Redefining line of sight.

Soldiers assigned to the 1st Battalion (Airborne), 501st Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, U.S. Army Alaska, train with the M110 SASS, and the M107 .50-Caliber Long Range Sniper Rifle from an aerial platform in a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter over Malemute drop zone on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. 

(U.S. Air Force photos by Justin Connaher, 7 MAR 2014.)

Ready or not, here I am.

The M110 Semi-Automatic Sniper System is set up and ready as soldiers from the 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, prepare to conduct qualifications during part of the U.S. Army Mobile Sniper School training at Grezelka Range, JBER, Alaska.

(Photo by Percy Jones, 25 JUN 2013.)


No Way Out is an impressive new team-based top down arena shooter that pits 5 teams of 3 players against each other as they fight their way off an island before it’s nuked.

Set in a desolate future, where the Earth’s resources are nearly all spent, soldiers fight for CEO’s of huge mega-corporations in exchange for cash.  Matches last around 15 minutes, and only one of he five teams will be able to escape the island before the nuke hits.

There are four different character types at present, from a nano-augmented sniper to a monstrous mech, each with their own weaponry, special attacks and passive abilities.  It’s a good looking game, with fast paced combat and the five teams fighting against each other makes for a novel take on multiplayer arena combat.

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The man who can’t be moved

A/N: Alright this is for immathrowabrickatyou who requested a story with Bucky Barnes and the line ‘Do you..well…I mean… I could give you a massage?’ Hopefully it’s what they were looking for. Enjoy.

The man who can’t be moved, and the one time he did

You were sitting in the living room of the Tower when the Avengers roll in from their last mission with Bucky in tow, he wasn’t an Avenger yet. They had just returned from a mission in Europe preventing some sort of nuclear attack or stopping some sorta of civil war from breaking out, you couldn’t remember which. You were suppose to tag along, but they had thought it would be better idea if you stayed at the Tower and relay any information as it came in. The first few hours was spent delivering the enemy combatants location to the team, but that only lasted so long before the enemy realized they were under attack and retaliated. Then your job was done and you could relax, or try too. You never could relax when the Avengers were away on dangerous missions, always worrying about who would get back injured.

They all looked to be back in one piece, or as much as one piece as they could be after fighting. The important thing was nobody was actively bleeding on the carpet and in need of medical attention. It always felt like someone was whisked off to medical the minute the quinjet landed. It was a nice change to not have to worry about the condition of your team.  

“See you’re all back safe and sound.” You state, not bothering to look up from your book.

Tony waltzes over to where you’re sitting and pretends to be wounded by your words. “I thought you’d be more excited about our safe return. Why aren’t you throwing yourself in our arms?” Tony exclaims.

“I see you’re back in one piece Tony.”

“Miss me?” he asks plopping down on the couch next to you.

You roll you eyes at him and turn the page in you book, despite the fact you hadn’t read it.

“I’m hurt.” Tony says with a pout.

“Come on Tony, leave the poor girl alone.” Steve finally pipes in, knowing that Tony was being over dramatic, as usual.

You flash the Captain a grateful smile for stepping in. Steve gives you a slight nod at the thanks and continues to watch Tony, waiting for him to cross the line. Steve noticed the look of murder that briefly crosses your face earlier and tried to defuse the situation as much as possible. He didn’t want to deal with an argument between you two.

“Don’t you have a suit to repair?” you ask.

Tony shrugs his shoulders and gets up from the couch as he grabs Bruce on his way out. Tony steers Bruce to the lab to help him add some new modification to the Iron Man suit and talk about this new invention he had floating in his head, that Tony thought would be a good idea to make. Clint and Nat had disappeared the moment they got back, probably to decompress and get ready for the next mission that would come up sooner than expected, leaving just you, Bucky, and Steve.

“Want anything?” Steve asks as he heads toward the kitchen, hungry from the mission. You shake your head no and soon you’re alone with Bucky.

You watch the Winter Soldier take the seat opposite you and notice how tense he looked. He slowly rolls his shoulders trying to relax, but finding it hard to do after such a stressful mission. regard the soldier next to you and wondered if he was truly okay with everything that’s happened to him the last couple months.

Nobody talked about Bucky’s conditions, it was as if the topic was voodoo or something. The doctors didn’t disclose any information regarding the Soldier except that he was mission ready. They never mentioned his mental health, to them it wasn’t important. They just wanted another soldier to fight their battles, who cares how he fares mentally.

