Archive for the ‘Off Base’ Category

Forgotten Images of the Korean War


Department of Defense photographers recorded the Americans who fought and served in the Korean War. In 2012, a veterans group turned over a collection of 138 photos taken in the first three months of the conflict to Betty Perkins-Carpenter, who’s spent the last three years trying to identify all the American and Koreans pictured in the collection.  Perkins-Carpenter is an 83-year-old Air Force Veteran who trained stateside soldiers in water safety during the conflict. +Continue Reading

Sound Off: Does SEAL Team 6 Need Oversight?


On Sunday June 7th, the New York Times published an 8800-word epic article called SEAL Team 6: A Secret History of Quiet Killings and Blurred Lines.” The online version of the piece features GIFs, maps, large photos, video set, a glossary, a video interview and no less than six reporter bylines. That’s a huge amount of information about a unit that doesn’t officially exist. +Continue Reading

Putin’s ‘Military Disneyland’


Vladimir Putin attended the Tuesday opening of Patriot Park, a military theme park located about an hour outside of Moscow in Kubinka. Described as a “military Disneyland” in a Guardian newspaper feature, Patriot Park serves Russian Army rations at the food stands, the souvenir shops are filled with Putin memorabilia and kids can play with grenade launchers and climb over tanks. +Continue Reading

Sound Off: Would You Feel Safe in an Osprey?

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Would you feel safe in an Osprey? Most U.S. Marines would probably say no. In a tragic moment of vindication, on May 15th an MV-22 Osprey flying in Hawaii made a hard landing which killed one Marine and sent 21 others to the hospital. Pervasive among comments of respect for the fallen and injured Marines is a tangible frustration with the Osprey’s safety and reliability. +Continue Reading

Families Meet 70 Years After Fathers Fought on WWII Battlefield

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By Patrice O’Shaughnessy

The gray February day made the dining room of John Lozito’s home in New Rochelle, N.Y. seem even more like a memorial.

The table was laid out with a battered canteen, an old grenade and other battlefield artifacts from 70 years ago. An olive green jacket with a red, yellow and blue shoulder patch with the insignia of the 9th Armored Division– a tank with a lightning bolt through it—was on display. +Continue Reading

Sound Off: Will the Troops Invade Texas?

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As reported here at Military​.com, Chuck Norris, the beloved and legendary veteran,  has some serious concerns about the upcoming Jade Helm 15 training exercises in Texas and wonders aloud in a WND commentary if the operations just might be a cover for a U.S. military invasion of Texas. +Continue Reading

Sound Off: Mothball A-10s or F-16s?


It was quite a struggle, but thanks to pressure from numerous advocates, the A-10 will last for at least a few more years in active service. But, according to the Air Force, that will come with a hefty price. In a recent piece by Kris Osborn, Air Force officials told Miltiary​.com that keeping the A-10 would require “retiring an unspecified number of F-16 fighter aircraft or delaying the deployment of the F-35 by at least a year.”

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Sound Off: Are Veterans Losing Gun Rights?


As reported last week, Senator Chuck Grassley has rekindled a debate over whether veterans who cannot manage their own benefits should be considered “mentally defective” by the FBI and barred from buying guns. +Continue Reading

Sound Off: Should Women be Eligible for Special Operations Roles?

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The Pentagon lifted its ban on women entering military combat roles in 2012, but the effects of that decision are still rolling out. Each branch with combat-oriented positions must open those positions to women before 2016 or make a strong case why they shouldn’t be required to do so. That means more than a few tough decisions for our Armed Forces.

The current controversy is centered on Special Operations. With the 2016 deadline looming, there isn’t much time left to make a decision. Recent polls suggest that there is a lot of opposition to women taking on special operations roles. +Continue Reading

Sound Off: Should the Military Change How Troops are Promoted?

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How does the military know when a service member is ready for promotion? For most ranks and rates, a big chunk of the answer is simply time spent serving in the military. Defense Secretary Ash Carter thinks it’s time to change the process. In a recent address, Carter argued that promotions for service members should be based mostly on merit, not time served. +Continue Reading