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Oct 15, 2014 No Comments ›› Ayala Chaviva

Via ARMY TIMES: The Army wants soldiers who thrive in chaos and can build rapport, said leaders and experts on a panel looking at “The Human Dimension” at the AUSA convention Wednesday. “Today we expect every fighting man and woman to be a master ... there is a lot more in the rucksack of men and women ...

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Oct 15, 2014 No Comments ›› Ayala Chaviva

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Oct 14, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

Excerpted from The Wall Street Journal: The Army’s top general said Monday that an increase in threats around the world requires that the U.S. rethink plans to cut the size of the American military’s ground force. The Army agreed – reluctantly — to cut the size of its force to 490,000 under the budget reductions originally ...

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Oct 13, 2014 No Comments ›› Ayala Chaviva

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Oct 11, 2014 No Comments ›› Spit Stixx

Excerpted from The Los Angeles Times: A Marine reservist held in a Mexican prison on weapons charges is awaiting a judge's ruling that the jurist is ready for closing arguments from defense and prosecution. Once those arguments are submitted, the judge will decide the fate of Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, held without bail since April 1 ...

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Oct 10, 2014 No Comments ›› Ayala Chaviva

Translation of story below: Obama has banned the release of the Bergdahl investigation because Bergdahl is guilty of desertion and treason and probably collaboration in the killing of his fellow soldiers, and to release such facts, especially before the 2014 elections, would hurt Obama and the Democrat party, especially before the 2014 elections. Via THE HILL: The ...

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Oct 10, 2014 No Comments ›› Ayala Chaviva

Sybill Mikell has worked making mess trays and other products produced by Lighthouse for the Blind for decades, but shes facing the loss of her job because of a change in government procurement rules. Photo credit: Mary Lou Uttermohlen NEW ORLEANS — Sibyl Mikell has worked in the same New Orleans warehouse by the Mississippi River ...

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Oct 10, 2014 No Comments ›› Ayala Chaviva

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Six U.S. military planes arrived in the Ebola hot zone Thursday with more Marines, as West Africa's leaders pleaded for the world's help in dealing with a crisis that one called "a tragedy unforeseen in modern times." "Our people are dying," Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma lamented by videoconference at a ...

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Oct 9, 2014 No Comments ›› Ayala Chaviva

Via FREE BEACON: Sixteen military transport planes bought by the United States government for the Afghan Air Force (AAF) at a cost of nearly $500 million were recently destroyed by the Afghan military and sold for scrap parts at around six cents per pound, prompting a government inquiry to determine why millions of taxpayer dollars were ...

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Oct 9, 2014 No Comments ›› Ayala Chaviva

Via JDNews.com: Marine Corps Air Station New River on Wednesday held a full-scale pandemic outbreak drill where health officials and Marines responded to a smallpox outbreak that “occurred” aboard the installation. According to Lt. Joseph Kotora, the public health emergency officer for Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune, the Exercise Vigilant Response drill was the first of its ...

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Oct 9, 2014 No Comments ›› Ayala Chaviva

Via MILITARY TIMES: U.S. troops deploying to West Africa for the Ebola mission could earn up to $400 a month in special pays, according to Defense Department officials. One would be hardship duty pay-location of $150 a month for those troops in Liberia and Sierra Leone. This entitlement is retroactive to the day of arrival after 30 ...

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Oct 8, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

Excerpted from The Hill: The Ebola virus becoming airborne is a possible but unlikely outcome in the current epidemic, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Tom Frieden said Tuesday. The outbreak involves Ebola Zaire, a strain that is passed through bodily fluids, not the air. But some experts have expressed fear about viral ...

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Oct 7, 2014 No Comments ›› Ayala Chaviva

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Oct 7, 2014 No Comments ›› Ayala Chaviva

WASHINGTON - A small number of the nearly 4,000 U.S. military personnel headed to Liberia to combat the Ebola outbreak will have direct contact with virus victims, the general overseeing the mission said Tuesday. Gen. David M. Rodriguez, commander of U.S. Africa Command, also said the U.S. military effort to fight the outbreak could last "about ...

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Oct 7, 2014 No Comments ›› Ayala Chaviva

WASHINGTON – The Veterans Affairs Department said it is firing four senior executives as officials move to crack down on wrongdoing following a nationwide scandal over long wait times for veterans seeking medical care, and falsified records covering up the delays. The dismissals are the first since Congress passed a law this summer making it ...

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Oct 6, 2014 No Comments ›› Darby Crash

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Oct 6, 2014 No Comments ›› Ayala Chaviva

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) chose surfing over attending a VA hearing in Hawaii back in August. Via THE BLAZE: A House Democrat from Hawaii didn’t attend a hearing on veterans’ access to healthcare back in August because she was being profiled for an article and video profile about surfing by Yahoo News. According to the Honolulu Civil Beat, ...

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Oct 5, 2014 No Comments ›› Ayala Chaviva

IRBIL, Iraq — The United States sent helicopters into combat against Islamic State targets west of Baghdad on Sunday, the first time low-flying Army aircraft have been committed to fighting in an engagement that the Obama administration officials has promised would not include “boots on the ground.” The U.S. Central Command, in a statement about U.S. ...

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Oct 5, 2014 No Comments ›› Ayala Chaviva

NORFOLK, Va. – Self-guided unmanned patrol boats that can leave warships they're protecting and swarm and attack potential threats on the water could join the Navy's fleet within a year, defense officials say, adding the new technology could one day help stop attacks like the deadly 2000 bombing of the USS Cole off Yemen. The ...

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Oct 5, 2014 No Comments ›› Ayala Chaviva

Via FOX NEWS INSIDER: Before the Washington Nationals took on the San Francisco Giants in Game 2 of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park, an Army veteran wounded in Iraq threw out the ceremonial first pitch in a very unusual and crowd-pleasing way. Sgt. First Class Brian Keaton (Ret.), who spent three-and-a-half years at Walter ...

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Oct 5, 2014 No Comments ›› Ayala Chaviva

Via FOX NEWS: One U.S. Air Force member is dead and two are missing after being swept away in a typhoon that hit Okinawa, Japan, Sunday, Fox News confirmed. "One Airman is confirmed deceased and two more are missing after they were washed out to sea from the northwest coast of Okinawa at about 3:45 p.m. ...

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Oct 4, 2014 No Comments ›› Ayala Chaviva

They were the first U.S. soldiers to set foot in this remote corner of Logar province in more than three years. Deployed to support an Afghan battalion, they did not intend to engage in combat. The Taliban, however, had other plans for them. “Our role wasn’t really to fight,” said Lt. Graham Hennig, a platoon ...

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Oct 3, 2014 No Comments ›› Ayala Chaviva

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Oct 3, 2014 No Comments ›› Ayala Chaviva

BAGHDAD — The American official coordinating the international coalition fighting the Islamic State said on Friday that the Iraqi military would not be ready for a campaign to retake Mosul, the largest Iraqi city under insurgent control, for as much as a year. Mosul has become a symbol of the strength of the Islamist insurgency, which ...

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Oct 3, 2014 No Comments ›› Ayala Chaviva

WASHINGTON – There already are 231 U.S. military members with boots on the ground in the fight against Ebola in West Africa, a total of 1,400 are imminently being prepared to go, and there will be a maximum, for now, of 3,900 dispatched, according to Department of Defense spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby. At a news ...

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