Don’t Tread on Me


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What Did He Say?


Lol, I thought they were legit at first…until I read the some of the captions. Haha, “Having a hard time seeing without glasses…”   Enjoy a little humor on this Labor Day holiday. 

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NOTE: language NSFW

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Here are what they REALLY mean. 

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Sergeant Major Diverts Surveillance Drone To Check For Uniform Violations


DUFFEL BLOG

The air is hot and stuffy inside the unmanned aerial vehicle UAV ground control trailer at FOB Masum Ghar, located in the heart of southern Afghanistan. Two soldiers from the 205th Military Intelligence Company deftly pilot their unmanned aerial vehicle over the wastes of the Panjwai District searching for targets, while Brigade Sgt. Maj. Steve Knott vigilantly watches over their shoulders. Read more

Monday MIL-speak: 9 June 2014


NOTE: NSFW; language may be offensive to some. 

Waging war is a risky, all-encompassing endeavor physically, emotionally, and psychologically. It displays humankind at its best and at its worst, and the war fighter’s slang reflects the bitter, terrible, and inspiring all of it. A quick scan of these phrases illustrates the spectrum: disciplined bravado provides the glitz and glamour; earned camaraderie, the sincerity and warmth; irony, the realist’s edge; scorn, the punishing barb; and insistent vulgarity, a rowdy,leveling earthiness. A little verbal bravado and swagger has genuine utility. Hollywood bravado is little more than chest thumping bluster, but seasoned vets know that disciplined bravado indicates confidence and courage.

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Tooth Fairy
(U.S. Navy) a.k.a. “Fang Fairy”. Slang for a Sailor in the DT (Dental Technician) rating. Self-explanatory.
Top
(U.S. Army and Marines) The First Sergeant or Master Sergeant (U.S. Marine Corps), senior enlisted man at company level.
Tore Up
(U.S. Army) A person, object or situation in disarray. Also, used as “Tore up from the floor up.”
Track Pad
1. (Canada) boil-in-the-bag omelet from ration pack. Similar in size and (reputedly) texture to the rubber pads fitted to AV tracks 2. (Canada) the rubber pad insert fitted to steel armored vehicle tracks to prevent damage to asphalt or concrete road surfaces.
Travelling Around Drunk
(U.S. Navy) On detached duty, officially termed “Temporary Additional Duty”.
Tread
(U.S. Army) An officer or NCO, especially one seen as oppressing enlisted personnel.

Trench monkey
(U.S.) A member of the Army infantry. Mostly used in a derogatory way by members of other services.
trigger puller
(U.S.) A Soldier or Marine who is regularly involved in actual combat. I wouldn’t want to be out in the shit without the trigger pullers with U.S..
Triple Threat
(U.S. Army) A Soldier who has the Special Forces Tab, Ranger School Tab, and Airborne Tab (worn as an integral part of the SSI) and wears all three tabs on his uniform. Also known as the “Tower of Power” due to the extreme difficulty involved in the military schools, and the “Triple Canopy” as a reference to parachuting.
TROBA
(U.S. Air Force) When ABORT is improbable, but desired. Sometimes TROBA dances are initiated, to increase the chance of an aircraft RTB.
Tube stroker
A common nickname given to mortar-men by rival units to playfully mock the mortar-man job.
Turd Chaser
(U.S. Navy) Slang for a Sailor in the HT (Hull Technician) rating. So named because most of their job aboard ship consists of fixing sewage pipe blockages.
Turd Herder
(U.S. Navy) Slang for a Seabee in the UT (Utilitiesman) rating, tasked with building and maintaining camp water supply and sanitation systems. Turd herders only need to know three things – hot on the left, shit flows downhill, and quittin’ time is 1500.

Turtle fuck(ing)
(U.S. Marine Corps) Striking a Marine on his helmet with another helmet. The clunking of the two Kevlar helmets sounds like two empty shells hitting. Sometimes done deliberately among friends, but often as a joke to an unsuspecting trooper.
Twenty-nine Stumps
(U.S. Marine Corps) Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twenty-nine Palms, California. Often simply referred to as “the Stumps.”
Two beer queer
(U.S.) A man who can’t handle his liquor. Implies that he’s ready to perform homosexual favors after his second beer.
Two digit midget
(U.S.) A G.I. who has less than 100 days ‘in country’ left before they rotate back to the U.S.A and/or before discharge. Coined during Vietnam War. See “short”.

