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Army Quits Tests After Competing Rifle Outperforms M4A1 Carbine

 

 

 

 

” A competing rifle outperformed the Army’s favored M4A1 carbine in key firings during a competition last year before the service abruptly called off the tests and stuck with its gun, according to a new confidential report.

  The report also says the Army changed the ammunition midstream to a round “tailored” for the M4A1 rifle. It quoted competing companies as saying the switch was unfair because they did not have enough time to fire the new ammo and redesign their rifles before the tests began.

  Exactly how the eight challengers — and the M4 — performed in a shootout to replace the M4, a soldier’s most important personal defense, has been shrouded in secrecy.

  But an “official use only report” by the Center for Naval Analyses shows that one of the eight unidentified weapons outperformed the M4 on reliability and on the number of rounds fired before the most common type of failures, or stoppages, occurred, according to data obtained by The Washington Times. “

 

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Document: Army Preparing To Use Lethal Force Against “Unarmed Civilians” During “Full Scale Riots” In U.S.

 

 

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” A document released by the U.S. Army details preparations for “full scale riots” within the United States during which troops may be forced to engage in a “lethal response” to deal with unruly crowds of demonstrators.

  The appearance of the document amidst growing unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, with the National Guard now being called in to deal with the disorder, is an ominous coincidence.

  The 132-page document, titled U.S. Army Techniques Publication 3-39.33: Civil Disturbances (PDF), was written in April 2014 and recently obtained by Public Intelligence.

  The document makes it clear that the techniques detailed therein are to be applied both outside and inside the “continental United States (CONUS)” in the event of “unruly and violent crowds” where it is “necessary to quell riots and restore public order.”

  The training manual outlines scenarios under which, “Civil unrest may range from simple, nonviolent protests that address specific issues, to events that turn into full-scale riots.”

  The most shocking aspect of the document is the fact that it describes the deployment of a “lethal response” directed against “unarmed civilians,” including “sniper response” and “small arms direct fire.”

  Under the heading “sniper response,” the document states, “Ensure that target leaders or troublemakers are targeted,” in addition to a passage which states, “Exploit the psychological effect of an attack.” “

   This is exactly why the Founder’s feared the creation of a standing army  . Download and save the entire PDF document here

” Whenever people…entrust the defense of their country to a regular, standing army, composed of mercenaries, the power of that country will remain under the direction of the most wealthy citizens…” – “A Framer” in the independent gazetteer, 1791″ 

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Army To Force Out 550 Majors; Some In Afghanistan

 

 

 

” About 550 Army majors, including some serving in Afghanistan, will soon be told they have to leave the service by next spring as part of a budget-driven downsizing of the service.

  Gen. John Campbell, the vice chief of the Army, acknowledged Friday that telling troops in a war zone that they’re out of a job is a difficult task. But he said some of the soldiers could join the National Guard or the Army Reserve.

  The decision to cut Army majors comes on the heels of a move to slash nearly 1,200 captains from the ranks. Army leaders were criticized at the time for giving 48 of them the bad news while they were deployed to Afghanistan.

  The Army declined to say how many majors will be notified while they are at the battlefront.

” The ones that are deployed are certainly the hardest,” Campbell told reporters. “What we try to do there is, working through the chain of command, minimize the impact to that unit and then maximize the time to provide to that officer to come back and do the proper transition, to take care of himself or herself, and the family.” “

 

 

 

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Army Admits Fort Hood Shooter Was On Psychiatric Drugs

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Lt. Gen. Mark A. Milley acknowledged that Fort Hood gunman Ivan Lopez was taking psychiatric medication before the shooting, underscoring yet again the clear and consistent connection between mass shooting incidents and SSRI drugs.

“ Was he on any sort of medications….SSRI’s, anti-depressants, anything of that nature,” an Infowars reporter asked Milley, to which the General responded, “He was on medications that’s correct.”

  In a subsequent report, officials also admitted that Lopez had been prescribed Ambien, a sleeping pill associated with accidents and aggressive outbursts.

  34-year-old Lopez, who shot dead three colleagues and injured 16 others before turning the gun on himself, returned from Iraq suffering from “mental problems,” according to officials.

  The obvious link between psychiatric drugs and violent outbursts is a common theme that crops up in almost every mass shooting incident, yet the media is routinely loathe to make the connection.

