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Search for WWII soldier who left his name in a Dutch cave turns up some leads | Stars & Stripes

Last month local resident Walther Odekerken discovered an inscription in a cave in Valkenburg that stated “Wm. Thompson,” aka “Gimpy Joe,” from “Pgh, Pa” and was dated 9-17-44. This is the same day that Allie troops liberated the town from occupied Germans. Ever since he has been attempting to discover who the soldier was and reach their family. Currently this ... Read More »

Facebook agrees to pay France €106m in back taxes | BBC News

Facebook has agreed to pay France in back taxes to settle a dispute over its revenues earned in the country. The payment amounts to €106m (ÂŁ95.7m) covering the last decade of its French operations from 2009 and an additional €8.46m in taxes on revenues in France for 2020 – more than half of what it paid in 2019. The social ... Read More »

Military dogs get ‘real feel’ bite training with fake skin sleeves that bleed | Marine Corps Times

Dr. Stephen Lee, a senior scientist with the Army Research Office, designed a sleeve device for military dogs that has a flesh-like sensation and can bleed to simulate actual biting. The circumference of the arm was also reduced giving it “authentic human skin texture”. The new bite training device acts as a “polishing tool,” he said. Lee and his teams also developed gears like advanced eye protection and hearing ... Read More »

Army IDs 2 Special Operations soldiers killed in helicopter crash | Military.com

After a helicopter crashed on San Clementine Island two Army soldiers lost their life. Staff Sgt. Vincent P. Marketta, a Distinguished Flying Cross recipient, and Sgt. Tyler M. Shelton were identified. Both soldiers had a history of deployments and were a part of the Army’s legendary 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne). The men also have numerous amounts of awards ... Read More »

What credit score is needed to buy a house? It depends on your lender and loan type | Business Insider

Whether you are taking advantage of the market or moving because of COVID-19 moving is a big decision to make. Your credit score can affect everything but more specifically your loan type and your lender. Securing a reasonable mortgage can be taunting. Business Insider breaks down the different lender and loan types and how that might affect your process in ... Read More »

10 in-demand skills companies are hiring for right now — and how to learn them for free | Business Insider

LinkedIn analyzed global job posts that are in demand from June to July 2020 globally. Skills in data science, business management, or communication are on top of the list of what recruiters are searching for. They determine the top skills advertised by volume and developed free learning courses where we can develop skills while we transition from work-from-home. Source: https://www.businessinsider.com/linkedin-in-demand-skills-companies-are-hiring-for-right-now-2020-8#9-digital-literacy-includes-mastery-in-programs-such-as-google-drive-microsoft-sharepoint-and-microsoft-excel-2 Read More »

Veraxx wins $218M Army Special Ops training support contract | Govcon Wire

Verax Engineering was granted a contract to provide systems and tools for Army Special Ops Training for $218 million. The company will develop mission simulation, rehearsal, advanced planning, and preview platforms for use in the branch’s live, virtual, and constructive training programs, as advised by the Department of Defense. DoD expects work to complete potentially 8 years from now by Aug ... Read More »

Exclusive: Here are the photos of the MH-6 NOTAR flown and tested by the 160th SOAR (A) “Night Stalkers” | The Aviationist

The U.S. Army 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) “Night Stalkers” flown a little known NOTAR variant of the MH-6J. The variant has a quieter and safer operation over a traditional tail rotor. Two MH-6J airframes were converted to NOTAR configuration: #25356 and #23650. The NOTAR was developed by McDonnell Douglas Helicopter Systems. These hybrid variants went through formal testing, ... Read More »

Fourth Fighter Squadron wraps up training in Alaska | U.S. Air Force

After three weeks of training in Alaska and a Red Flag 20-3 exercise in Eielson Air Force Base, the 388th Fighter Wing’s 4th Fighter Squadron, along with Reservists from the 419th FW, returned to Hill Air Force Base, Utah on Aug. 22. “This was the first all fifth-generation fighter force at Red Flag and included scenarios that focused on “Day ... Read More »

Carrier Ronald Reagan conducts air operations in South China Sea | Navy Times

Aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan and its strike group arrived in the South China Sea earlier this August to continue air operations as China strengthens its military presence to US’ allied countries and partners. The strike group includes the carrier, its air wing, the guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam, and the destroyers USS Mustin and USS Rafael Peralta. Source: https://www.navytimes.com/news/your-navy/2020/08/24/carrier-ronald-reagan-conducts-air-operations-in-south-china-sea/ Read More »