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  • A Grateful Nation

    05/02/2011 12:00:19 AM PDT · by Lou Budvis · 29 replies
    Facebook ^ | May 1, 2011 | Sarah Palin
    Americans tonight are united in celebration and gratitude. God bless all the brave men and women in our military and our intelligence services who contributed to carrying out the successful mission to bring bin Laden to justice and who laid the groundwork over the years to make this victory possible. It’s a testament to the hard work and dedication of these brave Americans who relentlessly hunted down our enemy. This is a victory for the American people, for the victims who were heartlessly murdered on September 11 and in Al Qaeda’s other numerous attacks, and for all the peace-loving people...
  • "Report Card" From the Afghan Front

    04/09/2011 5:51:01 PM PDT · by Freepmanchew · 13 replies
    e-mail | 4/9/11 | ?????
    I received this in the e-mail today from a friend. I cannot vouch for it's authenticity, but wanted to share it with everyone here. If there are any veterans who can shed light on whether it not his sounds real I would appreciate it. Personally, I was in the military years ago during peaceful times from 1975 to 1978, so I never saw combat. I tried to post it exactly as I received it, the photo above is one that I found on the web. I posted it because the irony of this war is that some day in...
  • Army group 'coming out of the atheist closet'

    04/06/2011 10:48:33 AM PDT · by UndauntedR · 24 replies ^ | 4/2/2011 | TOM BREEN
    The cliche notwithstanding, there are atheists in foxholes. In fact, atheists, agnostics, humanists and other assorted skeptics from the Army's Fort Bragg have formed an organization in a pioneering effort to win recognition and ensure fair treatment for nonbelievers in the overwhelmingly Christian U.S. military. "We exist, we're here, we're normal," said Sgt. Justin Griffith, chief organizer of Military Atheists and Secular Humanists, or MASH. "We're also in foxholes. That's a big one, right there." For now, the group meets regularly in homes and bars outside of Fort Bragg, one of the biggest military bases in the country. But it...
  • Atheist soldiers want recognition at NC army post

    04/05/2011 10:54:19 AM PDT · by UndauntedR · 68 replies · 1+ views ^ | April 1, 2011 |
    <p>RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- A group of religious non-believers at Fort Bragg is pushing for the U.S. military to make sure they get the same treatment as religious groups.</p> <p>Soldiers at the post have filed paperwork seeking recognition for their group, called Military Atheists and Secular Humanists. They want to hold meetings at the base, work with the Army's chaplains and have their gatherings listed in a bulletin of religious services.</p>
  • U.S. soldiers' 'kill team' killed Afghanis, used body parts in poker games: report

    03/28/2011 2:09:47 PM PDT · by Nachum · 56 replies
    Daily News ^ | Corky Siemaszko
    Rogue U.S. soldiers snipped the pinky off an Afghan teen they killed for kicks - and later used it to wage a bet while playing spades, a blockbuster expose reports. That's one of the shocking stories in a new Rolling Stone magazine expose of an Army "kill team" that targeted innocent Afghan civilians for death. Staff Sgt. Calvin Gibbs, the squad leader and main target of the Army's ongoing war crimes investigation, allegedly sliced the finger off Gul Mudin - the approximately 15-year-old Afghan that Spc. Jeremy Morlock and Pfc. Andrew Holmes are accused of killing. "When it came time...
  • Now Approaching Offutt Air Force Base...

    03/21/2011 10:02:24 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 10 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | March 21, 2011 | Reaganite Republican
    Offutt Air Force Base -a USAF installation near Omaha, Nebraska- is today home to the U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM), the Air Force Weather Agency, and the 55th Wing of the Air Combat Command, serving as HQ to each. The base has been with us for some time, and has a storied past: US Army first began flying out of Offutt late in WWI, initially as a balloon field in 1918. It was thus named in honor of World War I pilot and Omaha native 1st Lt. Jarvis Offutt in 1924. Offutt AFB happens to be where the first two atomic bombers were...
  • Bomb-sniffing Army dog dies of broken heart after Taliban kills his master

