A U.S. Army Special Forces soldier provides security during a clearing operation in Denasaro Kelay village in the Mizan district of Zabul province, Afghanistan, March 8, 2014. The soldiers, assigned to Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force Afghanistan, assisted Afghan commandos with efforts to disrupt insurgent movement in the area. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Sara Wakai
Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Spencer Greer kisses his wife after the return of the guided-missile frigate USS Simpson to Mayport, Fla., March 20, 2014, from a six-month deployment to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility. The Simpson conducted more than 700 flight hours and traveled more than 35,000 nautical miles to support regional and maritime security. Greer is an electronics technician. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Salt Cebe
Army Sgt. Chuck Riegel engages a target with a M107 .50-caliber long-range sniper rifle in a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter over Malamute drop zone on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, March 7, 2014. Riegel is assigned to the 25th Infantry Division's 1st Battalion Airborne, 501st Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Alaska. U.S. Air Force photo by Justin Connaher
A U.S. Army soldier provides security at the landing zone outside Combat Outpost Koh-E-Safi, Afghanistan, March 12, 2014. The soldier is assigned to the 10th Mountain Division's 3rd Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Nikayla Shodeen
Photo - Search for the Missing Malaysian Airlines Plane
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A U.S. Navy MH-60R Seahawk helicopter lands aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Pinckney during a crew swap before returning to search for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight in the Gulf of Thailand, March 9, 2014. The flight, which dropped off the radar of Subang, Indonesia, traffic controllers early Saturday morning while over the South China Sea, had 227 passengers from 14 nations and 12 crew members. The Seahawk is from the Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 78. U.S. Navy photo by Senior Chief Petty Officer Chris D. Boardman
U.S. Navy Seaman Dustin Epp navigates with a telescopic alidade on the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan in the Strait of Messina, March 6, 2014. The ship is supporting maritime security operations, providing crisis response capability and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Mark Hays
A U.S. airman exits an C-130 H3 aircraft during a high-altitude jump while participating in Joint Exercise Flintlock 2014 over northeastern Niger, Feb. 28, 2014.National Guard photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Eugene Crist
Army Pfc. Paul Barraza runs a six-mile course during the Best Warrior Competition on Marine Corps Training Area Bellows, Hawaii, March 1, 2014. Barraza, a cavalry scout, is assigned to the Hawaii National Guard's 29th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Hubenthal
U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Dorman, Bilbrey and a member of the Wounded Warrior Battalion East, practices his sitting volleyball skills during the 2014 Marine Corps Trials on Camp Pendleton, Calif., March 4, 2014. The event involves four competing teams comprised of active duty Marines, veterans and international service members. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Corporal Ashton Buckingham
As seen through a night-vision device, a U.S. airman provides wind speed and aircraft direction to a C-130 H3 aircraft during night airfield operations on an airfield during Joint Exercise Flintlock 2014 over Niger, Feb. 28, 2014. National Guard photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Eugene Crist
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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.
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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.