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My dad was a mechanic for 20+ years, and for as long as I can remember, I drove him nuts because I would go around the house with a screw driver he left out and take everything apart because I wanted to see how it work. As I grew older I developed an affinity towards computers and electronics, which led me to be “that kid” in High School who changed his grades, crashed the school districts servers, and used the NETSEND command with great success. I would spend my weekends either with my grandparents and uncle working on science projects or dragging my dad outside to help me fix my car (which consisted of him telling me that he would help once I got it taken apart). Those “figure it out” lessons were the probably the greatest gift he could’ve given me growing up.

I joined the US Army in 2004 and went into communications or “commo” for short (25U) where I managed to go from PVT (E1) when I joined to SGT (E5) by the time I returned from my deployment in 2006. After returning home, I was subsequently transferred from a Light Infantry Unit (walking everywhere) to a Mechanized Infantry Unit (Riding in an armored vehicle everywhere) and placed in charge of the Battalion Commo Shop as the current person running the commo shop was scheduled to retire in a few months and I was the only other NCO. This is where things got interesting and my Commo vs. Mechanics ProRevenge story starts…

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TVXQ’s Yunho Discharged From The Army, Says “This Is Only The Beginning For TVXQ”

TVXQ’s Yunho has finally been discharged!

On April 20, Yunho said to the press after being discharged from Yangju’s 26th Mechanized Infantry Division, “It feels complicated, because it feels as if time had stopped, and now it’s starting to tick again.” He said fondly, “I can confidently say that army life was a lot of fun. It was a time in which I could put down stories being said about U-Know Yunho and grow as the human being, Jung Yunho.”

Yunho said about his bandmate Changmin, who is still awaiting his discharge in August, “I was able to work hard here thanks to the fans who believed in TVXQ. I think Changmin will do just as well.” He then said to his fans, “Please look forward to the complete TVXQ. This is only the beginning.”

When asked about the girl group that gave him the most strength, he said, “I knew you’d ask about that. I think it was Red Velvet.” He also picked the food he wants to eat the most, and he picked jjajangmyun, the black bean noodle dish. He laughed while saying, “Strangely enough, I want to eat it right now. I also want to gulp down some Coke.”

Yunho enlisted in the army in July of 2015 and achieved much in his 21 months in the army, including becoming the best trainee, being selected as a special class soldier, and becoming an honorary citizen of Yangju, where he completed his exemplary service.

Even though the weather was poor, over 1000 fans turned out to greet their star back from the army.

Welcome back, Yunho! We’re looking forward to what you have in store for us next!

SM Announces Details Of TVXQ Yunho's Long-Awaited Military Discharge

SM Announces Details Of TVXQ Yunho’s Long-Awaited Military Discharge

TVXQ’s Yunho will be discharged from the army on April 20!

According to SM Entertainment, he will participate in the discharge ceremony at the 26th Mechanized Infantry Division located in Yangju, Gyeonggi Province. As this will be his first public appearance after leaving the army, he will take some time to greet the fans and reporters there.

SM Entertainment stated, “We thank the fans who have…

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TVXQ's Yunho Discharged From The Army, Says "This Is Only The Beginning For TVXQ"

TVXQ’s Yunho Discharged From The Army, Says “This Is Only The Beginning For TVXQ”

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TVXQ’s Yunho has finally been discharged!

On April 20, Yunho said to the press after being discharged from Yangju’s 26th Mechanized Infantry Division, “It feels complicated, because it feels as if time had stopped, and now it’s starting to tick again.” He said fondly, “I can confidently say that army life was a lot of fun. It was a time in which I could put down stories being said about U-Know…

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TVXQ's Yunho Shares Series Of Selfies Of Himself Enjoying Freedom After Military Discharge

TVXQ’s Yunho Shares Series Of Selfies Of Himself Enjoying Freedom After Military Discharge

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TVXQ’s Yunho shared some special presents with his fans!

On April 23, he posted a series of selfies taken since his discharge from the military onto TVXQ’s official website.

He looks like he is enjoying the freedom as he finally takes off the military gear and puts on his own clothes that are proudly decorated with TVXQ merchandise.

Yunho was discharged from the 26th Mechanized Infantry Division…

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KUWAIT. February 28, 1991. A wounded Ken Kozakiewicz, left, cries after being given the dogtags and learning of the death of a fellow tank crewman, in the bodybag at right. The widely published photo came to define the Persian Gulf war for many. At right is wounded comrade Michael Santarakis. The soldiers were from the 24th Mechanized Infantry Division.

Photograph: David Turnley/AP

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U.S. Marines with the Combined Arms Company, Black Sea Rotational Force, Bulgarian and Romanian Forces conduct a joint exercise utilizing Bulgarian and U.S. main battle tanks, indirect fire, mechanized infantry, and close air support from U.S. Air Force assets during Platinum Lion 16-2 at Novo Selo Training Area, Bulgaria, Jan. 15, 2016. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Cpl. Justin T. Updegraff/Released)

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The M231 Port Firing Weapon,

During the 1970’s the US Army decided that it was about time for the creation and adoption of a dedicated port firing weapon. Such a weapon could be mounted on special firing ports to fend off infantry assaults in close quarters. Originally crews of armored vehicles and mechanized infantry were issued World War II vintage M3 submachine guns, however the Army needed something newer and better.  In 1974 Colt introduced a variant of the M-16 assault rifle called the XM231.  The Army was impressed with the design, and gave Colt the go ahead to improve and perfect the weapon, which was adopted in 1979 as the M231 port firing weapon.

The M231 was specifically made to be operated within the tight confines of a vehicle.  It has no stock in the traditional sense, merely a buffer tube.  Early examples featured a telescoping wire stock, but this feature was discontinued to discourage its use in lieu of standard issue rifles.  Officially the Army mandated the M231 not be removed from the vehicle unless in an emergency.  Its barrel is only 15.6 inches long and features a screw type locking mechanism to fasten it in place in a firing port.  The M231 fires in fully automatic only.  Original models had a lower firing rate of 200 rounds per minute to prevent overheating and conserve its 30 round magazine, however later models discontinued this feature, allowing it to fire around 1,100 - 1,200 rounds per minute. 

The M231 was first issued to crews of the M2 Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle.  Today Bradleys are still issued the M231 despite the fact that the firing ports on the vehicle have been reduced to two, located at the rear door of the vehicle.  Regardless they are still commonly issued for emergency use and as handy self defense weapons.