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Published: Sun, 23 Oct 2016 17:41:00 -0500


The Golden Days of World War II Nose Art

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 09:38:05 -0500

During World War II the US military combat planes were typically painted a drab camouflage, without any use of markings of a personal nature. It is believed that the Germans were the first to apply "nose art" by hand painting designs on their fighters and bombers.

We Have Entered The Age Of Nuclear Terrorism - Now What?

Sun, 02 Oct 2016 11:51:26 -0500

For years I've been saying how important it is to keep nuclear weapons from states that sponsor terrorism - nation-states like Iran for instance that funds Hamas and Hezbollah to the tune of $100 million per year. What happens if Iran gets nuclear weapons? Sure they will have them for deterrent, provided they have the missile technology or other means to deliver those weapons, but a more scary scenario would be for them to give such WMD to terrorist organization to serve upon their enemy or enemies. Remember they've promised to blow Israel off the map and they call us the great evil. That just doesn't sound like they mean well, and we all know about the regional sectarian struggles too.

The Army Haven't Returned to The Barracks

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 14:09:41 -0500

Every things looked so good at independence, but now Nigeria has become a beggar State. How did we get it wrong? The same old Army officers that ruled us during the Military era and destroyed Nigeria through dictatorial rule, are they still ruling us now? Have the Army really returned to the barracks?

Our Commitment To NATO And Presidential Politics Here At Home Discussed

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 06:39:45 -0500

Donald Trump (Presidential Nominee) suggested that if the NATO nations failed to pay their way as promised, then our commitment to NATO might be in jeopardy. What's wrong with that? NATO Nations have promised to commit no less than 2% of their GDPs to defense, but only a few of the NATO nations have or do on an annual basis. Look, if they are not committed to NATO, why should we be? We are not here to pay their way, and defend them if they will not commit to defend themselves as promised.

Revere All Veterans, At Any Given Opportunity - For Unselfish Acts of Service

Thu, 04 Aug 2016 10:37:54 -0500

Veterans are people of high self-esteem, caliber and show selfless dedication to humanity. A veteran from any land or any nation is a gift from heaven. Revere and honor a veteran for their service, at any time of year, don't wait for that changing date on the calendar to remember the remarkable contribution that they have made to mankind, their country and to other nations as well. Recognize those veterans that served in WWI, WW2, Hurricane Katrina or anywhere that they have contributed to country and safety. Veteran's day should be immediate when you notice a veteran in your vicinity, take the time to say,"Thank you,for your service.". God Bless all veterans for their sacrifice and service and for those who now serve in Heaven, we salute you, and wish you peace and rest.

Why American Gun Ownership May Deliver Another Civil War

Mon, 18 Jul 2016 15:34:42 -0500

It's something the world looks upon with fear when policemen are now being killed in the USA after black men were shot and others killed in cold blood and now police are the ones targeted. The answer to the problem will not come about with a new President but only with the overthrow of gun ownership. Even that won't work, however, as there are so many weapons owned by individuals, black and white, that it would be beyond the government's financial means to buy them back.

The Man Who Would Be King

Fri, 15 Jul 2016 06:35:20 -0500

From the castle keep to the halls of Westminster in an age of chivalry and knights gallantly astride their steady mounts came the one Knight that had the greatest impact on not only English history but that of all Europe. The height of the Middle Ages in a world filled with long bows, broad swords and lancers, this was life in the 11th century. The days of chivalry and knighthood where on galloping horses lancers in hand jousting tournaments were held all over the land.

The Possible Truth About the Roswell Incident

Tue, 12 Jul 2016 08:33:13 -0500

The object that crashed during the Roswell incident was probably an experimental space capsule carrying involuntary humans as Guinea pigs. The capsule was lifted by balloons and possibly by rocket motors around the edge of it nearly into space, and this was done as an early event in the American space program.

Can Brittiania Rule the Waves Again?

Tue, 05 Jul 2016 10:20:12 -0500

BRITAIN TO TRY AND RULE THE WAVES AGAIN WITH 2 POWERFUL NEW AIRCRAFT CARRIERS The Royal navy will flex its muscles as two new carriers join by 2020 which will make the British a force like old when Britannia ruled the oceans For close to 200 years the Royal Navy ruled the oceans and it was entirely due to British naval power that the adage 'the sun never sets on the British empire' was coined. The Second...

The Russian TU 160 Is a Force Multiplier

Tue, 05 Jul 2016 10:19:39 -0500

THE RUSSIAN TU-160 IS REVAMPED AND PUT IN AN OPERATIONAL ROLE - When the Soviet Union was on its last legs they had produced a Mach II heavy bomber known as the TU-160. The aircraft produced in 1987, died a natural death as the Soviet Union collapsed. The successor state Russia, for some time, lay low, beset with economic problems as well as confusion about its role in world affairs.

