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Valor Friday

| September 4, 2020 | 7 Comments
Valor Friday

This Valor Friday piece is hot off the presses. The medal hasn’t even been awarded yet, in fact, it’s that fresh. Word came earlier this week that Sergeant Major Thomas “Patrick” Payne is an Army Ranger assigned to the Special Operations Command (SOCOM). In an odd turn this is all based on anonymous tipsters, no […]

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SecDef approves proposal to upgrade Alwyn Cashe’s Silver Star to the Medal of Honor

| August 29, 2020 | 29 Comments
SecDef approves proposal to upgrade Alwyn Cashe’s Silver Star to the Medal of Honor

I erred yesterday when I scheduled this article. It was supposed to go out this AM, but I set it for yesterday AM. It posted retroactively (who knew WordPress would do that?). Despite the error, many of you saw it, but I want to make sure everyone gets a chance. If it looks familiar, it’s because […]

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Comically small USN boats

| August 27, 2020 | 28 Comments
Comically small USN boats

Ever wonder where the officer who graduates last in his class at Annapolis gets sent? I think I may have found it. Pictured is quite possibly the smallest “ship” in the US Navy’s fleet. This is a little tug boat known as “Boomin’ Beaver”. Not much bigger than a Ford F-150, these little boats are […]

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Marines’ shortlist Brig Gen for promotion who was reprimanded for using his aide as a servant

| August 2, 2020 | 16 Comments
Marines’ shortlist Brig Gen for promotion who was reprimanded for using his aide as a servant

Rick Uribe, a USMC Brigadier General, has had his name come up for promotion to Major General. Back in 2018, he was under investigation for using his aide (a company-grade officer in this case) for personal errands, but limited his alleged abuse of his authority to the Iraqi Theater during 2016-17. His aide “only did […]

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U.S. Again Used Missile With Long Blades to Kill al Qaeda Leader

| June 26, 2020 | 32 Comments
U.S. Again Used Missile With Long Blades to Kill al Qaeda Leader

AGM-114 R9X Hellfire The Hellfire R9X is an AGM-114 variant that utilizes kinetic blades in lieu of an explosive warhead, intended to reduce collateral damage when targeting specific individuals. First deployed in 2017, its existence has been public since 2019. This variant was used in the killing of Jamal Ahmad Mohammad Al Badawi, accused mastermind […]

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Pensacola Shooter Had Prior Al-Qaeda Contact

| May 18, 2020 | 19 Comments
Pensacola Shooter Had Prior Al-Qaeda Contact

Mohammed Alshamrani was involved in a shooting at Pensacola Naval Air Station. Three American Sailors were killed during the shooting. The FBI gathered the shooter’s phones and wanted to gain access to them. Apple refused to cooperate. The FBI still managed to gain access to those phones. They discovered that the Pensacola shooter had contact […]

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Trump expresses optimism for US peace deal with Taliban

| February 24, 2020 | 20 Comments
Trump expresses optimism for US peace deal with Taliban

President Donald Trump, with first lady Melania Trump, wave as they walk across the tarmac to board Air Force One during their departure, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. Trump is traveling to India. (Alex Brandon/AP) I’m guardedly optimistic. Both the Taliban and the U.S. are calling on their forces to […]

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Trump says US operation killed al-Qaida leader in Yemen

| February 7, 2020 | 20 Comments
Trump says US operation killed al-Qaida leader in Yemen

In this file photo reproduction of a combo of two pictures of a suspected military chief of al-Qaida network in Yemen, identified as Qassem al-Rimi (or Qassim al-Rimi), shows the activist on a Yemeni interior ministry document in two undated images. (Yemeni Ministry of Interior/AFP via Getty Images) Deb Riechmann WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump […]

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