Never knew that the Department of Defense publishes a Medical Surveillance report , but even without the findings everyone knows that mental health problems are the number one health issue facing our troops. That’s a no-brainer. The November report highlighted in this story by CNN points out the fact that mental health issues send male troops to the hospital than any other cause, and are the second highest for hospitalization amongst women ...Continue Reading →
Gates declares Afghan war strategy is working
Now it’s all good in Afghanistan. The strategy is working. The goal to hand over the keys to the Afghans in 2014 can be met. The security climate is improving while Regional Command-East, South, and South-west remain in a constant kinetic posture. And you can eat chicken in Marja!
Good data provided by the Danger Room on IED’s. Sadly, a new record was set this ...Continue Reading →
The overall commander on the ground in Afghanistan is saying one thing on the lack of overall progress of the war, while the commander-in-chief and Pentagon officials trumpet a “more optimistic message”. But the tactical and operational commanders on the ground are telling the blunt truth on the situation. Grunts don’t like mixed messages, which is what they are getting. Grunts especially don’t like when senior commanders hedge when ...Continue Reading →
Try this one on for size if you find yourself in an airport terminal during this holiday season – introduce yourself to a servicemember in uniform, thank them their service, and ask if there is anything you can do for them. Most will be surprised, nod humbly, and refuse. And off they’ll go on the way to or from a flight. But if you want to know what it’s like in Iraq and Afghanistan, be persistent and engage them in ...Continue Reading →
Proposed 1.4% pay raise for military draws fire
Sergeant Ellis is spot on, it is “absolute garbage” that troops in 2011 will earn the lowest pay raise in almost 50 years. True, we are entering an era of austerity and deficit-reduction economic policies, but streamlining pay for the troops at historic lows, is another example of “taking care of the troops” lip-service. The House of Representative authorized increasing pay 1.9%, a meaningful effort above the average private-sector-wage growth level (i.e. recognizing ...Continue Reading →
Secretary Gates has approved a COIN skills list (COIN Qualification Standards) for troops in Afghanistan. It is rather extraordinary for top civilian officials to approve pre-deployment tactical and operational training tasks. Perhaps this is an effort for General Petreaus to dictate that a certain level of COIN proficiency is required prior to deployment. Sounds reasonable, right? But, why does this kind of guidance have to be rubber-stamped by Secretary Gates? Can’t the uniformed service ...Continue Reading →
When interviewed by . Generic drugs that do so should have the same therapeutic effect and therefore the same benefits as their brand-name counterparts, but at less cost.
“But let’s talk a little bit about Marja, because I know that’s one you’ve been following. If you could come over and visit today I would take you down to the district center, where across the street is a very nice restaurant that’s opened ...Continue Reading →
As previously reported on SFTT – ! You can find more information about generic medications here.
In August 2007, Arkansas Fourth District Representative Mike Ross sent a letter to the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of the Army requesting clarification. Secretary of the Army Pete Geren formally acknowledged in September that insurance and medical benefits would not be withheld if combat injuries (or death) were sustained while a service member was wearing unauthorized body armor. Nevertheless, Secretary Geren went on ...Continue Reading →
While General Petreaus attempts to get Afghans to sign a social contract while operating in a state of nature, he continues to hammer the countryside with increasing air bombings and missile strikes. In October alone, his . We would strongly recommend you to consult your doctor before taking a medication.
The Stars and Stripes reports that while the last vestiges of travelers arrived home from Thanksgiving holidays this past Sunday evening, 8 time-zones away, in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, six American service members were murdered by an Afghan border policeman they were training.
Just another blue-on-blue incident in the foothills.
Just another Thanksgiving meal with family.
The grind continues.Continue Reading →