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January 28, 2014

I first met Cory Remsburg, a proud Army Ranger, at Omaha Beach on the 65th anniversary of D-Day.  Along with some of his fellow Rangers, he walked me through the program – a strong, impressive young man, with an easy manner, sharp as a tack.  We joked around, and took pictures, and I told him to stay in touch.
A few months later, on his tenth deployment, Cory was nearly killed by a massive roadside bomb in Afghanistan. His comrades found him in a canal, face down, underwater, shrapnel in his brain. 
For months, he lay in a coma.  The next time I met him, in the hospital, he couldn’t speak; he could barely move.  Over the years, he’s endured dozens of surgeries and procedures, and hours of grueling rehab every day. 
Even now, Cory is still blind in one eye.  He still struggles on his left side.  But slowly, steadily, with the support of caregivers like his dad Craig, and the community around him, Cory has grown stronger. Day by day, he’s learned to speak again and stand again and walk again – and he’s working toward the day when he can serve his country again. 
"My recovery has not been easy," he says. "Nothing in life that’s worth anything is easy." 
Cory is here tonight.  And like the Army he loves, like the America he serves, Sergeant First Class Cory Remsburg never gives up, and he does not quit. 

The story behind Cory Remsburg, Michelle Obama’s guest for the night, from the SOTU speech.

I first met Cory Remsburg, a proud Army Ranger, at Omaha Beach on the 65th anniversary of D-Day.  Along with some of his fellow Rangers, he walked me through the program – a strong, impressive young man, with an easy manner, sharp as a tack.  We joked around, and took pictures, and I told him to stay in touch.

A few months later, on his tenth deployment, Cory was nearly killed by a massive roadside bomb in Afghanistan. His comrades found him in a canal, face down, underwater, shrapnel in his brain. 

For months, he lay in a coma.  The next time I met him, in the hospital, he couldn’t speak; he could barely move.  Over the years, he’s endured dozens of surgeries and procedures, and hours of grueling rehab every day. 

Even now, Cory is still blind in one eye.  He still struggles on his left side.  But slowly, steadily, with the support of caregivers like his dad Craig, and the community around him, Cory has grown stronger. Day by day, he’s learned to speak again and stand again and walk again – and he’s working toward the day when he can serve his country again. 

"My recovery has not been easy," he says. "Nothing in life that’s worth anything is easy." 

Cory is here tonight.  And like the Army he loves, like the America he serves, Sergeant First Class Cory Remsburg never gives up, and he does not quit. 

The story behind Cory Remsburg, Michelle Obama’s guest for the night, from the SOTU speech.

22:17 // 2 months ago
June 28, 2013
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Why soldiers at U.S. Army bases around the country can’t read The Guardian. (It has to do with this.) 
9:50 // 10 months ago
May 14, 2013
20:09 // 11 months ago
June 15, 2012

Drone of the day: The Army’s constantly-crashing Gray Eagle

  • problem The U.S. Army is developing their own Predator-style drone, called the Gray Eagle, but failure to meet “key performance parameters” has kept the drone delayed.
  • solution More funding and more tests, as the Gray Eagle is a crucial part of the Pentagon’s long-term plan to dramatically increase its unmanned air force by 2022. source

» The Eagle has landed … poorly. Hundreds of millions of dollars are being invested in a drone that was still crash landing as recently as March 2011. A squadron of four Gray Eagles is currently active in Afghanistan, but unstable software — what caused the drone to crash last March — still calls for more tests. They better get moving; the Army has an order in for 164 of them within the next decade.

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13:37 // 1 year ago
May 8, 2012
producermatthew:

Massive Military Mistake: The U.S. Defense Department admitted on Monday that an airstrike in Afghanistan three days earlier accidentally killed a mother and her five children. The airstrike mistakenly targeted a family home in the Sangin district, according to the New York Times. The strike was in retaliation for a Taliban attack, the paper said. The regional commander, Maj. Gen. Charles Gurganus, is expected to issue a formal apology for the strike in a few days. [Photo: AP]
New York Times: U.S. confirms Afghan strike that killed mom, children

Feels like the U.S. is stepping on eggshells after prior incidents hurt their rep in the region.

