Category Archives: Military

January 31, 2018

Gold Star mom challenges teacher who panned military (Video)

Gold Star mom challenges California teacher, Gregory Salcido, to meet her at the grave site of her young son, who died while serving this country to discuss his disgusting remarks. Salcido called our military personnel … “the lowest of the low.”

January 29, 2018

North Korea proudly displays captured USS Pueblo as war trophy

Many of the men were crippled, malnourished and almost blind from the treatment they received during their capture.

This week marks the 50th anniversary of when the USS Pueblo was captured by North Korea — and the Hermit Kingdom is seizing on the opportunity to aggrandize the U.S. Navy ship’s capture as a trophy against Washington amid escalating tensions.

The ship has become a spectacle in the frozen Pothong River on the outskirts of the “Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum” complex in central Pyongyang, where thousands of North Koreans learn their country’s version of how, despite the odds, it was able to defeat the Americans in the Korean War.

The USS Pueblo is the only U.S. ship held captive by a foreign government, and is still officially in commission in the U.S. Naval Vessel Register.

Playing up the capture

North Korea’s state-run media is playing up the capture as it claims the U.S. is trying to disrupt North-South relations heading into next month’s Winter Olympics in South Korea.

On Jan. 23, 1968, the USS Pueblo tried to evade a North Korean submarine chaser, but was eventually captured as another submarine chaser, four torpedo boats and two MiG-21 fighter jets joined the scene.

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January 20, 2018

AP: Border Wall Models Thwart U.S. Commandos in Tests

Recent assaults by tactical teams on prototypes of President Donald Trump’s proposed wall with Mexico indicate their imposing heights should stop border crossers, a U.S. official with direct knowledge of the rigorous assessment told The Associated Press.

Military special forces based in Florida and U.S. Customs and Border Protection special units spent three weeks trying to breach and scale the eight models in San Diego, using jackhammers, saws, torches and other tools and climbing devices, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the information was not authorized for public release.

A Customs and Border Protection report on the tests identifies strengths and flaws of each design but does not pick an overall winner or rank them, though it does point to see-through steel barriers topped by concrete as the best overall design, the official said.

The report recommends combining elements of each, depending on the terrain. The official likened it to a Lego design, pulling pieces from different prototypes.

Carlos Diaz, a spokesman for Customs and Border Protection, said the agency is still in “the testing phase” and that results are being evaluated. He said combining elements of different prototypes instead of picking a winner is consistent with previous statements by officials. He noted that the agency said in its bidding guidelines that a minimum height of 18 feet (5.4 meters) would be a key characteristic. He said he did not have additional details on test results.

Contractors were awarded between $300,000 and $500,000 for each prototype. Prototypes were built last fall to guide future construction of one of Trump’s signature campaign pledges. Four were concrete and four were made of other materials.

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December 22, 2017

Mexico Has Deadliest Year On Record, Deploys Military To Streets

In Mexico, 97% of all homicides are never solved.

Mexico’s deadly drug war continues to tear the country apart as Mexican officials project that 2017 will be the deadliest year in the nation’s history since the government started releasing crime records two decades ago.

The Mexican government projects that by the end of 2017, over 27,000 will have died as a result of the violence that is fueled by drug cartels, The Dallas Morning News reported.

Key takeaways from Dallas News’ report:

The violence from Mexico’s drug war has become so bad and security has declined so rapidly that the government approved on Friday the use of the military on streets.

Twenty-seven of Mexico’s 32 states — including areas that are popular tourist destinations like Cabo San Lucas and Cancun — reported having major drug violence in 2017.

A top contributing factor in the explosion of violence is the “kingpin” strategy, which goes after the top leaders in the drug cartels. When the leadership is taken out it creates “dangerous power vacuums filled by smaller, more bloodthirsty groups that target everything and everyone, from siphoning fuel from pipelines to kidnapping Mexico’s middle class and wealthy for ransom.”

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December 8, 2017

World War II Veteran Interrupts Trump’s Pearl Harbor Speech to Sing ‘Remember Pearl Harbor’ (Video)

President Donald Trump recognized Pearl Harbor Day on Thursday, delivering a speech remembering the fateful attack and the war that followed.

During his speech, one of the World War II veterans, Michael “Mickey” Ganitch, interrupted and started singing the song “Remember Pearl Harbor”:

Trump was delighted by the song.

“In the weeks and months that took place after the surprise attack – and that was a vicious surprise attack – millions answered like these guys and fought the war,” Trump said. “They triumphed, though many died to defend America against our enemies and to defeat the enemies of all humanity.”

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November 9, 2017

Black student at Air Force Academy is found to be behind the racist messages that appeared on dorm boards saying ‘go home n******’

One of the five black students targeted by the slurs at the US Air Force Academy in September was actually responsible for the incident. Officials revealed Tuesday that the student admitted to writing the messages. Student is no longer at the school in Colorado Springs but it is not clear if the cadet was expelled or withdrew. The incident attracted nationwide attention after the academy’s superintendent gave a speech warning students that racists were not welcome at the school.

One of the black students targeted by racial slurs that were written outside dorm rooms at the US Air Force Academy was actually responsible for the incident, officials say.

Academy officials revealed on Tuesday that the cadet admitted to writing ‘go home n******’ on a whiteboard outside the dorm rooms of five black students at the Colorado Springs campus.

The student is no longer at the school but a spokesman refused to say whether the cadet withdrew or was expelled.

The cadet’s name has not been released.

The incident attracted nationwide attention in September after the academy’s superintendent gave a scathing speech warning students that racists were not welcome at the school.

In a statement on Tuesday, the academy said: ‘We can confirm that one of the cadet candidates who was allegedly targeted by racist remarks written outside of their dorm room was actually responsible for the act.

‘The individual admitted responsibility and this was validated by the investigation.

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November 7, 2017

‘Fat Leonard’ probe expands to ensnare more than 60 admirals

The Justice Department has filed criminal charges against 28 people, including two admirals, since Francis was arrested in an international sting operation four years ago. Those cases comprise the worst corruption scandal in Navy history, but they represent a fraction of a much larger list of Navy officials under investigation but whose names have been mostly kept secret.

The “Fat Leonard” corruption investigation has expanded to include more than 60 admirals and hundreds of other U.S. Navy officers under scrutiny for their contacts with a defense contractor in Asia who systematically bribed sailors with sex, liquor and other temptations, according to the Navy.

Most of the admirals are suspected of attending extravagant feasts at Asia’s best restaurants paid for by Leonard Glenn Francis, a Singapore-based maritime tycoon who made an illicit fortune supplying Navy vessels in ports from Vladivostok, Russia to Brisbane, Australia. Francis also was renowned for hosting alcohol-soaked, after-dinner parties, which often featured imported prostitutes and sometimes lasted for days, according to federal court records.

The 350-pound Francis, also known in Navy circles as “Leonard the Legend” for his wild-side lifestyle, spent decades cultivating relationships with officers, many of whom developed a blind spot to his fraudulent ways. Even while he and his firm were being targeted by Navy criminal investigators, he received VIP invitations to ceremonies in Annapolis and Pearl Harbor, where he hobnobbed with four-star admirals, according to photographs obtained by The Washington Post.

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November 6, 2017

The Bergdahl Travesty: A Commander’s Perspective

You also freed a deserter that will now cash in on his notoriety. Bergdahl will, no doubt, lock up a future book deal, a speaking career, possibly a reality show, maybe even a movie.

Congratulations Colonel Jeffrey Nance. Your verdict yesterday allowing Bowe Bergdahl to walk away without serving a single day in prison is yet another victory for anti-military leftists and a blow to the Constitution that you, personally, swore to support and defend against all enemies, foreign and domestic. Foreign and domestic. You’ve continued the assault on the Pentagon by those who see our military as a social engineering petri dish and not an institution of lethal firepower and defense. You’ve sided with those who want to attack the martial values and Judeo-Christian ethic that is the foundation of military service. And, simultaneously, you’ve created a new icon for the Antifa, Soros, anti-American movement, that will no doubt revel in the attention he’ll receive.

I don’t know you, Colonel Nance, I haven’t read your biography, but I’m guessing you’ve never commanded men and women in combat. For if you had, you’d understand the outraged reaction of our nation and your peers across the Department of Defense. If you had ever commanded, you would have known better. Instead, you let a confessed deserter, one of the most highly-profiled in decades, walk away with only a dishonorable discharge, a reduction in rank and a $10,000 fine. He abandoned his fellow soldiers during a time of war yet he get’s off with a virtual slap on the wrist. How, on Earth, could you come to that conclusion? What were you thinking? He pled guilty and you let him go.

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November 3, 2017

Retired veteran declines award at Saints game; says award ‘tainted’ by NFL actions (Video)

“Their failure to act is a slap in the face to all of those who have served in uniform,” Wells wrote. “Men and women have fought and died for the flag that the players are disrespecting.”

A retired Navy officer set to be honored at a Saints game Sunday declined the award, citing controversy over the National Anthem at football games.

Former Commander John Wells, a disabled veteran and Executive Director of Military Veterans Advocacy, said in a statement released Thursday he could not accept the Peoples Health Champion Award while protests are continuing at NFL games.

“Although I am touched and honored to be selected for such an award, the ongoing controversy with NFL players’ disrespect for the national flag forces me to decline to participate in the presentation,” Wells wrote to executives at Peoples Health and the New Orleans Saints organization according to a release. “I am unable, in good conscience, to enter an NFL stadium while this discourtesy prevails. Since this award is tainted with the dishonorable actions of the NFL and its players, I cannot accept it.”

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September 30, 2017

Armed military to replace cops on Danish streets and border

Starting Friday, armed soldiers from the Danish Armed Forces (Forsvaret) will replace police officers at both Denmark’s southern border to Germany and at potential terror targets in Copenhagen.

According to the Danish National Police (Rigspolitiet) and Copenhagen Police, 160 soldiers will patrol the border and take over guard duties at Jewish institutions including the Great Synagogue in central Copenhagen.

The synagogue has been under constant police protection since a Danish-born terrorist of Palestinian descent shot and killed 37-year-old Dan Uzan, a volunteer security guard, outside the building in February 2015. The gunman, Omar El-Hussein, had earlier in the night opened fire with an automatic rifle outside a cultural centre hosting a free speech event, killing 55-year-old Finn Nørgaard and injuring police officers. El-Hussein was later shot and killed by police.

The soldiers’ role at the German border was described as ancillary and will not entail actively checking the IDs of those entering the country. That role will still be filled by police officers and members of the Danish Home Guard (Hjemmeværnet), which has been active in border checks since April 2016.

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