You didn’t agree with the way they treated Bucky. It was as if they thought he was expendable, like the could get ten more Winter Soldiers. Just thinking about all the ways Bucky was treated made your blood boil and the sudden urge to beat something.

“Something wrong?” Bucky asks, his voice low, startling you.

“No… I’m just wondering how you’re doing.” You answer truthfully.

“I’m fine.”

You watch Bucky, noticing the shift in his body at being asked directly how he was feeling. “How’s the shoulder?”

He fixes you with a look that asks how should it feel and instantly feel yourself blush. Right, lets not mention that again.

“What I meant was… um… do you… well… I mean… I could give you a massage.” You stutter, suddenly feeling stupid for asking.

Bucky stares at you, a bit puzzled as why you’d want to help him, it wasn’t like he’s done anything for you before.

“Why?” he asks confused.

“Because you look like you need some TLC.”

He gives you a confused look, right still learning idioms.

“Allow me to take care of you… please?” you plead.

He watches you for a second, looking for an ulterior motive, but finds none. You look genuinely concerned for him, something he’s not used to seeing. You give Bucky a small smile when you notice him staring and tuck a loose strand of hair behind your ear, a nervous habit you hadn’t managed to break yet.

You slowly walk over to him, waiting for him to object, when none came you started to massage his shoulders, good and bad. You wouldn’t call the metal shoulder bad, but it definitely looked like it hurt, so you made sure to be extra careful with it.

Bucky was startled by how tender and gently you were being, he wasn’t use to that. All Hydra Agents treated him like a weapon, tossing him here, pulling him there and his arm was repaired with as much care as an underpaid mechanic. Even at the Tower, he wasn’t cared for with as much love. The Shield Agents were better than Hydra and treated him like an actual person, but they were always withdrawn, only there to repair his arm and be done with him.

You took your time massaging each shoulder, you were harder on the non metal arm and felt the tension slowly leave his body before working on the other one. The Soldier was shocked when your nimble fingers touched the cool metal like many before, but unlike the others you didn’t flinch. It was as if you didn’t notice the difference.

You give Bucky a soft tap on the shoulder signalling you were done and made to get up when he suddenly grabs your hand in his.

You stare at the Winter Soldier in front of you and notice, for the first time, how lost and alone he looks. It breaks your heart, knowing he’s trying to be the man Steve remembers and the soldier Shield needs. It was as if two people were fighting for control of one body, only to end up ripping it apart.

You smile at Bucky and squeeze his hand reassuringly, hoping he knew you were here for him.

“Thank you.” he mumbles, the word foreign for his tongue, never needing to use them before.

“You’re welcome.”

He doesn’t let go off your hand though so you pick up your discarded book and sit next to him, the silence wrapping around you like a warm cocoon. The two of you enjoy each other company, the Winter soldier, the most deadly assassin, with the gentlest of souls, and the sad ballerina, the perfect pair.


River Crossing

Photographer: Spc. Markus Rauchenberger

Original Caption: U.S. Army M1A2 SEP V2 Abrams Main Battle Tanks, M2A3 Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicles as well as various trucks and vehicles of Delta Company “Dark Knights,“ 3rd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, 1st Armor Brigade Combat Team, 3rd U.S. Infantry Division, conduct combined assault river crossing operations at the river Elbe with German Army M3 amphibious bridging vehicles during exercise Heidesturm Shock near Storkau, Germany, June 6, 2015. (U.S. Army photo by Visual Information Specialist Markus Rauchenberger/released)

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U.S. Army Might Soon be Accompanied With Robotic Squadmates

General Robert Cone revealed the news at an Army Aviation symposium last week, noting that the Army is considering reducing the size of a Brigade Combat Team from 4,000 soldiers to 3,000, with robots and drones making up for the lost firepower. Cone is in charge of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), the part of the Army responsible for future planning and organization. If the Army can still be as effective with fewer people to a unit, TRADOC will figure out what technology is needed to make that happen.

While not explicitly stated, a major motivation behind replacing humans with robots is that humans are expensive. Training, feeding, and supplying them while at war is pricey, and after the soldiers leave the service, there’s a lifetime of medical care to cover. In 2012, benefits for serving and retired members of the military comprised one-quarter of the Pentagon’s budget request.

