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  • US personnel chief resigns in wake of massive (OPM) data breach

    07/10/2015 9:47:29 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 75 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 7/10/15 | Josh Lederman and Jack Gillam - AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the government's personnel office has resigned in the wake of a massive data breach on her watch. A White House official says President Barack Obama accepted the resignation of Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta on Friday morning. She'll stay on the job through the end of the day. The official says deputy director Beth Cobert will become acting director starting Saturday.
  • 80 US troops in Chad helping to locate abducted girls, Obama says

    05/21/2014 12:53:57 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 55 replies ^ | 5/21/14 | ap
    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama says the U.S. has deployed 80 military personnel to Chad to help located more than 200 girls kidnapped in Nigeria.
  • You’re a SEAL Stranded in Hostile Territory: What’s in Your Survival Kit?

    02/27/2013 7:59:14 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 41 replies
    Time ^ | 2/21/13 | Mark Thompson
    SEALs aren’t supposed to find themselves in trouble that they can’t get out of. That’s why the Navy is seeking to buy 300 new survival kits for the Naval Special Warfare Development Group, sometimes known as Navy SEAL Team 6. They’re the guys who raided Osama bin Laden’s compound in May 2011 and sent him on an all-expenses-paid trip to the bottom of the Indian Ocean. Save for the downed stealthy MH-60 Black Hawk chopper, the mission was a grand success. But, being military men, they have to prepare for worst-case scenarios. That’s where Wednesday’s solicitation for what they call...
  • replacement depots

    06/04/2009 1:13:48 PM PDT · by franksolich · 26 replies · 2,527+ views ^ | June 4, 2009 | franksolich
    Okay, the professional civilian here, again. While reading more about D-Day and its aftermath, I'm finding that it was policy to constantly infuse already-existing Army units with new people, the units having been worn down by "attrition." I had always assumed that it was policy, once a unit was all torn up, battered up, decimated, that it was pulled back, and an entirely new unit was sent in. And while being pulled out of action, two purposes were served; that of giving the survivors a chance to catch their breath, and giving commanders time to build them back up to...
  • Useful Tool

    04/09/2009 5:28:08 AM PDT · by Korzeniowski · 68 replies · 1,525+ views
    Web resource ^ | 4/09/09 | Korzeniowski
    This website is a handy reference tool for mapping relationships within industry, government and lobbying firms. Simply go to and enter the firm name - i.e., "Cerberus" or "FN" and follow instructions. Names of prominent players can also be searched for relationships within the complex.
  • More personnel trouble for Obama?

    02/24/2009 12:47:16 PM PST · by Nachum · 24 replies · 2,341+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 2/24/09 | Rick Moran
    It looks like 3 times will not be a charm when it comes to getting someone - anyone - honest enough and subservient enough to run the Department of Commerce for President Obama. First, it was Bill Richardson who somehow slipped under the radar of Obama's super sharp vetters, having problems with cronies back in New Mexico. Then it was Judd Gregg who withdrew his name after Obama blindsided him by politicizing the census. Now it's Gary Locke - former Governor of Washington and now lobbyist for a firm that does a lot of business in China - who may...
  • Deployed Soldier Runs Gamut from Infantry to Personnel Office

    11/24/2008 1:42:10 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 269+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Staff Sgt. Amber Emery
    CAMP VICTORY, Iraq, Nov. 24, 2008 – Army Spc. Anthony Calhoun has discovered that sometimes the things we don’t plan, work out the best. Army Spc. Anthony Calhoun, left, 10th Mountain Division Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System operator and New Orleans native, reviews retirement paperwork with Army Staff Sgt. Ellis Andrew, common ground station noncommissioned officer in charge, 10th Mountain Division, and native of Rochester, N.Y. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Amber Emery  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Calhoun didn’t plan to enlist in the Army. But once he did, he realized it was his calling. From...
  • Obama Not Qualified to Control Nuclear Weapons; Can He Be President?

