I got Pokemon go a couple weeks ago and I’ve really been enjoying it but lately I’ve been getting so much negativity for being on team valor?? I’d really like to hear about some happier occurrences than the ones I’ve been having. Can you guys share some stories about a positive interaction you’ve had with members of another Pokemon go team?

President Truman walking past members of the Nisei 442nd Regimental Combat Team as they stand at attention on the Ellipse.”, 7/15/1946

Series: Photographs Relating to the Administration, Family, and Personal Life of Harry S. Truman, 1957 - 2004Collection: Audiovisual Collection, 1957 - 2006

The 442nd Infantry Regiment was the largest unit comprising second-generation Japanese-Americans, or “Nisei” during World War II. Fighting in Italy and southern France, the unit was among the most decorated for its size. 

Warrior Wednesday: U.S. Marines with India Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment provide covering fire for fellow Marines as they move out of a danger area after taking sniper fire during a security patrol in Sangin, Afghanistan, on Nov. 2, 2010. The battalion is one of the combat elements of Regimental Combat Team 2, whose mission is to conduct counterinsurgency operations in partnership with the International Security Assistance Force.

Photo courtesy of: Cpl. David Hernandez, U.S. Marine Corps

A vehicle with Fury Troop, 2nd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, advanced through the smoke cover in the Siberian Flats at the National Training Center during an engagement against 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division of the Minnesota National Guard, June 15, 2016. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. David Edge, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment)


Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment conducted a night insertion to seize the Cassidy MOUT site March 14 here at U.S. Army Fort Campbell to wrap up the brigade-wide field training exercise. The 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division UH 60s and CH 47s transported the Currahees and their vehicles to the landing zone for their maneuver to the objective during the training which would prepare the brigade’s forces for their upcoming rotation to JRTC and Fort Polk

(Photos by Staff Sgt. Joel Salgado, 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affiars)
A Prophetic Warning About the Dangers of Tactical Ignorance
The Scriptures are not silent on the tactical proficiency of the enemy.
By Jason Tanksley

In reality, the tactics of the enemy often parallel what you might find in a special operations manual on insurgency methods used to create chaos and social breakdown… The better you are at identifying the tactics of the adversary, the better you will be at not springing the trap that has been set against you.

I want to share three methods that will help you identify an attack on your life. Stay alert!

1. Communication: Severing the ability to communicate with the FOB (forward operating base) and other units can severally cripple the effectiveness of a combat team.

In a spiritual attack, your ability to communicate will often come under fire. This happens in several ways. You may lose your desire to pray and also become isolated from those close to you. When prayer ceases and you pull away from a healthy spiritual support system, you become open to receive the lies of the enemy. Your mind becomes fertile ground for thoughts planted by devils. If the enemy can destroy your lines of communication, you become separated from needed support and direction.

You must maintain healthy and consistent communication with the Lord and other strong believers. This includes two-way communication, both talking and listening. Develop a habit of praying in the Spirit.

2. Fear and Chaos: Psychological operations are an important part of special military tactics. Creating an atmosphere that makes the enemy think and believe he is being defeated will often lead to defeat.

Satan often attempts to hurl darts of fear into our hearts. Once fear becomes embedded, it breeds disorder and chaos. We lose our faith focus and become fear-focused. The worst possible scenario becomes our only possible scenario. Fear is a thief of peace and when we lose our peace we open ourselves up to compounding mental and emotional attack.

Guard your heart and guard your mind! Be mindful of what you allow to take root. You have to be selective regarding who and what you listen to. If a thought does not align with the Word of God and is not faith-filled, cast it out.

3. Division and Confusion: A unit that does not operate effectively together is easily defeated. If there is no cohesiveness and unity among the ranks, the best of strategies will fail. Creating confusion will cause division and creating division can result in self-inflicted casualties due to friendly-fire.

Division, offense and confusion are some of the most effective tactics employed by demonic forces. The effectiveness of the ekklesia rests in the strength of our unity. This is why unity is so often attacked.  When we become offended and divided, we attack each other more than the enemy. We begin to align and side with the attack on our lives and even become weapons in the hand of devils as we backbite and hurl accusations at our brethren.

Worship is hindered as we become focused on offense and self-validated injustice. Most of the time, it’s simply a blown-out-of-proportion, magnified miscommunication or misunderstanding. When it’s not handled properly, venom is spread more often than praise.

You must settle in your heart that you simply will not accept division. This includes keeping a tender heart, keeping a forgiving spirit and refusing to allow the root of bitterness to take hold. Love drives out division and magnifies unity. Confusion must be dealt with through effective communication and prayer.

If you stay alert and learn to identify the attacks when they come, you can defend against them. We do not have to be ignorant of the tactics of the enemy. We have been given charge of angel armies. We have spiritual armor. And we have the the Word of God as a weapon against any onslaught from hell. Stay focused, stay alert and walk in victory!

