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  • One of 13 victims of Fort Hood massacre was pregnant soldier Francheska Velez

    11/06/2009 11:37:13 AM PST · by COUNTrecount · 34 replies · 1,771+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | Nov. 6, 2009 | Matthew Lysiak In Fort Hood, Tex., and Corky Siemaszko In New York
    A fresh tragedy added to the horror of the Fort Hood massacre Friday when it was revealed that one of the victims was a pregnant soldier. Francheska Velez, who returned to the U.S. just three days earlier from a foreign posting, was filling out paperwork when a gunman hollered "Allahu Akbar!" and embarked on a bloody rampage that left her and a dozen others dead. A 21-year-old Chicagoan, Velez was six-weeks pregnant when she was cut down on Thursday, FOX Chicago News reported. Velez was a sitting duck when the accused gunman, Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, yelled "God is...
  • Female Warriors Engage in Combat in Iraq, Afghanistan

    10/25/2009 7:24:06 AM PDT · by Saije · 76 replies · 2,767+ views
    ABC News ^ | 10/25/2009 | Martha Raddatz
    The image of young women in a hot , dusty combat zone toting automatic weapons is still startling to some. But right now there are 10,000 women serving in Iraq, more than 4,000 in Aghanistan. They have been fighting and dying next to their male comrades since the wars began. "I can't help but think most Americans think women aren't in combat," says Specialist Ashley Pullen who was awarded a Bronze Star for valor in 2005 for her heroic action in Iraq where she served with a military police unit. "We're here and we're right up with the guys." Technically...
  • Women at war

    10/24/2009 7:04:34 PM PDT · by Saije · 49 replies · 2,213+ views
    SP Times ^ | 10/24/2009 | Colleen Jenkins
    <p>This photograph from Afghanistan recently made rounds on the Facebook and e-mail accounts of folks whose work centers on military women's issues.</p> <p>The image itself didn't surprise them. It showed four Marines resting at a makeshift patrol base, their guns and helmets propped up against the familiar dusty backdrop of an Asian battlefield. Two of the Marines seemed to be snacking. One picked at her foot.</p>
  • Navy Secretary: Women 'soon' will serve on submarines

    10/10/2009 2:43:06 PM PDT · by paltz · 48 replies · 1,637+ views
    Washington Times-Water Cooler ^ | 10/10/2009 | Kerry Picket
    Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said on Thursday that women would soon serve on submarines reversing a long time ban by the Navy. The Department of Defense : Appearing on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” Mabus signaled that the Navy is moving closer to allowing coed personnel on submarines.
  • Women 'Soon' Will Serve on Submarines, Navy Secretary Says

    10/07/2009 5:15:32 PM PDT · by SandRat · 159 replies · 2,652+ views
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 7, 2009 – Navy Secretary Ray Mabus yesterday said women soon will serve on submarines, suggesting a reversal of the long-standing ban by the Navy. Appearing on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” Mabus signaled that the Navy is moving closer to allowing coed personnel on submarines. “It will take a little while because you’ve got to interview people and you’ve got to be nuclear trained,” he said, referring to prerequisite steps before a sailor is assigned to a submarine. Officials previously have cited a lack of privacy and the cost of reconfiguring subs as obstacles...
  • Female Navy SEALs? Only In Hollywood!

    10/02/2009 8:49:14 PM PDT · by Saije · 48 replies · 3,312+ views
    US Navy Seals Blog ^ | 10/2/2009 | USNavySeals
    To day this day it stands true that there are no women in the Navy SEALs. This has been debated by many “equal rights” groups who claim that this is a sexist law. However, there has never been a woman who could pass the strenuous physical aspects of Navy SEAL training. In fact, there has never been a woman who has qualified to even be considered to enter BUD/S Training. Though this is true of the United States Navy, it’s not true where film is concerned. Specifically for the 1997 Ridley Scott film G.I. Jane, wherein, Demi Moore plays a...
  • Navy Set to Crew Subs with Female Sailors

