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Second World War heroes’ poignant return to Grafton Underwood airbase | North Hampshire Telegraph

World War II vets standing by a memorial

Former tail-gunner Henry Kolinek, 94, who flew 35 missions with the 544th Squadron; Henry Sienkiewicz, 97, who as a navigator was the bomb aimer flew 35 missions with the 545th Squadron, and 94-year-old Leonard Estrin, a ball-turret gunner who flew 17 missions with the 546th Squadron returned to the airfield to place wreaths in tribute to their fallen colleagues. All ... Read More »

Iran navy commander says Iran ready to defend its marine borders | Reuters

Navy ship at sea

In response to being accused of carrying out attacks on Saudi oil sites on Sept 14 by the United States, The head of Iran’s navy said the Islamic Republic would deliver a “crushing reaction” to any aggression.  The admiral continued on by claiming that the Islamic Republic of Iran’s defense power is at its highest possible level and forces of ... Read More »

1st Female Airman to Earn Ranger Tab Is Now Training for Disaster Response |  Military.com

1st Lt. Hibsch getting her Ranger tab

1st Lt. Chelsea Hibsch’s encore to being the first female airman to graduate from the Army Ranger School: training for short-notice disaster response and combat zone airfield prep worldwide. Hibsch’s accomplishment has resonated throughout the Air Force. On Monday at the conference, Lt. Gen. Jim Slife, commander of Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC), said: “That’s the caliber of airman” AFSOC is seeking. ... Read More »

Stories of Honor – Roger Welt: Documenting war in the Vietnam jungle | Santa Maria Times

In 1968, Roger Welt was an Army combat correspondent during what would be the height of the U.S. military’s involvement in the Vietnam War with more than half a million troops in the country.  He often wondered whether he should shoot the enemy with a camera or with a gun. Read more by David Minsky here: https://santamariatimes.com/news/local/stories-of-honor—roger-welt-documenting-war-in/article_5a2a1f8d-14eb-547d-8a78-2caac9d16621.html Read More »

Special Forces destroy Taliban’s IED making factory in Baghlan | Khaama Press News Agency

Soldiers with a vehicle waiting on a road

The Afghan Special Forces discovered and destroyed a Taliban factory where the group was manufacturing improvised explosive devices in Ghulam Bai Village of Baghlan-e Jadid district.  Special Forces also confiscated and destroyed 30 kilograms of explosives during the raid. Source: https://www.khaama.com/special-forces-destroy-talibans-ied-making-factory-in-baghlan-04103/ Read More »

Australia’s most decorated soldier Ben Roberts-Smith under investigation | 9 News

Australian soldier by a chopper

Victoria Cross winner Ben Roberts-Smith has been accused of involvement in the death of a detainee in Afghanistan, which is now the subject of an Australian Federal Police investigation.  Soldiers alleged Mr Roberts-Smith kicked a handcuffed Afghan farmer named Ali Jan off a cliff and was present when the decision was made for another soldier to shoot the detainee in ... Read More »

‘Almost impossible mission’: The 8,000-mile non-stop flight to save a US soldier’s life | Fox News

Military soldiers running through fire, superheroes

When a special operations soldier loses his right arm and leg after a grenade exploded during close-quarters combat, more than 100 troops stood in line outside the base hospital to donate blood to help their wounded brother-in-arms. Then the Air Force sprang into action to bring him home. C-17 crew chief Staff Sgt. Terrance Williamson said there was no question the ... Read More »

Afghan special forces arrest facilitator of Zabul truck bombing which killed 39, wounded 140 others | Khaama Press News Agency 

Afghan Special Forces Soldiers

The Afghan special forces have arrested the main facilitator of truck bombing in Zabul which killed at least 39 people and wounded 140 others.  They also arrested 3 other bombing facilitators and 8 others during a raid in Ghazni province, confiscating two car bombs. Source: https://www.khaama.com/afghan-forces-arrest-facilitator-of-zabul-truck-bombing-which-killed-39-wounded-140-others-04089/   Read More »

SOCOM leaders want to reduce the load on operators to create ‘hyper-enabled’ operators | C4ISRNET

Military Tank with a Soldier aiming his gun

One of the most relevant SOCOM programs that could significantly benefit from machine learning and AI is the Hyper Enabled Operator concept.  In a May speech, Gen. Richard Clarke Clarke, the new head of SOCOM, described how machine learning and AI can provide operators with tactical advantages by increasing situational awareness, reducing cognitive loads and improving the decision-making process. For ... Read More »

Australian Federal Police fly to Afghanistan to investigate alleged Australian war crimes | ABC

Special Ops Soldiers and a helicopter

It is believed it is the first time the AFP has sent officers overseas to investigate alleged war crimes involving Australian soldiers.  It was alleged by villagers that one man, a farmer named Ali Jan, was detained by the raiding party, handcuffed and then kicked or thrown from the top of a retaining wall. The villagers told an Afghan journalist ... Read More »