U.S. Army Soldiers from Chosen Company, 1st Battalion, 35st Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division conduct an attack against the opposing force during Decisive Action Rotation 15-03 at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, Calif., Feb. 5, 2015. Decisive Action rotations at the NTC ensure units remain versatile responsive and consistently available for the current fight and unforeseen future contingencies. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Charles Probst/Released)

After getting back from NTC for my Annual Training, I’ve finally gotten the chance to go through some of my photos and play around a bit. This is my absolute favorite. Grateful to have gotten to spend so much time with the MP’s (my former branch). This is taken from the inside of an ASV (Armored Security Vehicle). This soldier is sitting in the fully-automated turret, and gets to choose from a Mk-19 (40mm grenade launcher) and a .50 caliber machine gun. That’s a lot of bang for your buck.

Team China Has A New Training Motto

“Innovate, Breakthrough, Strive, and to Realize Dreams” are printed in bold font on the new banner over looking the national training center.  With this new training motto, the National Team has set forth new expectations for preparations leading up to the Rio Olympics.  The two smaller banners on either side read “To break down obsolete training ideas and practices” and “To reform and improve training methods and means." 

Big changes are happening on the National Team championed by Head Coach Huang Yubin.  The changes include everything from training methods, coaching staff, to training groups. So far these changes are well received by the coaches and gymnasts alike. Hopefully we’ll be able to see some results by the end of winter training. 


U.S. Soldiers and Airmen from the XVIII Airborne Corps; 82nd Airborne Division; 75th Ranger Regiment; 3rd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne); and the U.S. Air Force participate in Joint Forcible Entry Exercise (JFE) at the Army’s National Training Center on Fort Irwin.

Closing a chapter in her adventure in Rio, Songsong just wants to eat Chinese food

Shang Chunsong and teammate Wang Yan both got fifth in their respective event finals today. The two girls, both first-timers to the Olympic Games, looked relieved, and were both satisfied with the results. 

“I’m not nervous at all today, because I know there is a large gap in scoring potential between myself and the rest of the field, so I didn’t even think about the result, I was very relaxed,” Shang Chunsong said after the competition. 

After the uneven bars final, Shang Chunsong’s closed the chapter on her journey in Rio. Looking back, she said, besides being unsatisfied with the bronze in the team finals and regretting her own mistakes, she was happy with everything else. 

“It’s not about getting a gold medal, it’s about getting any individual medal. My goal has been to have my photo on the Wall of Champions in the national team training center, but I know that I lack in skills compared to others, so I really don’t want to set any lofty goals for myself. I never even think about getting an Olympic gold, winning in a World Championship would be good enough for me,” she said, completely at peace with her results.  

Besides TF and UB, this Olympics, Shang Chunsong also competed in the All Around, and ended up fourth, one step away from a medal. After the competition, Shang Chunsong broke down in tears. 

“I am satisfied with neither myself nor the result, because it was just too close… I wouldn’t be so devastated if the scores were further apart.”

While she was heartbroken by the results, her best memory was on the AA final as well. At the time, another gymnast from France came over, hugged her, and kissed her forehead to comfort her. 

“Compared to the bronze that I’ve always wanted, I think I treasure the friendship more. Because we’ve only met once, so for her to come over with this gesture of kindness, it really warmed my heart.”

As simple as her wishes are for the competitions, her other wishes are simple as well. Now that the competitions are over, what is the one thing that she wants to do most? What will her celebratory feast be?

“I want to go home to Zhangjiajie, to see my family,” Songsong answered. After entering the National Team, she has only been back to Changsha once, for two days, in six years. 

In Changsha, she paid the deposit for an apartment for her blind brother, and the reward money for the Olympics she also plans on giving to her parents. “I really want them to spend the money I earned,” she said, “because we are doing pretty well economically now now, but they are still very frugal on themselves. Even if they spent all of it, when they earn it back they will return it to me anyways. They are just too polite with me,” she sighed, giving up. To her, her family is a force that motivates her, not pressure. 

“Sending me to gymnastic coaches wasn’t cheap when I was young,” she explained, “they had to go around and borrow money. My brother gave up school for me, so that he could work and support me. I believe I will one day be on the Wall, and I will keep working hard for that.”

Her teammates Fan Yilin and Wang Yan will have Beam and Floor finals, respectively. As the team captain, Songsong said that she will encourage them and tell them to relax and enjoy the process. “But now, I just want to eat Chinese food. Any dish, as long as it’s Chinese food… even instant noodles!”

source: 网易



An M109A6 Paladin during Decisive Action Rotation 14-10 at the National Training Center, Sept. 24, 2014. Paladin was first fielded in 1994 and is operational with the United States Army and the Israeli Army, and has been selected by the Kuwait and Taiwan. In June 1999, the US Army received the last of 950 Paladin M109A6 ordered. 

(U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Richard W. Jones Jr., Operations Group, National Training Center)


Ultra-lightweight combat vehicles bearing Paratroopers assigned to the 1st Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, speed across the Mojave Desert during a tactical movement toward an assault on an enemy-held urban environment at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif., Aug.11, 2015. The 1st Bn. 325th AIR have been evaluating the vehicles throughout a variety of terrain and training exercises for more than a year to determine their ability to provide faster maneuverability and as small arms weapons platforms during joint forcible entry operations. 

(82nd Airborne Division photo by Staff Sgt. Jason Hull/Released)

A four-ship of F-15E Strike Eagles fly in formation near the U.S. Army’s National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif., after being refueled by a KC-135 during Green Flag West 11-08 mission June 21, 2011. The F-15E’s are from the 335th Fighter Squadron, Seymour-Johnson Air Force Base N.C. and the KC-135 is from the 22nd Air Refueling Wing, McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. Green Flag-West provides a realistic close-air support training environment for forces preparing to support worldwide combat operations.


Paratroopers assigned to the 1st Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, clear buildings during an assault on an enemy-held urban environment at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif., Aug. 11, 2015. The 1st Bn. 325th AIR Paratroopers completed several blank and live-fire iterations during the day and at night, enhancing their capability to incorporate myriad echelons of fire and unique weapons as well as sharpening proficiency at battle drills in the austere, arid environment of the Mojave Desert. The 1st Bn. 325th AIR and other elements of the 2nd BCT deployed to Fort Irwin in support of Operation Dragon Spear, an exercise that demonstrates their ability to deploy, fight and win as the nucleus of the nation’s Global Response Force. 

(82nd Airborne Division photo by Staff Sgt. Jason Hull/Released)

FORT IRWIN, Calif. –  Two M-249 light machine guns sit ready for duty during Decisive Action Rotation 14-09 at the National Training Center (NTC), August 15, 2014. Decisive action rotations at the NTC ensure brigade combat teams remain versatile, responsive and consistently available for the current fight and unforeseen future contingencies. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. John Martin, Operations Group, National Training Center) (Released)