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Military/Veterans (Bloggers & Personal)

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  • Today in military history: 12-year-old earns Purple Heart, Bronze Star in Guadalcanal

    11/15/2018 12:59:47 PM PST · by fugazi · 40 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | Nov. 15, 2018 | Chris Carter
    1942: Off Guadalcanal, the U.S. and Japanese fleets engage in one of only two battleship-on-battleship engagements of the Pacific War. While Kirishima hammers USS South Dakota (BB-57) in the early morning hours, USS Washington (BB-56) slips away undetected and maneuvers to near point-blank range, raking the Japanese battleship with devastating salvos. Japanese naval guns and torpedoes send three U.S. destroyers (Walke, Preston, and Benham) to the bottom of Ironbottom Sound, while U.S. warplanes destroy four troop transport ships carrying soldiers and badly needed supplies. The Allies have inflicted such heavy losses on the Japanese that they abandon the mission to...
  • The Navy’s Admiral-To-Ship Ratio, Then And Now

    11/14/2018 7:18:25 PM PST · by ameribbean expat · 22 replies
    Task & Purpose ^ | Tom Ricks
    It has been said before, but as the song says, it bears repeating: “In 1944 there were 256 flags for 6,084 ships; today there are 359 flag officers for 280 ships.”
  • News Summary-Intelligence Report Wednesday 11/14/2018

    11/14/2018 4:56:12 AM PST · by Nextrush · 1 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 11/14/2018 | Nextrush/Self
    Israel's Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman resigned today saying Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is responsible for "surrender to Hamas terror". This could set the stage for new elections.... A thousand protesters were on the streets of the southern Israeli city of Sderot near the Gaza border last night protesting the cease-fire between Israel and Hamas..... "The worst deal in history" That's the response of "Mr. Brexit" Nigel Farage to Prime Minister Theresa May's plan for Britain to withdrawal from the European Union. He said all it achieves is a 40 billion pound payment to the EU for the deal. Brexiteer activists...
  • Israel Breaking: IDF Reinforces Gaza Border, Massive Rocket Barrage Follows 'Botched' Operation...

    11/13/2018 2:27:13 AM PST · by Nextrush · 29 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 11/13/2018 | Nextrush/Self
    It seemed like things were going to quiet down in Gaza last week with the delivery of 15 million dollars in cash from Qatar in multiple suitcases. The "payoff" money was designed to pacify Gaza and help calm things down between Israel and the militant group Hamas which has maintained steady pressure on Israel with everything from occasional rocket barrages to constant incendiary kites to mass protests at the border fences forcing Israeli snipers to open fire. But suddenly on Sunday night all hell broke loose. IDF soliders were operating inside Gaza using civilian vehicles backed by air support, tanks...
  • Colombian Pipeline Bombed For The 78th Time This Year

    11/12/2018 8:23:26 AM PST · by bananaman22 · 6 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 11-12-2018 | Irina
    Colombia’s Cano Limon crude oil pipeline that can transport 210,000 bpd of crude has been bombed again, for the 78th time since the start of this year, Ecopetrol, the state oil company, said, as quoted by Reuters. Previous attacks have been blamed by the Colombian army on a rebel group, the national Liberation Army, or ELN, which is considered a terrorist group by the European Union and the United States. The pipeline was not operational at the time of the attack, which is the second in as many months. In September, Reuters reported that the pipeline was bombed again in...
  • Florida Election Results 2018 - Results last updated Nov. 12, 8:55 a.m.

    11/12/2018 7:03:33 AM PST · by Red Badger · 25 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/12/2018 | Staff
    U.S. Senate POLITICO Predicts: Toss-Up The race between Nelson and Scott could set records as the most expensive Senate election of all time. Election results Map Percent Candidate Party Votes Winner 50.1% Rick Scott GOP 4,098,107 49.9% Bill Nelson* Dem 4,085,545 100% of precincts reporting (6,111/6,111) *Incumbent 8,183,652 total votes
  • Words to Taps

    11/12/2018 5:23:02 AM PST · by w1n1 · 7 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 11/12/2018 | D Breteau
    The story and origin of the bugle call known as "Taps" can be found in many versions, including the legend of a son fighting on the opposing side of the Civil War from his father. This legend depicts a Northern boy who was killed fighting for the Confederates. His father, Robert Ellicombe, a captain in the Union Army, came upon his son’s body and found the notes to “Taps” in the pocket of the dead boy’s uniform. When Union General Daniel Sickles heard the story, he had the notes played at the boy’s funeral. While this very short version of...
  • News Summary-Intelligence Report Monday 11/12/2018