To understand what Cone is proposing (besides robot soldiers), we need to understand two fundamental building blocks of the modern U.S. Army. The first is the nine-man squad, almost the smallest useful unit of force. For some purposes, it can be split into two smaller fireteams, but the Army designs vehicles with the nine-man squad in mind, and then writes doctrine for how these squads (some with, some without vehicles) will move and fight.

The second building block worth knowing is the Brigade Combat Team. It’s the smallest large unit that can be sent into combat independently. If the Army can reduce number of people in squads, it can reduce the total manpower everywhere, and it can acquire vehicles that are both smaller and cheaper. In order to reduce manpower without reducing fighting ability, the Army will need to make sure that Brigades have everything they need to be just effective. In order for that to happen, Cone said the Army will “need to fundamentally change the nature of the force, and that would require a breakthrough in science and technology.” Cone expects this to happen by 2030 to 2040.

This is a huge change under consideration, but the Army already has some robot warriors on hand. In October, the Army tested multiple remote-controlled gun-firing robots. Bomb squad robots were used Iraq and Afghanistan to dispose of IEDS. BigDog, a robotic pack mule now owned by Google, received funds from DARPA for further development. The RQ-11 Raven drone is a remote-controlled scout, tossed into the air like a javelin, that streams video back to soldiers, letting them know what’s lurking behind the next hill.

Moving from the adoption of new technologies to actually making doctrine that relies on the new technology would be a huge step for the military. Cone’s comments suggest that the military is at least willing to consider a day when soldier and robot will fight alongside one another.

Source: Defense News


Operation Khanjar, Helmand province.

[1,2] U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Adam King, a squad leader with Golf Company, and his fellow Marines of 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, maintain security in a field during an operation in the Helmand province of Afghanistan, July 3. (Sergeant Pete Thibodeau)

[3] Seaman Jesse Deller, a corpsman with 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 3, poses with a couple Afghan children from a village in Helmand province’s Garmsir District shortly after splinting the arm of a local child with a dislocated elbow. (Corporal Daniel Flynn)

(Article by Corporal Daniel Flynn, 5 JUL 2009. Source.)

HELMAND PROVINCE, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan — More than 180 Marines with 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, Company G performed route clearance over a 12-kilometer area near the Helmand River from, July 2 through July 5.

Their mission was a part of Operation Khanjar, which involves more than 600 members of the Afghan national army and nearly 4,000 Marines and sailors from Marine Expeditionary Brigade — Afghanistan working to secure population centers along the Helmand River valley from the threat of Taliban and other insurgent intimidation and violence.

The company’s main objective was to link up with the Afghan national army at another location and help them provide security for the people in the southern region of Helmand province.

The Marines completed this grueling foot patrol weighed down with an average of 65 to 80 pounds of protective gear, ammunition and water. Over the course of the three-day movement, the Marines encountered several improvised explosive devices, came under small arms fire and detained several insurgent fighters.

“The company’s overall performance was outstanding,” said Capt. Matthew J. Martin, Co. G. commanding officer. “It was a very well-planned and executed operation.”

Despite the sporadic fighting the Marines encountered during the three-day push, they suffered no casualties while completing their mission of clearing the area south of Hasanabad in the Garmsir district, deep into southern Helmand province.

“The Marines handled themselves well out there, and they all made it to the objective safe and sound — which is good,” said Sgt. Liam Anthony Flynn, a squad leader with Co. G.

With the objective reached, one platoon pushed further south to meet up with a sister company from the battalion. Another platoon stayed at the objective to build a patrol base and start working with the ANA to develop relationships with the locals, according to 1st Sgt. Robert W. Pullen, Co. G first sergeant.

“It’s amazing what the Marines did,” Pullen said. “With a full combat load, they made it through this push with all of the firefights and IED’s they encountered — as well as dealing with the heat — and did a phenomenal job.”

The Marines involved in Operation Khanjar have seen temperatures soar well above 100-degrees Fahrenheit — heat that is compounded by the body armor and gear that is worn close to the body.

Pullen attributes the success of the Marines here to the intense training they went through prior to their deployment, which brought the Marines together as a team and allowed them to accomplish even the most challenging of missions.

2/8, along with the other battalions under Regimental Combat Team 3, continue to reinforce the authority of the Afghan government and support the Afghan national security forces in this volatile part of the country. The Marines’ primary focus remains conducting counter-insurgency operations in southern Afghanistan alongside the ANSF in order to allow the legitimate government to extend its ability to provide security for the Afghan people here.