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  • DOD official: Abdo could have made two bombs

    07/28/2011 11:55:41 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 20 replies ^ | July 28, 2011
    A Department of Defense official tells CNN's Barbara Starr that a search of the hotel room found Pfc. Naser Jason Abdo had enough to make two bombs. The ingredients included gunpowder, shotgun shells, a pressure cooker, 18 pounds of sugar used to enhance the explosion and Christmas lights to be used as a timer. At the surplus store Abdo bought a uniform and asked to have Fort Hood patches sewn on.
  • Navy Moves Toward Unisex Uniforms and Covers

    10/14/2015 11:56:13 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 63 replies ^ | October 12, 2015 | Richard Sisk
    Under orders from Secretary Ray Mabus, the Navy has announced changes that will eventually make uniforms and covers more gender-neutral. And so, the unisex "Dixie Cup," or enlisted white hat, will come into being and be available for wear by E-6s and below next April. Female sailors will also be allowed to carry bigger purses, so long as they match their shoes. "Having service members don the same headgear is symbolic of a Navy that is gender-blind," said Lt. Cmdr. Nate Christensen, a Navy spokesman. "We have been working hard to design covers and uniforms that improve uniformity across the...
  • Hospital told RAF sergeant to leave waiting room in case his uniform upset other patients

    09/26/2015 5:57:13 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 49 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | September 26 2015 | JOSH WHITE
    An RAF sergeant who has served in Iraq and Afghanistan was moved out of a hospital waiting room because staff feared his uniform would upset people from different cultures, it was reported. Aircraft engineer Mark Prendeville’s treatment was condemned as ‘horrifying’ by military figures and Air Force veterans – but follows a string of incidents in recent years where service personnel were snubbed because of their uniform. Sergeant Prendeville, 38, was taken to the A&E department at Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital in Margate, Kent, after chemicals from a fire extinguisher got in to his eyes during a training...
  • PENTAGON: Recruiting Centers to Remain Unarmed, Unguarded; Recruiters Told to Not Wear Uniforms

    07/17/2015 7:19:52 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 138 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 7-17-2015 | Kristinn Taylor
    Army chief of staff Gen. Ray Odierno said on Friday he has no plans to arm recruiters or add security patrols to military recruitment centers in the wake of the Islamist terror attacks on unarmed, unguarded military offices in Chattanooga, Tennessee on Thursday. Odierno basically said he doesn’t trust his troops to handle their weapons properly.Also on Friday, the Marine Corps ordered recruiters to not wear their uniforms at work for ‘force protection.’Gunnery Sgt. Thomas J. Sullivan, one four Marines killed in Islamist terror attack in Chattanooga, Thursday, July 16, 2015. Photo: Screen grab.Odierno made his comments at a breakfast...
  • Obama Wants Police Officers to Have 'Softer Looking' Uniforms

    05/24/2015 8:14:09 AM PDT · by Cvengr · 57 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 21, 2015 | The Kelly File
    Earlier this week, President Barack Obama banned the sale of certain military-style equipment to police departments. Brian Kilmeade reported tonight on "The Kelly File" that Obama also thinks that police officers should have "softer looking" uniforms. Kilmeade explained that Obama thinks that police officers are "making things worse" when they show up to inner city communities wearing military-style equipment and riot gear. "They're concerned about the helmet. They're concerned about the shield. It's sending the wrong message," Kilmeade stated. "I used to think from the civilian point of view that that would be a reason not to riot, because the...
  • Army announces new camouflage uniform pattern (again!)

