This Remarkable Video Shows What It’s Like For Medevac Crews To Rescue Troops Under Fire


Photo: Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Summer M. Anderson/ US Navy
Photo: Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Summer M. Anderson/ US Navy

We Are The Mighty

After watching this video from The New York Times, it’s easy to see why Medevac crews have one of the most intense jobs in the military.

Medevac crews have the dangerous job of flying into gunfights in unarmed helicopters to provide medical care to wounded troops. It’s a race against time, and it’s nothing short of astonishing. Read more

Soldier Figures Out Where To Put The Tomahawk On His Kit


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Duffel Blog

BAGRAM AIRFIELD — Pfc. Alan McAllister successfully completed assembly of his Improved Outer Tactical Vest (IOTV) last week, after initially reporting difficulty choosing where to place his 16.25”-long Tactical Tomahawk, given the litany of restrictions imposed by his leadership. Read more

What It’s Like At The Training Camp Where US Troops Learn To Survive If They Are Captured


Survival Evasion Resistance and Escape specialist from the 18th Operation Support Squadron on Kadena Air Base, Japan, instructs U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Dane Hatley, a 33rd Rescue Squadron flight engineer, while performing combat survival training .
Survival Evasion Resistance and Escape specialist from the 18th Operation Support Squadron on Kadena Air Base, Japan, instructs U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Dane Hatley, a 33rd Rescue Squadron flight engineer, while performing combat survival training .

For my crime of earning a Naval Flight Officer’s Wings of Gold and being selected for training as an F-14 Tomcat radar intercept officer (like “Goose” in the movie “Top Gun”) I was sent to the Navy’s Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape – SERE – School in Brunswick, Maine during the winter of 1984.

My fellow trainees and I stepped off the C-9 from Norfolk and were hit by a biting wind, the kind that’s normal for Maine in January. I immediately wondered why I hadn’t tried to push off SERE School until June or July. Read more

This Freaky Recording Of A Rudyard Kipling Poem Is Used To Train Elite Soldiers (SERE) For Captivity


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Business Insider

Anyone who has ever attended the US Navy’s Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE) school will never forget Rudyard Kipling’s poem “Boots,” according to SERE graduate and Navy veteran Ward Carroll.

SERE school is designed to train US troops on how to survive if they are captured and tortured. Carroll, who attended SERE in 1984, particularly remembers Kipling reciting his poem “Boots” over and over again in a very haunting voice while he was detained in a small cell. Read more

Image of the Day: 22 January 2015


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The BIRDS & the B’s A B-52 drops live guided bomb units as an F-15D Eagle follows during a June training exercise. The 60-year-old aircraft will soon receive its latest upgrade. (Staff Sgt. Christopher Hubenthal / Air Force)

By Jeff Schogol
Staff writer

Opinion: How to end the ‘disturbing’ number of vet suicides


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Army Times

At least 8,030 veterans committed suicide in 2014 due to complications associated with PTSD.  According to government figures, those numbers didn’t include suicide among the active duty troops.

If something isn’t done, we can expect that number to tragically surge with the return of thousands of veterans.
This is when We the People need to make some noise and after that, we need to make more. 

An estimated 22 veterans commit suicide a day,  (That’s one an hour!) a shocking and disturbing number. Even more alarming, this statistic does not include active-duty members, 75 of which have committed suicide between January and March of this year (2014) according to the Pentagon’s quarterly Suicide Event Report.

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