Where Are Our Admirals and Generals in Our Time of Need? Carter: Transgender Individuals Allowed

Tue, 05 Jul 2016 10:00:20 -0500

On Thursday, June 30, 2016, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter held a press conference and announced what may be the most controversial--and outlandish--change to military service perhaps in our history--transgender individuals will now be allowed to enlist and serve openly in our nation's armed forces--effective immediately. In fact, they will be assisted in their medical requirements to change their sex by military medical personnel. The deadline for full implementation is one year, July 2017. Hopefully, by then we have a new and sensible president who quashes this abomination. As is customary in Washington, D. C., this radical pronouncement was made on the approach of the 4th of July weekend ensuring it would receive scant attention from not only the press but also the public. It would slip quietly into effect with little or no critical response. This is just another of the final year of the Obama presidency's extreme liberal agenda Barack Obama is intent on implementing before he lapses into history, one more of the egregious changes he intends to ensure he leaves as part of his liberal legacy. There are more to come.

The Swamp Fox

Fri, 17 Jun 2016 10:26:02 -0500

When Mel Gibson portrayed Francis Marion in the movie "The Patriot" that portrayal was more like a Revolutionary period Rambo than the actual man himself known as The Swamp Fox. Most of the history of the American Revolution centers on George Washington. But, it was the courage, the stealth like cunning, and the tenacity that he displayed in a time when the future of America was really on the line that has cemented the Swamp Fox's place in history as one of Americas Greatest Patriots and next to George Washington a true Revolutionary War hero.

What Memorial Day Means to Me

Wed, 15 Jun 2016 10:35:33 -0500

Memorial Day, for most of us, is a day of joy - parades, barbecues, family, and friends. We celebrate those who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our great nation, our way of life, and our freedom. There was a time in my life where Memorial Day made me uncomfortable - celebrating death felt odd. I see things differently now.

Why the Military Often Demands Plastic Fasteners

Thu, 09 Jun 2016 12:57:28 -0500

When it comes to "tough" environments, nothing can compare to the military. So when the military needs its equipment's components to last and withstand impacts and major environmental considerations, it often turns to plastic fasteners.

How To Join The Pakistan Army

Mon, 06 Jun 2016 09:36:45 -0500

If you have always wanted to join the Pakistan army, there are many ways in which you can join it. This article will guide you on the different ways. Joining the army after a Master's Degree - Even if you have some level of education, it doesn't mean that you can't get into the Pakistan army. You can join the army as a captain or major. For you to qualify for the position you should be no more than 28 years old. You also should meet the minimum physical requirements: If you are male, you should be no less than 162.5 cm. If female, you should be more than 157.5 cm tall.

Memorial Day: Remember the Fallen

Fri, 03 Jun 2016 09:56:07 -0500

The military honor guard provide a wonderful service for our loved ones who have served our nations military. I will always remember how special it made my brother's funeral. Let us always strive to remember our fallen, They are the reason that we are free.

Memorial Day in the USA

Tue, 31 May 2016 07:08:49 -0500

Remembering the sacrifice of the war dead is something that western nations do with gratitude. Reflecting on the enormous debt they paid so that others can be free is usually done on a special day that is highlighted with special services. In the United States this happens on the last Monday in May.

War and Bombs

Tue, 31 May 2016 06:27:57 -0500

There can be nothing more terrifying than having bombs falling in your area. Houses blown up, people killed, many maimed, and others devastated is a side of war that many are forced to come to grips with. The threat of annihilation and the loss of family, friends, pets, homes, and your life's work are all in the mix.

All About Memorial Day And Tribute Accessories

Fri, 27 May 2016 11:38:29 -0500

The Armed Forces are a source of pride for every country. No country can survive without the military; we cannot live today without their existence. There is a special day in a country's calendar dedicated to honor the brave soldier who has sacrificed his life for the country.

War Machines

Wed, 25 May 2016 15:53:03 -0500

The sophisticated war machines of today are the culmination of hundreds of years of designs and innovations. Probably nothing can match the hours of work and the number of people who have set themselves the task of perfecting those in existence or creating new ones. War seems like a game of testing them out and each time one country gets an advantage over another there is someone who is prepared to pass on the technology to others.

Battle of Saragrahi (1897): Golden Page From Sikh Army History

Mon, 23 May 2016 08:12:46 -0500

Introduction I will, in this article, narrate the account of a famous last stand by the Sikh Regiment of the Indian army on 12 September 1897 at Saragrahi, now in Pakistan. We have heard, read and seen on celluloid the feat of 300 Spartan soldiers who held at bay a much larger Persian force. This episode has been made into a film by Hollywood titled "300" and showcases the bravery of the soldiers of Sparta who held a force of 50000 Persian soldiers under the command of Emperor Xerxes at the mouth of a pass at the Messina mountains...

Surviving Post Traumatic Stress

Thu, 19 May 2016 07:04:01 -0500

Dave, a U.S. Marine serving in Vietnam, heard a gun shot come from the tent next to his. He ran over to see what had happened. Inside, he found his friend, Bob sitting on his bunk with his head on shoulders slumped over.

Veteran Recalls Desert Fighting in World War II

Fri, 13 May 2016 08:05:06 -0500

A World War II veteran recalls fighting with the 57th Fighter Group which was detached to the service of the British 8th Army in Egypt, under the command of Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery. Their main objective was to defeat Germany's Field Marshal Erwin Rommel who was pushing eastward in northern Africa.

