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Hero of 73 Easting to Get Third Star
By Harold Hutchison

H. R. McMaster will be promoted to lieutenant general, a promotion that did not seem likely seven years ago, when he was twice passed over for brigadier general.

According to a DOD press release, McMaster’s new assignment will be to serve as deputy commanding general, futures/director, Army Capabilities Integration Center, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia.

Amphibious Landing Rehearsal

Service members from the United States, Kingdom of Thailand, and the Republic of Korea conduct an amphibious landing training during Exercise Cobra Gold (CG 14) at Hat Yao Royal Thai Naval Base, Kingdom of Thailand on Feb. 13. CG 14, in its 33rd iteration, demonstrates the U.S. and the Kingdom of Thailand’s commitment to our long-standing alliance, regional partnership, prosperity and security in the Asia-Pacific region.


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Incident Occurs Off Turkey
By Harold Hutchison

The frigate USS Taylor (FFG 50) ran aground off Turkey just over a month into a planned seven-month deployment. The ship is one of seventeen such vessels still in United States Navy service.

According to a report by the Navy Times, the Taylor ran aground on 12 February while attempting to dock near Samsun, Turkey. No injuries were reported.

F/A-18s on the Flight Line During Cobra Gold 2014

Marine F/A-18Ds with Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 242, Marine Aircraft Group 12, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force, and F/A-18Cs with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 232 which is currently assigned to Marine Aircraft Group 12, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force, prepair to take flight in support of aerial operations as part of excercise Cobra Gold 2014, Wing One Royal Thai Air Force Base, Nakhon Ratchasima, Kingdom of Thailand. Cobra Gold 2014 is a multinational exercise that was developed to strengthen relations between the Kingdom of Thailand and the United States.

Cobra Gold 2014 Osprey Flight

U.S. Marines with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262(VMM-262) Marine Aircraft Group 36 (MAG 36) 1st Marine Aircraft Wing (1st MAW) III Marine Expeditionary Force (III MEF), conducts a land survey of landing zones the first day of exercise Cobra Gold 2014, Feb. 10, 2014. Cobra Gold is a multinational exercise that was developed to strengthen relations between Kingdom of Thailand and the United States.


…But Will Anyone Believe He Means It?
By Harold Hutchison

The Obama Administration is vowing to set a “red line” regarding Iran’s ballistic missile programs – even as Iran vows it will not negotiate over them. This comes after Iran tested two ballistic missiles.

The 31st MEU Practices Urban Combat

Marines and Sailors with the Combined Anti-Armor Team of Weapons Company, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, conducted force-on-force urban combat training at a Military Operations in Urban Terrain training facility using Special Effects Small Arms Marking System paint rounds. The platoon split into teams of approximately 15 Marines, with one team defending the facility while the other attempted to eliminate the defenders.


Representatives Call Obama Out
By Harold Hutchison

Senior House Republicans, including the Chairmen of the House Armed Services and Intelligence Committees, are calling out Barack Obama for his continued push for nuclear arms cuts, even though Obama knew Russia was violating one arms-control treaty.

U.S. Marines, JGSDF Conduct Fast Rope Training

Soldiers from the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force fast rope from a CH-46E Sea Knight while conducting fast-rope training with 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, during Exercise Iron Fist 2014 aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., Feb. 5, 2014. Iron Fist is an amphibious exercise that brings together Marines and sailors from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, other I Marine Expeditionary Force units, and soldiers from the JGSDF, to promote military interoperability and hone individual and small-unit skills through challenging, complex and realistic training.


Pentagon Seeking $4 Billion Hike
By Harold Hutchison

The Pentagon is seeking an increase in funds for missile defense, with the funds going towards both a new radar and possibly a new kill vehicle for the current ground-based interceptors.

According to multiple media reports, the Department of Defense will ask for $4.5 billion more for missile defense over the next five years. Of that figure, $1 billion is intended to provide a new radar in Alaska, and $560 million is intended to design a new kill vehicle.

A Sailor's Perspective on the United States Army

By Admiral William H. McRaven

Good evening General and Mrs. Caslen, General and Mrs. Clarke, General Trainor, Col Brazil, Command Sergeants Major Duane and Byers, distinguished guests and most importantly Class of 2015. I am truly honored to be here tonight to address the future leaders of the United States Army.


Could New ChiCom Missile Sweep the Navy from the Pacific?
By Harold Hutchison

ChiCom tests of a hypersonic weapon could point to a new threat to the Pacific Fleet, especially since such a weapon could be used to deliver nuclear or conventional warheads against targets.

31st MEU Night Airborne Raid on Enemy Location

A night airborne raid was conducted by the Weapons and Golf Companies of Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, on a notional enemy-held town at a training range aboard Camp Hansen, Okinawa. The raid was in support of the 31st MEU's "MEUEX," a week-long exercise that tests the operational capabilities of the MEU in conjunction with its subordinate units, including the BLT and aviation combat element. The training raid force utilized night vision goggles as they landed and swept through the town in pitch black night.


New Vehicle May Be AAV-7 Redux
By Harold Hutchison

The Marines are still facing problems in replacing the AAV-7 – with a replacement program following the cancellation of the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle. Now, the Marines may be developing a replacement, the Amphibious Combat Vehicle, that is less capable than a canceled program.

FRC's Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin Submits Statement to House Armed Services Hearing on Religious Liberty

Family Research Council (FRC) Executive Vice President Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Jerry Boykin submitted a written statement to the U.S. House of Representatives Armed Services Committee today. His comments were related to a hearing held by the Military Personnel subcommittee regarding "Religious Accommodations in the Armed Services."