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New Balance Personalized Military 993’s Sneakers…….

From NiceKickes…..……

Each branch, including the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Coast Guard, is represented by their respective color scheme. Specifically, the color scheme on each sneaker draws inspiration from the respective branch’s recognizable seal. Also, this Heritage Collection was made in the USA; therefore, a United States flag is visible on the heel panel overlayed with the letters, USA. Who else is applauding New Balance for this collection? The entire collection is now available NBWebExpressClick here to view this collection in its entirety.

Also….. check out New Balance Direct……

New Balance 993 Military

May 17, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Government, Media, Men, Military, Other Things, Sneakers (Kicks), Updates, Women | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

New Balance Personalized Military 993's Sneakers…….

From NiceKickes…..……

Each branch, including the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Coast Guard, is represented by their respective color scheme. Specifically, the color scheme on each sneaker draws inspiration from the respective branch’s recognizable seal. Also, this Heritage Collection was made in the USA; therefore, a United States flag is visible on the heel panel overlayed with the letters, USA. Who else is applauding New Balance for this collection? The entire collection is now available NBWebExpressClick here to view this collection in its entirety.

Also….. check out New Balance Direct……

New Balance 993 Military

May 17, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Government, Media, Men, Military, Other Things, Sneakers (Kicks), Updates, Women | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Iraqi drawdown…..Afghan startup……moving the troops and whatever….Logistics…..

The US Army is drawing down in Iraq……and beefing up in Afghanistan……

The process of doing both…at the same timne….is mammoth……

But under orders from the Commander-in-Chief…..the Unites States Military……The US Army, Air Force , Navy and others will be packing up in one theatre …and trucking, railroading , shipping and flying two thousand miles around Iran to another war country…..

This piece gives an idea about what its all about……

In trying to speed 30,000 reinforcements into Afghanistan while reducing American forces in Iraq by 50,000, American commanders are orchestrating one of the largest movements of troops and matériel since World War II. Military officials say that transporting so many people and billions of dollars’ worth of equipment, weapons, housing, fuel and food in and out of both countries between now and an August deadline is as critical and difficult as what is occurring on the battlefield.

Military officials, who called the start of the five-month logistics operation “March Madness,” say it is like trying to squeeze a basketball through a narrow pipe, particularly the supply route through the Khyber Pass linking Pakistan and Afghanistan.

So many convoys loaded with American supplies came under insurgent attack in Pakistan last year that the United States military now tags each truck with a GPS device and keeps 24-hour watch by video feed at a military base in the United States. Last year the Taliban blew up a bridge near the pass, temporarily suspending the convoys.

“Hannibal trying to move over the Alps had a tremendous logistics burden, but it was nothing like the complexity we are dealing with now,” said Lt. Gen. William G. Webster, the commander of the United States Third Army. He spoke at a military base in the Kuwaiti desert before a vast sandscape upon which were armored trucks that had been driven out of Iraq and were waiting to be junked, sent home or taken on to Kabul, Afghanistan.

The general is not moving elephants, but the scale and intricacy of the operation are staggering. The military says there are 3.1 million pieces of equipment in Iraq, from tanks to coffee makers, two-thirds of which are to leave the country. Of that, about half will go on to Afghanistan, where there are already severe strains on the system.

More……..

March 31, 2010 Posted by | Aircraft, Automobiles, Boats, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Food, Government, Men, Military, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Travel, Updates, Women | , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

IED hunters….who are they?… and can they be replicated?

The Army and The Marines have found out a little secret…..they have among their ranks male and female solders that have a very good ability in finding IED’s (mines or roadside bombs) in combat area’s…..

The military becoming aware of the fact did a study on the phonomenone…The three-year study, done by the Army Research Institute, the Air Force Research Lab, and the Army Research Lab, is finished. But the results are on close hold.

While they don’t want the bad guys knowing the results and the media publishing them…information from the study could be sent out to the troops in war zones and used by local law enforcement in the states and agencies like the Secret Service and State Department protective people in doing their jobs…..

If the skills are teachable…. it could be a major breakthrough in cutting casualties ( IED casualties since 2001  2,451 dead, 23,650 wounded, in Iraq and Afghanistan as of Dec. 5) resulting from the IED’s…..

December 29, 2009 Posted by | Education, Government, Health, Men, Military, Women | , , , | Leave a comment

Pay them and they will sign up to fight in Afghanistan……

It seems that works in Afghanistan…since the Afghan government increased the pay to almost match the Taliban …..Sign ups have increased dramatically….

…Money huh?

It works there also……

December 9, 2009 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Men, Military, Politics, The Economy | , , | Leave a comment

The Army is getting screwed…..

First they took away the C-27J…the Army attempt to take the load off its heavy lift Chinook Helicopters…..and gave the program to the Air Force…who will, I’m sure deep-six it, for some fast movers (fighters)…..

Now There is a problem with the E-8, J oint Stars battle surveillance aircraft…The converted B-707 can paint an area, and let field commanders see what going on in greater detail than the ‘eyes in the sky ‘ satellites or unmanned Predators or Global Hawks…..