A World War II Veteran's Fight in Italy

Thu, 12 May 2016 07:46:34 -0500

A young shepherd boy raised in the sagebrush covered hills of Wyoming finds himself on the central mountains of Italy. Virgil Moss recalls his experiences in mountain warfare during World War II.

The Few, The Brave, The Forgotten

Tue, 05 Apr 2016 15:12:52 -0500

Veterans from the Viet Nam war were "drafted" and really did not have much say in joining the armed services. Other wars are for those who wish to join, of their own accord, and fulfill their service to their country. In either case, no veteran should ever go hungry, or live on a street, or suffer physical, mental or emotional problems without getting the guidance and help they deserve. Charity always begins at home and while migrants and illegal immigrants may need some assistance, our veterans deserve and should get our full attention and resources.

My First Time Under Enemy Fire

Tue, 22 Mar 2016 11:55:19 -0500

One of the most significant events in any soldier's life is when they come under contact for the first time. How do they prepare, react and cope with the event?

Was the Success of the Viet Cong Decisive in Persuading the USA to Escalate in South Vietnam?

Tue, 08 Mar 2016 11:56:05 -0600

It is obvious that the South Vietnamese alone were not capable of withstanding the Viet Cong. The fighters of the DRV had shown its fighting prowess at Dien Bien Phu in 1954 and had won battles against South Vietnamese soldiers even when outnumbered four to one. Without increased involvement from the USA, the south would indeed fall.

One Rank One Pension - The Meeting in Mumbai

Wed, 02 Mar 2016 06:49:20 -0600

The Beginning - I flew in from abroad (Singapore) to attend the OROP sammelan of Ex -Servicemen at Azad Maidan on 31 October 2015 at Mumbai. I am well ensconced, but at the same time very concerned about implementation of OROP. I have a case that haunts me.

The Salt Water Crocodile and World War II

Mon, 29 Feb 2016 11:03:10 -0600

I visited the Al Ain Zoo about 150 km from Abu Dhabi. This article is not about the zoo, but about a particular species of crocodile called the saltwater crocodile (Crocodylus porosus). This is a saltwater species, something of which I was not aware.

The Practice of Leaving Coins on Headstones

Fri, 19 Feb 2016 06:32:27 -0600

A casual stroll within the ramparts of a large cemetery could very well divulge a number of headstones containing one or two coins resting upon them which have been left by visitors to that particular grave. There is a significant rationale behind this practice of leaving a coin on the gravestone of those people especially if the individual within the grave happens to be an American military member who died while on duty. You will discover that the connotation surrounding the coins tend to vary depending upon the denomination of coin left at the grave.

The Civilian Report of Survey

Wed, 17 Feb 2016 11:35:58 -0600

After leaving the military, many things, small and large, stick with you. After all, being in the military is not so much an occupation as a way of life. The soldier's feared Report of Survey happens mainly when property is lost, stolen, or missing. In a humorous way this short piece shows how the report of survey mentality follows a veteran for life.

Give the Gift of Communication to Military Troops

Mon, 15 Feb 2016 15:58:17 -0600

Our ability to live freely, express our views, and go to sleep without any fear is due to the men and women of our armed forces who risk their lives every day to keep us safe. The services of our military troops from the beginning of our country until today and those who will continue to protect us in the future should never be forgotten.

Dual Use Technologies for the Future of National Security and Military Tech

Wed, 03 Feb 2016 06:19:01 -0600

Our Military and National Security research agencies like DARPA and IARPA get a good amount of their technology from the private sector as hand-me-downs, and although you might think such technology as second rate, often the security or military application solves real problems when it comes to "dual-use" innovative technology. Indeed, I've written a great deal on this topic and often see other uses for technology that even those doing the research may not have considered. Let's talk and let me give you an example.

Supporting Families of the Deployed

Tue, 26 Jan 2016 11:21:21 -0600

When a citizen chooses to serve in the military force, it's not a regular office job, but a unique way of life that affects the entire family. The families of the military personnel and children of veterans face a distinct set of challenges, and it is our responsibility to find ways to support military members. Not only does it help to recognize the heartfelt sacrifice of men and women in uniform, but it also gives a much-needed helping hand to families struggling on the home front.

History of the US Army Chevron

Mon, 25 Jan 2016 14:08:58 -0600

The "Chevron" is an architectural term to denote the rafters of a roof that meet at an angle forming the upper apex. It began being used in various forms as a symbol of rank of knights or men-at-arms. It is believed that the "Chevron" was originally given as an award to a knight to show he had captured a castle, town or other building (hence the resemblance to a roof), from there it began being used as an insignia by the military.

What Are Dog Tags?

Tue, 12 Jan 2016 06:53:54 -0600

You might have come to notice people wearing metal tags with weird writings on them, especially when you see a military personnel. Those necklaces are known as "dog tags" and have been around for quite some time, going as far back as 1851 during the Taiping Revolt.

How Battles Affect History

Thu, 07 Jan 2016 07:16:34 -0600

The results of battles and how they affect immigration, settlements and industry. The story of a drummer, the son of Loyalists, who fought in the Revolutionary War and how that changed the lives of his Scottish clan and the American frontier.