Team SIRS - Combat Information (Final Rose)

Team SIRS is composed of:

  • Saber Pendragon (Team Leader)
  • Irisviel von Einsbern
  • Rin Tohsaka
  • Sakura Tohsaka (formerly Matou)

The combat designations for each team member are as follows:

  • Saber => Melee/Ranged
  • Irisviel => Range/Support
  • Rin => Melee/Ranged
  • Sakura => Ranged/Support

Overall, the team is designated as a heavy assault/extermination team, primarily due to the Semblances of Saber and Sakura.

Combat Information: Saber

Saber is an expert with the sword possessing incredible skill, superb instincts, and great predictive ability. She excels at close-range and serves as the metaphorically tip of the spear whenever her team enters combat.

Her Semblance allows her to channel and release energy that manifests as bursts of light. This energy can be used to increase her apparent strength and speed (e.g., by acting as “booster jets”). It can also be used defensively to blunt the force of incoming attacks. However, the greatest use of her Semblance is to power her unique weaponry.

Saber’s sword, Caliburn, is a relic from an ancient ruin. One of the limitations of Saber’s Semblance is that she cannot project the energy she produces far from her body. Caliburn overcomes this limitation by serving as a conduit of sorts, concentrating the energy Saber produces and then firing it either as a shockwave attack or as a more linear blast. Caliburn can also use the energy Saber generates to enhance its cutting power and durability.

Due to limitations in Caliburn’s construction, the sword is unable to channel Saber’s full power. Professor Oerba Dia Vanille believes that Caliburn is actually a prototype for a superior weapon which would, in theory, be able to handle Saber’s full power. That weapon, if it exists, has yet to be found.

Combat Information: Irisviel

Irisviel uses crystalline thread to fight. It has several special properties

  • It has a tensile strength and flexibility far surpassing steel
  • It is much lighter than steel but is largely resistant to any form of chemical attack
  • It has a melting point far above that of steel

Prior to meeting the professor, Irisviel used modified steel wire, but the professor helped her develop something better. Indeed similar thread has become common place in some of the professor’s later projects.

Irisviel has exceptional control over the shape of her Aura, and she excels at projecting it along things she can touch. As a result, she is capable of controlling her wire like it is an extension of her body. Due to the thinness of the wire and the effects of Aura enhancement on it, she can use her wire to cut through things like the Grimm with relative ease. This makes her ideally suited for a supporting role in which she attacks from a distance while helping to keep her teammates from being overwhelmed.

Irisviel’s Semblance takes advantage of her use of wire. It allows her to create sentient Aura-constructs. Unfortunately, these constructs are not particularly durable, and they take a lot of her Aura to create. However, she can reduce the amount of Aura they take and increase their durability by using her wire to give them an internal structure (kind of like a skeleton). For this reason, she has extra spools of wire, which she can use to create her Aura-wire constructs.

Combat Information: Rin

Rin is a specialist in Dust-augmented hand-to-hand and ranged combat. Her weaponry consists primarily of Dust-augmented gloves, bracers, greaves, and boots. She also carries substantial quantities of Dust with her at all times.

In hand-to-hand combat she relies on a combination of martial arts and Dust to defeat her enemies. She has studied martial arts since she was a child and has become particularly proficient at striking although she does have some skill in grappling and wrestling as well. Her strikes are typically augmented by both Aura and whatever Dust she feels is most appropriate for the situation. Her bracers also conceal wrist blades that she can use. Because Rin lacks the unearthly durability of some melee combatants (e.g., Snow and Yang), she prefers to rely on speed and precision over strength and endurance.

When fighting from a distance, Rin uses Dust to launch power ranged attacks. Her knowledge of Dust is suitably impressive for someone of her lineage, and she has learned to combine multiple types of Dust to devastating effect.

Rin’s Semblance is a form of enhancement. It allows her to temporarily increase her physical abilities. The size of the effect is larger when it is concentrated in a smaller part of her body. For example, when jumping, she can choose to enhance either her entire body or just her legs. Enhancing only her legs produces a greater increase in the height of her jump. This quirk in her Semblance is another reason that she has chosen to focus on speed and precision in her fighting style.

Combat Information: Sakura

Sakura uses a bow in combat, and she is an excellent archer, boasting both impressive speed and impressive accuracy. Although her bow is designed to be used as a melee weapon if necessary (there are retractable blades along its outer edge), it does not transform into another weapon. She carries a variety of different arrows with her at all times, and like Rin, she has a good knowledge of Dust, which she incorporates into her weaponry. In an emergency, her bow can also fire her Aura as a projectile although Sakura prefers to avoid that whenever possible due to the heavy Aura requirements of her Semblance.

What makes Sakura truly dangerous is her Semblance. Due to certain events in her past, Sakura’s Semblance has mutated into something that most people would consider quite monstrous. It transforms her Aura into a highly corrosive shadow-like substance that has extremely deleterious effects on anything it touches. Indeed, most normal materials are destroyed quite rapidly. The only things capable of withstanding it for reasonable periods of time are things reinforced with substantial amounts of Aura or powerful Grimm.

