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  • Unspecified 'threat' prompts lockdown at Camp Parks

    06/21/2016 12:03:42 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 13 replies
    KTVU ^ | June 21, 2016
    Authorities placed the Parks Reserve Forces Training Area, also known as Camp Parks, on lockdown Thursday morning while authorities investigated a threat received by the U.S. Army training facility.
  • U.S. Military Losing Edge in Small Arms

    06/18/2016 11:47:02 AM PDT · by re_tail20 · 60 replies
    National Defense Magazine ^ | November 2015 | Jim Schatz
    Since the end of World War II, only 10 U.S tank crew members have been killed in warfare. This is an amazing testament to fighting vehicle technology and the money spent to develop and sustain that tactical edge over our enemies. In that same period, the United States has lost some 60,000 soldiers in small arms engagements, an approximate one for one exchange. Few foes on the planet could hope to dominate America in a tank, air or naval battle. Yet every bad actor with an AK-47 takes on U.S. and NATO ground forces in a small arms fight. We...
  • Military chaplains call on base to renew speaking invitation to outspoken former Army general

    06/08/2016 10:16:31 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 8, 2016 | Bradford Richardson
    A group of military chaplains is calling for an about-face after a base in Kansas disinvited retired Army Lt. Gen. William Boykin from a prayer breakfast due to his religious beliefs. The Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty sent a letter to Maj. Gen. Wayne Grisby, commander of the 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley, calling on him to reinstate Gen. Boykin’s invitation. The chaplain advocacy group said the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, which demanded the general be disinvited due to his religious beliefs, has no right to dictate whom the base hosts. “Maj. Gen. Grisby should reinstate the invitation to...
  • New Miss USA from DC to take a break from Army reserves

    06/06/2016 1:58:30 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 27 replies
    Associated PressMSN ^ | June 5, 2016
    The newly crowned Miss USA is a 26-year-old Army officer from the District of Columbia who gave perhaps the strongest answer of the night when asked about women in combat. "As a woman in the United States Army, I think ... we are just as tough as men. As a commander of my unit, I'm powerful, I am dedicated," Deshauna Barber said. "Gender does not limit us in the United States." The winner of Sunday's 2016 Miss USA competition held at the T-Mobile Arena off the Las Vegas Strip will go on to compete in the Miss Universe contest.
  • The US Army of 2016: High Drag and Low Speed

    06/01/2016 1:54:49 PM PDT · by pboyington · 9 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | June 1, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    The Army, to quote that age old sage of wisdom, 173rd Airborne Brigade Vietnam combat vet, Master Sergeant Jimmy Busby, is in Deep Kimchee. A correlation of forces are converging to create an Army that has severe personnel problems, limited knowledge of armored warfare, low morale, while also being eaten alive by severe social changes that are unprecedented in the history of the lean green machine. Under the Fiscal Year 2017 President’s Budget Proposal, recently released by the DoD, the active duty Army will be reduced from 475,000 to 460,000 in the next year. Army Reserve levels will drop from...
  • Ceremony honors fallen Signal Corps soldier

    05/27/2016 8:39:51 AM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Staff/HERALD REVIEW
    FORT HUACHUCA — “We will never forget,” Maj. Gen. John B. Morrison, Jr., told an audience of soldiers and civilians attending the annual Signal Cove of Remembrance observance Thursday morning at the Network Enterprise Technology Command on Fort Huachuca. It was the first time in the eight years since the cove was established that the annual ceremony did not add the name of another fallen soldier to the memorial, which is located just inside Greely Hall at the entrance to NETCOM. “Today’s ceremony is a time for all of us to remember the 101 signal soldiers and civilians who sacrificed...
  • Bowe Bergdahl’s defense team says Donald Trump’s traitor charge taints case

    05/24/2016 3:03:10 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 43 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 24, 2016 | Rowan Scarborough
    <p>The Army on Tuesday provided a behind the scenes look at the prosecution of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, releasing pages of internal court communications that show the defense believes it is hamstrung in responding to Donald Trump’s charge that their client is a traitor.</p>
  • NY Times editorial: An Openly Gay Man Runs the Army

