U.S. Army Helicopters Set World Record And Take A Victory Lap In Their Final Flight

In a world record, 30 OH-58D Kiowa warriors from the 1st Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division took off in their last flight over Fort Bragg under U.S. Army command.

The Kiowa Warriors will be replaced by the AH-64 Apache Helicopter and the UH-72 Lakota. Kiowa Warriors have been used by the U.S. Army since 1969 for the primary use of armed reconnaissance to support ground troops. Full story here


Army retains decorated Green Beret it planned to kick out over confronting Afghan child rapist

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You read it here and here about Sgt 1st Class Charles Martland. Now in a stunning reversal, the US Army has decided to retain the warrior. Time for a C-Gar

In a stunning reversal, the U.S. Army decided late Thursday to retain a decorated Green Beret it had planned to kick out after he physically confronted a local Afghan commander accused of raping a boy over the course of many days. 

Sgt 1st Class Charles Martland, confirmed the Army's decision to retain him when reached by Fox News, who has been covering the story in depth for the past eight months and first broke the story of the Army's decision in August to kick out Martland over the incident, which occurred in northern Afghanistan in 2011. Read full story here


Marine: New U.S. Commander in Afghanistan Threw Us Under the Bus

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A Marine wrongfully accused of killing civilians says that President Obama’s new Afghanistan war commander is unqualified to lead coalition forces.

In January President Obama tapped Army Lt. Gen. John Nicholson to lead the war in Afghanistan, as the administration confronted the possibility of a long-term troop presence in the country. Nicholson, an Army Ranger, sailed through Senate confirmation on Feb. 4.

The hasty confirmation disappointed retired Marine Major Fred Galvin.

“It is never good for a foot soldier when this guy is in charge,” Galvin told the Washington Free Beacon in a telephone interview from his Kansas home. “I don’t consider him a military leader. He’s a politician.” Read full story here


2,300 California-based Marines just deployed to the Middle East

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Just when you thought the war in Iraq was "over", your Marines are headed back! Its called "Operation Conquest" (16.2) where the Iraqi War was 16.1. Nothing has changed, we just took a few years off to let them rebuild.....Time for a C-Gar

 

“Put simply, our 16.2 rotation of Marines and sailors will be carrying out the same mission as 16.1, providing a broad range of capabilities to the [head of U.S. Central Command],”

A new Marine rotational force has landed in the Middle East as the U.S. ramps up the fight against Islamic State group militants.

The final contingent of Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force—Crisis Response—Central Command 16.2 departed Camp Pendleton, California, last week en route to the region to begin a nine-month deployment to directly and indirectly bolster Iraqi forces in their fight against ISIS.

Members of 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines will be the ground combat element of the task force, with air support from squadrons of the 2nd and 3rd Marine Aircraft Wings. They’ll be led by the 5th Marine Regiment with Combat Logistics Battalion 5 lending logistical support. Read full story here