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  • Teen With Cancer Gets to Be Marine for a Day

    07/28/2015 8:23:58 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | Published at 10:23 PM PDT on Jul 27, 2015 Source: http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/Teen-With | Brie Stimson
    Marines at Camp Pendleton served their community in a different way Saturday by granting the Make-A-Wish of a Poway teenager battling cancer. James Gallant, who is on the verge of turning 16, was just diagnosed with brain cancer. His wish? To be a Marine for the day. “James has loved the military since he was two years old and always wanted to be a part of it,” James’ mother, Sarah Silverstein, told Marines at Camp Pendleton. During his two years of junior ROTC in high school, James became especially interested in Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD). So to make his wish...
  • Every Marine is a Carbineman: USMC may switch to M4

    07/28/2015 11:44:21 AM PDT · by C19fan · 24 replies
    Guns.com ^ | July 28, 2015 | Max Slowik
    Marine Corps leaders have made the long-awaited proposal to adopt the M4 carbine as the standard Marine infantry rifle. The recommendation wouldn’t completely phase out the currently-standard M16, but it would push the archetypal rifle into a support role. This follows in the Army’s footsteps, which began the transition to M4s more than 20 years ago. The M4 is in use with the Marines for select roles and is issued to officers as well.
  • Pearl Harbor Memorial

    Here is a moving tribute to the veterans of the USS Arizona that I didn't know about.
  • Caption this Marine Recruit picture (Vanity)

    07/28/2015 11:01:34 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 65 replies
  • Remains of 36 unidentified Marines from WWII battle return

    07/27/2015 5:55:13 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 8 replies
    The military and a private organization have brought home the remains of 36 Marines killed in one of World War II's bloodiest battles. A group called History Flight recovered the remains from the remote Pacific atoll of Tarawa, the U.S. Marine Corps said. A ceremony was held Sunday in Pearl Harbor to mark their return.
  • A Manhattan Project Veteran Had a Unique View of Atomic Bomb Work

    07/26/2015 8:34:14 PM PDT · by Theoria · 24 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 26 July 2015 | James Barron
    Benjamin Bederson turned past the page in the diary from long ago, the page he had burned a hole through, and mentioned things he had done since that summer of 1945. “Was an experimental atomic physicist,” he said. “Worked as a professor at New York University, taught almost every course in physics, was editor in chief of the American Physical Society and helped usher physics journals into the electronic age.” He left out the part about helping to usher in the atomic age — the part about testing the ignition switches for the atomic bomb that was dropped on Nagasaki...
  • How can Pilots be protected from bright and blinding Laser Beams when pointed up from the ground?

    07/26/2015 12:44:12 AM PDT · by lee martell · 38 replies
    July, 26, 2015 | lee martell
    The safety of pilots, crew members and passengers has been put at risk repeatedly by people shining laser beams into the cockpit. I don't know very much at all about aviation, probably less than the average person. I do know that I have always been impressed by the Blue Angels as they fly in formation during their annual visit to San Francisco. Considering how well known, and documented this hazard is, and how vulnerable the pilots are, I'm surprised there has been no resolution to the problem. We may as well face it, there will always be goofballs, anarchists, and...
  • Here’s What Warfare May Be Like in 2025

    07/25/2015 11:17:06 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 35 replies
    We Are the Mighty ^ | JULY 23, 2015 | David Nye
    Here’s what warfare may be like in 2025 DAVID NYE JULY 23, 2015 With the technology of war rapidly changing, military leaders will have to rewrite the books on tactics and strategy. Here’s WATM’s take on what an infantry assault will look like in 2025, considering that by then we’ll have cyborg insects, powered body armor, and steerable sniper rounds. The mission TALOS Iron man suit A rifle platoon is tasked with assaulting a compound consisting of four buildings using only their own manpower plus a sniper team. They will be wearing TALOS armor, an “Iron Man”-like suit which covers...
  • Sen. Heller, John McCain Wouldn't Accept Amendment to Arm Troops on Bases Before Chattanooga Attack

