BOBLINGEN, Germany, March 3, 2020 -
Nearly 1,500 U.S. service members are taking take part in Exercise Cold Response 20 in Norway from March 9-18.The U.S. is represented by service members from the United States Marine Corps, the United States Navy, the United States Army, and the United States Air Force who have joined forces with Norway and eight other allied and partner nations.In total, some 15,000 personnel will take part in this large-scale, tactical field training exercise, which is being hosted by the Kingdom of Norway. Cold Response 20 is designed to enhance military capabilities and allied cooperation in high-intensity warfighting in a challenging Arctic environment with rugged terrain and extreme cold weather.
This exercise is emphasizing and testing critical activities ranging from the reception of allied and partner reinforcements and command and control interoperability to combined joint combat operations, force sustainment, and combat logistics. The United States stands firm with its ally Norway and its allies and partners in Europe in this exercise in the strategically important arctic region.
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Spend a day flying with Capt. Mike Shufeldt, one of the Idaho National Guard’s A-10 Thunderbolt II pilots, and feel firsthand what it is like to be an A-10 fighter pilot.
Photo by Master Sgt. Becky Vanshur
BOISE AIR TERMINAL AIR GUARD STATION, Idaho – Spend a day flying with Capt. Mike Shufeldt, one of the Idaho National Guard’s A-10 Thunderbolt II pilots, and feel firsthand what it is like to be an A-10 fighter pilot.
He can smell the strong scent of coffee brewing from the kitchen, as he brushes his teeth. It’s early in the morning, but his dog, Poppy, sits at his heels patiently waiting with a ball in her mouth and tail wagging. Shufeldt grabs his thermos of coffee, throws the ball a couple of times for Poppy, pats her furry head and walks out the door.
By Katie Lange of DoD - You may have noticed there’s a pattern in U.S. Army helicopter names – Apache, Black Hawk, Chinook and others. These crucial aircraft are all named after Native American tribes or figures.
But have you ever wondered why?
The AH-64E Apache helicopter is designed to increase power margins, reliability and lethality to ensure the Apache is a viable combat fighting force in large-scale combat operations. The AH-64E Apache helicopter is considered the bridging strategy to the Army’s Future Vertical Lift program.
Photo by Pfc. Chantel Green
The U.S. military has a long history with Native Americans. Armed conflicts between the two were commonly known as the American Indian Wars and were fought intermittently from the time the U.S. was first settled by Europeans to early in the 20th century. But Native Americans also served as some of the fiercest fighters for the United States for more than 200 years. In fact, 32 Native Americans have earned the nation’s highest military award, the Medal of Honor.
U. S. January 16, 2020 – We’re still caching up on posts about Christmas and holiday shipments and we’re privileged to tell you that in addition to the 10 VA medical centers we posted about on the 4th, in mid-December 2019 servicemembers and veterans being served at 7 other VA Medical Centers in Connecticut, Oregon, South Carolina, Gainesville Florida, New Mexico, Washington state, and California, saw a pallet of 3,360 individually wrapped fresh baked cookies and thank-you! notices delivered to them. All thanks to the generosity of Americans across our great nation. Great job everybody!
~~ The SOT Team