    07/30/2008 11:04:34 AM PDT · by Winged Hussar · 13 replies · 246+ views
    The Husaria: For Our Freedom and Yours ^ | 7/30/08 | Winged Hussar 1683
    Nuclear Weapon Personnel Reliability Program: Cocaine History a Disqualifier I blew a few smoke rings, remembering those years. Pot had helped, and booze; maybe a little blow when you could afford it. Not smack, though… (Barack Obama, “Dreams From My Father,” page 93, paperback edition., “Blow” = “Cocaine; to inhale cocaine; to smoke marijuana; to inject heroin”) The Obama campaign at least sanctions (and may promote actively) the spread of rumors to the effect that John McCain has a neurodegenerative disease, usually by citing age as a risk factor for such diseases. Dozens of posts to this nature appear...
  • Border operation ending for Guard ,, Personnel freed up Border Patrol for law enforcement

    05/30/2008 9:53:24 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 124+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 5/30/08 | Leslie Berestein
    One windy afternoon last week at the border fence, a construction platform carrying a crew of National Guard personnel moved slowly along the barrier, sparks flying from blowtorches as the guardsmen straightened and retrofitted the steel posts. For most of them, it would be their last task on the border. “I'll go wherever they want me to go,” said Staff Sgt. Dan McBride, 44, the crew's supervisor, a mail carrier from Fresno who plans to go back to his full-time job for a while before his likely deployment to Iraq in February. “But this has been sweet, San Diego.” After...
  • America Supports You: Foundation Assists Injured EOD Personnel

    12/28/2007 6:14:52 PM PST · by SandRat · 194+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 28, 2007 – Following the philosophy that recovering from an injury is easier with family nearby, a Virginia group is helping to make that possible for wounded explosive ordnance disposal technicians from any branch of service. “Wounded EOD Warrior Foundation is dedicated to helping our wounded explosive ordnance disposal technicians and their families in their greatest time of need,” said Sherri Beck, foundation president. “We are hoping to relieve some of the financial stress involved when a loved one is injured, (and) we also believe that having family present is an integral part of the healing process.”...
  • America Supports You: D.C. Soccer Team Honors Military Personnel

    06/17/2007 12:41:45 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 242+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Steven Donald Smith
    WASHINGTON, June 17, 2007 – The most successful team in Major Leagues Soccer’s 11-year history paid special tribute to America’s military men and women here last night. D.C. United hosted its 8th Annual Armed Forces Appreciation Day with several pre-game festivities at RFK Stadium. More than a thousand military personnel were invited to the game free of charge, and the team distributed military appreciation T-shirts to the first 5,000 fans. “It is a privilege and an honor for D.C. United to host members of the armed forces and their families each season,” Stephen Zack, D.C. United executive vice president,...
  • Rosa Brooks: Was Kerry right?

    11/06/2006 5:29:26 AM PST · by Neoliberalnot · 37 replies · 1,688+ views
    LA Times ^ | Nov 3,2006 | Rosa Brooks
    The military isn't full of poor, uneducated kids, but it doesn't look anything like America. November 3, 2006 SINCE John Kerry "botched" a joke and implied that those without education "get stuck in Iraq," political leaders from both parties have been piously describing U.S. troops as valiant young Einsteins in desert camouflage. But deep down, a lot of them probably think Kerry is right. If those grunts were half as smart as members of Congress, they'd be on Capitol Hill getting sucked up to by lobbyists instead of sucking up dust in Baghdad's bloody alleys — right? Demographically, the military...
  • Iraqi soldiers graduate personnel course

    08/09/2006 4:49:20 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 141+ views
    An Iraqi soldiers shakes hands with a fellow soldier during the graduation ceremony. Seventy soldiers from the 8th Iraqi Army Division graduated Friday from a course on maintaining accurate and reliable personnel and security records. The soldiers who graduated from the two-week Unit Transition Point course were all assigned to the either brigade or battalion personnel departments. The training was conducted by instructors from Iraqi Ground Forces Command in Baghdad and monitored and supervised by Multi-National Division Central-South military transition team officers. The first week of the course was devoted to training on high-technology devices for fingerprinting as well...
  • Chinooks Keep Trucks, Personnel off Perilous Roads

