soldiers for nearly two weeks in Kandahar and Helmand provinces as part of Operation Mount Thrust. The troops are now positioned on an isolated hilltop. BAGHRAN VALLEY, Afghanistan (AP) — By night, the troops brace for Taliban mortar attacks. By day, they carry heavy gear and weapons over rocky ledges in scorching heat, stopping only to rehydrate, sometimes with the help of intravenous drips. Life with the 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment in southern Afghanistan is a battle not only against a stealthy and stubborn enemy but...
  • Group's leader says saving officers club saves piece of western history

    06/09/2006 7:23:02 PM PDT · by SandRat · 8 replies · 551+ views
    FORT HUACHUCA — America’s history has been defined and shaped by what happened in the Old West. Part of that record was due to the achievement of black soldiers who help protect settlements in places such as Southern Arizona, Tom Stoney said Wednesday during the monthly luncheon hosted by the Greater Sierra Vista Area Chamber of Commerce’s Military Affairs Committee. And part of the story of the Buffalo Soldiers legacy needs to be saved, Stoney said to nearly 90 people. That can be done by ensuring the World War II black officers club on the post remains, he told nearly...
  • The Black Prince is Dead

    06/09/2006 5:55:35 AM PDT · by SuzyQ2 · 8 replies · 921+ views
    National Review Online ^ | June 9, 2006 | W. Thomas Smith Jr.
    "There are other effects when a leader in an organization like this goes down. The lesser tiers of the terrorist leadership have to start talking. They will use any number of sophisticated and unsophisticated means to do that talking. Some of them will do what is easy — get on the phones and cell phones. They’ll have to move to meet and determine their next steps. All that talk and all that movement generates what’s called ‘actionable intelligence.’ It puts more and more of them in our crosshairs."
  • Oil-Stained Mechanics Keep Infantry Moving

    06/04/2006 8:34:29 AM PDT · by SandRat · 9 replies · 448+ views
    HIT, Iraq, June 4, 2006 – The infantry isn't going to move far without help from a bunch of oil-stained soldiers. Just 11 soldiers are responsible for keeping the vehicles of Task Force 1-36 here running. Army Pfc. Guillermo Armendariz and Pfc. James Vail work to change an engine in a Bradley fighting vehicle in Hit, Iraq, June 3. Photo by Jim Garamone  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. In this environment, it's a particularly tough job. Sand and dust clog intakes and contaminate oil. The infantrymen are driving the vehicles as much in a month as they used...
  • Hell & Haditha

    06/02/2006 5:32:45 PM PDT · by SuzyQ2 · 111 replies · 3,370+ views
    National Review Online ^ | June 2, 2006 | W. Thomas Smith Jr.
    The vehicle, if close enough to the blast, flips into the air, snapping necks and spinal cords. Heads and limbs are torn from bodies. Gasoline ignites and ammunition cooks off, burning any survivors to a crisp. Those soldiers and Marines (many of whom are still teenagers) who witness the action are instantly shocked, physically sickened, grief-stricken, and enraged over the horror of having watched buddies—who have become closer than any sibling might ever hope to be—torn to pieces. Badly wounded buddies are screaming in agony. Yet the ones uninjured or with minor injuries have to respond as trained. They are...