Showing posts with label Armed Forces. Show all posts
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April 12, 2014

Vintage Nudes of WWII Buddies in the Service



                                                                              
 
new book by Scotty Bowers and photographer Michael Stokes, takes a fascinating look at the tight “”buddy”” relationships commanders encouraged their troops to engage in to bolster morale during World War II.
The description to “My Buddy. World War II Laid Bare” details Michael Stokes search for over 400 vintage photos, revealing WWII soldiers and sailors bonding in the buff:
Every harrowing day for a serviceman during World War II was potentially his last. To help bolster troops against the horrors of combat, commanders encouraged them to form tight “”buddy”” relationships for emotional support. Many war buddies, together every moment, and depending on each other to survive, formed intimate friendships.
When they weren’t fighting side by side, they relaxed together, discharging tension in boisterous play—sometimes naked play. The full extent of nude horseplay among men during World War II can’t be known, as cameras were rare and film hard to process, but some men did document this unprecedented male bonding in small, anonymous photos mostly kept hidden away until their deaths.
Los Angeles photographer Michael Stokes has spent years searching out these photos and building an archive of over 400 images. His collection includes soldiers and sailors from England, Germany, Poland, Russia, and the U.S.A., cavorting on the sand in the South Pacific, shivering in the snow of Eastern Europe, posing solo in the barracks, and in great happy groups just about everywhere.
These images show men barely out of boyhood, at their physical peak, responding to the reality of battle by living each day to the fullest—a side of the war never before made public.
Out Magazine adds:
There was a certain amount of what they call grab-ass in the service, which is what you see in these pictures.
“Playing grab-ass,” but only when you’re not in combat. You know, it’s just like a bunch of kids together. These guys were all young in the Marine Corps, 18, 19, 20, and they might play grab-ass when they’re swimming in the ocean or swimming in a river. And someone could possibly take a picture.

[ALL IMAGES COURTESY OF TASCHEN. THE MICHAEL STOKES COLLECTION (SUN BATHERS). THE JIM HEIMANN COLLECTION (SHOWER). THE DIAN HANSON COLLECTION (CLIFF DIVE) via Out.com]

January 26, 2014

Sweetish Marines Do “Grease” in Afghanistan



These Marines are really good. They certainly ready for prime time and I don’t mean in war but in something much more un-killing like.

November 23, 2013

USAF Defend their Action Appointing ex-gay Counselor for the Academy




An email from an athletic trainer at the U.S. Air Force Academy pledging to “talk about Jesus Christ” at work does not reflect Air Force policy, the academy said, but the official will not be disciplined.
“Mr. Allen Willoughby does not speak for the Air Force’s Academy and we absolutely do not tolerate proselytizing among our ranks,” said a statement emailed Tuesday to JTA.
Willoughby this month emailed Mikey Weinstein, who founded the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, or MRFF, an organization that exposes and advocates against proselytizing in the military.
“God will always be a part of the U.S. Military even when you are gone to meet him face to face,” the foundation quoted the email as saying in a statement. “I am on staff at USAFA and will talk about Jesus Christ my Lord and savior to everyone that I work with.”
The U.S. Air Force Academy spokesman, John Van Winkle, said Willoughby would not be disciplined and noted that Willoughby sent “an e-mail to the MRFF in his personal capacity and not as a representative of the Air Force’s Academy or the Prep School.”
Weinstein said in a statement that he wanted Willoughby to face disciplinary hearings.
“We want an apology to me, my family and the foundation, and we want him disciplined,” he said.
The MRFF in response posted a billboard at an intersection in Colorado Springs, Colo. where the Academy is located. It features a U.S. flag made up of crucifixes and quotes Willoughby, and then adds: “We get it, but we won’t tolerate it!”

 Below Rachel Maddow dishes out the details on how the USAF Academy is being fought for defending their actions like “All is quiet on the northern front.” Is anything but quiet is anything but wrong what the academy has done.

September 20, 2013

A Young,Lonesome, Gay US Airman-1983 Cold War- JeFF Carney Gave Away The Secrets


Jeff Carney in uniform and the Berlin Wall


Hundreds of spies betrayed their countries during the Cold War, often motivated by ideology, or financial reward. Jeff Carney was different - he was a lonely, gay US airman who dreamed of a new life in East Germany. Years later, he sees parallels between his story and that of Chelsea, formerly Bradley, Manning.
It was the middle of the night in April 1983, when Jeff Carney approached Checkpoint Charlie. His steps grew shaky and he began to sweat.
As he stepped across the painted white line that separated East and West Berlin, he thought he was safe. He thought he was going to live in the east. He couldn't have been more wrong.
East German border guards took him to a small bare room with a cheap desk, a couple of chairs and a German-English dictionary.
"My intent when I went over that white line that night was not in any way to become a spy. My intent was simply to get away," he says.

