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  • Navy vet, 81, held hostage by force for pension checks by addict

    07/21/2016 2:34:45 PM PDT · by HollyB · 8 replies
    Dailymail UK ^ | Khaleda Rahman
    Navy veteran, 81, was held hostage in New York motel room for four years by drug addict who stole his pension checks - despite police station being right next door.
  • Terrifying moment a Syrian rebel sneaks up to an army tank and throws a grenade down its barrel [tr]

    07/20/2016 10:20:54 AM PDT · by C19fan · 19 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | July 20, 2016 | Gareth Davies
    A Syrian rebel was caught on camera blowing up an army tank by sneaking up to it and throwing a hand grenade down its barrel. The military tank bursts into flames as the lone Free Syrian Army fighter runs towards the camera after the grenade can be heard clinking down the shaft. Throughout the video, those supporting the rebel can be heard shouting 'Allahu Akbar', meaning 'God is great'.
  • Valkyrie and the German Resistance: Remembering the July 20th plot

    07/20/2016 2:52:06 AM PDT · by iowamark · 16 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | July 19, 2016 | Jerry Salyer
    We cannot understand the resistance unless we first accept “that German conservatives and nationalists might be moral and religious men who were appalled at the lawlessness, brutality, and inhumanity of the Nazis.” The vital point running through all these questions is the totalitarian claim of the state over the citizen to the exclusion of his religious and moral obligation towards God.— First Lieutenant Graf Yorck von Wartenburg, Valkyrie conspirator One of the most intriguing fields of World War II history deals with the German Resistance—a clandestine network of disillusioned military officers and civil servants who began actively plotting against Hitler’s...
  • Army SOF to Trade in Its Androids for iPhones

    07/19/2016 11:01:08 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 31 replies
    DOD Buzz ^ | JULY 15, 2016 | BY: MATTHEW COX
    Army Special Operations Command is dumping the Android tactical smartphone for an iPhone for better situational awareness. Photo: Vesper Case UK. U.S. Army Special Operations Command is dumping its Android tactical smartphone for an iPhone model. The iPhone 6S will become the end-user device for the iPhone Tactical Assault Kit – special-operations-forces version Army’s Nett Warrior battlefield situational awareness tool, according to an Army source, who is not authorized to speak to the media. The iTAC will replace the Android Tactical Assault Kit. The iPhone is “faster; smoother. Android freezes up” and has to be restarted too often, the source...
  • "Why They Didn't Fire Is A Mystery" - Coup Pilots Had Erdogan's Plane In Their Sights

    07/18/2016 6:18:41 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 20 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 07/17/16 | Tyler Druden
    As Reuters reports, at the height of the attempt to overthrow Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, the rebel pilots of two F-16 fighter jets had Erdogan's plane in their sights. And yet he was able to fly on. The government narrative, completely fabricated as it may be, is the following: Erdogan said as the coup unfolded that the plotters had tried to attack him in the resort town of Marmaris and had bombed places he had been at shortly after he left. He "evaded death by minutes", the second official said. Around 25 soldiers in helicopters descended on a hotel in...
  • I had four bullets through my coat, and two horses shot under me, yet escaped unhurt...

    07/18/2016 6:13:39 AM PDT · by stars & stripes forever · 25 replies
    In the decades prior to the Revolutionary War, tensions arose between the two largest global powers: BRITAIN, led by King George II, and FRANCE, led by King Louis XV. Because of their alliances with other nations, fighting escalated into the first global war - the Seven Years War, or as it was called in America, the French and Indian War. The conflict included every major power in Europe as well as their colonies from the Caribbean, to India, to the Philippines, and to Africa. Over a million died.
  • Commander of Crucial air base arrested as calls for executions grow in Turkey

    07/17/2016 8:45:02 AM PDT · by fella · 26 replies
    middle east eye. net ^ | 17 July 2016 | Karim El-Bar
    Incirlik air base, one of the most important in the region, houses tactical nuclear weapons and functions as an anti-IS headquarters General Bekir Ercan Van, commander of the Incirlik air base, one of the most important in the entire region, has been arrested for complicity in Friday’s coup, a Turkish official told Middle East Eye. Incirlik base houses tactical nuclear weapons and is currently used by the United States as an operations headquarters in its war against the Islamic State group. The Turkish official, who did not want to be named, added that 10 other soldiers and police were also...
  • USS Hornet Tour Query

