joint training


Captain Wales participates in a Counter Terrorism exercise with 2 Commando Regiment.

The 2nd Commando Regiment (2 Cdo Regt) is a joint enabled expeditionary Special Operations force capable of operating across the land, sea or air domains. The Regiment is a force in readiness for the conduct of Advance Force Operations and Direct Action missions. These tasks are conducted both overseas and domestically where the Regiment is optimised to conduct responsive, scalable and tailored special operations, teamed with other Special Operations Command (SOCOMD) Force Elements, Services and Interagency partners in joint and combined operations. *** Local Caption *** His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales – or Captain Harry Wales – as he is known in the British Army is undertaking a short duration attachment with the Australian Army.

Captain Wales patrolled during Exercise Thunder Observer, a Joint Fire Team Exercise with the 8th/12th Medium Regiment, Royal Regiment of Australian Artillery.

The 1st Brigade is one of the Australian Army’s three multi-role combat brigades and consists of more than 3,400 civilian and military personnel. Based at Robertson Barracks, Palmerston and located around 20kms south of Darwin in the Northern Territory; the 1st Brigade is home to armoured, cavalry, aviation, artillery, infantry, engineer and combat services support battalions.

During his attachment with the Australian Army, Captain Wales will be working and living alongside Army members in various units and regiments. He is expected to spend time at Army Barracks in Darwin, Perth and Sydney.

7 reasons you should try DAYS

1. The protagonist is constantly blushing. Like it’s literally part of his character model.

2. It’s one of the those sports animes where your beautiful protagonist doesn’t realize that THEIR TEAM IS THE VILLAIN TEAM (see: Haikyuu!!). It’s your teammates that are the terrifying af crazy-eyes in all black tracksuits scaring the shit out of the other feel-good teams at the joint training camps and inter-highs. In the front of which is this sprinting, blue-eyed happy-go-lucky main character that is just delighted that he gets to play on such a wonderful team.

3. You know those characters that communicate their sports and life logic only through shitty sound effects? (see: Hinata Shouyo & Kotaro Bokuto) In DAYS, that’s your terror of a team captain. He’s a stoic, cold-hearted, tunnel-visioned leader that makes other regional teams’ captains weep bitterly into their pillows at night whose only advice during training is “your foot has to go ‘boof’ more

4. There is constantly great shit going on in the background. Like, cool side characters are nice, but cool side characters madly scaling a chain link fence in the background of a regular conversation in a desperate bid to reign in their injured sports-hungry captain is even better. Important monologue happening? Better have a high school girl soundlessly shouting at you behind that window.

5. Speaking of, you know the stuck-up prodigy character that all sports animes have to contrast against the main character’s inept, bumbling, warm-hearted approach to the game? In DAYS, the prodigy is that blonde lady killer that looks like a Pantene ad loafing around in all the promo art. And he loves the main character. Not in a tsundere, reluctant admiration way, but he genuinely beats the shit out of people for being mean to the protagonist and laments to himself at how bad a friend he is and thinks of ways he can apologize. He’s ornery and lazy and a bit of a jerk, but he’s not socially incompetent or a clueless asshole, and frankly that’s refreshing. Also he has inexplicably nice hair.

6. The token female manager that’s always such a tragically unfulfilled character? She’s amazing. She’s aggressive, polished and social with realistic philosophical problems, and she’s incredibly intelligent in general and loves literature and writing. Her internal monologues are some of the most profound discussions in the whole show. She also bullies the hell out of the protagonist, and takes absolutely no shit from anyone because why should she? She’s beautiful and already has friends and you’re in her way. Move.

7. Finally, the animation of the whole show is shockingly well done. When I first ran into DAYS I avoided the hell out of it, because there have been a wealth of shoddily-adapted sports animes these last few summers after Free! and KuroBasu’s success. But even the opening sequence is nice, the art is clean and pleasing, and the camera angles and details (both literal and in content) are just enjoyable.

So there you have it! If you haven’t given DAYS a try, you can find it on Crunchyroll with minimal ads. It’s full of gems like the stuff I listed above and is super, super worth your time to at least check out–so get to it! Summer’s almost done!


Joint Terminal Attack Controllers and air crews from multiple states work together during Northern Strike 2016 training exercises being conducted, Aug. 1-20, 2016. Northern Strike 16 is a National Guard Bureau-sponsored exercise uniting approximately 5,000 Army, Air Force, Marine, and Special Forces service members from 20 states and three coalition countries during the first three weeks of August 2016 at the Camp Grayling Joint Maneuver Training Center and the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, both located in northern Michigan. The exercise strives to provide accessible, readiness-building opportunities for military units from all service branches to achieve and sustain proficiency in conducting mission command, air, sea, and ground maneuver integration, and the synchronization of fires in a joint, multinational, decisive action environment.


Special Tactics Airmen with the 24th Special Operations Wing participating in Exercise Emerald Warrior at Hurlburt Field, Fla., May 4, 2016. Emerald Warrior is a U.S. Special Operations Command sponsored mission rehearsal exercise during which joint special operations forces train to respond to real and emerging worldwide threats. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Senior Airman Jeff Parkinson)

Eye training

So, due to a sprained ankle, time on the mats has been… nil. But I have gone to watch, to absorb what I could with the eyes instead of with the practice. Along the way…

Ikkyo of all varieties: Getting the elbow below the wrist just before pushing uke to the ground is essential. Outside of the training hall, a large or person with their elbow above their wrist can just stand up.