  After it emerged that Washington Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis “had been treated…. by the Veterans Administration for his mental problems,” the press showed little interest in discovering what drugs Alexis had been taking. The only medication currently offered by the VA for mental problems are SSRI drugs.

  Staff Sgt. Robert Bales was also taking anti-depressant drugs when he massacred 16 Afghan civilians in 2012. SSRI medication, which is known to cause violent outbursts, is routinely used to treat PTSD, which goes some way to explain why there are so many stories about both active duty and returning troops carrying out acts of inexplicable violence on a regular basis.”

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You Know What I Love?

 

Rachel went from this :

 

 

 

 

” I love it when I see a story about a chick who’s a good role model for young girls.  One who’s not naked on a wrecking ball and licking a mallet like an idiot.” 

 

 

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” Take Rachel Washburn, age 25, a Philadelphia Eagles former cheerleader:

  Rachel was an Eagles cheerleader from 2007 to 2009 while she was also a student at Drexel University.  She graduated, joined the Army, did paratrooper training, and has now served two tours in Afghanistan as an Army intelligence officer.  “She’s a 1st lieutenant based out of Fort Stewart, Ga., served as part of a Cultural Support Team designed to attach women to existing special ops units with the express purpose of relating more effectively to local women.”

 

 

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Cool Old Video From The US Army

 

 

Published on Jun 22, 2012

” US Army film detailing the operation and function of Eugene Stoner’s AR15/M16 rifle design.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Report: FBI Warns Of US Govt Breaches Linked To Anonymous Hackers

 

 

 

” In a memo it distributed this week, the FBI warned that a breach of US government systems was “a widespread problem that should be addressed,” according to a Reuters report.

Activist hackers linked to the collective known as Anonymous have secretly accessed U.S. government computers in multiple agencies and stolen sensitive information in a campaign that began almost a year ago, the FBI warned this week.

The hackers exploited a flaw in Adobe Systems Inc’s software to launch a rash of electronic break-ins that began last December, then left “back doors” to return to many of the machines as recently as last month, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said in a memo seen by Reuters.

The memo, distributed on Thursday, described the attacks as “a widespread problem that should be addressed.” It said the breach affected the U.S. Army, Department of Energy, Department of Health and Human Services, and perhaps many more agencies.”

 

We Are Anonymous

We Are Legion

We Do Not Forgive

We Do Not Forget

Expect Us

 

 

 

 

 

Long Wait Ends This Week As Swenson Receives Medal of Honor

 

 

” It’s sadly fitting that William Swenson’s Medal of Honor ceremony at the White House on Tuesday has been overshadowed by the government shutdown and the looming debt ceiling crisis.

That’s because Swenson’s heroism at the Battle of Ganjgal in September 2009 has already been overshadowed by the mistakes of his superiors and bureaucratic delays. The former soldier waited more than four years for his recognition, much to the chagrin of his friends and military advocates.”

 

 

 

 

” Swenson, who left the Army in 2011, is the sixth living Medal of Honor recipient for action in Afghanistan, and the second for that fight in the Ganjgal Valley. Former Marine Dakota Meyer was awarded the medal two years ago for his part of that fight, dodging gunfire in another part of the steep terrain before meeting up with Swenson for the final push against the enemy.”

 

 

 

 

” Swenson declined media interviews in the lead-up to the White House ceremony and has been mostly silent since the battle. In an Army release, he called the medal an honor for “those I served with” and “my family and my teammates.” “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

US Army Plans ‘Iron Man’ Armor For Soldiers

 

 

” The US Army is working to develop “revolutionary” smart armor that would give its troops “superhuman strength”.

It is calling on the technology industry, government labs and academia to help build the Iron Man-style suit.

Other exoskeletons that allow soldiers to carry large loads much further have already been tested by the army.

The Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (Talos) would have such a frame but would also have layers of smart materials fitted with sensors.” 

 

 

Here is a video from a demonstration held in July 2013 . 

 

 

 

 


” This video is a recap of the July Demonstration for the Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS). This demonstration has led to the following press release from USSOCOM about the TALOS Broad Area Announcement (BAA).

USSOCOM Seeks Ideas for Advanced Assault Suit Development

Tampa, Fla.–U.S. Special Operations Command issued a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for proposals and research in support of the development of Tactical Light Operator Suit (TALOS) TALOS is a USSOCOM effort to provide special operation forces (SOF) with enhanced mobility and protection technologies in a fully integrated assault suit. Some of the potential technologies planned for TALOS research and development include advanced armor, command and control computers, power generators, and enhanced mobility exoskeletons.

