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  • When Rucker called the roll—A Soldier’s Story

    08/10/2011 5:25:04 PM PDT · by BigReb555 · 5 replies
    Huntington News ^ | August 10, 2011 | Calvin E. Johnson, Jr.
    On August 10, 1905, Amos Rucker, an ex-Confederate soldier and proud member of the United Confederate Veterans, died in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Soldier allegedly cut fingers off dead Taliban

    08/08/2011 10:17:22 AM PDT · by MadMitch · 26 replies
    bbc ^ | 8/8/2011 | bbc
    The Ministry of Defence is investigating claims that a soldier sliced fingers off dead Taliban fighters to keep as souvenirs.
  • Family seeks recognition for soldier slain in Arkansas (Purple Hearts for Long & Ezeagwula)

    07/26/2011 3:05:59 PM PDT · by Libloather · 2 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 7/26/11 | JEANNIE NUSS
    Family seeks recognition for soldier slain in Ark.By: JEANNIE NUSS | Associated Press 07/26/11 4:36 PM Andy Long lies in a military cemetery in Arkansas, between a Persian Gulf veteran and a man who served in Korea. While the tombstones around him say where the soldiers served, the granite slab marking the 23-year-old's grave doesn't list a military campaign — at least, not one the Army recognizes. In the two years since Long was killed and another soldier was wounded outside a military recruiting station in Little Rock by a self-professed jihadist, their families have struggled to convince the military...
  • Two U.S. Soldiers Killed by Roadside Bomb in Iraq

    07/07/2011 9:49:52 PM PDT · by EternalVigilance · 54 replies
    Fox News ^ | Published July 07, 2011 | Associated Press
    BAGHDAD -- A roadside bomb killed two U.S. soldiers Thursday outside the main American military base in Baghdad in what U.S. officials said appeared to be another attack by Shiite militias hoping to drive U.S. troops out of Iraq. The attack follows the deadliest month for U.S. troops in Iraq in two years. Fifteen U.S. soldiers died in June, nearly all in attacks by Shiite militias. ----- Thursday's bomb, which was detonated near a checkpoint outside Victory Base Camp, was a powerful armor-piercing explosive known as an EFP, according to two military officials with knowledge of the attack. EFPs typically...
  • LI man busted for 'pretending' to be soldier

    06/27/2011 12:59:06 PM PDT · by Mind Freed · 23 replies · 1+ views
    This GI Joe wannabe got a hero's welcome just by dressing the part. A Long Island man was arrested for donning an Army uniform and brazenly posing as a soldier so he'd get bumped up to first class on a flight to JFK from the Dominican Republic, Port Authority cops have charged. Rock Diaz, 22, of Freeport, has a history of pretending to be a military man to get VIP treatment, cops said -- he once even smooth-talked his way into a jetliner's cockpit, where he was photographed sitting at the controls wearing a goofy grin. The mile-high huckster was...
  • Commander In Chief Misspeaks About Soldier Killed in Afghanistan

    First time I saw 10th Mountain Division, you guys were in southern Iraq. When I went back to visit Afghanistan, you guys were the first ones there. I had the great honor of seeing some of you because a comrade of yours, Jared Monti, was the first person who I was able to award the Medal of Honor to who actually came back and wasn’t receiving it posthumously." The problem is, Jared Monti was killed in action in Afghanistan, on June 21, 2006. He was awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously, September 17, 2009. President Obama handed the framed medal...
  • How a society girl left her glamorous life to become one of America's first women in Iraq

    06/20/2011 7:58:39 AM PDT · by Niuhuru · 16 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 9:40 AM on 20th June 2011 | By Daily Mail Reporter
    The daughter of a prominent New York lawyer has told of her amazing transformation from sheltered, society girl to seasoned combat veteran. Former Manhattan jetsetter Jane Blair swapped her pampered life in New York to become one of the first women on the frontline in Iraq. In her new memoir Hesitation Kills, Mrs Blair, now a 38-year-old captain in the Marine Reserves, recalls the moment that changed her life. She said: 'I grew up in this environment where I never had to work for a living. My dad told me, "I will always take care of you".' She was in...
  • NETCOM/9th names soldier, NCO of the year