    03/03/2011 2:25:28 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 31 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | 3-3-11 | Ian Drury
    L/Cpl Tasker was the 358th serviceman killed in the conflict while his dog Theo was the sixth British military hound to die in action in Iraq and Afghanistan In life, they were united in their tireless work saving countless British soldiers in Afghanistan. In death, they were united in tragedy. Shortly after Lance Corporal Liam Tasker was killed in a firefight with the Taliban, his devoted Army search dog Theo suffered a seizure and passed away too. The pair had uncovered 14 home-made bombs and hoards of weapons in just five months – a record for a dog and his...
  • US Soldiers Shot Dead At Frankfurt Airport (ROP)

    03/02/2011 8:00:10 AM PST · by TSgt · 122 replies
    SkyNews ^ | 03/02/2011 | SkyNews
    Two US soldiers have been killed in a shooting at Frankfurt airport, Sky sources have said. Two other people are said to have been injured in the incident and police have reportedly arrested a 21-year-old suspect from Kosovo. The shots were fired on or near a bus carrying soldiers, according to reports.
  • Staying in Touch With Home, For Better or Worse

    02/17/2011 4:28:41 PM PST · by chargers fan · 4 replies
    New York Times ^ | 17 February 2011 | James Dao
    KUNDUZ, Afghanistan — Forget the drones, laser-guided bombs and eye-popping satellite imagery. For the average soldier, the most significant change to modern warfare might just boil down to instant chatting.
  • Mexican Cartels “officially” declare open war on US Federal Agents

    02/17/2011 2:12:53 AM PST · by Robert Drobot · 38 replies
    Before It's News ^ | February 16, 2011 | Editors
    With no fear of reprise the Nacros have notched up the drug war inside of Mexico to now include an open declaration of killing Americans that work for, or have anything to do with the US Federal government operating inside of Mexico. On the heels of the recent daylight assassination inside of Mexico of one US Federal Special Agent Jaime J. Zapata and the attempted murder of his partner who was fortunate enough to have survived the attack (but who now struggles for his life in a local hospital), there is a clear indication that the drug cartels mean business...
  • UK Judge To Protesters Who Abused Soldiers – “The Rights Of The Majority Should Not Be Overlooked”

    02/16/2011 4:31:55 PM PST · by sussex · 5 replies
    The Aged ^ | the Aged P
    The streets were crowded with families, friends and citizens, all giving them a proud welcome – except for one tiny group of local muslims who taunted them with banners and jeers, calling the soldiers rapists, murderers and baby killers. Police protected them from angry locals but five of the protesters were later convicted of abusive conduct and harassment.
  • Illinois National Guard soldiers deployed far from Egyptian unrest

    01/29/2011 8:14:10 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 10 replies
    Illinois National Guard soldiers deployed far from Egyptian unrest By JOHN REYNOLDS ( THE STATE JOURNAL-REGISTER Posted Jan 28, 2011 @ 11:30 PM The 440 Illinois National Guard soldiers on a yearlong peace-keeping mission in Egypt have not been seriously affected by rioting in Cairo. The group, which includes about 20 soldiers from the Springfield, isn’t able to use commercial communication methods, which the Egyptian government has shut down, but Guard officials said Friday they have been in contact with the soldiers. The soldiers, who are stationed in the Sinai near the Egypt/Israeli border, have not been targeted during the...
  • N. Korean soldiers leave barracks en masse looking for food

    01/01/2011 8:30:01 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 74 replies
    Korea Times ^ | 01/01/11
    01-01-2011 21:38 N. Korean soldiers leave barracks en masse looking for food An increasing number of North Korean soldiers are showing “AWOL” behaviors to avoid intense physical training and look for food, the local daily, Chosun Ilbo, said Saturday, sourcing it to RFA. AWOL is a military acronym for "absence without leave." “It’s hard to punish them because there are too many of such soldiers,” an unnamed North Korean informant, told RFA in the report. Some of the soldiers display “on-off’ AWOL behaviors, for example, leaving the barracks in the morning looking for food and coming back in the evening....
  • A Moving Story, Worthy of Your Attention