    08/02/2014 7:57:33 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 107 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | August 1, 2014 | Chris Carroll
    The Army has selected a new camouflage pattern to begin fielding next year, an unidentified senior Army spokesperson announced in a statement late Thursday. “The Army has confirmed through testing that the pattern would offer exceptional concealment, which directly enhances force protection and survivability for Soldiers,” according to the statement from the Army. The pattern will be used in all combatant commands, including Afghanistan, the Army said. Uniforms and equipment with the existing pattern won’t be discarded, but replaced only as they wear out. The pattern was developed by the Army under the name Scorpion W2 to replace the much-maligned...
  • WATCH: Marines Confront a Man Impersonating An Army Sergeant Major (Video)

    07/21/2014 8:34:49 PM PDT · by montag813 · 1 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 07-21-2014 | Jason DeWitt
    by Jason DeWitt | Top Right NewsAt a military funeral this weekend in Florida, a couple of Marines confronted a man dressed in a U.S. Army dress uniform. The back-and-forth, in West Palm Beach on Sunday, started off well enough, with polite questions about his medals and ribbons.  Then the Marines started to real suspicious of the self-proclaimed “sergeant major.” WATCH:
  • Top 10 Reasons to Oppose the ENLIST Act

    05/01/2014 2:41:48 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 3 replies ^ | FAIR Gov't Relations Team
    1. The ENLIST Act is amnesty. It undermines the rule of law and is inherently unfair to legal immigrants. The ENLIST Act gives legal status to illegal aliens, thereby rewarding them with the very objective of their illegal activity. And, by granting green cards upon enlistment, in creates an inherently unfair situation in which one set of people – illegal aliens – receive better treatment under the law than another – legal immigrants. The ENLIST Act puts those who broke our immigration laws on par with those who waited patiently in line – often for years ndash; to immigrate to...
  • American Legion shoots down idea to tie immigration to military service

    04/15/2014 8:51:33 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 30 replies
    The American Legion says it is opposed to trying to tie immigration into the annual defense policy debate, calling it an unacceptable “amnesty” and dealing a serious blow to Republicans desperate to pass some sort of legalization of illegal immigrants ahead of November’s elections. Several Republicans say they want to attach a small legalization that would grant an explicit chance at citizenship to young illegal immigrants willing to join the military.
  • VIDEO: Civilian Called Out For Wearing Ranger Uniform Offers Explanation

    03/22/2014 12:48:14 PM PDT · by absentee · 26 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 3/22/14 | Caleb Howe
    “I’d serve today,” said the man, Joseph Scott. “One phone call and I’d be gone.” It sounds as if the man meant no disrespect. However, more responsible voices, including the recruiter who told Scott where to buy the uniform gear, should have informed him about wearing the uniform in public. And while one can certainly sympathize with Scott, it in no way suggests any wrongdoing on the part of the soldiers who called him out in the now-viral video of the confrontation. That uniform must be earned. Not everyone can make it. And as sad as it may make some...
  • I can't possibly be the only one who thought this about the U.S. Olympic teams uniform...

    02/08/2014 10:02:26 AM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 86 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 2-8-14 | The Looking Spoon
    2012 was a swing an a miss...this time around it was a swing, miss, and then the freakin' bat slipped out of the designers hands...It's the Olympics, not an ugly Christmas sweater contest.
  • Pentagon relaxes rules on religious apparel, facial hair

    01/22/2014 12:35:18 PM PST · by maddog55 · 62 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 22, 2014 | Fox News
    The Pentagon on Wednesday relaxed its rules governing the religious apparel and facial hair that troops can wear or maintain while in uniform, permitting in some cases tattoos, body piercings and other religious items. The Defense Department issued the changes via a directive Wednesday afternoon. As part of the military's changing approach to making religious accommodations, the new policy will allow service members to sport different kinds of religious garb and hairstyles so long as they don't have an "adverse effect on military readiness, mission accomplishment, unit cohesion, and good order and discipline." The changes create several new categories, besides...
  • Pentagon relaxes rules on religious apparel, facial hair

    01/22/2014 12:38:42 PM PST · by lowbridge · 12 replies
    fox news ^ | january 22, 2014
    The Pentagon on Wednesday relaxed its rules governing the religious apparel and facial hair that troops can wear or maintain while in uniform, permitting in some cases tattoos, body piercings and other religious items.  The Defense Department issued the changes via a directive Wednesday afternoon. As part of the military's changing approach to making religious accommodations, the new policy will allow service members to sport different kinds of religious garb and hairstyles so long as they don't have an "adverse effect on military readiness, mission accomplishment, unit cohesion, and good order and discipline."  The changes create several new categories, besides...
  • Arizona police officer asked not to wear uniform at daughter’s school

