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Come And Take It!

The slogan “Come and Take It” was first used in the American Revolution but really gained popularity during the Texas Revolution in 1835. It eventually turned into an iconic flag in Texas. In the early 1990s, the flag was updated to reflect current times and is now displayed prominently around the country. Before the Texas Revolution of 1835 the Mexican Army spent a great deal of time and energy attempting to disarm the people of Texas, causing quite the stir with the local population.  In 1831 the Mexican government granted the people of San Antonio a small bronze cannon which was later moved to Gonzales Texas. The cannon was displayed prominently and was a source of pride among the people. Once the conflict between the ... Read more
Posted by Mark Juelich on February 2nd, 2012 :: Filed under: Blog,Military,Political

The Dogs of War - Literally

The United States military has been utilizing dogs since the Revolutionary war. They were first employed as pack animals but eventually moved to more advanced jobs, like as killing rats in the trenches of WWII. In modern times, there are more than 2,000 dogs serving in the military, with hundreds of them deployed in Afghanistan. Dogs have smelling capabilities that are 5 to 10 times greater than humans, allowing them to detect tiny traces of explosives or drugs and alert their handler. This has become incredibly useful during the current war, as the working dogs are able to find IEDs before they can hurt anyone. Oftentimes a dog will be sent into a suspect building before any military personnel enter in order to find any ... Read more
Posted by Mark Juelich on January 26th, 2012 :: Filed under: Blog,Military

Paratrooper!

A paratrooper is a solider who is specially trained to jump from airplanes into the battlefield. They typically work within an airborne division of the Army and are used for a tactical advantage. Because they enter an area from the air, they are able to penetrate areas that would be otherwise inaccessible by land or sea. Paratroopers are also relatively silent, allowing them to enter enemy territory at night without being detected. Paratroopers endure a three week training course at Fort Benning in order to earn their basic parachute wings. Week one is Ground Week, which focuses on landings and procedures regarding the aircraft and flight. The second week of training is Tower Week, where the soldiers practice jumping from stationary towers. The final training ... Read more
Posted by Mark Juelich on January 12th, 2012 :: Filed under: Blog,Military

Unsung Heroes; Combat Medics

Though they rarely make the news, Combat Medics are some of the most critical people in the military and have completely changed how injuries are handled in the battlefield. Before the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, very few military personnel had combat casualty training and the nearest medics were a ways away from the fighting. The United States has implemented a 3-day training program for every single person in the military, regardless of job specialty. The program teaches life-saving first aid skills and has helped increase the survival rate of combat injuries. Furthermore, each Army company includes 4 to 5 combat medics who travel alongside the troops and can provide immediate medical assistance. The combat medics work closely with forward surgical teams and can provide ... Read more
Posted by Mark Juelich on January 4th, 2012 :: Filed under: Blog,Military

Oh, The Glorious B-17!

The Boeing B-17 bomber was one of the most loved aircrafts of its time. First introduced in 1935, the plane went into mass production in 1939 when the United States Congress became aware that war was certain. Boeing introduced many variations of the plane, each one slightly better than the last. The introduction of this airplane spearheaded the USAAF’s doctrine that heavily armed bombers could fly in formations and fight their way through enemy fighters to carry out their missions. Unfortunately, the bombers were big and slow, so the formations required long-ranged fighters to accompany the B-17s. The B-17 was far superior to all predecessors. It was the first aircraft to employ four engines, giving it power and abilities that no other plane had ever ... Read more
Posted by Mark Juelich on December 28th, 2011 :: Filed under: Blog,Military
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