Evaluating Mahmud of Ghazni: Great Conqueror and Leader

Mon, 04 Jan 2016 10:21:24 -0600

Mahmud of Ghazni is a much reviled character in Hindu literature, while Muslims bring out that he defeated the "Hindus". The Hindu writers portray him as a destroyer of temples. No wonder the Pakistanis have named one of their missiles as Ghaznavi.

Korean War: Victory or Defeat?

Thu, 31 Dec 2015 15:56:35 -0600

On paper and in history, the Korean War was seen as neither a victory or a loss. A cease fire and peace treaty was written between them instead. The battles went on for 3 long years. On July 27, 1953 the two sides signed an armistice and a new border was established on a few miles from the original 1950 border. In my opinion, the Korean Conflict/War was a "success" in ways other than the original goals set by the United States.

Why Call The Ship The Prince of Wales?

Mon, 21 Dec 2015 09:20:58 -0600

Britain is building two new aircraft carriers. They are eagerly awaited, and will end a period during which the Royal Navy has lacked this type of warship. The first vessel to enter service is to be named: HMS Queen Elizabeth, after England's longest serving monarch. The second warship is to be named: HMS Prince of Wales, after the present heir to the throne. However, the last ship of that name had an unfortunate history, and if, as many sailors believe, a name can jinx a ship, another name might be better received.

Is NATO a Compromised Defender

Wed, 16 Dec 2015 08:15:05 -0600

Germany's Iron Chancellor Otto von Bismarck was an acute observer of life: "People never lie so much as after a hunt, during a war, or before an election." What about before a war, Herr Bismarck? There is a commonly held belief that in terms of the unthinkable NATO America has the edge on modern Russia. This self-delusion is on a par with the 'home by Christmas' canard spouted at the outbreak of the Great War 1914 ~ 1918. The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) was ostensibly created in 1949 to thwart Soviet ambitions. Its role now appears to be the marketing arm of America's vast arms industry. NATO certainly takes the gold medal at starting conflicts many of which are ignited in defiance of international law. However, it is remarkably inept at ending them.

The Profit-Making War Machine

Thu, 10 Dec 2015 13:07:18 -0600

The Western Powers are now engaged in perpetual war. Few Britons or Americans have known a month when their country was not directly or indirectly involved in conflict. Rudyard Kipling, Britain's greatest poet, who lost his only son in World War One, was scathing: 'If any question why we died, Tell them, because our fathers lied." Disregard Orwellian mantras such as 'The War on Terror' and similar smokescreens. Conflict is fueled, not by idealism, but by pursuit of market share, territory and raw material. Global war is the most profitable venture of all man's pursuits. Western economies are largely based upon arms related investment, raw material acquisition and profits.

Veterans Day

Thu, 10 Dec 2015 09:23:26 -0600

Back in November of this year, an Uber driver opened up about his three sons being in the army. He said, "these men and women don't come back the same as when they left." I started to think about all the norms associated with our veterans. Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are what is usually seen in the news. I did a little more research into what other disorders our veterans develop to see if epilepsy or seizures were among them. So do our veterans come home and develop epilepsy?

The Poignancy of Old Letters

Thu, 10 Dec 2015 07:20:58 -0600

"My Dearest Kathleen, This is a last letter before I cross over the border into Spain. I will post it in the border town and then I will be on Spanish territory. This is a terrible long journey we are on now - about 15-hours." There is a poignancy about letters written during times we can scarcely identify with. The letter was written to my mother, then my father's fiance, before a clandestine mountain crossing into Spain where Civil War raged. Father and his companions had hitch-hiked from England to Spain as members of the International Brigade to fight Fascism.

Ghosts of the Eastern Front

Thu, 10 Dec 2015 07:10:25 -0600

The fiercest battles of World War Two took place along the Eastern Front. The Front reached back to Germany through Russia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, the Balkans, Ukraine, Belarus, Poland, and the Baltic States. Throughout these sombre landscapes, where Europe's best gave their lives to free Europe from the scourge of the Bolshevik-Washington DC alliance, grave robbers thrive. Known as black archaeologists these scavengers are constantly engaged in searching for military artefacts. These macabre souvenirs are then sold throughout Europe and U.S. There seems to be an inexhaustible appetite for such ghoulish objects. Other than the dangers of unexploded devices and the horror of exhuming human remains, paranormal events are often experienced by researchers when engaged in their chilling pursuits.

Japanese American Medal of Honor Recipient Passes

Mon, 07 Dec 2015 09:44:38 -0600

Although they were the most highly decorated unit in the U.S. Army during World War II for their size and length of service, Japanese Americans were denied most of the highest military honors for which they were recommended. George Sakato was one who received the Medal of Honor many years later.

Commemorating the Attack on Pearl Harbor

Fri, 04 Dec 2015 14:25:35 -0600

How bad was the attack on Pearl Harbor? Is today's world shaped by that attack?

Give 'em Watts Boys!

