Image of the Day: 30 June 2016

Getting Special Forces there with 160th SOAR Night Stalkers (57 HQ Photos)

Getting Special Forces there with 160th SOAR Night Stalkers (57 HQ Photos)
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10 Phrases That Make No Sense Outside Of The Army

These phrases sound pretty funny to people outside the military.
The U.S. Army is often viewed as a no-nonsense organization, as it should be, given the awesome responsibility that lies with its members to protect and defend the people of the United States. As such, military jargon usually reflects this, which words such as, “Roger,” “Affirmative,” and “Execute.” These all conjure up images of hard-bitten soldiers giving orders in combat or communicating vital issues over the radio. And for the most part, this image of a professional organization is exactly correct.

However, as those who have served know, there are a whole multitude of sayings that fit just as well on a kindergarden playground as they do in a military formation, if not better. These sayings are used by privates on up through senior officers and noncommissioned officers. Most of us have gotten so used to them that we don’t blink an eye when we hear them, but to the uninitiated, they sound ludicrous. Here are 10 sayings that make Army soldiers sound like 10-year-olds.

1. “Nut to Butt”

This is usually first heard in basic training, as recruits are ordered to stand in a single file line together, quite close. It derives from the human anatomy and I feel like you get the picture from there.

2. “Licky” and “Chewy”

This one defies logic, especially when heard from senior leaders. It refers to snacks, candy, or other small comforts that soldiers bring with them during field training. As in, “Men, we’ve got a 10-day field training exercise coming up, so make sure you bring all your lickies and chewies.”

3. “Smoking and joking”

There has to be some correlation between Army and Cockney slang, since so many phrases in both cultures are built around rhymes. This phrase refers to a group of soldiers standing around doing nothing particularly useful. They may not even be smoking and/or joking, but the phrase is still used: “We’ve got a busy day, so make sure the troops aren’t standing around smoking and joking when the commander walks through.”

4. “11 Bang Bang”

The infantry branch is often maligned for a perceived lack of intelligence among its members by those of other branches. While this has not been proven, they certainly don’t help their case by referring to themselves as “11 Bang Bangs.” This is derived from their alpha-numeric military occupational specialty code of 11B: “Yeah, I was in the Army, I was an 11 Bang-Bang.”

5. “Boomstick”

Most people would be content with calling a firearm by what it is: rifle, shotgun, machine gun, or pistol. But no, in the Army, we have to give special names that sound like they come from a 4-year-old. Ergo, the boomstick, most usually a name for a rifle or shotgun: “We’ve got a door to breach, grab your boomstick and come with me.”

6. “Onesie twosie”

I have actually caught myself saying this and then realizing I sounded absolutely silly. It refers to one or two soldiers, usually in a negative capacity: “We’ve got medical appointments today, and I want the whole platoon there on time, not coming in onesie twosie.”

7. “Green Weenie”

Far more descriptive than I care to detail. It refers to soldiers’ love/hate relationship with the Army. When the Army does something that they do not care for or that negatively impacts them, soldiers blame the Green Weenie: “I just got transferred to Fort Sill; man, got screwed by the Green Weenie again.”

8. “Lottie, dottie, everybody”

This is the opposite of onesie twosie, and equally laughable. It means, well, everyone. For example: “We’re having mandatory drug testing today, and that means lottie, dottie, and everybody will be there.”

9. “Lost in the sauce”

Even the most professional organization is going to have some slow learners. This saying describes those soldiers who are slow on the uptake or just cannot function in their job: “I saw Carl over in 2nd Platoon, and man, is that guy lost in the sauce.”

10. “Hooah”

This is my least favorite term in the Army, for the simple reason that a whole bunch of grown men and women making this noise sounds neither intimidating or professional. It can be used for anything: showing motivation, demonstrating that you understand, or most commonly, that you have no idea what was just said, but that you want to look like you did: “So what we’re going to do is leverage the staff to bring about a synergistic environment in order to create a product that is perfectly fungible.” “Hooah.”


Image of the Day: 17 May 2016

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A competitor heads toward the next event after finishing a 10-kilometer foot march at the 2016 U.S. Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition at Fort Bragg, N.C., May 4, 2016. This year’s Best Warrior Competition determines the top noncommissioned officer and junior enlisted Soldier who will represent the U.S. Army Reserve in the Department of the Army Best Warrior Competition later this year.
(U.S. Army photo by Spc. Tynisha L. Daniel) #USArmy #veterans #USA


Image of the Day: 8 May 2016

Stepping into the sky

A Paratrooper jumps from the tailgate of a C-130 Hercules airplane during the XVIII Airborne Corps Commanding General’s Retention Incentive Jump on Fort Bragg, N.C., June 11. Approximately 400 newly reenlisted Paratroopers were given the rare opportunity to jump from the tailgate of the aircraft instead of the side.

by Spc. Cody A. Thompson,  Fort Bragg 

5 Habits [We] Picked Up Overseas That Are Not Safe For Work

Leave these old routines on the battlefield where they belong.
War sucks. But as soldiers, [we] adapt. We develop habits that increase our chances of survival and make the suck just a little bit more bearable. Some of those habits are worth hanging on to as we transition into the civilian workforce. Others, not so much.

