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N.Y. Senior Airman graduates from jungle warfare school

New York Air National Guard Senior Airman Caleb Lapinel trains on tactical swimming in a Brazilian river in October 2020 while attending the  international course conducted annually by the Brazil Jungle Warfare Center, known as CIGS for its Portugese initials. Lapinel was the only American in the class of ten.( Courtesy Photo)New York Air National Guard Senior Airman Caleb Lapinel trains on tactical swimming in a Brazilian river in October 2020 while attending the international course conducted annually by the Brazil Jungle Warfare Center, known as CIGS for its Portugese initials. Lapinel was the only American in the class of ten.( Courtesy Photo)

MANAUS, Brazil – When Senior Airman Caleb Lapinel showed up at Brazil’s Jungle Warfare Training School in September, he met special forces soldiers from Spain, Egypt and Indonesia; paratroopers from Paraguay; amphibious infantrymen from Nigeria, and a Kaibil special operator from Guatemala whose motto is: “ If I advance follow me, if I stop urge me on, if I retreat, kill me.”

“I was worried about that in the beginning,” Lapinel said.

“I said, ‘Wow. I am surrounded by this bunch of paratroopers and special forces; the best of the best from their countries,” he recalled.

He, on the other hand, is an intelligence analyst for the New York Air National Guard’s 109th Airlift Wing, which specializes in flying to Antarctica and Greenland.

He was also at least five years younger than the rest of the class.

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Army conducts major milestone tests in development of next gen fighting system

Capability Set 3 (CS 3) military form factor prototype of the Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS). (Courtney Bacon)Capability Set 3 (CS 3) military form factor prototype of the Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS). (Courtney Bacon)

FORT BENNING, Ga. – The Army-led team of developers creating the Integrated Visual Augmentation System is wrapping up the third major milestone testing and demonstration event this week at Fort Pickett, Va., where Soldiers and Marines have been putting the system, known as IVAS, through a number of field exercises since Oct. 18.

IVAS is designed to enhance the lethality and survivability of the Army’s Close Combat Force through a combination of technologies and augmented reality capabilities delivered in the form of a Heads-Up Display device, much like the famed HoloLens developed by Microsoft, which is, in fact, partnering with the Army to develop and produce the system.

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SupportOurTroops.Org Suspends Use of YouTube for Un-American Misconduct

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U.S. – October 27, 2020:

SupportOurTroops.Org is suspending use of its YouTube page because in our opinion the misconduct of YouTube® is un-American.

This action is based on the following cultural analysis and social science reflections.

Americans have for a hundred years sent our soldiers to defend us against people those who want to control our speech and thought based on ideology or difference of opinion.

We have for a hundred years asked our soldiers to fight and defend us against those who would stop each of us from speaking because they don’t like what you’re saying.

American soldiers are buried across America and the world, having kept this commitment to you, to all of us.

YouTube acts as the enemy of this, the antithesis of what its American owners, management, creators, and workers have asked their fellow Americans to step up as soldiers and defend them against, in our opinion. It acts, in our opinion, against the moral covenant made with our soldiers that if they do this for us they will not die in vain, and into the future we will keep faith with the principles we have asked them to defend.

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SupportOurTroops.Org Suspends Use of Facebook for Un-American Misconduct

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U.S. – October 26, 2020:

SupportOurTroops.Org is suspending use of its Facebook page because in our opinion the misconduct of Facebook® is un-American.

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 Americans have for a hundred years sent our soldiers to defend us against people those who want to control our speech and thought based on ideology or difference of opinion.

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U.S. – October 26, 2020:

SupportOurTroops.Org is suspending use of its Twitter page because in our opinion the misconduct of Twitter® is un-American.

This action is based on the following cultural analysis and social science reflections.

Americans have for a hundred years sent our soldiers to defend us against people those who want to control our speech and thought based on ideology or difference of opinion.

We have for a hundred years asked our soldiers to fight and defend us against those who would stop each of us from speaking because they don’t like what you’re saying.

American soldiers are buried across America and the world, having kept this commitment to you, to all of us.

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Dog Tag History: How the Tradition & Nickname Started

Replica dog tags for Medal of Honor recipient and OV-10 pilot Capt. Steven L. Bennett rest on a workstation at Hurlburt Field, Florida, Aug. 29, 2019. Bennett received the Medal of Honor for heroic actions performed while flying an artillery adjustment mission in Vietnam in June of 1972. Newly printed dog tags were presented to Bennett’s daughter, Angela Bennett-Engele after the original dog tags went missing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Lynette M. Rolen)Replica dog tags for Medal of Honor recipient and OV-10 pilot Capt. Steven L. Bennett rest on a workstation at Hurlburt Field, Florida, Aug. 29, 2019. Bennett received the Medal of Honor for heroic actions performed while flying an artillery adjustment mission in Vietnam in June of 1972. Newly printed dog tags were presented to Bennett’s daughter, Angela Bennett-Engele after the original dog tags went missing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Lynette M. Rolen)

We all know what dog tags are — those little oval disks on a chain that service members wear to identify themselves in combat. But have you ever wondered how and when that tradition started, and why they're called dog tags?

We did some research to find the answers.

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