    07/16/2016 9:43:27 PM PDT · by rey · 33 replies
    Has anyone done the tour of the Hornet in Alameda. What did you think? Was it enjoyable? Would you recommend it? Thaks
  • Coup soldiers surrendering to police

    07/16/2016 4:27:58 PM PDT · by fella · 8 replies
    Coup soldiers surrendering to police
  • Turkey's Military Is a Catalyst for Reform (In Light Of Martial Law Being Declared In Turkey)

    07/15/2016 5:55:39 PM PDT · by OneVike · 11 replies
    Middle East Forum ^ | 2009 | by David Capezza
    Analysts generally consider military influence in politics and society to be a critical impediment to the development of democratic political and civil rights and freedoms. According to Freedom House, for example, greater military involvement in government politics decreases civil liberties and political rights in any given country; this infringes on a government's ability to develop democracy. Turkey may be an exception. The military has deep roots in society, and its influence predates the founding of the republic. But rather than hinder democratization, Turkey's military remains an important component in the checks and balances that protect Turkish democracy. Herein lies...
  • Coming to a town near YOU soon....

    07/15/2016 7:45:26 AM PDT · by RevelationDavid · 38 replies
    .........................2016..................... SORRY ABOUT THE LENGTH OF THIS THREAD...BUT THOSE DARN MUSEUMS JUST WON'T STOP KILLING MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN... HERE YOU HAVE THE DATE...COUNTRY...CITY...DEAD...INJURED AND DESCRIPTION OF ATTACK... 2016.07.14 Philippines Manilop 3 0 Three off-duty soldiers are ambushed and killed by Abu Sayyaf while buying food. 2016.07.13 Iraq Rashidiya 7 11 Seven Iraqis are laid out by a Fedayeen suicide bomber. 2016.07.12 Iraq Baghdad 12 37 A dozen people at a vegetable and fruit market are reduced to pulp by a Shahid suicide bomber. 2016.07.11 Somalia Lanto Buro 11 6 At least eleven others are killed by a Fedayeen suicide...
  • Soldiers’ Union: Only German Citizens Should Serve

    07/14/2016 8:55:39 AM PDT · by C19fan · 7 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 14, 2016 | Chris Tomlinson
    A German soldiers’ union has come out against proposed plans to allow non-German citizens into the Bundeswehr which could hamper plans for a European Union (EU) army.
  • Revealed: US Air Force Is Planning to Build a Super A-10 Warthog

    07/13/2016 7:37:36 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 48 replies
    The Buzz ^ | 11 July 2016 | Kris Osborn
    Senior service officials are now exploring “draft requirements” concepts – and evaluating the kind of avionics, engineering, weapons, armor and technical redundancy the aircraft would need, Air Force officials told Scout Warrior. As a result, the Air Force will be looking for the “optimal” type of close-air-support platform by weighing various considerations such as what the differences might be between existing aircraft and future developmental platforms.
  • Russia may have lied about losing a gunship to ISIS

    07/12/2016 4:01:33 PM PDT · by BBell · 9 replies
    https://www.washingtonpost.com ^ | 7/12/16 | By Andrew Roth and Thomas Gibbons-Neff
    MOSCOW — It was a heroic and straightforward story, according to the Russian Ministry of Defense. It also wasn’t true, say military analysts and news reports. Two Russian pilots were killed Friday in Syria when a Syrian Mi-25 helicopter was shot down by the Islamic State militant group near the city of Palmyra, the ministry said. The pilots were on a training mission when they received an urgent request to fight off an Islamic State offensive that threatened to capture an important, elevated position nearby. “Crew commander Ryafagat Khabibulin made a decision to attack the terrorists,” the state-run Tass news...
  • Deputize All CCW NRA Members (vanity)