    11/12/2018 4:38:02 AM PST · by Nextrush · 2 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 11/12/2018 | Nextrush/Self
    In northern California 29 are dead and hundred are reported missing because of the "Camp Fire" that started last Thursday and consumed the town of Paradise on Friday, burning over 6,700 structures in the town of 26,000. 228 people are reported missing according to the Butte County Sheriff...... President Trump was in France yesterday at an American cemetery..... The President was in attendance earlier at a ceremony in Paris along with the leaders of more than 60 nations.... Polling data for the European Parliament elections next May shows Marine Le Pen's National Rally Party, formerly the National Front..... Two-hundred thousand...
  • Hiring Military Veterans for the Farm

    11/12/2018 12:15:57 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    DTN The Progressive Farmer ^ | November 9, 2018 | Lori Culler
    The average American farmer is 58 years old, according to the 2012 Census of Agriculture. Farmers over 55 control more than half of the country's farmland, and one in two is likely to retire in the next decade. Combined with a three-decade-long decline in the number of new farmers joining the ranks, it's becoming more difficult to find workers. When it comes to hiring, it's no surprise that a popular credential to look for is military experience. We had a client recently hire a senior-level military captain to fill an operations role on a farm focusing on developing structure, process...
  • Perspective

    11/11/2018 4:38:16 PM PST · by lyby · 3 replies
    je ^ | November 11, 2018 | yo
    Feeling feelings not wholly mine. Soldiers fighting. Family. Mourning. Missing. Regretting. Loving. Sacrificing. For FREEDOM.
  • Veterans Day: The Solitary World of a Vet

    11/11/2018 11:58:14 AM PST · by pboyington · 25 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | November 11, 2018 | Ray Starmann
    On Veterans Day, it is important for those who have never served to take a moment to understand the solitary world of a vet. Millions of vets are and have been successful in all endeavors. They are doctors, lawyers, business people and a thousand other professions. Not all have PTSD; not all are the troubled, brooding, street corner homeless guy, although they exist and need help desperately. No matter how successful a vet might be materially, more often than not, vets are often alone, mentally and spiritually each day and for the rest of their lives. Vets’ stories are all...
  • No Peace for President Trump on Armistice Day

    11/11/2018 7:38:39 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 17 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/11/18 | Judi McLeod
    Meanwhile, there will be no world peace, no peace in the valley as long as the anti-Trump media join the protesting progressive-left in trying to hound the American President out of office Armistice Day ceremonies in Paris, France were supposed to celebrate peace, commemorating the100 year anniversary of the end of World War1, instead the media war against President Donald Trump continued during the Armistice memorial. Most news networks—including even the weather channels—bitterly criticized President Trump for canceling his visit to a US cemetery in France because of bad weather.
  • FB Post of Borderline Shooter Makes Him Sound More Like an Anti-Gunner Than a Marine

    11/09/2018 11:21:37 PM PST · by deandg99 · 8 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | 11/09/2018 | Tim Brown
    As usual in these situations, the criminal's Facebook and social media gets purged, often before anyone outside of state-controlled media and police can verify what was actually posted. However, there are reports that Ian David Long, a former Marine, wrote a final post on his Facebook page before going into the Borderline Bar & Grill and murdering a dozen people before turning the gun on himself. In that post, he allegedly wrote, "Yeah... I'm insane, but the only thing you people do after these shootings is 'hopes and prayers.'" This doesn't sound like the words of a Marine to me....
  • The Passing of Angel Renée Chevalier Lyons

    11/09/2018 9:50:48 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 6 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/09/18 | Judi McLeod
    Some angels passing through our lives leave a shining indelible mark that continues to live on forever Friends and colleagues of Canada Free Press columnist, Ret. Admiral James Lyons, who was Commander-in-Chief, US Pacific Fleet, call him, “Ace”. Ace and all who knew her called his wife, Renée Chevalier Lyons, an “Angel”. Renée, an angel who lived among us, passed away suddenly on November 1, 2018, but not too far away from her beloved Ace whom she will now steadfastly watch over from another realm.
  • Today in US military history: a US cavalry charge in Afghanistan

    11/09/2018 7:56:40 AM PST · by fugazi · 10 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | Nov. 9, 2018 | Chris Carter
    Today's post is in honor of Capt. James D. Nehl, who was killed by enemy small-arms fire on this day in 2012 during a patrol in Afghanistan's Ghazni province. Nehl was a company commander in 2d Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division and had served as an enlisted soldier in the 75th Ranger Regiment before earning his commission. 1822: During an anti-piracy cruise in the Caribbean, the brig USS Alligator - the third of four so-named U.S. warships - intercepts a flotilla of American ships captured by pirates near Cuba. Lt. William H. Allen, Alligator's...
  • News Summary-Intelligence Report Friday 11/9/2018

    11/09/2018 5:17:29 AM PST · by Nextrush · 1 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 11/9/2018 | Nextrush/Self
    There's been a Friday afternoon stabbing attack in the city center of Melbourne, Australia with one dead and two injured. Police are now saying the attacker was known to police and Australia's intelligence service..... The man who killed 12 people at a bar in Thousand Oaks, California late Wednesday night has been identified as Ian David Long. Long, 28, served in the US Marine Corps and was in Afghanistan..... There's been a new rule announced giving President Trump authority to declare migrants entering the US illegally not eligible for asylum...... Election 2018 will continue with the recounts of the US...
  • Lauren Young: Soldier, Patriot, Athlete, Gun Girl

    11/09/2018 5:11:07 AM PST · by w1n1 · 18 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 11/9/2018 | F Jardim
    No phony 'gun bunny,' this former Army MP who served in Afghanistan enjoys long-range shooting and is an Instagram-era Second Amendment, concealed carry and female empowerment influencer. The increasing number of women taking up shooting for self-defense and recreational purposes is shifting the demographics of the shooting sports community in huge and very positive ways. Shooting was never purely a man's pursuit, but social mores prevalent in my generation made women on the range a rarity. Back in the Reagan era, if you saw a female on the range, she was almost certainly there with her boyfriend or husband, "trying...
  • Today in US military history: Tippecanoe and a Reaper Too

    11/07/2018 7:09:52 AM PST · by fugazi · 2 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | Nov. 7, 2018 | Chris Carter
    Today's post is in honor of Spc. Dale J. Kridlo, who was one of two U.S. soldiers killed by small-arms fire on an observation post in Afghanistan's Kunar province. Kridlo, 33, of Hughestown, Pa., was assigned to the 27th Engineer Battalion, 20th Engineer Brigade, XVIII Airborne Corps. 1811: At the confluence of the Wabash and Tippecanoe Rivers, William Henry Harrison's 1,000-man force of militia and regular infantry soldiers clash with American Indian warriors led by Tenskwatawa (known as "The Prophet"). Although outnumbered by the Americans, the Indians charge multiple times into Harrison's lines, inflicting serious casualties on the defenders. The...
  • Macron Calls for ‘Real European Army’ to Protect EU from U.S.

    11/06/2018 8:11:09 AM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 83 replies
    Breitbart - Europe ^ | 11-6-2018 | Victoria Friedman
    French President Emmanuel Macron has reiterated calls for a European Union army, this time saying that it is needed to protect the bloc from China, Russia, and even the United States. The progressive leader, a proponent of greater EU federalisation which will result in the reduction in sovereignty for European nations, told Europe 1 Monday night that the bloc needs a “real European army”. “We have to protect ourselves with respect to China, Russia and even the United States of America,” Macron said, according to Agence France-Presse. (snip) “We will not protect the Europeans unless we decide to have a...
  • Today in US Military History: Chuck Yeager shoots down Me-262 jet over Germany

    11/06/2018 7:05:05 AM PST · by fugazi · 41 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | Nov. 6, 2018 | Chris Carter
    Today's post is in honor of Sgt. 1st Class William R. Brown, who was killed by an improvised explosive device in Sperwan Gar, Afghanistan on this date in 2006. Brown, 30, of Fort Worth, Texas, was assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group. 1941: While searching for blockade runners in the Caribbean, the cruiser USS Omaha and destroyer USS Somers spot a cargo ship flying U.S. colors but behaving oddly and whose sailors looked "uniquely un-American." When Omaha attempts to make contact, the ship's crew attempt to sabotage the vessel and a boarding crew is sent over. The captured...