    12/26/2010 8:10:11 PM PST · by reprobate · 34 replies · 6+ views
    This was forwarded to us by family friend XXXXXXXX: From an airline captain: My lead flight attendant came to me and said, "We have an H..R. on this flight." (H.R. stands for human remains.) "Are they military?" I asked. "Yes," she said. "Is there an escort?" I asked. "Yes, I already assigned him a seat." "Would you please tell him to come to the flight deck. You can board him early," I said. A short while later a young Army sergeant entered the flight deck. He was the image of the perfectly dressed soldier. He introduced himself and I asked...

    12/25/2010 6:02:03 AM PST · by fuzzybutt · 1 replies ^ | ???? | Michael Marks
    The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light, I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight. My wife was asleep, her head on my chest, my daughter beside me, angelic in rest. Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white, Transforming the yard to a winter delight. The sparkling lights in the tree, I believe, Completed the magic that was Christmas Eve.
  • DARPA Looks To Put Eyes In Backs of Soldiers’ Heads With SCENICC System

    12/23/2010 7:48:08 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies
    TFTS ^ | 12/23/2010 | Steve Andersen
    DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Products Agency, has given us a lot of strange gadgets over the years, and they’ll carry the streak right on with their SCENICC system, which is currently up for bid to create. It’s been a while since we heard from the folks out at DARPA, so it’s good to hear that they haven’t accidentally torn open a hole in the space-time continuum that caused them to fall backward into time and emerge on the other side in a parallel universe where velociraptors evolved from men or something. This time, we’re getting a look at the...
  • Say thanks to a Soldier this Christmas

    12/16/2010 6:29:59 AM PST · by DBCJR · 8 replies
    If you go to this web site, you can pick out a thank you card and Xerox will print it. The card will be sent to a soldier that is currently serving in the Middle East . It is FREE and it only takes a second.
  • Swarms of Robot Soldiers Could Make Better Decisions Than Human Leaders on Data-Strewn Battlefields

    11/30/2010 10:02:31 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 29 replies · 3+ views
    Popular Science ^ | 11/30/2010 | Clay Dillow
    Modern warfare relies increasingly on robotics for intelligence gathering and increasingly for strike capabilities, but the decision-making capacity still rests solely in the hands of human commanders. But British defense company BAE systems is testing a way to turn over battlefield decisions over to robot troops as well. ALADDIN (Autonomous Learning Agents for Decentralised Data and Information Networks) is BAE’s response to the overload of sensors and data now confronting battlefield commanders who now have UAV observations, soldier-based sensors, satellite data, and reams of other intelligence washing over them in such volumes that, as Air Force Lt. Gen. David A....
  • Website Gets Personal with Cast Lead Soldiers

    11/18/2010 3:40:24 PM PST · by Nachum · 6 replies
    inn ^ | 11/18/10 | staff
    A website launched on Tuesday, which published the names of 200 Israeli soldiers who participated in the Cast Lead counterror operation in 2008 and 2009 in Gaza, as well as their photographs, ranks, positions, birthdates, identity numbers and addresses, was taken down briefly Thursday for violating the terms of its use. The site was back up later, referring to the soldiers as war criminals.
  • Veteran's Day Cartoon from Prayer Pups Christian Comics

    11/11/2010 7:13:02 AM PST · by jcsmonogram · 1+ views
    Prayer Pups Christian Comics ^ | 11/11/2010 | Jeffrey Smith
  • Vanity...Need Veterans to comment

    11/07/2010 5:38:58 AM PST · by Daisyjane69 · 111 replies · 1+ views
    Any soldier ^ | 11/7/10 | me
    I need some advice.
  • MVP Project Wins Court Battle in Maryland

    10/30/2010 7:12:40 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    Military Voter Protection Project ^ | October 29, 2010 | Press Release
    WASHINGTON, D.C. - A federal judge in Maryland today granted the Military Voter Protection Project’s request for a preliminary injunction to ensure that Maryland’s military members have sufficient time to vote in November. Under the terms of the order, the Maryland State Board of Elections will be required to count all military and overseas absentee ballots so long as the ballot has been cast on or before Election Day and is returned by 5:00 p.m. on November 22, 2010. The MVP Project filed this case after the Maryland State Board of Elections sent military voters an absentee ballot that only...
  • Why Send New Brigade to Iraq if Combat is Over??

