US National Guard: On Duty


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A California Army National Guard Soldier from the 1-140th Aviation Battalion supports the U.S. Forest Service and CAL FIRE battling the Rim …

I’ve tried to cover all of the branches of our military here on Maiden on the Midway, but it seems I fell a little short. I’ve always said that each branch has their specialties that make them standout from the others but when they all work together, in tandem they’re nothing short of a fine oiled machine, everything and everyone doing what needs to be done WHEN it needs doing. I think this is just another quality that makes our armed forces a powerhouse, not to be reckoned with is. Read more

What It Takes To Serve In The Navy’s Elite Warfare Boat Crew


This is another great photo journal from Business Insider, (a lot of pictures). I’ve randomly chose a few of my favorites and shared them here. To view in full, follow the link below.

These Sailors are a different breed; as are all Special Forces warriors. I’m not quite sure where they find/hide the strength (physical, emotional) to get through the rigorous training they get themselves into. Granted, less than 50% pass the courses but the rest that DO pass, are animals!  Enjoy.

Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewmen SWCC operators drive well-armed, fast boats in support of special ops missions including stealthy insertion and extraction of SEALs, clandestine reconnaissance, and combat gunfire support.

The Navy’s high-risk water mission experts, SWCCs must be physically fit, mentally tough, focused, and responsive in high stress situations — and getting to that point requires brutal mental and physical training. Read more

These Are America’s Secret Elite Warriors


The US Special Operations Command SOCOM oversees roughly 70,000 operators, support units, and civilians from each of the military’s sister service branches.

America’s elite soldiers, work under a shroud of secrecy to carry out high-risk missions with swift precision, laser focus and firm perseverance. Read more

Image of the Day: 28 November 2014


Rest Easy warrior. Thank you

This Nov. 11, 2014 photo provided courtesy of Nancy McKiernan of Baptist Health Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Glenville, N.Y., shows 98-year-old World War II veteran Justus Belfield saluting on Veterans Day. The Daily Gazette of Schenectady reports Belfield had worn his Army uniform every Veterans Day since he and his wife moved into the nursing home outside Albany several years ago. On Tuesday, the former master sergeant wasn’t able to get out of bed to participate in the facility’s Veterans Day festivities, so he had the staff dress him in his uniform. Belfield passed away the next day.

via: Proud to be an American