    07/11/2016 8:07:36 PM PDT · by Eddie01 · 34 replies
    Ed's head | 7/11/2016 (free slurpee day) | Eddie01
    When the POTUS is angling for a national police force and claims local law enforcement can't handle the crisis he created, it is time for all local police to deputize all patriots to participate in the war against America. I'll wear the star and come to the aid of our embattled police. That's how it was done in the old west, that's how it should be done again.
  • Russia Offers India Nuclear-Powered Supercarrier

    07/11/2016 11:30:56 AM PDT · by C19fan · 16 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | July 12, 2016 | Franz-Stefan Gady
    Last week, a Russian delegation visiting New Delhi offered the Indian Navy Russia’s latest supercarrier design, dubbed Project 23000E Shtorm (Storm), for purchase, Defense News reports, based on information provided by a senior Indian Navy official. According to the article, a Russian diplomat based in India confirmed that an offer has been made.
  • My Fighting Season’ Review: Bands of Brothers in Afghanistan

    07/10/2016 12:16:53 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 11 replies
    WSJ ^ | 7 July 2016 | NANCY DEWOLF SMITH
    Combat never looked more real or sounded louder than in this docuseries with helmet-camera film shot by U.S. soldiers at war with the Taliban.... The six episodes on DirecTV of the Afghan War docuseries “My Fighting Season” revolve around combat footage shot by members of the U.S. Army. From the July 5 episode’s opening explosion and shout of “F—ing Christ!” to the cascade of rifle-shell casings flying inches from a helmet camera during a firefight in an alley with unseen Taliban gunmen, the action feels 100% authentic because it is.... Now and then the tension is broken. Once, it’s by...
  • Cable Snap On USS Eisenhower During Landing

    07/09/2016 4:17:18 PM PDT · by fella · 50 replies
    Cable Snap On USS Eisenhower During Landing Eight sailors were injured aboard the USS Eisenhower when an arresting cable snapped during an E-2C Hawkeye's landing in March 2016.
  • When the Enemy Is the Elements

    07/09/2016 9:14:32 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 4 replies
    WSJ ^ | 8 July 2016 | DAVID MORRIS
    “Grunt” is illuminating and gross in equal measure. We are treated (if treated is the right word) to an entire chapter on how the military deals with diarrhea. As Ms. Roach points out, American troops often find themselves operating overseas, in lands foreign both to their minds and to their bowels. This presents some, well, challenges to the human body, and in one unforgettable scene she describes a Navy SEAL who soils himself on operations in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Ms. Roach goes on to cite William Osler’s observation that, over the centuries, dysentery “has been more fatal to soldiers...
  • Cable snaps on USS Eisenhower during landing

    07/09/2016 8:30:40 AM PDT · by Snickering Hound · 59 replies
    Youtube ^ | 7-8-2016
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-EHwYOfY94 Hope the pilot has some extra underwear around.
  • Head of Fallujah liberation offers views on upcoming Mosul battle

    07/08/2016 9:35:11 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 2 replies
    Al Monitor ^ | Mustafa Saadoun
    On the outskirts of Fallujah, the commander of the Fallujah liberation operations, Lt. Gen. Abdul-Wahab al-Saadi, stood smiling and surrounded by troops from the Counterterrorism Service. He talked to them about the city, long touted as impregnable to any outside force. His men laughed heartily and shared stories of the storming of the city. He exchanged bits of conversation with them, agreeing with some and disagreeing with others. He joked with them all, as they stood by him taking pictures. Since the Fallujah offensive was launched, social networking sites have been awash with smiling selfies showing Iraqi army soldiers and...
  • Marine’s defense for disseminating classified information will cite Hillary Clinton’s case

    07/07/2016 3:57:57 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 20 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 07/07/2016 | By Dan Lamothe
    A Marine Corps officer who has been locked in a legal battle with his service after self-reporting that he improperly disseminated classified information will use Hillary Clinton’s email case to fight his involuntary separation from the service, his lawyer said. Maj. Jason Brezler’s case has been tied up in federal court since he sued the service in December 2014. He became a cause celebre among some members of Congress, Marine generals and military veterans after he sent a classified message using an unclassified Yahoo email account to warn fellow Marines in southern Afghanistan about a potentially corrupt Afghan police chief....
  • Vanity: Until proven otherwise Hillary's unsecured email killed Seal Team 6