    07/21/2006 4:30:03 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 236+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Spc. Creighton Holub
    Chinooks Keep Trucks, Personnel off Perilous Roads The 4th Infantry Division’s Combat Aviation Battalion saves lives by transporting soldiers and equipment. By U.S. Army Spc. Creighton Holub 4th Infantry Division CAMP TAJI, Iraq, July 21, 2006 -- CH-47 Chinook pilots with the 4th Infantry Division’s Combat Aviation Battalion move an average of 40 pallets of equipment and supplies throughout Baghdad every night. They’ve also kept an estimated 3,000 trucks and more than 7,000 soldiers off the roads of Baghdad since their arrival. “We’re preserving democracy one pallet at a time,” said Chief Warrant Officer 2 Phillip Lopez, a Chinook...
  • NATO Personnel Shaping Iraqi Military Staff

    05/30/2006 4:49:19 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 246+ views
    RUSTAMIYAH, Iraq, May 30, 2006 – NATO servicemembers are working with Iraqis here to train the new Iraqi army. Rustamiyah is the home of the Iraqi Military Academy and the Iraqi Joint Service College. It is also the temporary home of 80 NATO servicemembers who are helping the Iraqi army become a modern, effective force. Italian air force Brig. Gen. Agostino Mazzei leads the NATO effort here, and Italy is the lead nation in the effort. During a recent interview, the general said the NATO and Iraqi personnel went through a lot in setting up the course, but it was...
  • Personnel Recovery Agency Works to Bring All Americans Home Alive

    05/10/2006 8:48:37 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 316+ views
    WASHINGTON, May 10, 2006 – Every day, officials at the Joint Personnel Recovery Agency track the status of efforts to find 20 Americans believed to still be alive but "isolated" outside the United States. In personnel recovery terminology, isolated personnel are U.S. servicemembers, Defense Department civilians, or contractors separated from their unit who are or may be in a situation where they must survive, evade, resist or escape, a specialist in these "SERE" techniques said here yesterday. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Shawn E. Cross, a SERE specialist at the Joint Personnel Recovery Agency, Fort Belvoir, Va., described his unit's...
  • Range Helps U.S. Personnel Practice Skills Needed in Iraq

    05/03/2006 4:52:28 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 256+ views
    UDAIRI RANGE, Kuwait, May 3, 2006 – Training never stops in the push to ensure American soldiers and Marines are ready for duty in Iraq. As part of a training scenario at Udairi Range, Kuwait, actors playing an Iraqi policeman and drivers argue at a traffic accident while an American convoy waits to enter the village. The scenario gives a realistic look at what challenges lie ahead for the soldiers when they move north into Iraq. Photo by Jim Garamone  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Servicemembers polish their skills here just prior to deployment "up north." Earlier this...
  • The Changing Face of the LAPD

    04/17/2006 2:42:46 PM PDT · by radar101 · 9 replies · 588+ views
    L A Times ^ | April 17, 2006 | Jim Newton,
    a recent predawn roll call at the Los Angeles Police Department's 77th Street Division was emblematic of the profound changes that the LAPD has undergone in recent years. As two dozen officers were briefed on crime in their area, they were aided by computerized maps showing hot spots in the division's neighborhoods. Most telling, however, were the people themselves. Of the morning patrol officers who took their places on wooden benches — some things don't change — fewer than half were white. There were at least as many Hispanic officers as whites, and in the parking lot outside, an Asian...
  • Political offensive targets Bush

    03/18/2006 2:19:31 PM PST · by BellStar · 59 replies · 1,340+ views
    THE WASHINGTON TIMES ^ | March 18, 2006 | Rowan Scarborough
    Political offensive targets Bush By Rowan ScarboroughTHE WASHINGTON TIMESMarch 18, 2006 Senate Democrats have mapped a political battle plan for the March congressional recess that calls on lawmakers to stage press events with active duty military personnel, veterans and emergency responders to bash President Bush on virtually every one of his national security policies.
  • MCLB personnel judge Barstow science projects

    03/16/2006 3:44:05 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 291+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Cpl. Nich R. Babb
    MARINE CORPS LOGISTICS BASE BARSTOW, Calif. (March 16, 2006) -- Service members and employees of Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow judged some exceptional science projects for the Barstow Unified School District Science Fair March 9 at Barstow Community College's gymnasium. The fair is an annual event that is participated in by students who attend all schools within the Barstow area, said Danielle King, Barstow district science fair coordinator. Following the judging at the district fair, the students who received a gold ranking for their outstanding scientific intelligence are able to participate in the regional science fair, said King. Not all...
  • DoD Personnel Face Stricter Rules on Human Trafficking