    10/04/2013 4:56:34 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 29 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/3/2013
    A police officer who dropped off his daughter at her Phoenix elementary school was asked by the school’s principal not to wear his uniform to the school because other parents were concerned that he was carrying a gun, reported. Scott Urkov is a police officer for the Coolidge Police Department. The department told him not to comment to media inquiries, but immediately after he received the no-uniform request, he posted on Facebook. "Nothing like your kids school calling and asking if I could not come to pick up my daughter in uniform cause parents were concerned when their kids...
  • Seahawks: Undercover Cops Hired To Wear Opposing Team’s Uniform

    09/12/2013 6:52:06 AM PDT · by don-o · 47 replies
    CBS Seattle - AP ^ | September 12, 2013
    RENTON, Wash. (CBS Seattle/AP) — The Seattle Seahawks announced that the organization has hired undercover cops to wear San Francisco 49ers gear and patrol Sunday’s game in order to curb unruly behavior. “We have great fans,” said Seahawks president Peter McLoughlin. “Our goal is to ensure a safe environment for all in attendance, including visiting team fans.” The Seahawks announced Wednesday they will have the undercover police officers wearing opposing team apparel
  • Fort Hood Gunman Says Uniform “Represents An Enemy of Islam” (Hasan must wear it)

    07/09/2013 3:33:51 PM PDT · by Libloather · 24 replies
    KWTX ^ | 7/09/13 | Rachel Cox
    FORT HOOD (July 9, 2013)—During a brief final pretrial hearing Tuesday, military judge Col. Tara Osborn ordered Fort Hood gunman Maj. Nidal Hasan to wear his uniform during his court-martial and admonished him for releasing sealed information to the media. Hasan told the judge Tuesday he took no pride in his uniform, but Osborn said he would be forced, if necessary, to wear it during the court-martial. Ordinarily a military defendant would appear in full dress uniform, but for medical reasons Hasan is being permitted wear looser-fitting ACUs, short for Army combat uniform.
  • Navy admits standard-issue uniform is highly flammable and will melt onto skin

    01/11/2013 6:04:23 AM PST · by US Navy Vet · 68 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 10 January 2013 | By Beth Stebner
    The U.S. Navy’s standard-issue blue digitized camouflage fatigues are highly flammable and will burn ‘robustly until complete consumption,’ a report revealed last month. The findings show that the digital-print camo, which is made from 50 percent cotton and 50 percent nylon, will drip as it burns, causing potentially hazardous burn injuries. But the Navy’s top spokesman said that the government organization is aware of the report findings, and added that sailors had asked for a fade-resistant uniform that was also comfortable.
  • Sen. Inhofe: Obama Forced Military to allow uniformed troops in Gay Pride Parade.

    07/26/2012 8:56:54 AM PDT · by cblue55 · 25 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 7/26/12 | Melissa Quinn
    Oklahoma Republican Sen. James Inhofe told The Daily Caller he believes President Barack Obama pressured the military into granting an unprecedented exception to rules that prohibit participation in political activities while in uniform. The Defense Department authorized a waiver to allow uniformed service members to march in last weekend’s San Diego gay pride parade, overriding a Defense Department directive‘s specific rules against uniformed service members’ participation in political events. Read more:
  • Inhofe: Obama forced military to abandon 'apolitical stance' (Marching in gay parade in uniform)

    07/26/2012 4:38:37 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 22 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 7-25-2012 | Melissa Quinn
    Oklahoma Republican Sen. James Inhofe told The Daily Caller he believes President Barack Obama pressured the military into granting an unprecedented exception to rules that prohibit participation in political activities while in uniform. The Defense Department authorized a waiver to allow uniformed service members to march in last weekend’s San Diego gay pride parade, overriding a Defense Department directive‘s specific rules against uniformed service members’ participation in political events. “The Department of Defense isn’t allowing this to go on, it’s the president,” Inhofe said in an interview with TheDC. “The secretary of defense answers to the president, and the military...
  • Troops march in SD gay parade - in uniform