    05/21/2016 10:21:50 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 42 replies
    NY Times ^ | May 22 2016 | NY Times
    Last week an openly gay man, Eric Fanning, became secretary of the Army. Read that sentence again and contemplate what it reveals about how much and how quickly American society has changed. Only five years ago, openly gay people were barred from serving in its armed forces. During Mr. Fanning’s lengthy confirmation process, his sexual orientation was simply not an issue. That is a tribute to those who fought so hard to repeal the ban, and a measure of the nation’s at times uncertain, but as yet unfailing, march toward equality.
  • U.S. Crews Fail To Place in NATO Tank Competition

    05/19/2016 6:59:59 AM PDT · by Nachum · 48 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | 5/17/16 | Kyle Mizokami May 17, 2016
    A recent competition hosted in part by the U.S. Army and designed to test core tank crew skills saw European crews take the top honors, while crews from the U.S. Army failed to place. The results raise the question of whether the Army—after more than a decade of focusing on guerrilla warfare—has devoted adequate training to address "big war" skills. Held from May 10 to 12 and jointly hosted by the U.S. Army and the German Bundeswehr at the Grafenwoehr Training Area in Germany, the the Strong Europe Tank Challenge included challengers from six NATO countries: Denmark, Germany, Italy, Poland,...
  • Disagreements slow Pentagon’s plan to allow transgender service members

    05/16/2016 11:23:41 AM PDT · by armydawg505 · 26 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | 5/15/16 | Dan Lamothe
    Months before Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter said the Pentagon would take steps toward allowing transgender people to serve openly in the military, Army Staff Sgt. Patricia King last year became what she believes is the first openly transgender member of the infantry. While official Pentagon policy still forbids openly transgender personnel, her commanders have been supportive, she said. King even purchased a female dress Army service uniform, anticipating that she would be able to wear it soon. “I made a decision that owning that uniform was important to me, and I believe that our leadership is going to do...
  • Don’t Worry General, We Trust You

    05/10/2016 10:50:54 PM PDT · by pboyington · 26 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | May 11, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    Six simple words, “Don’t worry General, we trust you.” During the Gulf War in 1991, General Fred Franks, VII Corps commander spoke with several soldiers in the now deactivated, but once mighty, Third Armored Division. During the conversation, Franks appeared worried and tired. One of the soldiers looked at him and said, “Don’t worry General, we trust you.” Those six words spoke volumes about the state of the military in 1991 and speak volumes about the wretched state of the military in 2016. How many soldiers or Marines today would repeat those words to someone with stars on their shoulders?...
  • Army has fewest active-duty soldiers since 1940, report says

    05/09/2016 5:30:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 51 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | May 9, 2016
    The number of U.S. Army soldiers on active duty has been reduced to its lowest since 1940, according to a published report. The Army Times reported this weekend that the Army's endstrength for March was 479,172. That's 154 fewer soldiers than the service's previous post-World War II low, which was reached during the Army's post-Cold War drawdown in 1999. The current number is still well above the 269,023 soldiers on duty in 1940, the year before America entered World War II. However, the report says the active force has been reduced by more than 16,500 troops over the past year...
  • West Point investigating photo of cadets with raised fists

    05/05/2016 11:09:18 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 48 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 5, 2016 | Andrew Blake
    The United States Military Academy at West Point said Wednesday that an investigation is underway regarding a photograph that shows 16 black cadets in uniform posing with their fists in the air. “We can confirm that the cadets in this photo are members of the U.S. Military Academy’s Class of 2016,” West Point’s director of public affairs, Lt. Col. Christopher Kasker, told Army Times on Wednesday. “Academy officials are conducting an inquiry into the matter. John Burk, an Army veteran who served in the Iraq War before launching a popular fitness website, accused the 16 female cadets photographed in the...
  • More About Barack Hussein and the Persecution of SFC Charles Martland