    06/11/2011 12:55:10 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies
    FORT HUACHUCA — A pair of Signal Corps soldiers were named the top soldier and noncommissioned officer for the Network Enterprise Technology Command/9th Signal Command (Army) Friday morning. And for one, Pfc. Jonathan Budnik — the command’s Solider of the Year — there were three surprises when his father, mother and grandmother showed up during the competition by coming to Arizona from Nevada. Named NCO of the Year was Sgt. Harold Stoker, who represented the 311 Signal Command (Theater) located at Fort Shafter, Hawaii. Maj. Gen. Jennifer Napper, who heads NETCOM/9th, her senior enlisted adviser Command Sgt. Maj. Gerald Williams...
  • 5 American Soldiers Killed in Iraq

    06/06/2011 5:08:34 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 41 replies
    In the single largest loss of life for the American military in Iraq in the past two years, five troops were killed in central Iraq, U.S. officials said.
  • Slain Digger cited by NATO as heroic fighter (Australian solder posthumously decorated by the USA)

    06/03/2011 4:35:25 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 7 replies
    The Weekend Australian ^ | 4th June 2011 | Matthew Miller
    Elvi Wood, centre, the widow of Sergeant Brett Wood, receives support at her late husband's funeral in Sydney yesterday, with Julia Gillard looking on. ON the day he was put to rest, Sergeant Brett Wood was revealed as one of the most extraordinary soldiers to have served under the Australian flag, a man who had fought so well in a string of battles just before his death that his bravery was recognised by the US commander of the NATO campaign in Afghanistan. ..... Sergeant Wood had served previously in Bougainville, East Timor and Iraq, and, finally, in Afghanistan. Ms Wood...
  • Salt Lake artist's statue captures smile of soldier killed in Iraq

    05/28/2011 7:42:30 AM PDT · by Heuristic Hiker · 4 replies
    Deseret News ^ | May 27, 2011 | Jed Boal
    SALT LAKE CITY - As Hans Borbonus walked into the sculptor's studio, he got his first glimpse of his son's smile crafted in clay. "It does something to you," he said, visibly moved by the moment. When it is cast in bronze, the statue of the young American soldier killed in Baghdad will stand as a lasting memorial near his hometown of Boise.
  • 'Courageous' soldier Mark Ward to present FA Cup

    05/13/2011 10:51:12 AM PDT · by Mitch86 · 4 replies
    BBC News ^ | 12 May 2011
    A soldier praised for his courage in Afghanistan, which saw him awarded the Military Cross for bravery, is to present the FA Cup to the winning side. Cpl Mark Ward was chosen to present Saturday's prize to the winning captain because of his "inspirational leadership" as a section commander. A member of the Mercian Regiment, based in Catterick, North Yorks, he will be guest of honour at the Wembley final between Manchester City and Stoke City. He said he was "extremely proud". Among those who have previously presented the trophy are Prince William, the Queen, Winston Churchill and Sir Bobby...
  • 'Wikileaks' soldier Bradley Manning moved to new prison [busting rocks @ Fort Leavenworth.......]

    04/19/2011 3:52:55 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 12 replies
    'Wikileaks' soldier Bradley Manning moved to new prison The US soldier accused of leaking a trove of secret government documents later published by the Wikileaks website is to be moved to a military prison in Kansas, officials have said. Pte First Class Bradley Manning has been held pending court martial at a Marine Corps base in Virginia. His transfer comes amid international criticism of his treatment. His supporters say he has been confined to a cell for 23 hours a day and forced regularly to undress. Suspect's 'best interest' At a press conference at the Pentagon on Tuesday, defence department...
  • Town duped by her story of service (Fake soldier, MN)

