The low- and slow-flying A-10 Warthog jet is back in the Middle East—seven years after the attack planes withdrew.
The prospect of A-10s joining the war against Islamic State was subject to rumors in September, when elements of the Indiana Air National Guard’s 122nd Fighter Wing—which flies the twin-engine A-10—deployed to Southwest Asia.
The Air Force finally confirmed the A-10s were in the region on Nov. 24, noting the aircraft “landed here over several days” between Nov. 17 and Nov. 21.
Our Sailors are where it matters, when it matters… every day… every hour… every holiday.
While Americans celebrate Thanksgiving, we wanted to bring some attention to the Sailors missing from their families tables. More than 40,000 Sailors are spending this holiday on watch in defense of their country and loved ones back home. While they are in our care, the Navy ensures that each of our shipmates get a home-cooked meal just as they would if they were back home in the States with family.
Take some time out from your feasts and find out where your Navy is operating forward this Thanksgiving and learn what it takes to feed the almost 5,000 aboard the deployed USS Carl Vinson.
Pictured: What I’m grateful for this holiday season. To all of you currently deployed and away from home and family, thank you. You are not [never] far from my thoughts this holiday season. Stay alert–head on pivot , and have a great holiday weekend. I’m happy that you at least have each other. Semper Fi, ~Anna
In all fairness, the chow hall Thanksgiving is as good as chow hall Thanksgiving can get.
I’ve spent Thanksgiving both in Iraq and Anderson Hall aboard MCBH Kaneohe Bay, the food really isn’t that bad if you ignore the lingering taste of depression and homesick. But of course, like anything else, Thanksgiving is what you make of it. Sure, maybe you’re stuck on base and can’t enjoy it with your family, but I’m sure there’s plenty of Marines stuck in the same boat as you. Being miserable together is what brings Marines closer to each other. Yeah, shit sucks, but at least it’s shitty together.Read more
– SELFRIDGE AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Mich. — Times of great conflict often prompt people to great acts of Thanksgiving. The national holiday now celebrated every year with turkey and stories of pilgrims and Native Americans became cemented as an American tradition during two of our nation’s earliest and most critical armed struggles.
Days of Thanksgiving were declared during both the Revolutionary War and during the Civil War, helping to create a tradition that continues to this day, even as hundreds of Airmen of the Michigan Air National Guard serve overseas to continue to secure the freedoms for which Americans give thanks. Read more
WASHINGTON, D.C. — With Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announcing his resignation on Monday, rumors and speculation about possible successors have gripped beltway insiders.
Sources tell Duffel Blog that President Obama may be seeking a Hail Mary to deflect attention from executive action on immigration and problems in the middle east. The latest rumor that has congressional staffers running for cover is that TV and film star Ashton Kutcher may be the president’s nominee for the Pentagon’s top job. Read more
President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs a bill officially establishing the fourth Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day.
The tradition of celebrating the holiday on Thursday dates back to the early history of the Plymouth and Massachusetts Bay colonies, when post-harvest holidays were celebrated on the weekday regularly set aside as “Lecture Day,” a midweek church meeting where topical sermons were presented. A famous Thanksgiving observance occurred in the autumn of 1621, when Plymouth governor William Bradford invited local Indians to join the Pilgrims in a three-day festival held in gratitude for the bounty of the season. Read more