    04/30/2016 8:43:43 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 9 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 4/30/16 | Jim Emerson
    U.S. Army Kicking Out a Hero After He Confronted an Afghan Pedophile/Rapist Obama Instructed Army to Issue Illegal ‘Gag Order’ to Silence Green Berets The following is from articles written by Jim Emerson in 2015 From a FOXNEWS exclusive, the U.S. Army is planning to kick out Sgt. 1st Class Charles Martland for shoving an Afghan pedophile who also happened to be an Afghan police commander. The alleged pedophile rapist, identified as Abdul Rahman, has not yet been charged with a crime. The American trained Rahman was said to be practicing the ancient Afghan act of “Bacha Bazi.” Rahman beat...
  • Army retains decorated Green Beret it planned to kick out over confronting Afghan child rapist

    04/28/2016 5:43:00 PM PDT · by Leaning Right · 55 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 28, 2016 | Lucas Tomlinson
    In a stunning reversal, the U.S. Army decided late Thursday to retain a decorated Green Beret it had planned to kick out after he physically confronted a local Afghan commander accused of raping a boy over the course of many days. *snip* "In SFC Martland’s case, the Army Board for Correction of Military Records determination modified a portion of one of SFC Martland’s evaluation reports and removed him from the QMP list, which will allow him to remain in the Army," said Lt. Col. Jerry Pionk.
  • The US Army's first ever female infantry officer who could be leading 150 soldiers into battle ..

    04/28/2016 12:32:07 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 63 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4-28-16 | Charlie Moore
    Captain Kristen Griest will become America's first ever female Army infantry officer as she graduates from training today. She has completed the Maneuver Captains Career Course at Fort Benning, Georgia, passing a two-month leadership course necessary for holding a command position. Captain Griest has already completed Ranger and Airborne School and could take charge of her infantry unit of about 150 soldiers in Spring next year.
  • Fort Cognitive Dissonance – The US Army’s New Home

    04/26/2016 11:58:04 PM PDT · by pboyington · 20 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | April 26, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    In the H.G. Wells novel, The Time Machine, the Eloi, are a brain dead, zombie like community who put up no resistance as they are hunted and destroyed by the evil Morlocks. Today’s active duty Army is starting to resemble the Eloi as they willingly accept every absurd, destructive directive from the Morlocks in the Pentagon and the White House, while operating in a trance from reveille to taps every day. The Army’s leaders, from the Chief of Staff down to senior NCO’s (non-commissioned officers, aka sergeants) are suffering from a massive case of cognitive dissonance. Cognitive Dissonance is defined...
  • Once Upon a Time…In the US Army

    04/21/2016 11:24:07 PM PDT · by pboyington · 22 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | April 21, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    One of the best parts about writing articles is watching the comments drift in, some well-intentioned and full of good cheer, others laced with arsenic from irate readers. A few comments this week and comments by a sergeant in the Rangers and an active duty buddy of mine, who’s probably the last guy in the Army with a 3rd Armored Division combat patch have prompted me to write this piece. First the naysayers: What do you know? You served in the Army a long time ago. You were in that Desert Storm War. What makes you qualified to judge the...
  • Exclusive: Army approves first 22 female officers for ground combat jobs

    04/15/2016 3:29:12 PM PDT · by PROCON · 19 replies
    USATODAY | April 15, 2016 | Jim Michaels
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  • Army approves first 22 female officers for ground combat jobs

    04/15/2016 12:05:23 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 91 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 15, 2016 | Kellan Howell
    The U.S. Army on Friday announced it has approved the first 22 women to be commissioned as infantry and armor officers after new rules issued last month opened all combat roles to female service members. The move is a major milestone on the road to fully integrating women into combat jobs. The Army is taking a leadership first position by first placing female soldiers in leadership roles in combat roles that were not previously open to them, then allowing those women to train and mentor female enlisted combat soldiers. The 22 women are near completion of their officer training and...
  • The US Army has forgotten its mission