    07/21/2012 2:45:55 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 82 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 21, 2012
    SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Some of the loudest cheers at San Diego's gay pride parade were for active-duty troops marching in military dress. Saturday's celebration marks the first time U.S. service members are participating in a gay pride event while decked out in full uniform.
  • Active duty military may don uniforms at San Diego gay pride parade

    07/19/2012 6:26:50 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 30 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 19, 2012 | Mary Slosson
    (Reuters) - The Department of Defense will allow active duty members of all branches of the U.S. military to don their service uniforms while marching in the upcoming San Diego gay pride parade, event organizers said on Thursday. The move, announced the day before the weekend festivities are to begin, comes in the wake of a repeal that went into effect last September of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law, under which homosexuals were allowed to serve in the military only if they did not divulge their sexual orientation. San Diego has a large military presence due to its naval...
  • Amen to Waitress Who Refused Sexed Up Uniform

    06/27/2012 9:25:47 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 168 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | June 27, 2012 | JP
    I do not know Courtney Scaramella’s faith life. But I applaud the 23-year-old waitress for taking a stand against the owner and general manager of the Los Angeles sports bar where she worked when they decided to sex up the uniforms worn by female employees. When she was hired by the sports bar nearly five years ago, Courtney and her fellow female employees wore a uniform of shirt and pants. But that changed recently, when the ownership ordered waitresses to wear tiny little school-girl skirts. Courtney went so far as to try on the skirt, but the petite young woman...
  • The $5 Billion Camo Snafu (Army retiring ACU)

    06/25/2012 4:53:08 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 78 replies
    The Daily ^ | June 24, 2012 | Erik German
    The Army is changing clothes. Over the next year, America’s largest fighting force is swapping its camouflage pattern. The move is a quiet admission that the last uniform — a pixelated design that debuted in 2004 at a cost of $5 billion — was a colossal mistake. Soldiers have roundly criticized the gray-green uniform for standing out almost everywhere it’s been worn. Industry insiders have called the financial mess surrounding the pattern a “fiasco.” As Army researchers work furiously on a newer, better camouflage, it’s natural to ask what went wrong and how they’ll avoid the same missteps this time...
  • Gunman in Afghan Army Uniform Kills U.S. Soldier On Base

    01/09/2012 7:53:08 AM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies
    fox news ^ | 1//9/12 | ap
    KABUL, Afghanistan – A man in an Afghan army uniform opened fire on a group of Americans at a base in the south of the country, killing a U.S. soldier and wounding another, an Afghan military spokesman said Monday. Spokesman Gen. Mohammad Zahir Azimi said the gunman was also killed in the shootout on Sunday. "Right now, an investigation is going on to determine whether he really was a soldier or someone using an army uniform. And if he was a soldier, what caused the shooting," Azimi said. Similar attacks have raised fears of increased Taliban infiltration of the Afghan...
  • [South Texas:]Border Patrol finds weapons cache near Rio Grande

    01/24/2011 3:50:35 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 26 replies
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | January 24, 2011 | Lynn Brezosky
    BROWNSVILLE — A “suspicious object protruding from the brush” in Starr County led Border Patrol agents to a weapons cache that included an AK-47, three M4-style assault rifles, hand grenades, military-style uniforms and other related items, Customs and Border Protection said Monday. The seizure occurred Friday on the banks of the Rio Grande near Fronton, a small community about five miles west of Roma. Agents reported finding the four rifles, two hand grenades, a ballistic vest, two ammunition-carrying vests, three two-way radios, two uniforms, and 16 fully-loaded 30-round magazines. All weapons except the grenades were turned over to Immigration and...
  • New Russian Uniforms Get Troops Sick

