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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).

Coast Guard Medevacs Ailing Cruise Ship Passenger

Video by Coast Guard District 11

CBS APOLOGIZES TO VETERANS

“Amazing Race” Episode Featured Propaganda
By Harold Hutchison

Sunday evening, viewers of “The Amazing Race” were treated to a message before the episode apologizing to America’s veterans. The apology comes after a week of controversy surrounding an episode that took place in Hanoi.

During the 17 March episode in Hanoi, race participants had to stop at a route marker set at a memorial centered on a B-52 downed during the Vietnam War. The leg of the race also featured a Vietnamese propaganda show.

Here is the full text of the statement CBS placed before the 24 March episode:

STONEWALLING CONGRESS AGAIN?

Representatives Demand Answers on Ammo Purchases
By Harold Hutchison

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano refused to answer questions about reported purchases of ammunition by her department. The questions have come from Representative Leonard Lance (R-NJ) and Timothy Huelskamp (R-KS), and center on a stockpile of 1.6 billion rounds, most of them for 9mm and .40 S&W pistols.

PREPARING FOR A FIGHT

U.S., Japan, Prepare Plans to Defend Senkaku Islands
By Harold Hutchison

Aggressive actions by the Chinese Communists have lead the United States and Japan to make plans to defend – or recapture – a group of disputed islands in the East China Sea in the event of a ChiCom invasion

SEVEN MARINES KILLED IN NEVADA

“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.

AIRMAN HONORED FOR RESCUE

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.”

THE GUARDIAN ARRIVES

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.

NEW MEDAL UP FOR REVIEW

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.