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Futuristic V-280 not advanced enough to replace the Osprey: AFSOC Commander | Military.com

Army’s Future Vertical Lift is looking into two aircraft as part of their modernization for Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA). The aircraft is the Sikorsky-Boeing SB-1 coaxial-rotor Defiant helicopter prototype and Bell Textron’s V-280 Valor tiltrotor helicopter prototype. However, AFSOC Commander Lt. Gen. James Slife said the Valor is not advanced enough to replace the CV-22, the Air Force special operations variant of the V-22 tiltrotor transport aircraft. He mentioned that AFSOC is looking ... Read More »

The oldest living US Marine celebrates her 107th birthday | Task & Purpose

Dorothy Schmidt Cole celebrates her 107th birthday and is now remembered as the oldest living U.S. Marine. When Cole was 29, she enlisted in July 1943 where she underwent six weeks of basic training at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina with 1st Battalion, Marine Corps Women’s Reserves, according to the Independent Tribune. Source: https://taskandpurpose.com/mandatory-fun/oldest-living-marine-dorothy-cole?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=EBB%2009.21.20&utm_term=Editorial%20-%20Early%20Bird%20Brief Read More »

75th Ranger Regiment conducts Ranger retreats | Shadow Spear

The Unit Ministry Teams of the 75th Ranger Regiment is out for a mission to help soldiers reduce the pressure created by the global pandemic environment. Abiding by COVID-19 protocols, the UMTs partnered with Ranger medical health professionals and social distancing Rangers to conduct an overnight ranger retreat. “Just the chance to get away from the barracks and spend time with friends, to think about what I want my life ... Read More »

Apple Fitness+ subscription service unveiled alongside Series 6 Watch | BBC News

There are a lot of surprises in store with Apple. It has unveiled a new personalized workout subscription service called Fitness+. It collects health data gathered by an Apple Watch and then displays it alongside workout videos shown on a larger display. It will cost £10 per month or £80 per year as a standalone service, which can be shared among members of the same family. Another thing to ... Read More »

Army COVID-19 vaccine may produce a side benefit: Cure for the common cold | MCCLATCHY DC

A COVID-19 vaccine is currently being developed by scientists from the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. This also has advancing characteristics that may be able to prevent strains of the common cold in the future and to target different types of coronavirus. Walter Reed’s researchers have also found that there is very little mutation occurring in the virus. That means just one vaccine could work for the entire global population as ... Read More »

How many troops are dying in training accidents — and why? | Connecting Vets Radio

According to the Department of Defense, 5,605 service members were killed in training accidents from 2006 to 2020. This data represents 32% of all reported active-duty military deaths for that period. It also reveals that deaths in training accidents are at twice the rate than those who have died in combat over the last decade and a half.  It was noted that certain accidents are preventable if systemic issues were identified and given attention. GAO is now working to ... Read More »

Leroy Petry has a message for whoever stole his Medal of Honor license plate | Military Times

Retired Army Master Sgt. Leroy Petry earned the Medal of Honor in 2011 for saving the lives of two fellow Rangers during a 2008 battle in Afghanistan. He went for a talk in Fort Eustis about suicide prevention and mental health, but little did he knew that his Medal of Honor license plate got stolen. Police are currently investigating the current theft incident that happened at the airport at Seattle-Tacoma airport. He jokingly ... Read More »

Call for U.S.-bred war dogs grows to end ‘outsourced’ security | Bloomberg Government

War dogs are very relevant in missions and patrols which can detect scents more than 1,000 times better than any human or equipment for finding bombs or chasing down terrorists. However, the actual costs of these dogs are higher because they are often born and trained in Europe. The Defense Department informs that it does not have access to an American breeding program that can satisfy their standards. The American Kennel Club has been pressing ... Read More »

Meet the first all-women ranger unit fighting poachers | CNN Travel

Team Lioness is the first all-women ranger unit in Amboseli National Park in Kenya. They ensure to safeguard the community as well as protect wildlife animals from poachers. For four months, they are away from their family where they also play a role as a mother and a wife. For them, the sacrifices they endure is worth it because this ... Read More »

Things to do to an algorithm | CACM

An algorithm is a powerful tool that gets applied to decision-making. However, a recent protest of thousands of British students marched to a slogan where the algorithm was developed with bias. They were demonstrating against a formula that decided on university admissions. This matter should be carefully controlled through the proper use of machine learning for matters affecting people’s fates ... Read More »