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  • honordads 5:48 am on 01/30/2016 Permalink
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    Headline: Pentagon extends maternity and paternity leave for military families.

    military-father-and-babyDefense Sec. Ashton B. Carter announced a series of initiatives on Thursday designed to make the military a more family-friendly employer, extending maternity leave across the force and expanding access to child care and expensive reproductive technologies.

    “As we introduce today’s reforms, our calculation is quite simple,” Carter told reporters at the Pentagon. “We want our people to be able to balance two of the most solemn commitments they could ever make: a commitment to serve their country and a commitment to start and support a family.

    As part of the new measures, the Pentagon will now provide 12 continuous weeks of paid maternity leave for all uniformed service members. That will be a major jump for many service members, including those in the army, who now receive only 6 weeks of paid leave. It’s likely to be a disappointment to members of the Navy and Marine Corps who, under a change last year, receive 18 weeks of paid maternity leave. Carter said members of those services who are currently pregnant will be granted 18 rather than 12 weeks.

    “Twelve weeks is extremely generous … It puts us in the very top tiers of American employers,” Carter said. “But then, you have to balance that against the readiness costs associated with it.”

    Paternity leave will increase from 10 to 14 days.

    Because fathering is only 1/6th as important.

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  • honordads 9:00 am on 05/26/2015 Permalink
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    Family traces father’s military journey through World War II

    Polisano Snyder first suggested to her sister the idea of retracing her father’s steps through Europe in 2013. As she uncovered more information, they both became more enthusiastic about the idea.

    There is a growing trend of Americans going to Europe to visit one of the 14 overseas cemeteries related to World War II, said Tim Nosal, chief of public affairs for the American Battle Monuments Commission, based in Virginia. 

    “It’s a little bit more affordable (traveling to Europe),” said Nosal. And the 70th anniversary of D-Day last year and the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe this year have kindled people’s interest. “People are looking more into family history.” 

    Polisano Snyder said that for her, the trip would be part of her healing process. “I just want to be there and feel my father’s presence,” she said. “I think I’m going to feel my father’s presence. I want to honor him — not just him, but honor all the soldiers that fought in that war and gave us our freedom.”

    Good that a few are learning about our history’s heroes.

     
  • honordads 9:51 am on 05/13/2015 Permalink
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    Thomas Farragher: A son’s salute to a father, 70 years later

    Related: William Styron: A Father’s Prophecy

    I’ll never forget his high moment of prophecy. He was employed by Newport News Shipbuilding, then as now the largest private yard in the nation, where as a middle-level engineer he helped create such behemoths as the aircraft carriers Ranger, Yorktown, Enterprise, Essex, and Hornet. One of my luscious childhood memories is of being taken to the launching of Ranger, the first American carrier built from the keel up, and of watching the wife of the president, Mrs. Herbert Hoover (whose slip was showing), make three attempts at bashing a champagne bottle over the ship’s prow before she succeeded, drenching herself in a sacrament of foam. The shipyard adjoined an apartment building where we lived and where the bedlam from riveting hammers and pile drivers and other machinery caused my mother hectic distress. As if this noise weren’t enough, there was often the roar of the new B-17s—the Flying Fortresses—as they climbed out of Langley Field, sometimes joined by the racket of naval fighter planes, and on one such hot summer day my mother had been driven frantic. Ordinarily a patient and reasonable woman, she began to complain bitterly of the ghastly noise, its effect on human beings, the waste of money, the chaos, the futility—all, she said, to maintain a bloated military establishment in peacetime. My father, usually so gentle with my mother, erupted, calling her an ostrich, blind to reality. “We are preparing for war!” he exclaimed with a gesture toward me. “For a war which I pray our son will survive and—if we’re lucky—wars our grandchildren will survive, too. War, my dear, is the destiny of this nation—was, is now, and ever shall be. We will be fighting wars forever—as long as we have the money and the guns!”

     
  • honordads 4:44 pm on 03/04/2015 Permalink
    Tags: , military, navy, warfare   

    History: Paul Allen and a team of researchers say they found the wreck of the Japanese battleship Musashi off the Philippines. The study of how she went down in the Battle of Leyte Gulf is now standard fare for naval war colleges around the world.

     
  • honordads 1:11 pm on 02/16/2015 Permalink
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    Art of Manliness Podcast #101: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War With Robert Coram

    John Boyd is one of the greatest military strategists that hardly anyone knows about. Unmatched in the cockpit during the Korean War, his mind was also without rival. He was not simply a warrior of combat, but a warrior-engineer and warrior-philosopher. Boyd wrote “Aerial Attack Study,” which codified the best dogfighting tactics for the first time, helped design the legendary F-15, F-16, and A-10 aircraft, and developed the strategic tool known as the OODA Loop.

    Robert Coram, who wrote Boyd’s biography, argues that the OODA Loop made Boyd “the most influential military thinker since Sun Tzu.” In today’s podcast I talk to Mr. Coram about his book Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War, and about the life and career of this fascinating warrior-philosopher and what we can learn from him on how to be better men.