    07/25/2015 12:42:50 PM PDT · by conservativejoy · 22 replies
    http://www.breitbart.com ^ | 7/25/2015 | AWR Hawkins
    During a July 23 interview on the Lars Larson Show, Senator Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV) said that in June he “submitted an amendment” to the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) “to give military base commanders the authority to allow service members to carry personal firearms.” That was weeks before the heinous attack on Chattanooga, but he says the amendment went nowhere because Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) “didn’t want the amendment as part of the bill and wouldn’t accept it.” On July 21–just 5 days after the heinous attack in Chattanooga–Senator Heller re-introduced his amendment...
  • Hillary And Communications Security

    07/25/2015 4:52:29 PM PDT · by blueunicorn6 · 13 replies
    blueunicorn6 | 7/25/2015 | blueunicorn6
    We have all been watching the story unfold about Hillary Clinton and her e-mails. She refused to use the communications systems provided for her by the American taxpayers. Those systems are "secure", meaning that no unauthorized person can read or hear the communications. Hillary Clinton chose to not use the taxpayer provided secure system. This meant that the government agencies designed to provide secure communications and prevent the enemy from knowing our most important secrets, were intentionally bypassed by our Secretary of State. If you want to know how important communications security is, look at World War II. We knew...
  • Disabled Rock Hill veteran vows to fly American flag, whether HOA likes it or Not

    07/25/2015 7:23:11 AM PDT · by NotchJohnson · 18 replies
    The rock hill herald ^ | 7/23/15 | Andrew Dys
    ROCK HILL After five combat tours, including Iraq and Afghanistan, Marine Corps veteran Gary Pittman of Rock Hill believes he has earned the right to honor the nation he fought for by raising and lowering the American flag every day. He wants to fly the stars and stripes prominently – from a flagpole in his front yard. He also wants to fly the Marine Corps flag underneath the American flag on the same flagpole. Pittman has applied for a permit from the Norwood Ridge Homeowners Association, but he has not yet been given an answer. Read more here: http://www.heraldonline.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/andrew-dys/article28406581.html#storylink=cpy
  • Report predicts drones and supersoldiers are the future of warfare

    07/25/2015 4:55:15 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 2 replies
    News.com ^ | 07/24/15
    The report, Visualizing the Tactical Ground Battlefield in the Year 2050, was the result of a workshop held with leaders from the US Defence Department, Army Research Lab, Institute for Defence Analysis and a select number of academia. In the world envisioned, armed drones will patrol the skies searching for enemy targets to eliminate. The use of drones in the current military landscape dictates it is always a human that decides to pull the trigger, but the report suggests soldiers may only have limited control over the smart-robots of the future. “The difference being that in the former, human decisions...
  • Navajo Code Talker Etsicitty Laid to Rest (93)

    07/24/2015 10:41:55 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    KOB4 ^ | 07/24/2015 | Devin Neeley
    Friday, the Navajo Nation laid to rest another Navajo Code Talker from World War II. Kee Etsicitty died on Tuesday at the age of 93. "We are here to pay our respects to our Code Talker and take him to his final resting place," said Chris West. West was with a group of motorcyclists who accompanied the funeral procession. Hundreds gathered to pay their last respects to one of the few remaining Code Talkers. Etsicitty was honored at the Sacred Heart Cathedral in Gallup. "Yeah, I am very proud of him. I love him as a father first, and my...
  • Military Times Honors Service Members of the Year in DC

    07/24/2015 2:58:14 PM PDT · by GreyHoundSailor · 8 replies
    US Navy ^ | 7/21/2015 | Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Tim D. Godbee
    The Navy's honoree was Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Sara Freeman, assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). "HM3 Freeman has a little over five years in the Navy," said Deputy Chief of Naval Operations, Integration of Capabilities and Recourses, Vice Adm. Joseph Malloy. "In this time she has done almost as much as the average senior chief. Her efforts as command pregnancy coordinator pushed women's health readiness to 89 percent. She also administered 1,556 health assessments, nearly 4,000 immunizations, qualified 12 CPR instructors and 54 basic life support students, helping Ike net a 99 percent...
  • Korean War POW Has Little Respect for Trump