    10/02/2009 12:32:15 PM PDT · by pabianice · 65 replies · 3,998+ views
    Navy Times | 10/2/09
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  • Female Veteran Remembers WWII

    09/27/2009 5:04:37 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 1 replies · 255+ views
    KXMB ^ | Sep 26 2009
    Ninty-five North Dakota Veterans spend a weekend remembering their service to their country. The RoughRider Honor Flight took the veterans to Washington DC to tour many monuments...including the World War Two Memorial. On the trip, most of the stories had to do with attacks on the ground by sea or the air. Brad Feldman shows you one veteran with a little different perspective. (Dorothy Pence) "We'll I have changed quite a bit since then...especially now.." Dorothy Pence served her country (Dorothy Pence) "Of course when I went in it was new for women." She didn't wear body armor...carry a gun...
  • Report: Mullen Backs Women Serving on Submarines

    09/24/2009 11:38:30 AM PDT · by Ben Mugged · 134 replies · 3,412+ views
    Fox News ^ | 24 Sept 2009 | Unattributed
    Female sailors can broaden their role in the Navy by serving on submarines, an activity currently prohibited by the Armed Service, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has advised the Senate Armed Services Committee. According to Defensetech.org, a site run by Military.com, a group boasting a membership of 10 million veterans and active duty forces, Adm. Michael Mullen told senators in a recent survey that he's long been an advocate for improving diversity in the Armed Forces. "I believe we should continue to broaden opportunities for women. One policy I would like to see changed is the one...
  • Face of Defense: Soldier Serves up Counsel, Coffee (FRWN is Back)

    09/25/2009 5:23:17 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 557+ views
    Face of Defence ^ | Pfc. J. Princeville Lawrence
    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq, Sept. 25, 2009 – Army Sgt. Maj. Virginia Stickler enjoys serving up drinks and snacks, as well as a bit of advice, to her fellow soldiers here at a coffee shop that speaks volumes about her deployment. Army Sgt. Maj. Virginia Stickler, a member of the Kansas National Guard’s 287th Sustainment Brigade, is the manager of God’s Grounds, a coffee shop on Contingency Operating Base Adder, Iraq, that serves free drinks, snacks and movies -- as well as advice -- for soldiers. U.S. Army photo by Pfc. J. Princeville Lawrence  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image...
  • Navy Set to Crew Subs with Female Sailors

    09/25/2009 3:03:16 PM PDT · by Drrdot · 50 replies · 2,135+ views
    Military.com ^ | September 25, 2009 | Christian Lowe
    Breaking with a tradition that spans more than half a century, the Navy is in the final planning stages to integrate female Sailors into its submarine fleet. Long considered one of the most elite communities in the U.S. Navy, the small, secretive force has been comprised entirely of male officers and crew in large part because of the small living spaces and long endurance missions. The service had examined assigning a small number of females on subs over the last ten years, but found the tight confines and lack of a well-defined career path for female submariners too daunting to...
  • JCF Chief: It's Time Women Served On Subs

    09/24/2009 4:37:19 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 65 replies · 2,141+ views
    Military.com ^ | 09/24/2009 | Tom Philpott
    Women should be allowed to serve aboard America's fleet of nuclear submarines, the nation's top military officer, Adm. Michael Mullen, quietly has told the Senate Armed Services Committee. If the Navy agrees to it, this would be a huge policy change and potentially a significant expansion of career opportunities for female officers and sailors. Women have been barred by Navy policy from submarines, even as the sea service began 15 years ago to integrate females into other seagoing combat roles including aboard surface warships and in fighter jets. Mullen, former chief of naval operations and a career surface warfare officer,...
  • Oldest Army vet dies, leaving legacy of honor, optimism

