USN PH2(AC) served from 82-92
I've been ass deep for so long It's nuts. Just had to drop this little gem I cooked up months ago with Photoshop. Gotta Run, but hope y'all have a laugh with it! A bit crude but it makes a point, Damn near prophetic.....
1 week ago on Ukraine, Politicians and BERKUT: An Open Road to Civil War in Ukraine
@MR151Oh, I thought it was our favorite "BADASS" Dale Comstock doing a little "consulting."
2 weeks ago on Autodefensas Reach Agreement With Mexican Government
Eric, you can't post this enough. Thanks man. The movie is "just right," the sounds are what I had running through my head. Pete Berg, Mark Wahlberg, Ben Foster, wish I could meet each of them and personally thank them for the good work they did. I think Marcus did a great job getting this story as true to his vision as possible. BZ to everyone involved!
1 month, 1 week ago on The Lone Survivor Was Not Alone – Neither are you
This is one of the better quick guides Force12 has posted. Keep them coming! Those older ones from the SOFREP main site would be a great re-post too!
I hope y'all can make this a regular posting! Two daughters, Krav Maga more than 45 miles away, so I appreciate all the help you've got to give!
1 month, 1 week ago on Women’s Self Defense Basic #2
I love the small form factor of the DSLR, Nick, have you ever tried on a Steady-cam rig from the 80's? We would have killed for a Go-Pro and digital stabilization! Love my Manfrotto too! I've played with Final cut, awesome tool! I'm stuck with CS5 on my old 8 core Mac Pro tower, salivating over the new MacPro "cylinder." Keep the Photo porn coming! I'll be cleaning my old Bronicas and checking out my bellows on the Toyo View, let your fotogeek run amok!
1 month, 1 week ago on The Cameras and Gear Behind the GROM Series
Some of what is on my reading "pile" notice the white book near the bottom just above the Lincoln biography. Kipling is one of my go to authors, a little gung-ho but "classic."
What you can't see are the two volumes of Moliere plays and two bindings of Italian decorative iron. Pays to stay well rounded, the distraction helps keep you from too many nightmares.
2 months, 1 week ago on Captains Courageous: Christmas Day 1968, Spike Team Idaho
One Charity that I give to regularly is USN & USMC Relief, they provide emergency loans to families that are in need. The big item I see missing is the "gap funding." What happens when one of our servicemen dies and he has a sick youngster still back in the states? College funding for our veterans survivors, wives and children. Just someone to hold a hand and help with all the paperwork. There are so many things we can do, that often just fall through the cracks.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on UPDATED: SOUND OFF: What Should Military Charities Be Doing?
I read the initial reports and braced myself for the worst. Since my great uncle first told me about his involvement in the early development of the Osprey's terrain mapping radar, I've paid special attention to all news about the platform. Arguably the Osprey needs more armament for self protection, but that will always be a problem. If they had been riding H-53's or H-46's that FROG might have died.
I for one love the Osprey. Sending good men into a shit storm is no way to make friends. FUCKIN' A glad as Hell the guys got out with as little damage as possible!
Oh, remember to share the love brothers and sisters! After all it's that Yuletide season!
2 months, 2 weeks ago on West Coast-Based US Navy SEAL Injured In South Sudan During CV-22 Insertion
I served with guys that would get all misty eyed about the AD, so I can understand the love for the Warthog. Personally I thought the Navy was kinda cooky for trying to do light attack/CAS with the A-7, but at that time the USAF was using the same platform. I don't see any good answers for this, Embraer's Tucano and the Texan both look like nice light attack platforms. But neither one is as tough in the fight as an A-10. I've mentioned this old beauty before, ever heard of the Convair Charger? Designed just for COIN, it's original wing span permitted landing between phone poles on a two lane road. Just look at the load out below:
2 months, 4 weeks ago on Buzz CAS-Kill: Who needs A-10s?
Didn't occupation forces in Germany have continued assymetrical attacks from die hard Nazis until the early 1950's? Despite becoming our "friends" a small element still caused issues. Iran would be no different.
