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  • Putin unveils first new Russian tank since the end of the Cold War [tr]

    05/05/2015 7:26:10 AM PDT · by C19fan · 16 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 5, 2015 | Sara Malm
    Russia has unveiled its most powerful and sophisticated tank since the end of the Cold War in the latest warmongering exercise by Vladimir Putin. The T-14 Armata appeared in public for the first time yesterday, rumbling down a Moscow avenue on its way to Red Square as a crescendo of patriotic fervour gripped the country. The tank was taking part in final rehearsals for the Victory Day parade on Saturday, where it be the highlight of celebrations marking the 70th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany. Some 200 pieces of military hardware and 16,500 troops will take part in...
  • First Army Maneuvers 1935 1 of 2

    05/04/2015 10:35:50 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 3 replies
    YouTube ^ | 1935 | 152FieldArtillery's channel
    152nd Field Artillery participates in the First Army Maneuvers near Pine Camp NY in August 1935, as part of the 68th FA Brigade and the 43rd Division. For a companion reading piece, see the Field Artillery Journal article from the Nov-Dec 1935 edition: http://sill-www.army.mil/FAMAG/1935/N...
  • Wargames : Operation Sagebrush - United States Army : The Big Picture

    05/04/2015 10:28:32 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 10 replies
    YouTube ^ | 1955 | US Army BigPicture
    In 1955 the United States military conducted a large training exercise that covered a substantial portion of Louisiana. Named Operation Sagebrush, the focus of the exercise was to evaluate the effectiveness of military operations in a nuclear environment. The exercise lasted for 15 days with 85,000 troops
  • Your Army In The Making" - 1942 Carolina Maneuvers

    05/04/2015 10:25:00 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 1 replies
    YouTube ^ | 1942 | U.S. War Department
    Freely downloadable at the Internet Archive, where I first uploaded it. 1942 U.S. Army Film Bulletin #15 "Your Army In The Making." National Archives description: "On army maneuvers in North and South Carolina, 1941. Consists mostly of brief scenes of representative activities by various branches, corps,
  • War Game - Largest Peacetime Us Army Maneuver [sic] Lner (1938)

    05/04/2015 10:21:55 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 3 replies
    YouTube ^ | 1938 | RKO / British Pathé
    Titles read: "WAR GAME - LARGEST PEACETIME US ARMY MANEUVER [sic]".
  • WW2: Army on Wheels (1941)

    05/04/2015 10:16:37 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 1 replies
    YouTube ^ | 1941 | Wilding Picture Productions
    A film report on a practical field test of men and equipment under simulated combat conditions. The peacetime maneuvers, held in Texas in 1940 and involving 70,000 men from around the country and trucks and other vehicles from Detroit, demonstrated new standards of motorized mobility for the United
  • 1941: U.S. ARMY STAGES REALISTIC MASS WAR MANEUVERS IN SOUTH CAROLINA

    05/04/2015 10:12:02 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 5 replies
    YouTube / MyFootage.com ^ | 1941 | Movietone
    1941: U.S. ARMY STAGES REALISTIC MASS WAR MANEUVERS IN SOUTH CAROLINA
  • Army on a quest for new handgun

    05/04/2015 9:47:01 PM PDT · by skeptoid · 46 replies
    Alaska Dispatch ^ | May 4, 2015 | Tim Barker
    MILLSTADT, Mo. -- At first glance, it seems absurd to suggest that a small company on the outskirts of St. Louis could be a serious player in the race to provide the U.S. Army with its next handgun. This is, after all, a major event in the realm of military weapons -- having happened only twice in the past 100 or so years. And it's expected to draw the attention of the industry's most powerful names, including Smith & Wesson, Beretta, Ruger and Glock. And then there's tiny Detonics, a five-person operation in Millstadt that fashions itself more tech company...
  • Navy Jargon/Slang

    05/04/2015 10:07:22 AM PDT · by incredulous joe · 22 replies
    4 May 2015 | Incredulous Joe
    I was recently on a hike with my son's Naval Jr. ROTC unit. I spent a lot of time chatting with my son's instructor, a retired Naval Commander. Normally, when I hear slang or jargon that I am unfamiliar with I am not too shy to ask what it means. However, if one understands the context of what such terminology means then there is no reason to actually stop a conversation. Anyway. the commander used a phase, I believe it meant to do what is absolutely the least possible to acquire an objective or to achieve rank? I believe the...
  • Three rescued eight days after Nepal quake as U.S. Marines arrive