    07/07/2016 2:01:53 PM PDT · by DAC21 · 22 replies
    7-8-2016 | DAC21
    She should prove otherwise
  • F-35 Stealth Fighter vs. A-10 Warthog: The Ultimate Close Air Support Showdown

    07/06/2016 3:50:50 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 64 replies
    nationalinterest.org ^ | 5 July 2016 | Kris Osborn
    If the aircraft loses all of its electronics including its digital displays and targeting systems, the pilot of an A-10 can still fly, drop general purpose bombs and shoot the 30mm cannon, Haden explained. “So when I lose all the computers and the calculations, the targeting pod and the heads up display, you can still point the aircraft using a degraded system at the target and shoot. We are actually trained for that,” he said.
  • The wizard war in orbit (part 3), SIGINT satellites go to war

    07/06/2016 10:06:05 AM PDT · by Purdue77 · 7 replies
    The Space Review ^ | 5 July 2016 | Dwayne A. Day
    By early 1968, the United States military was involved in an escalating ground and air war in Vietnam. American aircraft were being shot down at the rate of nearly one a day, and Operation Rolling Thunder, the bombing of North Vietnam, was in full swing as B-52s unloaded racks of bombs over the jungle. The US Air Force was engaged in a constant battle against Vietnamese SA-2 surface to air missiles (SAMs), jamming them and spoofing them, electrons dueling invisibly in the air. American airmen with the job of physically destroying the missiles, going by the name Wild Weasels, went...
  • BAE Systems reveals plans for Chemputer 3D printer that chemically grows military drones

    07/05/2016 5:04:13 PM PDT · by Reeses · 9 replies
    www.3ders.org ^ | Jul 4, 2016 | Alec
    As several recent military conflicts have emphasized, warfare is changing. The focus is shifting to attrition, guerilla warfare and home front terror, and as a result many militaries are working hard to become more flexible and create military forces that can rapidly adapt to any situation. It’s exactly why 3D printers are finding their way to warships for on-the-fly repairs and alterations. But a team of UK scientists and engineers from the University of Glasgow and BAE Systems are already looking much further than that. They are working on a chemical 3D printer called the Chemputer, which can grow highly...
  • Sailor seriously injured after fall on board USS Kearsarge

    07/05/2016 4:24:04 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 15 replies
    WVEC ^ | July 01, 2016
    NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- A woman is in critical condition after she fell down an elevator shaft on board the USS Kearsage. The Navy says the incident happened Thursday around 11 a.m., when the sailor was working near the shaft and somehow fell down several decks.
  • An Appeal to Heaven

    07/05/2016 1:48:23 PM PDT · by who knows what evil? · 34 replies
    July 5, 2016 | who knows what evil?
    There is a thread currently running here at Free Republic asking posters to fly the U.S. Flag upside-down as a sign that the Nation is in distress. Disagreement with the proposal abounds, so I have an alternate suggestion: why not fly the 'An Appeal to Heaven' flag from the days of the American Revolution. Flying it would be stepping away from the historical significance of this flag, but I believe the message is appropriate. We need the decent people of this country to make 'An Appeal to Heaven', because that is the ONLY way we put an end to this...
  • Food City- Salute

    07/05/2016 7:55:18 AM PDT · by bigbob · 3 replies
    Youtube ^ | 7-1-13 | Food City
    At Food City, we honor those people that serve and protect our country, and we know that without the men and women who watch out for us, we would not have any of the luxuries we do. We are the land of the free because of the brave and we salute you!
  • Iran’s Battle Buggy Looks Like It’s From a Bad ’80s Sci-Fi Movie

    07/05/2016 7:25:15 AM PDT · by C19fan · 43 replies
    War is Boring ^ | July 3, 2016 | Robert Beckhusen
    In May, the Iranian military tested the Fallagh tank for the first time during the Beit-ul-Moqaddas 28 war game. But the term “tank” is pushing it. The Fallagh is more a tracked, armored battle buggy with a 12.7-millimeter DShK machine gun bolted onto the top. Iranian army Gen. Masoud Reza Zawarei told Mashregh News — an agency affiliated with the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps — that the Fallagh “has incredible power considering its weight and is very quick.”
  • Just watched "Eye in the Sky" movie and...

