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Last year, more active-duty soldiers killed themselves than died in combat. And after a decade of deployments to war zones, the Pentagon is bracing for things to get much worseLast year, more active-duty soldiers killed themselves than died in combat. And after... more
Ten-year-old Khalil Quarles was diagnosed with terminal soft tissue cancer in June 2011. One of his goals was to become an Army soldier, and this past December, Khalil’s wish came true!
▼ Watch as the 200th Military Police Command of Fort Meade meet with Khalil to make him an honorary member of the Army.
http://youtu.be/Fk4sf5XQViETen-year-old Khalil Quarles was diagnosed with terminal soft tissue cancer in June... more
The internal workings of the US military had little significance to the overall state of the nation, except during wars – until the post-WWII era. With the military dominating our foreign policy and being one of the most trusted institution, the character of our senior generals may become a major factor shaping our future. Hence the importance of this chapter by GI Wilson from The Pentagon Labyrinth: Ten Short Essays to Help You Through It, edited by Winslow T. Wheeler and published by the Center for Defense Information and the World Security Institute. You can see a summary and download a free copy of this important book at the Project for Government Oversight (POGO). . http://www.makeahistory.com/index.php/your-details/43080-careerism-and-psychopathy-in-the-us-military-leadershipThe internal workings of the US military had little significance to the overall state... more
Their "tribute" to 9 - 11
http://mytinyspot.blogspot.com/2012/09/our-fighting-men-women-just-plain-old.html#axzz265RF1c3vTheir "tribute" to 9 - 11... more
Ten soldiers from the New Jersey National Guard training unit at Fort Drum in New York state were injured in a lightning strike Tuesday night.
http://www.examiner.com/article/bolt-of-lightning-injures-10-soldiers-at-fort-drum-new-yorkTen soldiers from the New Jersey National Guard training unit at Fort Drum in New York... more
They went with songs to the battle, they were young.
Straight of limb, true of eyes, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.They went with songs to the battle, they were young. Straight of limb, true of eyes,... more
BAMAKO – DESERT rebels have launched a revolutionary war in the Sahara. The fight for a free Azawad has turned into an armed conflict after brutal attacks on the population by the US-backed state of Mali. WITH the liberation of Timbuktu, rebels have proclaimed an astonishing victory in the Sahara Desert. The political bureau of the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (Mouvement National De Liberation de l'Azawad - MNLA) issued a statement on Sunday April 1 speaking of an unprecedented day in the history of its peopl - 'Following the complete liberation of the Azawad territory and given the strong wish of the international community … the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA) has unilaterally declared the end of its military operations as of midnight Thursday, April 5' -------- http://www.makeahistory.com/index.php/recent-news/43058-tuaregs-azawad-declaresd-victoryBAMAKO – DESERT rebels have launched a revolutionary war in the Sahara. The... more
Afghan families who lost relatives in the Kandahar massacre have been paid compensation by the US military.
They received $46,000 (£29,000) for each person killed and $10,000 (£6,300) for each person injured, Afghan officials and tribal elders said.
US staff sergeant Robert Bales was charged on Friday with 17 counts of premeditated murder.
Meanwhile, eight Afghan police officers and an Isaf foreign soldier have been killed by a bomb in Kandahar province.
They were on patrol when they were hit by an improvised explosive device late on Saturday, officials said.
"Four Afghan local police and three national police, one Isaf soldier and one Afghan interpreter were killed," Shah Mohammad, administrator for Arghandab district, said.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17503733Afghan families who lost relatives in the Kandahar massacre have been paid... more
"I think all of the GOP folks feel the same as Christie, what a Shame!!!" =(
Slave-turned-soldier wrote the following furious letter to his former owner
http://www.uniquescoop.com/2012/03/slave-turned-soldier-wrote-following.htmlSlave-turned-soldier wrote the following furious letter to his former owner... more
Take a million soldiers in the US military and statistically you're bound to have a handful of dirt bags. The fact that they would willingly record this speaks volumes to their stupidity. Have they never heard of Abu Ghraib? While I completely support the troops in taking these guys out... this is just embarrassing.Take a million soldiers in the US military and statistically you're bound to have... more
Egyptian anti-government activists clashed with security forces in a third day of street battles in the capital as protesters demanded that the country's military rulers hand power immediately to a civilian administration. Egypt. 18th December 2011Egyptian anti-government activists clashed with security forces in a third day of... more
PM approves measures to crack down on violent ultra-nationalist settlers after mosque vandalism and attack on soldiers.
Human rights groups accuse Israel of failing to arrest most settlers involved in violence against Palestinians [Reuters]
Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, has approved measures to crack down on violent ultra-nationalist Jewish settlers after a rampage at an occupied West Bank military base and torching of a mosque's facade stirred public outrage.