    09/11/2009 12:57:12 PM PDT · by Borges · 4 replies · 738+ views
    New Haven Register ^ | 09/11/09 | Brian McCready
    Even Deborah Woods, 52, is shocked. Not that she thought her great-aunt, Gertrude Noone, 110, would live forever, but it certainly seemed that way. That is why Thursday morning was so unsettling for those who learned Noone, whom the Army confirmed as its oldest living veteran, had died at her home at Carriage Green. She was the state’s second-oldest person. “I had a feeling she’d be around for years,” Woods said. “It was expected, but still a little bit of a shock.” Noone’s health had started to take a turn for the worse when she turned 110 on Dec. 30....
  • Australian woman already serving on the front line

    09/09/2009 8:38:55 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 3 replies · 468+ views
    Herald Sun (Melbourne) ^ | 10th September 2009 | Ian McPhedran
    AUSTRALIAN female soldiers are already serving on the front line and here is the photograph to prove it. As the debate rages about lifting the ban on women serving in combat roles, small numbers of female soldiers, such as army medic Jacqui de Gelder from Canberra, are already doing the business. She was on her first combat foot patrol in the village of Chora in Afghanistan just two weeks ago. The younger sister of navy clearance diver Paul de Gelder, who lost his foot to a shark attack in Sydney Harbour, spent the previous day treating victims of a suicide...
  • Push for women to fight on front line to improve recruitment

    09/09/2009 4:26:04 AM PDT · by myknowledge · 44 replies · 2,310+ views
    The Australian ^ | September 9, 2009 | Patrick Walters
    WOMEN should be able to serve in all frontline combat units of the Australian Defence Force, including the SAS and commando units, under a controversial plan that could avert a looming recruitment crisis. The push by Defence Personnel and Science Minister Greg Combet would remove gender as a criterion for selection for specialised categories of military service. The Rudd government wants to lift the proportion of women serving in the defence force from the current level of 13 per cent, as demographic pressures bear down on defence force recruitment over the next decade. Removing any gender discrimination for serving in...
  • Heroic female medic who ignored shrapnel embedded in her shoulder to save SEVEN soldiers...

    09/02/2009 6:14:14 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 41 replies · 1,731+ views
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 2nd September 2009
    An heroic army medic treated seven injured comrades after a Taliban attack in Afghanistan despite being wounded with shrapnel herself, it emerged today. Lance Corporal Sally Clarke, of 2 Rifles, ignored the searing pain caused by the shards embedded in her shoulder and back and set about treating the rest of her patrol. The worst hit was Corporal Paul Mather who incredibly managed to radio instructions for jets circling above to open fire on Taliban insurgents despite bleeding heavily from wounds the size of his fist. Corporal Mather, 28, and Lance Corporal Clarke, 22, from Cheltenham, were on patrol south...
  • Face of Defense: Soldier Creates Home Away From Home

    08/20/2009 4:30:10 PM PDT · by SandRat · 21 replies · 1,442+ views
    Face of Defence ^ | Lt. Col. Renee A. Rouse, USA
    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq, Aug. 20, 2009 – The 304th Sustainment Brigade and Joint Base Balad have their own Martha Stewart tucked in the H-6 housing area here. Army Maj. Gina Garbedian shows off her containerized housing unit at Joint Base Balad, Iraq. Garbedian spent six months decorating the unit to make it feel like a home away from home during her deployment. U.S. Army photo  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Army Maj. Gina Garbedian, a Los Angeles native, moved into her containerized housing unit in November and has made it her home away from home. "It was like...
  • G.I. Jane Breaks the Combat Barrier as War Evolves

    08/16/2009 6:22:34 AM PDT · by SonOfDarkSkies · 63 replies · 2,275+ views
    nytimes.com ^ | 8/16/2009 | LIZETTE ALVAREZ
    Before 2001, America’s military women had rarely seen ground combat. Their jobs kept them mostly away from enemy lines, as military policy dictates. But the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, often fought in marketplaces and alleyways, have changed that. In both countries, women have repeatedly proved their mettle in combat. The number of high-ranking women and women who command all-male units has climbed considerably along with their status in the military. “Iraq has advanced the cause of full integration for women in the Army by leaps and bounds,” said Peter R. Mansoor, a retired Army colonel who served as executive officer...
  • Female Soldiers Continue Footprint in Army Aviation

