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Paying tribute to fallen sailors.

UNRECOGNIZED VALOR IN IRAQ?

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Hunter Calls for Re-Assessment of Operation Iraqi Freedom Awards
By Harold Hutchison

In the wake of the awarding of the Medal of Honor to twenty-four individuals whose valor was overlooked, Representative Duncan Hunter (R-CA) has called for the DOD to conduct a similar re-assessment for Operation Iraq Freedom.

In a commentary at DefenseOne.com, Hunter, who served two combat tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan, wrote that the lack of a living Medal of Honor recipient for Operation Iraqi Freedom “should sound alarm bells.”

SEALS END HIJACKING

Capture Stolen Tanker
By Harold Hutchison

An oil tanker hijacked by Libyan rebels was re-taken by Navy SEALs from SEAL Team Two in an operation. The takedown ended a hijacking crisis that started earlier this month.

According to media reports, the North Korean-flagged tanker Morning Glory and a cargo of crude oil. The SEALs launched from the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), and took control of the vessel, which the Department of Defense called “a stateless vessel” in a release, without firing a shot.

U.S. GOVERNMENT LANDS GO TO POT

Marijuana growing on our national forests causes significant harm to the land, water and animals. The toxicants as well as the lethal weapons used on these sites, is both shocking and dangerous. The Forest Service, along with other agencies and volunteers, are working together to restore these impacted lands.

A SCREAMING EAGLE REMEMBERS BASTOGNE

The 101st Airborne Museum 'Le Mess' in Bastogne presents WW II Veteran Stories. This is Vince Speranza relating his memories.

HE DOVE ON A GRENADE – AND LIVED

Kyle Carpenter to Receive Medal of Honor
By Harold Hutchison

During the War on Terror, American servicemen have covered grenades with their own bodies to protect their comrades. Three of them, Army Private First Class Ross McGinnis, Master-At-Arms Second Class Michael A. Monsoor, and Marine Corporal Jason Dunham, who made the ultimate sacrifice, received the Medal of Honor posthumously. A fourth American serviceman, Marine Sergeant Rafael Peralta, controversially received the Navy Cross for covering a grenade in Iraq – with the possibility that he, too, could receive the Medal of Honor.

Warthogs at Bagram

A-10s at Bagram Airfield. This includes taxiing, taking off, and landing. There is also a pilot, Lt Col Hoffman, stepping to his aircraft and prepping for take off. There is also maintainers performing maintenance on the A-10 including weapon loading and A-10 FAZE.

Marine to Receive the Medal of Honor

During the war on Terror, SEAL Michael Monsoor, Army PFC Ross McGinnis, and Marine Jason Dunham threw themselves onto grenades to save the lives of ther comrades, selflessly giving their lives to do so. They each received the Medal of Honor posthumously.

Now, another Marine, William Kyle Carpenter, will receive the Medal of Honor for covering a grenade... only he survived the experience.

U.S. Law Enforcement Agencies Offload $122 Million of Seized Cocaine in San Diego

Roughly four tons of cocaine seized by U.S. Coast Guard law enforcement teams operating from U.S. Navy, Canadian navy, and U.S. Coast Guard ships in international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean are transferred from the USS Rentz, March 3, 2014. The contraband, seized in nine separate interdictions has an estimated value of $122 million.

ANTI-GITMO MOUTHPIECE BUSTED ON TERROR CHARGES

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Former Gitmo Inmate Supported Jihadis
By Harold Hutchison

A prominent opponent of the United States detention policies surrounding Guantanamo Bay has been arrested on terrorism charges. British police busted Moazzam Begg yesterday on the charges.

COMMENTS ON THE M4 AND WANAT

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Allen West, Barrett Tillman Speak Out!
By Harold Hutchison

In the wake of covering the controversy surrounding the performance of the Army’s M4 carbine, SOF has received comments from LTC Allen West, United States Army (Ret.), who also served n the House of Representatives, and author Barrett Tillman.

From LTC Allen West:

Bravo-Foxtrot-Oscar: Taliban will resurge after US drawdown

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By LTC Allen West, USA (Ret.)

Last week, the Pentagon issued a report based on an independent study on the future of Afghanistan. As reported in the Washington Free Beacon, the Taliban will resurge in Afghanistan following the drawdown of U.S. and allied troops in Afghanistan later this year.

That is what I call a Bravo-Foxtrot-Oscar (Blinding Flash of the Obvious).

What If We Were Winning But Nobody Noticed?

By Michael Ledeen

It’s all about winning and losing, but the best man doesn’t always win, and outcomes frequently have more to do with luck than with merit. Brilliant strategies fail, and fools stumble into glorious victories. Napoleon preferred a lucky general to a brilliant one.

Which brings us to today. The headlines are grim, the pictures from Syria, Venezuela and Ukraine are blood-chilling, executions and demonstrations are mounting in Iran, and Obama doesn’t know what to do about anything. So he doesn’t do anything; he and his strategists just dither. And yet…

DID FAULTY RIFLES CAUSE CASUALTIES AT WANAT?

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Bloody Engagement Caught Up in M4 Controversy
By Harold Hutchison

The Battle of Wanat was one of the deadliest fights that American troops were involved in during Operation Enduring Freedom. Nine Americans died in the battle, fought on 13 July, 2008, when as many as 500 Taliban attacked an American base defended by 2nd Platoon, Chosen Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne), 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team in Nuristan Province.

WERE TROOPS STUCK WITH A BAD RIFLE?

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Did Army Know About M4 Carbine Flaws?
By Harold Hutchison

Could flaws in the M4 carbine have been corrected before American troops went into battle during the War on Terror? One retired general is claiming that the M4 is “virtually useless.”