Author Joe Gould

Afghan militants stole 600 goats and kidnapped a shepherd in the Chitral district of Pakistan, reports The News, of Pakistan, citing unnamed officials. The militants crossed the Pak-Afghan border from the Afghan province of Nuristan to grab the goats and the shepherd. The goats belonged to a local religious leader and the shepherd was his nephew. The News reports such thefts have occurred before, and that several people who crossed into Afghanistan in search of their goats and had not returned. Pakistani security forces have been sent to the  border areas to rescue the villagers. Many a blue joke has been made about…

[HTML1] Ladd Anderson, a 10-year-old leukemia patient in Michigan, got his wish this week when a Reserve unit swore him in and got his help building a bridge for a local boat race. Anderson, whose brother is a soldier, earned the admiration of the reservists who worked with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to spend the day with him. “That kid is a role model to everybody. I’m jealous of him,” said Sgt. Travis Bradbury. “Going through what he’s going through, still mustering up strength to come out here and want to serve, that’s incredible. Ten years old!” [via WLUC-TV News]

[HTML1] An Israeli company has invented a harness that allows you to carry your wounded buddy on your back, hands-free. The device, which weighs less than a pound and folds to 10 inches long, is being marketed as a more comfortable replacement for the fireman’s carry. It’s called the Injured Personnel Carrier or “Human Backpack.” Manufacter Agilite got the idea from Israeli Defense Force soldiers who found they could carry a person this way by connecting four rifle slings, said Elie Isaacson, the company’s director of strategic development. Agilite makes tactical vests, harnesses and backpacks. Isaacson said interest has exploded since…

Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne traded his team’s blues for an Army Combat Uniform to evoke the U.S. military’s work ethic as he showed up to training camp. “It’s time to go to work,” Wayne said, after he appeared Saturday with a group of Indiana National Guard members in a caravan of humvees. “These guys are selfless workers, they put it all on the line, and that’s what we’re going to have to do this year.” In the past, Wayne has shown up to camp in a dump truck to symbolize getting ready for hard work, according to local…

Gen. Martin Dempsey posted photos to his Facebook page today from the campus of Facebook. He said he had a “great conversation” with about 100 Facebook employees at a “town hall” session. “The questions they asked were insightful and thoughtful,” Dempsey said. “I also met Mark Zuckerberg and his team. Facebook plays an important role not just in the social media space but in technology innovation as well.” “The Zuck” and “The Demp” — I just made that nickname up — are both heads of major organizations or global importance, and they’re both New Yorkers. Fun fact: Zuckerberg grew up in…

[HTML1] A young man appears to beat, bully and threaten to kill another terrified young man in ACUs for “snitching” in a violent video recently posted online. The video has been posted under the title, “Man Up: Soldier Gets Whooped On For Allegedly Snitching!” and Army Criminal Investigation Command is looking into the matter, but the participants are actually cadets at a troubled Christian military school in Kansas, according to a school administrator. “The video depicts two St. John’s cadets,” E. Andrew England, president of  Saint John’s Military School For Boys, in Salina, Kansas, told Army Times in an email. The aggressor…

In case there was any doubt, snorting the designer drug known as “Pump-It! Powder” is not sanctioned by the Army. Fort Sill, Okla., law enforcement has issued an alert about the substance, a stimulant and hallucinogen whose side effects include convulsions, paranoia, chest pains or increased heart rate that can lead to cardiac arrest. “There is so much risk with these synthetic drugs. The people who are mixing these substances up are using literally dozens of different chemicals and products,” said Jay Khalifeh, director of the Army Substance Abuse Program at the post. “The danger of physical and psychological damage…

One might assume My Little Pony and the military go together like a unicorn and an M2 machine gun. But there are those who would disagree. Service members apparently comprise some segment of My Little Pony fans of both genders who are known as “bronies.” For the uninitiated, the toy and animated television series marketed to girls in the 1980s and 1990s was reinvigorated in a new series, “My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic” back in 2010. It is a craze with a fan base that is rabid about characters with names like Applejack, Fluttershy and Pinkie Pie. The recent “BronyCon Summer…

[HTML1] WDTV News in West Virginia reports on the swearing-in of 21 year-old Cicely Verstein, who  is the first woman to enlist into one of the six Army combat-arms support jobs opened to women in May.  She plans to become a 91M, or Bradley Fighting Vehicle System Maintainer. Verstein said she had no idea what she was getting herself into when she signed up for the Army. She told 5 News she just liked working on motors.   “All they told me was (that) these jobs just opened up for women,” Verstein said. “I found one that looked interesting. I’m familiar with motors…

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