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Darkness.

Until we have met the monsters in ourselves, we’ll keep trying to slay them in the outer world, and we find that we cannot. For all darkness in the world stems from darkness in the heart. And it is there that we must do our work.
~Marianne Williamson

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IMAGE: Don Jones Photography, Photographer

Sniper Deadliest Missions~Pt. One


“One Shot One Kill” is the snipers motto. This not only takes skill, it takes precise calculations in physics on many levels–they even practice tactical breathing–to pull off their “one shot one kill” method.
This video is the property of The History Channel. I have the full documentary (1:28 in length) I decided to post them in 6 — 15 minute segments. If anyone wants the entire documentary, just leave a comment and I will post it.

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Drop in on the USS George Washington (CVN 73) Carrier Strike Group and others making headlines during a busy #USNavy week in U.S. Pacific Fleet.

You Have Rights…You Should Know Them


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Our Miranda rights are in place for a reason.
Know how to exercise your rights safely.

Knowing Your Rights: How to Hack the Legal System

h/t to: NowSourcing

 

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Navy SEALs Dogs


 

 

When U.S. President Barack Obama went to Fort Campbell , Kentucky ,

for a highly publicized, but very private meeting with the commando
team that killed Osama bin Laden, only one of the 81 members of the
super-secret SEAL DevGru unit was identified by name:
Cairo , the war dog.

Cairo, like most canine members of the elite U.S. Navy SEALs, is a
Belgian Malinois. The Malinois breed is similar to German shepherds
but smaller and more compact, with an adult male weighing in the
30-kilo range.

German shepherds are still used as war dogs by the American military
but the lighter, stubbier Malinois is considered better for the tandem 

parachute jumping and rappelling operations often undertaken by
SEAL teams.Labrador retrievers are also favored by various military
organizations around the world.

Like their human counterparts, the dog SEALs are highly trained, highly 
skilled, highly motivated special ops experts, able to perform
extraordinary military missions by
Sea, Air and Land (thus the acronym SEAL).

The dogs carry out a wide range of specialized duties for the military
teams to which they are attached: With a sense of smell 40 times greater
than a human’s, the dogs are trained to detect and identify both explosive
material and hostile or hiding humans.

The dogs are twice as fast as a fit human, so anyone trying to escape is
not likely to outrun Cairo or his buddies.

The dogs, equipped with video cameras, also enter certain danger zones 
first, allowing their handlers to see what’s ahead before humans follow.

As I mentioned before, SEAL dogs are even trained parachutists,
jumping either in tandem with their handlers or solo, if the jump is into
water. Last year canine parachute instructor Mike Forsythe and his dog
Cara set the world record for highest man-dog parachute deployment,
jumping from more than 30,100 feet up – the altitude transoceanic
passenger jets fly at. Both Forsythe and Cara were wearing oxygen
masks and skin protectors for the jump.

Here’s a photo from that jump, taken by Andy Anderson for K9 Storm Inc.

As well, the dogs are faithful, fearless and ferocious “incredibly 
frightening” and efficient attackers.

When the SEAL DevGru team (usually known by its old designation,
Team 6) hit bin Laden’s Pakistan compound on May 2, Cairo ‘s feet would 

have been four of the first on the ground.

And like the human SEALs, Cairo was wearing super-strong, flexible body
Armor and outfitted with high-tech equipment that included “doggles” –
specially designed and fitted dog goggles with night-vision and infrared
capability that would even allow Cairo to see human heat forms through
concrete walls.

Now where on earth would anyone get that kind of incredibly niche
hi-tech doggie gear?

From Winnipeg , of all places. (*NOTE: Not Made in China )

Jim and Gloria Slater’s Manitoba hi-tech mom-and-pop business,
K9 Storm Inc., has a deserved worldwide reputation for designing and
manufacturing probably the best body Armor available for police and
military dogs. Working dogs in 15 countries around the world are
currently protected by their K9 Storm body Armor.

May God bless our military and their DOGS!

SOURCE:  William Hause, retired US Navy veteran–E-mail

 

 

Mid-week-MILspeak


I’ve had a few requests for more than once a week  for the MILspeak list so I’ll throw one in mid-week in addition to Monday.  I appreciate the feedback, Enjoy!