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Massive Military Mistake: The U.S. Defense Department admitted on Monday that an airstrike in Afghanistan three days earlier accidentally killed a mother and her five children. The airstrike mistakenly targeted a family home in the Sangin district, according to the New York Times. The strike was in retaliation for a Taliban attack, the paper said. The regional commander, Maj. Gen. Charles Gurganus, is expected to issue a formal apology for the strike in a few days. [Photo: AP]

New York Times: U.S. confirms Afghan strike that killed mom, children

Feels like the U.S. is stepping on eggshells after prior incidents hurt their rep in the region.

15:22 // 1 year ago
May 30, 2011
Gen. Martin Dempsey tapped as Joint Chiefs Chairman
Martin’s memorable Memorial Day: President Obama announced today that Army General Martin E. Dempsey is his nominee to serve as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Dempsey’s nomination will go before the Senate, where Obama’s folks have been known to languish against a partisan opposition. Seeing as military issues and figures have generally become matters of bipartisan veneration, though, we reckon this very high profile job will be an exception to that political rule. Interesting tidbit: Dempsey was sworn in as the Army’s Joint Chief on April 11th, 2011, making this an impressively quick promotion. source
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Martin’s memorable Memorial Day: President Obama announced today that Army General Martin E. Dempsey is his nominee to serve as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Dempsey’s nomination will go before the Senate, where Obama’s folks have been known to languish against a partisan opposition. Seeing as military issues and figures have generally become matters of bipartisan veneration, though, we reckon this very high profile job will be an exception to that political rule. Interesting tidbit: Dempsey was sworn in as the Army’s Joint Chief on April 11th, 2011, making this an impressively quick promotion. source

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14:45 // 2 years ago
May 26, 2011
nationaljournal:

Meet the man that President Obama is likely to nominate as the next Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff: Gen. Martin Dempsey.

Hey Martin! We’re ShortFormBlog. You may not know us yet, but we’re going to cover the heck out of you! So it’s probably good we get acquainted now. :) *high-five*

nationaljournal:

Meet the man that President Obama is likely to nominate as the next Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff: Gen. Martin Dempsey.

Hey Martin! We’re ShortFormBlog. You may not know us yet, but we’re going to cover the heck out of you! So it’s probably good we get acquainted now. :) *high-five*

11:01 // 2 years ago
April 12, 2011

Syrian security forces reportedly killing Syrian soldiers

  • issue As we mentioned yesterday, there have been reports that members of the Syrian army have been shot and killed by the government’s own security forces, because the soldiers had refused to open fire on protesting civilians.
  • example Witnesses have told Al Jazeera and the BBC that Mourad Hejjo was one such soldier; his family and a human rights monitors say he refused to fire as the army moved into Banias, and was thus killed by security force snipers.  source

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14:29 // 3 years ago
April 11, 2011

Hundreds protest Syrian crackdown at Damascus University

The scene in Syria: Hundreds of students have begun protesting, rallying around Damascus University in support of those shot and killed by Bashar al-Assad’s government in its violent response to pro-democracy protests. In past days, there have been many hectic reports of government forces firing on and killing both civilians, as well as military personnel. Al Jazeera reports that many present have said the government’s security forces fired upon the Syrian Army because the army wouldn’t open fire on civilians. source

14:45 // 3 years ago
February 8, 2011

Medal of Honor winner Sal Giunta will take it easy for a while

  • 2007 Salvatore Giunta’s Army team in Afghanistan was attacked. Giunta braved rifle fire to drag a downed soldier to safety before killing two enemy fighters, for which he was awarded the Medal of Honor.
  • 2011 Giunta has declined to re-enlist in the military, and will instead return to civilian life in June in Fort Collins, Colorado. Giunta plans to attend school, but isn’t sure which. Here’s to a peaceful, happy life!  source
15:30 // 3 years ago