    05/03/2015 5:34:26 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 3, 2015 | GOPAL SHARMA
    U.S. military aircraft and personnel were due to begin helping ferry relief supplies to stricken areas outside the capital, a U.S. Marines spokeswoman said, after arriving in Nepal on Sunday, a day later than expected.
  • Soviet-Nazi Collaboration and World War II

    05/03/2015 3:27:19 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 23 replies
    World Affairs ^ | 30 April 2015 | Alexander J. Motyl
    As May 9th, Victory Day in many post-Soviet states, approaches, decency demands that we celebrate the defeat of Adolf Hitler’s Germany and honor the millions of soldiers and civilians who gave their lives to rid the world of the scourge of Nazism. At the same time, if we truly want to honor the dead, we must take heed of the historical lies that the Kremlin, both in its Soviet and post-Soviet hypostases, promotes about the USSR’s relationship with Nazi Germany. For starters, the Moscow-controlled Communist International, and its sidekick, the Communist Party of Germany, made Hitler’s rise to power possible,...
  • Navy Secretary: ‘We Don’t Have Enough Women in Navy or Marine Corps’

    05/01/2015 2:20:25 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 50 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 1, 2015 | 7:19 AM EDT | Susan Jones
    “We don’t have enough women in either the Navy or the Marine Corps, and we’ve got to do a better job of recruiting and we’ve got to do a better job of retaining those women,” Navy Secretary Raymond Mabus Jr. said on Thursday. He told a gathering at the National Press Club that he’s in the process of changing the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps uniforms—“so that when you look out, you see American sailors and Marines, not particularly female sailors or male sailors…And this is symbolic in terms of not segregating women, of making sure that they are substantively...
  • 7,377 Built, Two left flying...The Lancaster Bomber

    05/01/2015 11:27:45 AM PDT · by Doogle · 31 replies
    YOUTUBE ^ | 01/21/15 | CWHMuseum
    It has been 50 years since two Avro Lancaster bombers flew side by side. The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum's Avro Lancaster, VeRA, flew from Hamilton, Ontario to meet her British counterpart, Thumper—the only other surviving flight worthy Lancaster bomber in the world—the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight's (BBMF) Lancaster in England. Suddenly SeeMore...Productions Inc's specialty is reality adventure television and the people who make it. REUNION OF GIANTS documents this historic mission as it unfolds, through the eyes of the flight crews, veterans, friends and family—all part of the bombers’ history, including this new chapter as VeRA crosses the...
  • The Bren Is One Awesome Machine Gun

    05/01/2015 7:43:07 AM PDT · by C19fan · 15 replies
    War is Boring ^ | April 30, 2015 | Paul Richard Huard
    In April 1945, an entire brigade of British special forces joined the massive effort to attack the German army until its back was against the Po River. If successful, the Wehrmacht would have no choice but escape across the river and evacuate Italy — or stay and fight, facing the prospect of heavy losses.
  • Huachuca Canyon reopened after bear put down

    05/01/2015 7:28:48 AM PDT · by SandRat · 11 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Derek Jordan
    SIERRA VISTA — A week after an aggressive bear resulted in the closure of Huachuca Canyon on Fort Huachuca, the popular recreation area has reopened after the animal was put down by authorities. Last Thursday, April 23, a brown bear followed and charged hikers in the canyon and later approached cyclists. Initially, fort officials opted to close the canyon to vehicles, hikers and other visitors in the hope that the bear would move on, as other problem bears have done in the past. However, the ongoing aggressive nature and lack of fear of humans necessitated the bear be put down...
  • Marine Found Dead at Camp Pendleton

    04/30/2015 10:53:24 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    A Marine temporarily assigned to Camp Pendleton was found dead in the barracks, military officials confirmed Thursday. The man, who is stationed at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, came to San Diego for an advanced career course this week. First Lt. Luke Kuper says the Marine checked into Staff Noncommissioned Officer Academy on Monday. He was found unresponsive in his room at about 8 a.m. Wednesday. Medical responders pronounced him dead a short time later. Officials have not released any details about what caused his death, saying it is under investigation. The man's name is being withheld until his family can...
  • The Army Is Testing Handheld Ray Guns