    04/12/2016 9:41:11 PM PDT · by pboyington · 14 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | April 12, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    The old adage used to go, “First the mission and then the men.” In today’s Army, with its gallant senior leaders at the helm; the old adage has been amended to: first the pension, retirement benefits, defense contractor job after out-processing, TV analyst gig part time, permanent PX parking space for the wife and somewhere after a couple hundred more priorities there is the mission and then the men, the women and of course, the gender neutrals. The US Army seems to be doing a Thelma and Louise every day now. Pentagon feather merchants who resemble Fortune 500 executives feed...
  • Louisiana woman, 25, makes history as FIRST female to enlist in the US Army Infantry

    04/10/2016 7:26:05 AM PDT · by PROCON · 84 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | April 9, 2016 | ANNETA KONSTANTINIDES
    A 25-year-old Louisiana woman made history this week after becoming the first female to enlist in the US Army Infantry School. Tammy Grace Barnett, a former police officer, took the oath of enlistment on Thursday at the Military Entrance Processing Station in Shreveport. Barnett initially planned to join the military police, before deciding she wanted to serve her country on the front lines.
  • The American Warrior Culture is Doomed

    04/05/2016 9:12:26 PM PDT · by pboyington · 19 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | April 5, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    The US military is in mortal danger as I write this article. Americans have no idea that vast social changes forced upon the military are on the verge of destroying it. Americans will no longer sleep peaceably in their beds at night because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf. We are in serious jeopardy of losing the one institution that has enabled us to maintain our freedom for 240 years. We are in serious danger of losing the one institution that successfully defeated and destroyed the world’s thugs, maniacs and sociopaths that teed off against us....
  • The US Army’s Sikh Can of Worms

    04/03/2016 7:55:47 PM PDT · by pboyington · 60 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | April 3, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    The latest Category Five Hurricane battering the Army concerns a US Army officer who has demanded to wear long hair, a beard and a turban while on active duty with the lean green machine. As NBC reports: In a decision by the U.S. Army Thursday, Capt. Simratpal Singh, a decorated Sikh-American officer and combat veteran, has received a long-term religious accommodation to serve with long hair, a beard, and turban in accordance with his Sikh faith. In March, a U.S. district judge issues a temporary restraining order against additional non-standard, discriminatory testing. According to The Sikh Coalition, which is representing...
  • Second Lawsuit Filed to End Discrimination Against Sikhs in U.S. Military

    04/02/2016 7:15:43 PM PDT · by kevcol · 31 replies
    India West ^ | March 31, 2016 | India West Staff
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Three Sikh American soldiers filed a lawsuit Mar. 29 asking the Defense Department to allow them to serve in the U.S. Army with their religiously-mandated turbans and beards intact. The plaintiffs are Army Specialists Kanwar Singh and Harpal Singh and Army Private Arjan Singh Ghotra. The lawsuit, filed by the Sikh Coalition, the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, and McDermott Will & Emery, demands that the Army accommodate their religious articles of faith, including turbans, unshorn hair and beards, so that each can begin Basic Combat Training with their various units in May. The lawsuit was filed...
  • Army: Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl had psychiatric disorder when he left post

    03/17/2016 9:42:46 AM PDT · by PROCON · 82 replies
    upi.com ^ | March 17, 2016 | Amy R. Connolly
    WASHINGTON, March 17 (UPI) -- Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, held captive for five years by the Taliban, had a mental-health disorder marked by odd, eccentric behaviors and social isolation when he walked away from his post in Afghanistan in 2009, documents released by his defense team showed. An Army Sanity Board Evaluation in July 2015 found Bergdahl had schizotypal personality disorder, a psychiatric condition marked by unusual fears and beliefs, the inability to form interpersonal relationships and eccentric behaviors. The condition is different from schizophrenia, which is marked by hallucinations and a disconnect from reality.
  • In the US Army, Check Your Gear and Your White Privilege

