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FRIDAY FOTO (January 11, 2019)

Among the Finest.

USINDOPACOM Commander Visits Nepal

(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Robin W. Peak)

At U.S. Pacific Command they used to say their area of responsibility stretched “from Hollywood to Bollywood” — in other words, from the waters off the U.S. Pacific Coast to the eastern shores of the Arabian Sea. Reflecting changing geopolitical considerations, however, the command’s name was changed to Indo-Pacific Command in May 2018.

In his first visit to Nepal January 10 as commander of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, Admiral Phil Davidson, participated in an honors ceremony at the Nepali army headquarters in Kathmandu.

If the Nepali uniforms look familiar, they are similar to Britain’s famed Gurkha regiments. Since 1815, when the British Empire extended over much of the Indian subcontinent, Gurkhas — “with a reputation of being amongst the finest and most feared soldiers in the world” — have been recruited in Nepal to serve the British crown.

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January 11, 2019 at 12:31 pm Leave a comment

FRIDAY FOTO (January 4, 2019)

Combat Light Show.

Night Fire

(U.S. Army photo by Army Captain Johnathan Leigh)

Like some modernistic painting, this December 20, 2018 photo shows soldiers conducting a night fire mission while supporting combat operations in Afghanistan.

As Civil War General William Tecumseh Sherman reportedly said: “A battery of field artillery is worth a thousand muskets.”

January 4, 2019 at 10:57 pm Leave a comment

FRIDAY FOTO (December 7, 2018)

Narrow Margin.

FRI FO 12-7-2018 Hornets Elevator

(U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Grant G. Grady)

If you ever wondered how they get Navy fighter jets to and from an aircraft carrier flight deck, this is how they do it — carefully.  Note the roiled waters below indicate the flat top is in motion during this everyday — but still hazardous — operation.

We assume these two F/A-18E Super Hornets are on their way up to the flight deck from the hangar deck since the accompanying caption supplied by the Navy said the sailors were guiding the 24-ton (when fully-loaded) multi-role fighters onto an aircraft elevator.

To get a sense of how quickly these elevators move, check out this short YouTube video from a carrier (USS Abraham Lincoln) tied up in port. To see the process for loading, securing and raising aircraft — while at sea — click here.

This FRIDAY FOTO was taken December 3, 2018 aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis in the Indian Ocean.

December 7, 2018 at 12:33 am Leave a comment

FRIDAY FOTO (November 23, 2018)

Lightning Strike.

Exercise Combat Power

(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Cory D. Payne)

We haven’t used an Air Force photo for the Friday Foto in a while so we decided on this visually arresting shot, taken November 19, 2018.

It shows a formation of Air Force F-35 Lightning IIs performing aerial maneuvers during a combat power exercise over the Utah Test and Training Range.

The F-35 program is a family of single-seat, single-engine, all weather, multi-role stealth fighter jets for the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force — as well as foreign partners: Britain, Italy, the Netherlands, Turkey, Canada, Australia, Norway and Denmark.

The fifth (latest) generation radar-evading jet has been called the most expensive weapons system in history, and its development was beset by multiple delays before it was deemed combat ready. That changed last month, when a Marine Corps jet launched from the amphibious warship USS Essex struck targets in Afghanistan.

November 23, 2018 at 6:20 pm Leave a comment

SHAKO: Thanksgiving, Then and Now

Feeding the Troops Today.

USS Blue Ridge Sailors prepare Thanksgiving Meal

Sailors prepare turkeys for a Thanksgiving celebration aboard the USS Blue Ridge in Yokosuka, Japan, November 21, 2018. (U.S. Navy photo Petty Officer 3rd Class Dylan McKay)

It takes a lot of coordination and attention to detail to make sure service members get the Thanksgiving meal they deserve, according to Rich Faso, deputy director of the Defense Logistics Agency’s Troop Support Subsistence supply chain in Philadelphia. The planning began in May and the work continued until the last deliveries were made.

By Thanksgiving Day, some 300,000 pounds of traditional Thanksgiving food had arrived at military field kitchens and galleys throughout the Middle East, Africa, Europe and to troops supporting Customs and Border Protection on the Southwest border, said Pentagon spokesman Army Colonel Robert Manning said.