    04/29/2015 7:14:00 PM PDT · by markomalley · 23 replies
    http://www.defenseone.com/technology/2015/04/army-testing-handheld-ray-guns/110815/?oref=d-dontmiss ^ | April 22, 2015 By Patrick Tucker | April 22, 2015 By Patrick Tucker
    Pew! Pew! Soldiers with handheld energy blasters are the stuff of G.I. Joe, not real life … until now. The U.S Army is currently testing electricity guns for possible use against electronics on the battlefield. They don’t look like props from the popular cartoon show but, rather like regular standard-issue M4 rifles with a pair of antennas that shoot out from the barrel and then spread, giving the front end of the gun a musket-like shape. Soldiers “already carry rifles. Why not use something that every soldier already carries,” said James E. Burke, an electronics engineer with the U.S.Army’s Armament...
  • Navy Relieves Commander of San Diego-Based Ship From Post

    04/29/2015 6:40:07 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 37 replies
    The Navy has removed the commander of a San Diego-based guided-missile cruiser from his post, citing a loss of confidence in his ability to command. The Navy on Tuesday announced the removal of Capt. John Banigan, saying the action was based on findings of an investigation into the poor command climate aboard the USS Lake Erie.
  • Former commander of US nuclear force urges taking missiles off high alert, citing cyberthreats

    04/29/2015 3:06:21 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 23 replies
    680 News ^ | April 29, 2015 | Robert Burns
    WASHINGTON – Taking U.S. and Russian missiles off high alert could keep a possible cyberattack from starting a nuclear war, a former commander of U.S. nuclear forces says, but neither country appears willing to increase the lead-time to prepare the weapons for launch. Retired Gen. James Cartwright said in an interview that “de-alerting” nuclear arsenals could foil hackers by reducing the chance of firing a weapon in response to a false warning of attack. Essentially adding a longer fuse can be done without eroding the weapons’ deterrent value, said Cartwright, who headed Strategic Command from 2004 to 2007 and was...
  • Texas governor tells State Guard to monitor Army training

    04/29/2015 2:49:38 PM PDT · by patriot08 · 45 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 4/ 29/15 | PAUL J. WEBER
    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday asked the State Guard to monitor a U.S. military training exercise dubbed "Jade Helm 15" amid Internet-fueled suspicions that the war simulation is really a hostile military takeover. The request comes a day after more than 200 people packed a meeting in rural Bastrop County and questioned a U.S. Army commander about whether the government was planning to confiscate guns or implement martial law. "It is important that Texans know their safety, constitutional rights, private property rights and civil liberties will not be infringed," Abbott wrote. "By monitoring the...
  • Flag protestor meeting a retired Sergeant Major

    04/28/2015 6:34:02 PM PDT · by BBell · 8 replies
    Flag protestor meeting a retired Sergeant Major
  • 20-Acre Fire Spreads on Camp Pendleton

    04/27/2015 2:38:40 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | Andie Adams
    A fire on Camp Pendleton has grown to about 20 acres Monday afternoon, according to the base officials on Twitter. The blaze is burning near Range 108, a rifle and demo range and x-ray impact area. However, there is no threat to buildings or people, and no evacuations are being ordered. The Camp Pendleton Fire Department will continue to monitor the fire as Cal Fire responds with an engine and a dozer.
  • The U.S. Navy Needs to Radically Reassess How It Projects Power (Carriers = Obsolete)

    04/27/2015 6:45:55 AM PDT · by C19fan · 43 replies
    National Review ^ | April 23, 2015 | Jerry Hendrix
    A battle of the hawks is raging on Capitol Hill. Defense hawks say the nation’s security will be endangered if the caps imposed under the 2011 Budget Control Act aren’t lifted, allowing for more defense spending. Fiscal hawks assert with equal vehemence that the nation’s long-term economic health — the foundation for all government activities, including defense — will be permanently harmed if burgeoning deficits and debts are not addressed. Defense hawks argue for a massive investment to maintain the United States’ position as the world’s strongest power. Fiscal hawks argue for innovative improvements in efficiency to sustain U.S. leadership.
  • Raytheon 2015 Ships and Submarines of the US Navy

