Army

Exorcising the Salutin’ Demon

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Vassar wrote about a Salutin’ Demon a few days ago.  They weren’t uncommon in my day either.  Usually they are young Second Lieutenants who haven’t figured out their actual place in the chain of command.  Do you know the difference between a PFC and a First Lieutenant?  A PFC has been promoted twice. It kinda puts things in their rightful place. Theoretically a Lieutenant out ranks his Platoon Sergeant but in fact that Platoon Sergeant is, by Army regulation, ...

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Jump Master School and Meeting My New Lieutenant

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I spent the first half of 1998 in Sinai, Egypt as part of the Multi-National Force Observers (MFO).  It was an awesome deployment, great training that we made up ourselves and absolutely amazing time off.  23 days of one squad all alone on a remote site, patrols, training, guard duty, all opportunities to build on the basics.  Then two weeks of challenging training, live fires, maneuver live fires, marksmanship, physically brutal stuff that left you full of piss and vinegar ...

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Dying of Gangrene

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(This pencil art is from an unidentified soldier or medical personnel, in a field facility, Corinth, Mississippi. Title: “Dying of Gangrene” from an exhibition of art at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, 1961 and 1962.)

( A copy of the approx. 260 pg book is available in out Sales Gallery.)

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By an Angel’s Kiss, SSG Alexander Conrad, (Army) Somalia

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Kissed by an Angel, Where Violins are the Angels’ Voices, and the Cello Sings Harmony

SSG Alexander Conrad, 26, of Chandler, Arizona

was killed June 8, 2018, as a result of a fire fight with Al Shabbab in Somalia

He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group, Airborne,  Ft Bragg.

Rest in peace, Sergeant

Job well done.  

angeleagle

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Gummi Bears, a Supply Sergeant’s Revenge

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(From a 2014 Product-review of Sugar Free Gummi-Bears at Amazon.com. by a Supply Sargeant named Jason Ellenberg. Anyone know him, we’d like to invite him over.- VB)

To preface this, I will state that it is not good to upset anyone in the military supply network. This is especially true for a supply NCO who can be both creative and vindictive to those who earn his ire.

One of my biggest pet peeves was troopies who walked into my ...

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Former burn pit inspector: Pentagon officials ignored warnings during Iraq War

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[Source: Fox News Exclusive by Perry Chiaramonte, Lea Gabrielle]

The hazardous effects resulting in terminal illnesses and the loss of life of American service members, veterans and contractors exposed to the burn pits on bases where they were stationed during Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation New Dawn is a discussion that has long been covered up.

Those who have not died are gravely ill from exposure to thick clouds of black smoke and toxic waste burned at military sites ...

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D-Day 74: Jumping to Honor Greatest Generation

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[Feature photo by: Petty Officer 2nd Class Robert Baldock]

Defense Visual Information Distribution Service by U.S. Army Europe

SAINTE-MERE-EGLISE, France – More than 500 U.S., French, Dutch, Romanian and German paratroopers jumped from nine U.S., French, Dutch and German C-130s and C-160s during a commemorative airborne operation near here June 3 to pay tribute to D-Day veterans who demonstrated the selfless service and sacrifice characteristic of the Greatest Generation.

Following the flight path of June 6, 1944, aircraft dropped 60 paratroopers per pass, with ...

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The Case of the Heisted Bicycle- Japan

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Most of what follows is true.

Mrs Minami was a genuine Japanese-American internee in California during WWII. As soon as the war ended, she took a job with the Defense Department in the Occupation, married a Japanese man, and lived long and prospered as a GS-grade secretary. The last time I ever heard from her was in 1990, retired, when she received her reparations check from the government. The Democrats were so embarrassed that it was one of their guys (FDR) who ...

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A Night Off From the Trail

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94-96, Ft Benning GA.  Drill Sergeant duty was a great experience, I learned a lot but it was long, drudgerous work.  Up at 0300 home again at 2300, that’s worst case but it went on for three weeks at a stretch.  Then throw in CQ or Staff Duty roll the “max Drills” dice when you don’t get 24 hours off after pulling 24 hour duty.  Damn, snake eyes again.  The best it got to was 0400 to 2000, better than ...

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The Trail Vehicle

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I was On The Trail from 94 thru 96 at Ft Benning, GA.  The Home of the Infantry.  We did a lot of road marching.  I always had and by 94 I had six years of service.  Six years of the Infantry lifestyle will make you hard as woodpecker lips.  The Infantry Lifestyle will get the best of you…