Tue, 01 Dec 2015 12:25:50 -0600

A story of action. Where acts speak louder than words. This is a history lesson and an example of how actions are more important and valuable than words.

The Battle Of Dade

Tue, 01 Dec 2015 07:48:55 -0600

Do you know or have you heard about the battle of Dade? The historical site where this battle took place is preserved at the Dade Battlefield Historic State park in Bushnell Florida. To learn more about this battle and its significance it is necessary to go back to the 1830's.

Is the USA's Hands-Off Policy Toward Terrorism Inevitable?

Mon, 23 Nov 2015 13:32:20 -0600

Commentators will debate how much blame Obama's hands-off policy and Bush's hands-on policy should bear for the global terrorism mess we find ourselves in today. The point of this commentary is to question whether things would have turned out meaningfully different if we had instead elected other leaders from the pool of presidential candidates since the events of 9/11.

Defeating ISIS

Wed, 18 Nov 2015 05:54:41 -0600

I am tired of seeing the United States fighting wars. The war in the Middle East should be fought by countries in that area. It is time to rethink the ISIS situation and I would like to propose an answer to the problem.

Into The Savage Jungle

Tue, 17 Nov 2015 08:47:58 -0600

As the world spins out of control where savage factions reign terror through-out the globe humanity is drawn into the savage jungle once more. For the past few decades insurgents have systematically and ruthlessly attack civil societies. The savage brutality in random assaults displaying an utter contempt for the sanctity of life is so apparent with every atrocity committed.

Aerial Surveillance Vehicles Powered by Nuclear Energy

Mon, 16 Nov 2015 09:41:27 -0600

The great powers in the World, like USA, Russia and China, probably posses nuclear powered aerial vehicles used for surveillance of own population, border surveillance and also intended to be used for crowd control in case of serious riots. When these are seen by people, they likely cause an UFO report.

PTSD - Another Curse of War

Fri, 13 Nov 2015 08:01:05 -0600

The effects of PTSD and the need for benefits for those who suffer. What conditions contribute to PTSD is discussed.

Let's Honor Our Veterans

Thu, 12 Nov 2015 15:21:47 -0600

November is a special time of year for those who've served our country in the armed services. Each November 11th we as a people set aside a day to give thanks to the men and women who have fought and served our nation. No matter what your political affiliation, soldiers are a group of people who undergo extreme hardship and stress, and are deserving of respect for putting their lives on the line. We should all have a special selection to honor the troops past and present.

Arms Races - In The End You Can't Win

Sat, 07 Nov 2015 12:10:00 -0600

Who wins an arms race? It is a race right? So there can be a winner and loser right? Well, not so fast. The nation who spends the most may win, or they may not, the nation that is most efficient in their expenditures has a better advantage but may have a smaller economy to tax to do it? Any nation who enters into an arms race accepts the expense to its society, economy and civilization. Any nation under threat that doesn't could lose their civilization if it goes to war, and also loses its ability to do hardcore international negotiations, trade deals, etc. which can hurt its treasury and economic vitality. Damned if you do and damned if you don't. Okay so, let's talk.

Happy 240th Birthday, Marines!

Thu, 05 Nov 2015 06:27:55 -0600

On 10 November of every year, Marines across the globe celebrate the Marine Corps birthday. This year marks the 240th anniversary of the founding of the Corps.

How RFI Shielding Systems Are Protecting Military Assets Worldwide

Tue, 03 Nov 2015 14:44:45 -0600

Complete with embedded wireless capabilities, high-speed circuits and high definition graphical interfaces, modern military hardware is becoming increasingly complex. Growing technological complexities are in turn making them vulnerable to radio frequency interference (RFI) threats - a kind of electronic disturbance that can be produced by a range of electronic or electromechanical devices including personal computer and computer games, medical instruments, industrial controls and many more. The radiated energy or electronic noise often affects the performance of sensitive defense equipment such as computer windows, displays on global positioning systems and military vehicles.

The Resisters of Conscience of World War II

Wed, 28 Oct 2015 09:19:03 -0500

During World War II when Japanese Americans faced extreme discrimination and were unfairly incarcerated in camps, a group stood up for their rights when faced with being drafted into the U.S. Army. These were the Resisters of Conscience who refused to serve until and unless they and their families were released from imprisonment.

Syria: Putin Is a Chief of Shiites

Thu, 15 Oct 2015 14:06:20 -0500

1 to 0.1 for the Russians, 0 for Westerners. This is the score - at least for the moment of this dangerous game that is played in Syria and in this country, which could lead the Russia and the United States on the edge of confrontation.

Russian and Iranian Misadventures in the Middle East

Wed, 14 Oct 2015 06:23:47 -0500

As Mark twain once explained, "History doesn't repeat itself but it rhymes." The Russian and Iranian military thrust into Syria with their version of "shock & awe" are grabbing headlines worldwide but in reality are simply "screaming into the wind" in a brutal armed cauldron that will eventually swallow their resources and eventually their will. The upcoming humiliating military defeats and resulting domestic political backlashes will tarnish and then challenge the leaderships in Russia and Iran.

