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54 HOURS OF VALOR

First Lt. Rebecca M. Turpin received the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Combat Distinguishing Device at Combat Logistics Battalion 3’s Warriors’ Field on 4 September for her actions under enemy fire during the battalion’s last deployment to Afghanistan, October 2008 to May 2009.

 

MARINES INVESTIGATE INSURGENTS’ UNDERGROUND HIGHWAY

UNDERGROUND TALIBAN

Some people go cave exploring for fun, but when there is a possibility of stumbling on explosive materials, an armed enemy or a nasty surprise they’ve left to be triggered in the dark, it’s about as far from fun as you can get.

WARRIOR’S RAGE

Late in the afternoon of 26 February, 1991, barely 24 hours after more than 50,000 soldiers of Iraq’s Republican Guard Corps began their withdrawl from Kuwait and Southern Iraq, the two lead cavalry troops of “Cougar Squadron,” the 2nd Squadron of the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment, charged out of the sandstorm during Operation Desert Storm and caught it in the open desert along the north-south gridline of a military map referred to as the “73 Easting.” Taken by surprise, defending Iraq

FORT HOOD MASSACRE

MASSACRE AT FORT HOOD

5 November, 2009 has become a date that will live in infamy. Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan allegedly used a personally owned Fabrique Nationale Five-seveN handgun to shoot nearly four dozen of his fellow soldiers. 13 were dead, and at least 30 were wounded.

COMMENTARY: LESSONS OF FORT HOOD

The investigation into the shooting at Fort Hood, allegedly carried out by Nidal Malik Hasan, is continuing. That said, a number of lessons are already emerging –lessons necessary to prevent the next such attack (or much worse).

 

A STRATEGIC QUAGMIRE AND A BLACK HOLE

We met with Lt. Col Ralph Peters, USA (Ret.), Fox news strategic analyst and New York Post columnist in Washington, D.C. for a face to face since some of his columns have been reprinted in Soldier of Fortune.

MASS MURDER AT FORT HOOD

As an officer in the United States Army, I’m angry for so many reasons over what happened at Ft Hood. I’m angry that twelve of my fellow soldiers and a contractor were murdered. I’m angry that over thirty people have suffered life-altering injuries from which they will never fully recover. I’m angry that the lives of so many families have been forever ruined. I’m angry that this happened on an Army post on American soil where soldiers should be safe.

ON BEING AN OVERSEAS ARMS CONTRACTOR

Author’s note: The company that I worked for still has employees working in harm’s way. Therefore I will not mention whom I worked for and where exactly I worked, nor will I discuss the specifics of what we did and how we did it. The bad guys do read Western periodicals. The point of my griping in print is not to educate the Islamo-fascists but rather to inform potential adventurers in search of employment.

3-71 MORTARMEN HAVE A BLAST

ANSWERING THE CALL

LOGAR PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN. It’s 0200; the night is calm and the sky is clear. If it weren’t for the occasional wild camel walking by the encampment, one might believe this was an overnight field exercise. But it is not.

BORDER TRANSITION TEAMS IN IRAQ

As the United States’ presence in Iraq dwindles down, and the shift of Iraqi control that began on 30 June, 2009, continues, US forces are becoming useful in another area of Iraq—the border region. Part of the Security Agreement that was negotiated with the Iraqi government is that Iraqis are taking control and the lead of their country. US forces are pulling out of the cities (part of the surge program) and moving back to their major bases in the country.

AMERICANSNIPERS.ORG IN THEIR OWN WORDS

Shortly after the NRA show, I contacted Brian Sain, founder of AmericanSnipers.org, for an update on his organization, and for the SOF’ers who are not acquainted with AmericanSnipers.org, I asked him to summarize the history of said organization. RKB