    07/24/2015 2:26:46 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 33 replies
    Sandusky Register ^ | JUL 22, 2015 | Tom Jackson
    Sandusky veteran spent more than two years as prisoner of Chinese Many Americans took offense when Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump derided U.S. Sen. John McCain's war record — which included more than five years in a North Vietnamese prison. But for former Korean War prisoner of war John Koopman, 82, the disdain was personal. "I think Donald Trump ought to be a prisoner of war for one day, and then say to McCain what he had said," said Koopman, 82, a patient at Stein Hospice on the south campus of Firelands Regional Medical Center in Sandusky. Trump, while speaking...
  • Indiana Guard Armory, Michigan City

    07/23/2015 10:51:47 AM PDT · by Paul46360 · 6 replies
    7-23-15 | Me
    While driving past the local National Guard armory yesterday everything was looking normal.Today there are Humvee's blocking both entrances.Wonder if threat level has increased?
  • Sacred Honor and all....

    07/23/2015 10:36:11 AM PDT · by waterhill · 13 replies
    today | kcgordon
    What the heck is wrong with us? Are we to be slayed? Are we to give up? I would go and challenge, yet I would be called a 'nutjob' or worse, 'a terrorist'. Why are we not tarring and feathering? Or hanging for that matter? These people are playing us for fools.... Just mad, I will stand by y'all and watch liberty burn as no one wants to disrupt pizza and football....Do not get me started on the RedSkins.....
  • Around Livermore: Korean War Vets Honored at VA Center

    07/22/2015 9:38:46 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | 7/22 | Nora Heston Tarte
    It's impossible to say "thank you" enough to the men and women who have served our country. You may acknowledge a grey-haired man wearing a veteran ball cap as you pass him on the streets, or nod your head toward the young soldier carrying a flag during the Fourth of July parade, but it will never truly be enough. There will always be more we could give to those who gave everything for America. In a continued effort to show their appreciation for America and its military, the South Korean Consulate awarded 13 local Korean War veterans the Ambassador for...
  • These Marines Lost Legs in Afghanistan and Now Hunt Child Predators

    07/22/2015 8:14:56 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Military.com ^ | Richard Sisk | Jul 16, 2015
    The fist bump was their thing in Afghanistan, where both Marines lost legs in the same attack, and the fist bump is still their thing in the hunt for child predators under a special law enforcement program to train and hire medically retired veterans. Cpl. Justin Gaertner and Sgt. Gabriel Martinez in their dress blues bumped fists at an event earlier this year in Florida, just as they bumped fists while recovering from their wounds. Gaertner, 26, of Tampa, Fla., has been partnered for the last two years with retired Army Special Forces Staff Sgt. Nathan Cruz, 42, executing the...
  • The Greatest Generation vs. the Dependence Generation

    07/22/2015 1:18:00 PM PDT · by rfreedom4u · 11 replies
    The Patriot Retort ^ | May 9, 2015 | Dianny
    In his weekly address today, Barack Obama lauded the Greatest Generation — the men and women who fought for freedom and won the Second World War. In his address, Obama said this howler: Let’s make sure that we keep striving to fulfill our founding ideals—that we’re a country where no matter who we are or where we’re from or what we look like or who we love, if we work hard and take responsibility, every American will have the opportunity to make of our lives what we will. Note that again: “If we work hard and take responsibility, every American...
  • The F-35: Throwing Good Money after Bad

    07/22/2015 7:29:54 AM PDT · by C19fan · 12 replies
    National Review ^ | July 22, 2015 | Mike Fredenburg
    The F-35 program could cripple U.S. defense for decades to come. “You could argue it [the F-35] was already one of the biggest white elephants in history a long time ago,” stated former U.K. defense chief Nick Harvey in a May interview. Harvey then doubled down, saying there is “not a cat in hell’s chance” the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) would be combat-ready by 2018. While it is noteworthy that a person of Harvey’s stature would level such harsh criticisms, his statement merely reflects the conclusions of reports by the U.S. Defense Department’s Director of Operational Test & Evaluation (DOT&E),...
  • Sign The Petition to Deport John McCain

