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This site gets much traffic from all around the world, from people searching for news from Iraq, making it an ideal place to host stories from deployed forces in harm’s way.  In my travels I’ve met many budding writers who are now wearing boots and carrying rifles, and I found their stories so compelling that I want the world to see.

USAF and American Flags Atop Mt. Everest

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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.

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Seven Myths About “Women in Combat"


17 March 2013

Published here with permission from the author.

Written By: G.S. Newbold, Lieutenant General, USMC (Ret.)

120111-m-kw153-212-1000Marine 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.

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FBR: Kachin Update

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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

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FBR: Burma Army Attacks Continue in Kachin State

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Burma Army Attacks Continue in Kachin State

Kachin State
29 January 2013
From Free Burma Rangers

Despite the Government of Burma declaring a ceasefire, Burma Army troops still continue to launch attacks in Kachin State.

In this Report:

• Burma Army troops take Hkaya Bum after repeated attacks
• Burma Army Tells Villagers to Leave Their Homes  

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