Airlines revise policies for troops’ checked baggage

By Donna Miles American Forces Press Service Washington — Military members traveling on orders on several major U.S. air carriers can check four, and in some cases five, bags without charge based on new policies the airlines instituted in recent days. Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, United Airlines and Continental Airlines announced the new policies after Army reservists returning from Afghanistan had to pay more than $2,800 to cover the costs of their fourth checked bags on a Delta flight. Two member ... More

Corps allows bags, bracelets in uniform

By Lance Cpl. Lauren A. Kurkimilis Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms Twentynine Palms, Calif. — Marines are no longer restricted to wearing only issued bags in uniform. Civilian backpacks officially can now be worn in uniform, according to the results of Uniform Board 212 which were released in MARADMIN 695/11, Dec. 6. Backpacks may be black, brown, olive drab, tan or a combination of these colors, according to the MARADMIN. MARPAT- printed commercial and organization ... More

Auxiliary makes backpacks for homeless vets

The American Legion Auxiliary in Princeton is once again helping homeless veterans get through the winter a little more comfortably. The Jefferson Winn Unit No. 98 put together six military backpacks on Saturday, each containing a sleeping bag, flannel blanket, food and snack items, personal care items and socks, notebooks, pens, playing cards and a first aid kit. The backpacks will be distributed to veterans living outside or in squalor conditions. Read more: Auxiliary makes backpacks for ... More

Jetstar: Bags bumped for 'special request'

By Francesca Lee and Olivia Carville Sixty Jetstar passengers who touched down after a delayed flight to Christchurch faced a further 24-hour luggage delay after their bags were bumped off the plane to make room for military equipment. The passengers only found out their luggage was still in Sydney after they had disembarked and were waiting at the baggage claim area in Christchurch Airport early yesterday morning. A Jetstar spokesman said the luggage was removed after the airline received a '' ... More

Body armor for the military

As a member of the military, you are fighting for your country and showing that you are willing to put everything on the line to fight for what your beliefs. Being in the military is sometimes a dangerous job. It is possible for you to protect yourself from some of the dangers that you may encounter with military body armor. Many brave members of the military have lost their life due to improper protection. You can take your protection into your own hands and wear gear that offers optimal protection from the dang ... More

Improved body armor on the way

By Sarah Hofius USA TODAY Lightweight, flexible body armor that looks like dragon scales and is more comfortable to wear than today''s bulletproof vests could be available within two years. The armor, designed to stiffen when hit with a high-velocity projectile, also will provide increased ease of movement and more body coverage. Today''s bulletproof vests are made from strong fibers that absorb the impact of a projectile. For added protection, ceramic plates often are inserted into the vests. ... More

Concealable body armor — Proper fit, care, and maintenance

By PoliceOne Body armor is one of the most important investments you will ever make in helping protect you. To get the most out of your body armor, it is important to make sure your vest fits properly. Though your body armor is strong enough to resist bullets, it’s also a sensitive piece of equipment that requires proper care and maintenance Proper Fit Getting the right size Proper size is critical with body armor.  While it is tempting to get a larger vest with the idea of adding more ballistic pro ... More
How to buy body armor

How to buy body armor

By PoliceOne Staff Armor has been essential to those with dangerous jobs for as long as there have been weapons. In ancient time ... More

Jon Hammar released from Mexican prison

By Jim Hoft Human Events Online Jon Hammar, a former Marine held in Mexico on gun charges, has been in a Mexican prison for four months on what is being called a trumped-up federal weapon charge. He was arrested Aug. 13 in Matamoros after he declared to Mexican customs agents a shotgun he planned to use for hunting in Costa Rica. He's been held in jail since August and chained to a bed. Jon Hammar survived wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is now up in a prison in Mexico. (CBS)On Thursday, Bill O'R ... More