After spending nine months on the run, former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein is captured on this day in 2003. Saddam’s downfall began on March 20, 2003, when the United States led an invasion force into Iraq to topple his government, which had controlled the country for more than 20 years.
Saddam Hussein was born into a poor family in Tikrit, 100 miles outside of Baghdad, in 1937. After moving to Baghdad as a teenager, Saddam joined the now-infamous Baath party, which he would later lead. He participated in several coup attempts, finally helping to install his cousin as dictator of Iraq in July 1968. Saddam took over for his cousin 11 years later. During his 24 years in office, Saddam’s secret police, charged with protecting his power, terrorized the public, ignoring the human rights of the nation’s citizens. While many of his people faced poverty, he lived in incredible luxury, building more than 20 lavish palaces throughout the country. Obsessed with security, he is said to have moved among them often, always sleeping in secret locations. Read more
Ok, once and for all… why the title? Watch the video carefully and understand that when others saw this corpsman (or medic) saving the life of this Iraqi soldier they thought he was stupid by doing that—hence, the title. But we all know (Shit! I know!) that’s what we do as U.S. Navy Corpsman. We don’t see colors, we just see a human being.
One of the most ghastly battlefields in history–the immense one thousand-year-old Shia Muslim cemetery. Watch how the Marines take out some of the top most wanted insurgent leaders while maneuvering through the maze of the cemetery.
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. 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.
- FANG Fucking Air National Guard.
- fangs (U.S. Marines) A term used as a reference to teeth as in “Go brush your fangs!”
- farmer armor (U.S.) Improvised vehicle armor. See Hillbilly armor.
- fart cart Auxiliary ground air pressure unit, used to start jet engines.
- fart sack (U.S.) A sleeping bag.
- Farts and Darts (U.S. Air Force) A reference to the decorations on the brim of a field-grade officer’s dress uniform cap.
- fashion show (U.S. Navy) A punishment where the service member, over a period of several hours, dresses in each of his uniforms (work, dress, summer dress and summer work) to be inspected. Designed to prevent the punished from going on liberty for most of a day.
- fast movers (U.S., Canada) Term used by Soldiers for jet fighters, especially ground support aircraft. Dates to Vietnam.
- fatigues (U.S. Army) Duty/work uniform, as opposed to dress uniform.
- field (U.K., U.S.) General use – duty or training away from any post/base, “In the field for training this week.”; also used to denote forward deployed units/personnel, “1st Brigade is in the field at Al-Asad, 2nd and 3rd Brigades remain at main post stateside.”
- field day (U.S.) Thorough cleanup of a barracks or duty area with the expectation of an inspection. Thursday is a common day for field day in garrison.
- Field grade weather (U.S. Air Force) Exceptionally good weather. All the field grade officers (O-4 thru O-6) like to get out of their offices and take a flight in this kind of weather, leaving the CGO’s to fly in the bad weather.
- Fighting First The U.S. Army’s First Infantry Division. (AKA Big Red One)
- FIDO “Fuck It, Drive On”. i.e., What to do following a Charlie Foxtrot.
- FIGMO (U.S.) “Fuck it, got my orders”. “Finally I got my orders” Exclamation by one who is scheduled to leave a duty post.
- Fighting Fit (U.K., Indian Army) Functioning properly, in perfect health, used for men as well as equipment.
- First Shirt (U.S.) A First Sergeant. Also, “First Soldier” or “Top”.
- fish (U.S. Navy) Submarine warfare qualification pin.
- FISH “Fighting In Someone’s House”, variant of FIBUA (“Fighting In Built-Up Areas), an official acronym, but now known as OBUA “Operations in Built Up Areas.”
- fish tank (U.S. Navy) Term used by submarine personnel to refer to the ocean surrounding a submerged submarine (see “people tank”, below) .
- fister (U.S.) An artillery Soldier in a Fire Support Team (FST), i.e.,, an Artillery Forward Observer .
- five and fly (U.S.) To graduate from a U.S. service academy, serve only the required five years on active duty, and then resign at the first opportunity. Sometimes also referred to as “Five and dive”.
- Five Jump Chump (U.S.) A U.S. Army Soldier who has earned the Airborne Badge, but has done no more than the required five jumps and is not part of an airborne unit.
- Five Knots to Nowhere (U.S. Navy) A phrase often to describe the missions that ballistic missile submarines are tasked with. Their purpose is to deter nuclear war by being on station, slowly crisscrossing a highly-classified location somewhere in the oceans.
- Five Plonks (U.K.) A retard.
- Five-Sided Squirrel Cage (U.S.) An old term for The Pentagon used during the Vietnam War.
- Five-Sided Puzzle Palace (U.S.) A term for The Pentagon.
- Flags (RN) A flag lieutenant (i.e., admiral’s aide-de-camp). A signal officer.
Definition of Zulu Time or GMT
The 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.