    07/04/2016 11:36:36 PM PDT · by EinNYC · 23 replies
    DVD | July 5, 2016 | Me, Myself, & I
    I just finished watching "Eye in the Sky" starring Helen Mirren, the late Alan Rickman, and some other excellent actors. The movie is notable because it clearly illustrates how the military of countries like the U.S. and Britain have to wage war with their hands tied due to political fallout. I was flabbergasted as I watched to see that every single darn move the military wanted to make on some high value, long-sought Muzzie baddies had to be cleared by ever-higher political nabobs, even when mini drone cameras showed them suiting up in suicide vests and likely to leave the...
  • HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA!

    07/04/2016 9:01:24 AM PDT · by patriot08 · 20 replies
    7/4/16 | Patriot08
    Happy birthday, America!Photo- skyline of my home town, Corpus Christi,Tx God bless the USA! If tomorrow all the things were goneI’d worked for all my life,And I had to start againwith just my children and my wife,I’d thank my lucky starsto be living here today, ‘Cause the flag still stands for freedom and they can’t take that away. I’m proud to be an American where at least I know I’m free, And I won’t forget the men who died who gave that right to me, And I gladly stand up next to you and defend her still today,‘Cause there ain’t...
  • New Directions

    07/04/2016 7:31:35 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 11 replies
    WSJ ^ | 24 June 2016 | KONSTANTIN KAKAES
    On the way to Desert Storm, U.S. troops stopped in California in order to buy consumer GPS units at local stores.... Mr. Milner is a brisk and funny guide to the bureaucratic and technological infighting in the U.S. military, which created GPS over the course of several decades beginning in the immediate aftermath of the 1957 launch of Sputnik, the world’s first artificial satellite. GPS predecessors included Transit, built by the U.S. Navy to track its nuclear submarines, and Timation, built by a different part of the Navy. A rival Air Force program called 621B was underfunded, Mr. Milner says,...
  • A Happy & Safe 4th of July to ALL !

    07/04/2016 3:30:07 AM PDT · by Tainan · 14 replies
    self ^ | 04 Jul 2016 | Self
    Just like the title says - A Happy & Safe 4th of July to mt Fellow Freepes!
  • 29 Palms Survey, again? (Vanity)

    07/04/2016 2:28:33 AM PDT · by packrat01 · 3 replies
    self | self
    I was watching a Chuck Baldwin sermon on John chapter 7 titled "Elitists have always hated Jesus". It is one of three sermons on a DVD labeled "Christ and the Pharisees". About 34 minutes into the sermon, he mentions that 25% of those surveyed in 1995 replied "Yes" when asked if they would fire on Americans. Shortly after, he stated that the number was 66% in 2013. I have been trying to verify the 66% figure. I found one article posted on the 'net, where that number was given as current (in 2013); but have been unable to verify the...
  • Is Oath Keepers dying? (vanity)

    07/04/2016 2:23:29 AM PDT · by packrat01 · 16 replies
    Self | Self
    I joined as a member last week. 'bout time, eh? I have since learned that there are "Sticky" forum posts that have dead info, that Admins and Moderators are tough to contact (or don't reply), and that some links don't work. e.g. their FAQ link is dead. Their OK Molon Labe oath (signup) is dead. So the question is posed; Is Oath Keepers dying? Are there in fact fewer Oath Keepers, or has the BHO administration shoved some back underground? I was once told that there are NO EX-Marines. Once a Marine, always a Marine. I would like to think...
  • Repeat of "In-Depth" with Sebastian Junger Scheduled for 1:00 AM on C-Span2

