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Kilo Btry Crew Served Weapons Live-Fire

Video by 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit

FALLING FOR A POW HOAX?

Documentary Film To Be Shown at GI Film Festival
By Harold Hutchison

POW/MIA advocates believe that a film that will be shown – claiming an American missing in action from the Vietnam War is alive and well in Vietnam – has fallen for a hoax. According to the film Unclaimed, Master Sergeant John Hartley Robertson of the United States Army has been living in Vietnam for over four decades. Military records indicated that Master Sgt. Robertson was among five people killed when a CH-34 helicopter was shot down on 20 May, 1968.

INCREASING INTEROPERABILITY

Joint Exercise, Rescue Mission Display The Need – And Ability to Work With Allies
By Harold Hutchison

A recent rescue near Greece displayed the ability – and need – for exercises like one involving the Ticonderoga-class cruiser USS Monterey (CG 61) and the Albanian Navy.

CONGRESS FUNDS MORE TANKS

Controversy over Tank Purchases
By Harold Hutchison

Controversy has arisen over a decision by Congress to continue procuring M1A2SEP Abrams tanks, even as there are reports that the Department of Defense doesn’t want them. This production comes even as major defense cuts could be in the offing due to the sequester.

26th MEU Conducts Amphibious Operations

Video by 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit

Vehicles Training on Fort Benning

Video by Fort Benning Public Affairs Office

18D Med Lab Training - HOT ISSUE

We received this message about a threat that so-called "animal-rights" types may be posing to the training of medics, PJs, and other SOF medics. Please pass the word to all those you know, and urge your member of Congress to stand up for our SOF troops getting the training they need.

The Special Forces & SOF community 18D Medical Lab Training Course is in jeopardy and needs immediate feedback. Gentlemen, we are going to need an enormous amount of documentaries, professional statements and accounts of why Med Lab Training with animals on live tissue saves lives.

CLEARING THE BACKLOG

VA Expediting Decision on Claims
By Harold Hutchison

The Department of Veterans Affairs is moving to expedite decisions on claims that have been languishing for over a year.

"Too many veterans wait too long for a decision, and this has never been acceptable," Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki said in a release by the Department. "That is why we are implementing an aggressive plan to eliminate the backlog in 2015. This initiative is the right thing to do now for veterans who have waited the longest."

Laser Weapon System (LaWS)

Video by U.S. Navy

4-1 AD Conducts Shotgun Qualification Range

Video by 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division

MORE EXERCISES AS KOREA TENSIONS INCREASE

U.S., Philippines Start Balikatan As Korea Crisis Continues
By Harold Hutchison

American and Philippine troops began their preparations for the Balaikatan exercises as tensions on the Korean peninsula remained high. The annual exercises, mostly involving disaster relief, will involve over 8,000 troops from the two countries.

SPIRITS OVER KOREA!

B-2s Take Part in Exercises
By Harold Hutchison

In a sign of increasing tensions, B-2 Spirits have taken part in exercises on the Korean peninsula. The bombers are one of the most valuable assets in the American military arsenal, with only 21 having been built.

The B-2, which halted production in 1995, has seen combat over Serbia, Iraq, and Afghanistan. The bomber not only carries precision-guided bombs, but it also carries nuclear weapons. The bombers flew the round trip from Whiteman Air Force Base, in Missouri.

RIP, BOOTS BLESSE

Korean War Ace Laid to Rest
By Harold Hutchison

Korean War Ace Boots Blesse was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery on 22 March. Blesse, who had ten kills during the Korean War, died on 31 October, 2012.

Blesse was a Distinguished Service Cross recipient, although the medal was not awarded until 1998 for actions taken on 8 September, 1952. Blesse was buried near his father, a brigadier general, in Arlington.

DOWN TO ONE

USS John C. Stennis Leaves Fifth Fleet
By Harold Hutchison

The United States is down to one carrier to not only support Operation Enduring Freedom and keep an eye on Iran. This is due to the departure of USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) from the region.

The carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), which was slated to deploy, instead remains in Norfolk due to the sequester. The only carrier in the region is USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69).