    08/05/2009 4:09:29 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 654+ views
    KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan, Aug. 5, 2009 – Women have actively supported the U.S. military since the Revolutionary War. By providing medical care to wounded soldiers and support to their militia men, women introduced themselves as an asset to protecting the nation. Army Chief Warrant Officer Monica Narhi, a medevac pilot, inspects the engine components of a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter during preflight inspections at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, July 20, 2009. U.S. Army photo  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Today, female soldiers are offered the same jobs as male soldiers, with the exception of combat-arms careers such as infantry, armory...
  • 1st known case in academy history (pregnant middie allowed to graduate, get commission)

    07/24/2009 4:01:50 PM PDT · by pabianice · 18 replies · 944+ views
    Navy Times | 7/24/09
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  • Face of Defense: Guard Member Earns Chaplain of Year Award

    07/14/2009 4:19:53 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 220+ views
    Face of Defence ^ | Staff Sgt. S. Patrick McCollum, USA
    ARLINGTON, Va., July 14, 2009 – Chaplains have myriad reasons for serving their country, but recognition usually isn’t one of them. Army Chaplain (Capt.) Rebekah Montgomery will be recognized as the Military Chaplains Association’s Chaplain of the Year July 17, 2009. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. S. Patrick McCollum  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. “Chaplains are often in the position where we love to serve so much, it’s always a surprise to be rewarded for it,” said Army Chaplain (Capt.) Rebekah Montgomery, who will receive the Chaplain of the Year award from the Military Chaplains Association on July...
  • Female Pilot Proud of WASP Legacy

    07/06/2009 5:45:16 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 843+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Staff Sgt. Dilia Ayala, USAF
    Maj. Gina "Torch" Sabric, an F-16 fighter pilot and 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing flight-safety officer, sits on her aircraft after a flight. Sabric proudly attributes the progression of women in aviation to the Women Air Force Service Pilots (WASP). President Barack Obama presented the WASP the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest and most distinguished award Congress can award a civilian, July 1. Courtesy photo, 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing. BALAD — It's been more than 60 years since the Women Air Force Service Pilots (WASP) took the skies by storm as the first women in U.S. history trained to fly American...
  • Study: Female Marine Recruits Lax on Sex

    06/07/2009 4:41:12 PM PDT · by null and void · 27 replies · 2,270+ views
    Military.com ^ | May 29, 2009 | Bryan Mitchell
    They're nearly twice as a likely to have a sexually transmitted disease and less inclined to use a condom. They've got a generally lax attitude toward mixing alcohol and sex and were barely out of high school and gunning to be Marines. Military.com tracked down one of the study's authors Cherrie Boyer, a UCSF professor, stressed several points. First, while the report was published in the Military Medicine Journal last November, the actual study was conducted in 1999. It was a self-administered questionnaire that sought accuracy in brutally honest questions like: ...? The Navy takes reproductive health seriously and has...
  • Women in the armies of the world (70 pics)

    05/28/2009 1:40:02 PM PDT · by traumer · 46 replies · 2,498+ views
    http://izismile.com/2009/05/13/women_in_the_armies_of_the_world_70_pics.html
  • Woman is 7th generation graduate of West Point

    05/26/2009 2:36:00 AM PDT · by iowamark · 24 replies · 1,796+ views
    Google News, AP ^ | 05/23/2009 | MICHAEL HILL
    Caroline Miller, a saber in her white-gloved hand, leads cadets of Company D with crisp commands.... She also is following in the footsteps of family members who have marched just like this for seven generations, forming a long gray bloodline, longer than any still existing at West Point. Miller's ancestors have fought in the Civil War, World War I, World War II and Vietnam. They have served since her great-great-great-great grandfather graduated when Andrew Jackson was president 173 years ago. Her father graduated here. Her sister too. Such "dynasties" are not unusual at West Point. What sets the Millers apart...
  • Women could serve on the front line after European Union forces army review

