Archive for the ‘Forces Focus’ Category

The Russian Strategic Rocket Forces Wish You A Very Merry Christmas

Friday, December 16th, 2016

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin sent NATO a rather unusual New Year’s card in 2013.

(h/t Atomic Samba)

SSD Saturday Night At The Movies Presents Classix: Die Luftwaffe der Bundeswehr 

Sunday, December 11th, 2016

Thulsa Doom turned me on to this cool Cold War-era (1968), German documentary, entitied “Classix: Die Luftwaffe der Bundeswehr zeigt ihr Können während der Übung „schneller Pfeil“ which showcases their aerial delivery and Close Air Support capabilities during exercise Fast Arrow. Watching an F104 deliver CAS is priceless.

2016 Asymmetric Warfare Group Recruiting Video

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

This is the latest recruiting video for the Asymmetric Warfare Group.

Forward Air Controllers: Eyes Of The Attack

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

This is a cool documentary on the Viet Nam War-era FACs.

Ever Considered Joint Communcations Unit?

Sunday, April 24th, 2016

Communicators might want to consider an assignment with JCU on this anniversary of Operation Eagle Claw. It was one of many units that were created based in lessons learned during that mission.

Are You Tough Enough For JTF 2?

Saturday, March 26th, 2016

Although Canada’s Department of National Defence won’t say much about the secretive JTF 2, they do admit that it exists. I mean, they do have to recruit after all.

JTF 2 Assaulter Sniper

Created on April 1, 1993, when the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) accepted responsibility for federal counter-terrorism operations from the RCMP, JTF 2 is admittedly at “highest readiness and most precise combat unit in the country.” Consequently, they are looking for fit candidates to undertake their selection course. They provide this handy guide to potential applicants so that they know the minimum level of fitness they are looking for. Are you tough enough?

JTF2 Pre-Selection Physical Fitness Evaluation

Diplomatic Security Training

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

This video by the Foreign Policy Association depicts Diplomatic Security Service training. For those unfamiliar, DSS is the part of the Department of State, charged with protecting our Diplomats.

Thanks Wren!

Identify The Kit

Sunday, February 28th, 2016

Identify the gear used on this McKinley summit team from the U.S. Army’s NWTC.

Dog Faced Soldier

Tuesday, December 29th, 2015

I served in the US Army’s 3rd Infantry Division from 1988-1990. The Marne Division has a song, “Dog Faced Soldier” dating from WWII l, as well as a mascot named Rocky, created in 1965 by none other than Walt Disney, for just $1.  Rocky’s name hails from WWI, where 3ID held like a rock during the second Battle of the Marne River.  This distinguished service also earned the Division its motto, the French “Nous Resterons La” (English – We Shall Remain Here).

I find it rather unfortunate that the song “Dog Faced Soldier” written by two Infantrymen, was altered after the Division moved to Ft Stewart to make it gender neutral.  Here is the version we sang.  If you attended PLDC at the 3ID NCO Academy in Kitzengen, you had to learn and sing it as well, regardless of which unit you served with.  This often led to altered lyrics that weren’t so flattering for us ‘Dog Faced Soldiers.’

I wouldn’t give a bean,
to be a fancy-pants Marine
I’d rather be a dog-faced soldier like I am.
I wouldn’t trade my old O.D.’s
for all the Navy’s dungarees
for I’m the marching pride of Uncle Sam.
All the posters you see say the Army builds men,
Well, they’re tearing me down to build me over again.
I’m just a dog-faced soldier
with a rifle on my shoulder
and I eat raw meat for breakfast every day.
So feed me ammunition, and keep me in the 3rd Division
For your dog-faced soldier boy’s O.K.

BG Thomas H Todd III Assumes Command of the Natick Soldier Systems Center

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

During a ceremony on 24 November, 2015, officated by MG John Wharton, BG Thomas H Todd III assumed command of the Natick Soldier Systems Center from BG William Cole. BG Todd also serves as deputy commanding general of the US Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, or RDECOM, at Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD.

BG William Cole, MG John Wharton and BG Thomas Todd participated in the Arrival and Departure ceremony at the Natick Soldier Systems Center. Todd assumed responsibility as senior mission commander of the Natick Soldier Systems Center. Photo: Mr. David Kamm (RDECOM)

BG Todd comes to Natick from Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, where he was project manager, Utility Helicopters, Program Executive Office, Aviation. There, he led the UH-60M Black Hawk Program into a five-year multi-year contract, achieved program initiation approval for the Improved Turbine Engine Program and the H-60V Black Hawk Program, and fielded more than 500 UH/HH-60M and UH-72A aircraft to the Army, Navy, Air Force, Homeland Security and 35 international partners.

Congratulations to BG Todd on this assignment and best wishes to BG Cole as he departs Natick.