Posts tagged ‘Northern Command’

FRIDAY FOTO (March 9, 2018)


Bridge Company Field Training Exercise

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Private First Class Timothy Shoemaker)

Marines perform preventative maintenance to a girder bridge during a field training exercise at Camp Pendleton, California on February 28, 2018.

These Marines are assigned to Bridge Company, 7th Engineer Support Battalion of the 1st Marine Logistics Group. They’re attaching ropes to link reinforcements under the bridge to ensure it was tightly secured. There’s no information on just how high they were working, but looks pretty high.

March 9, 2018 at 10:31 pm Leave a comment

FRIDAY FOTO (August 18, 2017)

… with wings as eagles.

Bicycle those twists out

(U.S. Army photo by Staff Sergeant Daniel Love)

A bald eagle soars by a paratrooper descending from a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter over Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. The soldier is a member of the 25th Infantry Division’s 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne). The photo was taken July 27, 2017.

If you’re curious about the quote in the headline above the photo, it comes from the Book of Isiah, 40:31. The King James Version, which is most often quoted version is below.

“But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”

(Courtesy of Bible Hub:

One Oscar-nominated film where the Bible verse played a prominent role is  Battleground, a 1949 film that, long before Band of Brothers, told the story of the 101st Airborne Division (the Screaming Eagles), when they were surrounded by the Germans at Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge five years earlier.

We couldn’t find the film clip on YouTube where a dejected soldier played by Marshall Thompson quotes the verse — first, mockingly when there is no airdrop of badly needed supplies and ammo — and then joyously when the clouds break and relief comes through.

But here’s another famous scene from that film that seems to address some of the issues America faces today.

August 18, 2017 at 4:27 pm Leave a comment

LATIN AMERICA: International Drug Cartels Widening Influence

North and South

The two U.S. military commanders in charge of security in the Western Hemisphere say trans-national criminal groups – particularly Latin American drug cartels – pose a threat on both sides of the U.S.-Mexican border.

Mexican drug gangs are spreading their influence south to Central and South America, says Air Force Gen. Douglas Fraser, the commander of U.S. Southern Command, which is responsible for U.S. military issues in Central and South America as well the Caribbean.

SOUTHCOM'S area of responsibility

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Additionally, Fraser and his counterpart at Northern Command (NORTHCOM), Army General Charles Jacoby Jr., concede that the cartels’ influence has also spread to into the U.S.

The top Democrat and Republican on the committee were in agreement on the immediacy and broad scope of the threat. “While there is no traditional military threat emanating from the region, SOUTHCOM is contending with an increasingly powerful and capable threat in the form of Transnational Organized Crime,” said Sen. Carl Levin (D-Michigan), the committee chairman. “These criminal organizations have grown to the point where thhey are a real threat to national and international security,” he added.

Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona), the panel’s senior Republican, noted that nearly 50,000 Mexicans havebeen killed in drug-related violence since 2006. But “the threat from these groups does not end at the border.” A 2011 Justice Department National Drug Threat Assessment found that “the cartels maintain a presence in over 1,000 U.S. Cities.” McCain said. And a city in Honduras, San Pedro Sula, is now more dangerous than Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. With 159 homicides per 100,000 residents, San Pedro Sula bypassed the Mexican border city in 2011 had been rated the most dangerous city in the world.

In 2011, nearly 1,100 metric tons of cocaine moved through Central America to the U.S. Another 60 metric tons bound for Europe – primarilly from Venezuela – moves though West Africa, according to Fraser’s testimony.

He also noted that small semi-submersible vessels that can carry eight to 10 tones of cocaine have been spotted in the Caribbean Sea for the first. Previously, they were only spotted in the eastern Pacific Ocean. Fraser said the subs were not just a maritime problem “because they’re built in the jungle.” He said SOUHCOM could use more Navy and Coast Guard vessels as well as surveillance airplanes to keep the drug traffic under scrutiny.

March 15, 2012 at 11:55 pm Leave a comment


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