“Intense Attention to Every Detail” Gator Paratroopers Prepare Thanksgiving Feast for Panther Brigade

Army Private First Class Dayana Abril pipes frosting onto a cake to serve during a Thanksgiving feast at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. The battalion prepared 640 pounds of turkey, 558 pounds of steamship round, 72 pounds of shrimp, more than 100 pies, 700 servings of sweet potatoes and approximately 800 servings of green bean casserole. (U.S. Army photo by Major Thomas Cieslak)

Overall, according to the Defense Department, deployed troops received.:

Whole turkeys: 9,738
Pounds of roasted turkey: 51,234
Pounds of beef: 74,036
Pounds of ham: 21,758
Pounds of shrimp: 67,860
Pounds of sweet potatoes: 16,284
Pies: 81,360
Cakes: 19,284
Gallons of eggnog: 7,836

 

Giving Thanks in 1863.

 

Here at 4GWAR, we’re mindful that the first official national day of Thanksgiving came in the midst of a terrible Civil War that had cost thousands of lives and was still far from over. It seems remarkable to think President Abraham Lincoln decided the country needed to pause and consider what it did have to be thankful for despite all the carnage.

Here is what Mr. Lincoln had to say about all that 155 years ago.

Abraham Lincoln's Thanksgiving Proclamation

Lincoln illustration courtesy of Accessible Archives website.

 

Washington, D.C.
October 3, 1863

By the President of the United States of America.

A Proclamation.

The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequalled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom. No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as aday of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the City of Washington, this Third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the United States the Eighty-eighth.

By the President: Abraham Lincoln

William H. Seward,
Secretary of State

It’s important to note the call for a day of national thanksgiving was first raised by prominent writer and editor, Sarah Josepha Hale.

Happy Thanksgiving — and safe travels — from 4GWAR!

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SHAKOSHAKO is an occasional 4GWAR posting on military history, traditions and culture. For the uninitiated, a shako is the tall, billed headgear worn by many armies from the Napoleonic era to about the time of the American Civil War. It remains a part of the dress or parade uniform of several military organizations like the corps of cadets at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, New York.

November 22, 2018 at 11:58 pm 3 comments

FRIDAY FOTO (July 6, 2018)

Boots and Saddles.

11th Armored Cavalry Regiment Change of Command

(U.S. Army photo by Staff Sergeant David Edge)

Bet you didn’t expect to see this image on a blog devoted to 4th Generation Warfare.

Members of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment’s Horse Detachment conduct the ceremonial last charge during a change-of-command ceremony at Fort Irwin, California on June 28, 2018.

They are dressed in the cavalry uniform of 1901, the year the 11th Cavalry Regiment was created. It first saw service in the Philippine-American War (formerly known as the Philippine Insurrection. For more about the 11th Cavalry’s history, click here.

For the record, the last U.S. Army cavalry charge was in the Philippines in 1942, when a platoon of the 26th Cavalry charged Japanese troops, and routed them, on the Bataan Peninsula.

July 7, 2018 at 12:14 am Leave a comment

FRIDAY FOTO (June 29-30, 2018)

Up and Away.

CRS 3 Mark VI Patrol Boats Underway during UAV Training Exercise

(U.S. Navy photo by Chief Petty Officer Nelson Doromal Jr.)

Navy Chief Thania Shirley (left) steadies Petty Officer 2nd Class Bryson Isaac Ostrander as he launches an RQ-20 Puma unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) from a Mark VI patrol boat.

The hand-held launch came during a training exercise in the Pacific Ocean on June 19, 2018. Both sailors are assigned to Coastal Riverine Squadron 3.

Coastal Riverine Group 1 Training and Evaluation Unit conducted the training to enhance the capability to defend designated high value assets throughout the green (coastal/littoral) – and blue-water (ocean) environment.

Here’s what a Mark VI patrol boat looks like …

CRS 3 Mark VI Patrol Boats Underway during UAV Training Exercise

(U.S. Navy photo by Chief Petty Officer Nelson Doromal Jr.)

… and here’s a short Navy video on what it does and how it does it. For more photos, click here.

June 30, 2018 at 5:36 pm 3 comments

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