Uniform
(U.S.) NATO phonetic alphabet for the letter ‘U’. Stands for “Unidentified”. Can be an unidentified object, person, vehicle, etc. Example: “We have a Uniform dead ahead, someone move in and check it.”
(U.K.) Means “Undercover”, usually means a camouflaged object, vehicle or person, or a covert operative behind enemy lines. Can jokingly refer to an enemy mistakenly firing at his own people. Example: “We gotta’ retrieve that Uniform without them noticing.”, or “Look at that Uniform there, is he blind?!”
Un-ass
(U.S. Army) Meaning to get out of an area. As in, “Un-ass my AO.” Originally Used to mean simply, “Get off your butt.” Also, to dismount rapidly from a vehicle, “We un-assed the APC.”
Uncle Sam’s Canoe Club
(U.S.) The United States Navy.
Uncle Sam’s Confused Group
(U.S.) The United States U.S. Coast Guard.
Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children
(U.S.) Ironic term for the United States Marine Corps. Sometimes also the “University of Science, Music, and Culture”, “U Suckers Missed Christmas”, and “U Signed the Motherfuckin’ Contract”.
Unfuck
(U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps) To bring something or someone into proper order and accord with SOP.
Unsat
(U.S.) Unsatisfactory.
US
(U.K., WWII, until 1944) Un Serviceable. Since this acronym was also used to identify a major ally, this particular usage became politically unacceptable but unofficially continued in use.

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Honoring Our Heroes


Memorial Day ~ 26 May 2014

This is my tribute to all our fallen heroes, as well as the veterans/active duty from all conflicts the US has encountered. Unfortunately, I’m unable to attribute  them all with an image, but they are not forgotten–Below are images from  major US wars.

Each  picture represents the fallen warriors for that particular war; lest we forget.

Thank you ALL–living and not–for your selfless sacrifices,  I extend my humble gratitude and my promise of unwavering support. ~Anna

REVOLUTIONARY WAR  

Captain George Fishley stares into the camera, his tiny eyes almost lost in gray, a faded three-cornered hat balanced on his ancient head. We stare back. It takes a moment for the truth to sink in. This is not another Civil War veteran. We have seen hundreds of photographs of those men, Confederate and Yankee, posed stiffly or lying dead in fields of battle. This is something else. This is a photograph of a man who fought the British in the Revolutionary War, something very few Americans have seen. Read more: The Revolutionary Eyes of George Fishley. 

Angelo M. Crapsey (1842 – 1864)

CIVIL WAR

Angelo Crapsey from Potter County, Pennsylvania eagerly enlisted in the Union army in 1861. Early in his military career, a sergeant in his unit committed suicide by placing his rifle between his knees and putting the muzzle in his mouth. This event would have a profound impact on Crapsey. As Crapsey started to engage in combat, his glorified perception of war began to fade away. “Rebels charged on us & we had to run, run for [our] lives…through an open field & we had showers of bullets sent after us.”

Crapsey became more withdrawn and the radiant spirit he possessed prior to the war disappeared. At the Battle of Fredericksburg Crapsey was taken prisoner and he spent time in at Libby Prison. While contained, Crapsey developed a case of lice infestation and frequently tried to rid himself of the pest even after they had subsided. After his release he fought at the bloodiest battle of the Civil War, Gettysburg. Upon his discharged, he returned back home to Pennsylvania were he experienced illusions, involuntary ticks and violent fits. On August 4, 1864, Crapsey said he was going out to hunt but instead stuck a gun in his mouth and shot himself; the same way the sergeant had done three years prior. Major General Thomas Kane said that he “loved no one of his men more than Angelo. He came up to his ideal of the youthful patriot, a heroic American soldier.” Crapsey embodied the image of the ideal soldier and possessed a luminous spirit that was contagious. Unfortunately, he lost himself in the tremendous force that was the Civil War.

Read More: The first mentions of symptoms correlated with PTSD dates back three thousand years ago.

World War One

World War One, Fallen Soldier

World War Two

Kellett was killed in 1944 a few days before his 22nd birthday in hand-to-hand combat with enemy soldiers during World War II. He was buried in Epinal American Military Cemetery in the northeastern France community of Dinozé, along with more than 5,000 other Americans cut down in battle.

 

American soldiers on Omaha Beach recover the dead after the June 6, 1944, D-Day invasion of France. (Walter Rosenblum/LOC)

KOREAN WAR

A Soldier comforts his buddy after learning one of their brothers was just Killed.

Vietnam War

Vietnam War, A Soldiers Anguish~Catherine Leroy’s award winning photo Corpsman Vernon Wike looks in anguish when he realizes that his buddy is dead. Battle for Hill 881. 1967. Read Vernon’s story.

