Image of the Day: 9 February 2015

Freedom Fighter | 1865 (Close Up) African American soldier in Union uniform with a rifle and revolver posing in front of painted backdrop with American flag and artillery pieces (close up shot).

The mostly forgotten role of African-American soldiers and sailors in the American Civil War is revealed and celebrated in the exhibition “African American Military Portraits from The American Civil War: Selected Images from The Library of Congress Collections.”

The exhibit, which is from theCalifornia African American Museum (CAAM), provides a compelling portrait of the 180,000 African American soldiers and commemorates the 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War.

“When most people think of the Civil War they just think of slaves and they don’t realize a lot of the black soldiers were volunteers from the north and were free,” said Ed Garcia, CAAM exhibition curator. “I wanted to show the pictures and tell the stories of the black soldiers who have been completely forgotten.”

The Warriors Heart


This image was captioned with the following;

This is Bubbles, he lives in Afghanistan ❤️

The American Soldier may be a brave, ‘fearless,’ warrior, but underneath the kevlar and layers of moon dust is a caring heart.

18 Terms Only Soldiers Will Understand

Soldier lingo has a tendency to reference things that only exist in the Army. Here are some terms outsiders probably don’t know.

  • Private News Network: The rumor mill or soldier gossip.
  • Grab some real estate: This is a command to get on the ground and start exercising, usually with pushups. It’s issued as a punishment for a minor infraction. The command can also be stated as, “beat your face.”

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Merry Christmas, My Friend (a perennial military favorite)

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


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

Image of the Day: 1 December 2014


Here is a soldier in Iraq, stationed in a big sand box.  He asked his wife to send him dirt ( U.S. soil), fertilizer, and some grass seed so that he can have the sweet aroma, and feel the grass grow beneath his feet. When the men of the squadron have a mission that they are going on, they take turns walking through the grass and the American soil — to bring them good luck.     Of all the things he could have asked his wife to send to him from home he asked for American soil. So amazing.

Image of the Day: 29, November 2014

Canadian Forces
Canadian Forces

“I Got Your Six.”

Notice the survival bracelet the soldier facing us is wearing. I make and sent these to the troops; it’s good to see them wearing them.


Image of the Day: 27 November 2014


I bet this Soldier has a lot to be grateful for. Happy Thanksgiving.  Anna 🌾

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Special Forces


No man is a man until he has been a Soldier.
Louis de Bernières, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin


Perfect Practice Makes Perfect



Navy Cross For Skipper Who Got Through Entire Deployment


SAN DIEGO, Calif. — Navy Capt. Steve Easting received the Navy Cross from Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus in a pierside ceremony today, honoring Easting’s completion of his full deployment in command of guided missile cruiser USS Princeton CG-59. The Navy Cross is the second highest medal in the U.S. military, below the Medal of Honor and equal to the Air Force and Army Distinguished Service Crosses. Read more

Image of the Day: 21 November 2014

U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Stephen Decatur
U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Stephen Decatur


  • A mind is like a parachute. It doesn’t work if it is not open.”―Frank Zappa.


Image of the Day: 24 October 2014

Royal British Army Soldier and his MWD, Afghanistan, 2011
Royal British Army Soldier and his MWD, Afghanistan, 2011


Experience may vary



If only they were compensated appropriately, according to their contribution…

How The Veterans Community On Facebook Stopped A Soldier From Taking His Own Life

“Do something. Don’t assume someone else is going to take action. You take action.”


Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared on the U.S. Army’s official website. As Suicide Awareness Month comes to a close, it’s important to remember that one small act can make a difference. If a veteran or service member you know is showing signs of crisis, take action to make sure that individual receives the care he or she needs. Read more

The Good Guys


An Iraqi boy rests on the arm of U.S. Army Cpl. James Reinhard outside an Iraqi police department in Baghdad, Iraq. DoD photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Bart A. Bauer, U.S. Navy.