    05/25/2009 6:05:16 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 29 replies · 742+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 5/24/2009 | Thomas Harding
    European Union directive forced the Ministry of Defence to review their "close-combat" role. Under the Equal Treatment Directive, the MoD said it had to carry out the study despite a similar review in 2002 concluding that the policy to employ only male personnel in close combat roles should remain. Lance Corporal Amy Thomas, is thought to be the first British woman to fire on the frontline in Afghanistan Servicewomen are currently excluded from roles where they are likely to "deliberately close with and kill the enemy face-to-face". Brigadier Richard Nugee, the Army's Director of Manning, is leading the review that...
  • Face of Defense: Montana Reservist ‘Mothers’ Unit in Iraq

    05/11/2009 5:17:12 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 492+ views
    Face of Defence ^ | Staff Sgt. Luke Koladish, USA
    BAGHDAD, May 11, 2009 – Army Sgt. Anne M. Mitchell misses her children in Montana while she’s deployed here, but those her serve with her say she brings her mothering instincts to their unit, 143rd Military Police Detachment. Army Sgt. Anne M. Mitchell misses her children in Montana while she’s deployed in Iraq, but those her serve with her say she brings her mothering instincts to their unit, the 143rd Military Police Detachment, Baghdad, 2009. U.S. Army photo  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Mitchell admits it’s hard being a mother and deployed soldier, but she says it doesn’t...
  • Mothers Day with Troops in Iraq

    05/10/2009 9:29:27 AM PDT · by Abakumov · 3 replies · 295+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | May 10, 2009 | Editorial
    Mother's Day has a special poignancy for our women in uniform stationed overseas. The holiday is both a celebration of the joys and duties of parenthood, and a reminder of the sacrifices made by our military families.
  • Mother's Day in Iraq

    05/09/2009 9:27:43 PM PDT · by Abakumov · 1 replies · 298+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | May 10, 2009 | Editorial
    Mother's Day has a special poignancy for our women in uniform stationed overseas. The holiday is both a celebration of the joys and duties of parenthood, and a reminder of the sacrifices made by our military families.
  • Helmand Heroine: the first British woman in frontline combat tells her story

    04/28/2009 3:03:10 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 7 replies · 787+ views
    The Sun ^ | 28th April 2009 | The Sun
    A woman soldier believed to be the first British female to see frontline combat has told how she fired on a Taliban fighter in a day-long battle. L/Cpl Amy Thomas, 20, was serving with Royal Marine Commandos in Afghanistan’s Helmand province hellhole. She loosed off a burst of shots with her SA80 rifle after being flown into a notorious hotspot with comrades.
  • Women at war face sexual violence

    04/17/2009 7:27:31 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 26 replies · 1,632+ views
    bbc ^ | Friday, 17 April 2009
    More American women have fought and died in Iraq than in any war since World War II. Over 206,000 have served in the Middle East since March 2003, most of them in Iraq. Some 600 have been wounded, and 104 have died. Yet, even as their numbers increase, women soldiers are painfully alone. In Iraq, women still only make up one in 10 troops, and because they are not evenly distributed, they often serve in a platoon with few other women or none at all. This isolation, along with the military's traditional and deep-seated hostility towards women, can cause problems...
  • Veterans Affairs Honors Military Women of Past, Present

