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Gone, but not retired


Jobless veterans say military experience is not valued

Rick Combs, a 27-year old who retired as a Sergeant in the Army, says he was given management training in the military as part of becoming a Sergeant. So far, that training has not translated into a comparable private-sector job.

Your writer doesn’t seem to have any knowledge of the military.

No one who is 27 years old can retire from the Army. One must serve a full 20 years to qualify for “retirement.” I doubt Combs joined at 7 years of age.

Wayne S. USAF (ret.)

We corrected it to make clear he was not retired. I’m not exactly sure why sergeant was upper cased, either: GBU Editor

A drill sergeant scolds one of his recruits inside the soldiers barracks during basic training at the Fort Sill Army Post in Fort Sill, Oklahoma November 5, 2009. REUTERS/Jessica RinaldiĀ 

The wrong rank…


British Royal Air Force “Red Arrows” plane crashes, pilot dies

Egging, known as “Eggman” according to Captain Simon Blake, Commandant of the RAF’s Central Flying School, joined the team last year.

You referred to the officer commanding the Red Arrows as ‘captain’.

Winning a medal?


Army Ranger to be second living Medal of Honor recipient

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama is set to award a Medal of Honor on Tuesday afternoon to Army Ranger Sergeant 1st Class Leroy Petry, the second living soldier to win the military’s highest decoration for actions in Afghanistan.

Petry, originally from New Mexico, is among nine servicemen from the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts to win the award — given for “conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty.”

Ignoring Canada?


Allies vow no halt to campaign until Gaddafi goes

Washington, which led the campaign in its first week, has since turned over command to NATO and taken a back seat role. Britain and France complain that other NATO allies have not provided enough fire power to take out Gaddafi’s armour and allow the rebels in control of the east to sweep him from power.

LIBYA-/Once again you have omitted Canada’s contribution to the Libyan conflict.

They’re all jets…


Libyan rebels rout Gaddafi forces in strategic town

LIBYA-FRANCE/The French armed forces said around 20 French aircraft supported by an AWACS surveillance plane struck targets during the day on Saturday, including five Galeb fighter jets and two MI-35 helicopters on the ground outside Misrata.

Come on guys, is it the public reading your articles or is the problem your reporters?

Pearl Harbor?


PEARLHARBOR/ANNIVERSARYI have been looking over your site today and cannot find a single article relating to Pearl Harbor day in the U.S.

Am I missing something?


Yes. We had a nice feature on Pearl Harbor survivors on Monday.

Apart from that, I expect you’ll see more attention next year, for the 70th anniversary: GBU Editor

Nuclear powered?


China says won’t take sides in Korea dispute

KOREA-NORTH/As the nuclear powered USS George Washington headed out of Korean waters back to Japan, oil traders said the US Navy was seeking a medium-range oil tanker to

U.S. Navy to ship jet fuel from Japan to Korea

The Yonhap news agency said on Wednesday that South Korea was planning more military drills as the nuclear powered USS George Washington moved out of Korean waters back to Japan.

Not the Air Force



Four killed in US Air Force plane crash in Alaska

In light of the accident, Atkins said, the military was considering whether to go on with the aviation show, which also features precision-flying demonstrations by the Air Force’s Blue Angels and the Canadian Forces Snowbirds.

In the article on the plane crash, 28 July 2010, at Elmendorf you refer to the Air Force Blue Angels. The Blue Angels are in the NAVY. The Air Force has the Thunderbirds. Some folks get all shook up about this sort of thing.

Not Marines


A June 6 Reuters video report said that “U.S. Marines and Iraq” were working together in Basra.

gbu basra patrolHowever, the U.S. military members WERE U.S. NAVY RIVERINES, NOT MARINES. As the PAO for the Little Creek, Virginia-based Riverine squadrons, I’m requesting a correction be made to give these men the credit they deserve.

Separating the chaff from the chafe…


SPECIAL REPORT-How the White House learned to love the drone

USA/WASHINGTON, May 18 (Reuters) – By all appearances, the Obama administration wanted him alive, not dead.

The Obama White House chaffs at suggestions its policies could make it harder to capture wanted militants.