But now the Air Force has forgotten to put the money in for the Joint-Star’s aircraft to have engine upgrades, therefore cutting down on time the five or six aircraft fleet can operate….

I do not understand why the Army has to rely on the Air Force which has a romance with speed burners….(when was the last time they got’ into it’ with a hostale air force?…the Army fights every day, 24/7, in two theaters)

It is time for Congress to send the Army to the Marine school of  ‘taking care of your own’, and give them back the C-27J short-haul mission, and let them get their own intel aircraft like the G-550 housed EL/M-2075 that the Israeli’s, Indian and Chilians have or the British ASTOR’s…both aircraft are proven…off the shelf, originate in the United States, and should be used solely by the Army for its troops….

Next thing you know the Air Force will want to glam the Army’s Emars aircraft too!

It is about time that  they stop robbing the Army, to make the Air Force happy……

That stinks…….

And the soldiers and the commanders in the field get screwed…..

November 27, 2009 Posted by | Government, Men, Military, Politics | , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

More troops are going to Aftghanistan already…….

It seems that the President in ordering 21,000 combat troops for Afghanistan this spring, set in motion the movement of another 13,000+ support troops into the country…..

Whenever the United States military, be it Army, Air Force, Navy or Marines move into an area…they bring along support troops……whether it’s cooks, quartermasters, drivers,  mechanics, or weathermen they go wherever the combat troops go …..but as Iraq has shown, while they are stationed in the rear, out of the action zone…sometimes the non-action zone, doesn’t exist……support troops for all of the services, not just the Marines are being given more basic training, to defend themselves, since the incidents in the beginning of the Iraq war showed that, any soldier (male or Female) may find themselves in a firefight, anywhere in-country…..

The tallying of these extra troops was not announced, but the President,  as the Commander in Chief , was aware of the whole number, before signing off on the request……indeed, General McChrystal’s new request for troops will likely include more support troops also…….which brings up the time table of deploying McChrystal’s new increase of troops, which is straning the Army and Marines to uncomfortable levels……

There are a lot of combat and support soldiers moving into the Afghan campaign …and there will be more……..

From Iraq to Afghanistan…..the war continues moving…….

October 13, 2009 Posted by | Military, Politics | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Wall Street Journal presents a leaked outline of the war request by Gen McChrystal…….

The Wall Street Journal has printed a pretty detailed piece today describing the basic points of General McChrystal request and recommendations to the Commander in Chief…….

Among the most interesting information is the fact that there is a request for three different levels of troops…….

A) 40,000

B) 60,000

C) None

McChrystal is reported to want to go with choice A, 40,000 troops……but there is a BIG BUT here….according to a review of the General’s plans ……the Army, and Marines would have significant problems in getting that many troops in-country, as soon as the General has reported they are needed for a ‘surge’……..In, addition, McChrytal’s aim would be to deny  al Qaeda, and the Taliban access to Afghanistan…..the White House may be content with just keeping al Qaeda out of the country, and finding a middle ground with the Taliban……

While McCrystal is a warrior, concerned with his troops, and objective…the CIC has to deal with the political component of the campaign…And since he has publicly said he won’t leave, and he won’t cut the number of troops …he really doesn’t have many options left………McCrystal is emphatic that the current troop level will not hold ground…Units are being overrun in the boonies, and are being cut back …….

Also…while Obama is holding his sessions …Hillary  Clinton, the Secretary of State, is holding hers…Seeking to identify the role for the State Department and civilians…Unlike during the Condi Rice period, in which State Department actions in Iraq consisted of sending staff home, leaving Sec of Defense Gates to fill those spots in with badly needed military assets……..

In the end the Army and the Marines would be able to move between 11,000 to 15,000 troops in country by the end of the year and another 20,000 by next July….…Finally, the movement of troops into the country is accompanied by a serious deficiency in helicopters, and contrary to this piece, a problem with Iraq ‘dialed in’ vehicles that are useless in Afghanistan’s terrible roads…….

October 9, 2009 Posted by | Military, Politics | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The US increases its presence in Columbia…….

The United States Air Force was kicked out of  Ecuador recently……The US has therefore scrambled to increased its presence in Columbia, from at least one base, to several…….including three air force bases, and additional two army, and naval bases, each……..it should be noted that the US provides $5 Billion in foreign aid to the country every year……to say the least…..the increased US military numbers does not sit well with a lot of South American countries…..who have several leftist leaders and bad memories of US military visits to the continent……..

August 8, 2009 Posted by | Military | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Feingold will be against any troop increase in Afghanistan……

Next week Gen. McChrystal, who is in charge of the Afghanistan war campaign, is most assuredly going to ask for more troops. Mindful of the mistakes Rumsfeld  made going into Iraq, and emboldened by the progress with ‘surge’,  he has to ask for more troops………

Sen. Feingold  is staking out the opposite position upfront. Namely:  that more troops will just push the Taliban into Pakistan….. He makes a good point… But what do we do?……If you don’t keep pushing…… you lose the current gains on the ground, since the Taliban WILL regroup and come back stronger………my feeling is that the US wants to push the Taliban back to India, where there is a stronger army, that will present a wall to the fundamentalist’s……….

August 6, 2009 Posted by | Military, Politics | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment