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Military/Veterans (General/Chat)

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  • Famous Veteran: James Doohan "Scotty"

    06/23/2018 7:39:34 PM PDT · by eastforker · 21 replies
    warhistoryonline ^ | 11/29/16 | Shahon Russell
    Doohan did so well he became a Commissioned Lieutenant with the 14th Field Artillery Regiment of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division. In 1940, he was sent to England for further training. Fast forward to D-Day – the Allied Invasion of France on June 6, 1944. The British, Americans and Canadians were each assigned a portion of France’s Normandy beaches.
  • Trooper stopped Dogo attacking Jenna Rae Sutphin

    06/23/2018 4:35:36 PM PDT · by Norski · 39 replies
    The Chesapeake Today ^ | June 21, 2018 | Staff
    HUNTINGTOWN, MD. – Maryland State Police report that a dog that is similar in appearance and aggressiveness to a Pit Bull mauled a woman in Calvert County on June 21, 2018. The breed of dog, a specially bred fighting dog known as a “DOGO”, is known for having an unsteady temperament. The young child of a police officer was killed in Lusby in a pit bull attack recently. The victim is identified as Jenna Rae Sutphin, 28, of the unit block of Cherry Hill Road in Huntingtown, Maryland. She was transported from the scene to Calvert Memorial Health Center by...
  • Famous Veteran: Dan Blocker

    06/23/2018 2:41:28 PM PDT · by eastforker · 49 replies
    readicon ^ | 1/19/2016 | njorde kane
    Dan Blocker, aka”Hoss,” was drafted into the United States Army during the Korean War. He had basic training at Fort Polk, Louisiana. Dan Davis Blocker (December 10, 1928 – May 13, 1972) was an American television actor and Korean War veteran. He is best remembered for his role as Hoss Cartwright in the NBC western television series Bonanza. Hoss served as an infantry sergeant in F Company, 2nd Battalion, 179th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division in Korea, December 1951 to August 1952
  • Boeing's robot submarine is back roaming off the California coast

    06/23/2018 10:24:40 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 12 replies
    LA Times ^ | 23 June 2018 | SAMANTHA MASUNAGA
    The 51-foot-long, yellow and grey autonomous undersea vehicle is being designed to glide just beneath the waves or along the ocean floor for months at a time with little to no contact with human operators. Boeing has said Echo Voyager can reach a maximum depth of 11,000 feet, with a top speed of about 9 mph. The drone runs on a hybrid electric-battery/marine diesel system; its diesel generator will kick in when the battery runs low. It periodically resurfaces to snorkel depth to recharge.
  • Famous Veteran :James Arness

    James Arness, a World War II veteran beloved by millions for his iconic portrayal of Marshal Matt Dillon on the long-running Western TV series “Gunsmoke,” died June 3 after a long illness. At 6 foot 7 inches, Arness was, quite literally, a big star, towering over even the likes of his good friend and Hollywood mentor John Wayne. But it was that same impressive height that prevented Arness from fulfilling his dream of being a naval aviator in World War II—he was simply too tall for cockpit duty. As a soldier in the 7th Regiment of the U.S. Army’s Third...

    06/22/2018 10:14:19 AM PDT · by Thank You Rush · 5 replies ^ | unknown | unknown
    Not an article but a video which is great...Needs to be circulated widely.
  • Famous Veteran: Ed McMahon

    06/21/2018 10:21:02 PM PDT · by eastforker · 36 replies ^ | 2018 |
    "Honesty is the single most important factor having a direct bearing on the final success of an individual, corporation, or product." Ed McMahon was born in Detroit, Michigan, but he was raised in Lowell, Massachusetts. As he grew up, his booming, resonant voice became the centerpiece of his career as an entertainer and would serve him as a Marine. When he graduated high school, his dream was to become a pilot for the Marine Corps. In the early 1940's, would-be pilots were required to have at least two years of college under their belts, so McMahon enrolled with Boston College....
  • An Unthinkable Suggestion to Deal with the Impossible Situation at Hand? (or !) - Vanity

    06/21/2018 9:46:09 PM PDT · by Oscar in Batangas · 20 replies
    n/A | Unpublished | Oscar in Batangas
    OK, I'm just going to throw it out there: Martial Law. Two or more guys breaking into my house ANYtime day or night, is called an invasion. I will use all means at my disposal to deal with that situation. I have high expectations of prevailing. If they have a van full of supporters in my driveway cheering them on and tossing them supplies, I'm going to try to turn them into toast, as well, to the best of my ability. Mr. President, our Home is being invaded. The invaders are being cheered on (and more) by people from inside...
  • Our View: Playing taps for the 62ndArmy Band

    06/21/2018 6:53:39 AM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies
    It was appropriate that the final performance of the 62nd Army Band staged on Saturday night at Veterans Memorial Park in Sierra Vista began against a stormy backdrop. Even Mother Nature shed a tear for the end of an era. The Military Intelligence Corps Band on Fort Huachuca ended its 141-year musical legacy on a solemn note, celebrating a colorful history that featured its original designation in 1901 as “Band, 15th Cavalry” at The Presidio of San Francisco, California. It was then assigned to the Artillery School on Nov. 20, 1946, and was redesignated on May 15, 1947. The 62nd...
  • Famous Veteran: Jimmy Stewart

    06/20/2018 10:10:22 PM PDT · by eastforker · 32 replies ^ | 2018 |
    "I'd like people to remember me as someone who was good at his job and seemed to mean what he said." Born to the owner of a hardware store, Jimmy Stewart dodged continuing the family business to become one of the most prolific actors of this time. Stewart was shy as a child and was interested in aviation, but his father discouraged him from attending the U.S. Naval Academy and guided him towards Princeton. It was at Princeton that Stewart became involved in acting, and began a career as a stage actor. During the depression, cinema houses were taking over...
  • Rambo takes over for Wright as Fort Huachuca garrison commander

    06/20/2018 7:42:13 AM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Emily Ellis
    FORT HUACHUCA — Community members and soldiers gathered at Brown Parade Field on Tuesday morning to welcome a new garrison commander, while saying goodbye to a beloved military family. Col. Whit Wright passed the reins to Col. Chad Rambo after two years of service at Fort Huachuca. Although changes of command are part of the rhythm of life at the post, many were sad to see Wright, his wife, Kelly, and their two daughters pack up to head to Wright’s next duty station in Fort Bragg, N.C. The couple was very involved in the Sierra Vista community, said City Manager...
  • Fort Huachuca band completes final mission: Alumni, community reflect on the end of an era

    06/19/2018 8:08:30 AM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies
    Sierra Vista — Hunched against the chilly winds that followed one of the summer’s first rainstorms, Sierra Vista residents gathered at Veterans Memorial Park on Saturday to witness the U.S. Army Military Intelligence Corps Band play its final concert, signaling the end of a 141-year musical legacy at Fort Huachuca. Although the U.S. Army Military Intelligence Corps Band, also known as the 62nd Army Band, first received its orders to inactivate two years ago following broader government efforts to downsize military bands, it made the final concert no less emotional for participants and attendees, who were accustomed to hearing the...
  • Defense Secretary Mattis Weighs in on North Korea Summit, China, and Russia

    06/18/2018 2:37:42 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 2 replies
    Inside Defense ^ | June 15, 2018 | Tony Bertuca
    On North Korea: There is now a "new avenue to peace" with North Korea after President Trump's meeting with Kim Jong Un, but the United States must remain "vigilant" in blocking Pyongyang's pursuit of nuclear weapons. "President Trump's historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un proves the past does not have to define the future." On China: China appears to be modeling its global ambitions after the Ming Dynasty, "demanding other nations become tribute states kowtowing to Beijing." China is "attempting to replicate on the international stage their authoritarian domestic model," militarizing the South China Sea and using...
  • US President Donald Trump announces 'Space Force' military wing

    06/18/2018 1:56:48 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 77 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 06.18.2018 | es/aw (AP, AFP, Reuters)
    US President Donald Trump announced a sweeping new space policy on Monday that will focus both on reducing satellite clutter in space as well as creating a specific “Space Force” as the newest branch of the military. “It is not enough to merely have an American presence in space. We must have American dominance in space,” said Trump, saying that he wished to revive the US’ flagging space program that has been bogged down by rising costs and a lack of political will. Trump said he does not want “China and Russia and other countries leading us.” […] He also...
  • Proposed senate changes to Tricare to cost retirees thousands

