Why The Woobie Is The Greatest Military Invention Ever Fielded

US Soldier and his Woobie. Photo by Spc. Kristina Truluck

This story is too “sweet” not to share; it’s guaranteed to bring a smile to your face. ~Anna

By Angry Staff Officer

The poncho liner has been a staple of deployed life since it was first introduced in Vietnam, but the origin of the “Woobie” is shrouded in mystery.

There have been some amazing military innovations over the years: freeze-dried food for MREs, jet aircraft, rail guns, and the soul-sucking website, Army Knowledge Online. But none of these compare to the simplest, most wonderful invention known to mankind: the poncho liner, affectionately known by all those who have felt its life-giving warmth as the “woobie.”

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Terrorists Clamor To Apply For US ‘Power Vacuum Sweepstakes’


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THE PENTAGON — Terrorist groups around the world will no longer wait in suspense to learn if their regimes will be toppled for them by the United States, allowing their otherwise under-supplied and untrained forces to seize power almost effortlessly. According to the State Department, the United States is opening a “Power Vacuum Sweepstakes,” in which terrorists can compete to have their country’s government forcibly removed by uncoordinated airstrikes.
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Days to Raise the American Flag: 2015

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Feel free to save and pass this list along. It includes the dates to raise our flag as well as links to other informative info! *
(Informative info..? Hmm) ~Anna


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US military looks for the elusive mothership

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Washington AFP – It’s a Hollywood sci-fi fantasy that has long eluded the Pentagon: a flying “mothership” that launches smaller aircraft.The Pentagon’s research agency put out a request to industry this month to outline how a large cargo plane could release drones to spy on or attack an enemy and then return to the flying aircraft carrier. Read more

Pentagon Warns Troops To Take Shelter From Internet


THE PENTAGON — The Department of Defense issued a directive to the services Monday, ordering each branch to warn members of a “dangerous and unpredictable Internet,” amid recent threats of lone wolf attacks against military and their families. Leaders claim the warning will provide service members the tools they need to hide from the Internet at home and abroad. Read more

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The 25th Anniversary of Desert Shield/Desert Storm


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Missed Connections: Sniper Wants To Connect, And More



[Ed. Note: Duffel Blog has gathered some of the military-themed “missed connections” from Craigslist.com and other sources.]

You: A Talib in brown tribal garb, and what I took to be your teenage daughter. You were beating her with a rock, no doubt for having her period, or some other, equally heinous, crime.

Me: A Marine in a ghillie suit, with an M40A2 and a bad case of dehydration. It’s the only time I’ve missed. Read more

OPSEC: Keep Our Troops Safe

Click image to link to OPSEC Awareness exercises


A reminder to keep our troops safe; do not disclose any information to anyone, even family members. This includes but is not limited to your Soldiers deployment/return dates, location and duration of deployment.

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Basic OPSEC Awareness Brief

Do’s and Don’ts for Unclassified Information

For more information about OPSEC and your security and the internet, link to Operations Security (OPSEC) Awareness


Pentagon Deploys 3rd Adviser Division To Iraq


FORT STEWART, Ga. — A force of approximately 25,000 advisers from the U.S. Army’s 3rd Adviser Division is heading to Iraq to not participate in direct ground combat of any kind, the Pentagon announced Thursday. Read more

We Will Defeat ISIL Just Like We Defeated Al Qaeda


The following is an op-ed written by Barack Obama, President of the United States.

Just over a decade ago, under my predecessor, our forces embarked on a campaign to fight the Global War on Terror after Al Qaeda terrorists attacked the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Our military performed flawlessly in Afghanistan, routing the Taliban and Al Qaeda, and ultimately, denied the terror group a sanctuary from where it could attack us again. Read more

Strategy vs. Tactics

*This was supposed to be posted before the How-to guide, oops. My apologies for the mix up.



Introduction (from Wikipedia) Strategy is a high level plan to achieve one or more goals under conditions of uncertainty. Strategy is important because the resources available to achieve these goals are usually limited. Tactic(s) may refer to a plan, procedure, or expedient for promoting a desired end or result

Strategy – Tactics difference in military usage

In military usage, a distinction is made between strategy and tactics.

Strategy is the utilization, during both peace and war, of all of a nation’s forces, through large-scale, long-range planning and development, to ensure security or victory.

Tactics is the military science that deals with securing objectives set by strategy, especially the technique of deploying and directing troops, ships, and aircraft in effective maneuvers against an enemy.

English: In this file photo, Soldiers patrol a...
English: In this file photo, Soldiers patrol an area near the village of Kowtay, Khowst province, Afghanistan, earlier this summer. Soldiers like these may soon see a change in tactics as the top U.S. military commander in Afghanistan ardently believes that conventional military thinking and actions won’t win the counterinsurgency war there. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I feel we need to rethink how we go up against this elusive, (sneaky fear mongers) enemy we’re up against. As in every other war we’ve fought, new and improved tactics and strategies were used to combat the enemy, and we used anything we could think of. (going as far as ALMOST launching a strike on Japan using tiny IED strapped to bats). I’m far from being an expert on warfare, way FAR but I thought this is good food for thought that at least WE (citizens) chew on.

So in closing I’l leave you with a final tidbit that should sum this all up:

Tactics : what it takes to win the battle.

Strategy : what it takes to win the war.

Source: Compare anything @ diffen.com

A Look at Veterans by the Numbers


Nude Celebrity Photos Leak, World Peace Breaks Out


THE PENTAGON — Multiple sources confirmed there would be temporary cease-fires at conflict zones around the world in what is being dubbed a “humanitarian” move to allow soldiers and rebel groups to get to a computer and view the massive trove of nude celebrity photos that leaked online Sunday. Read more