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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
    msnbc.com ^ | 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
    WVEC.com ^ | April 1, 2011 | WVEC.com
    <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 P.com ^ | 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
    THE STATE JOURNAL-REGISTER ^ | Jan 28, 2011 | JOHN REYNOLDS
    Illinois National Guard soldiers deployed far from Egyptian unrest By JOHN REYNOLDS (john.reynolds@sj-r.com) 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...
  • A SOLDIER'S CHRISTMAS

    12/25/2010 6:02:03 AM PST · by fuzzybutt · 1 replies
    michaelmarks.com ^ | ???? | 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, LetsSayThanks.com 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. http://www.letssaythanks.com/Home1280.html
  • 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