    10/27/2010 4:08:38 PM PDT · by Peter Andrew Conservative · 8 replies ^ | 10/27/10 | Peter Andrew
    President Barack Obama told the nation we have ended combat operations in Iraq. So why the need to send ANOTHER Brigade to Iraq?! I thought he was going to bring all our troops home from Iraq! Wasn't there supposed to be a troop draw-down? Is this just another broken promise? [DOD announced today]..."The unit consisting of approximately 3,800 personnel will deploy in January... and will replace redeploying units with no increase in overall force levels." What?! No increase in force levels??!! What happened to a DECREASE?!
  • Perfect Muslim Soldiers

    10/25/2010 5:51:09 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 10/25/10 | Staff
    Islamofascism: O'Reilly, Whoopi and Joy are all wrong. The 9/11 terrorists weren't "Muslim extremists" or just plain "Muslims." A liberal newspaper reporter says they were model Muslims. More precisely, they were "perfect soldiers" for Allah, says Los Angeles Times national correspondent Terry McDermott. He would know. After traveling to the hometowns of the Muslim hijackers and investigating their family backgrounds, McDermott discovered they were not heretics or even "extremists," but in fact good, pious Muslims. And their families and communities encouraged them to join the never-ending Islamic holy war, or jihad, against us.

    10/24/2010 11:26:43 AM PDT · by HonestConservative · 11 replies
    Freedom Radio ^ | October 24, 2010 | Honest Conservative
    Freedom Radio Welcomes Tonight at 8 pm est WE SUPPORT THOSE WHO SUPPORT OUR TROOPS 646 478 5613 Bev Perlson Founder of the Band of Mothers and wonderfully outspoken advocate for our troops Toby Nunn Soldiers' Angels is a volunteer-led 501(c)(3) nonprofit with hundreds of thousands of volunteers providing aid and comfort to the men and women of the United States Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, veterans and their families. Bryan Glover Singer and songwritter with Kyle Hill of "Holding a Hammer" Fired from his job as a teacher for daring to write a romping,...

    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...
  • Virginia 4th-grade textbook criticized over claims on black Confederate soldiers

    10/20/2010 8:19:20 AM PDT · by Palter · 139 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 20 Oct 2010 | Kevin Sieff
    A textbook distributed to Virginia fourth-graders says that thousands of African Americans fought for the South during the Civil War -- a claim rejected by most historians but often made by groups seeking to play down slavery's role as a cause of the conflict. The passage appears in "Our Virginia: Past and Present," which was distributed in the state's public elementary schools for the first time last month. The author, Joy Masoff, who is not a trained historian but has written several books, said she found the information about black Confederate soldiers primarily through Internet research, which turned up work...
  • VIDEO: Double Standard? Taliban go Free while American Troops Remain in Prison. The Leavenworth 10

    10/14/2010 6:25:52 AM PDT · by Opinionatedtoday · 1 replies · 1+ views ^ | October 14, 2010 | Marinka Peschmann
    There are disturbing double standards concerning the treatment of U.S. forces compared with enemy combatants in the war zone and at home that favors the terrorists, Taliban and insurgents. First, remember when it took a Rolling Stone Magazine article, Runaway General, to awaken America to what military families already knew—how the restrictive rules of engagement imposed on U.S. forces fighting in Afghanistan left some U.S. troops vulnerable to attack? As Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, later acknowledged, there are troops who feel “they’re being asked to fight with one hand tied behind their back.” It...
  • Did Uruk soldiers kill their own people? 5,500 year old fratricide at Hamoukar Syria