    03/14/2016 6:56:47 PM PDT · by pboyington · 33 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | March 14, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    Here we go again… The insane social engineering of the military marches on with more radical, left-wing, Cultural Marxist, insanity in the US Army, courtesy of the White House, Pentagon feather merchants and gutless officers. Recently, the media learned that US Army soldiers underwent White Privilege Training in April of 2015. As reported in WND and Newsmax: About 400 soldiers at Fort Gordon in Augusta, Georgia, were forced to sit through a training session that included a bullet-point discussion on “white privilege,” and outraged members of the social media community now say the instructor should be hit with a dishonorable...
  • West Point instructor found dead in Atlantic City

    02/29/2016 7:56:59 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 7 replies
    Times Herald-Record ^ | 2-29-2016 | Michael Randall
    WEST POINT – A West Point instructor was found dead in Atlantic City Sunday afternoon. Atlantic City police are investigating, but there is no indication of foul play at this time, West Point’s public affairs office said in a news release Monday afternoon. Maj. Benjamin Recla, 34, was an instructor in the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering, and was an officer representative for the West Point Flying Team. He was a member of the West Point class of 2004 and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the aviation branch of the Army. “I wish to extend to his...
  • Suspect in Virginia Cop Killing Identified as Pentagon Staff Sergeant Ronald Hamilton(1st day)

    02/28/2016 12:03:12 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 48 replies
    The Virginia man accused of killing his wife and a rookie police officer is an active-duty Army staff sergeant assigned the Pentagon, officials told NBC News Sunday. Ronald Hamilton, 32, is being held without bond on charges of capital murder of a police officer, assault with a fire arm and murder in the first degree, according to the Prince William County Adult Detention Center.
  • Historical PHOTO: US Soldiers Pose with the Bodies of Moro (Muslim) Insurgents, Philippines; c. 1906

    02/19/2016 10:13:09 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 43 replies
    Rare Historical Photos ^ | January 29, 2016 | RHP
    US Soldiers Pose with the Bodies of Moro (Muslim) Insurgents, Philippines; circa 1906 On March 7, 1906, US troops under the command of Major General Leonard Wood massacred as many as 1,000 Filipino Muslims, known as Moros, who were taking refuge at Bud Dajo, a volcanic crater on the island of Jolo in the southern Philippines. The First Battle of Bud Dajo, also known as the Bud Dajo Massacre, was a counter insurgency action fought by the United States Army against Moros in March 1906, during the Moro Rebellion phase of the Philippine - American War. After the United States...
  • FacebookTwitterGoogleEmailCopy Troops betrayed as Army dumps hundreds of heroic war dogs

    02/14/2016 6:39:53 PM PST · by EinNYC · 12 replies
    NY Post ^ | February 14, 2016 | Maureen Callahan
    By now, Daniel had been in Afghanistan two months. It was July 2012, his third tour of duty and his first with Oogie, his military working dog. They were leading their platoon on yet another patrol, clearing a no-name village with maybe 15 houses and one mosque, when they began taking fire.
  • Army Explores Anti-Ship Howitzers & Anti-Air Strykers

    02/14/2016 3:23:36 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    Breaking Defense ^ | February 12, 2016 | SYDNEY J. FREEDBERG JR.
    ARLINGTON: New threats from Russia and China mean the Army must take on new missions — but it’s got almost no new money so the Army is looking at ways to modify existing systems to do some radically new things. So imagine howitzers firing precision-guided cannon shells to shoot cruise missiles out of the sky or to sink ships on the South China Sea. Imagine networking existing sensors in new ways to counter Russian heavy jamming. Imagine eight-wheel-drive Stryker armored vehicles acting as mobile anti-aircraft guns. “One of the highlights that I was trying to emphasize is repurposing existing capability,”...
  • Remains of Illinois soldier, missing since 1969, coming home

