Merry Christmas, My Friend (a perennial military favorite)


A U.S. Marine sleeps in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province

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Twas the night before Christmas, he lived all alone,
In a one-bedroom house made of plaster and stone.

I had come down the chimney with presents to give,
And to see just who in this home did live.

I looked all about, a strange sight did I see,
No music, no presents, not even a tree. Read more

Between the Threads of Life and Sacrifice


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Grab some tissue…

This was written by veteran Marine Mr. M. and posted publicly (with image) on Google Plus. Follow him there by clicking his name.

Is there a place where we’re all meant to be, a place between the threads of life and sacrifice, fate and luck, is there a place in the distance like this for me, and if so what’s a lad like me to do? Is it a vanishing door in time and space, that if we’re to step inside it becomes a suicide raid? To never return to those we love with every ounce of are being. A vanishing soldier once there,  now never to return. Tap tap on his family’s door, the dreaded door no person wishes to open but must, this will be the last time a Marine knocks on his widows door, as he shouts from the clouds above, don’t bother I won’t die, I promise you those tears will dry, don’t feel sorry I’ll be fine, we will meet once more my sweet, so don’t bother, live like we were going to and know that I’ll always keep an eye on you. Just in case, I forget that gorgeous face.

Department Of The Army Diagnosed With ADHD


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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Department of the Army has been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ADHD after failing to find a mission it both likes and will stick with, doctors confirmed Tuesday.

After years of retooling because “counterinsurgency is all that matters,” the Army abruptly launched a recent plan for a “Pacific pivot,” much to the annoyance of the Department of the Navy. Read more

Air Force Capt. William H. Dubois – Honor the Fallen


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Died December 1, 2014 Serving During Operation Inherent Resolve


30, of New Castle, Colo., died Dec. 1 when his F-16 aircraft crashed near a coalition air base in the Middle East. He was assigned to the 77th Fighter Squadron, Shaw Air Force Base, S.C.


Air Force identifies pilot killed in Middle East crash

By Brian Everstine, Staff Writer
The Air Force has identified Capt. William Dubois as the F-16 pilot killed earlier this week in a crash in the Middle East.

Dubois, 30, died when his aircraft crashed shortly after takeoff while heading out on a mission in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, the military’s battle against Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria.

Dubois, of New Castle, Colorado, was assigned to the 77th Fighter Squadron at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina.

The F-16 crashed about 11 p.m. Sunday at an unnamed base in the region. U.S. Central Command would not say if the jet was headed to Iraq or Syria. While the F-16 was on a combat mission, the pilot encountered a problem and crashed in a “non combat related incident.”

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

The mishap is the second fatal F-16 crash of a 77th Fighter Squadron pilot on a combat mission in the past two years. On April 2, 2013, Capt. James Steel was killed when his jet crashed into a mountain near Bagram Field in Afghanistan following a close air support mission.

U.S. and coalition jets have ramped up their fight against IS targets and conducted 28 airstrikes between Nov. 28 and Dec. 1 in both Iraq and Syria using attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft.

 

Air Force Capt. William H. Dubois – Honor the Fallen – MilitaryTimes.com.

Post-Apocalyptic Drone Footage From Prypiat, Chernobyl


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UK-based filmmaker Danny Cooke, armed with a camera and a radiation dosimeter, spent a week exploring Chernobyl and the nearby abandoned city of Pripyat in a way we haven’t seen before – using an airborne video drone. His breathtaking video, called “Postcards From Pripyat,” exposes the sheer scale of this ghostly post-apocalyptic landscape.

Cooke visited Pripyat, Ukraine earlier this year while working on a CBS documentary about the radioactive disaster site. The Chernobyl catastrophe in 1986 caused the biggest radioactive release ever, comparable to 200-300 atomic bombs. To this day, the site of the accident is surrounded by an utterly abandoned exclusion area of 1,000 square miles.

 

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Image of the Day: 2 December 2014


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Running towards chaos, Afghanistan

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It’s Written on Their Faces


“The 2000 Yard Stare”, by Thomas Lea, 1944, WWII.

The thousand-yard stare or two-thousand-yard stare is a phrase coined to describe the limp, blank, unfocused gaze of a battle-weary soldier, but the symptom it describes may also be found among victims of other types of trauma. A characteristic of shell shock, the despondent stare reflects dissociation from trauma.

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