    07/03/2016 4:37:49 PM PDT · by Intolerant in NJ · 3 replies
    C-Span2 ^ | 07/03/16 | Intolerant in NJ
    This month's "In-Depth" on C-Span2 featuring Sebastian Junger is scheduled for repeat tonight at 1:00 AM EDT. Junger wrote the original journalistic version which was adapted into the movie "The Perfect Storm" and has produced several award-winning documentaries including "Restrepo", about his time embedded with our troops fighting in Afghanistan. His latest book is "Tribe", dealing broadly with his theories about people's need to belong to groups for meaning and purpose, and more specifically with his interest in war and how, although it is a dangerous and frightening experience, those involved in fighting actually value the experience and can come...
  • The Civil War in Four Minutes

    07/03/2016 11:22:22 AM PDT · by Beowulf9 · 53 replies
    http://www.civilwar.org/education/in4/ ^ | Jun 26, 2013 | Civil War Trust
    "Historian Garry Adelman describes the events that took place during the Battle of Gettysburg from July 1-July 3, 1863." I found this video very well done in just 4 minutes. Gave me a good start to understanding this complex battle and also something to think about on this day of Pickett's Charge. I don't know how many of you here are well versed with the way the battle went but for me it's still a learning experience.
  • Gettysburg 20th Maine bayonet charge at Little Round Top

    07/02/2016 9:23:58 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 30 replies
    civilwar.org ^ | JAMES R. BRANN
    Late in the afternoon of July 2, 1863, on a boulder-strewn hillside in southern Pennsylvania, Union Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain dashed headlong into history, leading his 20th Maine Regiment in perhaps the most famous counterattack of the Civil War.
  • Army Veteran Rescues Eagle Stuck In Tree (MN)

    07/01/2016 9:43:09 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 19 replies
    WCCO.com ^ | 7/1/16 | John Lauritsen
    It’s the Fourth of July weekend, so it’s fitting to hear a story about an eagle rescued by a veteran. Earlier this week, Jason Galvin and his neighbors noticed an eagle dangling from a tree near Rush City. Its leg was caught in a piece of rope that was wrapped around a branch, about 70 feet off the ground. “I thought it was dead at the time,” Jason said. “I took a closer look with binoculars and saw that the head was moving, and I knew it was very much alive.” Jason and his wife Jackie called the police, the...
  • Marines instructors under investigation after death of Muslim recruit

    07/01/2016 8:32:47 PM PDT · by PROCON · 42 replies
    csmonitor.com ^ | June 30, 2016 | Aidan Quigley
    The Marines have launched an internal investigation into staff at a boot camp in Parris Island, S.C., after Muslim recruit Raheel Siddiqui died in an apparent suicide 11 days after arriving. Fifteen drill instructors are now under investigation, as scrutiny increases of military practices that many believe cross the line from teasing, camaraderie, and toughening-up into danger. The Parris Island drill instructors face allegations of hazing, assault, and physical abuse, the Marines announced Thursday. The probe into Mr. Siddiqui's death has sparked a wider investigation into wrongdoing in his training unit, known as the "Thumping Third Battalion," as The Wall...
  • USAF Recruiting

    07/01/2016 5:22:09 PM PDT · by equaviator · 43 replies
    HereNow | 1July16 | Equaviator
    Can't remember the last time I saw or heard a new recruitment ad on radio or TV for the US Marines, Air Force, Navy, Coast Guard, Army...WTF?
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz Served Class Action Lawsuit for Rigging Primaries

    07/01/2016 2:40:56 PM PDT · by Be Careful · 33 replies
    The Observer ^ | 6/30/16 | Michael Saint
    On June 28, the Miami-based law firm Beck & Lee filed a class action lawsuit against the Democratic National Committee and DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz. “There are essentially six legal claims we are asserting in this lawsuit on behalf of the composed class members,” said attorney Jared Beck in a YouTube video announcing the lawsuit. “The first is a claim for fraud—against the DNC and Debbie Wasserman Schultz—based on the revelations from the recent Guccifer 2.0 documents purportedly taken from the DNC’s own computer network.” The Guccifer 2.0 documents include internal memos in which the DNC broke legally binding...
  • Openly Trans Soldier Speaks: ‘I Feel Liberated’ by the End of Pentagon’s Transgender Ban