    12/17/2010 12:21:23 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 16 replies · 1+ views
    AFP via ^ | 12/15/2010 | AFP
    Russia's sharp new military uniforms, created by a top fashion designer, have landed hundreds in hospital after proving too thin to withstand the ferocious winter cold, a state daily said Wednesday. Rossiyskaya Gazeta reported that between 60 and 250 servicemen have been laid up with everything from flu to pneumonia as Arctic chills sweep through the country's northern reaches. "They literally felt naked outside," the paper quoted the mother of one soldier as saying. "Many of them ended up in hospital. Ours developed pneumonia," she said of her son. The government daily said defense officials have admitted not receiving complaints...
  • Dispute over New Black Panthers case causes deep divisions (MSM Finally Notices NBP Case)

    10/22/2010 2:41:33 PM PDT · by mojito · 31 replies
    WaPo ^ | 10/22/2010 | Jerry Markon and Krissah Thompson
    On Election Day 2008, Maruse Heath, the leader of Philadelphia's New Black Panther Party, stood in front of a neighborhood polling place, dressed in a paramilitary uniform. Within hours, an amateur video showing Heath, slapping a black nightstick and exchanging words with the videographer, had aired on TV and ricocheted across the nation. Among those who saw the footage was J. Christian Adams, who was in his office in the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division in Washington. "I thought, 'This is wrong, this is not supposed to happen in this country,' " Adams said. "There are armed men in front...

    10/07/2010 11:00:10 AM PDT · by Cindy · 48 replies · 2+ views ^ | THURSDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2010 | n/a
    SNIPPET: "According to police, three baggage handlers were loading luggage on to a flight bound for Bermuda around 10:56 a.m. when two of the handlers noticed a third was not wearing an identification badge. When questioned about it, the third man took off and has yet to be found by police." SNIPPET: "Investigating agencies include the Philadelphia Police, the F.B.I. and Homeland Security."
  • Barbara Boxer: Serving in Uniform Just Like Being a Politician

    07/31/2010 10:04:21 PM PDT · by Nachum · 33 replies · 3+ views
    big government ^ | 7/31/10 | Paul Chabot
    During a campaign stop in Inglewood, California this past weekend, Barbara Boxer’s disrespectful attitude toward our armed forces was on full display when she equated the experiences of Members of Congress with the experiences of those who have put their lives on the line serving our country in uniform. Boxer said this, at an event during which she was supposed to help break ground on new housing for homeless veterans: “We know that if you have veterans in one place where they can befriend each other and talk to each other. You know when you’ve gone through similar things you...
  • 2 explosions hit southern Russia, killing 9

    03/31/2010 12:01:30 AM PDT · by Justaham · 6 replies · 752+ views ^ | 3-31-10
    MAKHACHKALA, Russia (AP) - Russian officials say two suicide bombings in the southern province of Dagestan have killed at least nine people including two policemen. The incident comes two days after a twin suicide bombing tore through the Moscow subway, killing 39. A regional Interior Ministry spokesman told The Associated Press that the blasts occurred Wednesday morning in the town of Kizlyar, near Dagestan's border with Chechnya. Police pulled over a suspicious-looking car, when the driver detonated explosives. As police officers and residents gathered at the scene there was a second blast. Rebels from the North Caucasus, which includes Dagestan...
  • Army picks MultiCam as new camo for Afghanistan

    03/04/2010 1:33:48 PM PST · by Pavegunner72 · 48 replies · 2,233+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | Mar 4, 2010 | Dan Blottenberger
    BAMBERG, Germany — The Army has selected the MultiCam as its new uniform for soldiers heading to Afghanistan, the Defense Department announced, following four months of testing by units in the combat zone. MultiCams will be issued to units heading to Afghanistan starting in July. Those units include the 4th Brigade, 10th Mountain Division at Fort Polk, La.; the 1st Brigade, 4th Infantry Division at Fort Carson, Colo.; and the 2nd Brigade, 34th Infantry Division of the Iowa Army National Guard, according to the Program Executive Office Soldier Web site. Soldiers in Afghanistan had identified the need for a new...
  • For Gates Aides, No Fatigues at Work