"My intent when I went over that white line that night was not in any way to become a spy. My intent was simply to get away," he says.
 "I requested to speak to representatives of the East German government and when they came to me they weren't just any representatives, they were the men in the leather jackets so to speak. They were spies."
This was not the reception he had expected. Carney was 19 and had just returned to his posting at Marienfelde in Berlin after a trip home.
His family's problems depressed him - he had joined the Air Force at the age of 17 just to get away - and he spent the evening drinking alone in Berlin, ending the night at one of the city's gay bars.
Carney also hated his job. He felt unwanted and resented the military's ban on homosexuality.
There was nothing ideological about his decision to defect - it was an impulsive move. He thought he would be welcomed with open arms and given a new home in the east.
"I was foolish enough to believe that these people might actually be interested in me as a person. We know today that that's not correct - I was only worth what I had access to," says Carney.
    The East Germans ordered him to go back to his job and become a spy. If he didn't, his commander would be informed where he had been that night.
"To say I was disappointed was an understatement," he says. In his newly published book, Against All Enemies, he writes that he had "sold his soul and now had to commit, for better or for worse".
So Carney's life as a spy began.
The US Air Force had hired him because of his language skills - his job was to listen to East German communications and translate what he heard. Although Carney did not hold a high rank, as a linguist he worked in an environment where sensitive information was discussed.
He smuggled classified documents out of the listening post in his boots and trousers giving them to his handler "Ralph", or leaving them in an ammunition box by a tree in the forest at Eiskeller, on the north-west edge of Berlin.
His contacts called him Uwe - and gave him a camera hidden in a can of Lipton Iced Tea to photograph military papers.
Although he handed secrets to the East German secret police, the Stasi, he argues that he did not betray the American people because "betraying your country and betraying your government are two different things".
He says he helped to maintain world peace and that he never handed over anything that would harm the US.
Pages from Carney's book, Against All Enemies, showing blacked out text

The US National Security Agency has blacked out some parts of Carney's book
One day he heard about a US manoeuvre designed to make Soviet forces think they were being attacked. By monitoring the Soviet response to the emergency, the US would gather priceless information about their electronic communications.
But Carney says it was possible that "something could have gone wrong". If the Soviets really believed they were being attacked, lives could have been lost.
Carney decided it was time for drastic action. He booked a plane ticket to Mexico and turned up at the East German embassy unannounced, demanding they contact Berlin.


Carney sees some similarities between his story and that of Chelsea, formerly Bradley, Manning


He was smuggled out of Mexico and taken to Cuba, then on to Prague and finally to the German Democratic Republic (GDR).
He was given a new name, Jens Karney, an East German passport and somewhere to live.
His first place was a one-room apartment in a high-rise block with nothing but a black-and-white television and the complete works of Lenin translated into German.
It was far from perfect and he later realised the flat was bugged. In his autobiography he writes, "I was often lonely, but I was never alone".
He himself was given work listening to bugged conversations.
But when the Berlin Wall came down, things changed again. The Stasi unravelled and he took a job as a train driver on the Berlin subway.
Passport under the name of Jens Karney
In time, the Americans caught up with him. They seized him in the middle of a street in broad daylight in 1991, and flew him back to the US, where he was sentenced to 38 years in prison. That was reduced to 20 years after he co-operated in debriefings.
Carney served nearly 12 years behind bars and now lives with an adopted son in Ohio. He is unemployed and uses his time to paint.
He sees echoes of his own story in that of Chelsea, formerly Bradley, Manning - the US soldier sentenced to 35 years for leaking classified documents to Wikileaks.
Bradley Manning  in uniform


"When I look at Manning's case I see some similarities - age, experience level, first time overseas, faced with huge responsibility, top secret security clearance at a very young age," says Carney.
Both also struggled with their sexual identities, and were obliged to keep this part of their life secret from the military.
"The differences are, of course, that we are now in the age of computers, while then we lived in the age of paper and pencil," says Carney.
Now approaching 50, he has had plenty of time to think about what he describes in his book as "a long, insane journey that never seemed to stop".
He stands by his actions but "at an emotional level there is a lot of regret because I know what I did hurt people," he says - referring to his family and former colleagues.
So, if he could go back 30 years would he do it differently? No, he says.
"If I was faced with the exact same constellation of events, then I would probably make the same decisions."
Jeff Carney spoke to World Update on the BBC World Service.

How much damage did he do?