    03/27/2009 5:51:19 PM PDT · by SandRat · 172+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, March 27, 2009 – The women of the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion were honored for their morale-boosting efforts during World War II in a ceremony at the Department of Veterans Affairs here yesterday. Alyce Dixon and Mary Ragland, two former members of the battalion, were on hand to accept the accolades and to set the record straight. “What a monumental challenge [you’d] taken on. That’s the kind of can-do spirit that is the hallmark of the American soldier,” said John Gingrich, Veterans Affairs’ chief of staff. “You cleared out two years [worth] -- 7 million pieces --...
  • Center for Women Veterans Hosts ‘Lioness’ Documentary Screening

    03/23/2009 3:47:04 PM PDT · by PurpleMan · 32 replies · 458+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | March 20, 2009 | Michael J. Carden
    Morgan and the other Lionesses said they never expected to have to fire their weapon. But they quickly found themselves performing combat patrols, raids and house-to-house searches with the Marines in what was considered the most dangerous region of Iraq during what was arguably the most dangerous period of the entire campaign. The Lionesses talk about their first enemy encounters and the stress of seeing dead bodies for the first time, while fighting to stay alive. Morgan recalled battling with the darkest side of war just before shooting an insurgent in a firefight.
  • Face of Defense: Guard Pilot Hopes to Share Female Pioneer Role

    03/18/2009 4:12:25 PM PDT · by SandRat · 15 replies · 791+ views
    Face of Defence ^ | Pfc. Jasmine N. Walthall, USA
    CAMP STRIKER, Iraq, March 18, 2009 – If a pilot ever finds himself in the cockpit of a North Carolina Army National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter with a female aviator, he will have no doubt who she is – there’s only one. Army Maj. Michele P. Harper, a pilot with the North Carolina Army National Guard’s 449th Theater Aviation Brigade out of Morrisville, N.C., prepares for takeoff in Iraq. Harper is the only female Black Hawk helicopter pilot in the North Carolina Army National Guard. Courtesy photo  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Army Maj. Michele P. Harper...
  • All-Female Marine Team Conducts First Mission in Southern Afghanistan

    03/11/2009 5:49:31 AM PDT · by PurpleMan · 53 replies · 1,502+ views
    DoD Press ^ | Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Monty Burton
    Marines of the 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment -- the ground combat element of Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force Afghanistan -- now have a special group of people to help them complete their mission in Afghanistan. The task force’s all-female Marine team is interacting with the Afghan female population in southern Afghanistan -- a task considered culturally unacceptable for the male Marines operating there.
  • All-Female Marine Team Conducts First Mission in Southern Afghanistan

    03/10/2009 5:23:40 PM PDT · by SandRat · 18 replies · 1,128+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Lance Cpl. Monty Burton, USMC
    FARAH PROVINCE, Afghanistan, March 10, 2009 – Marines of the 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment -- the ground combat element of Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force Afghanistan -- now have a special group of people to help them complete their mission in Afghanistan. Marine Corps 2nd Lt. Johanna Shaffer shares a cookie and a smile with an Afghan child while under the watchful security of Marines assigned to 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, during her all-female team's first mission in Farah province, Feb. 9, 2009. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Monty Burton  (Click photo for screen-resolution...
  • Caption Michelle Obama with veterans at Arlington National Cemetary

    03/04/2009 4:36:12 AM PST · by redstates4ever · 311 replies · 6,251+ views
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  • Soldier to be discharged after reporting for duty with kids

    03/02/2009 3:52:32 PM PST · by PurpleMan · 209 replies · 3,070+ views
    CNN ^ | 02 March 2009 | Eric Marrapodi and Chris Lawrence
    Lisa Pagan, of Davidson, North Carolina, reported for duty Monday morning at Fort Benning, Georgia, with her two preschool children. She had been honorably discharged from active duty nearly four years ago but was recalled as part of the Individual Ready Reserve program. The former Army truck driver asked for a reprieve from deployment because her husband travels for business and they would have no one to care for their children if she was sent overseas. Until Monday, her request had been denied.
  • Soldier mom plans to report for duty with kids