Gulf War

Sgt. Ken Kozakiewicz cries as he learns that the body bag, next to him in the medical evacuation helicopter, contains the body of his friend in the Gulf War, 1991. Read this Soldiers entire story and of this award winning photo. Photo credit: David Turnley.

Iraq War

Iraq War soldiers standing before the belongings of fallen brothers. View the Operation Iraq Freedom photo gallery.

Afghanistan

A British soldier killed in a grenade attack in southern Afghanistan has been named as Lance Corporal of Horse Jonathan Woodgate.
L/CoH Woodgate, 27, of the Household Cavalry Regiment, was serving with the Brigade Reconnaissance Force when the attack happened near Sangin on Friday.

It was due to be the final patrol of his current tour of duty.

Fallen soldier Jo Woodgate. Lance Corporal of Horse Jo Woodgate who was killed in an attack near Sangin, Afghanistan. Photograph: MoD/PA

 

All images were found via Google Image search

Honor the Fallen  6781  Number of Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn casualties as confirmed by U.S. Central Command as of 22 May 2014

Man in the Door


This is hauntingly beautiful; one of my favorites. Enjoy

A story by Marine Michael Rierson to celebrate the one abiding image we all brought home from Vietnam…it came in low and hot, close to the trees…

Armed Forces Day


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Today is Armed Forces Day. Don’t forget to thank a service member for their selfless service to our [your] wonderful country.  

Veterans & Active Duty Troops:

Your service will not be forgotten. There are a lot of Americans who will stand beside you and make sure you all get the care and ANYTHING else you need, both here at home and in theater. You all are the best Of the BEST, and we’re very proud of all of you. For those of you who are deployed: Keep your eyes open, watch your buddies back, and come home soon! (I know I don’t need to remind you of these things, you know what you’re doing).  ~Anna

Legends of the World Wars: Churchill


 

WWI: Churchill

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Young Winston Churchill as a Subaltern in the 4th Hussars (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 Winston Churchill lead Great Britain for most of World War Two and Churchill’s ‘bulldog’ spirit seemed to summarize the mood of the British people even during the bad times, such as Dunkirk, and the inspirational victories, such as the Battle of Britain.

Winston Churchill was born in 1874 into a wealthy and famous family. His father was Lord Randolph Churchill and he was the grandson of the 7th Duke of Marlborough. Winston Churchill was born at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire. He was schooled at Harrow where it is said that he only put his name on the exam entrance paper to get in. Churchill went to the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst and gained a commission in the Fourth Hussars. He saw some military action and took part in the Battle of Omdurman in 1898.

During the Boer War, he was a war correspondent. Winston Churchill was captured, held a prisoner, escaped and took part in the relief of Ladysmith.

After this, Winston Churchill went into politics. He had a chequered career up to World War Two and was seen as something of a maverick. In 1900, he was elected Conservative MP for Oldham but in 1904, he left the Conservative Party and joined the Liberal Party, which, he believed, better represented his economic views on free trade. From 1906 to 1908, he was a Liberal MP for northwest Manchester and from 1908 to 1922, he was MP for Dundee.

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Winston Churchill addressing a joint session of the United States Congress (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Between 1908 and 1910, Winston Churchill held a cabinet post when Herbert Asquith, leader of the Liberal Party, appointed him President of the Board of Trade. Winston Churchill’s major achievement in this post was to establish labour exchanges. In 1910, he was promoted to Home Secretary. As Home Secretary, Winston Churchill used troops to maintain law and order during a miners strike in South Wales. He also used a detachment of Scots Guards to assist police during a house siege in Sidney Street in East London in January 1911. Whilst such actions may have marked him down as a man who would do his utmost to maintain law and order, there were those who criticized his use of the military for issues that the police usually dealt with.

From October 1911 to May 1915, Winston Churchill was made First Lord of the Admiralty. In this post, he did a great deal to ensure that the navy was in a state to fight a war. Winston Churchill put a strong emphasis on modernization and he was an early supporter of using planes in combat.

However, Churchill was to pay the price for the bloody failure of the Dardanelles campaign in 1915 – it was Winston Churchill who proposed the expedition to the War Council and, as a result, he was held responsible for its failure. He was dismissed from his post at the Admiralty and he was made Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster. Having been Home Secretary and First Lord at the Admiralty, this was seen by many, including Winston Churchill, to be a demotion and he left the post after just six months. Churchill rejoined the army.

Here he commanded a battalion of the Royal Scots Fusiliers on the Western Front until May 1916.

However, Winston Churchill quickly returned to government.

In 1917 he was appointed Minister for Munitions – a post he held until 1918.