Waging war is a risky, all-encompassing endeavor physically, emotionally, and psychologically. It displays humankind at its best and at its worst, and the war fighter’s slang reflects the bitter, terrible, and inspiring all of it. A quick scan of these phrases illustrates the spectrum: disciplined bravado provides the glitz and glamour; earned camaraderie, the sincerity and warmth; irony, the realist’s edge; scorn, the punishing barb; and insistent vulgarity, a rowdy,leveling earthiness. A little verbal bravado and swagger has genuine utility. Hollywood bravado is little more than chest thumping bluster, but seasoned vets know that disciplined bravado indicates confidence and courage.  Funny Military Pictures (10)  Physical and moral courage and the confidence they create are essential warrior virtues. But God—or the first sergeant—help the fake macho and especially the “REMF,” “fobbit,” or “suit” who talks the talk but hasn’t walked the walk.

 **NOTE: There are terms in these lists that could be considered NSFW.

   

  1. OPORD: Operations Order. A five Paragraph format for combat orders. Includes situation, mission, execution, service and support, and command and signal
  2.      OTV: (Outer Tactical Vest)/IBA (Individual Body Armor)/Vest- body armor. Usually consists of a Kevlar vest and ceramic plates. Combined, rated to a threat level IV, meaning it can stop a 7.62mm round.  
  3. blackberries     POG: Pronounced “pogue.” Usually referred to someone that is a “shammer,” or someone that is no good. Varies in usage. Originally used mainly by infantry personnel, referred to ‘people other than grunts.’ Usage moved throughout the Army, now generally refers to anyone that is a poor excuse for a soldier. 
  4.  POO Site: Point of origin site. Pronounced “poo” Point of origin for indirect fire.
  5. Plugger: PLGR (Precision Lightweight GPS Receiver); a GPS unit.
  6.  Pogey Bait: derived from POG, refers to candy, sweets, or any other food that the Army does not issue but tastes good (any food the Army doesn’t issue.)
  7. Pop Smoke: Leave.
  8. Pucker Factor: not necessarily a number, but generally refers to the intensity of fear felt during any given situation. Derived from the involuntary clenching of the buttocks during high-stress situations
  9.  ROE: Rules of Engagement. The rules given to every service member on when to engage targets. Changes dependent upon the situation.    
  10. Red on Red: Enemy-on-enemy fire. In June 2005, it was reported that Marines patrolling the desert near the Syrian border had, over the previous several months, seen a new trend in the Iraq insurgency. Insurgents were fighting each other in towns along the Euphrates from Husayba to Qaim. This suggested that there had been a split between Islamic militants and local rebels.  
  11. RPG: Rocket Propelled grenade. Insurgents like to fire these at coalition forces.
  12.   SAPI: Small arms protective insert, usually pronounced “sappy.” Ceramic plates inserted into the front and back of the IBA/OTV    
  13.      SINGARS: Radio SP/RP (start point/release point): used to call in departure (SP) and arrival (RP). Almost always used in acronym form, and can be either noun (the SP is at checkpoint 12) or verb (We RP’d about 20 minutes ago.)
  14. Sandbox: Almost any desert area of operations, or middle eastern country.
  15.  Sham Shield (Army only): a designation for the rank of specialist, E-4. Refers to one who does not have enough rank to be an NCO, but has enough experience to get out of some of the lousy details.
  16.  Sham: To shirk one’s duties. Usually used when referring to one that avoids unpleasant, non-life threatening work. When used as a noun, shammer.    
  17.   Snivel Gear: Any article of clothing used to prevent troops from sniveling when the conditions get too wet or cold. This category includes Gore-Tex parkas, gloves, balaclavas, neck gaiters, etc. 
  18. Spoon: a cook or someone who serves food as their job.
  19. TOC: Tactical Operations Center. Usually pronounced ‘tock.’ Where command elements are primarily located.
  20. The Joys of Life Downrange: Everyday lingo. 

SOURCE:  itstactical.com

                              

                                                             Definition of Zulu Time or GMT 

law-order-girlfriend-mistress-girl_in_every_port-ports-sailors-dpan3387lThe Department of the Navy serves as the country’s official timekeeper, with the Master Clock facility at the U.S. Naval Observatory, Washington, D.C. 

“Zulu” time is that which you might know as “GMT” (Greenwich Mean Time). Our natural concept of time is linked to the rotation of the earth and we define the length of the day as the 24 hours it takes the earth to spin once on its axis.

