Air-to-air combat was a staple of modern war almost as soon as the technology for aerial warfare became practical. From the early 20th century through the end of the Cold War, air battles were determining factors in military campaigns. Today, air superiority allows the United States to engage in conflicts around the world relatively free of the risks inherent in ground warfare — as is currently being demonstrated in the U.S.’s bombing of ISIS targets in Iraq. Read more
A contractor accidentally triggered a fire suppression system, filling a hangar and a nearby flight line at the Oklahoma National Guard Guard aviation facility in Tulsa with foam, Dan Lamothe reported for The Washington Post. The fire suppression system filled a hangar holding UH-60 Black Hawk military helicopters within seconds. Read more
On a recent trip home to visit my parents in Southern California, I sat at the kitchen table with my mother and, over a cup of coffee, enjoyed some leisurely mother-daughter chatter. She asked about my life in New York, and my job as a photo editor at TIME. Among the things I told her about was our June coverage of the 70th anniversary of D-Day, and the incredible story behind Robert Capa’s famous pictures of the Normandy invasion. Read more
On one of my searches yesterday I came across the above picture that was captioned with the text directly below. Now, being from New Mexico I truly thought I knew everything there was to know about this Apache warrior, come to find out, (this is a little embarrassing), I was wrong. I had no idea that he died as a POW of the United States. He was held at Fort Sill, OK. He was later buried there at the Apache Indian Prisoner of War cemetary. I decided to do some research into Geronimo’s life and I happened upon a site that has (among other great things) Geronimo’s Biography. I’ve read through it and I have to say, being able to read the stories HE penned is an extraordinary honor. (The history geek in me is shining bright now).
Since this discovery is due to research of his POW days, I thought I would share this excerpt of his Biography now. If this goes over well, I’ll probably share more in the near future. I hope you find this as interesting as I did. Enjoy! Read more
MOSCOW – In a surprising concession, the Kremlin announced Thursday that soldiers captured in Ukraine earlier this week were indeed from the elite First Airborne Division of the Russian Air-Landing Forces VDV, but it was due to the Ukrainian border inexplicably jumping over them “out of nowhere,” sources confirmed. Read more
On this day in 1945, President Harry Truman issues Executive Order No. 9639, giving the Secretary of the Navy the power to seize control of and operate a list of petroleum refineries and transportation companies in order to counteract strikes by oil workers. The list of plants seized by the Navy included those owned by industry giants: the Gulf, Shell, Standard and Union oil companies. Read more
Just because you leave the military, doesn’t mean every bit of the military has left you. Whether it’s saluting Old Glory or finding you can’t quite shake the 24 hour clock, there are some aspects of life in the military that simply become a permanent part of you. Read more