    04/17/2011 3:34:08 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 31 replies · 2+ views ^ | 4/17/11 | Mark Brunswick
    The town of Cass Lake embraced Elizabeth McKenzie last month when she arrived at the high school in her Army uniform for a welcome home ceremony. Though she isn't a tribal member, the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Honor Guard gave her a blanket and an eagle feather to honor her as a woman warrior for her service in Afghanistan. There was a tribal drum ceremony and a reception line. Accepting the town's gratitude, McKenzie talked about the close calls she'd had and a war injury that brought her home. She led the march in the high school gym, carrying...
  • 400 Rounds, 17 Grenades, & 30 Enemies: Soldier Single-Handedly Beats Back Taliban Barrage

    03/25/2011 2:48:06 PM PDT · by Nachum · 30 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 3/25/11 | Jonathon M. Seidl
    It took him 400 rounds, 17 grenades, and a machine gun tripod used as a weapon, but one British Gurkha soldier single-handedly beat back an attack by 30 Taliban fighters in Afghanistan last summer. And now he‘s getting one of his military’s highest honors: Sergeant Dipprasad Pun, a 31-year-old from Bima in western Nepa and part of the Gurkha regiment serving the British Military, is receiving the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross for bravery. It’s well deserved. According to his superiors, Pun’s fearsom fighting is responsible for saving the lives of at least three other soldiers. Yesterday, he explained his unbelievable battle...
  • Judge says Abdulhakim Muhammad fit for trial in soldier death (Arkansas recruiter shooter)

    03/17/2011 8:39:03 PM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies
    Fox 16 ^ | 3/15/11
    Judge says Muhammad fit for trial in soldier deathUpdated: 3/15 6:00 pm LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A Pulaski County circuit judge's declaration that Abdulhakim Muhammad is fit to stand trial has cleared the way for his trial to begin July 18 on charges stemming from the fatal shooting of a soldier at a Little Rock recruiting station, and the wounding of another man. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that Judge Herb Wright pronounced Muhammad fit for trial Tuesday after Muhammad defense attorney Claiborne Ferguson said he would not challenge a state examination that ruled the defendant fit. Muhammad, a Muslim...
  • N.J. Man Dies In Russian Roulette Game

    03/08/2011 11:37:17 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 49 replies
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Authorities say an Alaska-based soldier told police a fellow soldier asked for a bullet to put in a gun's empty chamber before he fatally shot himself during a drunken game of Russian roulette. Jacob Brouch is charged with second-degree murder in the death of his 26-year-old Army friend -- Michael McCloskey of Beverly, N.J. -- following the early Sunday shooting at Brouch's home in Eagle River, an Anchorage suburb.
  • Minnesota Soldier Killed in Afghanistan

    02/28/2011 7:34:29 PM PST · by Son House · 5 replies ^ | Feb 28, 2011 |
    A military policeman from Rosemount has died in an attack in Afghanistan. The Department of Defense says Spc. Andrew C. Wilfahrt died Sunday when insurgents attacked his unit in Kandahar province using a homemade bomb. The 31-year-old Wilfahrt was assigned to a military police battalion based in Hawaii. He enlisted in the Army in January 2009 and was deployed to Afghanistan last July. Principal John Wollersheim says Wilfahrt graduated from Rosemount High School in 1997.
  • Military Mom Pays High Price For Speaking With Son (TENNESSEE)(VIDEO)

    02/20/2011 9:45:32 AM PST · by GailA · 150 replies
    News 5 Nashville ^ | 2/17/11 | Amanda Hara
    WOODBURY, Tenn. - A military mom said she would do anything to answer her son's phone call from overseas, no matter what the cost. Some seven months ago, Lance Corporal Mark Rhyne left the little town of Woodbury, for the remote deserts of Afghanistan. "I told my son the day he deployed as he was about to get on that bus, 'I will stand in your steed while you are gone, I will stand,'" his mother Teresa Danford said. On Monday, while working inside the Crane Interiors factory, Teresa Danford said she kept her word. Mark called from Afghanistan, using...
  • Soldiers fighting in Afghanistan fired by e-mail (UK)