    01/19/2010 3:40:00 AM PST · by tlb · 38 replies · 1,407+ views
    New York Times ^ | January 18, 2010 | THOM SHANKER and ERIC SCHMITT
    WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has told his military aides not to wear combat fatigues to work at the Pentagon anymore, reversing a symbolic change of protocol ordered in the harrowing days after the Sept. 11 attacks. There was no formal announcement about Mr. Gates directing his military staff to shed their fatigues in favor of business uniforms — the smartly pressed ones bedecked with combat medals and service ribbons that are the military equivalent of a civilian coat and tie, worn with dress shoes and not combat boots. But throughout the Defense Department, where every action by...
  • U.S. troops testing British-style camo

    12/28/2009 4:02:06 AM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 26 replies · 2,007+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | December 28, 2009 | Seth Robson
    GRAFENWÖHR, Germany — British and American soldiers soon could be hard to tell apart if the U.S. Army adopts a camouflage pattern similar to one that the British have already picked out to conceal their troops in Afghanistan. U.S. soldiers with 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment in eastern Afghanistan are wearing new uniforms featuring the "MultiCam" camouflage pattern as part of a trial conducted by the Army to determine the best way to help troops blend in with their environment. Last week the British Ministry of Defence announced that its troops would soon start wearing a new uniform with a...
  • British Army to get new camouflage uniform

    12/20/2009 6:18:27 AM PST · by csvset · 14 replies · 1,483+ views
    BBC ^ | 20 December 2009 | Daniel Emery
    The uniform of the British Army is to be changed for the first time in almost 40 years. The new Multi-Terrain Pattern (MTP) will replace the traditional four colour woodland uniform known as No.8: Disruptive Pattern Material (DPM). Forces in Afghanistan will start to get the new uniforms in March next year, with the whole army upgraded by 2011. MTP is designed for a wide range of environments, including the volatile "green zone" of Helmand province. British troops in Afghanistan currently use a mix of desert camouflage and temperate DPM, depending on which area they are operating in. There are...
  • Gunfire heard in central Kabul, large plume of smoke rises over the city.[Taliban Attacks;Foreigners

    10/27/2009 7:33:11 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 39 replies · 1,814+ views
    AP via Breitbart ^ | October 27, 2009 | N/A
    Title only. Breaking.
  • Army Allows a Sikh Doctor to Serve Wearing a Turban

    10/24/2009 10:49:48 AM PDT · by BGHater · 37 replies · 1,682+ views
    AP ^ | 23 Oct 2009 | AP
    The Army will make an exception to a decades-old rule and allow a Sikh doctor to serve without removing his turban and cutting his hair, an advocacy group said Friday. The doctor, Capt. Kamaljeet Singh Kalsi of Riverdale, N.J., is the first Sikh to be allowed to go on active duty with a turban, beard and unshorn hair in more than 20 years, the New York-based Sikh Coalition said.The decision does not overturn an Army policy from the 1980s that regulates the wearing of religious items, the acting deputy chief of staff, Maj. Gen. Gina Farrisee, wrote in a letter...
  • Sikhs Challenge U.S. Army's Ban on Turbans, Beards [Nudists Next?]

    06/14/2009 6:04:43 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 95 replies · 4,278+ views
    AP Report ^ | June 14, 2009
    Sikhs Challenge U.S. Army's Ban on Turbans, Beards Sunday, June 14, 2009 NEW YORK — Military service is in Capt. Kamaljit Singh Kalsi's blood. His father and grandfather were part of India's Air Force. His great-grandfather served in the army in India under the British. So when U.S. Army recruiters talked to him during his first year of medical school, he readily signed up. But his plans to go on active duty in July are now on hold. An Army policy from the 1980s that regulates the wearing of religious items would mean he would need to shave his beard...
  • Sikhs challenge US Army's ban on turbans, beards