    07/20/2015 3:37:39 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 17 replies
    John McCain advocates policies that pose a clear and present danger to the United States, including, but not limited to: Facilitated corruption in Keating Five scandal Opposed efforts to rescue POWs Worked with Marxist radicals Ted Kennedy and Marco Rubio on amnesty plan to flood America with hordes of far-left future Democrats. Blatantly lied to voters about building border fence during reelection campaign. Encouraged Lois Lerner to persecute Tea Party groups. Collaborated with Hillary Clinton to overthrow U.S. ally in Libya, installing Islamic radicals in its place. Encouraged illegal Nazi coup in Ukraine to benefit defense lobbyists friends. Created and...
  • Quick Navy Question

    07/19/2015 9:50:15 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 10 replies
    Vanity ^ | 19 July, 2015 | Self
    I have a picture of my uncle in his navy uniform, W.W.2 era. I know nothing about Navy ranks. Can somebody tell me his rank by looking at the chevron on his sleeve and translate it to, E2,E3,E4, etc. I will post the pic in reply number 1 as I don't know how to post it in the body of the article. Thanks.
  • Who's the Real McCain

    07/19/2015 10:14:41 AM PDT · by Manchuwarrior · 38 replies
    CNN IReport ^ | 09 October 2008 | Thruthtold 504
    Navy pilot John Sidney McCain III should have never been allowed to graduate from the U.S. Navy flight school. He was a below average student and a lousy pilot.
  • San Diego Marine Remembers Tenn. Shooting Victim

    07/19/2015 12:48:51 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | Saturday, Jul 18, 2015 | Candice Nguyen
    Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan was one of four U.S. Marines gunned down in Chattanooga on July 16A San Diego-based retired Marine is sharing memories of his friend and fellow service member, Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan, one of the five service members gunned down in Chattanooga, Tenn., Thursday in what law enforcement authorities are investigating as an act of domestic terrorism. Marine Staff Sergeant (ret.) Clayton Treska served with Sullivan between 1998 and 2002. They were in the same battalion in Camp Lejeune and then the same unit at Marine Corps Base Quantico. Treska knew Sullivan as “Sully.” “Sully was always...
  • Alameda: USS Hornet Museum's Chaplain Dies

    07/18/2015 11:22:26 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    The chaplain of the USS Hornet Museum, located in Alameda, died on Sunday, museum officials announced. Chaplain John Berger would have been 95 next month. Berger was a WWII veteran and had served as the Hornet's chaplain since 1998, when the museum opened to the public, according to museum officials. He conducted nondenominational services and invocations at public events, museum officials said. The USS Hornet is an aircraft carrier, which was in service in WWII. The ship recovered the Apollo 11 space capsule and first men to walk of the moon, according to the museum's website. Berger was known as...
  • Marine Corps special operators returning for New Orleans training

    07/18/2015 7:58:21 PM PDT · by BBell · 14 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 7/17/15 | Paul Purpura, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
    The last time Marine Corps special operators trained in New Orleans, military helicopters appeared suddenly in the night, dropping troops onto an Algiers building for a mock raid as thousands of people watched Endymion roll on Canal Street. The Marines are coming back for more. A 10-day exercise begins Saturday (July 18), in the New Orleans area and two sites in Mississippi, a Marine Corps Special Operations Command spokesman said this week in alerting the public.Calling it "realistic military training," the command puts Marines through scenario-based exercises in and near civilian communities "to replicate realistic conditions," Capt. Barry Morris said...
  • Celebrating Hispanic values: Marine recruiting billboard

    07/17/2015 5:28:42 PM PDT · by heartwood · 21 replies
    7/17/2015 | self
    I saw this billboard from the Pennsylvania Turnpike today. Seems divisive, to me. Seems like the PC gods would never countenance a recruiting poster that celebrated white values. Seems like the empire is recruiting foreigners for its legions, in preference to its own, or because its own don't want to serve. The picture isn't mine. I found it online at this Kansas source, dated three years ago, the author reacting much as I did.But the tin gods still think it's a good idea.
  • Where is the shooter's family?

