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10 life hacks to get you through deployment boredom

By Eric Milzarski We Are The Mighty The one thing no one ever talks about with deployments is the mind numbing boredom that comes between missions. Times have changed from the “Wild West” days of early 2000’s where even having a power outlet was a luxury. Things have gotten slightly less monotonous but they haven’t changed that much. Troops are still sitting at the same USO, playing on the same broken Foosball table, watching the same videos that have been shared by everyone. Here ... More

Deployed soldiers help widow of fallen comrade with baby gender reveal

By Military1 Staff One week before his death, Chris Harris received some life-changing news from his wife over video messenger.  He was going to be a father.  On Aug. 2, 2017, Chris was killed while on deployment in Afghanistan by an improvised explosive device (IED).  “When I told him, it was the happiest I’d ever seen him,” his wife, Britt Harris told ABC News. "He was so excited." Despite her husband's death and the prospect of raising her child alon ... More

1 US servicemember killed, 1 wounded from explosion in Iraq

By Associated Press BAGHDAD — The U.S.-led coalition said on Monday that a service member was killed and another was wounded the previous day in Iraq when an explosion from a booby-trapped device struck their vehicle. According to U.S. officials, the service members were both American. The officials were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly so spoke on condition of anonymity. So far, seven American servicemen have been killed in Iraq in the fight against the Islamic State group, includ ... More

6 surprising things that are against the laws of war

By Eric Milzarski We Are The Mighty They may seem like they’re tying troops’ hands behind their backs — especially given that today’s wars are very different from those when the former laws of war were written — but there’s a good reason why certain rules have been imposed to protect troops in combat. Though not every country ratified all of the protocols of the Geneva Convention, and fewer still signed the Hague Conventions of 1899 and 1907, many still hold to the genera ... More

Hundreds of Fort Bragg paratroopers home from ISIS fight

Drew Brooks The Fayetteville Observer, N.C. Qayyarah was the first Iraqi city to be freed from Islamic State control in the last year. The city, south of Mosul and along the Tigris river, was liberated shortly after the 18th Airborne Corps deployed from Fort Bragg to helm the coalition fight against the terrorist group in Iraq and Syria. In the months that followed came the long siege against ISIS in Mosul. That city, the largest in Iraq outside of Baghdad, was liberated earlier this year. In recent d ... More

Pentagon: US troop total in Afghanistan larger than reported 

By Lolita C. Baldor Associated Press WASHINGTON — The Pentagon is poised to have roughly 15,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan in the coming months, as defense officials on Wednesday finally acknowledged the actual number of American forces in the country after long camouflaging the total in misleading accounting measures and red tape. Senior Defense officials for the first time said there are about 11,000 U.S. forces currently deployed to Afghanistan — thousands more than the 8,400 that were a ... More

3,500 soldiers from Fort Bliss' 2nd Brigade to deploy to Kuwait

David Burge El Paso Times, Texas Fort Bliss’ 2nd Brigade is about to take the final step in its transition from Army test unit in the modernization mission to being fully deployable. About 3,500 soldiers from the brigade will deploy to Kuwait this fall, the Army announced Wednesday. The Strike Brigade will serve in a deterrence and contingency role in the Middle East. It also will train with Middle Eastern partner nations and engage in other exchanges of information, including conferences, planning ... More