American Military Swastika Usage

Fri, 09 Oct 2015 07:43:38 -0500

The Swastika was used by the US military in two main contexts. During the 1st World War American fighter pilots volunteered to fight alongside the French on the Western Front; they served in the unit known as the Escadrille Lafayette, in honour of the revolutionary Marquis de Lafayette. Black Swastikas were often emblazoned on the sides of the fuselage. Up until 1939 a division of the US National Guard had a gold Swastika as part of their insignia

Not Many World War II Veterans Remain

Wed, 07 Oct 2015 12:56:11 -0500

The World War II veterans have grown older, and many have left this life. They were heroes. Among them were Japanese Americans who served their country with honor and loyalty.

Are Russian Smart Bombs Not So Smart?

Fri, 02 Oct 2015 09:05:12 -0500

After three years of hostilities creating millions of refugees, the conflict in Syria has just become much more complex through the intervention of the Russians in support of beleaguered President Asad. Although said to be targeting ISIL like the coalition air forces, the Russian aircraft appear to be attacking other anti-Asad groups, some of which have been trained and equipped by the USA. Observers are asserting that President Putin's move has disrupted western strategy and attempts are being made to coordinate Russian and coalition air movements to avoid accidental conflict. It is certain that western military analysts will be closely monitoring Russian air activities and they will already have noted with mixed feelings that Russian smart bombs are not so smart.

Duty, Honor, Country, The General's General

Thu, 01 Oct 2015 13:33:55 -0500

It is said that events all through-out history have dictated the actions and reactions of ordinary human beings to extraordinary things. In doing so they have also rewrote history. Born in 1880 in Arkansas Douglas MacArthur would become one of histories most decorated military Generals.

Russian Military in Syria - Beyond the Near Abroad

Tue, 29 Sep 2015 06:55:40 -0500

Russia is the new player in the Middle Syria, in Syria, flaunting a bevy of cutting-edge weaponry to use on a despicable foe called ISIS. However this effort is certainly not humanitarian in any way, rather purely political and strategic as Russia attempts to re-enter the world stage beyond the Near Abroad.

Winds Of War

Tue, 29 Sep 2015 06:37:07 -0500

Once our earth was filled with green fields that were kissed by the sun. Once there were blue skies filled with white clouds gently floating high above. Once there were valleys where fresh clean water used to run.

Once Nigerians, We Were Now "Biafrans of Igbo Descent"

Thu, 17 Sep 2015 12:47:49 -0500

In the village at that era, adults did not give reasons for disciplining children. Figure it out, they would say. In retrospect, the smack was an omen, the beginning of an impending horror.

The Unjust Mass Incarceration of Innocent Americans

Wed, 16 Sep 2015 14:58:55 -0500

During World War II, Japanese Americans were incarcerated in camps which were built in remote areas of the United States. It was unjust treatment simply for being ethnic Japanese. It was due to discrimination and prejudice.

Ben Kuroki Was an American Hero of World War II

Tue, 15 Sep 2015 08:06:29 -0500

After the start of World War II, Japanese American young men tried to enlist in the U.S. military. Most were rejected. Ben Kuroki is one who was able to join the U.S. Army Air Corps.

Some Ponderings On That Roswell UFO Incident (July 1947): Part Two

Wed, 02 Sep 2015 06:34:20 -0500

What follows are further extracts from an ongoing on-line debate I engaged in about the alleged UFO crash near Roswell, New Mexico in July 1947. The extracts have been edited so as to be meaningful as standalone paragraphs. Some previous knowledge about the Roswell event would probably be useful.

Some Ponderings On That Roswell UFO Incident (July 1947): Part One

Tue, 01 Sep 2015 07:14:00 -0500

What follows are extracts from an ongoing on-line debate I engaged in about the alleged UFO crash near Roswell, New Mexico in July 1947. The extracts have been edited so as to be meaningful as standalone paragraphs. Some previous knowledge about the Roswell event would probably be useful.

The Last Templar

Fri, 28 Aug 2015 06:09:39 -0500

In all of history there is nothing more intriguing than the Knights Templar. For they are the ones that have made history so fascinating. Through the ages though there have been many unanswered questions surrounding their existence.

15 August 1945: USS Concord Fires Last Shot of WWII - 15 August 2015 Marks the 70th Anniversary

Tue, 11 Aug 2015 10:50:00 -0500

On 15 August 1945, 70 years ago, the USS Concord, a four-stack light cruiser assigned to the Northern Pacific Ocean, fired the LAST shot of World War II. If you ask, "What's in a name?" the men aboard the Concord were well aware that their ship was named for the Massachusetts town where the FIRST ordered shot of the American Revolution was fired in 1775--the famous "shot heard 'round the world."

The Conquests of Mohammad of Ghor: Lessons for the Modern India

Mon, 06 Jul 2015 10:14:03 -0500

When I was completing my Honors degree in Physics at the Kurukshetra University in Haryana, I often used to visit the town of Thanesar which almost adjoins the university. Later I came to know that about 10 miles away from Thanesar is the village of Tarain, where 2 momentous battles took place between the Rajput's and Mohammed of Ghor also called Mohammed Ghori. Mohammed Ghori's real name was Muizz ad-din-Muhammed.

