Big Forklift

I spent 6 months assigned to the 401st Main Support Battalion, 4th ID in 1992. Among my many jobs, the best was operating the 10k forklift.

This video is about 9 minutes longer than the training I received on them.


Report: A-10 retirement indefinitely delayed

As predicted by Air Combat Command commander Gen. Hawk Carlisle in November, the Air Force is indefinitely freezing all plans to retire the A-10 Warthog, a warplane many officials, airmen and congressional members have rallied behind since the announcement of its withdrawal from the battlefield.Service officials next month will lay out their new request when the Pentagon submits its fiscal 2017 budget request to Congress, DefenseOne reports.

Source: Report: A-10 retirement indefinitely delayed

Yeah, this whole plan has been a PR disaster for the Air Force.

Vet Googles his own name: Discovers he’s owed Army award for heroism

WEST POINT, N.Y. — While teaching an impromptu class at Army Garrison Ansbach, Germany, on the proper use of social media, retired Sgt. 1st Class Thomas Hamilton offered some unexpected proof to his students that the Internet never forgets.Hamilton plugged his own name into the search bar during the November 2014 lesson, an exercise that showed no revealing personal information. But when Lori Yerdon, chief of the public affairs office where Hamilton worked, suggested adding “U.S. Army” to the search, something very personal showed up: general orders from Army Headquarters from Oct. 30, 1989, showing Hamilton had received the Soldier’s Medal for his actions in the aftermath of an Aug. 30, 1988, helicopter crash in Central America.

Source: Vet Googles his own name: Discovers he’s owed Army award for heroism

The Soldier’s Medal is the highest award for bravery not involving combat. It’s a big deal. Good on his unit getting the nomination made, but that’s some spectacular fail not getting it actually awarded.

Sorry, David French, this is not a war crime.

From NRO, regarding the detention of 10 US Navy sailors by Iran:


This photograph violates international law. Article 13 of the Geneva Convention (III), governing the treatment of prisoners of war, requires Iran to protect prisoners against “insults and public curiosity.” This photograph — including a female sailor apparently forced to wear a headscarf – is a quintessential example of “public curiosity” and would be interpreted as insulting throughout the Muslim world. (And if you don’t think Iran is in a state of armed conflict against the United States, tell that to the families of hundreds of American soldiers who’ve lost their lives to Iranians and Iranian-backed terrorists.)


It’s humiliating to the US, and the Navy, and  massive propaganda coup, but hardly a war crime. In fact, it is something of a defense against charges of war crimes. Had the Iranians paraded the troops through the streets and permitted throngs to abuse them (something the North Vietnamese routinely did with captured American aircrew) that would have been a war crime.

Instead, it would appear that during the brief detention, reasonable care was taken to avoid causing harm to the sailors. They do not appear to have been beaten, nor were they stripped and forced into prisoner’s garb. They reportedly were provided adequate food and water.

The US has routinely released pictures and video of detainees in Guantanamo Bay. And the same silly charge of war crimes was leveled by the unserious elements of the left.

We are curious to know the exact circumstances of the capture of the two Riverine Command Boats, and the instructions they were operating under. And we certainly anticipate Iran continuing to be the obnoxious bully nation with its goal of regional hegemony. Worse, we know our current President will do little to challenge Iran’s increasingly bad behavior in the region, even as long standing allies in the region realize we’ve abandoned them.

But absent other evidence, it does not appear the Iranians seriously mistreated our sailors.

Pentagon: 2 Navy boats in Iranian custody; Iran assures crew will be returned promptly

Iran was holding 10 U.S. Navy sailors and their two small boats that drifted into Iranian waters with mechanical problems. Iran accused the sailors of trespassing but American officials said Tehran has assured them that the crew and vessels would be returned safely and promptly.The sailors were expected to be transferred to U.S. custody Wednesday morning local time.Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook told The Associated Press that the riverine boats were moving between Kuwait and Bahrain when the U.S. lost contact with them.

Source: Pentagon: 2 Navy boats in Iranian custody; Iran assures crew will be returned promptly

Let’s hope the Iranians stick to that assurance. Though, I think they will. Too much being obnoxious on this, and even Obama would receive pressure to reinstate sanctions. And Iran desperately wants those billions and billions of assets frozen since 1979.

From what I’ve heard, the IRGC tends to be the pugnacious force, while the regular Iranian navy is somewhat more professional in interactions with other fleets.

‘Millions’ in ISIS cash destroyed in U.S. airstrike – Al Arabiya News

A U.S.-led coalition air strike has destroyed a cash storage facility used by ISIS militants in the Iraqi city of Mosul, a U.S. defense official said Monday.Two 2,000-pound bombs struck the facility, destroying “millions” of dollars worth of cash, the official told Agence France-Presse, speaking on condition of anonymity.”We estimate in the millions of dollars… from all their illicit stuff: oil, looting, extortion,” the official said. The strike came early Monday.

Source: ‘Millions’ in ISIS cash destroyed in U.S. airstrike – Al Arabiya News

Hard to run a cash based economy without any cash.

Damage Control, railroad style

The Pennsylvania Rail Road apparently was having issues with locomotive fires inn the mid 1950s, and so they produced a training film addressing firefighting. I found it interesting how a good portion of it matches mid century shipboard firefighting techniques.


For instance, the ex-US Army T-Boat my Sea Scouts ship used had a fixed CO2  installation. It was, I believe, later replaced with a Halon installation. But we also had a liberal supply of hand held CO2 extinguishers.