Here’s a peek into the brotherhood our warriors share with one another;  how much they love and depend on one another.


U.S. Army soldiers react after their comrade was wounded at patrol by an improvised explosive device (IED) in southern Afghanistan June 12, 2012. Picture taken June 12, 2012. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov (AFGHANISTAN - Tags: MILITARY CIVIL UNREST POLITICS)

U.S. Army soldiers react after their comrade was wounded on patrol by an improvised explosive device (IED) in southern Afghanistan June 12, 2012. 

Two soldiers comfort each other under the strain of combat in Pleiku, South Vietnam, 5/26/67.

Two soldiers comfort each other under the strain of combat in Pleiku, South Vietnam, 5/26/67.


 Korean War – A grief stricken American infantryman whose comrade has been killed in action is comforted by another soldier.

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Shelter in Place, Fort Hood Texas


Shelter in Place.

Another shooting at Fort Hood Army Base in Texas. God Bless the victims, their families, and the rest of America.  That’s all I can say right now, I mourn for our country…

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What Every Soldier Should Know

          To yield to force is an act of necessity, not of will;
                    it is at best an act of prudence.
—Jean-Jacques Rousseau

If you hear gunfire on a Thursday afternoon,
it could be for a wedding, or it could be for you.

Always enter a home with your right foot;
the left is for cemeteries and unclean places. Read more

U.S. Army launches K-9 Corps: 1942

On this day in 1942, the Quartermaster Corps QMC of the United States Army begins training dogs for the newly established War Dog Program, or “K-9 Corps. Read more

There Are Shockingly High Rates Of A Certain Kind Of Mental Illness In New Army Recruits –BI


A new study in JAMA Psychiatry found unusually high rates of certain kinds of mental illness in new Army recruits — especially a disorder called intermittent explosive disorder, the Los Angeles Times reports. Read more

U.S. Veteran Charged For Missing Equipment Nearly A Decade Later

Really? Come on, give our vets a break already.

By Kelsey Pape, Marion and Taylor County Reporter

FAIRMONT –For veterans like Gerrad Branum, September 11, 2001 made him realize there isn’t much he wouldn’t do for this country.

“I even lost friends of mine in those Twin Towers so it kind of hit home for me,” said Gerrad Branum, U.S. Army Veteran. “When it comes down to losing good hearted Americans that worked their lives away, in this country we look at terrorists as two things. You are the enemy and you don’t come in our backyard. Read more

Video Shows Delta Force Snatching Al-Qaeda Suspect In Libya And Disappearing Into The Night In Seconds

The Washington Post has obtained and published a video of the U.S. special operations mission to capture al-Qaeda terrorism suspect Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai (aka Anas al-Libi.) Read more

Soldier Who Just Graduated Boot Camp Writes ’18 Things You Should Know About Army Life’ At BuzzFeed

FORT LEE, VA — A soldier who graduated basic training two weeks ago has accepted a position as BuzzFeed’s senior military advisor, submitting his first article to the publication titled “18 Things You Should Know About Army Life. Read more

scout sniper motto

scout sniper

No Greater Glory

Four Chaplains stamp, 1948
Four Chaplains stamp, 1948 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Four Chaplains Day” is to be observed annually on February 3 in America by the unanimous resolution of the U.S. Congress in 1988. It is a day to remember February 3, 1943, when one of the most remarkable and inspiring acts of heroism in the history of warfare took place in World War II. It is a day to honor the heroism of the Four Chaplains, who selflessly gave their lives “that others may live.” However, although veterans in The American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and other veterans organizations, will hold special observances on Four Chaplains Day, most American media, most American schools, and, therefore, most Americans, will not observe it. Indeed, most Americans, including children who will not be taught about in their schools, will not even know that there is a National Four Chaplains Day, or why. This is true even though, as a former soldier who owed his life to them has said: “Their heroism is beyond belief. That is one of the reasons why we must tell the world what these people did.” Read more

In The Heart of America



  “There was a Buffalo Soldier in the heart of America.” ~Bob Marley

Buffalo Soldiers originally were members of the U.S. 10th Cavalry Regiment of the United States Army, formed on September 21, 1866 at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. This nickname was given to the “Negro Cavalry” by the Native American tribes they fought; the term eventually became synonymous with all of the African-American regiments formed in 1866:

9th Cavalry Regiment, 10th Cavalry Regiment 24th, Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Regiment. Read more

ARMY First Sergeant Performs Tae Kwon Do Naked In Front of Mirror


Sources confirm that in the early hours of the morning, First Sergeant Jack Washington performed a 4th degree yellow belt Tae Kwon Do kata, completely nude, in front of his hotel room’s full body mirror. Read more

Pfc. Christopher Greene with Troop O (Outlaw), 4th Squadron, Combined Task Force Dragoon, occupies a security position during a partnership patrol with members of the Afghan Uniformed Police Dec. 30, 2013, at Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. Troopers with Outlaw conducted a series of partner missions with the AUP near various security checkpoints throughout the province.

(#US Army Photo by Sgt. Joshua Edwards)

Today in History: Elvis is drafted-1957


On this day in 1957, while spending the Christmas holidays at Graceland, his newly purchased Tennessee mansion, rock-and-roll star Elvis Presley receives his draft notice for the United States Army.  

