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  • #61
    U.S. Army unprepared to deal with Russia in Europe
    A self-assessment by the 173rd Airborne Brigade is called ‘a real eye-opener’ to how some critical capabilities to deter Russia have eroded.

    The U.S. Army’s rapid reaction force in Europe is underequipped, undermanned and inadequately organized to confront military aggression from Russia or its high-tech proxies, according to an internal study that some who have read it view as a wake-up call as the Trump administration seeks to deter an emboldened Vladimir Putin.

    The Italy-based 173rd Airborne Brigade, a bulwark of the NATO alliance that has spent much of the past decade and a half rotating in and out of Iraq and Afghanistan, lacks “essential capabilities needed to accomplish its mission effectively and with decisive speed,” according to the analysis by the brigade, a copy of which was obtained by POLITICO.


    • #62

      ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. -- Used on battlefields around the world since 1991, the M3 Multi-Role Anti-Armor Anti-Personnel Weapon System, or MAAWS, has seen several iterations.

      The latest version, or M3E1, is not only lighter, but shorter and ergonomically designed with a longer handle and better grips. These features, as well as its ability to use multiple types of rounds for firing, has led the Army to approve a requirement for 1,111 M3E1 units.


      • #63
        Iron Dome poised for first US-based intercept test in SHORAD demo

        The U.S. Army kicked off its SHORAD demonstration on Sept. 4 at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, which allows the industry with available capabilities to test solutions that could be ready for fielding in the near term, the service has told Defense News. The demonstration will close out on Sept. 16.

        The service identified a major gap in SHORAD capability, and there is an urgent operational need to fill that gap in the European theater.


        • #64
          US breaks ground for new permanent base in Israel

          TEL AVIV, Israel — U.S. and Israeli officers broke ground in Israel on Monday for a permanent U.S. Army base that will house dozens of U.S. soldiers, operating under the American flag, and charged with the mission of defending against rocket and missile attack.


          • #65

            JOINT BASE MYER-HENDERSON HALL, Va. --The Military Horseman Identification Badge, the Army's newest badge since 2014's Instructor Badge, was awarded for the first time to ten members of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, Caisson Platoon, on Joint Base Meyer-Henderson Hall, Va., Sept 29, 2017, at Conmy Hall.

            Approved by the Acting Secretary of the Army in July 2017, the Military Horseman Identification Badge recognizes Soldiers who complete the nine-week Basic Horsemanship course and who demonstrate the skills necessary to become a lead rider in the Caisson platoon.


            • #66
              US Army M1A2 Sep V2 MBT tanks fitted with Israeli Trophy active protection system


              The US Army has finally decided to install the Israeli-made Trophy active protection system on M1A2 Abrams SEP V2 main battle tank (MBT)in response to an urgent request.


              • #67
                3 Green Berets killed, 2 wounded in Niger ambush

                Three Green Berets were killed in an ambush Wednesday in Niger, and two injured servicemembers were transported to a military hospital in Germany for treatment, U.S. Africa Command said Thursday.

                The names of the servicemembers are being withheld pending notification of next of kin. The injured troops are now in stable condition as they receive treatment at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, AFRICOM said.



                • #68
                  Do you like the Army's 'pinks and greens' prototype?
                  By: Staff Report

                  The Army is working on a revival of a World War II-era service uniform, and prototypes of the proposed “pinks and greens” made their debut on the conference floor of the annual AUSA meeting in Washington, D.C.

                  A handful of soldiers are roaming around the conference in variations of the iconic olive uniform, testing out skirts vs. pants and folding caps vs. service caps.



                  YES. Much better.


                  • #69

                    WASHINGTON – People with a history of “self-mutilation,” bipolar disorder, depression and drug and alcohol abuse can now seek waivers to join the Army under an unannounced policy enacted in August, according to documents obtained by USA TODAY.

                    The decision to open Army recruiting to those with mental health conditions comes as the service faces the challenging goal of recruiting 80,000 new soldiers through September 2018. To meet last year's goal of 69,000, the Army accepted more recruits who fared poorly on aptitude tests, increased the number of waivers granted for marijuana use and offered hundreds of millions of dollars in bonuses.
                    Last edited by haze17; 17-11-2017, 04:17 PM.


                    • #70
                      Latvian-Born, US-Citizen SFC. Mihail Golin


                      1. The U.S. military says an American soldier was killed while fighting in eastern Afghanistan.
                      The Pentagon says four other soldiers were wounded in the Jan. 1 battle in the Achin district of Nangarhar province. Two of the wounded were in stable condition, and the other two have returned to duty.

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                      An interview with father (photo included of SFC Golin, ex-wife and daughter)


                      The Brooklyn dad of a green beret killed Monday in Afghanistan had no words to express his sorrow over losing his only son. "I can't describe. It's impossible. I'm still proud of him," heartbroken dad David Golin, 55, told the Daily News in a darkened hallway of his Sheepshead Bay apartment building Wednesday.


                      • #71

                        American Jewish war veterans want young warriors to keep telling their stories

                        An advocacy group for Jews in the military discusses strategies to remind Americans -- and Jews in particular -- of the proud tradition of service among this community



                        • #72
                          in russian forums this photo rising many questions

                          original link

                          What's purpose of wooden pins ?

                          And the main is it normal to have bottle of water so close to сonsole?


                          • #73
                            Originally posted by DTA View Post
                            in russian forums this photo rising many questions

                            original link

                            What's purpose of wooden pins ?

                            And the main is it normal to have bottle of water so close to сonsole?
                            Pegs are a most probably a quick fix to attach notes/ check lists etc for use during the mission as well as a way to route excess cable and hold items out of the way. The bottle most likely has its lid on but given they aren't wearing head sets etc and the large folder sitting open on the desk I'm guessing its just a P.R. picture at the pre-departure briefing mentioned in the article and the aircraft probably isn't even in the air let alone on task.


                            • #74
                              Until he died in 2003, Kenneth Poch was an amateur historian with a mission: to identify and record every grave where a Jewish service member had been laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery, home to 400,000 graves of veterans and their family members.


                              To fulfill his mission, Poch explored every corner of the grounds to record names that might be Jewish. Every year before Christmas, he visited Jewish graves to remove the wreaths people had placed on them. Refining his search along the way, Poch consulted biographies of veterans and thousands of family members. By the time of his death in 2003, he had identified the names of 2,700 Jewish service members interred at Arlington, and his notes filled 31 boxes.



                              • #75
                                Army to field Squad Designated Marksman Rifle in September.


                                WASHINGTON -- The new Squad Designated Marksman Rifle, or SDM-R, is scheduled to be fielded at the brigade level starting in September, according to the Program Executive Office Soldier.

                                The new SDM-R is based on the Heckler and Koch G28E-110 Compact Semi-Automatic Sniper System, or CSASS, and will provide infantry, scout, and engineer squads the capability to engage with accurate rifle fire at longer ranges, said Capt. Weston Goodrich, assistant program manager for Soldier Weapons, PEO Soldier.