“USSOCOM is interested in receiving white papers from a wide variety of sources, not just traditional military industry but also from academia, entrepreneurs, and laboratories capable of providing the design, construction, and testing of TALOS related technologies,” said Jim Geurts, USOCOM acquisition executive. “The intent is to accelerate the delivery of innovative TALOS capabilities to the SOF operator.”
The BAA goal is to foster collaboration with government, academia, and industry representatives on the TALOS effort. Prior studies and analysis have determined a number of technical challenges exist for the SOF equipment that require improvements for missions into the future. Those challenges include trade space between weight, protection, power, and mobility, cost, and system component integration
BAA will remain open until September 3, 2014. 

For more information on the the TALOS BAA, go to: 

https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportuni… .”

 

 

 

    And here is another video of the TALOS system , this time from a gamer’s eye view .

 

 

        This revolutionary new combat system is in it’s infancy and the publicity is provided by the Army in an effort to get private industry to step up with the most needed technological advances necessary to make “Iron Man” a reality on the battlefield .

    While we relish the idea of giving our soldiers every possible advantage on the field of battle , one must also realize that , that which makes the State more powerful against it’s foreign enemies can also be used against it’s enemies on the domestic front . Drones anyone ?

Or perhaps Robocop ?

Soldier Who Read Conservative Books Now Faces Charges

 

 

 

 

” A member of the U.S. Army Band who said he was reprimanded for having anti-Obama bumper stickers on his personal car, serving Chick-fil-A sandwiches at a party and reading books written by conservative authors like Sean Hannity is now facing Article 15 charges – which cropped up shortly after he went public with his complaints.

Master Sgt. Nathan Sommers, a decorated soloist with the Army Band, is being charged under a federal law that permits commanding officers to conduct non-judicial proceedings for minor offenses.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The M16 (Assault Rifle) – Modern Marvels – History Channel Documentary

” The M16 rifle, officially designated Rifle, Caliber 5.56 mm, M16, is the United States military version of the AR-15 rifle. The rifle was adapted for semi-automatic, three-round burst, and full-automatic fire. Colt purchased the rights to the AR-15 from ArmaLite, and currently uses that designation only for semi-automatic versions of the rifle. The M16 fires the 5.56×45mm NATO cartridge. The rifle entered United States Army service and was deployed for jungle warfare operations in South Vietnam in 1963, becoming the U.S. military’s standard service rifle of the Vietnam War by 1969, replacing the M14 rifle in that role. The U.S. Army retained the M14 in CONUS, Europe, and South Korea until 1970. Since the Vietnam War, the M16 rifle family has been the primary service rifle of the U.S. armed forces.

The M16 has also been widely adopted by other militaries around the world. Total worldwide production of M16s has been approximately 8 million, making it the most-produced firearm of its caliber. In 2010, the M16 began to be phased out in the U.S. Army and is being supplemented by the M4 carbine, which is itself a shortened derivative of the M16A2.

The history of the m16 that held the 5.56mmx45mm round. Talks about the development of the firearm through the vietnam era to modern day.”

120mm Mortar You Won’t Believe The Ending!

” Just about everything you are not suppose to do as an Assistant Gunner. No this isn’t my unit. Nice unexpected surprise at the end! “

INTERNMENT/RESETTLEMENT SPECIALIST (31E)

 

 

US Army Internment Specialist

 

 

OVERVIEW

Internment/resettlement specialists are primarily responsible for day-to-day operations in a military confinement/correctional facility or detention/internment facility.

JOB DUTIES

  • Supervision of confinement and detention operations

  • External security to facilities

  • Counseling/guidance to individual prisoners within a rehabilitative program

  • Records of prisoners/internees and their programs

 

 

 

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World’s Fastest Tracked Vehicle: 0-60MPH In Around 4 Seconds…This Is The Ripsaw (37 Photos)

 

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And another teaser 

 

 

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Gen. McChrystal Wants Tighter Restrictions on Civilian M4s

 

Stan McChrystal

 

 

” Retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal joined the growing ranks of talking heads speaking out on the current gun-control debate on MSNBC. McChrystal appeared on the show to talk about his new memoir ”My Share of the Task” but was quite clear about his position on the private ownership of weapons such as M4-style carbines. McChrystal was the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan before he resigned in the wake of a scandalous Rolling Stones article in 2010. I’m surprised he didn’t side-step the issue.”