Here’s a list of five work habits we picked up overseas that definitely should not follow [us] back home. 
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Image of the Day: 22 March 2016

U.S. Army soldiers move down a street as they start a clearing mission in Dora, Iraq, on May 3, 2007. Soldiers from the 2nd Platoon, Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division are patrolling the streets in Dora.   DoD photo by Spc. Elisha Dawkins, U.S. Army. (Released)

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Image of the Day: 20 March 2016

A Special Forces soldier, on horseback, attending the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School Mountaineering Program. Special Forces learn many aspects of mountain warfare, including the use and care of of pack animals such as mules and horses. Many of the Green Berets attending the courses at the program will be members of a mountain team, a specialized ODA within a Special Forces battalion.

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Image of the Day: 18 March 2016

Airman from the 22nd Special Tactics Squadron’s Red Team jumps out of an MH-47 Chinook helicopter July 14, 2014, during helocast alternate insertion and extraction training with Soldiers from the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment at American Lake on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. The Airmen from the STS conducted 10 daytime helocast iterations and eight nighttime helocast iterations over a two-day span. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Russ Jackson)


This Army vet directed an Oscar-nominated short film based on his war experience

*Above is the trailer to his short film.

Hank Hughes is the first Post-9/11 veteran to be nominated for an Oscar.

Hughes sat down with WATM’s Blake Stilwell and discussed the inspiration behind the film and what he hopes to achieve with it.

‘Day One’ is inspired by a Hughes’ experiences in Afghanistan. The film depicts a new translator’s first day accompanying a U.S. Army unit on patrol. As she quickly discovers, her job will bring up brutal complexities as gender and religious barriers emerge with lives hanging in the balance.



From the windows, walking by
Cities fall, and children die.
Through the windows, through the eyes
Soldiers march, and soldiers cry.
Past the broken welcome sign
Soldiers march the streets to die.
Locked inside a final fight
Soldiers march, and soldiers cry.
Broken hope, believing lies
In the land where senses die.
Praying, walking through the night
Soldiers march, and soldiers cry.
Raining fire from the sky
Time is marching, passing by.
The empty, soulless children’s eyes
Soldiers march, and soldiers cry.
Hope rises, hope declines
None the power of divine.
Beneath the empty, blackened sky
Soldiers march, and soldiers cry.
In my heart, they will be mine
Soldiers marching, line by line.
As cities fall and children die
Soldiers march, and soldiers cry.

Summer Sandercox


Image of the Day: 19 February 2016

This is Private First Class Kyle Hockenberry.  On his side are the words “for those I love I will sacrifice”.   He lost both legs and his left arm from an IED blast in Afghan, in 2001.


Image of the Day: 14 February 2016

*”I was on patrol with a company, visiting polling station. The day was tense. Suddenly we ran into an old red car driving fast just in front of us. When the driver saw the army caravan, he turned around and accelerated, and a pursuit began… The vehicle was intercepted some 100 yards in front of us by another hummer who drove on an alternate path. When I reached the car, he was already being blindfold, and sitting on the back of the truck, he was praying aloud, a U.S. captain approached him and was reflected in the window. He asked the translator what he was saying. ‘He’s asking allah to save him,’ the translator said. The answer triggered laughter from the soldiers.”

*Note from photographer

This  and other Images from the first Gulf War can be found here

Happy Birthday, Mr. President

Today is former president Ronald Reagan’s birthday. He would have been 105 years old.

DoD: Spouses Selling Snake Oil and Potions at All-Time High

Duffel Blog

I haven’t shared anything from the guys at Duffel Blog  for some time. Check out what thae’ve been up to! Today, we learn that military  spouses are selling snake oil…(all of the submissions published on Duffel Blog are  of a satirical nature. Please see disclaimer below): 


THE PENTAGON — A thriving market of completely useless and laughably marketed schemes peddled by military spouses has exploded in military communities around the country this year, Pentagon sources said today.

According to Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook, get-rich-quick pyramid scams like “It Helps!” and “Blexxus,” once derided as “clearly bullshit” and “obvious Ponzi schemes,” have proliferated at an alarming rate..
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Image of the Day: 30 January 2016

Army howitzer

Soldiers from 3rd Howitzer Section, Alpha Battery, 2-8th Field Artillery fire the M777 at COP Wolverine in Zabul Province, Afghanistan.
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