The more of her Aura that Sakura feeds to her Semblance, the more corrosive it becomes and the more shadow-like substance is produced. She has the ability to control this shadow-like substance, and she will typically attack by making it wash over her target like a black wave. In a manner not unlike Saviour, Sakura’s Semblance has a significant impact on her mental state. In contrast to the eerie, inhuman calm that characterises Saviour, Sakura is consumed with negative emotions like anger, fear, and hate. The longer she uses her Semblance and the more Aura she feeds to it, the worse these feelings become. For that reason, she prefers to use her Semblance relatively sparingly. 

Although Sakura’s Semblance is capable of consuming inanimate matter quickly, it does not do so instantaneously. Therefore a bullet fired through a thin enough portion of her Semblance and with sufficient speed and Aura enhancement may still be capable of hitting her. Likewise, a larger projectile like a spear or an arrow, might also survive long enough to penetrate through her Semblance unless it is used in an entirely defensive manner.

A UH-72 Lakota Helicopter of the National Training Center’s Aviation Company provides air superiority cover for the opposition forces engaged with 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division’s ground forces during an encounter in the Siberian Flats at the National Training Center, June 15, 2016. (U.S. Army photo by Pvt. Austin Anyzeski, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment)

IRAQ. Baghad governorate. Baghdad. February 5, 2006. Two US Army soldiers search a home during a patrol through Sadr City during the Siege of Sard City (2004-2008). [Apache Troop, 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division]

Photograph: Staff Sgt. Russell Klika/U.S. Army

Sgt. Rock: The Lost Battalion

An interesting DC release starring several of the company’s most famous war heroes, most notably the unstoppable Sgt. Rock and his Easy Company. Based partially off of the famous “Lost Battalion” of World War 1, this comic focuses on a battalion of American soldiers trapped by Gebirgsjaegers and SS tank units in the Vosges Mountains and the attempts by other heroes of DC’s war comics and the 442nd Regimental Combat Team to rescue Easy without heavy tank support or air support.

The story is narrated from the viewpoint of war correspondent William Joseph Kilroy (”Not THAT Kilroy!”), who survives the bloody Omaha Beach landing and ends up riding into the Vosges Mountains with Lt. Jeb Stuart Smith and his haunted Stuart light tank, which is well-known in the US Army as a “lucky charm”, credited with killing two Tiger Is during the landings against all odds. He provides a lot of neat characterization of such fantastical characters, who he even admits make both regular soldiers and officers angry because their successes cause the Germans to fight even harder and dirtier as the Allies drive across France. 

As the Nisei of the 442nd try over and over to break through minefields and artillery screens, we get great interactions between characters like Ice Cream Soldier, Wildman and Little Sure Shot (who goes out past the wire and spends two days hunting a famous German sniper in full warpaint), and air support in the form of a P-47 Thunderbolt flown by Jack Kirby’s “Loser” Johnny Cloud, which crashes and leaves him stranded with Easy. The comic does an excellent job of showing a realistic take on how exactly the US army would have worked in concert even with such nigh-supernatural characters involved.

An amazing and brutal story, and a much better “Haunted Tank” than the one I covered a few weeks ago (and am still mad about).

Lean On Me: Chapter Four

Posted on here and here

Summary: Five times Shiro let his team lean on him, and one time someone let him lean on them.

Pairings: Gen, Shiro/team,

Characters: Shiro, Lance, Pidge, Allura, Hunk, Keith, Coran

Tags: Hurt/Comfort, Drama, Injury, Homesickness, Nightmares, Sickness, Sparring, Scars, people finally get a chance to talk about their problems, Shiro is an Amazing Dad who needs help too


“Tomorrow morning, we’re going to be working on our team combat skills,” Shiro announced to the group lounging about in the castle’s living room.

Lance groaned and threw himself onto the couch. “Do we seriously need to do any more team building exercises? We can already form Voltron like champs, so what else could there possibly be for us to work on?”

“Maybe Shiro actually wants us to work on improving ourselves, Lance,” Keith snarled from his spot on the floor where he was fiddling with the handle of his knife. “Not that you’d know much about that.”

Lance made a move like he was going to physically lunge at Keith. Shiro easily grabbed him by the shoulder and restrained him. “Cool it, hotshot. This is exactly the sort of problem I’m worried about. I know you two have your whole ‘rivalry’ going on, but you’re both going to have to work through that if we’re ever going to have a chance to stop Zarkon and save the universe.”

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Iraq by The U.S. Army
Via Flickr:
Two massive M-1 Abrams Tanks from 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, provide over watch for Soldiers from Company B, 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, attached to the 1st Cavalry Division’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team, while on patrol in the Al Doura district of Baghdad Jan. 25. Photographer: Cpl. Alexis Harrison

anonymous asked:

Do you play overwatch? Is it somethin you have to play with other people or can you plai it alone?

I actually don’t :( I just reblog the art and meta bc I’m a Fake BUT my friends play it and yeah it is a multiplayer game so you’re always on combat teams with other people/play with other people