    01/10/2006 6:39:33 PM PST · by SandRat · 16 replies · 446+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Jan 10, 2005 | Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 10, 2006 – Harsher punishments for Defense Department personnel who participate in human trafficking or support the industry by patronizing prostitutes are part of a bill signed into law today by President Bush. "Human trafficking is an offense against human dignity, a crime in which human beings, many of them teenagers and young children, are bought and sold and often sexually abused by violent criminals," Bush said at the White House before signing the bill. "Our nation is determined to fight and end this modern form of slavery." The Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2005 amends the...
  • Personnel services unit returns from yearlong tour in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom

    12/08/2005 3:35:31 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 359+ views
    The National Guard ^ | Dec 5, 2005 | Spc. Benjamin Cossel
    GROVEPORT, Ohio (12/5/2005) — "This has been the longest year of my life. I finally get my life back...I finally get my baby back," said a tearful Nancy Marquez as she sat eagerly awaiting her Soldier’s entrance; her wait was just about over. Marquez’s son, Spc. Justin Marquez, as well as 29 other Soldiers from the Ohio Army National Guard’s 237th Personnel Services Battalion were celebrated as heroes during a welcome home ceremony Dec. 4 at Groveport Madison High School. Loud cheers and applause went up as the Soldiers filed in and took their place of honor at the front...
  • Guardian angels watch over pilots

    08/03/2005 6:18:52 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 374+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Aug 3, 2005 | Lance Cpl. Kamran Sadaghiani
    When pilots are in an aircraft, the Marines of Aviation Life Support Systems personnel watch over them like guardian angels, working behind the scenes of the flight line to maintain aircraft emergency gear at the station Parachute Loft. ALSS personnel are responsible for providing and maintaining aircraft emergency gear pilots may use as a last resort. They rarely make an appearance on the flight line, so their contributions to pilot safety are seldom recognized, said Staff Sgt. Ryan Schmidt, Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 13 ALSS flight equipment technician. “That's the strange thing about this job,” said Schmidt, a Schenectady, N.Y.,...
  • Reporting for Duty - (John Kerry's signed 180 release is a fast shuffle; complete info not public!)

    06/08/2005 8:34:39 AM PDT · by CHARLITE · 40 replies · 1,964+ views
    MISSION UNACCOMPLISHED So with the exception of seeing Sen. John Kerry's middling grades at Yale, what was achieved by his signing of the SF-180 document? If it was about releasing his military record, that wasn't achieved. If it was about clarifying his reserve activities upon his return from his short stint in Vietnam, that wasn't achieved. If it was to perhaps further obscure the truth about his service and post-Vietnam activities, mission accomplished. It is unclear exactly what was released by the Navy late Monday to the Boston Globe. On its face it appears that aside from the Yale transcript...
  • Payday loan sharks prey on military personnel

    05/31/2005 10:01:56 AM PDT · by MikeEdwards · 31 replies · 1,493+ views
    CFP ^ | May 31, 2005 | Judi McLeod
    BNP Paribas, Saddam Hussein’s favourite bank, is in the payday loan shark business, finding many of its customers from within the ranks of American military personal. Keeping it confidential which companies it is involved with on the new business front, the bank is operating with impunity. In its BNP-Paribas Watch, reports that BNP is staying mum on which companies it is involved in on a flourishing new cottage industry in the U.S.: 7-11-style payday loan type operations. As prolific as dandelions in spring, payday loan storefront operations are thick around military bases. An underwear clad Saddam may be lingering...
  • Less defiling, more profiling, please

    01/19/2005 10:18:37 PM PST · by Kitten Festival · 1 replies · 228+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | Jan. 19, 2005 | Selwyn Duke
    We’ve all probably had experiences that made us wonder if we were the butt of a joke on Candid Camera. The last such event in my life occurred while waiting on a security line in a quasi-backwater Mexican airport a couple of years ago. While I expected a “maZana” attitude and cursory inspection, I found myself in a long queue waiting for security personnel who acted as if on an Easter egg hunt. These characters pulled vacationers’ luggage apart and did everything but don a Sherlock Holmes outfit and produce a magnifying glass. The piPce de résistance was when one...