As time pieces became more accurate and communication became global, there needed to be a point from which all other world times were based. Since Great Britain was the world’s foremost maritime power when the concept of latitude and longitude came to be, the starting point for designating longitude was the “prime meridian” which is zero degrees and runs through the Royal Greenwich Observatory, in Greenwich, England, southeast of central London. As a result, when the concept of time zones was introduced, the “starting” point for calculating the different time zones was/is at the Royal Greenwich Observatory. When it is noon at the observatory, it is five hours earlier (under Standard Time) in Washington, D.C.; six hours earlier in Chicago; seven hours earlier in Denver; and, eight hours earlier in Los Angeles.

Pentagon Proposes New Antarctica Command


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NOTE! from duffel blog: We are in no way, shape, or form, a real news outlet. Everything on this website is satirical and the content of this site is a parody of a news organization. No composition should be regarded as truthful, and no reference of an individual, company, or military unit seeks to inflict malice or emotional harm. All characters, groups, and military units appearing in these works are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, or actual military units and companies is purely coincidental.

 

WASHINGTON DC – Despite heavy violence in the Middle East and budget shortfalls at home, the Pentagon announced today that it is pressing forward with a new plan to stand up a unified combatant command for the Antarctica region.

“As we move forward to face the challenges of global warming in the twenty-first century, our military needs to adapt to the changing environment,” announced Gen. Jack “Frost” Winters at a press conference today. Winters is the four-star general who has been tapped by the Joint Chiefs to lead the new ANTARCTICOM unit.

The command will consist of an Army component ARANT, to handle any ground forces in the region; a Navy component NAVANT to handle naval forces in the region; an Air Force group AFANT based out of Elmendorf Air Force Base and providing C-130 support; and a Marine component, MARFORANT, which will do the exact same thing that ARANT does, only with a silent drill team and a slick media campaign.

Due to personnel shortfalls caused by both the military drawdown and sequestration, the actual headquarters will consist of only two dozen personnel: Gen. Winters, several colonels to get him coffee, a group of bitter master sergeants waiting for retirement, and a lone private first class who drives the general around, buffs the floors, takes out trash, and rails the general’s civilian secretary.

The Pentagon has been pushing for an extremely southern command ever since the United States helped draft the 2009 Copenhagen Accord, which pledged the United States to help combat global warming by cutting emissions.

Claiming that fighting climate change was logically a military mission, the various branches spent several years arguing over which service should have responsibility for the polar icecaps, before settling on a single unified command.

Still, there are some detractors.

“We trained for fifty years in jungle environments so we could successfully fight two decades in the desert,” complained Gerald Geert, an independent analyst in Washington D.C.  “Now we need to train in the snow to somehow contain China? Does this make any sense?”

“If we don’t deploy to Antarctica, someone else will,” Gen. Winters explained. “If not us then maybe China, or Iran, or Al Qaeda. We need to make this vital commitment and show our Antarctic allies that America stands with them.

”According to Winters, the new ANTARCTICOM will be created as part of a broader realignment of the combatant commands. In the interests of efficiency, AFRICOM will be abolished and all African-related issues will be referred to military commanders in Europe, a practice which dates back to the 19th century.

Winters also confirmed that SOUTHCOM and NORTHCOM will also be merged to form one single command to cover the western hemisphere. Members of SOUTHCOM wishing to transfer to NORTHCOM will be able to apply for a green card or other visa, as soon as the five-year backlog of service members from CENTCOM is sorted out.

Because the 1959 Antarctic Treaty prohibits all military activity in nature on the Antarctic continent, the new headquarters will either be based out of Stuttgart, Germany or MacDill Air Force Base in Florida. Winters also confirmed that ANTARCTICOM was negotiating with several African countries as well, much to the annoyance of AFRICOM.

Until then, Winters and his staff have been working on a shoestring budget out of an old luxury hotel located in downtown Honolulu, which according to an ANTARCTICOM spokesman is the cheapest lodging they could find.

via Pentagon Proposes New Antarctica Command.

Sailors & Mermaids


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My Ship O’Dreams

by Robert N. Rose

Ships are the nearest things to dreams that hands have ever made,

For somewhere deep in their oaken hearts the soul of a song is laid;

A soul that sings with the ship along through plunging hills of blue,

And fills her canvas cups of white with winds that drive her through.

For how could a nail and a piece of wood, tied with a canvas thread,

Become a nymph on moon-washed paths if the soul of the ship were fled?

