In the latest in a slew of attacks by government watchdogs on military reconstruction efforts and spending in Afghanistan, a newly released report has found that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) paid $5.4 million for waste incinerators that were riddled with deficiencies and declared so unsafe as to be inoperable.
As a result, troops and personnel at Forward Operating Base Sharana in Eastern Afghanistan were forced to use hazardous open-air burn pits to dispose of waste, a practice the military has acknowledged can cause temporary and long term health problems.
If there has ever been a speech that everyone needs to see regarding Obama’s plan to take our guns. This is the one!
In this clip we see an army vet that serves as a police officer speak to the motion to repeal the ‘Safe’ act at the Duchess County Legislature New York State.
His name is Aaron Weiss and he has quite a bit say. At some points he even tears up. It isn’t until he speaks on his friend’s passing away in war that his emotions get the best of him. We love what this young man has to say to the administration and their plans for disarming our citizens!
The last surviving veteran of any particular war, upon his or her death, marks the end of a historic era. Exactly who is the last surviving veteran is often an issue of contention, especially with records from long-ago wars. The “last man standing” was often very young at the time of enlistment and in many cases had lied about his age to gain entry into the service, which confuses matters further.
There were sometimes incentives for men to lie about their ages after their military service ended. In addition, there were some impostors who claimed to have served but did not (such as Walter Williams, who claimed to be 117 in 1959). For example, many former Confederate States in the South gave pensions to Confederate veterans of the American Civil War. Several men falsified their ages in order to qualify for these pensions, especially during the Great Depression; this makes the question of the identity of the last Confederate veteran especially problematic. The status of the officially recognized “last Confederate veteran” is in dispute.
Albert Woolson of Minnesota was a Union drummer boy who died in 1956, and the Civil War’s last authenticated survivor.
Albert Woolson, a Civil War veteran and a son of a Civil War veteran was made an Honorary Commander-in-Chief of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War at the 72nd National Encampment held in Buffalo, New York on August 23 – 27, 1953.
Comrade Woolson was born in the New York farm hamlet of Antwerp, 22 miles northeast of Watertown, on February 11, 1847, the same day that Thomas Alva Edison, the inventor, was born. Willard Woolson, his father, was a carpenter in Watertown and apprenticed his son to the trade. The senior Woolson, however, had a second vocation. He was a musician, and when President Lincoln called for 75,000 volunteers in 1861, he and his fellow musicians enlisted in a body. When his family did not hear from him for more than a year, they traced him through Army records to a hospital in Minnesota suffering from a leg wound received at the battle of Shiloh. Shortly after the family was reunited, his leg had to be amputated and he died. (Please turn page below)
The US Navy is stretched to its seams with cutbacks not to mention that every ship in the fleet is up to their armpits with other areas of the world. This was bound to happen. “When the cat’s away, the mice will play.” Unfortunately, the ‘mice’ in the string of scenarios, aren’t mice at all; the majority of them are monsters . My prayers are with the captive crew members and their families.
Attacks in the waters off the West African coast have increased by a third this year due to lax protections.
Pirates off the coast of Nigeria attacked an oil tanker Monday evening and abducted the ship’s Ukrainian captain as well as a Greek engineer, Greek authorities said Tuesday.The attack on the MT ALTHEA was orchestrated by a group of ten armed pirates, Reuters reports, who then fled the scene in a speedboat with their two captives.“We are doing everything we can for their release,” an official from Piraeus-based Medtankers Management, the ship’s operator, said. “They kidnapped the two men but did not touch the cargo oil or injure anyone.”Piracy off the Nigerian coast has increased by a third this year, Reuters points out, as West African countries provide minimal protection to commercial ships, and crew members are attractive ransom targets.
via Pirates off Nigerian Coast Abduct Ship Captain and Engineer | TIME.com.
For the first time in 112 years it is snowing in Cairo, the capital city of Egypt. In a city that averages less than an inch 25.4 mm of rain in a year, precipitation in any form is quite rare. The entire Middle East region is experiencing record snowfalls, the likes that have not been seen in over fifty years. Lebanon, Israel, Palestine, Jordan and Syria have all received snowfall this December.Can you imagine seeing snow for the first time in your life? What a sensation it would be!
Click on the link below to see the rest of the pictures of snow in Egypt! There’s probably not one (well, maybe ONE) native alive in that country that has ever seen the white stuff!
via Snow Falls in Cairo for the First Time in 112 Years «TwistedSifter.
Near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, Orville and Wilbur Wright make the first successful flight in history of a self-propelled, heavier-than-air aircraft. Orville piloted the gasoline-powered, propeller-driven biplane, which stayed aloft for 12 seconds and covered 120 feet on its inaugural flight.
Orville and Wilbur Wright grew up in Dayton, Ohio, and developed an interest in aviation after learning of the glider flights of the German engineer Otto Lilienthal in the 1890s. Unlike their older brothers, Orville and Wilbur did not attend college, but they possessed extraordinary technical ability and a sophisticated approach to solving problems in mechanical design. They built printing presses and in 1892 opened a bicycle sales and repair shop. Soon, they were building their own bicycles, and this experience, combined with profits from their various businesses, allowed them to pursue actively their dream of building the world’s first airplane. Read more
1. Thanks to a coin toss, Orville was the first brother airborne.
The brothers tossed a coin to see who would first test the Wright Flyer on the sands of Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina. Older brother Wilbur won the toss, but his first attempt on December 14, 1903, was unsuccessful and caused minor damage to the aircraft. Three days later, Orville, in coat and tie, lay flat on his stomach on the plane’s lower wing and took the controls. At 10:35 a.m., the Wright Flyer moved down the guiding rail with Wilbur running alongside to balance the delicate machine. For 12 seconds, the aircraft left the ground before touching down 120 feet away in the soft sands. The brothers exchanged turns at the controls three more times that day, and each flight covered an increasing distance with Wilbur’s final flight lasting nearly a minute and covering a distance of 852 feet.
2. A toy launched their flying obsession.
When the brothers were youngsters in 1878, their father returned home one evening with a gift that he tossed into the air. “Instead of falling to the floor, as we expected,” the brothers recalled in a 1908 magazine article, “it flew across the room till it struck the ceiling, where it fluttered awhile, and finally sank to the floor.” The model helicopter made of cork, bamboo and paper and powered by a rubber band mesmerized the boys and sparked their passion for aviation. Read more
Meet USS Nimitz Sailors and Puget Sound Naval Shipyard workers as they go through a major evolution in a ship’s life. This is a story of steel, but more important of the men and women making it all happen. This documentary is produced, written and edited entirely by Nimitz Sailors.