    07/17/2015 4:20:04 PM PDT · by Mmogamer · 63 replies
    Vanity ^ | 07.17.15 | me
    Any word on them at all?
  • The black president some worried about has arrived (Washington Post)

    07/17/2015 1:52:12 PM PDT · by dennisw · 21 replies
    washingtonpost. ^ | July 15 | Janell Ross
    President Obama address NAACP, calls for prison reform(45:49) President Obama said the nation can no longer "close their eyes" to racial inequality in the criminal justice system as he called for reform during a speech to the NAACP's 106th National Convention on Tuesday. (WhiteHouse.gov) There's this thing people sometimes say down South. So-and-so is "acting brand new." Sometimes that's a reference to people behaving like they don't know old friends and family — that they have evolved past their old crowd. Sometimes that's Southern-speak for the emboldened, people behaving like they either don't know the rules or have outright decided...
  • Belgium, Lux, North France Travel Planning: Which Historic Site & Battlefields Would You See?

    07/17/2015 12:32:02 PM PDT · by Robert A. Cook, PE · 34 replies
    NA | 16 July 2015 | RACookPE1978
    My daughter (A research librarian) and I are planning a 1 week north France-Belgium-Luxemburg trip later this fall to see the historic battlefields and "general sites" across the area. Would fly into Paris, go the the "usual" tourist sites there by tour bus, but then she wants to drive across the area looking at the area of the battlefields and sites across the region. Over 2000 years since the Roman conquests, there are obviously hundreds - if not thousands - of interesting sites. Equally, we want to go to the more interesting architectural and battlefields just to "see" what each...
  • Marine's surprise for family at ball game

    07/15/2015 12:28:09 PM PDT · by beaversmom · 7 replies
    13 WHAM ^ | July 8, 2015
    Rochester, N.Y. - There was a surprise at the start of the Red Wings game Tuesday for a Hilton family, as a loved one made an unexpected appearance. Jessica Mucci threw out the first pitch at the game, but didn't expect the catcher to be her brother - a U.S. Marine stationed at Camp Pendleton in California. Nicholas Mucci was not due back home until November, but he planned the surprise along with his father and cousin. "Complete shock," Jessica said after the reveal. "It took me a while to realize it was him." "I love to surprise my family,"...
  • Attempted robber pushes aside a firefighting Marine at a gas station (hilarity ensues)

    07/15/2015 10:05:08 AM PDT · by beaversmom · 49 replies
    IMGUR ^ | July 15, 2015 | HarvesterZERO
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  • Tale of beer served for fallen U.S. soldier spreads online

    07/15/2015 9:27:13 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 9 replies
    A Washington state bartender who fulfilled a woman's request to serve a beer for a brother who died fighting with U.S. forces in Iraq is honoring the man by keeping the bottle on display next to an American flag, in a story that has spread on social media. The woman ordered a Blue Moon and a Corona at a Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant in Tacoma on July 9, telling a bartender the second bottle was for her fallen brother, bartender Brian Avey said in a telephone interview on Tuesday. Avey, 37, who is supposed to serve just one beer at...
  • Put Up Memorials Thanking Union Families For Their Sacrifice For Emancipation

    07/15/2015 7:05:51 AM PDT · by Be Careful · 42 replies
    Civil War Trust ^ | July 15, 2015 | self
    With roughly 600K Union Lives given, the facts of this sacrifice should also be recognized and become a part of the discussion. And, a "Thank You" would be in order, as well.
  • Need advice from current/former military