    04/27/2015 4:04:03 AM PDT · by iowamark · 13 replies
    Raytheon ^ | 2015
    Just ran across this nice poster: http://www.raytheon.com/capabilities/rtnwcm/groups/ids/documents/content/rtn_242005.pdf
  • USS Midway Marks Vietnam War Anniversary With Exhibits, Ceremonies

    04/25/2015 10:33:08 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | Friday, Apr 24, 2015 | Bridget Naso
    Vietnam veterans from around the country are in San Diego to mark the 40th anniversary of the Vietnam War on April 30. On Friday, many took private tours of USS Midway and were able to see locations that are off limits to the general public. Veteran Pete Dunn, who is making his first return to the ship since the war, said the experience took them back to 1975. “It just brought back so many memories of being in that hot fire room," he said. The minimum temperature was like 120.” On Sunday, a commemorative event will be held to mark...
  • Mary Keefe, Model for Rockwell’s ‘Rosie the Riveter,’ Dies at 92

    04/25/2015 3:17:15 AM PDT · by iowamark · 3 replies
    NY Times ^ | APRIL 24, 2015 | SAM ROBERTS
    Mary Keefe, a 19-year-old Vermont telephone operator whom her neighbor Norman Rockwell immortalized as his model for the heroine of “Rosie the Riveter,” the World War II feminist anthem that empowered women to leave home and pinch-hit in military plants, died on Tuesday at her home in Simsbury, Conn. She was 92. Her death was confirmed by her daughter Mary Ellen Keefe. Mrs. Keefe was a redhead, like the Rosie who appeared on the cover of the Memorial Day issue of The Saturday Evening Post magazine in 1943, but she had never wielded a rivet gun (not until an appearance...
  • College Students Disrespect Veterans at the Warrior Beach Retreat

    04/24/2015 3:37:02 PM PDT · by Reverend Wright · 31 replies
    WJHG TV ^ | April 23, 2015 | WJHG.com, Kelly Baumgarter
    Twice a year Panama City Beach welcomes our wounded heroes into the community for the Warrior Beach Retreat, but an event aimed at honoring our nation's veterans took a different turn at their hotel. A group of college students didn't show these veterans the respect they deserve. "They actually spit on me and my service dog as well, and that's just so disrespectful and it hurts. I come and I feel honored and I feel safe and that I belong, but now I feel like I'm defending myself," said wounded veteran Nicholas Connole. Veterans say they were shocked at the...
  • Here's what happened during the Armenian genocide and why Turkey denies it

    04/24/2015 7:11:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Business Insider via the Daily Telegraph ^ | 04/24/2015 | RICHARD SPENCER, THE DAILY TELEGRAPH
    As Yerevan and Armenians across the world gather to remember the 1.5 million killed during the massacres, Richard Spencer explains what happened On Friday, Yerevan and the Armenian disapora together with world leaders in the Armenian capital will commemorate the 1.5 million victims of the Armenian genocide . It is the 100th anniversary of the date on which the Ottoman Empire began its attack on Armenians when intellectuals and political leaders were rounded up in Istanbul on April 24, 1915. What was the Armenian genocide? As the Ottoman Empire suffered its first losses in the First World War, the “Young...
  • Todays Obama Speech.No Empathy.It's As If He Just Cannot Be Bothered Anymore.

    04/23/2015 9:49:13 AM PDT · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 22 replies
    Did anyone watch "Todays Obama Sympathy Speech" and take notice that it sounded like he was "Reading A Cue Card", or "Reading From Notes".? The pattern continues. He always speaks as if he just doesn't want to be President anymore, speaks in such a monotone delivery to the extent where we are all to assume that Obama just doesn't care about the well being of our Nation and The Military. So did he go golfing afterwards?
  • Second A-10 unit deployed in ISIS fight

    04/23/2015 6:43:23 AM PDT · by C19fan · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 23, 2015 | Kristina Wong
    A dozen A-10 attack jets have been deployed to the Middle East in the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, the Air Force announced this week. The deployment of 350 airmen and the 12 "Warthogs" come as Congress and the Pentagon battle over whether to retire the popular aircraft, which provides close air support for troops in combat. This is the second deployment of an A-10 unit in the fight against ISIS. Air Force leaders say the service can't afford to maintain the attack jet under defense budget constraints and that other aircraft can conduct the close...
  • 'Superhero' Dog Saves Army Partner's Life in Afghanistan -- and He Stands by Her

