First Version of F-35s Won’t Outdo A-10 in Battlefield Capabilities | Military.com

This will mean little to anyone not familiar with a combat situation……bur READ IT anyway!

I have been a staunch supporter of the A-10, the Wart Hog, and opposed to the military retiring it in favor of some overpriced brick…….

The initial reports are that the A-10 replacement is too expensive and not nearly as effective as close support for our grunts…….

This report confirms what a piece of crap this plane is……I believe the grunts deserve only the best and the most effective close support ……….The F-35 are neither!

 

First Version of F-35s Won’t Outdo A-10 in Battlefield Capabilities | Military.com.

Score One For The ‘Hog

This post may not mean much to most readers and then if they are a combat vet then they are well aware of what the Wart Hog is and what it does.

Here it is….the infantryman’s best friend!

 

The Wart Hog is the A-10…… close air support airplane…..its nickname is the Wart Hog because it is so damn ugly…..but if you are in dire straits in combat you want to know the A-10 has your back……it may be ugly but the plane can kick some ass and do it non-stop…..

Recently the M-IC has decided that the A-10 needs to be replaced by a multi-billion dollar fiasco….the F-35.

This piece of unwanted expensive crap cannot perform for the ground troop any better than the A-10….the “Hog was designed to assist the ground troops in close support….the F-35 is supersonic fighter that cannot be as effective as the A-10.

I tell you what…..in combat and you have 2 radios one tuned to an A-10 the other to a F-35…..bet the “Hog gets the call every time….

Okay enough whining….the reason I am writing this is the some 2 star general just lost his job over the F-35……..

.The two-star general who told officers they would be “committing treason” by advocating to Congress that the A-10 should be kept in service has been fired and reprimanded, Air Combat Command announced on Friday.

The military blog John Q Public first reported in January that Maj. Gen. James Post made the comments at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, prompting the Air Force Inspector General’s Office to look into the matter.

As a result, Gen. Hawk Carlisle, head of Air Combat Command, has removed Post as vice commander of Air Combat Command and issued Post a letter of reprimand, the news release says.

Post’s “treason” comment outraged some in Congress, including Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who called on Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James to investigate the matter.

Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., has been the foremost opponent to the Air Force’s plans to retire the A-10. In January, Ayotte told Air Force Times she was “deeply disturbed” by what Post said.

“How could members of the armed forces exercising their lawful right to communicate with Congress be providing aid and comfort to our enemies?” Ayotte said in a statement at the time. “If the facts are on the Air Force’s side regarding its efforts to prematurely divest the A-10, what does the Air Force fear?”

Good bye dickhead!  I am sure that the defense contractor will gladly pay you handsomely for your efforts…….

The Grunt deserves to be heard…..and the grunt deserves the A-10 on his 6…….

Military Suicides Aren’t Linked To Deployment, Study Finds

I spend a lot of time studying and researching Veterans issues…..these brave souls deserve better than they have got from the country that ordered them to sacrifice everything….life, family, emotions…….

Suicides among vets has been a particularly bad issue for the country……much has been tried to reach out to these vets that are endangered….little has been done……

This piece is an attempt to find where the problem lies…….I do not think that it is complete…..How about you?

 

Military Suicides Aren’t Linked To Deployment, Study Finds.

Veterans Suicide

AS a vet I try to keep a focus on our vets and their problems after they are returned to the US………it saddens me to witness what this country is doing to these brave people……..and the government makes me real in disgust.

For several years the biggest issue is the amount of vets committing suicide and of course the government has taken this up as some sort of holy quest….then ask …..how is that working out?

Department of Defense Releases Fourth Quarter 2014 Suicide Information

Today, the Department of Defense released the Quarterly Suicide Report (QSR) for the fourth quarter of calendar year 2014.

The report summarizes confirmed suicide counts for all services and components during the months of October through December of 2014, and also includes total suicide counts for 2014, 2013 and 2012.

In the fourth quarter of 2014, there were 69 suicides among service members in the active component, 21 suicides among service members in the reserves, and 18 suicides among service members in the National Guard.

In calendar year 2014, there were 268 confirmed suicides in the active component, up slightly from 254 in 2013; 79 in the reserve, down from 86 in 2013; and 87 in the National Guard, down from 134.

The QSR is available here. Additional information is available on the Defense Suicide Prevention Office website at www.suicideoutreach.org.