    09/24/2010 3:17:03 PM PDT · by Little Bill · 42 replies ^ | 09/23/2010 | owenjarus
    Five years ago an archaeological team broke news of a major find that forever changed our views about the history of the Middle East. Researchers from the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago, and the Department of Antiquities in Syria, announced in a press release that they had found the “earliest evidence for large scale organized warfare in the Mesopotamian world.” They had discovered that a city in Syria, named Hamoukar, had been destroyed in a battle that took place ca. 3500 BC by a hostile force. Using slings and clay bullets these troops took over the city, burning...
  • Denying Our Soldiers The Vote

    09/23/2010 4:47:16 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 36 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | September 23, 2010 | INvestors Business Daily staff
    Election '10: The Department of Justice is failing to enforce a law that protects the voting rights of soldiers overseas. They're allowed to fight and die for their country, but they can't vote for its leaders? Last Saturday was the deadline under the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act (MOVE) for states to have sent unmarked absentee ballots to soldiers overseas so they can exercise the same right to vote as those they risk their lives to protect, including Afghans and Iraqis. The MOVE Act, passed with overwhelming bipartisan support last year, says states must provide overseas ballots 45 days...
  • Members of U.S. platoon in Afghanistan accused of killing civilians for sport

    09/19/2010 8:56:53 AM PDT · by Fpimentel · 40 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Saturday, September 18, 2010; 9:39 PM | Craig Whitlock
    AT JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, WASH. The U.S. soldiers hatched a plan as simple as it was savage: to randomly target and kill an Afghan civilian, and to get away with it. For weeks, according to Army charging documents, rogue members of a platoon from the 5th Stryker Combat Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, floated the idea. Then, one day last winter, a solitary Afghan man approached them in the village of La Mohammed Kalay. The "kill team" activated the plan. One soldier created a ruse that they were under attack, tossing a fragmentary grenade on the ground. Then others opened fire....
  • Never forget our soldiers...(Vanity)

    09/14/2010 5:46:22 PM PDT · by Celtic Cross · 1 replies
  • Please pray today for the unsung heroes

    09/11/2010 10:58:40 AM PDT · by EternalVigilance · 9 replies ^ | September 11, 2010 | Tom Hoefling
    The thousands of men and women who have died in their country's service since 9-11, and the hundreds of thousands who have served without having to pay the ultimate price for liberty, are, in my view, the unsung heroes of this day. I would ask everyone who reads this to stop for at least a moment and pray for all of those who have served or who are serving, and their loved ones. There are still many who are of their own free will going into harm's way. On a personal note, please pray for my eldest son, Matthew. His...
  • Afghanistan Bomb Attacks Kill TWENTY-ONE US Soldiers in 48 Hours

    08/31/2010 8:53:33 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 74 replies · 1+ views
    UK Telegraph ^ | 8-31-10 | Ben Farmer
    A series of bomb attacks have badly hit US troops in eastern and southern Afghanistan in the past 48 hours. The death toll among in the Nato-led coalition has reached 484 this year and is predicted to far surpass 2009’s total of 521. SNIP n two of the most deadly recent incidents, three Americans died in eastern Afghanistan on one bomb attack on Tuesday. Five died in a single bomb attack in the south on Monday. Military spokesmen would not say if the bombs hit vehicles or foot patrols. Homemade bombs using old shells or homemade explosives and hidden in...
  • Afghan roadside bomb kills four US soldiers

    08/31/2010 2:44:38 AM PDT · by Cardhu · 8 replies
    BBC ^ | August 31st 2010 | APF Staff
    A roadside bomb attack in eastern Afghanistan has killed four US soldiers, Nato said. AFP quoted spokesman James Judge as saying that a home-made bomb, one of the main weapons of the Taliban, was used in the attack. The attack comes a day after seven US soldiers were killed in two bomb attacks in southern Afghanistan. The deaths add to the rising trend of casualties for Nato's International Security Assistance Force (Isaf). June and July were the worst months for foreign troop deaths since the US-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001. Nearly 50 Americans have died in August alone....
  • 7 US troops killed in latest Afghanistan fighting