In 1919, Winston Churchill was appointed Minister for War and Air – a post he held until 1920.

In 1921, he was appointed Colonial Secretary – a post he held until he lost his seat for Dundee in the 1922 election.

After his electoral defeat in 1922, Winston Churchill left the Liberal Party and became the MP for Epping in 1924 standing as a ‘constitutional anti-socialist’. Stanley Baldwin, leader of the Conservative Party, appointed him as Chancellor of the Exchequer (a post he held from 1924 to 1929) and Winston Churchill officially rejoined the Conservative Party in 1925. (Link to page 2 below).

Picture of the Week: Aviation


Hello all, Happy Saturday. Well, you voted and the results are in.  The image above was voted pic of the week & is from the  gallery, “Sailors.”    Thanks for voting!   🙂

Below are this weeks choices, so have a look and vote for your favorite picture! Enjoy.

NOTE: This will be the last post  for picture of the week.  Thanks to whomever participated. 

UPDATE: THE IMAGE BELOW IS THE WINNER FOR AVIATION WEEK, ENDING 25 MAY 2014. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO VOTED. THIS WAS THE LAST POST FOR PHOTO OF THE WEEK, AS I’VE CANCELLED IT. 

October 2, 2013: An A-10C Thunderbolt II receives fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker over Afghanistan. The A-10 is deployed from Moody Air Force
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Monday MIL-speak: 5 May, 2014


Waging war is a risky, all-encompassing endeavor physically, emotionally, and psychologically. It displays humankind at its best and at its worst, and the war fighter’s slang reflects the bitter, terrible, and inspiring all of it. A quick scan of these phrases illustrates the spectrum: disciplined bravado provides the glitz and glamour; earned camaraderie, the sincerity and warmth; irony, the realist’s edge; scorn, the punishing barb; and insistent vulgarity, a rowdy,leveling earthiness. A little verbal bravado and swagger has genuine utility. Hollywood bravado is little more than chest thumping bluster, but seasoned vets know that disciplined bravado indicates confidence and courage.

TA-50
(U.S. Army) Issued “Go to War” gear used by Soldiers during training or actual combat.
TA-100
(U.S. Army) Refers to overwhelming amount of TA-50. For example, “At Ft. Stewart, we got issued TA-100. It’s twice as much.” Read more

Evolution of military helicopters


August 29, 1947: The world’s first ramjet helicopter, the McDonnell XH-20 Little Henry, makes its first flight. The ramjet-driven rotor eliminates the need for a torque-compensating tail rotor.

This Vought-Sikorsky XR-4 made its first flight on January 14, 1942. It was not the first helicopter to see military service, but the XR-4 was the world’s first mass-production helicopter and the first successful production rotorcraft of single-rotor configuration.

21 September 1951 – Operation SUMMIT. A company of 224 fully-equipped Marines and 17,772 lbs of cargo is lifted by 12 HRS-1 Sikorsky S-55s of Marine Helicopter Squadron 161 (HMR-161) in the Punchbowl area. This marks the first helicopter combat deployment of a combat unit.

Vietnam Sky Full…the choppers! Vietnam War

US Army Rangers deploying from a MH-6 Little Bird (aka the Killer Egg)

Little Birds Loaded: Inbound

U.S. Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter

 

Picture of the Week: Brotherhood


Hello all, Happy Saturday. Well, you voted and the results are in.  The featured image above got the most votes last week so its’ this weeks  pic of the week 🙂   I’ll feature the  winner here every week. Thanks for voting!  Below are this weeks choices, so have a look and vote for your favorite. (Remember to come back every day to vote again). Enjoy

 

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11 Most Powerful Militaries In The World


via: Business Insider

Asymmetrical wars in Afghanistan, Vietnam, and now in Syria demonstrate all too clearly that relatively small numbers of belligerents can carry out successful military operations against superior forces.

But still, firepower is extremely important. A country’s projection of power relies in large part upon its military capabilities. Successfully being able to project and wield that power is a key diplomatic asset.

The website Global Firepower ranks the most powerful in the world based on multiple factors, including available militaries manpower, total labor force, and access to strategic assets. Nuclear capabilities are not included in the calculation.

Below are the 11 most powerful militaries in the world according to the 2014 rankings click country names to see military assets data. Read more


A flag for everyone lost on 9/11

“Only the dead have seen the end of war.” 
― Plato

A Flight Engineer describes his old-reliable C-130H Hercules Aircraft


A Flight Engineer describes his old but reliable C-130H Hercules Aircraft – Kentucky Air National Guard. Salinas California International Airshow 2012 -9

 

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