Shiho nage: Teaching note, ukemi: some flexible and fast learners may be tempted, when uke, to roll back out when taking a shiho nage throw. Stop them from doing that quickly, because trying to roll backwards out of a shiho nage pin (which I think is generally learned later) will at best result in a sprained shoulder. Teaching note, nage waza: in the early stages of practice, don’t fuss too much if nages don’t put their heads down when bringing uke’s arm over their head. They’re absorbing a lot, and we can fix it up after they’ve got the footwork and gripwork in place.

Kata tori nikkyo (suwari waza): When nage’s hand comes down the arm and arrives at the elbow, don’t let it continue straight down, but go out a little bit. If nage does come straight down, uke can just bulldoze forward. Actually, uke has little choice in the matter and if they’re big and/or heavy that will end up in an embarrassing game of twister. Uke will have to bring the far leg out from underneath them quickly once the wrist lock is started, they won’t be able to move the knee at all once it’s gone more than two inches. Bonus: Bob sensei showed two neat reversals if nage keeps their hand open instead of encircling the forearm/wrist.

Tanto tori, yokomen uchi ikkyo (disarming): If you’re taller than your attacker (which Bob sensei rarely is), you need to keep the knife above stomach level until it’s out of uke’s hand. Unlike gokyo, there’s a bit of flexibility left in uke’s wrist in the early stages of the disarm.

I am on the mend, but I miss the mats. “My muscles are twitching from lack of exercise.” –Chmee


142nd Field Artillery Brigade Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) Live Fire Exercise (B-Roll).  HD Video by Sgt. Stephen Wright   |  Arkansas National Guard Public Affairs Office  |   03.04.2017  –  The 1st Battalion of the 142nd Field Artillery Brigade, Arkansas National Guard, conducts a live fire exercise using their Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) at the Ft. Chaffee Joint Maneuver Training Center, near Barling, Arkansas, on March 4. The rockets fired from the system are training rounds, not explosive, and those rounds have a maximum range of nearly 15 kilometers.


Naval Special Warfare Development Group
The Navy’s Tier 1 Special Missions Unit

The United States Naval Special Warfare Development Group (NSWDG), or DEVGRU, is a U.S. Navy component of Joint Special Operations Command, or JSOCThe primary mission of the Joint Special Operations Command is ostensibly to identify and eliminate terror cells worldwide. JSOC is a component command of the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) and is charged to study special operations requirements and techniques to ensure interoperability and equipment standardization, plan and conduct special operations exercises and training, develop joint special operations tactics and execute special operations missions worldwide). 

It is often referred to as SEAL Team Six, the name of its predecessor which was officially disbanded in 1987. DEVGRU is administratively supported by Naval Special Warfare Command and operationally commanded by the Joint Special Operations Command. Most information concerning DEVGRU is classified and details of its activities are not usually commented on by either the White House or the Department of Defense. Despite the official name changes, “SEAL Team Six” remains the unit’s widely recognized moniker. It is sometimes referred to in the U.S. media as a Special Missions Unit.

DEVGRU and its Army counterpart, Delta Force, are the United States military’s primary counter-terrorism units. Although DEVGRU was created as a maritime counter-terrorism unit, it has become a multi-functional special operations unit with several roles that include high-risk personnel/hostage extractions and other specialized missions.

The Central Intelligence Agency’s highly secretive Special Activities Division (SAD) and more specifically its elite Special Operations Group (SOG) often works with—and recruits—operators from DEVGRU. The combination of these units led to the most significant special operations success in the Global War On Terror.

U.S and China Announce an Agreement on Wildlife Trafficking, Including Ivory, and Ocean Conservation

Fantastic progress on two really important issues. Now the politicians in DC who give a damn about protecting elephants will have to take on the NRA and its efforts to detonate the proposed rule of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service to tighten control over our domestic ivory trade.

From the White House Briefing Room:

Wildlife Trafficking

The United States and China, recognizing the importance and urgency of combating wildlife trafficking, commit to take positive measures to address this global challenge.  The United States and China commit to enact nearly complete bans on ivory import and export, including significant and timely restrictions on the import of ivory as hunting trophies, and to take significant and timely steps to halt the domestic commercial trade of ivory.  The two sides decided to further cooperate in joint training, technical exchanges, information sharing, and public education on combating wildlife trafficking, and enhance international law enforcement cooperation in this field.  The United States and China decided to cooperate with other nations in a comprehensive effort to combat wildlife trafficking.

Ocean Conservation

The United States and China intend to pursue actively cooperation on polar and ocean matters, including projects related to ocean conservation and expanding joint polar research efforts, and will work together on the proposal to establish a Marine Protected Area (MPA) in Antarctica’s Ross Sea.  The two sides also plan to support additional bilateral efforts in these fields, including ocean acidification monitoring and a partnership between the coastal cities of Xiamen and Weihai in China and San Francisco and New York in the United States to share best practices to reduce the flow of trash into the ocean.