First shipment of Sig’s M17, M18 handguns take the field with the 101st Airborne

Soldiers of the Fort Campbell-based 101st Airborne Division are now being issued the winner of the Modular Handgun System contract, the M17 and M18 pistols made by Sig Sauer.

The modified Sig Sauer P320 9mm is being fielded at the Kentucky base first in full-sized and compact variants, then will be pushed out to all units over the next 10 years, replacing the aging M9 Beretta.

Glad this didn’t happen over Bossier City

An engine dropped out of a B-52 bomber during a training flight on Wednesday, the Air Force has confirmed.

A B-52 bomber on a training flight near Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota lost one of eight Pratt & Whitney TF33-P-3/103 turbofan engines mid-fligh.

The crew declared an in-flight emergency when the pilot discovered that an engine departed the aircraft and were able to land the aircraft safely without any injury to the five personnel on board.

The last B-52 was built in 1962.

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Historic port call

Two warships docked at a Vietnamese naval base, in the first such port call since the conflict that Americans call the Viet Nam War, and the Vietnamese call the American War.

Submarine tender USS Frank Cable and guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain entered a deep water base in Cam Ranh Bay in Khanh Hoa province on Sunday, the US Navy said in a statement on Tuesday.

Before entering the Cam Ranh Bay, USS John S. McCain also made a port call in nearby Da Nang City, according to the statement.

The coastal city, perched strategically on the South China Sea, is where US combat forces first arrived in Viet Nam in 1965.

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And how the heck did this happen?

An inert U.S. Hellfire missile sent to Europe for training purposes was wrongly shipped from there to Cuba in 2014, said people familiar with the matter, a loss of sensitive military technology that ranks among the worst-known incidents of its kind.

The answer to my question is, “We don’t know.” (!!!)

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Women in combat?

In a historic shift in policy, the Pentagon will open all combat jobs to women, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced Thursday.

“Our force of the future must continue to benefit from the best America has to offer,” Carter told reporters during a Pentagon press conference. “This includes women.”

Women will now be able to help fill some of the 220,000 roles that are currently only open to their male counterparts — positions that include some special operations units and infantry — among other roles.

The policy change will take effect in 30 days, Carter said.

“This means that as long as they qualify and meet the standards, women will now be able to contribute to our mission in ways they could not before,” Carter said. “They’ll be able to drive tanks, give orders, lead infantry soldiers into combat.”

There will be a few women who “qualify and meet the standards,” but I really think this is a bad idea. It is an idealistic, not a practical, decision.

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