 

 

  What kind of army officer doesn’t support our constitutional liberties ? This is a clear demonstration of the PC rot that has infested the upper echelons of all sectors of government including the military . Seeing this blatant statism from a supposed defender of our freedoms has to make one wonder where the Army’s loyalties will lie when the SHTF . 

 

Elvis Presley – Hound Dog (Live)

Elvis Bio

Elvis Presley – All Shook Up

ELVIS PRESLEY’S PRIVATE HOME MOVIES 1

Year Title Label Editors’ Rating
1956
Elvis Presley [1956]
Elvis Presley [1956] RCA/BMG / BMG
1956
Elvis [1956]
Elvis [1956] BMG International
1957
Loving You
Loving You BMG International
1957
Elvis' Christmas Album
Elvis’ Christmas Album RCA Victor
1958
King Creole
King Creole RCA
1959
For LP Fans Only
For LP Fans Only RCA Victor
1959
A Date with Elvis
A Date with Elvis BMG International
1960
Elvis Is Back!/Something for Everybody
Elvis Is Back!/Something for Everybody DCC Compact Classics
1960
G.I. Blues
G.I. Blues BMG
1960
His Hand in Mine
His Hand in Mine RCA
1961
Something for Everybody
Something for Everybody RCA
1961
Blue Hawaii
Blue Hawaii RCA Victor
1962
Pot Luck with Elvis
Pot Luck with Elvis RCA / BMG International
1963
It Happened at the World's Fair
It Happened at the World’s Fair Follow Dream
1963
Fun in Acapulco
Fun in Acapulco Bmg / Sony Music Entertainment
1963
Girls! Girls! Girls!
Girls! Girls! Girls! BMG / Custom Marketing Group / Sony Music Entertainment
1964 Kissin’ Cousins
1964
Roustabout
Roustabout BMG / Custom Marketing Group / Sony Music Entertainment
1964
Viva Las Vegas
Viva Las Vegas Sony Music Entertainment
1965
Girl Happy
Girl Happy BMG / Sony CMG / Sony Music Entertainment
1965
Elvis for Everyone!
Elvis for Everyone! RCA Victor
1965
Harum Scarum
Harum Scarum RCA Victor
1965 Tickle Me
1966
Frankie and Johnny
Frankie and Johnny BMG / Sony Music Entertainment
1966
Paradise, Hawaiian Style
Paradise, Hawaiian Style Follow That Dream
1966 Spinout
1967
How Great Thou Art
How Great Thou Art RCA
1967
Double Trouble
Double Trouble
1967
Clambake
Clambake BMG / Sony Music Entertainment
1968 Speedway
1968
NBC-TV Special ['68 Comeback]
NBC-TV Special ['68 Comeback] RCA
1968 NBC-TV Special RCA
1968 Shake, Rattle & Roll [MBop Direct] MBop Direct/Sound & Vision
1969
From Elvis in Memphis
From Elvis in Memphis RCA
1969 From Memphis to Vegas/From Vegas to Memphis RCA
1970
Elvis in Person at the International Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada
Elvis in Person at the International Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada RCA Victor
1970
On Stage
On Stage RCA
1970
Back in Memphis
Back in Memphis RCA Victor
1970
That's the Way It Is
That’s the Way It Is RCA
1971
Elvis Country
Elvis Country RCA
1971
Love Letters from Elvis
Love Letters from Elvis RCA Victor
1972
Elvis Now
Elvis Now RCA
1972
He Touched Me
He Touched Me RCA
1972
As Recorded at Madison Square Garden
As Recorded at Madison Square Garden RCA
1973
Aloha from Hawaii Via Satellite
Aloha from Hawaii Via Satellite RCA
1973
Raised on Rock
Raised on Rock RCA
1974
Good Times
Good Times RCA
1974
Elvis Recorded Live on Stage in Memphis
Elvis Recorded Live on Stage in Memphis RCA
1975
Promised Land
Promised Land RCA Victor
1975
Today
Today BMG / Bmg
1976
From Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee
From Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee BMG Japan / RCA
1977
Moody Blue
Moody Blue RCA
1977
Elvis in Concert
Elvis in Concert RCA
1978 Memories of Elvis RCA
1997
Elvis: The Fool Album
Elvis: The Fool Album RCA / BMG International
2003
Elvis Sings the Wonderful World of Christmas
Elvis Sings the Wonderful World of Christmas RCA
2010
Viva Elvis: The Album
Viva Elvis: The Album Legacy / RCA
Elvis Presley: Live! RCA
Loving You [Into U]
Loving You [Into U] INTO U
The American Music Heritage, Vol. 2: 1956-1957
The American Music Heritage, Vol. 2: 1956-1957 Frémeaux