3 months, 1 week ago on Dealing with Iran—Turning Enemies into Allies
Marrying into a Christian Iranian family and becoming exposed to the greater Iranian Expat community here in the US, I've come to the realization that the first generation Iranian immigrants are very "Russian." 1st generation Iranian immigrants have an idealized nostalgia for Iran. But there is no amount of Nostalgia that will cover their repugnance for the "Elite" Theocracy that rules Iran. The sanction regime has only recently began to have real effect. You want a I-phone? You can buy it in Tehran, a Mercedes-Benz sedan? The latest bootleg DVD or Bluray? The Black market that has been in place for the last 30 years has only lined the coffers of the ruling elite. All thanks to ineffective UN Sanctions. Our allies that have been buying oil from Iran continuously since the beginning of sanctions have done nothing more than encourage and fund these elite families. The average Iranian does not view the Average American as a threat, they see our government as a huge threat. Iranians do not view our government as being representative of us, they separate it from our views. Dealing with the Iranians, we need to maintain that effective pressure on the Elites. Our nations are more similar than is comfortable for most Americans. Oh and just a personal insight, Iranians carry grudges like an Appalachian Moonshiner. I think the Sicilians learned about Vendettas from the Persians.
To this day I still must regularly download pictures and video to clear memory from my wife's phone! You're just beginning, enjoy every minute!
3 months, 1 week ago on Green Beret Parenting Techniques: First Lessons
It's a real shame we didn't have much info coming into the US at that time. I was just a young college bound kid at the time, I remember the info/spin the US media put on S.A. and Rhodesia. I'm grateful for Dan's work, it is definitely filling in some of the details. The thing I recall from the region during the mid to late 1970's where the atrocities the Frelimo forces committed. Systematic rape and torture of entire villages, kinda got my attention. Wish I had known more at the time.
3 months, 1 week ago on Africa Lost Chapter 6: The Rhodesian SAS Part 5 – The Cockleshell Heroes
Our first must have been holding on to something, she did not want to come out! 12 hour delivery, the Doc used a suction cup like device to grab her head and pull her out! Guy nearly fell off his stool! Time for a bunch of choices, Blake you're well prepared, but it still ain't easy. Again, love and prayers for your family!
3 months, 1 week ago on Green Beret Parenting Techniques: Day Zero
I don't think it's the height, so much as it's the ground. My sister in law lent us her video, watching her on the tower made me smile so hard my face hurt! How did you get along with the mud?
3 months, 1 week ago on War Stories: My First FTX
There's a reason Squids like Gyreens, when it comes down to it, we've got each other's backs. Look forward to reading this; again Pete, excellent work to be sure!
5 months ago on A Look At “Operation Red Wings”
It's intriguing to me that the discussion has almost totally been about specific weapons systems and not the core issue of killing by any means. Arguably when our State apparatus executes a criminal it is using a chemical weapon, since we find firing squads, hangings, and electrocution to be "inhumane." When the Russian Federation troops used chemical weapons against the Chechens that held a Moscow Theater Hostage I heard no "Cry and Hue" from the UN Security Council.
Strictly speaking killing anyone is immoral, even if we think they deserve it. Long a go I made my choice about that, and I find comfort in knowing that when I'm judged by my fellow man or by my creator I can stand tall. Threats should be met with all the force within your ability to deliver, what would be immoral is not using that force to defend/protect the innocent. "Collateral Damage" is brought about by forcing innocent bystanders into proximity of the fight, a choice generally made by the insurgent. The responsibility for all deaths due to "collateral damage" can logically be given to the insurgent forces. Though that is a tough argument to make with Drone warfare.
5 months ago on The Morality of Killing
@YankeePapa Seem to recall articles about UXO being found in France from the 1870's Franco-Prussian War. Farmers regularly turn up all kinds of nasty.
Think about the anti-mining conventions and the toll across Asia and Africa from long buried mines. Totally random amoral killers, so the general consensus is that weapon system should be pulled form military stores. Yet the US, China, and Russia are non-signators and refuse to divest military stores of anti-personnel and anti-tank mines.
Personally I understand the reasoning, but explain that to a Cambodian, Laotian, or Vietnamese kid that has his leg blown off while working his family rice paddy. Until we can successfully invent an IFF system that enables lethality only for legitimate targets we will have "collateral damages."
Thank you so much for this on the ground report. Back in 1990 my wife arrived in Athens as a refugee from Iran. The hospitality of the Greek people has always been a subject that our family promotes. I personally have visited the Greek mainland and thoroughly enjoyed my time there. It's a shame what has happened across the EU. From Portugal to Greece the Continent has seen a rise in the public profile of these xenophobic minorities. Brandon Webb has said it time and time again, to paraphrase: "any extremist ideology is a threat." How I wish folks could stop blaming each other for compounded failures, and move towards an agreed upon course for solution.
5 months ago on Greek SOF Coup d’état?
I'm curious to know if any links have been substantiated between Al-Shabaab and the Iranian Qods Forces? Since Khartoum seems to have close dealings with the Iranians we can surmise they already have a presence in the region. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/africa/2012/10/20121029223348264150.html
5 months, 1 week ago on Terrorism Update: Al Shabaab Maneuvers for Relevance in Kenya