    06/15/2018 4:49:50 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 35 replies
    Conneting Vets ^ | June 14, 2018 | Eric Dehm
    When it was announced that changes would be coming to TRICARE for those joining the military after Jan 1, 2018 it was also communicated that those who joined prior to that date would be exempt from new additional costs like annual enrollment. That exemption may prove to be short lived. There are significant additional changes proposed for the medical insurance program that will adversely effect military retirees under the age of 65. If an upcoming Senate vote approves the changes, those retirees would see the initiation of that annual enrollment fee ($450 for an individual, $900 for a family) and...
  • Reports on Collisions of USS FITZGERALD (DDG 62) and USS JOHN S MCCAIN (DDG 56)

    06/15/2018 2:47:33 PM PDT · by Retain Mike · 36 replies
    U.S. Navy ^ | unknown | U.S. Navy
    The collisions were avoidable between USS FITZGERALD (DDG 62) and Motor Vessel ACX CRYSTAL, and between USS JOHN S MCCAIN (DDG 56) and Motor Vessel ALNIC MC. Three U.S. Navy investigations concerning each of these incidents are complete. Command and Admiralty investigations in each case retain legal privilege to protect the interests of the United States Government in future litigation. As Chief of Naval Operations, I have determined to retain the legal privilege that exists with the command Admiralty investigations in order to protect the legal interests of the United States Government and the families of those Sailors who perished....
  • NATO helps bind Western ties amid G7 'trade war'

    06/15/2018 1:15:07 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 10 replies
    Europe Observer ^ | June 2018 | Andrew Rettman
    "Despite the differences we see between Nato allies on issues like trade, we see a Nato which is delivering on strengthening our collective defence and the biggest reinforcement to our collective defence since the end of the Cold War." "Not only do we see a Nato which is united, but we see actually a Nato which is able to strengthen our cooperation and transatlantic bond," Jens Stoltenberg, the Nato head and former Norwegian PM, told press in Brussels on Thursday (7 June). US defence minister Jim Mattis echoed Stoltenberg when asked in Brussels on Thursday if the trade clash could...
  • RANKED: 5 Best (And 5 Worst) Fighter Planes In History

    06/15/2018 7:14:01 AM PDT · by Simon Green · 106 replies
    The National Interest ^ | 06/15/18 | Robert Farley
    So what are the best and worst fighter aircraft of all time? What plane would you pick for a war in the sky? On the surface, the questions seem easy to answer. One might look at which planes performed the best in combat as opposed to fighters that did not. Or, one could look at which planes had the best technology, took advantage of historical circumstances, or utilized a combination of the two. Does America dominate the field of best fighters? What about Russia? Does China get any mentions? Does any one nation have more negative mentions? All good questions....
  • SUPER SOLDIER X-ray vision will soon give soldiers the superhero ability to see through walls

    06/15/2018 6:53:44 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 22 replies ^ | 15th June 2018, 9:30 am Updated: 15th June 2018, 12:48 pm | By Saqib Shah
    X-ray vision is no longer the stuff of comic books. BIONIC soldiers with X-ray vision could soon be a reality thanks to a new wireless system that uses radio-waves to map people's movements behind walls. Researchers at MIT trained artificial intelligence to analyse radio signals that bounce off human bodies to create a dynamic stick figure that mimics a person's actions. The above and below pics show three people that have been mapped by the wireless AI device using radio signals The tech allows you to see them through walls as moving stick men _________________________________________________________________________________________________________ The so-called neural network can...
  • Army band to play final notes Saturday at Fort Huachuca ceremony

    06/15/2018 6:14:43 AM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Emily Ellis emily.ellis
    The U.S. Army Military Intelligence Corps Band will hold a farewell concert and inactivation ceremony this Saturday, commemorating a 141-year legacy of Army music at Fort Huachuca. Band alumni, some traveling from as far as Alabama, will join with current members to perform a final concert. It marks the end of a long tradition of musical support, both at Fort Huachuca and at events in Sierra Vista, said Media Relations Officer Tanja Linton. “They add so much to the rhythm of life at Fort Huachuca. They’re ambassadors for the community,” said Linton. “It’s a loss, and we’re kind of heartbroken.”...