    01/17/2016 11:04:07 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 32 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | January 9, 2016 | Len Wells
    Remains of Illinois soldier, missing since 1969, coming home By Len Wells Evansville Courier & Press, Ind. (Tribune News Service) Published: January 9, 2016 ALBION, Ill. The remains of an airman listed as "missing in action" during the Vietnam War have been recovered. Officials with the U.S. Department of Defense confirmed the remains of Pfc. Kenneth Leroy Cunningham of Ellery, Illinois. He had been missing since Oct. 3, 1969. He was 21 at the time. Cunningham's remains will be flown back to the United States later this month, arriving at the airport in Louisville, Kentucky on Jan 19. His remains...
  • How an angry tirade led to the investigation of a top Special Operations general

    12/19/2015 6:39:00 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 41 replies
    WaPo, via Stars & Stripes ^ | December 18, 2015 | Dan Lamothe
    Army Lt. Gen. John Mulholland was apoplectic. Seated at the head of a table in a staff meeting, the veteran Special Operations general was furious that a briefing for him at U.S. Special Operations Command did not follow the directions that he and the top officer in the command, Adm. William McRaven, had provided. In a profanity-laced tirade, Mulhulland told the staff members they had "all failed me" as a commander, and they should all go "shoot themselves right now," according to later accounts of the meeting. He promised that if they tried to brief their work to McRaven he...
  • Sikh Soldier Allowed to Keep Beard in Rare Army Exception

    12/14/2015 9:44:31 AM PST · by Theoria · 23 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 13 Dec 2015 | Dave Philipps
    On his first day at the United States Military Academy at West Point, Simratpal Singh sat in a barber chair where new cadets get their hair buzzed short, forced to choose between showing his faith and living it. Cadet Singh had grown up a Sikh. As part of his faith, he had never cut his hair or beard. But his faith also encouraged protection of the oppressed, which inspired him to join the Army. The Army would not allow a soldier with long hair or a beard, so that day he watched his locks drop to the floor. “Your self-image,...
  • West Point Bans Annual Pillow Fight After 24 Cadets Found to Have Concussions

    11/26/2015 8:07:49 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 42 replies
    ABC News ^ | Nov 26, 2015 | JULIA JACOBO
    What started as a lighthearted tradition meant to build camaraderie, transformed into chaos on Aug. 20 when the United States Military Academy at West Point’s annual pillow fight turned bloody, leaving 30 freshmen injured, investigators said Wednesday. Nicknamed “plebes,” first-year students are responsible for organizing the pillow fight, held almost every year since 2001.
  • Can the US Army win the next war?

    11/09/2015 2:04:18 AM PST · by pboyington · 63 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | November 9, 2015 | Morris Schaffer
    Word is starting to seep out, like water slowly exiting a crack in a dam that the US Army’s armored warfare capabilities, capacity and readiness are in big trouble. Coming out of nearly a dozen years of infantry combat in the Middle East against insurgent forces, the Army is still heavily focused on infantry tactics operations, peacekeeping and special warfare. The knowledge and skills needed to fight traditional US Army battles, with armor and mechanized infantry backed up by superior air support, in what used to be called Air Land Battle seem about as ancient as the Dead Sea Scrolls....
  • They Think They've Got Ben Carson with a Very Cleverly Written Politico Story

    11/06/2015 2:02:54 PM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | November 6, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Yeah, well, we were just poking along here about 10 minutes ago. It looked like it was actually gonna be kind of a slow day. And then everything blew up here, and then we -- JOHNNY DONOVAN: And now, from sunny south Florida, it's Open Line Friday! RUSH: Yeah. And I still don't know what to make of this. There's something that smells about this still, and I can't put my fingers on it. But we're gonna have to get into it. Anyway, welcome to Open Line Friday. Whatever you want to talk about is fine and...
  • The Ranger School records cover up continues