With a suggestive style–one writer called him “Elvis the Pelvis”–a hit movie, Love Me Tender, and a string of gold records including “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Hound Dog” and “Don’t Be Cruel,” Presley had become a national icon, and the world’s first bona fide rock-and-roll star, by the end of 1956. As the Beatles’ John Lennon once famously remarked: “Before Elvis, there was nothing.” The following year, at the peak of his career, Presley received his draft notice for a two-year stint in the army. Fans sent tens of thousands of letters to the army asking for him to be spared, but Elvis would have none of it. He received one deferment–during which he finished working on his movie King Creole–before being sworn in as an army private in Memphis on March 24, 1958.

After six months of basic training–Today including an emergency leave to see his beloved mother, Gladys, before she died in August 1958–Presley sailed to Europe on the USS General Randall. For the next 18 months, he served in Company D, 32nd Tank Battalion, 3rd Armor Corps in Friedberg, Germany, where he attained the rank of sergeant. For the rest of his service, he shared an off-base residence with his father, grandmother and some Memphis friends. After working during the day, Presley returned home at night to host frequent parties and impromptu jam sessions. At one of these, an army buddy of Presley’s introduced him to 14-year-old Priscilla Beaulieu, whom Elvis would marry some years later. Meanwhile, Presley’s manager, Colonel Tom Parker, continued to release singles recorded before his departure, keeping the money rolling in and his most famous client fresh in the public’s mind. Widely praised for not seeking to avoid the draft or serve domestically, Presley was seen as a model for all young Americans. After he got his polio shot from an army doctor on national TV, vaccine rates among the American population shot from 2 percent to 85 percent by the time of his discharge on March 2, 1960.


Via: This Day in History


Mid-week MILspeak

Over the next few posts of MILspeak I’ll share lingo  from the US and a few from our comrades, with some dating back to the 18th century.

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.  Funny Military Pictures (10)  Physical and moral courage and the confidence they create are essential warrior virtues. But God—or the first sergeant—help the fake macho and especially the “REMF,” “fobbit,” or “suit” who talks the talk but hasn’t walked the walk.

 **NOTE: There are terms in these lists that could be considered NSFW.

  1.    A-gang  U.S. Navy The auxiliary division on board a ship or submarine, responsible for sanitary, heating/air conditioning, emergency diesels, hydraulics and assorted systems.
  2. ack-ack Anti-aircraft fire; flak.
  3. acorn boys (U.S., Civil War-era) Members of the U.S. Army’s XIV Corps, from its distinctive acorn cap badge.
  4. Admin vortex (British Army) A disorganized soldier.
  5. Admiral of the Narrow Seas (International, 18th Century) An officer who has just thrown up in the lap of his neighbor.
  6. Admirals eighth (RN, 18th Century) Admirals share of any booty or prize seized by his command.
  7. Admiralty ham (RN, circa 1900) Tinned fish.
  8. AFI Air Force Instruction, or derogatorily Another Fucking Inconvenience
  9. Ai-ee-yah (U.S.) Same as “Hooah” used in the U.S. Army 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment. Based on an American Indian war cry. See also “Ie-yee-ah”
  10. Air bear U.S. Air Force Security or MP trooper
  11. Air-dale (U.K. and U.S.) Derogatory term for a pilot or aircrew
  12. Air Force mittens (U.S.( Front pockets of BDU pants. Also, “Army gloves.” Compare with Bundeswehr gloves, below.
  13. Airplane gang (U.S.) Derogatory term used to describe Airborne-designated division or brigade-level units, i.e, “82nd Airplane Gang”. Can also be shortened to simply “Airplane”
  14. Ali Baba (U.K, U.S.) and Iraq During the Iraq war, name for insurgents, local thieves and looters.
  15. Alpha Mike Foxtrot  Infantry “Adios Mother Fucker” abbreviated using the phonetic alphabet. When used in garrison it is a friendly farewell. When used in combat situations it generally means that the person on the other end of the barrel is being wished a not-so-kind farewell.
  16. Alpha roster  (U.S.) An alphabetical list by last name of all personnel within a unit.
  17. Aluminum U  (U.S.) The U.S. Air Force Academy, so called because of the metals use in the architecture of the campus. and in aircraft.
  18. Amen wallah  British Army, WW1 Chaplain
  19. Anchor Clanker  U.S. Marines Reference to U.S. Navy sailors (pejorative.) (U.S. Navy) Any Chief Petty Officer, whose insignia is an anchor.
  20. “72s and 96s” The time (72 or 96 hours, respectively) given to a military member for liberty on holidays or special occasions.




Definition of Zulu Time or GMT 


The Department of the Navy serves as the country’s official timekeeper, with the Master Clock facility at the

 U.S. NavaObservatory,Washington, D.C. “Zulu” time is that which you might know as “GMT” (Greenwich Mean Time). Our natural concept of time is linked to the rotation of the earth and we define the length of the day as the 24 hours it takes the earth to spin once on its axis.

As time pieces became more accurate and communication became global, there needed to be a point from which all other world times were based. Since Great Britain was the world’s foremost maritime power when the concept of latitude and longitude came to be, the starting point for designating longitude was the “prime meridian” which is zero degrees and runs through the Royal Greenwich Observatory, in Greenwich, England, southeast of central London. As a result, when the concept of time zones was introduced, the “starting” point for calculating the different time zones was/is at the Royal Greenwich Observatory. When it is noon at the observatory, it is five hours earlier (under Standard Time) in Washington, D.C.; six hours earlier in Chicago; seven hours earlier in Denver; and, eight hours earlier in Los Angeles.