    02/28/2009 3:44:46 PM PST · by Justaham · 25 replies · 1,171+ views
    msnbc.com | 2-28-09
    DAVIDSON, N.C. - When Lisa Pagan reports for duty Sunday, four long years after she was honorably discharged from the Army, she will arrive with more than her old uniform. She is bringing her kids, too. "I have to bring them with me," she said. "I don't have a choice."
  • Largest Class of Women Graduates from Baghdad Police College

    01/28/2009 9:11:43 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 427+ views
    BAGHDAD, Jan. 28, 2009 – Nearly 500 new Iraqi policewomen graduated from the Baghdad Police College here Jan. 26, marking the largest female class ever to graduate from the school, officials said. Among their first duties, the new graduates will serve front-line roles providing security for the Jan. 31 election. “We feel proud and happy that we are bringing new opportunity to Iraqi women today, and more women will follow us,” a graduate said. Iraqi Interior Minister Jawad al-Bulani congratulated the new graduates for “taking another step toward rebuilding Iraqi security.” “These women are now sharing duties with the policemen...
  • Thune To Honor Aberdeen World War II WAVES Veteran

    01/17/2009 3:29:20 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 4 replies · 415+ views
    Aberdeen News ^ | Saturday, January 17, 2009
    Senator John Thune will present Alvina Pettigrew, a veteran of the Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (WAVES) organization during World War II, with an oil painted portrait of her by artist Cynthia Berry, of Great Falls, Virginia. A digital version of the portrait decorates a historic emergency call box in Washington, DC. During the war, Pettigrew served in secrecy at the Naval Communications Annex, deciphering Nazi naval commands. The callbox painting is near the site of the historic Communications Annex, and it serves as a memorial to the work of Pettigrew and other women who labored in secret to...
  • Face of Defense: Soldier Takes Love of Animals to Job in Iraq

    01/16/2009 3:02:43 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 429+ views
    Face of Defence ^ | Sgt. Carmen Guerrero, USA
    BAGHDAD, Jan. 16, 2009 – Army Spc. Jessica Opper has been taking care of animals since she was a child growing up in Cleveland and is continuing that tradition while deployed to Iraq. Army Gen. Jeffrey Talley presents his coin of excellence to Spc. Jessica Opper in Baghdad, Jan. 3, 2009. Opper is an animal care specialist for the specialized search dog team, 94th Engineer Detachment (Canine). U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Carmen Guerrero  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. As a child, Opper gladly took care of her family’s horses and cats. At a young age, she even...
  • U.S. Marine Corps an Orgy Palace of Stoned, Drunk, Horny Teens, New UCSF Study Suggests

    01/09/2009 3:39:48 PM PST · by vivalaoink · 97 replies · 6,935+ views
    SF Weekly ^ | 5 January 2009 | Matt Smith
    While doomsayers bemoan America's ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, researchers at the University of California at San Francisco Medical Center may have turned up a brilliant silver lining. Thanks to desperate recruiting methods required to staff those wars, the U.S. Marines may be turning military service into a male sexual fantasy land, where recruits are paid actual money to cohabitate with drunk, stoned, horny teenage girls. UCSF scientists tested and surveyed 2,157 female U.S. Marine recruits -- out of 2,288 possible respondents -- with an average age of 19. Researchers found that the young women were more than twice...
  • Female Marines give up locks for love

    12/31/2008 3:48:11 PM PST · by SandRat · 39 replies · 6,645+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Cpl. Aaron Rooks, USMC
    MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (Dec. 30, 2008) — Two Female Marines from the 2nd Marine Logistics Group came together this holiday season to donate more than 26 inches of hair to financially disadvantaged children. Cpl. Kendra Hernandez, a legal clerk with Headquarters and Service Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 27, 2nd MLG, and Cpl. Kimberly Pike, an administrative clerk with the 2nd MLG Administrative Section, cut off 14 and 12 inches of their hair respectively to give to Locks for Love. The non-profit organization provides hair pieces to children under the age of 18 who suffer from long-term medical...
  • Left armless, female Iraq veteran doesn't dwell on what she has lost

