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Oversea rescue

Video by 129th Rescue Wing

DOD STILL BUYING “GREEN” FUEL

Paying 15 Times The Price of Regular
By Harold Hutchison

While the Blue Angels are being grounded due to the sequester, the Navy is still buying fuel made with “green” technology that costs roughly fifteen times as much as conventional jet fuel.

Gevo, the firm making the costly fuel, announced that it had a contract to provide 3,650 gallons of “green” jet fuel to the Defense Logistics Agency at a price of $59 a gallon. The contract contains an option for another 12,500 gallons at the same price. Standard JP5 jet fuel costs $3.75 a gallon, according to a document on the DLA’s web site.

PENTAGON DOUBLES DOWN

Stands By Policy That Could Court-Martial Christians
By Harold Hutchison

In an effort to defend a new policy against proselytizing from criticism, the Obama Administration has used definitions that appear to be contradictory with those in the dictionary. The policy has come under fire from numerous quarters after reports indicated a vehement critic of some Christian denominations was meeting with officials at the Pentagon.

IMPROVED CARBINE GETTING THE CHOP?

The M4 May Soldier On
By Harold Hutchison

The Army is considering cancelling the Improved Carbine project – raising questions about what will be done with $300 million in the budget. The program had come under audit by the Pentagon’s Inspector General.

According to a report from Military.com, the House Committee on Government Oversight was told of the audit of the program, in which a number of gun companies, including Heckler & Koch, FNH-USA, Remington Defense, Adcor Defense Inc. and Colt Defense LLC, are competing to provide a carbine with more reliability than the current M4A1.

COURT MARTIALS FOR CHRISTIANS?

Obama Administration Consulting Vehement Critic of Christians
By Harold Hutchison

The Obama Administration is pursuing new policies relating to so-called “proselytizing” that could result in Christians being court-martialed for sharing their faith. Ominously, the Pentagon is consulting a vehement critic of Christians in the military, Mikey Weinstein, who heads to Military Religious Freedom Foundation.

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