Dear Politician, Know Your Soldier!

Thu, 02 Jul 2015 06:49:43 -0500

Plurality is the nature of India - so is with Indian Armed Forces. People from different regions, languages, cultures and heritage get together for the only objective - safeguarding the Indian boundaries. Yes, the success of Indian Armed Force lies in the unity of soldiers. Every individual in general - and the nation as a whole - can draw inspiration from the Indian Armed Forces. "Jai Jawan Jai Kisan" was a popular slogan given to India by the then Prime Minister of India Lal Bahadur Shastri, in 1965, at a public gathering at Ramlila Maidan in New Delhi. The importance of soldiers and farmers was symbolised in this way to the nation. Nevertheless, both the farmers and the soldiers are remembered only during the crisis and calamities. At least - don't ever make mockery of the true spirit in soldiers and their services to the nation. Jai Hind!!

A Big Day in the Life of an American

Fri, 26 Jun 2015 11:06:00 -0500

The fourth of July is a special day in the life of an American. Sometimes, we are grateful for more than one reason.

Coming Home Was Not Easy for Japanese American Veterans

Fri, 26 Jun 2015 10:06:10 -0500

Japanese Americans in the military during World War II served mostly in segregated units of the U.S. Army. They faced discrimination and prejudice before and after the war.

The Purple Heart Battalion

Wed, 24 Jun 2015 12:24:12 -0500

After World War II began, Japanese Americans serving in the U.S. military were released. Some later joined the segregated unit of Japanese Americans when it was established. They fought in the European theater and became highly decorated with purple heart awards for casualties in battle.

The Big Sticks

Wed, 10 Jun 2015 09:19:11 -0500

The history of the world has always been written in blood. Blood spilled through countless acts of aggression, greed and lust. Man's unquenchable thirst for power, control and wealth has once again thrust humanity onto the brink of falling back into the caves of the Neanderthal.

Keep Drilling Until You Officially Receive Your IRR Orders

Mon, 08 Jun 2015 06:31:38 -0500

A Soldier reaches his 6 year Troop Program Unit (TPU) anniversary. According to the Soldier's contract, he has 2 years of Individual Ready Reserve (IRR) time. His Unit Administrator (UA) prepares his IRR packet, has the Soldier sign it, then tells the soldier that he is "good". The Soldier "does not" have to drill because his IRR packet is being processed and forwarded. The following year, that same unit orders that Soldier to return to drill. What went wrong?

It Happened on 9/11

Fri, 29 May 2015 12:59:42 -0500

"What is the transition? The transition is a slapstick comedy routine starring The Three Stooges. However, instead of calling them Larry, Curly and Moe, they are named, Who You Were, Who You Are and Who You Really Need To Be In This Situation."

Article Four of National Economic Reform's Ten Articles of Confederation: Department of Defense

Tue, 26 May 2015 06:59:31 -0500

In no other time in the history of the United States has there ever been such a furor to cut the defense budget. The proposals that are being considered and are currently in place leaves this nation's preparedness for any eventuality whether another terrorist attack or natural disaster anywhere American lives are at risk in serious jeopardy. Granted there are inlays within the defense budget that need to be either trimmed or eliminated all together but the pervasive attitude in Washington today by our illustrious Republicans is that budget cuts at all costs will save America.

Tribute to an American Catholic Hero

Thu, 21 May 2015 08:57:27 -0500

One of the famed six flag-raisers on Iwo Jima during World War II, Navy corpsman John Henry Bradley (1923--1994) may have never considered himself an American Catholic hero, but that's exactly what he was. Whether tending wounded Marines under heavy gunfire on the battlefield or managing his funeral home in Antigo, Wisconsin, his entire life was marked by selfless dedication to the service of others. It's time the Church opened his cause for sainthood.

Memorial Day, 2015

Thu, 21 May 2015 05:51:15 -0500

Memorial Day is a U.S. holiday for remembering the members of the armed forces who died while serving this nation. Originally known as Decoration Day, the holiday was begun after the Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in that war. By the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who died while in military service.

A Tribute to the Foreign Born Military Spouse

Tue, 12 May 2015 13:06:01 -0500

Today, I'd like to pay tribute to a special group of people within the military community, the Foreign Born Military Spouses. I'd like to thank each and every one of you for your service, your sacrifice, your strength and your support. When we speak of the sacrifice of military spouses, we think of keeping a marriage together under less than the best circumstances, of raising children alone, of nights spent in anguish wondering what if.

7 Ways Military Spouses Can Help Their Soldiers Prepare for A Deployment

Tue, 05 May 2015 09:08:17 -0500

The article gives information to military spouses on how to prepare for the deployment of their Soldiers. This article provides 7 points that can make life easier for the whole family during a military deployment.

Thank You to Our Veterans and Active Military Members

Mon, 04 May 2015 15:42:57 -0500

We would like to take a moment and thank the members of our armed forces and their families for their sacrifice. Yes, we realize it is not only the soldiers who sacrifice greatly, but their loved ones, as well. Being far away from your loved ones creates added stress and worry, and we want to say thank you to our veterans and active service members for all that they do to keep our country safe at home and abroad.

