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I just finished Carol Reardon’s “Launch The Intruders,” a history of VA-75’s 1972 deployment to the Vietnam War. During the course of the cruise, two or three crewmen turned in their wings. Here’s the thing. Flight duty is strictly voluntary. No one can make you climb into the plane. You... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Bring The HEAT
Not bad. Interesting to watch the control surfaces during the high alpha pass. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Bring The HEAT
FORT BRAGG, N.C. — The Army is running a pilot program testing modified physical fitness and body composition standards for men of any age with dependents. “In past decades we’ve adjusted for gender and age, and now we’re looking at other factors,” said Army spokesman Maj. Rod Larson, while clicking... Continue reading
Reblogged 5 days ago at Bring The HEAT
Thanks to URR for his updates on the USS Fitzgerald. The Burke class ships were built with survivability in mind. They were designed to take a hit. When a ship is damaged, via combat or other hazards, the crew springs into damage control efforts. But what exactly does that entail?... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Bring The HEAT
Via the Tactical Leader Though most tactical leaders intuitively understand that their reconnaissance and security formations can conduct either stealthy or aggressive reconnaissance depending on the situation, we are currently out-of-balance. Many formations remain overly-reliant on echelons above brigade (EAB and organic unmanned aerial systems (UAS) to collect the information... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2017 at Bring The HEAT
A woman once told me, after her life had taken an unexpected turn, that if you live long enough, pretty much anything can happen. That thought was in the back of my mind on a cool morning last November as I sat in the covered bleachers overlooking the wide expanses... Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 9, 2017 at Bring The HEAT
In the early days of World War II, the US Navy had a problem in the campaign against German U-boats. It was fairly common for a patrol plane to spot a surfaced U-boat from a considerable distance. But very often, the U-boat would spot the patrol plane, and crash dive... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2017 at Bring The HEAT
When an armored unit is in the defense, digging two tier fighting positions is a major priority. A well dug two tier position offers very good protection from direct fire, while simultaneously providing excellent fields of fire to engage the enemy. A tank that is in such a position can... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2017 at Bring The HEAT
For the first 6 months of the Pacific War, the Kido Butai, the Japanese Mobile Force carrier fleet, ran wild across a third of the globe, sinking Allied ships, downing Allied aircraft, striking Allied bases, and not losing a single ship. After the tactical draw at Coral Sea, the Japanese... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2017 at Bring The HEAT
FORT SILL, Okla. — A military spouse stationed in Oklahoma has risen to fame after she began designing and selling this fall’s hottest dependent fashion trend — military rank accessories. “I was always told by my second husband that spouses shouldn’t wear their husband’s ranks,” said Gina Caslen, spouse of... Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 3, 2017 at Bring The HEAT
COLUMBIA — For researchers, documentarians, military veterans — or just about anyone who wants to get an up-close, real-life glimpse at what the major wars of the United States looked like on a day-to-day basis — the United States Marine Corps film repository in the University of South Carolina’s Moving... Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 2, 2017 at Bring The HEAT
A very nice come from behind win. Sorry I didn't have time to narrate this one. I'll just say, I would have switched to AP sooner. On the other hand, I haven't earned a Kraken lately, so take that for what it's worth. Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2017 at Bring The HEAT
The State Department argues that under the Treaty on Treaties, the US is obligated to act as if the Senate had in fact ratified the accords, until such time as the Senate actually votes down ratification. Which, the Senate cannot do, since Obama refused to submit it to the Senate.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2017 at Bring The HEAT
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Navy accepted delivery of the future USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) aircraft carrier in Newport News, Virginia, May 31. Delivery followed the ship's successful completion of acceptance trials May 26. "Congratulations to everyone who has helped bring CVN 78 to this historic milestone," said Rear... Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 1, 2017 at Bring The HEAT
The Pentagon was pretty quick to release footage of the intercept from yesterday’s missile defense test. The Pentagon just released this footage of Tuesday's intercept of an intercontinental ballistic missile target. Pretty intense. — Andrew deGrandpre (@adegrandpre) May 31, 2017 Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2017 at Bring The HEAT
BREAKING NEWS: Pentagon says it has shot down mock warhead over the Pacific in key success for US missile defense program. — AP Politics (@AP_Politics) May 30, 2017 No video of the intercept (yet) but people on the ground did take video of the interceptor launch at Vandenberg. Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2017 at Bring The HEAT
Kitwar and Grump are earning Kraken’s faster than I can post videos. Being a cruiser captain is a tough gig in World of Warships. But Kitwar does a spectacular job of staying alive, and dealing damage to the enemy. Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2017 at Bring The HEAT
In the early 1970s, the US Army had a serious problem with its brand. It was stuck in an unpopular and bloody war. Morale stank; even President Richard Nixon conceded to West Point cadets that "it is no secret that the discipline, integrity, patriotism, self-sacrifice, which are the very lifeblood... Continue reading
Reblogged May 29, 2017 at Bring The HEAT
On May 19, 1967, a Grumman A-6A Intruder of VA-35 launched from the USS Enterprise as a part of a strike against a truck repair facility near Van Dien, North Vietnam. LCDR Eugene “Red” McDaniel was the pilot, and LT James K. “Kelly” Patterson was the Bombadier/Navigator. An SA-2 Surface... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2017 at Bring The HEAT
The LVT, or Amtrac, was originally conceived as a rescue vehicle for use in the Everglades. The lives it saved ended up being Marines in the Pacific. Less well known is that the Army also operated several thousand LVTs both in the Pacific and some on Europe. Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2017 at Bring The HEAT
#BEASTMODE alert .@jdickerson: What keeps you awake at night? Mattis: Nothing, I keep other people awake at night. — Free Beacon (@FreeBeacon) May 28, 2017 Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2017 at Bring The HEAT