Each week, Task & Purpose publishes its Unsung Heroes series, highlighting the stories of bravery and heroism that make up the history of the U.S. military post-9/11. This week we feature Marine Staff Sgt. Brandon Dodson, who was severely injured on Aug. 9 after stepping on an IED during a foot patrol in Afghanistan.Read more
The Navy’s unmanned X-47B drone demonstrated its ability to operate safely and seamlessly with manned aircraft in a series of tests conducted aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt.On Aug. 17, the U.S. Navy successfully tested its X-47B UCAS Unmanned Combat Air System alongside an F/A-18F Hornet in a flight deck working environment. Read more
This letter was posted on Google Plus, 28 March 2014. The following was written by two people other than myself.
Take this as you will. I wanted to post it the way It was originally; without taking or adding to it. I think it’s important enough to share, [both views] it certainly opened my eyes a little wider to the reality of our world today.
The first section of this article was written by an American [female]. She’s the original publisher of the post.
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.Read more
US Navy divers concluded Monday that a wrecked vessel in southeast Asia is World War II cruiser USS Houston, a ship sunk by the Japanese that serves as the final resting place for about 700 sailors and Marines.Read more
During the War of 1812, the U.S. Navy frigate Constitution defeats the British frigate Guerrière in a furious engagement off the coast of Nova Scotia. Witnesses claimed that the British shot merely bounced off the Constitution’s sides, as if the ship were made of iron rather than wood. By the war’s end, “Old Ironsides” destroyed or captured seven more British ships. The success of the USS Constitution against the supposedly invincible Royal Navy provided a tremendous boost in morale for the young American republic. Read more