Deployment and Reintegration

Wed, 29 Apr 2015 09:48:34 -0500

Out of the hundreds of thousands of military personnel that were or are currently deployed overseas, at least half of them have families back home. Many of those families have children and pets. Although deployments are a fact of life for those who choose to serve in the military, deployments result in the separation of families for extended periods of time. Deployments are single or repeated events that put an increasing amount pressure and stress on family structure and cohesion. Although deployments are hard on the military personnel who are sent to other areas of the world, the consequences are far-reaching and very unsettling on military families as well.

Closer To Reality: Ponderings On UFOs And Officialdom

Mon, 20 Apr 2015 09:28:12 -0500

When it came to the interface between the general public and the scrutiny and investigation of UFOs, the United States Air Force (USAF) was the agency caught between a rock and a hard place. However, that unenviable position became so unbearable that they needed to bail out of the UFO PR business and ultimately enlisted the help of physicist Edward U. Condon and the University of Colorado to provide a dignified exit.

Use of the Side Car in a Motorbike by German Army in World War II

Mon, 20 Apr 2015 07:18:35 -0500

The side car is an accessory to a conventional bike. Though the side car is now out of fashion, yet during the Second World War the Germans made good use of these cars. Such bikes became part of the arsenal of the German army and served a definite purpose.

According to the Law, You Might Be in the Militia

Mon, 13 Apr 2015 07:29:44 -0500

The military draft law impacts able-bodied males of a certain age group. However, federal and state militia laws impact a wider age group. Some states include women as being members of their militia. In fact, if you're in a certain age bracket, you could be subject to being drafted into a federal or a state militia. You may be subject to muster orders by orders of the president or the governor. This could happen even if you have no recollection or knowledge of joining such a militia.

Mama, Mama Can't You See! What the Military Has Done to Me!

Fri, 10 Apr 2015 11:54:34 -0500

"Mommy I'm scared that they aren't going to like me!/Mommy/Daddy, when are you coming home?" These are two of many questions my husband and I have to answer whenever we have to move/leave our children. Though we as the Service Member signed up to voluntarily defend and protect our country; our children didn't yet they have involuntarily inherited our career and military lifestyle.

Programs Allow Prisoners to Train Service Dogs for Wounded Veterans

Thu, 09 Apr 2015 11:37:05 -0500

Programs around the US have started to use prisoners as service dog trainers. These dogs then get placed with veterans of the Iraq war who are suffering from PTSD and lost limbs among other things.

Review: Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1

Thu, 09 Apr 2015 09:08:49 -0500

"Do you have any weapons inside your house besides yourself because you told me that you yourself are a weapon?" "Were you injured on active duty?" "Can you agree to not use the knife in your hand?

Yemen: What Is Wrong There?

Wed, 08 Apr 2015 14:53:58 -0500

Yemen is the second largest country in Arabian peninsula. The crisis in Yemen started from the revolution against president Ali Abdullah Saleh to the tensile ongoing effort for power between Hauthi rebels and militia supporters of elected President Mansur Hadi. Hadi has fled the country and dwell in Saudia Arabia. A coalition led by Saudia Arabia is taking the Hauthis Iron handedly,air striking the Hauthi targets. Facts point that regional powers are struggling for their stronghold in the Babul-Mandab and Arab Peninsula overall. Only conscious effort by regional and international players can ensure peace in Yemen.

Redefining the Napoleon Syndrome During Bicentennial of Waterloo

Mon, 06 Apr 2015 13:18:45 -0500

The world will experience a huge bicentennial on June 18 of this year, for it was on this date in 1815 that Napoleon was defeated at Waterloo. The April 4 Wall Street Journal previewed the first noteworthy celebration of the historic event in Paris, where over 450 of Napoleonic objects will be on display in a special museum show. Most impressive of the articles is the 1796 engagement ring Napoleon gave to Josephine, an item that two years ago sold for $787,000.

Agents Of Innocence And The Legacy Of Vietnam - The Writing's On The Wall

Mon, 06 Apr 2015 06:23:02 -0500

The writing was on the wall long before Iraq and Afghanistan. Forty years ago on April 30, 1975 the city of Saigon fell to communist forces of the People's Army of Vietnam, ending America's 10-year Vietnam War. What do we know about its history and meaning?

Struggles at Tikrit - Iraq's Okinawa

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 06:35:27 -0500

Iran's ability to lead the Shiite militias, the most experienced and toughest of the Iraqi fighters, has been seriously tarnished due to its inability to rout the remaining pocket of ISIS fighters in Tikrit. This delay is enabling ISIS to increase fortifications in Mosul, their de facto capital similar to the tactics Imperial Japan used Okinawa to buy time to fortify their mainland.

US-Iran: The Odd Couple on the Iraqi Battlefield

Mon, 09 Mar 2015 07:22:43 -0500

Opposites don't necessary attract but sometimes they must work together to achieve a specific objective. The US and Iran are engaged in one of those uncomfortable relationships by battling a common enemy in ISIS after which, if successful, they will inherit a continuing mess of a situation with warring factions.