    08/29/2010 2:08:01 AM PDT · by Cardhu · 15 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | August 29th 2010 | CHRISTOPHER BODEEN AP
    KABUL, Afghanistan – Seven U.S. troops have died in weekend attacks in Afghanistan's embattled southern and eastern regions, NATO said Sunday. Two servicemen died in bombings Sunday in southern Afghanistan, while two others were killed in a bomb attack in the south on Saturday and three in fighting in the east the same day, NATO said. Their identities and other details were being withheld until relatives could be notified. The latest deaths bring to 42 the number of American forces who have died this month in Afghanistan after July's high of 66. A total of 62 international forces have died...
  • Soldiers returning from war surprise kids

    08/15/2010 6:09:15 PM PDT · by NonLinear · 10 replies
    The Chive ^ | August 15, 2010 | Unknown Click on the link. Tissue please!
  • Taliban: 2 U.S. Soldiers Captured in Afghanistan [Code Pinkers-Where Are You?]

    07/24/2010 9:33:33 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 53 replies
    MSNBC ^ | July 24th, 2010
  • Letter to the editor: V.A. response to the war

    07/23/2010 7:16:19 AM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 2 replies ^ | 07/23/2010 | Adam C. Walmus
    Recent media reports have declared that timely, dignified care should be provided to returning servicemen and women. At the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, we completely agree. America's soldiers, Marines, airmen, sailors, and Coast Guardsmen deserve the very finest medical care. Earned at enlistment, it is America's sacred promise to them. Nationally, and here in southeast Texas, VA works hard to honor that promise. Since 2003, more than 1.5 million military personnel have served and returned from Iraq and Afghanistan. Roughly 40% have enrolled for care in a high-tech, quality-focused VA system, including more than 8,500 southeast Texas sons...
  • 'Scary' growth of gangs in war zones

    07/17/2010 10:12:33 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 23 replies · 1+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | July 17, 2010 | FRANK MAIN
    'Scary' growth of gangs in war zones Chicago cop who served in Afghanistan and Iraq has warning: Gang members are coming home with military training FRANK MAIN Being in a street gang is now forbidden for members of the U.S. armed forces. But you might not guess that if you were to visit U.S. military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to soldiers who have recently served there. Jeffrey Stoleson, a Wisconsin corrections official, returned from Iraq in January with photos of gang graffiti on armored vehicles, latrines and buildings. Stoleson, a sergeant with a National Guard unit, was there...
  • Portraits of the Fallen

    07/07/2010 7:26:39 PM PDT · by gitmo · 8 replies
    WBT ^ | 7/7/2010 | John Hancock
    Visual artist Kaziah Hancock paints portraits of fallen soldiers free of charge for their families as part of Project Compassion. Video by KARE 11/ Minneapolis/ St. Paul.
  • My Favorite Music Video this July 4th (Vanity)

    07/05/2010 10:59:22 PM PDT · by indianrightwinger · 3 replies
    My video pick this 4th of July!
  • Soldiers’ arrival home was a welcome relief

    07/01/2010 7:44:09 AM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies
    Smothered in hugs, Chief Warrant Officer Frank Volpe holds on to his two sons, Hunter and Cody, as his wife, Sarah, buries her head into his. The chief warrant officer was one of 17 soldiers from Echo Company, Unmanned Aerial Systems Training Battalion on Fort Huachuca to return from a 12-month deployment to Iraq late Tuesday. (Angela Moncur • Fort Huachuca) FORT HUACHUCA — First, the 17 soldiers were supposed to be home on Sunday. Then it was to be Monday Finally, it was rescheduled for Tuesday. Well, it was almost Wednesday morning before the soldiers of Echo Company...
  • Into the jaws of hate: Soldiers' parade marred by Muslim extremists and far-Right