    02/15/2011 7:01:18 AM PST · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 5 replies ^ | Feburary 15, 2011 | MSNBC Staff
    Britain's military has apologized for using e-mails to tell dozens of long-serving soldiers that they were being laid-off. The army says an "administrative error" meant the soldiers were not told in person that their contracts would be ended. British media reported that the soldiers were 38 warrant officers with more than 20 years' service each. The Sun newspaper reported that the group put in a total of 836 years' service and includes a member of the Royal Tank Regiment who is currently serving in Afghanistan. (snip) According to reports, up to 100 trainee pilots will be dismissed by the Royal...
  • Lone Nepali Soldier Defends Potential Rape Victim Against 40 Men

    Whoa...holy cow! Every once in a while someone in the world comes along and reminds us what a true hero really looks like. A 35 year-old Gurkha soldier named Bishnu Shrestha was riding a train when he suddenly found himself in the middle of a massive robbery. 40 men armed with knives, swords and guns stormed the train and began robbing the passengers. Bishnu kept his peace while the gang snatched cell phones, jewelry and cash from other riders. But then, the thugs grabbed the 18 year-old girl sitting next to him and forcefully stripped her naked. Before the bandits...
  • US soldier Jonathan Springer develops iPhone app to target the Taliban

    01/25/2011 5:09:21 PM PST · by Nachum · 32 replies
    NewsCore ^ | 1/25/11 | Staff
    An iPhone app that tracks down the Taliban has been developed by a US soldier who put $26,000 of his own money into the project. The idea for a smartphone application to assist soldiers in combat came to Captain Jonathan J. Springer in a dream last July. The 31-year-old, from Fort Wayne, Indiana, has worked with programmers ever since to make the idea a reality. Tactical Nav, which is expected to be available through Apple’s App Store next month, assists soldiers in mapping, plotting and photographing waypoints on a battleground and conveying coordinates to supporting units.

    12/15/2010 5:58:48 PM PST · by Sprite518 · 15 replies
    Michael Savage ^ | Michael Savage
    PFC Lawrence is accused of premeditated murder for the alleged shooting of Mullah Muhibullah on Oct. 17 while guarding him in Kandahar province, Afghanistan. Mullah Muhibullah was a senior Taliban commander and had been captured by U.S. forces the day before his death. Muhibullah's death was announced by an angry Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Oct. 19. Formal charges were filed against PFC Lawrence the same day, Oct. 19.
  • Vanity - Thank a Soldier

    12/09/2010 1:45:16 PM PST · by Gabrial · 20 replies
    Xerox Corp. ^ | 12/9/10 | Vanity
    XEROX IS DOING SOMETHING COOL If you go to this web site, You can pick out a thank you card and Xerox will print it and it will be sent to a soldier that is currently serving in Iraq. You can't pick out who gets it, but it will go to a member of the armed services. How AMAZING it would be if we could get everyone we know to send one!!! It is FREE and it only takes a second. Wouldn't it be wonderful if the soldiers received a bunch of these? Come on Freepers - Our soldiers...
  • Bowe Bergdahl, missing US soldier from Hailey, Idaho being held by Taliban, appears in new video

    12/08/2010 12:05:38 PM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies · 1+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | 12/8/10 | Aliyah Shahid
    A shocking new Taliban video shows an apparently bruised U.S. soldier who has been held prisoner in Afghanistan for 18 months under the threat of being beheaded. Spc. Bowe Bergdahl, 24, appears thin with a wound on his left cheek. He is seen standing next to Taliban commander Mullah Sangreen Zadran, who has previously claimed responsibility for the kidnapping and has threatened to execute him. (Snip) Bergdahl, of Hailey, Idaho, was captured by the militant group on June 30, 2009 in Paktika province in eastern Afghanistan.
  • I'll be home for Christmas! (great picture)