Her bosom throbs as her lover’s arms clasp her in fond embrace,

And the joyous kiss of briny lips is fresh on her maiden face.

No storm can smother the hempen song that wells in her laughing throat.

Small wonder then that men go mad for the love of the sea and a boat.

For the singing sheet is a siren sweet that tugs at the hearts of men,

and down to the sea they must go once more though they never come back again.

Source: dreamcatchervoyage.com

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Five Paragraph Order


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The five paragraph order is an element of United States ArmyUnited States Marine Corps and United States Navy Seabees of small unit tactics that specifies instruction to a unit, based on an METT-TC Analysis (Mission, Enemy, Troops, Terrain, Time Available, and Civilian considerations). The Marines use the BAMCIS process (Begin the Planning, Arrange Recon, Make Recon, Complete Planning. Issue Order, Supervise) (e.g. fireteam,squadplatooncompany) while the Army uses the eight Troop Leading Procedures (Receive the Mission, Issue a Warning Order, Make a Tentative Plan, Start Necessary Movement, Reconnoiter, Complete the Plan, Issue the Operations Order, Supervise) prior to potential enemy engagement. Supervision is the most important step from the BAMCIS acronym. It provides a structure for the unit to be able to understand and execute the mission of the unit leader. It is different from other instruction from higher authority in that it is given orally, instead of being issued as written orders. Officers and non-commissioned officers also use it informally to communicate relevant information prior to a non-combat movement (e.g. administrative travel/convoy, field exercise movements, weapon re-qualification, liberty, etc.).[1] The five paragraphs can be remembered with the acronym SMEAC: Situation, Mission, Execution, Administration, and Logistics, and Command and Signal.

Format

Outline of five paragraph order:

I. Situation

  • A. Enemy Forces
    1. Enemy’s Composition, Disposition, Strength
    2. Enemy’s Capabilities & Limitations
    3. Enemy’s Most Likely Course Of Action (EMLCOA):(DRAW-DG) Defend, Reinforce, Attack, Withdraw, Delay, Gas
    4. Enemy’s Most Dangerous Course of Action
  • B. Friendly Forces
    1. Higher’s Mission & Intent
    2. Adjacent Units
      • North/South/East/West
      • Same Echelon
    3. Supporting
  • C. Attachments/Detachment
  • D. Civil/Terrain considerations

II. Mission
Who, What(Tactical Task), Where, When, and (most importantly) Why?

III. Execution

  • A. Commander’s Intent[2]
    1. Center of Gravity
    2. Critical Vulnerability
    3. Exploitation Plan
    4. Desired Endstate
  • B. Concept of the Operations
    1. Scheme of Maneuver
    2. Fire Support Plan
  • C. Tasks
  • D. Coordinating Instructions

IV. Administration/Logistics (Sustainment in the Army version)

  • A. Administration – “Bad Guys & Bandages”: EPW & Casevac Plans
  • B. Logistics – “Beans, Bullets, & Batteries”: Chow, Ammo, Supply, Comms, Pyro, etc.

V. Command/Signal (Command and Control in the Army version)

  • A. Signal
    1. Primary
    2. Alternate
    3. Contingency
    4. Emergency
  • B. Command
    1. Location of Key Leaders
    2. Succession of Command

Since Marines and soldiers work in small teams, it is important that each member know and understand the order in its entirety so as to be aware of which parts of the order apply directly to them and the subordinate unit to which they belong without being exceedingly aware of minute details provided for general situational awareness.

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thanksgiving

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Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night


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Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on that sad height,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Dylan Thomas

Do not go gentle into that good night...
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Although Dylan Thomas wrote this for his dying father, I’ve associated it with the condition of our country and how so many have fought against the dying of our freedom and liberty–many with their last dying breath. I, though a civilian, do not plan to watch the country I love get dragged down. My fortitude will not waiver,  even if it takes me to my own last dying breath, so help me God.  🙂
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From The Poems of Dylan Thomas, published by New Directions. Copyright © 1952, 1953 Dylan Thomas. Copyright © 1937, 1945, 1955, 1962, 1966, 1967 the Trustees for the Copyrights of Dylan Thomas. Copyright © 1938, 1939, 1943, 1946, 1971 New Directions Publishing Corp. Used with permission.
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A History of Thanksgiving in America


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1541: Near Canyon, Texas

The first recorded Christian Thanksgiving in America occurred in Texas on May 23, 1541 when Spanish explorer, Francisco Vasquez de Coronado, led 1,500 men in a Thanksgiving celebration at the Palo Duro Canyon.