Carney compromised Canopy Wing, a highly classified plan designed to disable Soviet communications in the event of hostilities. Part of Nato's strategy was to rely on electronic warfare to deny the airwaves to the Soviet command-and-control structure, thereby handicapping the front-line forces' ability to send or receive orders. It was a highly sophisticated scheme that would render the adversary electronically "blind".
After Carney's defection a damage assessment exercise was carried out. This would have assumed that all the material he had had access to was compromised. Damage control would have included replacing or upgrading Canopy Wing. One estimate of the financial cost of this breach of security, and the new investment required, amounted to $14.5 billion (£9.2bn).
Nigel West, author of the Historical Dictionary of Cold War Counterintelligence

May 25, 2013

On This Memorial Day We Remember Lee Rigby 25 a Father A Soldier

The worse thing for any soldier but particularly, the soldiers I know which are  the best of the crob, American,Canadian, Dutch,Spanish Australian, French. Im sure there are others.  But soldiers at one time or the other have stated that the worse thing for a soldier is to die at home or in a car accident, a truck ran over, a truck carrying  bombs. Lee Rigby was to die one of those deaths. Dying right on the street full of friendly civilians in front of a city bus. Sometimes we can’t choose the way we go, even though soldiers sometimes because of the work they do, sometimes do get a choice. I am sure this was not the choice of Lee Rigby. I am sorry that he died and died for so little since the point being made went down with the blood and brutality of the crime. If anything else it hurt the cause of the killers. They know how to kill and how use knives and IE’s, but don’t have a mind that if they believe in god you have leave something behind by your god to take care of and you try to take care of talking to another human being so as to no more people are killed. But is plain that the killer had no respect for human life and the message saying the West doesn’t is down in the drains of Paris.
PA 16605394 Lee Rigby RIP: a British Muslims message to Michael Adebolajo and all the Far Right and Far Left nutters
WHEN Lee Rigby was butchered to death by lunatics making a human sacrifice to the god voices in their heads, we knew that no nutjobs would break us. We are fair. We are strong. And then the police moved to arrest two men who had made “offensive” comments on twitter. It took the police fifteen minutes to arrest two armed jihadi-obsessed psychos who had hacked a man to death in the street. What odds they were swifter in nicking a 23-year-old and a 22-year-old for allegedly breaking the Public Order Act?
As ever, someone looking to be offended found something to dislike on twitter. They called Avon and Somerset Police. The thought police then nicked the two Bristol residents on suspicion of inciting racial or religious hatred.
Says Detective Inspector Ed Yaxley in full PR mode:
“On Wednesday evening, we were contacted by people concerned about comments made on social media accounts. We began inquiries into the comments and at around 3.20am two men, aged 23 and 22, were detained at two addresses in Bristol. The men were arrested under the Public Order Act on suspicion of inciting racial or religious hatred. Our inquiries into these comments continue.”
What did the tweeters say that was so offensive that it necessitated their seizure?
“These comments were directed against a section of our community. Comments such as these are completely unacceptable and only cause more harm to our community in Bristol. People should stop and think about what they say on social media before making statements as the consequences could be serious.”
Yeah. They can get arrested. They can get a criminal record that should damage their lives. But until we know what they said and who was offended by it, we can’t judge.
The men have been released on police bail. But, again, what did they say?
Channel 4 implies that the comments might have directed at Muslims.
On Thursday, the Islamic Human Rights Commission wrote to Bernard Hogan-Howe, the commissioner of the Metropolitan police, asking for vigilance in prosecuting those who “incite murder or hatred” on Twitter.
Chair of IHRC, Massoud Shadjareh said, “Muslims are justifiably scared at the moment, as there is a backlash taking place, mosques have been attacked and threats towards Muslims are common on social media, we call on the police to protect communities from any sort of racist or Islamaphobic attack.”
Anyone inspired to acts of violence by a tweet is a mentally negligible pillock. They don’t need arresting. They need ignoring. Same for anyone who thinks two barbaric maniacs epitomise all Muslims, or that all Britons are to blame for a man’s brutal death. Best ignored. Or, failing that, mocked.
But her’s the thing: if the people making threats on Twitter are being arrested will the police nick them all? Are the Twitter Police even handed or pushing an agenda?
We are no fans of the English Defence League and their leader Tommy Robinson. But he’s been getting some interesting Tweets. Are you offended by them? Will you call the police after reading them? Or are the police only interested in assaulting free speech to showcase their own anti-racist credentials?  
It calls to mind the treatment dished out to Emma West, the Croydon tram lady whose racist rantupset the righteous of twitter to such a degree that many called for her to be raped and murdered, and her child to be made motherless.
Intolerance will not be tolerated!  