    12/07/2010 1:16:31 PM PST · by HonorInPa · 35 replies · 1+ views
    vanity | December 7, 2010 | J Creighton
    My sister-in-law's son (our nephew) is in the Army and we just found out he's coming home for Christmas. She usually does Santa-themed decorations for her porch but the picture below is this year's...
  • Westboro protester's van tires slashed at soldier's funeral

    11/15/2010 7:51:25 AM PST · by SoonerStorm09 · 86 replies · 1+ views
    The Norman Transcript ^ | November 15, 2010 | Manny Gamallo
    McALESTER, Okla. — Members of a Kansas church that protests at military funerals may have found themselves in the wrong town over the weekend. Shortly after finishing their protest at the funeral of Army Sgt. Jason James McCluskey of McAlester, a half-dozen protesters from Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan., headed to their minivan Saturday, only to discover that its front and rear passenger-side tires had been slashed. To make matters worse, as their minivan slowly hobbled away on two flat tires, with a McAlester police car following behind, the protesters were unable to find anyone in town who would...
  • Afghan soldier turns weapon on American troops, kills 2

    11/07/2010 6:06:57 PM PST · by Nachum · 18 replies
    McClatchy Newspapers, Miami Herald ^ | 11/7/10 | WARREN P. STROBEL AND HABIB ZOHORI
    KABUL, Afghanistan -- A soldier from the U.S.-trained Afghan army apparently turned his weapon on American troops in volatile southern Afghanistan, killing at least two U.S. soldiers, NATO officials said Saturday. The incident is the latest that calls into question the allegiances of at least some members of the Afghan security forces, which the Obama administration hopes will be the key to an eventual withdrawal of roughly 100,000 U.S. troops from Afghanistan. A NATO official, speaking on condition of anonymity because the matter is still under investigation, said the shootings took place late Thursday in southern Helmand province. The area...

    10/21/2010 1:34:28 PM PDT · by Bulldawg Fan · 29 replies · 1+ views
    Insight ^ | unknown | Peter Spring
    A Family Research Council analysis of publicly available documents—the Pentagon’s own report on sexual assault in the military for Fiscal Year 2009, and published decisions from military courts of appeals over the last decade and a half—have shown that there is already a significant problem of homosexual misconduct in the military. This problem can only become worse if the current law is repealed and homosexuals are openly welcomed (and even granted special protections) within the military, as homosexual activists are demanding. Rates of Homosexual Assault in the Military Are Disproportionately High Homosexual activist groups themselves have admitted that less than...
  • Body of Minn. Soldier to Come Home; Funeral Sunday

    10/14/2010 1:50:19 PM PDT · by Son House · 11 replies
    Post-Bulletin Company ^ | Oct 14, 2010 | Post-Bulletin Company
    WILLMAR, Minn. (AP) -- The body of a Minnesota soldier killed in Afghanistan is coming home. The body of Army Pfc. Ryane Clark is scheduled to arrive at 12:30 p.m. Thursday at Willmar Municipal Airport. The West Central Tribune reports a procession escorting Clark's body will leave the airport about 1 p.m. and travel through Willmar and Spicer on its way to his hometown of New London. Clark died last week after his unit was attacked by insurgents. The 22-year-old was based at Fort Bragg, N.C., and had been in Afghanistan since December. His funeral is at 2 p.m. Sunday...
  • David Goggins: The Toughest Athlete On The Planet?

    In 2005 Petty Officer First Class David Goggins’ life took a tragic turn. Several of his fellow U.S. Navy SEAL(s) were killed in a helicopter crash during a mission in Afghanistan. To honor them, Goggins vowed to raise money for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, which gives college scholarships and grants to the children of fallen special operations soldiers. Goggins rationalized that to raise money, he would have to do something extreme, something phenomenal— something incredibly painful. He decided to race ultramarathons when he Googled the 10 most difficult feats in the world. First on the list was the Badwater...
  • Duty. Valor. Honor.