    06/16/2010 5:53:41 AM PDT · by Christus_Rex · 28 replies · 549+ views
    The Daily Mail ^ | June 16, 2010 | Andrew Levy
    Screaming hate and brandishing vile placards, Muslim extremists and far-Right groups clashed yesterday in ugly scenes that marred a parade by soldiers. Around 40 members of a group called Muslims Against the Crusades (MAC) arrived with inflammatory banners featuring slogans such as 'Butchers return' and 'What are you dying for? £18k'. They were soon confronted by 100 people, some wearing English Defence League T-shirts, who shouted 'scum' and 'Muslim bombers off our streets'.
  • Face of Defense: MP Builds Resilience in Soldiers, Families

    06/11/2010 10:17:42 AM PDT · by SandRat · 108+ views
    Face of Defense ^ | Dijon Rolle
    MANNHEIM, Germany, June 11, 2010 – Army Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Stoner says resilience is "the ability to have a positive outcome from negative situations." He should know. With 25 years in the Army, the Georgia native is no stranger to change or to the ups and downs that often accompany military life. In fact, it's one of the reasons he agreed to take on his latest mission as the master resiliency trainer for the 18th Military Police Brigade here. In 2003, after returning from deployment, Stoner said he had some "major problems" readjusting, which were compounded by his marital...
  • Hometown soldiers have a battle of the bands in Iraq

    06/05/2010 7:51:35 AM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 113+ views ^ | 06/05/2010 | Staff
    Just hours prior to his death, Sarah Palin, extended her get well wishes to one of her personal heroes: former UCLA Basketball Coach John Wooden. Coach Wooden passed away last night at the age of 99.
  • Report: 3 Soldiers Kidnapped Briefly in Ship Takeover

    06/04/2010 5:07:56 PM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies · 465+ views
    inn ^ | 6/4/10 | Maayana Miskin
    An internal IDF review of the takeover of the Gaza-bound ship Mavi Marmara revealed that three soldiers were briefly kidnapped while aboard the vessel. The three were beaten when they boarded the ship and then, when they were wounded and groggy, were dragged to a room within the ship and held there. A short time later, dozens of their fellow soldiers began searching the ship. When the attacking passengers saw that soldiers had successfully seized control of the Marmara, they released the three captives, the report stated.
  • Soldiers address the issues of suicide downrange

    06/04/2010 7:01:55 AM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 1 replies · 121+ views ^ | 06/03/2010 | Sgt. Jason Adolphson
    CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait – Soldiers working as chaplain assistants, equal opportunity professionals and other key military specialties geared toward assisting troops in their times of need are getting certified to not only engage potential victims of suicide, but also train others to be the first line of defense against severe mental distress. One group of 24 Soldiers recently graduated the 5-day "train the trainers" Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training, known as ASIST and another class is ongoing here. Some of the Soldiers are stationed at Camp Arifjan, and others came from Iraq, Afghanistan and the Sinai to partake in the...

    06/04/2010 4:30:39 AM PDT · by moneyrunner · 6 replies · 274+ views
    The Virginian ^ | 6/3/2010 | Moneyrunner
    PRIVET HEDGES (verses) The first brigade was standing in formation One goodbye away from flying off to war While the CO spoke of duty and dedication Their family’s tears fell like they never did before A little girl walked up as they stood at attention She reached up to hold a Marine Sergeant’s hand He didn’t recognize her, she didn’t look familiar Why she picked him he did not understand CHORUS She smelled of privet hedges in the springtime The kind that he grew up with in his hometown Her hair was gold the color of cornfields And eyes a...
  • 'Songs for Soldiers' by Rockie Lynne reviewed

    06/02/2010 12:11:55 PM PDT · by SoonerStorm09 · 126+ views
    Red Dirt Report ^ | June 2, 2010 | Andrew W. Griffin
    The new album from North Carolina country singer Rockie Lynne, Songs for Soldiers, is, if anything, a patriotic album chock full of songs praising the military, the sacrifices they make and their love of America. Lynne, who served in the U.S. Army and said “the military turned out to be the most shaping experience of my life, on so many levels. I learned perseverance, self-discipline and respect for self and others.” Knowing that about Lynne, when you listen to the 11 tracks on Songs for Soldiers, released this week, his delivery on each songs sounds that much more authentic. “Proud...