     
  • honordads 10:24 am on 02/12/2015 Permalink
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    The Military Machine as a Management Wreck

    The military is perhaps as selfless an institution as our society has produced. But in its current form, Mr. Kane says, it stifles the aspirations of the best who seek to serve it and pushes them out. “In terms of attracting and training innovative leaders, the U.S. military is unparalleled,” he writes. “In terms of managing talent, the U.S. military is doing everything wrong.”

    The core problem, he argues, is that while the military may be “all volunteer” on the first day, it is thoroughly coercive every day thereafter. In particular, it dictates the jobs, promotions and careers of the millions in its ranks through a centralized, top-down, one-size-fits-almost-all system that drives many talented officers to resign in frustration. They leave, he says, because they believe that “the military personnel system — every aspect of it — is nearly blind to merit.”

    Related: Military pensions are bloated for a reason.

     
  • honordads 6:34 pm on 02/10/2015 Permalink
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    Alcohol redefined as ‘weapon’ in sexual assault cases by prosecutors, military officials.

    Alcohol for years has been seen as a contributing factor in rapes, and it is thought to play a role in nearly half of the almost 6,000 sexual assaults reported across the Defense Department last year. But the role alcohol plays has been succinctly redefined.

    “It’s a weapon,” said Katharina Booth, chief trial deputy and chief of the Boulder District Attorney’s Office sexual assault unit.

    Booth said the change comes from the realization that perpetrators are more likely to use alcohol to subdue their sexual assault victims than guns, threats and fists.

    Alcohol’s ties to sexual assault came into focus again in January with the arrest of Air Force Academy junior cadet Daniel Ryerson. He’s charged in state court with sexually assaulting an inebriated female classmate after a night of party-hopping in Boulder on Nov. 1. Ryerson, 21, who police say is linked to the case by DNA evidence, is due in court this month.

    In a December Pentagon report, the military calls alcohol a weapon in its latest sexual assault prevention guidance for commanders, echoing a statement made by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel in May.

    If you have kids in the military or at college, don’t fail to make them aware of this.

     
  • honordads 12:02 pm on 01/24/2015 Permalink
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    Hiding in Plain Sight – WWI, WWII, and the Surprising History of Camouflage

     
  • honordads 9:58 am on 01/19/2015 Permalink
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    Sniper’s Dad: ‘How many lives he saved is more than how many lives he took.’

     
  • honordads 10:30 pm on 01/16/2015 Permalink
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    DOD: Single fathers outnumber single mothers in the military, and more of them suffer hardships. Why don’t we hear anything about this?

    Beyond financial hardship commonly experienced by single parents, 53 % of single military mothers and 55 % of single military fathers have reported difficulty managing work and family stress. Research indicates few differences among single military mothers and fathers and occupational stress. However, one difference shown for single fathers was that as the number of years in the military grew, the number of supportive people in their lives decreased. Within the civilian population, there are more single mothers. In the military, however, there are more single fathers. In fact, for every single military mother, there are 2.8 single military fathers.

     
  • honordads 10:08 am on 11/10/2014 Permalink
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    Toby Keith rocks the troops (via)

    In three decades with the military I’ve visited a couple dozen USOs around the world, whether for a quick snack and email check between flights, a recharge after travelling halfway around the world, or a last-minute place to crash overnight when weather cancelled a flight.

    Then there were unforgettable concerts and comedy shows that brought a slice of home to a foreign place. Hard to convey what those were like – performers used to being the center of attention becoming genuinely humbled as they stared into that camo covered sea of 20-year-old faces. Concerts transform into a gift, then into fellowship. There’s a reason guys like Toby Keith have done 9 of these.

    United Service Organizations have a long history of serving those who serve our country. As this wiki describes it – the USO is a GI’s home away from home. The USO has over 160 locations around the world in 14 countries (including the U.S.) and 27 states. USO centers serve more than 8 million active duty military, vets, retirees, and their family members each each year. 

    Veteran’s Day isn’t just a day off. It’s a chance to stop and acknowledge vets everywhere. Donating to the USO today is a practical way you can bless our vets directly. And you won’t find a better run organization: 85 cents of every dollar raised goes directly into USO operations. The USO has a paid staff of 300, but it’s the 44,000 smiling USO volunteers that keep the centers open, providing hundreds of thousands of hours of service annually.

    I just made my donation. Won’t you join me?

     
  • honordads 8:28 am on 10/14/2014 Permalink
    Tags: , ebola, military   

    James Carafano: The White House has declared Ebola to be a top national-security concern. That ought to worry Americans. The last time a president tried to make a disease a national-security issue, he helped trigger a global pandemic that killed 50 million people.

    Hey, how about praying today for our Soldiers in the 101st Airborne who are preparing to deploy to Liberia, and our SEABEEs of Naval Construction Battalion 113 who are already boots-on-ground there. And pray for the AFRICOM and USARAF Commanders and staffs who are tasked with sorting all this out.

    Then pray for the rest of us.