Elvis Presley Jailhouse Rock 1957 colour

Movies

Actor (31 titles)

1969The Trouble with Girls
Walter Hale
1968Speedway
Steve Grayson
1968Stay Away, Joe
Joe Lightcloud
1967Clambake
Scott Hayward/’Tom Wilson’
1967Double Trouble
Guy Lambert
1967Easy Come, Easy Go
Ted Jackson
1966Paradise, Hawaiian Style
Rick Richards
1965Harum Scarum
Johnny Tyronne
1964Roustabout
Charlie Rogers
1964Viva Las Vegas
Lucky Jackson
1962Girls! Girls! Girls!
Ross Carpenter
1962Kid Galahad
Walter Gulick
1961Wild in the Country
Glenn Tyler
1960Flaming Star
Pacer Burton
1960G.I. Blues
Tulsa McLean
1957Loving You
Deke Rivers

 Don’t Be Cruel

Happy Birthday To The King

Is This The Next GI Rifle? (1957)(9 Photos)

Read the entire article at the link , including more pictures .

Not Many Survive So Enjoy The Reminiscences Of One Veteran Who Is Still Around To Tell Of It

 

 

 

” NEW BERN, N.C. — It was probably all over but the dying in late 1944, but no one could convince Germany’s Adolf Hitler of the fact.

In the seas, he was sending orders that virtually turned his once-feared, but now miniscule U-boat fleet into kamikazes; on land, he was pressing a mixture of his best warriors and some untrained teenaged soldiers to make a last great offensive to break the incoming Allied forces before they crossed the Rhine.

He chose to assault the American line along the Ardennes mountains in Belgium because he believed Americans would be the quickest to run. On Dec. 16, a surprise attack opened one of the longest battles of the war (it would last through late January 1945) — a battle that, at times, looked dark for the Yanks.

Its official name was the Ardennes Counteroffensive. But when newspapers ran maps showing the deep curvature of the American battle lines as a result of the offensive, the battle was popularly renamed “The Battle of the Bulge.”

Retired U.S. Army Col. Abbott Weatherly, now 96, remembers the battle well. He was in the thick of it, a young artillery major overseeing a battery with the 113th Field Artillery — a unit raised, in part, from Battery D, National Guard, in New Bern.

Abbott, born in 1916, graduated from the New Bern school system in 1935, when he signed up with the National Guard armory — located then where the New Bern police station is today. “

Charles Durning, US Army Ranger – D-day and WWII Veteran A True BAMF And ‘King Of Character Actors,’ Dies At 89

 

 

 

 

” Durning’s impressive 50-year acting career has been crowned by a Tony Award and nominations for two Oscars and four Emmy awards, yet he never lost sight of his wartime experiences. In 1990, when he was making his Tony-winning star turn as Big Daddy in the Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, he opened up in a People Magazine feature. “There’s only so much you can witness,” he said of his time overseas. Indeed, his war decorations were hard-earned. Durning was the only man to survive a machine gun ambush on Omaha Beach – and he had to rise above serious wounds and kill seven German gunners to do it.

In late June 1944, Charles was seriously wounded by a mine at Les Mare des Mares, France but refused to seek a military discharge and spent almost 6 months recovering .

Months later in Belgium, he was stabbed eight times by a German teenage soldier wielding a bayonet; Durning eventually bludgeoned him to death with a rock.  He was released from the hospital in time to fight in the Battle of the Bulge, where he was taken prisoner. After escaping a subsequent massacre of the other prisoners, he was obliged by American forces to return to the scene and help identify bodies. Finally, a bullet in the chest a few months later ended his relentless tour of duty – and began four years of repeated hospitalizations for his physical and psychological injuries. “

 

 

From Michael Yon

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  ” There is much to know about explosives. A wealth of art, science, and carpentry has developed around uncountable blasting concoctions. Explosives range from highly sophisticated scientific “achievements,” such as neutron bombs, to crude mechanical devices that any teenager can build, such as the relatively harmless bottle bombs that undoubtedly are exploding in backyards and vacant lots around America today. In Afghanistan, the principle enemy weapon is the IED: Improvised Explosive Device. Just an hour ago, on 26 August, a bomb detonated nearby, hitting our Afghan Army allies. The charge weighed perhaps 250lbs and was hidden in a culvert under a road that our Soldiers drive over routinely. A command wire was attached, and when Afghan soldiers drove by, it was detonated. Three men were wounded and a fourth was killed. Earlier this week, US troops nearby suffered loss of limbs from similar bombs, and loss of American lives is on average a daily occurrence. “

Obama to nominate Army Gen. Rodriguez to lead AFRICOM

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  ” WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will nominate Army Gen. David Rodriguez to succeed Gen. Carter Ham as commander of U.S. Africa Command and Marine Lt. Gen. John Paxton to succeed Gen. Joseph Dunford as assistant commandant of the Marine Corps, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced Thursday.

Both appointments must be confirmed by the Senate.

Rodriguez is the commander of U.S. Army Forces Command and has served in a “variety of key leadership roles on the battlefield,” Panetta said.

He’s “a proven leader” who oversaw coalition and Afghan forces during the surge in Afghanistan, and “was the key architect of the successful campaign plan that we are now implementing,” Panetta said.

In announcing Ham’s successor, Panetta also praised the work Ham has done with Africa Command.

“Gen. Ham has really brought AFRICOM into a very pivotal role in that challenging region,” Panetta said. “I and the nation are deeply grateful for his outstanding service.” “

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A Replacement For The Venerable M24 ?

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“First fielded [first unit equipped] in the 1 st quarter of FY 08, the M110 SASS is a lightweight, direct gas operated, semi-automatic, box magazine fed, 7.62 x 51 mm
rifle intended to engage and defeat
personnel targets out to 800 meters. The weapon is manufactured by Knight’s
Armament Company , based in Titusville, Fla. The weapon’s associated Leupold Mark IV 3.5-10X scope provides field of view options to suit the specific tactical range applications. Using 10-round or 20-round detachable magazines, the semi-automatic M110 SASS greatly exceeds the rate of fire
and lethality of the previous M24 Sniper Weapon System. “

Vietnam Veteran Continues Service In Afghanistan

 

 

 

 ” LOGAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan — Ask Chief Warrant Officer 4 Walter Jones why he serves and he will tell you “It’s all about flying and Soldiers

Jones, born in Mountain Home, ID., is serving in Afghanistan as an aviation maintenance officer with D Company, 5th Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade. Jones enlisted in the Army at the age of eighteen and after completing basic training in 1969, went on to Fort Rucker to become a Huey crew chief. Soon after that he found himself assigned to the 162nd Assault Helicopter Company in Can Tu, Vietnam.

One day during a mission his aircraft started to receive small arms fire. Rounds struck the helicopter’s fuel cell, and the aircraft immediately caught fire. The helicopter began to spin about 200 feet above the ground. 

Jones braced for impact and was knocked unconscious.

He was injured and spent ten months recovering in the hospital. During this time he made an important decision. 

“That experience really made me focus on what I wanted to do with my life,” said Jones, “I wanted to make a career out of the Army.”

The Army re-classified him as a telephone line repairman and stationed him with the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, N.C. Having valuable combat experience as a Huey crew chief in Vietnam, he quickly found his way back into aviation. 

This was also his first experience with the Cold War during the Arab-Israeli War in 1973.He remembers sitting on the green ramp being on standby to support Israel if needed, but Israel did not require it.

While at Fort Bragg he saw the experimental balsa wood full scale model of the future UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter. He pointed to one of his buddies and said, “I am going to fly that one day.”

“And I did,” said Jones, now a veteran Black Hawk pilot.” 

2012 Department of the Army

NCO and Soldier of the Year

 

M-4 Range Qualification

 

 

 

” Twenty-four of the Army’s finest Warriors, representing 12 commands from across the Army, will gather at Fort Lee, Va., to compete in the 2012 Best Warrior Competition. After winning at their local command levels, these Warriors will now represent their command and face-off to see who will be named the U.S. Army’s Best Warriors.

Warriors selected to compete for the prestigious titles, 12 NCOs and 12 Soldiers, have mastered a series of benchmarks throughout the year to qualify for the Army-wide, Best Warrior Competition. “

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