Statue of Medal of Honor recipient Master Sgt. John Chapman unveiled at Pope army Airfield
Corey Dickstein Stars and Stripes The life-sized statue of Master Sgt. John Chapman, the Air Force’s lone post-9/11 recipient of the Medal of Honor, will be the image that students and cadre see as they enter or leave the service’s school for future combat controllers. The statue of the... Read more
Hitler’s Last Soldier: How a German POW hid from the FBI and lived in the U.S. undetected for four decades
After the end of World War II, there were many individuals of the Axis powers who held out, from Japanese Lieutenant Hiroo Onoda -who didn’t come out of hiding until 1974- to the German SS officers who allegedly fled to South America. There is one curious case of a... Read more
Thank you for your service: How Memorial Day became a national holiday
For many, Memorial Day is a time of barbeques, three days of rest and a pretty decent time to buy a new vehicle. Some people take time to thank veterans for their sacrifices. However, if you’re thanking a veteran, you should only be thanking those interred in a graveyard.... Read more
USO set to close Rome Center, its first after WWII
Scott Wyland Stars and Stripes In the street outside the USO center near St. Peter’s Square, crowds celebrated Italian Liberation Day, but the mood inside was somber among staffers who recently learned the facility will close after more than 70 years of operation. The jubilant holiday fests in late... Read more
Blue Angel’s “Fat Albert” takes final flight
The U.S. Navy Blue Angels are saying “so long” to their beloved C-130T aircraft, affectionately known as “Fat Albert.” The announcement came on Wednesday, and the Blue Angels team noted that the plane -which falls under the US Marine Corps- had served for 17 years and had flown for... Read more
Air Force bringing back two prop planes for low-intensity conflicts
Two propeller-driven aircraft have been selected by the United States Air Force to fill a wide variety of combat roles. The Light Attack Aircraft Program has produced two winners for the USAF- the Sierra Nevada-Embraer A-29 Super Tucano and the Textron AT-6, two prop-driven aircraft that are ready, willing... Read more
Special Forces parachute over Normandy in test run for upcoming D-Day ceremony
Stars and Stripes About 135 Special Forces soldiers jumped from three Air Force aircraft above the ancient Mont Saint-Michel abbey in Normandy, as part of the commemoration for the upcoming 75th anniversary of D-Day. The 352nd Special Operations Wing and the 86th Airlift Wing delivered the 10th Special Forces... Read more
Royal Thai King’s Guard sport gold plated bullpup rifles during coronation ceremony
Thailand is known for all things exotic (and a little strange), and their armaments seem to be no exception. Soldiers of the Royal Thai King’s Guard are carrying golden-plated and painted Israeli Tavor bullpup rifles, complete with Mepro 21 optics, which unfortunately appear to have been painted in such... Read more
Israeli Ace: How Ran Ronen became the pride of Israel’s Air Force
While fighter pilots are a special breed of people in their own right, the very best among them stand out even more vividly. Somewhere at the top of that list of “aces,” there is Ran Ronen. Born in 1936, Ran Ronen-Pekker was born in a Jewish settlement of what... Read more
Smuggled weaponry: How the Rhodesian FAL became a favorite for anti-communists
Throughout history, there have been a series of “last stands” that have given rise to myth-like status in regards to the weapons and equipment used at the time- the Spartan helmet, the Filipino Bolo, the Scottish Claymore and the venerable trench shotguns of World War I. In the battle... Read more
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