     
  • honordads 8:10 am on 09/24/2014 Permalink
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    Spy vs Spy: 10 Fascinating Articles From the CIA’s Secret Employee Magazine

     
  • honordads 3:57 pm on 09/18/2014 Permalink
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    WWI Centenial – Miracle on the Marne.

    The First Battle of the Marne was the first major turning point in the war on the Western Front—the moment at which the German tide, rising relentlessly in the first weeks of the war with the conquest of Belgium and northern France, finally crested and broke, with the Germans forced into hasty retreat. There’s no question the “Miracle on the Marne” saved France and the Allied cause—but neither it nor the dramatic battles which followed in the fall of 1914 were truly decisive, as they left the Germans in control of Belgium and most of France’s industrial resources, foreshadowing a long, drawn-out conflict.

     
  • honordads 8:57 am on 09/18/2014 Permalink
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    Civil Rights Update: Veteran chooses jail over giving his disability money to ex-wife.

    A Suncoast veteran went to jail Wednesday in order to keep all of his VA disability check. It’s all because he and his wife are divorcing and she wants half. Under federal law, the money is exempt from alimony payments. But state law says she may be entitled to it. Terry Lynn says he wants to set a precedent to help all veterans in similar situations. He is on full disability from injuries he suffered while serving as a Marine during the Gulf War, but is now going through a divorce battle with his wife he met after his time in the military. He says she wants nearly half of what he gets: $1,500 a month. 

    “It’s how I pay my bills. There is no way I can afford to pay that amount and still survive,” says Lynn. He says he’s bought her a house and made other compensations, but that’s as far as he’s willing to go. “There is actually federal laws which protect the veteran’s compensation check from alimony and being garnished.” 

     
  • honordads 4:29 pm on 09/10/2014 Permalink
    Tags: army, , , military,   

    Father, son spend time together … blowing up targets.

    Military service is nothing new for the Parsons Family. Gary Parsons started his career as an enlisted rifleman in the Marine Corps where he served for six years and then transitioned to the Army where he served as an Infantryman and later became an OH-58D pilot. Dalton Parsons enlisted in the reserves for six years in Smyrna, Tenn., and is currently attending Nashville State University.

    “I am very proud to see that my son become a Marine and a rifleman like myself, but I know it is his own path,” said Gary Parsons. “To see that he has learned those same intangible skills that change boys to men amazes me. Watching and listening to him successfully calling in Kiowa Warriors on targets and then to have my peers tell me how well he did, I am not sure what more a father could ask for.”

    Like most fathers, Gary Parsons wants to see his son as much as possible, but with both Parsons in the military, the time that they can spend together is brief. This exercise allowed the Parsons to spend time in a professional environment where they can serve together and bond as a father and son.

    My eyes are leaking.

     
  • honordads 7:03 pm on 09/09/2014 Permalink
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    What if we rebuilt the US Navy from scratch?

     
  • honordads 8:16 am on 09/09/2014 Permalink
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    Congressional Research Service Download: The “Militarization” of Law Enforcement and the Department of Defense’s “1033 Program”

    The number of SWAT teams has proliferated since they were first formed in the late 1960s. By the late 1990s, about 89% of police departments in the United States serving jurisdictions of 50,000 or more people and 80% of departments serving jurisdictions of 25-50,000 people reported having a SWAT team. The growth in the number of SWAT teams in small jurisdictions has raised questions about whether they have the resources necessary to properly train team members.

    Data show that SWAT teams are being deployed more frequently. There was a reported 1,400% increase in the total number of SWAT deployments between 1980 and 2000. There are an estimated 45,000 SWAT deployments each year. Data also show that nearly 80% of SWAT deployments are for proactive drug raids or to execute search warrants. In addition, SWAT teams are increasingly used to conduct routine patrol work in crime “hot spots.”

    A recently released report by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) argues that while law enforcement might assert that SWAT teams are needed to prevent violence in high-risk situations, the aggressive tactics used by SWAT teams can exacerbate the risk of violence.

    Why would a government need so much firepower to use against its own citizens?

     
  • honordads 10:15 am on 08/29/2014 Permalink
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    Always Daddy’s Girl: 62 years after her father’s death in Air Force crash, Mobile woman buries the man she never knew.

     
  • honordads 9:34 am on 08/21/2014 Permalink
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    Analysis: Transcending Organization: Individuals and “The Islamic State” 

     
  • honordads 9:58 am on 08/18/2014 Permalink
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    STRATFOR: Examining the Elements of Terrorist Tradecraft

     
  • honordads 9:56 am on 08/13/2014 Permalink
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    Heh! Marine Feels Left Out After Redeploying To Faithful, Hot Wife And Full Bank Account

     
  • honordads 8:26 am on 08/11/2014 Permalink
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    The sins of the father.

     
  • honordads 9:10 pm on 08/08/2014 Permalink
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    Amazon takes over Army logistics. “Want your MRAP by Monday, July 21st? Order by 3pm and select one-day shipping…” Heh.

     
  • honordads 9:16 am on 07/23/2014 Permalink
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    One of a kind: The MV-22 Osprey Tilt-Rotor Aircraft

     
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