Coronado’s expedition traveled north from Mexico City in 1540 in search of gold. The group camped alongside the canyon, in the modern-day Texas Panhandle, for two weeks in the spring of 1541. The Texas Society Daughters of the American Colonists commemorated the event as the “first Thanksgiving” in 1959.

1564: Near Jacksonville, Florida

Another Thanksgiving service occurred on June 30, 1564 when French Huguenot colonists celebrated in solemn praise and thanksgiving in a settlement near what is now Jacksonville, Florida. The colony was destroyed by a Spanish raiding party in 1565. This “first Thanksgiving,” however, was later commemorated at the Fort Carolina Memorial on the St. Johns River.

1607: Monhegan Island, Maine

 On August 9, 1607 English settlers led by Captain George Popham joined Abnaki Indians along Maine’s Kennebec River for a harvest feast and prayer meeting. The colonists, living under the Plymouth Company charter, established Fort St. George around the same time as the founding of Virginia’s Jamestown colony. Unlike Jamestown, however, this site was abandoned a year later.

Here is the account of the Popham Colonial Expedition landing in Maine:
‘Sunday, the 9th of August, in the morning, the most part of our whole company of both our ships landed on this island, . . . where the cross standeth, and there we heard a sermon delivered by our preacher, giving God thanks for our happy meeting and safe arrival in the country.’

1619: Charles City, Virginia

On December 4, 1619, a group of 38 English settlers arrived at Berkeley Plantation in what is now Charles City, Virginia. The group’s charter required that the day of arrival be observed yearly as a day of thanksgiving to God. Captain John Woodleaf held the service of thanksgiving. Here is the section of the Charter of Berkley Plantation which specifies the thanksgiving service:
“Wee ordaine that the day of our ships arrival at the place assigned for plantacon in the land of Virginia shall be yearly and perpetually keept holy as a day of thanksgiving to Almighty god.”
In addition to 1619, the colonists may have held service in 1620 and 1621. The colony was wiped out in 1622. It was a private event, limited to the Berkeley settlement.”

Thus Spanish, French and British colonists held several Thanksgiving services in America before the Pilgrim’s celebration in 1621. Most of these early thanksgivings did not involve feasting. They were religious in nature, i.e. worship services of thankfulness to God.

1621: Plymouth, Mass

The following report from “The Federalist” is an account of the famous Pilgrim’s Thanksgiving that took place in October of 1621, and the broader tradition’s subsequent history in our nation.

The Pilgrims left Plymouth, England on September 6, 1620. They sailed for a new world with the promise of both civil and religious liberty. For almost three months, 102 seafarers braved harsh elements to arrive off the coast of what is now Massachusetts, in late November of 1620. OnDecember 11, prior to disembarking at Plymouth Rock, they signed the “Mayflower Compact,” America’s original document of civil government and the first to introduce self-government.

The Puritan Separatists, America’s Calvinist Protestants, rejected the institutional Church of England. They believed that the worship of God must originate in the inner man, and that corporate forms of worship prescribed by man interfered with the establishment of a true relationship with God. The Separatists used the term “church” to refer to the people, the Body of Christ, not to a building or institution. As their Pastor John Robinson said, “When two or three are gathered in the name of Christ by a covenant made to walk in all the way of God known unto them as a church.”

Most of what we know about the Pilgrim Thanksgiving of 1621 comes from original accounts of the young colony’s leaders, Governor William Bradford and Master Edward Winslow, in their own hand:
“They begane now to gather in ye small harvest they had, and to fitte up their houses and dwellings against winter, being well recovered in health & strenght, and had all things in good plenty; for some were thus imployed in affairs abroad, others were excersised in fishing, aboute codd, & bass, & other fish, of which yey tooke good store, of which every family had their portion. All ye somer ther was no wante. And now begane to come in store of foule, as winter aproached, of which this place did abound when they came first (but afterward decreased by degree). And besids water foule, ther was great store of wild Turkies, of which they took many, besids venison, &c. Besids they had aboute a peck a meale a weeke to a person, or now since harvest, Indean corne to yt proportion. Which made many afterwards write so largly of their plenty hear to their freinds in England, which were not fained, but true reports.”
-W.B. (William Bradford)

