Published: Monday, 25 March 2013 13:21
Written by Rob Marshall
25 March 2013
Written by: Rob Marshall
Family and Friends,
I've been meaning to write this email for some time now. I thought it would be better to hold off until the big event was close, but I didn't expect it to be just a few days away when I sent this! As you can tell, I'm about to depart on a huge journey. On Thursday, March 28th, I'm flying to Nepal to lead a team of Air Force members to Mt. Everest. Six of us will go for the summit, and six other Airmen will turn around upon reaching Everest Base Camp. Three of these folks are wounded warriors who I invited to join us in hopes that it aids them in their emotional and physical recoveries. No team of US military members has ever attempted to climb Mt. Everest. If successful, not only will we be the first team of American military members to reach the summit, but we will also be the first military team from any nation to successfully climb the '7 Summits'- the highest peak on each of the seven continents.
Read more: USAF and American Flags Atop Mt. Everest
Published: Sunday, 17 March 2013 20:25
Written by G.S. Newbold, Lieutenant General, USMC (Ret.)
17 March 2013
Published here with permission from the author.
Written By: G.S. Newbold, Lieutenant General, USMC (Ret.)
Marine photo / Cpl. Jennifer Pirante Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Michelle Berglin trains for an upcoming deployment at Camp Pendleton in January.
Myth #1 – “It’s about women in combat.”
No, it’s not. Women are already in combat, and are serving well and professionally. The issue should be more clearly entitled, “Women in the infantry.” And this is a decidedly different proposition.
Myth #2 – “Combat has changed” (often accompanied by “There are no front lines anymore”).
This convenient misconception requires several counters. First, any serious study of military history will reveal numerous historical examples about how successive generations (over millennia) believed that warfare had changed forever, only to find that technology may change platforms, but not its harsh essence. To hope that conflicts over the last 20 years are models of a new, antiseptic form of warfare is delusional.
Read more: Seven Myths About “Women in Combat"
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Published: Saturday, 09 March 2013 13:43
Written by Free Burma Rangers
FBR Report: Kachin Update – Photo set two; Attacks Against the Kachin are Sporadic but Displacement is Constant
Kachin State, Burma
8 March, 2013
One of five camps for displaced Kachin that was visited on this trip
Read more: FBR: Kachin Update