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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, a site run by, 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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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