“Our Corne did proue well, & God be praysed, we had a good increase of Indian Corne, and our Barly indifferent good, but our Pease not worth the gathering, for we feared they were too late sowne, they came vp very well, and blossomed, but the Sunne parched them in the blossome; our harvest being gotten in, our Governour sent foure men on fowling, that so we might after a more speciall manner reioyce together, after we had gathered the fruit of our labors; they foure in one day killed as much fowle, as with a little helpe beside, served the Company almost a weeke, at which time amongst other Recreations, we exercised our Armes, many of the Indians coming amongst vs, and among the rest their greatest King Massasoyt, with some nintie men, whom for three dayes we entertained and feasted, and they went out and killed fiue Deere, which they brought to the Plantation and bestowed upon our Governour, and upon the Captaine, and others. And although it be not alwayes so plentifull, as it was at this time with vs, yet by the goodneses of God, we are so farre from want, that we often wish you partakers of our plenty.”

-E.W. (Edward Winslow) Plymouth, in New England,
This 11th of December, 1621
The feast included foods suitable for a head table of honored guests, such as the chief men of the colony and Native leaders Massasoit (“Great Leader” also known as Ousamequin “Yellow Feather”), the sachem (chief) of Pokanoket (Pokanoket is the area at the head of Narragansett Bay). Venison, wild fowl, turkeys and Indian corn were the staples of the meal. It likely included other food items known to have been aboard the Mayflower or available in Plymouth such as spices, Dutch cheese, wild grapes, lobster, cod, native melons, pumpkin (pompion) and rabbit.”…(go to page 2)

Pentagon Scraps Lightsaber Weapons Program After Gross Misconduct, Numerous Injuries


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BAGRAM, AFGHANISTAN — A top secret weapons development program has been scrapped after countless allegations of misconduct and numerous injuries were sustained by soldiers and Marines in Afghanistan, The Duffel Blog has learned.

Dubbed “The Lightsaber,” the weapon nomenclature MR2D2 was a near perfect imitation of those carried by Jedi Knights in the iconic Star Wars movies.

“Even with having the most professional military in the world,” said Pentagon spokesman George Little, “we did not anticipate the unintended consequences. Apparently, when you give soldiers a weapon they’ve dreamed about their entire lives, their intelligence drops to the level of a retarded monkey.

”While the original intent behind the program was to provide a new, stealthy device for entry into suspected insurgent hideouts, the program quickly descended into chaos when infantry and special operations units were given lightsabers to test on the battlefield.

Less than 30 minutes after being issued the new weapon, one soldier severed his hand reenacting the infamous “Star Wars kid” YouTube video. Another had his confiscated for sketching sexually explicit images on the side of concrete bunkers and two Marines were arrested for poking lightsaber peep holes into female showers.

“What were they thinking?” said Capt. John Douglas. “My infantry company is now at 50 percent strength. Every single one of my soldiers took a brain dump. Even my first sergeant, who’s a huge Star Wars and 2Pac fan, wanted me to brand his arm with ‘Jedi 4 life.

’”While most incidents have not been officially reported as officers scramble to salvage their careers, rumors have circulated to the most egregious uses by service members.

One special forces soldier was caught trimming his beard, a group of soldiers held a lightsaber jousting tournament using donkeys and a Marine was flown to Germany for surgery after joking to a female, “is that a lightsaber in my pocket or am I just happy to see you?

”Despite being carried on numerous missions, the lightsaber was never once used for its intended purpose. Allegations of detainee abuse have surfaced after special forces raided a suspected IED bomb makers house and threatened to ‘Dooku his ass.

’The test program — which was supposed to last three months — was pulled less than 36 hours later. The final nail in the coffin came when Private Derrick Jones asked a seemingly innocent question.

“Dude,” said Jones. “Do you think I could block a bullet?”

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NOTE! from duffel blog: We are in no way, shape, or form, a real news outlet. Everything on this website is satirical and the content of this site is a parody of a news organization. No composition should be regarded as truthful, and no reference of an individual, company, or military unit seeks to inflict malice or emotional harm. All characters, groups, and military units appearing in these works are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, or actual military units and companies is purely coincidental.

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via Pentagon Scraps Lightsaber Weapons Program After Gross Misconduct, Numerous Injuries.