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Monday, May 10, 2021

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Army vet marching 1,800 miles to fight veteran suicide | Army Times

Greg Washington, an Army veteran who served in Afghanistan and a non-profit founder, is leaving Mississippi this Friday as he starts his 1,800-mile walk to raise awareness and funds to combat veteran suicide. Aside from that, he is also...

The unsolved mystery of Sri Lanka’s ‘Stargate’ | BBC Travel

Anuradhapura is a sacred city in Sri Lanka, which is believed to have an ancient gateway through which humans can enter the universe. Specifically, it is believed that a chart found in Ranmasu Uyana is a map that can...

Marine combat instructors may see special duty assignment status again | Marine Corps Times

In the hope of retaining more and better combat instructors, the Marine Corps is strongly considering returning the billet to special duty assignment status. In 2019, combat instructors were shifted to type 1 screenable billet, which gave them slightly...

Air Force quietly ends program allowing retired pilots to return to service | Military.com

Retired pilots can now go back to service after the US Air Force quietly canceled its Voluntary Retired Return to Active Duty Program (VRRAD). VRRAD started in 2017, intending to fill flight staff positions with those who had prior...

The ultra-marathoner who crosses borders | BBC News

With the aim of highlighting hot-button issues, Mike Foote, an ultra-marathon champion, has been crossing borders across North America with his feet. Specifically, he started the "Invisible Wall" expedition, which is a 10-day running journey to explore the desert...

Here’s what 23 of the world’s most dangerous terrorists look like today | Task & Purpose

Ever since the 9/11 attack, American troops have been fighting some of the most ruthless terrorists on Earth. Specifically, they have killed 23 of the most dangerous terrorists already, including Mohammed Atef, the right-hand man of Osama bin Laden,...

Retired SEAL Jocko Willink surprises guard members, tells them to relish adversity | Stars & Stripes

John Gretton “Jocko” Willink, a former Navy SEAL and podcaster, visited Biddle Air National Guard Base in Horsham, Pa. Willink’s visit to the base was impromptu after some Pennsylvania Army National Guard soldiers ran into him making a promotional...

Starting May 1, military exchanges open to more than half a million DoD and Coast Guard civilians | Military Times

Starting this month about 575,00 people now qualify as new DoD civilian customers after the DoD have authorized military exchanges to be open for them. Some of the stores where DoD civilian customers can shop include Army and Air...

Launch of the military’s experimental navigation satellite pushed back to 2023 | C4ISRNET

The US military was set to launch its new experimental navigation satellite in 2022, but due to a rideshare delay, the launch will be happening in 2023 instead. The new experimental navigation satellite is known as the Navigation Technology...

Top US general: Afghan forces could face ‘bad possible outcomes’ | Military Times

Gen. Mark Milley has described the Afghan military and police as “reasonably well equipped, reasonably well trained, and reasonably well led.” The top US military officer spoke just hours after the official kickoff for the withdrawal of US troops...

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Video: British Royal Marines explore possibility of storming a ship at sea with jet packs | Business Insider

The British Royal Marines are currently exploring the possibility of storming a ship at sea with jet packs as...

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