Among the measures approved by Netanyahu on Wednesday were administrative detention of suspects, trials of some suspects in military rather than civil courts, and ejection from the West Bank of settlers suspected of inciting violence.
Israeli soldiers will also be empowered to carry out arrests, a statement from Netanyahu's office said. Until now Israeli police have had to be called to a crime scene to conduct arrests, giving perpetrators time to flee.
But the prime minister rejected calls from the justice and internal security ministers to classify violent right-wing groups as "terrorists".
"Anyone who raises a hand against Israeli soldiers or police will be severely punished," Netanyahu said.
He said such suspects would be dealt with in the same way as protesters in Bilin, a Palestinian village where clashes, sometimes deadly, over the Israeli separation barrier built across occupied land occur regularly.
Attacks by violent Jewish groups have in the past generally targeted Palestinians and Arabs, but in recent months they have been increasingly directed at the army and left-wing Israelis..... more
http://www.thivest.com/?page=31PM approves measures to crack down on violent ultra-nationalist settlers after mosque... more
Chris Hillier’s life arc bottomed out in a Vancouver back alley, across the country from his Newfoundland home and a world away from the war zone that broke him.
Homeless, penniless, and addicted to crack cocaine, Hillier slept behind a community centre, at the intersection of Hastings and Main, the notorious epicentre of the city’s drug trade.
Three years earlier, Hillier was in the midst of a successful military career, serving his country as an air force firefighter aboard HMCS Preserver in the Middle East in the months after the 9/11 strikes on the U.S.
His tour with Operation Apollo took him to the Gulf of Oman, the Arabian Sea, and the Persian Gulf. But the constant stress of working in a theatre of war left him with post-traumatic stress disorder, a condition he believes was worsened by conventional pharmaceuticals prescribed by military doctors.
Today, Hillier is off the streets and clean because, he says, of a treatment that few in the Canadian military like to discuss: medical marijuana.
Hillier, 35, is one of just a handful of veterans who are treating their PTSD with cannabis and getting it paid for by Veterans Affairs Canada.
http://www.montrealgazette.com/health/Medical+marijuana+elevates+former+soldier+from+rock+bottom/5838194/story.htmlChris Hillier’s life arc bottomed out in a Vancouver back alley, across the... more
The Air Force dumped the incinerated partial remains of at least 274 American troops in a Virginia landfill, far more than the military had acknowledged, before halting the secretive practice three years ago, records show.
The landfill dumping was concealed from families who had authorized the military to dispose of the remains in a dignified and respectful manner, Air Force officials said. There are no plans, they said, to alert those families now.
Senior Air Force leaders said there was no intent to deceive. “Absolutely not,” said Lt. Gen. Darrell D. Jones, the Air Force’s deputy chief of staff for personnel.
his week, after The Post pressed for information contained in the Dover mortuary’s electronic database, the Air Force produced a tally based on those records. It showed that 976 fragments from 274 military personnel were cremated, incinerated and taken to the landfill between 2004 and 2008.
An additional group of 1,762 unidentified remains were collected from the battlefield and disposed of in the same manner, the Air Force said. Those fragments could not undergo DNA testing because they had been badly burned or damaged in explosions. The total number of incinerated fragments dumped in the landfill exceeded 2,700.
A separate federal investigation of the mortuary last month, prompted by whistleblower complaints, uncovered “gross mismanagement” and documented how body parts recovered from bomb blasts stacked up in the morgue’s coolers for months or years before they were identified and disposed of.
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They'll probably take the families' death benefits too.The Air Force dumped the incinerated partial remains of at least 274 American troops... more
Source: ASSOCIATED PRESS
WASHINGTON (AP) _ With a special deficit-reduction supercommittee floundering, the top Republican in Congress warned Thursday that he won't permit savings from winding down the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to pay for President Barack Obama's jobs spending agenda.
Democrats on the deficit panel proposed last week to use war savings to pay for a $300 billion jobs program along the lines President Barack Obama wants, plus take steps to protect the upper middle class from the alternative minimum tax and extend financing for doctors who treat Medicare patients.
"I've made it pretty clear that those savings that are coming to us as a result of the wind down of the war in Iraq and the war in Afghanistan should be banked, should not be used to offset other spending," said House Speaker John Boehner. But the Ohio Republican did not address whether war savings could be used to extend expiring tax cuts such as popular business tax breaks or Obama's expensive proposal to renew payroll tax cuts that expire at the end of December.
Boehner also said he's frustrated that all six supercommittee Democrats have yet to unite around a specific plan, even though there's now less than a week before the panel's official deadline.
"Hmmm I wonder if he will Donate some of his Stolen Loot???"Source: ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON (AP) _ With a special deficit-reduction... more