Tuesday, August 19, 2014

todaysdocument:

The Battle for Paris began with a coordinated uprising by the French Resistance on August 19, 1944, following a city-wide general strike.  Watch as deserted streets give way to barricades and organized resistance:

WAR PICTORIAL NEWS, NO. 177

Occupied by German forces since June 1940, the city would be liberated on August 25, 1944, following the arrival of Free French and U.S. Army forces.

Thursday, June 26, 2014
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U.S. Marines renovate Mongolian kindergarten for Exercise Khaan Quest 2014 - U.S. Marine Sgt. Ryan J. Turba from A Company, 9th Engineer Support Battalion, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force, directs Marines rebuilding a kindergarten perimeter fence June 18 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, during the Engineering Civic Action Program segment of Exercise Khaan Quest 2014. Humanitarian civic action programs conducted by U.S. and Mongolian Armed Forces during KQ14 demonstrate a mutual commitment to support security and humanitarian interests of friends and partner nations. The programs will improve the quality of life, as well as the general health and welfare of civilian residents in the exercise areas. by Okinawa Marines http://flic.kr/p/o6MKqn

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U.S. Marines renovate Mongolian kindergarten for Exercise Khaan Quest 2014 - U.S. Marine Sgt. Ryan J. Turba from A Company, 9th Engineer Support Battalion, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force, directs Marines rebuilding a kindergarten perimeter fence June 18 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, during the Engineering Civic Action Program segment of Exercise Khaan Quest 2014. Humanitarian civic action programs conducted by U.S. and Mongolian Armed Forces during KQ14 demonstrate a mutual commitment to support security and humanitarian interests of friends and partner nations. The programs will improve the quality of life, as well as the general health and welfare of civilian residents in the exercise areas. by Okinawa Marines http://flic.kr/p/o6MKqn

Monday, June 23, 2014
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Afghanistan Hero - Cpl. Kyle Carpenter was presented the Medal of Honor June 19, at the White House. Carpenter was the second living Marine to receive the award since the start of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Michael C. Guinto/Released) by United States Marine Corps Official Page http://flic.kr/p/o3mCJZ

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Afghanistan Hero - Cpl. Kyle Carpenter was presented the Medal of Honor June 19, at the White House. Carpenter was the second living Marine to receive the award since the start of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Michael C. Guinto/Released) by United States Marine Corps Official Page http://flic.kr/p/o3mCJZ

Wednesday, June 18, 2014
nprfreshair:

Journalist Geoff Dyer spent two weeks on the USS George H.W. Bush and chronicled his experience in his new book, Another Great Day At Sea. In the interview Fresh Air contributor Dave Davies asks what it’s like to land on a aircraft carrier: 

"We flew onto the carrier on a Greyhound, this very, very noisy, hulking propeller plane and we took off as normal. We’re all sitting backwards, I should say. Then, after about 40 minutes, we started descending and on that first attempt at landing on the carrier we missed all three of the arresting wires, so we surged upwards again and went round and we came back down again, and this time we came to a very abrupt stop. We hit the deck and in under two seconds we had come to a halt. 

UPDATE: The USS George H.W. Bush has been deployed to the Persian Gulf for possible military assistance with the recent crisis in Iraq. 
You can hear more about life on an aircraft carrier here. 
Photo of the USS George H.W. Bush via Marines

nprfreshair:

Journalist Geoff Dyer spent two weeks on the USS George H.W. Bush and chronicled his experience in his new book, Another Great Day At Sea. In the interview Fresh Air contributor Dave Davies asks what it’s like to land on a aircraft carrier: 

"We flew onto the carrier on a Greyhound, this very, very noisy, hulking propeller plane and we took off as normal. We’re all sitting backwards, I should say. Then, after about 40 minutes, we started descending and on that first attempt at landing on the carrier we missed all three of the arresting wires, so we surged upwards again and went round and we came back down again, and this time we came to a very abrupt stop. We hit the deck and in under two seconds we had come to a halt. 