    10/30/2015 11:17:51 PM PDT · by pboyington · 32 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | October 30, 2015 | Ray Starmann
    The Ranger School records story refuses to die, as the Army continues to obstruct Congressman Steve Russell’s investigation into whether three female graduates have been given special treatment at Ranger School. Key points in the story: Congressman Russell contacted the Secretary of the Army on September 15, 2015, and requested the Ranger School records for Captain Kristen Griest and First Lieutenant Shaye Haver. The Secretary of the Army stalled Russell for nine days and then asked for an extension to obtain documents readily available. The Army waited another two weeks to tell Russell the documents had been shredded. The Army...
  • Pentagon confirms Army blimp was shot down

    10/30/2015 11:59:22 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 54 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 29, 2015 | Kristina Wong
    The massive Army blimp that broke free from its mooring and drifted from Maryland to Pennsylvania is "actually still deflating," a Pentagon spokesman said Thursday. "I am not able to give you the mechanics of exactly how they're deflating it," said Navy Capt. Jeff Davis. The blimp traveled almost 200 miles north at 30 miles per hour, reaching an altitude of 16,000 feet before it lost altitude and speed, landing in northeastern Pennsylvania. Another Pentagon spokesman confirmed reports that the 240-foot blimp was shot down, but did not know how close to the ground the blimp was when it happened....
  • Saving the US Army

    10/27/2015 6:59:44 PM PDT · by pboyington · 50 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | October 23, 2015 | Ray Starmann
    The US Army is sick; sick in body, mind and spirit. No matter how many times Pentagon perfumed princes and feather merchants bedazzle us with light shows, veterans know the truth. We always know. We know that the Army is suffering from a number of ailments, that unless stemmed will destroy the institution that has been around since the Massachusetts boys went live in 1775. The first problem lies with the people at the helm of the US Army Titanic. From Secretary of the Army John McHugh down to the joint chiefs to corps and division and brigade and battalion...
  • Delta Force KIA Led Assault Team on ISIS Prison in Iraq, Source Says

    10/27/2015 5:09:23 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 21 replies
    Military.com ^ | October 27, 2015 | Matthew Cox
    Master Sgt. Joshua Wheeler died leading his Delta Force team on the primary assault into an Islamic State compound in Iraq -- a stark contrast from the Pentagon's account that American commandos were there only to support Kurdish forces during the rescue mission, according to a U.S. military source. The body of the 39-year-old native of Roland, Oklahoma, was flown to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware on Saturday as more details began to emerge of the Oct. 22 night raid on a prison run by militants affiliated with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS. (snip) Defense...
  • What kind of US Army is this?

    10/26/2015 1:24:26 PM PDT · by pboyington · 31 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | October 26, 2015 | Ray Starmann
    The Army is in serious trouble. Besieged with a myriad of readiness and morale issues, it is under siege by radical feminists and leftists who are determined to reshape the Army, even if they have to destroy it. You would think that the Army generals, men who are supposed to be tough guys and seasoned combat veterans would stand up and speak out against the feminist fire engulfing the lean green machine. But, they haven’t and they won’t, in order to protect their careers and retirement benefits. Don’t the Army’s leaders have a moral obligation to disobey orders that are...
  • Video Appears to Show Raid Against ISIS That Killed American

    10/25/2015 6:49:13 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 4 replies
    NBC 4 New York ^ | October 24, 2015 | NBC 4 New York
    New video purports to show Thursday's raid in Iraq, which freed dozens of ISIS hostages and resulted in the death of an American commando, NBC News reports. NBC News obtained the video exclusively from Arab24, a news outlet based in Jordan that said Kurdish military officials provided the footage. The video appears to have been taken on helmet cameras at a prison near the town of Hawija, which U.S. and Kurdish commandos stormed early Thursday after receving a tip hostages would soon be executed, NBC News reports. Delta Force commando Master Sgt. Joshua Wheeler, an Oklahoma native, was killed in...
  • Delta Force Death in Iraq Doesn't Reflect 'Combat Role,' Carter Says