Service members and their families who need support can reach out to the Military Crisis Line, which offers free and confidential support for those in crisis. The Military Crisis Line is staffed by caring, qualified responders from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, many who have served in the military themselves. Support is available through the crisis line phone number, online chat, and text-messaging services for all service members (active, National Guard and reserves) and veterans 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year by visiting the Military Crisis Line website at http://veteranscrisisline.net/ActiveDuty.aspx; Online Chat at: http://www.veteranscrisisline.net/ChatTermsOfService.aspx; sending a text to: 838255 or calling toll free at: 1-800-273-8255, Press 1.

There is your answer….personally, I do not trust any form of accounting used by the government……

I included the phone number…..just in case you know of a vet that is struggling please pass the number on or help them get the help they desperately need…….that is better than a simple “thank you”……

Consequences Are A Bitch!

By now the national outrage is at fever pitch…..ISIS has released the names and addresses of military members and called on supporters to do something to them for their part in the war against ISIS….As they say (whoever ‘they’ happen to be) that “actions have their consequences”…….

Their attempt to control the information on the wars being fought….information that would be positive………they inadvertently gave information to the enemy….information that can be used to harm……..

In its rush to gain public support for the war in Iraq and Afghanistan the government turned our serving veterans into propaganda tools to make their case for support…..and thanx to their thoughtlessness they have put members of the military at risk…..

A group calling itself the “Islamic State Hacking Division” posted the names, addresses, and photos of 100 U.S. service members on Saturday, claiming it had obtained the information by breaching military security.As it turns out, the group didn’t need to hack the Pentagon. At least two-thirds of the troops on the ISIS “hit list” had been featured on public Defense Department websites designed to promote the military, The Daily Beast has learned.Many service members were quoted or photographed in promotional stories talking about their work, often in the Middle East. Others were featured in news videos or in holiday messages to their families. Some were photographed after they returned home from long missions. Others were spokespeople or official photographers for the U.S. military.
Thank God these people were not in control during World War 2 or we would have readily gave info and comfort to the enemy……Is it just me or does anyone else see the culpability of the government in this situation?  This is a prime example of how NOT to use propaganda.  The really big news is that all the people on the list have been notified and told to take precautions when using social media….and that the government will NOT offer any protection for named families.
TMI……there is the problem!
 Consequences are a BITCH!

How Long, Mr. President, How Long?

For over 6 months the US has been playing tag with ISIS and its allies…….and all the reports I see states that it will be a long, long war……I know “doom and gloom”….but what else could be be when there is NO recognizable plan for dealing for ISIS other bomb the crap out of them

There has been part of a plan……..

The Pentagon has issued a statement regarding it’s ongoing air war against ISIS today, reporting 2,320 airstrikes, and claiming the direct costs of the attacks so far were $1.83 billion.

Conspicuously absent in the war, however, is any meaningful territory gained in either Syria or Iraq, despite thousands of airstrikes. The Pentagon is rather trying to change the focus to just the stuff they blew up.

Really?  Has anyone heard a bright optimistic assessment of this conflict?

How about a few of those “in the know”?

U.S. counterterrorism officials and experts, never known for their sunny dispositions, have entered a period of particular gloom.

In congressional testimony recently, Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. went beyond the usual litany of threats to say that terrorism trend lines were worse “than at any other point in history.”

Maj. Gen. Michael Nagata, commander of U.S. Special Operations forces in the Middle East, told participants on a counter­terrorism strategy call that he regarded the Islamic State as a greater menace than al-Qaeda ever was.

Speaking at a New York police terrorism conference, Michael Morell, former deputy director of the CIA, said he had come to doubt that he would live to see the end of al-Qaeda and its spawn. “This is long term,” he said. “My children’s generation and my grandchildren’s generation will still be fighting this fight.”

Yep all that gives me an extreme feeling of confidence (that is called SARCASM)….

Is anyone looking beyond Iraq and Syria?

Since the consensus by many military leaders predict a long trudge against extremism… if true….where will we be in 10 years?  Who or what land will US troops be forced to deploy?

Libya is kicking becoming a failed state….even though we have successfully installed a CIA operative as the military leader….extremism is on the rise as well as ISIS affiliates.  The atrocities have begun.

If not Libya how about Yemen?  Yemen has always been a hot bed of AQ….and now ISIS is gaining a foothold.  The recent coup by Houthis has set the country into a downward spiral…..the economy is in the crapper and violence is becoming a daily occurrence.  Will US troops be asked to become the referee in this situation?  If so, that will take troops and that will increase the chances of violence and death…..which in return will heat the situation up to a boil.

The one that few are talking about is Lebanon…….ISIS has made rumblings toward Lebanon…..the political situation is delicate and is always on the verge of collapse…..this will empower ISIS as soon as they decide that it would be in their favor to start work on Lebanon.

This one question needs answering and soon……How far are you willing to go, Mr. President?