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Thursday, May 13, 2021

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Backpacking is a rite of passage for many travelers. Covid could end it forever | CNN Travel

Due to border restrictions brought about by Covid-19, it left most backpackers unable to travel. However, even when the world starts to distribute vaccines, businesses slowly begin to operate, backpackers might struggle to find their place as most hostels remain closed. According...

Israel gives Pollard, its former spy in U.S., warm but low-key homecoming | Reuters

Jonathan Pollard was arrested in 1985 and sentenced to life imprisonment after he plead guilty to giving Israel military secrets. He was freed in 2015, and last month his travel ban was not renewed. Pollard and his wife were...

The Army is planning a major overhaul of its hair and grooming regulations | Military.com

The Army is working on implementing changes being discussed to allow some women to wear ponytails in uniform and removing wording from the existing regulations found to be offensive or racist. This is also with regards to the Army's Project...

The modern Shetland Bus: The lure of covert maritime vessels for great-power competition | War on the Rocks

Shetland Bus has been a significant vessel during the Second World War II. David Howarth became the second-in-command of this covert fleet and wrote the definitive history of the program as “a means for regular transport between Great Britain and Norway...

Marine Corps begins widespread fielding of suppressors | DVIDS

Marine Corps Systems Command started fielding thousands of suppressors to infantry, reconnaissance, and special operation units for employment on the M27, M4, and M4A1 rifles. Small arms suppressors are designed to reduce a weapon’s noise, flash, and recoil. “Our intent...

The Navy’s fight against scurvy | DVIDS

The scurvy disease has been known as the “Black Death of the sea” and was once considered deadly as smallpox. The sailors knew nothing about their vitamin C deficiency until Dr. William Paul Crillon Barton found a cure against...

The tiny forests designed by feng shui | BBC Travel

The feng shui forest, or fengshuilin, is situated in the ancient Hakka village of Guizhuping where it is protected and preserved for around 400 years. The heritage trees are believed to bring prosperity and good health to the Han...

Raise the Black Flag: Nellis launches new Air Force operational test event | Air Force Times

A new joint operational test event called Black Flag will be conducted by the 53rd Wing at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada. The 53rd Wing is the only wing responsible for operational test and tactics development for fighters, bombers,...

Care packages are not kindling for burn pits | Military.com

Operation Gratitude sends thousands of care packages from 20,000 deployed troops during the global pandemic. Kevin Schmiegel, Paul Cucinotta, and Danielle Tenconi shared their opinions about the importance of the act of giving in these uncertain times who beg...

‘Peanuts’ creator Charles Schulz’s experiences in WWII shaped the character of Charlie Brown | Stars & Stripes

Former Army staff sergeant and cartoonist Charles Schulz found inspiration in World War II in putting together the comic strip “Peanuts.” In 1942, he started his military journey and that meant that he would have to leave his sick...

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After 6 years of attempts, Marine master guns finally wins Recon Challenge | Marine Corps Times

Master Gunnery Sgt. Cory Paskvan and Maj. Morgan Jordan won the 12th annual Recon Challenge after 9 hours and...

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