If things go as planned and March 2013 shows up like it is supposed to, I will have completed twenty years of retirement after a 40 year hitch at McGraw-Hill Inc. I left there in February 1993 and two weeks later I was embarking on another career, as one of the assistants in a golf pro shop, a private club, Winters Run Golf Club in Bel Air Maryland, doing 15 years there until forced by health to retire. If I could walk, I would still be working, enjoying golf and my family. As many of you may already know by the blogs I have written before, I have been working one way or another, including the military, since I was 12,and in my case I think this is what enabled me reach my 83rd year.
It got better as it went along, feeding my need for people. There were 70 years of…
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A suspected New People’s Army (NPA) member was killed as government troops clashed with the rebel group in Cantilan, Surigao del Sur, on Tuesday, only a week after super typhoon “Pablo” devastated the province.
Lt. Col. Eugenio Osias, spokesman of the Army’s 4th Infantry Division, said the clash occurred around 9:40 a.m. in Brgy. Lobo.
Members of the 401st Brigade were conducting security patrols when they encountered an undetermined number of rebels, he said.
The rebels withdrew after a five-minute firefight, leaving a still unidentified comrade and an AK-47 rifle behind, Osias said.
The clash occurred only a week after “Pablo” slammed into Surigao del Sur on December 4.
“Pablo” killed at least five people, displaced 5,000 residents, and destroyed more than 20,000 houses in the province, which is now under a state of calamity, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.
Many parts of the province…
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On Friday, November 30, 2012, a Memorial Service and Reunion will be held aboard the USS Enterprise as part of the events for the aircraft carrier’s inactivation.
The memorial is being held by survivors of the 1969 flight deck fire that killed 27 crew members and hurt more than 300 others.
After 51 years of distinguished service, the Enterprise will inactivate on Saturday in a ceremony at Norfolk Naval Station.
The inactivation ceremony will be the last official public event for the ship, and will serve as a celebration of life for the ship and the more than 100,000 Sailors who served aboard. Numerous dignitaries and thousands of storied veterans of the ship are expected to attend the event.
Commissioned on November 25, 1961, the eighth ship to bear the illustrious name Enterprise, the “Big E” was the world’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier.
A veteran of 25 deployments to the…
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By Pam Benson
Even with the war in Afghanistan winding down, the United States will continue its fight against al Qaeda and its affiliates, wherever they may be, by using all means available in an armed conflict, the Pentagon’s chief lawyer said Friday.
“We must counter al Qaeda in the places where it seeks to establish safe haven and prevent it from reconstituting in others. To do this, we must utilize every national security element of our government,” said Jeh Johnson, the top lawyer for the U.S. Defense Department, at a speech Friday at Oxford University in England.
Those elements of force, he said, include unmanned aerial vehicles, widely referred to as drones, to kill suspected terrorists hiding in the ungoverned regions of Pakistan, in Yemen and elsewhere, as well as the indefinite detention of extremists caught on the battlefield.
Johnson said that some legal scholars and commentators refer to…
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My wife would applaud Beijing’s zeal to market its UAVs.
This year, Beijing’s most prominent new drone is the dinosaur-named Wing Loong, or Pterodactyl, according to a round-up at Defense News. The drone is reportedly operational — China has previously shown only models of the drone — and closely resembles the U.S. MQ-9 Reaper, which the Pentagon uses to bomb insurgent hideouts in Pakistan. Few foreign journalists were reportedly allowed to see it, but photos and videos that appeared online prompted ace aviation journalist David Cenciotti to remark that the Wing Loong appeared “largely copied from the U.S. version.”
But a lot cheaper. The Wing Loong reportedly comes at a rather incredible bargain price of $1 million, compared to the Reaper’s varying price tags in the $30 million range. Now, a word of caution to potential buyers: What you’re getting for that price might not…
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