    12/01/2008 6:58:51 AM PST · by Dysart · 49 replies · 3,035+ views
    AP-FWST ^ | 12-1-08 | MICHELLE ROBERTS
    SAN ANTONIO — Mary Dague hears the catty whispers sometimes. "So ugly," the strangers say when they think she can’t hear. The 24-year-old has bright green eyes, a quick smile, and on the days she gets her husband’s help, perfectly applied mascara and blush. But all the gawkers really see are her arms, each amputated above the elbow. What they don’t suppose — with no fatigues or standard-issue Army T-shirt to clue them in — is that this chatty young woman, who likes to wear a little black dress to fancy parties as much as the next girl, is an...
  • A bomb technician fights back after Iraq explosion, APN

    11/22/2008 9:50:59 PM PST · by skully · 20 replies · 1,190+ views
    ITworld ^ | November 23, 2008 | MICHELLE ROBERTS
    SAN ANTONIO (AP) _ Mary Dague hears the catty whispers sometimes. "So ugly," the strangers say when they think she can't hear. The 24-year-old has bright green eyes, a quick smile, and on the days she gets her husband's help, perfectly applied mascara and blush. But all the gawkers really see are her arms, each amputated above the elbow.
  • Dunwoody becomes first female four-star general

    11/14/2008 7:48:16 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies · 909+ views
    Breitbart / The Associated Press ^ | November 14, 2008 | Robert Burns
    Call it breaking the brass ceiling. Ann E. Dunwoody, after 33 years in the Army, ascended Friday to a peak never before reached by a woman in the U.S. military: four-star general. At an emotional promotion ceremony, Dunwoody looked back on her years in uniform, said it was a credit to the Army—and a great surprise to her—that she would make history in a male-dominated military. "Thirty-three years after I took the oath as a second lieutenant, I have to tell you this is not exactly how I envisioned my life unfolding," she told a standing-room-only auditorium. "Even as a...
  • Army promotes first woman to four star rank

    11/14/2008 2:27:09 PM PST · by mnehring · 95 replies · 1,366+ views
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – The female descendant of a long line of US military officers was promoted to four star general Thursday, the first woman ever to reach the top rung of the US military. Ann Dunwoody accepted the promotion and command of the army's materiel command with humor and humility at a Pentagon ceremony so packed with well wishers that three star generals were standing in the aisles. "When people ask me, Ann, did you ever think you were going to be a general officer, say nothing about a four-star, I say not in my wildest dreams," she said. "There...
  • Women’s Memorial Hosts Veterans Day Observance, Honors Navajo Vets

    11/12/2008 3:43:27 PM PST · by SandRat · 221+ views
    ARLINGTON, Va., Nov. 12, 2008 – A Veterans Day observance yesterday at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial here honored the contributions of women in uniform throughout the nation’s history. Retired Air Force Maj. Linda S. Schwartz, left, and Army Reserve Sgt. 1st Class Patricia D. Ruth attend the Veterans Day observance at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial in Arlington, Va., Nov. 11, 2008. DoD photo by Gerry J. Gilmore  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Wilma L. Vaught, president of the Women’s Memorial foundation, hosted the annual event,...
  • Women in Combat Okay with Obama

    11/09/2008 3:58:22 AM PST · by Perseverando · 67 replies · 395+ views
    Pope Center ^ | November 07, 2008 | Jenna Ashley Robinson
    Obama will consider combat positions and selective service registration for women The female college students who enthusiastically supported Barack Obama for president might not know that he wants women to register with the Selective Service at age 18, just as men do. Or that he wants the military to officially open combat positions to women. Although the topic was drowned out by campaign rhetoric and statements on policies that college students find more congenial, his position on registration of women is clear. And Obama’s national security spokeswoman stated before the election that Obama intended to change current policies on women...