    06/14/2009 8:57:35 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 113 replies · 2,625+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | June 14, 2009 | By DEEPTI HAJELA
    NEW YORK -- Military service is in Capt. Kamaljit Singh Kalsi's blood. But his plans to go on active duty in July are now on hold. An Army policy from the 1980s that regulates the wearing of religious items would mean he would need to shave his beard and remove the turban he wears in accordance with his religious precepts. Sikhs have a long history with the U.S. military, serving in World Wars I and II, the Korean and Vietnam wars, and in the Persian Gulf.
  • Justice Department Files Religious Discrimination Lawsuit Against Essex County, New Jersey

    06/09/2009 12:06:27 AM PDT · by Cindy · 16 replies · 962+ views
    Note: The following text is a quote: Justice Department Files Religious Discrimination Lawsuit Against Essex County, New Jersey County Refused to Accommodate Muslim Employee’s Religious Headcovering The Department filed a lawsuit today against Essex County, N.J., alleging that it discriminated against a Muslim corrections officer on the basis of her religion in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The suit alleges that the county refused to permit Yvette Beshier to wear a religiously mandated headscarf while working as a corrections officer. Title VII prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin...
  • Marine Fights To Wear Dress Blues At High School Graduation

    04/10/2009 4:53:35 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 50 replies · 3,994+ views
    Marine fights to wear dress blues at high school graduation April 10, 2009 Marine Pfc. Garrett Miles-McCarthy graduated from boot camp in San Diego only last month but he is already in his first battle: against his hometown school board. The 18-year-old wants to wear his dress blues uniform at his high school graduation ceremony in El Paso, Texas. He finished his coursework in December and immediately shipped out to Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego. School officials have said no, that all grads have to wear cap and gown, no exceptions. The mayor, a local congressman and others are...
  • Sheriff garb-wearing man charged

    03/07/2009 1:31:51 AM PST · by marktwain · 7 replies · 667+ views ^ | 5 March, 2009 | Staff
    A Seattle man who was arrested wearing a King County Sheriff's Office-issued jumpsuit and bullet-resistant vest was charged Thursday in an attempted drug robbery. According to police, Jason M. Lusher, 38, forced his way into a North Seattle home early Tuesday morning while armed with an AK-47-style assault rifle. Lusher was wearing sheriff's office garb apparently issued to his father, a retired sergeant. In court documents, investigators assert that Lusher broke down the door with the butt of his rifle before accosting a woman living in the home. Police say Lusher later admitted to officers that he was looking for...
  • Patriotic helmet needs to go, Newton Fire Chief says (Massachusetts)

    12/16/2008 9:03:18 PM PST · by buccaneer81 · 50 replies · 2,846+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | December 16, 2008 | Ben Terris
    Patriotic helmet needs to go, Newton Fire Chief says By Ben Terris, Globe Correspondent A veteran of the Iraq War, Richard Busa is used to fighting for the American flag. But never quite like this. After more than three years of rushing into fires with his signature red, white and blue helmet, the Newton firefighter has been told to paint it black. Newton Fire Chief Joseph LaCroix wants the patriotic decoration gone, saying it does not conform to the department's rules.
  • US says 2 servicemen killed in shooting in Iraq (gunman was wearing Iraqi army uniform)

    11/25/2008 6:21:21 PM PST · by WilliamReading · 16 replies · 1,392+ views
    BAGHDAD – Two American servicemen were killed Tuesday when a gunman in an Iraqi army uniform opened fire while they were distributing humanitarian aid in northern Iraq, the U.S. military said. It was the third such shooting in the Mosul area in less than a year purportedly involving Iraqi soldiers, raising concerns about infiltration of the Iraqi security forces in one of the most dangerous areas in Iraq. The shooting, southwest of Mosul near the Syrian border, came on the eve of a parliament vote on a pact that would allow American troops to remain in Iraq three more years....
  • New AF Dress Coat Left Flapping in the Wind