    04/22/2015 9:35:37 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 20 replies
    GMA vai Yahoo News ^ | 4/22/15 | AMANDA KEEGAN
    For U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Julian McDonald, Layka, the 4-year-old Belgian Malinois with a missing paw, isn’t just a canine companion. She’s a hero. McDonald, 29, said Layka saved his life on an overseas deployment in Afghanistan in 2012.
  • Former Airman, Playboy Model Plans Demonstration for US Flag

    04/22/2015 4:13:25 PM PDT · by Doogle · 30 replies
    VALDOSTA -- An Air Force veteran and former Playboy model who was banned from Valdosta State University on Friday after taking an American flag from a group of demonstrators is now organizing her own demonstration that she said is to show support for the military and the flag. Michelle Manhart was detained but not arrested by VSU police after she took the flag from a group of protesters. She said she was not planning to take the flag from the protesters, but she had heard about the group's recent campus demonstrations and wanted to take action. "I did not want...
  • Meet the Peshmerga's International Brigade: From IT workers to ex-soldiers, the men from [tr]

    04/22/2015 6:35:22 AM PDT · by C19fan · 5 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | April 21, 2015 | John Hall
    A legion of foreign fighters who bravely joined the Kurdish forces battling militants loyal to the Islamic State have posed for photographs in Syria. Showing off their tattoos, play fighting with one another and relaxing in a camp, the international fighting force appear incredibly relaxed - despite fighting on the frontline against the terror group. Dozens of fighters - many of them ex-soldiers in the British and America armies - have volunteered to join Kurdish troops battling ISIS in Iraq and Syria in recent months. As many of the Kurdish fighters do not speak English, the foreign soldiers usually form...
  • Wow: ROTC Cadets Forced to Wear High Heels to Participate in Feminist Consciousness-Raising

    04/21/2015 3:22:04 PM PDT · by kingattax · 54 replies
    Ace of Spades HQ ^ | April 21, 2015 | Ace
    So. Are we done now? And they were forced to do this, many commenters claimed: "They were threatened with negative counselling statements and OERs if they didn’t participate. It was pretty much" do this or we’ll kill your career before it even starts.'" "Someone head to IG with this? Pretty sure this was a forced activity." "Worthless ROTC commanders need to get booted for this incompetence. As a combat vet this sickens me and is a setback for women in the military." I blame the high command of the armed forces. There should be rampant resignations over Obama's maladministration --...
  • Left Creates More 'Mixed Gender' Mayhem in IDF

    04/20/2015 9:21:53 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 04/20/2015 | Gil Ronen
    The IDF is poised to establish one or two new mixed-gender battalions, which will be permanently based along Israel's borders on routine patrol and observation missions, according to Army Radio. However, the Head of the IDF Fortitude Forum, Col. (res.) Raz Sagi, told Arutz Sheva there is a lot of bluffing and leftist meddling behind the changes announced. The idea of creating specialized units for the “softer” combat routine of patrolling and observation along peaceful borders, so as to let the fighting combat battalions spend more time training, is not a bad one, he opined. “But it also means that...
  • Soldier Killed Crossing San Diego Freeway

    04/20/2015 5:57:39 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | Andie Adams
    The man killed while crossing State Route 163 over the weekend was an active duty member of the Army, the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office said Monday. At about 12:30 a.m. Saturday, 30-year-old James Michael Ginas III and another person tried to cross the northbound SR-163 near Friars Road on foot. However, Ginas was struck by a car and died from blunt force injuries at the scene. His birthday was last week, according to the ME’s office. The driver, who stayed at the crash site, was taken to the hospital for minor injuries. The other pedestrian was not hurt....
  • Pressure grows on Marines to consider lowering combat standards for women