    08/16/2002 7:39:49 AM PDT · by Merchant Seaman · 735 replies · 30,137+ views
    Annoyed Reader
    The purpose of's multiple message boards is to limit the topics for each board to particular topics. Posting the same message on all the boards defeats the purpose of multiple-boards for special topics. It is very annoying to see the same message on every bulletin board. PLEASE! DO THE READERS A FAVOR. STOP CROSS-POSTING YOUR MESSAGES!
  • Al-Tawheed wal-Jihad Releases New Video from Iraq

    10/13/2004 11:52:42 AM PDT · by anonpenetfi · 6 replies · 3,337+ views ^ | 10/13/04 | (10/13/04): Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's Tawheed wal-Jihad Movement in Iraq has released two new video clips, including video of a roadside bombing attack on a U.S. armored vehicle near the city of Mosul. The video features human body parts later retrieved from the scene of the ambush.
  • Coast Guard says 600-plus active duty and reserve to provide security during (RAT) convention

    06/29/2004 3:05:17 PM PDT · by Libloather · 4 replies · 204+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 6/29/04
    Coast Guard says 600-plus personnel to provide security during convention By Associated Press Tuesday, June 29, 2004 BOSTON - The U.S. Coast Guard will deploy more than 600 men and women in air, land and sea patrols around Boston Harbor during next month's Democratic National Convention, officials said Tuesday. Boats ranging from rigid-hulled inflatables to a 270-foot cutter will patrol the harbor and offshore areas, with the cutter's crew randomly boarding commercial ships for security checks. Officials would not say how many vessels would be on patrol, except to say it would be more than usual. Coast Guard helicopters will...
  • Panel: FBI Hampered in Fighting Terrorism Pre-9/11

    04/13/2004 6:26:27 AM PDT · by Momaw Nadon · 8 replies · 465+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo! ^ | Tuesday, April 13, 2004 | By Tabassum Zakaria
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Despite increasing concern about terrorist threats to the United States, the FBI before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks was hampered by a culture resistant to change, inadequate resources and legal barriers, the national commission investigating the attacks said on Tuesday. "From the first World Trade Center attack in 1993, FBI and Department of Justice leadership in Washington and New York became increasingly concerned about the terrorist threat from Islamic extremists to U.S. interests both at home and abroad," said the report, presented at a commission hearing. Attorney General John Ashcroft, his predecessor, Janet Reno, former FBI Director...
  • Special Defense Department Briefing with the Fiscal Year 2005 Budget

    02/02/2004 7:00:33 PM PST · by Calpernia · 5 replies · 201+ views
    United States Department of Defense ^ | Monday, February 2, 2004 | Undersecretary of Defense and Comptroller Dr. Dov Zakheim
    MR. ZAKHEIM: Well, good afternoon, everybody. I don't know whether you may have more slides in your packets than I'll be showing up here. But in any event, I would like your indulgence, so that I can go through them all and then take questions afterwards. And I'll try to do that quickly and hopefully clearly. So, moving to the first slide; as you can see, this year we have a budget of something over $400 billion, which is approximately 26 billion (dollars) more than we had last year. You'll see that we have $6 billion worth of rescissions, and...
  • A 21st-Century DoD

    11/24/2003 5:09:18 AM PST · by OESY · 8 replies · 215+ views
    WALL STREET JOURNAL ^ | November 24, 2003 | DONALD H. RUMSFELD
    <p>While news from Iraq, Afghanistan and other fronts in the war on terror dominate the headlines, here at home progress is being made on another important front: the critical work of military transformation. Today, President Bush will sign into law landmark legislation that will help bring the Defense Department out of the industrial age, and into the information age.</p>

    08/01/2003 10:42:38 PM PDT · by dts32041 · 92 replies · 306+ views | 08/02/2003 | Robert Novak
    RUMSFELD'S GAY ADVISER Gay activist Stephen Herbits, who worked temporarily at the Pentagon on two occasions in 2001 and 2002, has settled in as a special adviser to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. Herbits now has his name on the door and has been assigned a Pentagon e-mail address. A longtime friend and ally of Rumsfeld, he is clearing all major personnel choices in the Defense Department. In 2000, former Seagrams executive Herbits contributed $17,000 to Democratic causes, including $13,000 to the Democratic National Committee and $1,000 to the Gore-Lieberman Recount Fund. Federal records show no 2000 political contributions by Herbits...