    07/01/2016 10:14:56 AM PDT · by C19fan · 50 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | June 30, 2016 | Nancy A. Youseff
    Even before the U.S. military ended its ban Thursday on transgender service members openly serving, Army Sgt. Ken Ochoa, 26, already knew what it meant to openly serve. Ochoa, who joined the military in 2010, transitioned in 2014, well before the military considered lifting the ban. He heard that other troops had made the transition and discovered an inner peace that came with the change. So he made the decision to follow suit, knowing he would silently become a different person before his fellow soldiers, his company commander, and his friends around the base.
  • US-led coalition refused multiple requests by Iraq's MoD to hit this convoy.

    07/01/2016 8:51:27 AM PDT · by fella · 39 replies
    LiveLeak ^ | 30 June 2016 | mvlazysusa
    US-led coalition refused multiple requests by Iraq's MoD to hit this convoy. Iraqis had to act independently.
  • Battle of the Somme: Royals at Somme centenary commemoration

    07/01/2016 7:45:08 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 11 replies
    bbc ^ | 1 july 2016
    More than a million men were killed or wounded on all sides at the Somme. The Battle of the Somme, one of WW1's bloodiest, was fought in northern France and lasted five months, with the British suffering almost 60,000 casualties on the first day alone... This was followed by the hymn Abide With Me... "It was in many ways the saddest day in the long story of our nation."
  • Is The F-35 Superior to Russian and Chinese 5th Gen Aircraft?

    07/01/2016 7:31:30 AM PDT · by Purdue77 · 45 replies
    Scout.com ^ | 29 June 2016 | Kris Osborn
    An F-35 fighter pilot says he would be confident flying the Joint Strike Fighter against any enemy in the world, including Russian and Chinese 5th Generation stealth fighters. An F-35 Joint Strike Fighter would be able to use its sensors, weapons and computer technology to destroy Russian and Chinese 5th-Generation Stealth fighters in a high-end combat fight, service officials said. “There is nothing that I have seen from maneuvering an F-35 in a tactical environment that leads me to assume that there is any other airplane I would rather be in. I feel completely comfortable and confident in taking that...
  • McCain Promises Hearings on Military's New Transgender Policy, Including the Cost

    07/01/2016 7:06:54 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 1, 2016 | 9:30 AM EDT | Susan Jones
    The chairmen of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees say they want answers from the Obama administration on its new transgenders-in-the-military policy. Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, is questioning whether transgender troops will meet military readiness requirements. And Sen. John McCain, his Senate counterpart, is promising hearings on the matter. “It’s very hard for me right now to make a judgment,” McCain told Fox News on Thursday. “I will be calling up the chiefs of the services, those men in uniform who are the heads of the military, and asking their views,...
  • Airpower Classics - Air Force Magazine

    07/01/2016 5:11:35 AM PDT · by Purdue77 · 18 replies
    Air Force Magazine | Various | Air Force Magazine
    In case anyone is interested: 1 Airpower Classics - January -- Jaguar 2 Airpower Classics - February -- Predator 3 Airpower Classics - March -- B2 Spirit 4 Airpower Classics - April -- V22 Osprey 5 Airpower Classics - May -- C17 Globemaster III 6 Airpower Classics - June -- E8 Joint STARS 7 Airpower Classics - July -- F-35
  • How J.R.R. Tolkien Found Mordor on the Western Front

    07/01/2016 5:10:02 AM PDT · by C19fan · 23 replies
    NY Times ^ | June 30, 2016 | Joseph Laconte
    IN the summer of 1916, a young Oxford academic embarked for France as a second lieutenant in the British Expeditionary Force. The Great War, as World War I was known, was only half-done, but already its industrial carnage had no parallel in European history. “Junior officers were being killed off, a dozen a minute,” recalled J. R. R. Tolkien. “Parting from my wife,” he wrote, doubting that he would survive the trenches, “was like a death.”