    04/20/2015 8:48:00 AM PDT · by C19fan · 40 replies
    Washington Times ^ | April 19, 2015 | Rowan Scarborough
    Two years ago, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the nation’s top military officer, laid down an edict on the Obama administration’s plan to open direct land combat jobs to women: If women cannot meet a standard, senior commanders better have a good reason why it should not be lowered. Today, the “Dempsey rule” appears to have its first test case. The Marine Corps just finished research to see if female officers could successfully complete its rigorous Infantry Officer Course.
  • Flag fracas at Valdosta State alternate headline Flag desecrated at VSU

    VALDOSTA — A military veteran was detained but not charged by Valdosta State University police after she approached a group of protesters on campus who were walking on an American flag and took it from them. Michelle Manhart, an Air Force veteran, said she was not planning to take the flag from the group, but she had heard about the group’s recent campus demonstrations and wanted to take action. “I did not want anything like this, but I got a call from a student who told me that the flag was on the ground, and they were walking on it,”...
  • Vietnam: When We Lost the Winnable War

    04/19/2015 7:22:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/19/2015 | Bruce Walker
    Forty years ago this April, our nation lost the Vietnam War – a war that America could easily have won, and should have. South Vietnam had been invaded by North Vietnam, although the conflict was portrayed by communist apologists as a “civil war.” The Viet Cong did fight, but the primary enemy of the South Vietnam was North Vietnam. The SEATO alliance pledged France, Britain, Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Thailand, Pakistan and America to come to the aid of South Vietnam if that nation was attacked by another nation. The moral obligation of France, the colonial power that held...
  • America's 5 Worst Wartime Presidents

    04/19/2015 5:26:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 77 replies
    The National Interest ^ | 04/18/2015 | Robert W. Merry
    No presidential decision is as politically hazardous as the war decision. That’s because voters are quicker and more ferocious in turning on their chief executives when wars go awry than when events become troublesome in other areas of governance. Woe be to the president who finds himself in a war he can’t win and can’t get out of, or finds that the price of war far outweighs the promised benefits, or learns that the rationale for war doesn’t hold up. Herewith, then, a catalogue of the country’s five worst wartime presidents, men who took their country to war, or continued...
  • The Doolittle Raid

    04/18/2015 12:01:58 PM PDT · by Retain Mike · 29 replies
    April 18, 2015 | Self
    One week after Pearl Harbor, President Roosevelt began pressing the U.S. military to immediately strike the Japanese homeland. The desire to bolster moral became more urgent in light of rapid Japanese advances. These included victories in Malaya, Singapore, the Philippines, Wake Island, Guam, and the Dutch East Indies, as well as sinking the British battleships Prince of Wales and Repulse. Only improbable, audacious ideas warranted consideration, because submarines confirmed Japan placed picket boats at extreme carrier aircraft range. One idea even involved launching four engine heavy bombers from China or Outer Mongolia to strike Japan and fly on to Alaska....
  • Two surviving Doolittle Raiders present Congressional Gold Medal to USAF museum

    04/18/2015 7:50:20 AM PDT · by GreyFriar · 23 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 18, 2015 | Rick Moran
    They're in their 90's now, old and bent. But 73 years ago today, their courage torched the skies over Tokyo, sending a message that the United States would stop at nothing to achieve victory. Of the 80 airmen and pilots commanded by Lieutenant Colonel James "Jimmy" Doolittle, that took off from the deck of the USS Hornet on April 18, 1942 bound for a bombing run over Tokyo, just two are still alive. Retired Lt. Col. Richard "Dick" Cole, 99, and Staff Sgt. David Thatcher, 93, will toast their 78 missing comrades at a private event later today, while taking...
  • Scientists find radioactive WWII aircraft carrier off San Francisco coast

    04/17/2015 7:14:21 PM PDT · by logi_cal869 · 35 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 04/16/2015 | Aaron Kinney
    In a ghostly reminder of the Bay Area's nuclear heritage, scientists announced Thursday they have captured the first clear images of a radioactivity-polluted World War II aircraft carrier that rests on the ocean floor 30 miles off the coast of Half Moon Bay. The USS Independence saw combat at Wake Island and other decisive battles against Japan in 1944 and 1945 and was later blasted with radiation in two South Pacific nuclear tests. The Navy deliberately sank the contaminated ship in 1951 south of the Farallon Islands. The rediscovery of the USS Independence offers a fascinating glimpse into American military...
  • Twin boys' World War II dream comes true