    10/25/2015 4:55:40 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 18 replies
    Milityary.com ^ | October 24, 2015 | Richard Sisk
    Defense Secretary Ashton Carter tried to explain Friday how a U.S. soldier could die heroically in a combat raid he personally authorized in Iraq while the nation was still not involved in "boots on the ground" combat. Carter hailed 39-year-old Delta Force Master Sgt. Joshua Wheeler as an exemplary hero who "ran to the sound of the guns" in the helicopter assault Thursday with Kurdish Peshmerga fighters that freed 70 ISIS hostages. He was the first U.S. combat fatality of the campaign against ISIS. "This is combat," Carter said of the raid on an ISIS prison compound east of the...
  • GI Joe, RIP 1775 - 2015

    10/21/2015 6:35:05 PM PDT · by usdefensewatch · 21 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | October 19, 2015 | Ray Starmann
    Now, that you’re gone Joe, I just wanted to say thanks for everything you’ve done for the country. You were around a long time, all the way back to 1775. You waged a lot of battles, fought plenty of bad guys and helped bring down evil empires. You crossed the Delaware with Washington, trudged endlessly through the steaming jungles of the South Pacific, climbed Pointe du Hoc to save the world and battled sandstorms and Jihadis from the 73 Easting to Tal Afar. As General MacArthur said so eloquently, “From one end of the world to another, you drained deep...
  • What the army desperately needs - another Colonel David Hackworth

    10/20/2015 6:00:30 PM PDT · by usdefensewatch · 54 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | October 9, 2015 | Ray Starmann
    In 1971, Colonel David Hackworth was interviewed on ABC’s, “Issues and Answers.” During the interview, Hackworth, a career Army officer, stated in no uncertain terms that the Vietnam War was a disaster and unwinnable. Furthermore, he chastised his fellow Army officers for poor leadership and ineptness. Hackworth was a decorated combat veteran of the Korean and Vietnam Wars, who had earned enough medals for a whole battalion. He was instantly ostracized by the defense establishment and forced to retire. Hackworth, who later went on to a distinguished career as a journalist was a polarizing figure who was hated by the...
  • The Army is incapable of investigating the Ranger School story

    10/19/2015 3:04:26 PM PDT · by usdefensewatch · 29 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | October 18, 2015 | Ray Starmann
    The US Army continues to deny that any special treatment was given to the first two female graduates of Ranger School, Captain Kristen Griest and First Lieutenant Shaye Haver, and Friday’s female graduate, Major Lisa Jaster, a 37 year old mother of two. Congressman Steve Russell of Oklahoma requested the school records for Griest and Haver on September 15th and was stalled by the Army for three weeks until they informed Russell that some of the records had been destroyed. Meanwhile, the Army refuses to comment on the Ranger School policy for the storage and destruction of student records. They...
  • The Ranger School story and it potential impact on our national security

    10/18/2015 12:40:22 PM PDT · by usdefensewatch · 26 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | October 17, 2015 | Ray Starmann
    During the last two weeks, US Defense Watch has been reporting on Representative Steve Russell’s request on September 15th for the Ranger School records of the first two female graduates, Captain Kristen Griest and First Lieutenant Shaye Haver. It is not known whether or not Congressman Russell has asked for the records for Major Lisa Jaster, who graduated today from Ranger School. Russell’s request to Secretary of the Army, John McHugh, was at first delayed on September 24th, when McHugh asked for an extension, noting “privacy concerns” and time to compile the records together. Nearly two weeks passed without Russell...
  • ISIS Has A Message (ISIS Threatens Medal Of Honor Recipient-Then He Pulls Over His Truck)

    10/15/2015 7:52:41 AM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 44 replies
    Dakota Meyer's Video on Facebook via The Political Insider ^ | October 1, 2015 | Medal of Honor Recipient Dakota Meyer
    Dakota Meyer is a Medal of Honor receipent and an American hero. He went above and beyond the call of duty while serving our nation. So when the Islamic State (ISIS) released a “warning” to Meyer and threatened his life, Meyer responded in an EPIC way! Watch (below) as Meyer pulls over his truck and records this video message for ISIS. He’s ready for Islamic terrorist thugs and knows how to fight. Incredible! Thank you Dakota Meyer for your service.