You can hear the show tonight at 9pm on WRC AM 1260 http://www.1260wrc.com/ . Guests are Andy McCarthy of National Review, Matthew Brodsky of the Jewish Policy Center, Claudia Rossett from the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, and author/filmaker Jeremy Scahill. We talk about Boston bombers lack of interrogation, Syria, the UN and America's Dirty Wars.
A soldier touches the Ranger tab after completing the rope crawl portion of the water confidence obstacle during the final day of the 30th annual Best Ranger Competition on Fort Benning, Ga., April 14, 2013. U.S. Army photo by Patrick A. Albright
With a post-2014 civil war not out of the question, Afghan officials must stop horsing around and face the country’s deteriorating governance – made worse by its illicit economies – writes Vanda Felbab-Brown…
U.S. Marines exit the back of a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter while conducting a parachute operation during exercise Eagle Reslove over Qatar, April 26, 2013. The helicopter crew is assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 266. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Christopher Q. Stone
Sgt. 1st Class Greg Robinson has become the first amputee to complete Army air assault school, a course so grueling his prosthetic leg broke twice over the 10 days spent rappelling down ropes, navigating obstacle courses and completing strenuous road marches...
There is a wonderful memorial near where I live to Rocky Versace, an Alexandria VA native, who was awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroism while a POW in Vietnam. There are also inscribed the names of other Alexandria area vets who gave their lives while serving. The folks who run the memorial are asking for some help.
As the "Friends of Rocky Versace" prepare for the Memorial Day Ceremony at Rocky's Plaza in Alexandria, wanted to ask you if you have any ideas about "spreading the word" concerning the fact that the FoRV still are without a photo for 30 of the 67 men whose names are chiseled intop stone below their Gold Star?
One of those men, SFC David Warczak, was in B-50/5 SFGA when he died in 1969. Earlier this year, a fellow SF medic provided the FoRV with a photo of SGT Ray B. Brown, A 416/D/5 SFGA (Jan '64), and we were grateful for that.
I need some creative (real) suggestions to help me get to either Indianapolis or Lafayette on Thursday, earlier the better, then back down to Atlanta. A car rental is $600 (best deal so far) with more than half of that being insurance I have to have. If anyone knows of anyone travelling that way, or has other constructive or creative suggestion, would love to hear it.
Two, it appears that Normandy is a go, at least in terms of transport. Now, I need lodging, car, and some food would not be amiss either. Please donate to either the Indigogo fundraiser or at my site if you would. Anything helps!
Finally, if you are a company or organization that would like some targeted and productive advertising, please contact me here. I will be glad to share information on demographics and options with you.
Things are starting to move, and your help in making the most of them is very much appreciated.
They are often called "The Greatest Generation" was given to me on Wednesday. I had the honor of talking to the Vinings (GA) Rotary, during which I met a WWII veteran who is an active member with the organization. Our talk led to finding out that he did indeed see the elephant while being a forward artillery observer in Europe.
Rather, he half saw the elephant. When he turned 18 around 1943 and was accepted to Georgia Tech, he and other students went down and signed up. He had everything they were looking for except one thing: he was blind in one eye (since birth). They did not ask, and he did not tell. When the time came for his vision test, he very dutifully put his left hand over his left eye and read the chart. When the time came to test the left eye, he put his right hand over his left eye and read with the right eye again. He demonstrated to me what he did, and did it so well I can see how he got away with it then and two other times he had to take an eye exam.
They did indeed stand up to serve, and did not let little things like age, blindness, or other things that could be hidden stop them. Bless them all.
It has been a true pleasure in doing my recent product reviews to point out that Lock-n-Load Java not only seeks to provide good coffee to the troops, but that it also donates $1 on every order to a military charity. To help get good coffee out to the troops, they also make it easy for you to buy and ship coffee to the troops.
For many companies, just one part of that would be enough, but not Lock-n-Load Java. I am pleased to announce that any unit I embed with for more than two weeks will be getting coffee sent to them by Lock-n-Load. It's a way of supporting the embeds and giving a reward to a unit that is willing to have me embed with them.
Good coffee, with a company doing good things for good people -- our troops. You can't ask for more. Check them out.
