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BRITS GO ON A BEAR HUNT

Shades of the Cold War as RAF Jets See off Russian Bombers
By Harold Hutchison

SYNCHRONIZED LIVE FIRE!

Marines with 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment assigned to Black Sea Rotational Force 14.2, the Estonian 1st Artillery Battalion and the Latvian National Armed Forces conduct last two combined live fire ranges at Camp Adazi, Latvia, 15th and 16th, April 2014. Both fired a combination of wire-guided anti-tank missile systems, heavy machine guns, and mortars in a synchronized attack on objective.

ROBBING THE NATIONAL GUARD?

192 Apaches Being Taken… Only 111 Blackhawks in Return
By Harold Hutchison


The National Guard has been ordered to hand over all 192 of its AH-64 Apache attack helicopters to the active components of the United States, receiving only 111 UH-60 Blackhawks in return. The move has drawn the ire of many top National Guard officials.

RUSSIAN JET BUZZES AMERICAN SHIP

USS Donald Cook Targeted
By Harold Hutchison
A Russian jet repeatedly buzzed the destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75), which was operating in the Black Sea over this past weekend. The incident occurred around the time that violent clashes broke out in the eastern portion of the Ukraine.

SENATORS TRY TO SAVE THE WARTHOG

A-10 Firing

Congressional Republicans Also Seek End to Cuts
By Harold Hutchison

The Obama Administration’s attempt to retire the A-10 Thunderbolt II close-air support aircraft, better known as the Warthog, has been under fire. Now, the fight has come to a new level as Senators Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), and John McCain (R-AZ) have taken the fight for the A-10 public.

CHICOMS UNVEIL “FLYING SHARK”

F/A-18 Super Hornet on Carrier

J-15 Makes Its Debut
By Harold Hutchison

The ChiComs have lifted the curtain to reveal their new naval fighter, a knockoff of the Russian Su-33 that has been designated the J-15. The plane was revealed as Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel was visiting China.

REMEMBERING CARL MUNDY

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General Carl E. Mundy, Jr., the 30th Commandant, was a man of character, a mentor, and a good friend I've known since 1994. On April 2 he died peacefully at home, surrounded by family, having struggled with a rare and aggressive form of cancer, Merkel cell carcinoma. His email updates describing the ups and downs of what was happening since his diagnosis last June reflected serenity and even a bit of humor as "Team Mundy" closed ranks.

LOSING 23 A DAY

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Veteran Suicides Climbing
By Harold Hutchison

America is losing 23 veterans a day to suicide, and the problems have been getting worse in recent years. To put that number in perspective, the number per day translate to over 8300 veterans a year committing suicide.

According to a report by Breitbart News, the stats are staggering. The suicide rate has climbed by over 30% among active-duty military since 2008. A report covering suicides in 2011 noted that 301 suicides occurred among active-duty troops that year.

SHOULD TROOPS BE ARMED ON BASE?

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Questions Raised After Second Mass Shooting in Five Years
By Harold Hutchison

Does a ban on carrying guns on military bases that has been in place for over 20 years need to be re-considered? That question is being debated in the wake of the second mass shooting at Fort Hood in five years, and the second mass shooting at a military installation in less than a year.