    07/14/2015 4:41:28 PM PDT · by ParityErr · 42 replies
    self | self
    Hey all! I need some advice from former or current military members. My daughter and her high school sweetheart got married a couple of weeks ago. He's currently active duty Marine stationed at Camp Pendleton. He's been there only about a year. Great kid and great Marine. He had to return to base while she stays here while waiting until they can send their marriage license through channels so they can get their housing allowance and get an apartment. A little screw up has added a couple of weeks to the wait. The problem is that he pulled the trigger...
  • Caught on Video: Blue Angels’ Florida Flyby Buzzes Beachgoers, Sends Umbrellas Flying

    07/14/2015 3:31:52 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    A video uploaded to YouTube by MrJasonmx3 shows Angel #5 doing a low fly-by. While the aircraft did not appear to be at unsafe altitude, it was close enough to the ground to send tents and umbrellas flying in the air. According to reports, the maneuver was performed by Lt. Cmdr. Mark Tedrow. Tedrow is a Pennsylvania native who has been with the Blue Angels since September 2011. The performance occurred July 11.
  • Two pilots killed as Tu-95MS bomber crashes after all 4 engines fail

    07/14/2015 10:30:45 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 52 replies
    siberian times ^ | 14 july 2015 | The Siberian Times reporte
    Two pilots killed as Tu-95MS bomber crashes after all 4 engines fail Five crew safely parachuted from stricken jet in latest of spate of accidents afflicting military aircraft. The accident was the sixth involving Russian military aircraft this summer, reported news agencies. The ministry said the crash was probably caused by a malfunction, although other causes were not ruled out, reported Sputnik News Agency.
  • Wings Over The Rockies - The Movie as shown in Museum, with Harrison Ford (YT vid 10 minutes long)

    07/14/2015 12:57:09 AM PDT · by beaversmom · 18 replies
    Wings over the Rockies Via You Tube ^ | January 9, 2015 | Paul Richards
    This museum, on the old Lowry Air Force Base, is very close to my home. This is a short film they show in the theatre there...the Harrison Ford Theatre. It always makes me tear up and gives me chills. It looks even more beautiful on the theatre screen. I called about it a year or two ago as I wanted to share it with a FRiend, but it wasn't anywhere to access at that time. Now it's up on You Tube. Hope you enjoy, too.
  • NAACP wants removal of Confederate generals from Stone Mountain

    07/13/2015 6:15:13 PM PDT · by Mmogamer · 155 replies
    Wsb TV ^ | 07.13.15 | WSB TV
    STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. — The Atlanta chapter of the NAACP officially called for the elimination of all symbols of the Confederacy from Stone Mountain.
  • [Veterans Affairs] VA says it may shut down hospitals to close $2.5B budget gap

    07/13/2015 1:40:31 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 13, 2015 4:32 PM EDT | Matthew Daly
    The Department of Veterans Affairs says it may have to shut down some hospitals next month if Congress does not address a $2.5 billion shortfall for the current budget year. The VA told Congress Monday that it needs to cover shortfalls caused by an increased demand by veterans for health care, including costly treatments for hepatitis C. …
  • Rock-n-Roll=> Ted Nugent and Kid Rock Team Up to Record ‘Kiss My Rebel A$$’

    07/13/2015 11:36:54 AM PDT · by mojito · 11 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 7/13/2015 | Jim Hoft
    Ted Nugent and Kid Rock have teamed up to record a song in support of the Confederate flag. The song, titled “Kiss My Rebel A$$,” was reportedly written and recorded in the space of a day after Nugent, seeing that Kid Rock had invited anyone protesting his use of the flag at his concerts to “kiss my aSS,” reached out to express his support via text message. “When you get a text from the Nuge, you know you’ve done something right,” laughed Rock during a joint appearance the two made on WWJ Newsradio 950. Added Nugent, “Rock ‘n’ roll ain’t...
  • WWII Fighter Plane Pilot Honored on Her 99th Birthday