    10/03/2010 5:46:09 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 5 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | October 3, 2010 | Ted Gregory
    Inside the terrifying firefight that revealed what kind of soldier — and man — Wheaton's Rob Miller was. "I don't want to be remembered for dying. I want to be remembered for who I was. Miller and the Medal of Honor (posthumous)
  • Muslim-American Soldier at Fort Hood Tells Al Jazeera: U.S. Army Training is ‘Propaganda Against

    09/16/2010 6:31:58 PM PDT · by Nachum · 60 replies
    cns news ^ | Dan Joseph
    Zachari Klawonn, a Muslim U.S. Army specialist stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, told the Arabic-language television network Al-Jazeera in a recent interview that training he had undergone in the U.S. military was a “slap in my face” and “propaganda against Islam.” Thursday, September 16, 2010 By Dan Joseph ( - Zachari Klawonn, a Muslim U.S. Army specialist stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, told the Arabic-language television network Al Jazeera in a recent interview that training he had undergone in the U.S. military was “propaganda against Islam.” Fort Hood is the Army installation where Maj. Nidal Hasan, an Army psychiatrist, executed...
  • EXCLUSIVE:1st Living Medal of Honor Winner Since Vietnam Tells His Story (video)

    09/13/2010 10:16:36 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 9 replies
    ABC News ^ | 9-13-10 | Luis Martinez
    Army Staff Sgt., Awarded Medal of Honor for Valor in Afghanistan, Says Comrades Going Beyond Call Every Day America's first living recipient of the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War says the heroic actions he undertook in Afghanistan are as brave as what every American soldier experiences day in and day out during their tours of duty in that country. Interview - Staff Sgt Salvatore Giunta
  • Wounded Georgia Soldier needs a freeped poll!

    09/13/2010 8:33:08 PM PDT · by Seth_Stuck · 9 replies
    To help spread the word about resiliency, The National Guard held a video contest tasking the states to produce videos to inform Soldiers about the issues that can affect resiliency. After a recent promotion to receive submissions, the Army National Guard has now selected three finalist videos. Please vote for the Georgia video and help send this amazing Soldier to AUSA 2010 to share his AMAZING story of personal courage and resiliency!
  • Muslim soldier Nidal Hasan to fellow military doctors: “We love death more then (sic) you love life!

    09/08/2010 11:00:11 AM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    Michelle Malkin ^ | 9/8/10 | Michelle Malkin
    I want to see the whole thing. Every American should demand to see the whole damned thing. And then you need to demand to know the names of every higher-ups in the military and the government who read or saw this thing and did nothing about it. I’m talking about the chilling slide presentation that Fort Hood jihadist Nidal Hasan gave at Walter Reed Hospital while a senior-year psych resident in June 2007. The Washington Post publishes details of the slide presentation, though not the original document itself. [Update: Good! WaPo publishes the full slide presentation here.] Goodbye, “Do no...
  • Yelm soldier gets 2 months for holding girl's head underwater

    09/03/2010 5:49:05 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 4 replies
    The News-Tribune ^ | 9/3/10 | JEREMY PAWLOSKI
    A Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier who held his 4-year-old daughter’s head underwater in a kitchen sink at their Yelm home as punishment for not reciting the alphabet will spend the next two months in jail. Joshua Ryan Tabor, 27, was sentenced Thursday; he earlier had pleaded guilty under an Alford plea to three counts of third-degree felony assault of a child, domestic violence, as part of a plea deal. Under an Alford plea, a defendant does not admit guilt but concedes there is enough evidence to convict if the case goes forward at trial. As part of the plea deal,...
  • U.S. Soldier, Citing His Muslim Religion, Seeks Conscientious Objector Status

    09/02/2010 11:23:53 AM PDT · by nmh · 58 replies
    Fox News ^ | 9/2/10 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    A Muslim soldier from Texas who joined the U.S. Army last year now wants to leave the military, claiming he is a conscientious objector whose devotion to Islam has suffered since he took an oath to defend the United States against all enemies. Pfc. Naser Abdo, a 20-year-old infantryman assigned to the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Ky., filed for conscientious objector status in June because his faith and the military simply don't mix, he told The Army has deferred his scheduled deployment to Afghanistan. "Islam is a peaceful religion, it's not a religion of warfare," Abdo said....
  • Wisconsin Soldier with Minnesota Ties Killed in Afghanistan

