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Two US service members killed in Afghanistan helicopter crash | Military Times

Picture of the American flag

A helicopter crash has brought the number of U.S deaths in Afghanistan this year to 19.¬† On Wednesday, two service members, whose names will not be disclosed until next of kin is notified, were killed.¬† U.S. Military preliminary reports indicated it was not caused by enemy fire, however it is still under investigation. Source: https://www.militarytimes.com Read More »

China aircraft carrier fleet passes near rival Taiwan; says American and Japanese ships followed | The Navy Times

Picture of one of China's aircraft carriers

The Ministry of Taiwan recently had to scramble together a hasty defense of ships and jets after a Chinese aircraft carrier passed by them, followed by ships from Japan and the U.S. A message was set out over social media by the defense ministry asking their citizens not to worry. While the aircraft carrier stayed on China‚Äôs side of the ... Read More »

In Afghanistan, fighting the Taliban increasingly involves covert operations | PBS

Afghan Special Forces. Up close picture of a Afghan Special Forces soldier's uniform and commando patch.

After 18 years of the fight in Afghanistan, following the events of 9/11 in 2001, Jane Ferguson reports on the increasing violence and interviews several members of the insurgent group. Ferguson met with Taliban members in the Wardak province. Through a translator, one man named Motmaeen says ‚ÄúI am fully confident that America is being defeated and will be defeated. ... Read More »

Seeking recognition for Merrills Marauders of WWII China-India-Burma Theater | Observer Reporter

Merrills Marauders Chinese troops on the Ledo Road

The first infantrymen to fight on the Asiatic mainland during World War II in the China-India-Burma Theater had to battle their way through dense and dangerous jungles. Led by Brig. Gen. Frank Dow Merrill, the unit travelled 750 miles on foot by mules through the rough terrain. Only one survivor remains. Russel Hamler, age 95, resides in Pennsylvania. A petition ... Read More »

Statue of Navy SEAL dog honors military dogs | San Diego Union Tribune

Thor, right, one of retired Navy SEAL Trevor Maroshek's canine-partners, sits next to a bronze statue honoring military working dogs and their handlers in Veterans Park in Imperial Beach, Calif. Thor is one of Chopper's offspring. Chopper is credited with saving American forces from improvised explosive devices (IEDs) while deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan with Maroshek.

A bronze statue of Chopper represents the dogs who assist troops and law enforcement. Chopper, a Navy SEAL canine who started in 2007, was handled by Trevor Maroshek when he was asked to start up the SEAL‚Äôs first canine campaign. One of the most prominent times Chopper saved the lives of U.S. troops was in Afghanistan in 2010 when he ... Read More »

Thieves among honor: counterfeit veterans | Military Times

A veteran's, purple heart and other medals in a case.

For the past three years, B.G. Burkett has worked with the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of the Inspector General on Operation Stolen Valor to uncover people who claim to be a veteran in order to get benefits. In 2007, eight individuals were caught fabricating documents to get VA benefits in the Seattle area, including combat injury compensation. While stolen ... Read More »

Lithuanian Advice on Dealing with Russia’s Hybrid Warfare | Georgia Today

Building of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania

The Georgian Institute for Security Policy interviewed Eitvydas Bajarunas, Ambassador-at-Large for Hybrid Threats, on his countries experience with dealing with foreign hybrid warfare threats. Hybrid warfare are coordinated attacks that go after different forms of society, such as information warfare and cyber-attacks. The first method to prepare for these Russian confrontations is to do your national homework. This includes threat ... Read More »

The Reason Russia Wants Its Own Scary ‚ÄúSpookovik‚ÄĚ Gunship | National Interest

AC-130 gunship from the 4th Special Operations Squadron by Senior Airman Julianne Showalter

With the success of the US’s AC 130 Gunship, the long-range, heavily armored and equipped aircraft supports ground troop operations has proven itself in smaller, regional wars.¬† Russia’s interest in mimicking the gunship is intriguing given its limitations against faster, more nimble fighter jets and modern anti-aircraft weapons. Source:¬† https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/reason-russia-wants-its-own-scary-%E2%80%9Cspookovik%E2%80%9D-gunship-94101 Read More »

Shortest US soldier in Vietnam War was not short in courage | Charleston Gazette-Mail

Hovering U.S. Army helicopters pour machine gun fire into tree line to cover the advance of Vietnamese ground troops in an attack on a Viet Cong camp 18 miles north of Tay Ninh on March 29, 1965, which is northwest of Saigon near the Cambodian border. Combined assault routed Viet Cong guerrilla force.

A story of courage and determination led the shortest soldier to serve in Vietnam to earn 2 Purple Hearts, 2 Bronze Stars and a Silver Star. At just 4′ 9″, Richard Flaherty a paratrooper who then became Green Beret didn’t let his height dissuade him from risking his life for his country.¬† While successful in the field, Flaherty’s life was ... Read More »

Air Force CV-22 Ospreys Have A New Snowmobile Extraction And Insertion Configuration | TheDrive

Air Commandos from the 352d Special Operations Maintenance Squadron clear snow and ice off a CV-22 Osprey

A video was recently released featuring the U.S. Air Force Special Operations CV-22 Ospreys showing off new floors and ramp systems. The official footage was released on Twitter but does not say what specific units were involved. Revamped deployment systems show a snowmobile being swiftly extracted and speeding off. Personal vehicles like this allow troops to rapidly move away from ... Read More »