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“Training Incident” Results in Fatalities
By Harold Hutchison

An explosion at Hawthorne Army Depot in Nevada has left seven Marines dead. The accident came during a training mission involving members of the II Marine Expeditionary Force.

According to a report from FoxNews.com, the deaths came when a 60mm mortar round exploded during the training.

Flame Retardant Uniforms, and Other Issues

-Article by Mike Kupari

Over the last several years, there has been a push across the services to give troops on the ground flame retardant uniforms. Often, these uniforms are described as providing protection from IEDs, but that's not exactly true. An Improvised Explosive Device is still just an explosive. Many IEDs have utilized conventional ordnance as the main charge, and even homemade explosives don't necessarily produce big fireballs. You're not any more likely to be set on fire by an IED than you are by a land mine, artillery shell, or any other explosive device.


A Cliff Dive to Save a Life
By Harold Hutchison

Airmen deployed to Joint Task Force Bravo in Honduras were on a trip to Costa Rica when one of them fell while climbing, striking his head and falling into a pool of water. Almost immediately, Matt Adams, an Air Force civil engineer, dove in after him.

"I went straight down from where he sank trying to reach him with very short visibility," he said. "I remember clearing my ears several times as I went down, and down, and down. I finally saw him lying on the bottom with his arms stretched out.”


AH-64E Isn’t Your Father’s Apache
By Harold Hutchison

The AH-64 Apache was arguably on the cutting edge of helicopter technology when it fired the opening shots of Operation Desert Storm in 1991. Today, a new version has again taken the chopper to the cutting edge.

The AH-64E Guardian is faster than the Longbow – with a top speed of 189 miles per hour. Its more powerful engines will allow it to carry a bigger combat load at high altitudes like the mountains of Afghanistan. Perhaps what it most unique is that its crew won’t just be controlling the chopper.


Distinguished Warfare Medal Drew Fire
By Harold Hutchison

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has ordered a review of the Distinguished Warfare Medal as the controversy over the new award has not gone away. The order came less than a month after the medal’s announcement.

Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument Groundbreaking March 24 and 25, 2013

The Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument will mark its groundbreaking by paying special honor to the 3,417 Texans who died in the Vietnam War. Read on for a full description of all events.

March 24, 2013
• 08:30 – 5:30 Reading of the Names at the LBJ Presidential Library. Open to the public.


Rand Paul Holds The Floor For 13 Hours Over Drones
By Harold Hutchison

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) took to the Senate floor in an old-school filibuster that lasted for over 13 hours in protestation of the Obama Administration’s policies on the use of UAVs to target American citizens in the United States. UAV strikes have been a major aspect of the Obama Administration’s counter-terror strategy.

Coast Guard Helicopter Crew Rescues Man From Saginaw Bay

Video by U.S. Coast Guard District 9

USNS Montford Point Christening

Video by U.S. Navy


VMR-1 Chopper Carries Out Search-and-Rescue
By Harold Hutchison

Marine with VMR-1 carried out a search-and-rescue mission on President’s Day, saving three children. The Marines used a HH-46E Sea Knight for the mission. The mission was a first for most of the six-member crew.

“When I got the call that we were needed to assist a search and rescue mission, I was about to take my dog for a walk,” Hospital Corpsman Third Class John H. Nelson said.


Maryland Gun Law May Wreck Supply Chain for M9 Pistol
By Harold Hutchison

The gun-grabbing legislation that Maryland governor Martin O’Malley is supporting could be bad news for the troops due to a provision in the law. Should it become law, the legislation could prevent Beretta from assembling the M9 pistol in their factory in Accokeek.

According to a report by the Washington Times, the proposed law would prohibit anyone from receiving a magazine that holds more than ten rounds. Beretta’s M9, a version of the Model 92, has a standard magazine capacity of 15 rounds.

New Coast Guard Response Boats Debut

Videos by U.S. Coast Guard District 11 Public Affairs Detachment

157th Infantry Brigade Trains on Simulators

Videos by Camp Atterbury Public Affairs


Soldier Accused of Handing Documents to Wikileaks
By Harold Hutchison

Bradley Manning, the Army enlisted man accused of handing hundreds of documents to the site Wikileaks.org, plead not guilty to charges of aiding the enemy. Manning did admit to ten of the 22 charges.

Manning faces 20 years in prison for the charges he admitted to. He faces life in prison if he is convicted on the charges of aiding the enemy. The secrets exposed by WikiLeaks beginning in 2010 stunned diplomats across the globe and outraged officials. Many said that the leaks endangered lives.


Response Comes After Reports of ChiCom Hacking
By Harold Hutchison

The Chinese Communists claimed that two of their website have been attacked over 144,000 times a month – and that the attacks came from the United States. This comes after reports from an American think tank and cyber-security company blamed the ChiComs for cyberattacks on American companies.