UPDATE: The USS George H.W. Bush has been deployed to the Persian Gulf for possible military assistance with the recent crisis in Iraq. 

You can hear more about life on an aircraft carrier here

Photo of the USS George H.W. Bush via Marines

Sunday, June 15, 2014 Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The Veterans Administration needs a new name

Something that shows contempt for Vets, like “You Know Who I Hate? The Troops.”

VA Whistleblowers Say Supervisors Retaliating

A federal agency is investigating claims that Veterans Affairs officials illegally retaliated against 37 whistleblowers who exposed the wait-time scandal that led to former-Secretary Eric Shinseki’s resignation.

According to the Office of Special Counsel, a federal investigation agency primarily tasked with protecting government whistleblowers, it has received complaints from VA employees in 28 locations in 18 states claiming managers are taking administrative action against employees who exposed poor record-keeping and patient management at VA hospitals.

"The frequency with which VA employees are filing these complaints is one of the highest levels in the federal government," said OSC spokesman Nick Schwellenbach.

Employees complained of being demoted, placed on suspension and hostile working conditions.

It wasn’t bad enough that the VA is letting veterans die while waiting months on secret wait lists.

Now this. Good God. 

And if you don’t think this is a sneak preview of the coming American health care debacle, where *all* health care will work like this, I’ve got a bridge I’d like to sell you.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

(Source: archdvmon)

Friday, June 6, 2014

twostriptechnicolor:

70 years ago today in Normandy….

Friday, May 30, 2014
Good afternoon, Marines. Thank you for your service and stay safe!
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Good afternoon, Marines. Thank you for your service and stay safe!

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Thursday, May 1, 2014 Tuesday, April 29, 2014
historicaltimes:

Dick Winters and Easy Company  at the Eagle’s Nest, Hitler’s residence

historicaltimes:

Dick Winters and Easy Company at the Eagle’s Nest, Hitler’s residence

Saturday, April 26, 2014
historicaltimes:


An overhead view of the infamous “Highway of Death”, the name given to Highway 80 following the carnage visited upon the Iraqi forces who used it as they retreated out of Kuwait, 1991 Read More

historicaltimes:

An overhead view of the infamous “Highway of Death”, the name given to Highway 80 following the carnage visited upon the Iraqi forces who used it as they retreated out of Kuwait, 1991

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Thursday, April 24, 2014
neverwalkalonesupport:

Marine turned Maxim model
Veteran Marine Sgt. Shannon Ihrke is wearing a lot less than MARPAT these days. The 25-year-old can be found on the cover of this month’s military appreciation issue of Maxim magazine, sporting a star-spangled bikini and a salute.

A lot to like, right there! 

neverwalkalonesupport:

Marine turned Maxim model

Veteran Marine Sgt. Shannon Ihrke is wearing a lot less than MARPAT these days. The 25-year-old can be found on the cover of this month’s military appreciation issue of Maxim magazine, sporting a star-spangled bikini and a salute.

A lot to like, right there! 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
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140325-M-KI464-005 - Students with the Association Student Body leadership class at Twentynine Palms Junior High School step into formation during their visit to Sergeant’s Course, March 25, 2014. The class was here to learn more about leadership from Marines in the course. (Official USMC photo by Cpl. Ali Azimi/ Released) by The Combat Center at Twentynine Palms http://flic.kr/p/mCxsA2

Junior high school kids learning about leadership from U.S. Marines … got to love that!

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140325-M-KI464-005 - Students with the Association Student Body leadership class at Twentynine Palms Junior High School step into formation during their visit to Sergeant’s Course, March 25, 2014. The class was here to learn more about leadership from Marines in the course. (Official USMC photo by Cpl. Ali Azimi/ Released) by The Combat Center at Twentynine Palms http://flic.kr/p/mCxsA2

Junior high school kids learning about leadership from U.S. Marines … got to love that!

Saturday, March 22, 2014
lonesurvivorfilm:

#PurpleHeartDay #ThankYou #Troops

lonesurvivorfilm:

#PurpleHeartDay #ThankYou #Troops