Former Paratrooper and Army Officer, "Blackfive" started this blog upon learning of the valorous sacrifice of a friend that was not reported by the journalist whose life he saved. Email: blackfive AT gmail DOT com
Retired Special Operations Master Sergeant, Jim Hanson ("Uncle Jimbo") is now focused on writing about the military, politics, intelligence operations and foreign policy. Email: jimbo AT unclejimbo DOT com
Writer, photographer, and raconteur C. Blake Powers is the Laughing Wolf. He is independent in politics and covers topics including journalism, military, weapons, preparedness, space, science, cooking, food and wine, product and book reviews, and even spirituality. Email: wolf1 AT laughingwolf DOT net Laughing Wolf's Amazon Wish List
Bill Paisley, otherwise known as Pinch, is a 22 year (ongoing) active and
reserve naval aviator. He blogs over at www.instapinch.com on a veritable
cornucopia of various and sundry items and will bring a tactical naval
aviator's perspective to Blackfive. Readers be warned: any comments of or
about the F-14 Tomcat will be reverential and spoken in low, hushed tones.
Email: wpaisley AT comcast DOT net
Mr. Wolf has over 26 years in the Army, Army NG, and USAR. He’s Airborne with 5 years as an NCO, before becoming an officer. Mr. Wolf has had 4 company commands. Signal Corp is his basic branch, and Public Affairs is his functional area. He recently served 22 straight months in Kuwait and Iraq, in Intel, PA, and senior staff of MNF-I. Mr. Wolf is now an IT executive. He is currently working on a book on media and the Iraq war. Functional gearhead.
In Iraq, he received the moniker of Mr. Wolf after the Harvey Kietel character in Pulp Fiction, when "challenges" arose, they called on Mr. Wolf...
Email: TheDOTMrDOTWolfAT gmail DOT com
Deebow is a Staff Sergeant and a Military Police Squad Leader in the Army National Guard. In a previous life, he served in the US Navy. He has over 19 years of experience in both the Maritime and Land Warfare; including deployments to Southwest Asia, Thailand, the South Pacific, South America and Egypt. He has served as a Military Police Team Leader and Protective Services Team Leader and he has served on assignments with the US State Department, US Air Force Security Police, US Army Criminal Investigation Division, and the US Drug Enforcement Administration. He recently spent time in Afghanistan working with, training and fighting alongside Afghan Soldiers and is now focused on putting his 4 year Political Science degree to work by writing about foreign policy, military security policy and politics.
McQ has 28 years active and reserve service. Retired. Infantry officer. Airborne and Ranger. Consider my 3 years with the 82nd as the most fun I ever had with my clothes on. Interests include military issues and policy and veteran's affairs.
Email: mcq51 -at - bellsouth -dot- net
Tantor is a former USAF navigator/weapon system officer (WSO) in F-4E Phantoms who served in the US, Asia, and Europe. He is now a curmudgeonly computer geek in Washington, DC, picking the taxpayers pocket. His avocations are current events, aviation, history, and conservative politics.
Twenty-three years of Active and Reserve service in the US Army in SF (18B), Infantry and SOF Signal jobs with operational deployments to Bosnia and Africa. Since retiring he's worked as Senior Defense Analyst on SOF and Irregular Warfare projects and currently ensconced in the emerging world of Cyberspace.
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A Marine who began his blog in Iraq and reflects back on what he learned there and in Afghanistan. To the point opinions, ideas and thoughts on military, political and the media from One Marine’s View. Email: onemarinesview AT yahoo DOT com
Uber Pig was an Infantryman from late 1991 until early 1996, serving with Second Ranger Battalion, I Corps, and then 25th Infantry Division. At the time, the Army discriminated against enlisted soldiers who wanted use the "Green to Gold" program to become officers, so he left to attend Stanford University. There, he became expert in detecting, avoiding, and surviving L-shaped ambushes, before dropping out to be as entrepreneurial as he could be. He is now the founder of a software startup serving the insurance and construction industries, and splits time between Lake Tahoe, Boonville, and San Francisco, CA.
Uber Pig writes for Blackfive a) because he's the proud brother of an enlisted Civil Affairs Reservist who currently serves in Iraq, b) because he looks unkindly on people who make it harder for the military in general, and for his brother in particular, to succeed at their missions and come home in victory, and c) because the Blackfive readers and commenters help keep him sane.
COB6 spent 24 years in the active duty Army that included 5 combat tours with service in the 1st Ranger Battalion and 1st Special Forces Group . COB6 was enlisted (E-7) and took the OCS route to a commission. COB6 retired a few years back as a field grade Infantry officer.
Currently COB6 has a son in the 82nd Airborne that just returned from his third tour and has a newly commissioned daughter in the 4th Infantry Division.