    08/30/2010 6:06:30 PM PDT · by Son House · 4 replies
    Post-Bulletin Company ^ | 8/30/2010 | Associated Press
    SAUK CITY, Wis. — A Wisconsin solder who grew up in Minnesota was killed while serving in Afghanistan, the Pentagon and a family friend said Monday. Pvt. Adam Novak, 20, of Prairie du Sac, was killed in Friday in the Dzardan district of Afghanistan, the Defense Department said. He had been serving in the 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team of the 101st Airborne Division, based at Ft. Campbell, Ky. The military said Novak was one of two soldiers killed when insurgents attacked their vehicle with an improvised explosive device Friday in Paktiya, Afghanistan. The other was...
  • US Soldier at Fort Hood in Uniform Attacks Service as Islamophobic

    08/26/2010 3:40:32 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 46 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 26, 2010 | Clarice Feldman
    Isn't there a rule against military service members making political statements while in uniform? Here's an Al-Jazeera interview of a man in U.S. military uniform who says he's stationed at Fort Hood complaining of Islamophobia in the military. VIDEO 4:48 minutes
  • 25 year old Marine killed in Afghanistan...huge funeral MSM

    08/21/2010 5:22:10 PM PDT · by bareford101 · 25 replies
    self | August 19, 2010 | Viet Nam vet
    Kristopher Greer, a 25-yr old Marine from our small community in Tennessee was killed in Afghanistan on August 8. His funeral was yesterday. Attendance at the funeral was remarkable. The highway was blocked, no parking spaces left at the church, had to walk or take a shuttle. It appeared as if the entire community was there plus many others from all around. You could not get into the service. Although his death is the saddest thing that can happen to a family and a community, it was overwhelming to see the Welcome Home he got and the way the entire...
  • 'I did nothing wrong,' says Israeli ex-soldier who posed with blindfolded prisoners

    08/18/2010 11:07:01 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 21 replies ^ | 8/18/10
    A FORMER Israeli soldier who posted photos of herself on Facebook posing alongside blindfolded Palestinian prisoners maintains that she has done nothing wrong. Eden Aberjil sparked outrage by uploading images of herself smiling next to prisoners who had their hands bound and eyes covered. The photo album, understood to be titled "IDF (Israel Defense Forces) - the best time of my life", has since been removed, but not before causing a storm on the internet. The emergence of the pictures have also dominated Israeli news, drawing criticism from the Army and receiving heavy coverage in the Arab media.
  • On Facebook: Israeli soldier posed with bound Arab

    08/16/2010 5:27:16 PM PDT · by Nachum · 25 replies
    yahoo ^ | 8/16/10 | DIAA HADID,
    JERUSALEM – A former Israeli soldier posted photos on Facebook of herself in uniform smiling beside bound and blindfolded Palestinian prisoners, drawing sharp criticism Monday from the Israeli military and Palestinian officials. Israeli news websites and blogs showed two photographs of the woman. In one, she is sitting legs crossed beside a blindfolded Palestinian man who is slumped against a concrete barrier. His face is turned downwards, while she leans toward him with her face upturned. Another shows her smiling at the camera with three Palestinian men with bound hands and blindfolds behind her. The incident was a reminder of...
  • US Workers Find Bottle Containing A British Mother’s Letter Of Love To Her Lost Soldier Son

    08/06/2010 1:08:49 PM PDT · by sussex · 8 replies
    The Aged ^ | 06/08/10 | the Aged P
    While in the Caribbean she and her other children wrote letters of love to James, saying how much they missed him – they then decided to put the letters into an empty Sambuca bottle (James’s favourite drink) and threw it into the sea.
  • Press Release: Army Refers Charges Against Lakin To Court Martial

