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There's a milblog protest today supporting Army Master Sgt. C.J. Grisham. Laughing Wolf at Blackfive has a full list of participants and explains: FOR TODAY, Wednesday 16 December 2009, many if not most, fellow milblogs -- including This Ain't Hell, From My Position, Miss Ladybug, Boston Maggie, Grim's Hall, and those participating in the Wednesday... Read More
Major Chris Galloway, 36, was a writer at group blog Flopping Aces. He served in Iraq and Afghanistan. In June, he took his own life. His devastated fellow writers at Flopping Aces have a moving group tribute to their friend. Please read it. A tragic loss. A lasting legacy. Service to this country that won't... Read More
The left-wing propagandist rips off the truth-telling milblogger's iconic image of an American soldier's compassion. Read all about it.
Building the Iraqi security forces from the ground up.
Milblogger-turned-embed Gordon Alanko ("Teflon Don") is filing reports from Sayifiyah, Iraq. Check out his photo essay on the Sons of Iraq and the training of Iraqi security forces is here.
A milblogger returns to Iraq.
Milblogger Teflon Don is headed back to Iraq--this time as an independent civilian photojournalist. Check his site for reports you won't see in the MSM. From his announcement post: I learned some things the last time I was in Iraq- I learned of courage, and brotherhood. I learned that there is no glory in war-... Read More
"Do I think that my participation in this war will prevent the American system of government from collapsing? I have no...
Read Army Maj. Andrew Olmsted's blog post sharing his thoughts on why he's headed to Iraq. And be sure to wish him well.
The Paratrooper of Love.
Blackfive, one of the most indispensable milblogs on the Internet, turns four today. Matt Burden reflects: Blackfive has made a huge difference in a time of war. If you don't already make it a daily read, start now.
Hugh Hewitt at Townhall blasts the Army's milblogger gag: "The milbloggers, in short, have done an extraordinary job of keeping the home front not only safe but also informed. I cannot imagine what the public would think of the war if this vital flow of information –solid, reliable, realistic information—had not been flowing back to... Read More
In response to my post this morning about Wired's story on the Army's milblogger crackdown, I received an unauthorized e-mail request from one of our troops: Reader Robert e-mails: Reader Ken agrees: Milblogger Dadmanly weighs in big: The [Army Regulation] not only directs Commanders (BN and above) and OPSEC Managers to ensure that no communications... Read More
Stupid! Stupid! Stupid! Via Noah Shachtman: Bottom line from Matt at Blackfive: The Bottom-Line to the this bad piece of regulation: The soldiers who will attempt to fly under the radar and post negative items about the military, mission, and commanders will continue to do so under the new regs. The soldiers who've been playing... Read More
From milblogger Greyhawk at Mudville Gazette.
I'll be away for the next few days on a short trip. But you are in for a treat. In my absence, I've invited a few of my favorite military bloggers to guest blog. With the Walter Reed story still unfolding, the Democrat crack-up continuing, an initial test vote on the overall military spending bill... Read More
Here's a grass-roots effort by and for active-duty members of the military to support the mission in Iraq. The petition is a response to a left-wing astroturf group of anti-war vets. Hat tip: Smash
Bill Roggio assesses the State of the Jihad. Michael Yon reflects on Christmas in Kuwait (And Qatar, and Hanoi, and Singapore, and Jakarta). J.R. Salzman, who lost part of his right arm in an IED explosion before Christmas, is doing better. Matt at Blackfive has more: Husker in Baghdad sends a message of hope from... Read More
Matt at Blackfive warns Army monitors against overzealous policing of military bloggers, who have contributed so much valuable reporting and analysis on the war. I hope they listen.
Weekly steak dinners for wounded troops at Fran O'Brien's restaurant Credit: Stars & Stripes Tied up with covering the illegal alien protests and other reporting duties, I've been gravely remiss in mentioning an extraordinary blog-driven action campaign. Milbloggers have worked all week to help save a time-honored tradition at Fran O'Brien's, a restaurant that caters... Read More
Milblogger Matt at Blackfive, one of the best in the biz, turned two today. Check out some of his classic posts: the Someone You Should Know series; his post on Major Mathew Schram; and the After Action Report on the Raven 42 ambush. Then bookmark/Blogline him, read him daily, and buy a cool Blackfive t-shirt.
E.J. Perkins of the Arizona Republic (who served as a tank platoon commander in the U.S. Marine Corps, 1976-80) has compiled a helpful chart. Check it out. Update: The Perkins chart inspired Jeff Quinton to compile a list of bloggers who have served or are serving in the military. Update II: The Mudville Gazette has... Read More
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