    09/28/2008 7:09:24 PM PDT · by hattend · 43 replies · 2,117+ views
    Defense Tech Website ^ | Sept 18, 2008 | Bryant Jordan
    New AF Dress Coat Left Flapping in the Wind It could just be that the Air Force is entering an era that, in part, will be defined by what will not be a hot-button issue: uniforms. "First things first," Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz responded Sept. 17 when asked by whether uniforms -- new ones or modifications to current dress -- will be relegated to the back burner during his tenure. Schwartz, who had just listened as his major command chiefs offered up a list of things the Air Force needs today-right-now-thank-you-very much -- including new...
  • Man steals uniform, poses as Dodger on field

    09/28/2008 8:49:04 AM PDT · by yankeedame · 14 replies · 599+ views
    Dayton Daily News ^ | Sunday, Sept 28, 2008 | staff writer
    Man accused of posing as Dodger on field LOS ANGELES — A man faces criminal charges for allegedly stealing a uniform from Dodger Stadium and posing as one of the team's players. Ronald Higgins pleaded not guilty to several charges Friday, including burglary and trespassing. The 47-year-old Higgins was arrested Wednesday morning after a security guard found him walking on the field in a Dodgers uniform and holding a glove with two balls. Higgins allegedly identified himself as a Dodgers player, but the guard recognized him from an earlier incident and called police. Prosecutors say Higgins' clothes were later found...
  • Face of Defense: Soldier Counts Being Alive, in Uniform Among Blessings

    09/19/2008 4:31:01 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 95+ views
    Face of Defence ^ | Jason L. Austin
    HEIDELBERG, Germany, Sept. 19, 2008 – Though he’s never regretted joining the Army, a soldier here said, his decision never felt more right than when he faced the greatest challenge of his life: battling cancer. It’s been almost nine years since Army doctors found a grapefruit-sized tumor growing in Sgt. 1st Class James Jordan’s chest. He was 33 then and stationed in South Korea. Today, Jordan has survived two bouts with cancer and is planning a long career before retiring from the Army. "I love the Army," said Jordan, a senior paralegal for the Europe Regional Medical Command judge advocate...
  • Army getting a THUMBS down on doing away with Class A Greens and going to Junked Up Dress Blues.

    09/13/2008 12:28:45 PM PDT · by SandRat · 53 replies · 3,725+ views
    Because I'm pointing you to the Army Times and they are on the list of "News Organs" that don't want any of their words post on FR I can only point you to the Army Times web site. You'll enjoy the words that the troops are giving to whoever made the decision (if you can call it that) to do away with the Class A Greens and go to a Junked Up Dress Blue uniform. Army Times
  • New Army Service Uniform

    09/08/2008 12:09:05 PM PDT · by cll · 118 replies · 5,061+ views - News ^ | 8/25/2008 | C, Todd Lopez
    WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Aug. 25, 2008) -- Out with the old, in with the blue. The Army has made it official; the green service uniform, which has defined the service since the mid-1950s, is on the outs. In place of the green uniform will be a variation of the blue uniform, something many Soldiers already own. Official word on the new "Army Service Uniform," or ASU, was released Aug. 20 in a message to all Army activities. The message defines the wear policy and the "bridging" strategy for transition to the new uniform. "It's a culmination of transformation efforts...
  • Brown out

    08/17/2008 10:04:51 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies · 296+ views
    The Browns will wear brown pants for the first time in team history during Monday night's nationally-televised preseason game against the New York Giants at Giants Stadium. The pants are the same color of "darker" brown that's on the plain socks the Browns have worn in recent seasons. They contain no stripes or markings. They will be wearing those socks again on Monday, with their traditional white jerseys and orange helmets, and also the black shoes they started wearing again in 2006. The team had the brown pants created as an option for their away uniform when they integrated the...
  • Bloomer School Board rejects Marine uniform for graduation

    05/16/2008 2:31:59 PM PDT · by Born In America · 33 replies · 304+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 9:19 AM CDT, May 13, 2008 | Associated Press
    BLOOMER, Wis. - A new Marine who's graduating from Bloomer High School this month won't be able to wear his military uniform during the commencement ceremony.