    08/02/2010 5:29:53 AM PDT · by captjanaway · 379 replies · 176+ views
    Safeguard Our Constitution ^ | August 2, 2010 | Margaret Hemenway
    Washington, D.C., August 2, 2010. The Army has now referred charges against LTC Terrence Lakin for a General Court Martial. This action triggered the appointment of a Military Judge to preside over the trial, which will likely be scheduled before October, and held in Washington, D.C. at Ft. McNair. On August 6, 2010 at Ft. McNair in Washington, D.C., the court will convene for the purpose of Judge Lind taking Lakin’s plea to the charges which consist of “missing movement” and of refusing to obey orders. Today Lakin stated: “I am not guilty of these charges, and will plead ‘not...
  • A “heavy-hearted proud” in Clovis, CA

    07/31/2010 11:53:15 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 9 replies · 2+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 07-31-10 | Wordsmith
    7 of America's best and brightest who fought and died in Iraq and Afghanistan came out of Buchanan High School in the Central Valley community of Clovis, California. The 7th soldier to be killed, Brian Piercy, age 27, was buried on Friday. There's no sure answer as to how such a thing could happen. But many people in this Central Valley city have a theory. They say Clovis is an extraordinarily patriotic community and its children are raised on God and country, duty and honor. They're willing to serve and willing to die, the same as Clovis' generations who went...
  • Injured Soldier Reunited with K-9 Hero

    07/31/2010 10:46:25 AM PDT · by Cecily · 15 replies · 3+ views
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | July 29, 2010 | Chelsea Cook
    An injured Army Guardsman home from Afghanistan was reunited Thursday with two of the heroes that saved his life in February, but there were no handshakes or salutes. There was, however, a lot of tail wagging. Sgt. Christopher Duke, originally from Franklin, Ga., submitted a "wish" to non-profit organization Hope for the Warriors to adopt the dogs he had befriended at his forward operating base in Paktia, Afghanistan. After hearing the story of how Rufus, Sasha and Target saved his life, the organization couldn't say no. "That night was just like any other night," Duke told the AJC on Thursday....
  • PFC Garvin returns home today

    07/21/2010 9:36:48 AM PDT · by SLB · 16 replies
    The News Enterprise ^ | 21 July 2010
    The body of Pfc. Nathaniel Douglas Garvin, 20, will return to the area this morning as he is brought from Fort Knox to Coffey & Chism Funeral Home in Vine Grove. Garvin, a Hodgenville resident and formerly of Hardin County, was killed last Monday in Afghanistan. His body is expected to arrive at Fort Knox at 9:30 a.m. Area residents are encouraged to line the streets along the route to the funeral home to show their support. The route to the funeral home will be from Fort Knox down Dixie Boulevard to Lincoln Trail Boulevard, a right onto Ky. 313,...
  • The Spot-and-Shoot Game: Israeli female soldiers kill by remote control.

    07/20/2010 11:13:52 PM PDT · by Jeff Gordon · 27 replies · 2+ views ^ | 7/18/10 | Jonathan Cook
    It is called Spot and Shoot. Operators sit in front of a TV monitor from which they can control the action with a PlayStation-style joystick. The aim: to kill. Played by: young women serving in the Israeli army. Spot and Shoot, as it is called by the Israeli military, may look like a video game but the figures on the screen are real people – Palestinians in Gaza – who can be killed with the press of a button on the joystick. The female soldiers, located far away in an operations room, are responsible for aiming and firing remote-controlled machine-guns...
  • Sweet Anticipation

    07/06/2010 7:53:30 AM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 2 replies ^ | 07/06/2010 | Jan Nash
    une 28, 2010 was a sad day for me. My dear son returned to Afghanistan after a 15 day leave. Jeremy, his wife Casey, and their sons, Logan and Ryder, filled every day of his two week sabbatical with memorable summer fun. Two sun burned beach days, four fun-filled days at Disney, and three cook-your-favorite dinner nights. But like everything else in life, it came to an end. The airport goodbyes were flooded with tears and heavy hearts, so I hear. So how can I sprinkle some sunshine on this downer day? Jeremy’s homecoming, now that’s something to get excited...