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May 8, 2013

Gay Military Couple Receives Support During USS Anchorage Visit


This Wednesday, May 1, 2013 photo shows Dan, left, and Lt. Gary Ross in the vehicle cargo deck of the USS Anchorage in Anchorage, Alaska. The couple were among the first to marry in September 2011 after the military repealed the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy. They say the Navy has been very accepting of their relationship, in fact, the former captain of the Anchorage asked Dan to chair the homecoming committee when the new ship sailed from the ship builder in Louisiana to its home port in San Diego. The couple were in Anchorage for its May 4 commissioning ceremony.
Mark Thiessen — AP
 — It was the little gestures that put Navy Lt. Gary Ross at ease in the weeks after the repeal of the military's ban on openly gay service members.
When he went to work, his boss asked him: "How's Dan?" - a reference to Ross' husband. And when it came time to select a coordinator for the arrival of his new ship at its home port in San Diego - a post traditionally held by a military spouse - officials asked Dan Ross.
The fears that repeal of the ban would be met with diminished morale were nowhere to be seen.
"We're realizing that it was not the disaster that some people predicted," Gary Ross said. "The day after the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell was the same as the day before, except now we weren't forcing a cross-section of our military to lie about who they were."
Gary and Dan Ross (who was Dan Swezy before he took his husband's last name) said they've encountered nothing but support from the military.
The Rosses were in Anchorage last week because the Navy's newest warship, the USS Anchorage, was in Alaska's largest city for a weekend commissioning ceremony. Gary Ross is assigned as a combat systems officer for the vessel.
It was also a homecoming for Gary; his mother and stepfather own a fur business in Anchorage and donated a moose hide for the ship's Alaska collection.
While they were in Anchorage, a local gay support group, Identity Inc., held a dinner in their honor as part of commissioning week activities. Dan Ross said the ship's commanders asked them to reach out to the Anchorage LGBT community to include them in the four-day celebration.
"It's nice to be part of a crew where you are accepted and appreciated based on the job you do, not some internal or external characteristic that really has no meaning to the value of the work we provide," Gary Ross said.
Overwhelming acceptance seems to be the experience of most gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender service members, said Dr. Lori Hensic, director of educational affairs for The American Military Partner Association, a support network for gay military families.
She said the organization also hears from service members or their families who experience a barrier they suspect is related to sexual orientation.
"There are far more accounts of individuals being incorporated in their unit, or their squadron or their command regardless of the branch, with open arms, and that's really wonderful for not only the service member but the family as well," she said.
The Rosses were among the first couples to exchange vows after the policy was repealed. Together since 2000, they married in Duxbury, Vt., traveling specifically to the Eastern time zone so they could exchange vows at the stroke of midnight the day the ban was lifted.
Life was much different for the couple before the repeal, when they were forced to live in the shadows, an existence separate of the military.
They found housing miles from base so they wouldn't chance running into another sailor and risk being discovered. Gary Ross had to skirt questions at work when asked if he was married, or even when asked something as simple as what he did the previous weekend.
"We had to live our life in hiding," Dan Ross said.
More than 18 months later, life has changed.
"To walk on a ship with Gary and to come in contact with another sailor, another officer, and to have Gary say, 'Oh, have you met my husband?' after more than a decade of being the secret, it makes me feel good," Dan Ross said.

Read more here: http://www.adn.com/2013/05/07/2893563/gay-military-couple-sees-overwhelming.html#storylink=cpy

May 7, 2013

Chief of AirForce Sexual Assault Prevention Arrested for Sexual Assault


Female soldiers in today’s military are 180 times more likely to be sexually assaulted by a fellow soldier than killed by an enemy.
Jeffrey-KrusinskiThat’s an astounding figure.
The sheer numbers are even worse: There were about 3,000 official reported cases of military sexual assault in 2011, but that’s nothing compared to a report commissioned by former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, which put the actual annual number at about 19,000 (see update below, it’s even higher).
It’s not like there isn’t any prevention training these days. There’s even a Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program, a Defense Department initiative to combat this nasty epidemic. Wait, hang on, we may have identified the problem:
The Chief of the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response branch of the U.S. Air Force was arrested and charged with sexual battery in Arlington over the weekend.
Lt. Col. Jeff Krusinski is accused of fondling a woman in a Crystal City parking lot early Sunday morning.
“A drunken male subject approached a female victim in a parking lot and grabbed her breasts and buttocks,” according to a Arlington County Police Department crime report. “The victim fought the suspect off as he attempted to touch her again and alerted police.”
“Jeffrey Krusinski, 41, of Arlington, VA, was arrested and charged with sexual battery,” police said. “He was held on a $5,000 unsecured bond.”
Oof. At this time it’s unclear how Krusinski’s face got so busted, but officers did say the victim did not know her alleged attacker.
 

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