    07/12/2015 9:29:07 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    NBC News ^ | 7/12 | KATHRYN ROBINSON
    A World War II fighter pilot received an extra special present when vintage aircraft flew over Boeing Field, about five miles south of downtown Seattle, honoring Dorothy Olsen's 99th birthday, NBC Station KING reports. She was one of about 1,000 female pilots during the war and flew 22 different types of fighter planes from factories to U.S. Army Air Force bases from 1943 to 1945. After Olsen delivered the plane, male pilots would fly them overseas to combat destinations. Dorothy Olsen, left, watches the sky as vintage aircraft fly over Boeing Field, honoring her 99th birthday. "I've been lucky," Olsen...
  • While We're Doing The Flags, Here Are Some Other Confederate Things We Should Get Rid Of

    07/12/2015 9:11:31 AM PDT · by ladyjane · 75 replies
    FastCompany FastCoexist ^ | no date | Morgan Clendaniel
    In the wake of the shootings in Charleston, an amazing national groundswell of support has built for removing the Confederate flags that have flown from state capitals throughout the South. Businesses like Amazon, eBay, and Walmart have banned the selling of flags and flag-related material. The country's largest flag maker has said it will stop making the flag entirely. And guerrilla protestors around the country are starting to deface the statues honoring Confederate generals and politicians. But the reach of the Confederacy—and the almost-insane tone-deafness of organizations and politicians who celebrate its history—goes well beyond the flag and hides in...
  • Where is Travis Mcgee?

    07/12/2015 4:02:08 AM PDT · by spodefly · 90 replies
    My feeble mind ^ | 7/12/2015 | Spodefly
    I haven't seen Travis Mcgee for a while. His last post on FR was on 6/15, and his (Matt Bracken's) last Facebook posting was the same day. Anyone know the story?
  • Mt Tom Mass. Bomber crashes into Mt. Tom July 10, 1946

    07/11/2015 8:56:45 PM PDT · by ABN 505 · 10 replies
    The Fitchburg Sentinal ^ | 7/10/1946 | Stu Beitler
    Twenty-five army, navy and coast guard men -- the entire crew and passenger list of a converted Flying Fortress carrying the homeward-bound servicemen from Gander, Newfoundland -- were killed last night when the plane crashed against 1200-foot Mount Tom. Salvage crews summoned to the scene of New England's worst air disaster
  • Inside a B-29 Superfortress as Aviation Museum turns 20

    07/11/2015 4:31:43 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 45 replies
    kentucky.com ^ | 7-9-15 | Mark Cornelison
    See the inside of Fifi, the only B-29 Superfortress currently flying. It's part of the Aviation Museum of Kentucky's 20-year anniversary celebration.
  • No, the F-35 Can’t Fight at Long Range, Either

    07/10/2015 10:26:26 AM PDT · by C19fan · 45 replies
    War is Boring ^ | July 9, 2015 | Joseph Trevithick
    The Pentagon’s new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is dead meat in a close battle against even a dated two-seat F-16D fighter jet, according to a scathing test pilot report War Is Boring obtained. Don’t sweat it, JSF-maker Lockheed Martin responded. “The F-35’s technology is designed to engage, shoot and kill its enemy from long distances,” Lockheed’s F-35 team wrote in a press release on July 1.
  • Civil War-era soldier buried at San Diego national cemetery

    07/10/2015 8:32:18 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 15 replies
    Ap via Yahoo News ^ | 7/9/15 | JULIE WATSON
    A Civil War-era Medal of Honor recipient forgotten in an unmarked grave for nearly a century finally got a funeral Thursday when he was given full military honors and reburied at a national cemetery. The Army gave Sgt. Charles Schroeter a rifle salute and a bugler played taps on the cloudy morning at Miramar National Cemetery. Scores of veterans from past wars ranging from Vietnam to Afghanistan attended the ceremony. Some dressed in uniforms and dresses from the Civil War era. Among the crowd were two Medal of Honor recipients. Schroeter was found thanks to efforts to locate all those...
  • On Jade Helm 15...

    07/10/2015 7:28:32 AM PDT · by Patriot777 · 34 replies
    Patriot777
    I have seen multiple black SUVS in my area with blacked-out windows except for the windshield, which is a lighter sun shield but you can't see the occupants' faces. The license plates are regular Texas plates. I've seen just a few of these through the months, but seeing this many in one day...