    04/17/2015 11:17:22 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 5 replies
    CBS News ^ | 4/3/15 | Steve Hartman
    The folks who run the Yorktown say a lot of kids love the ship, but no kid has ever fallen for a sailor who served on the vessel like these two boys have fallen for Mr. Harding. Which is why, for this trip, the Yorktown made special arrangements for a surprise visitor: Mr. Harding. The boys ran to embrace him; hugging an old salt never felt so sweet. It was hard to tell who enjoyed it more, or who needed it more. Over the years Mr. Harding says he'd kept most of his war stories to himself.
  • Marines launched a ‘kamikaze’ drone from an Osprey aircraft

    04/17/2015 10:10:41 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 16 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 4/17/15 | Dan Lamothe
    Flying a kamikaze drone armed with explosives from the back of an MV-22 Osprey aircraft, and directing it right into the insurgent’s fighting hole. The Marines tested a small unmanned aircraft known as the Switchblade recently at Twentynine Palms, Calif., flying it directly at targets from both the ground and the back of the Osprey, a long-range aircraft that has rotors like a helicopter, but can fly like a plane once they rotate forward. They were “inert,” with no explosives on board, but the mission went off without a hitch, said Col. James Adams, commanding officer of Marine Aviation Weapons...
  • Perfect strangers. Exchange students from Sister City in Germany 1st to visit B Troop's new stables

    04/17/2015 8:47:17 AM PDT · by SandRat
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Robert Charette
    Even for those who’ve never left Cochise County, B Troop’s shiny new stables on Fort Huachuca offer the quintessential southwestern backdrop. Needless to say, this year’s Sister Cities Commission of the City of Sierra Vista’s German delegation was in awe to be the first to tour them. It didn’t hurt that where the students came from in Radebeul, Germany’s weather was middling in the 50s.
  • Paratrooper takes fish on parachute jump

    04/17/2015 6:38:41 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 62 replies
    A paratrooper who was preparing to leave the US army decided that he would make his last parachute jump more memorable by taking along a fish. The day before his final jump on April 11, Spc. Matthew Tattersall went out and purchased a Siamese fighter, which he called 'Willy Makeit'. He placed the fish in a water bottle and poked a few holes into it to allow air to get in. Then he hid the bottle in his pocket as he knew he wouldn't be allowed to jump from the plane with the fish. "That's my pet fish named Willy...
  • Russia Rolls Out a New Infantry Fighting Vehicle — Its First Since the Cold War

    04/17/2015 5:24:17 AM PDT · by C19fan · 10 replies
    War is Boring ^ | April 16, 2015 | Kyle Mizokami
    Two videos uploaded to the Internet purportedly reveal Russia’s first truly new infantry fighting vehicles in decades and a new self-propelled howitzer. One of the videos even shows intriguing closeups of what’s probably Russia’s new Armata tank. If the videos are authentic, it’s a sign that the Kremlin’s long-delayed rearmament plans are making progress.
  • Researchers can trace dust samples using fungal DNA

    04/15/2015 10:22:14 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 1 replies
    Phys.org ^ | 4/15/15
    Researchers from North Carolina State University and the University of Colorado, Boulder, have developed a statistical model that allows them to tell where a dust sample came from within the continental United States based on the DNA of fungi found in the sample. The primary goal of the research was to develop a new forensic biology tool for law enforcement or archaeologists. "But it may also give us a greater understanding of the invisible ecosystems of microbial life that we know are all around us, but that we don't fully comprehend," says Neal Grantham, a Ph.D. student in statistics at...
  • Hoquiam to rename a portion of Queets Avenue after James McQuade (DSC recipient)

    04/15/2015 10:07:25 AM PDT · by llevrok · 9 replies
    The City of Hoquiam last night voted against committee recommendation and renamed a portion of Queets Avenue to McQuade in honor of a fallen Vietnam veteran who’s chopper was shot down while searching for missing soldiers under fire. “On June 11th, 1972 the 23 year old pilot from Hoquiam Washington, [his gunner] and the copter was right above their leader’s chopper when it was shot down itself.” Dan Discher grew up on Queets Avenue with James McQuade, he told the council last night that McQuade left the Harbor to become a 1st Lieutenant in the Army, and flew for the...