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Downsizing is currently a major effort across the Army and the public affairs branch is losing positions. This is evidence it is also losing favor in the Army, despite the fact it impacts vitally important public opinion through media relations. How the branch got to this state and how it can return to its “Be All You Can Be” glory days are subjects that could be the difference between winning and losing our future wars.

When this writer was coming up in the Army, public affairs was considered a significant force multiplier for Army commanders. The “Be All That You Can Be” recruiting campaign was one of the most successful in the history of the military. The Defense Information School was an inspiring place where the best public affairs practitioners gave young Soldiers a vision of what they could accomplish and how they could make a difference in the defense of the nation by telling the Army story.

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Capt. Zachariah Fike is the founder of Purple Hearts Reunited, a non-profit group dedicated to returning lost medals and military keepsakes to veterans or their loved ones. He is the Army Times Service Member of the Year. (Courtesy Photos)

Capt. Zachariah Fike, the 2016 Army Times Soldier of the Year, doesn’t have a lot of time to spare.

The prior-enlisted infantry officer is the officer strength manager for the Vermont National Guard’s recruiting and retention battalion. He commands the company responsible for Officer Candidate School in the state’s Regional Training Institute. The husband and father of two young children also is enrolled in the information operations course as part of his Intermediate Level Education.

But much of his work doesn’t even begin until he gets home and his children are safely tucked into bed.

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Operation Khukri was a daring rescue mission conducted by the Indian Army Para Commandos in Sierra Leone,June 2000.The aim of the operation was to break the two-month-long siege laid by armed cadres of the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) around two companies of 5/8th Gorkha Rifles Infantry Battalion Group at Kailahun by effecting a fighting break out and redeploying them with the main battalion at Daru.

The mission was a total success which resulted in safe rescue of all the hostages where Indian and Nepali troops were part of a multinational UN peacekeeping force. About 120 Special Force operators commanded by Major (now Lt. Col.) Harinder Sood were airlifted from New Delhi to spearhead the mission to rescue 223 men of the 5/8 Nepali Gorkha Rifles who were surrounded and held captive by the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) rebels for over 75 days.

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“A spirit mission, gentlemen, is an activity undertaken by cadets that is typically somewhat against regulations yet demonstrates qualities that the academy supposedly seeks to develop: audacity, teamwork, creativity, and mission focus. The successful accomplishment of a good spirit mission enhances the spirit not only of the cadets involved but also that of the whole Corps and the greater West Point community in general”


The presence of US Army Rangers in Syria was made public when photos of their Stryker vehicles and armored Humvees in the northern Syrian town of Manbij were leaked.

“The exact numbers and locations of these forces are sensitive in order to protect our forces, but there will be approximately an additional 400 enabling forces deployed for a temporary period to enable our Syrian partnered forces to defeat ISIS in Raqqa,” said USAF Col. John L. Dorrian, the official spokesperson for Operation Inherent Resolve.

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rangers in the room looking at the map

Secretive Army Special Mission Unit Offers Support to Leftist Overthrow of Trump Administration
By Stu Padasso

In recent months, ill-informed Leftists who have spent the last 8 years repeatedly telling the public that they do not “need” guns and have no reason to fear the Federal Government (except of course for the police) have discovered that they are totally unprepared to carry out the violent overthrow of the Trump Administration and the revolution that they feel our country so desperately needs.

Those pleas for a military-led coup had gone unanswered (and largely laughed at) by members of the Armed Forces until yesterday, when a little known Army Special Mission Unit responded to left-wing demands for a military removal of the Commander-in-Chief.

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President Trump took the most significant military action of his short presidency tonight with a barrage of Tomahawk missiles against the Syrian regime’s air forces in retribution for a recent sarin gas attack against civilians that killed 86 people and wounded hundreds more. 

His impulsive show of force, however, wasn’t nearly as effective as he would have hoped it would be. ABC News reports that the Syrian military was aware that a strike was incoming and the missiles hit the mostly deserted al-Shayrat airbase in Homs province.

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NEW ORLEANS – With the Gov. Edwards declaring a state of emergency earlier in the day, the Louisiana National Guard has mobilized personnel and equipment to aid residents seeing flash flooding.

Guardsmen will be dispatched to Iberia, Lafayette, St. Helena, Tangipahoa and West Feliciana parishes.

39 high-water vehicles and five boat teams are currently en route to the affected parishes to carry out search and rescue operations. More than 40 people have already been rescued in Tangipahoa and another 17 in St. Helena.

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NEW LONDON, N.C. – Instructors from the North Carolina Air National Guard, 145th Civil Engineer Squadron, train airmen from across the country in high rope rescue techniques and confined space rescue operations here at the 145th Regional Training Site in Stanly County, Feb. 13, 2017.

The training is called Urban Search and Rescue I and it teaches students rope techniques, how to repel, high line technique, how to package a victim safely and how to retrieve victims from confined space such as a rubble pile or damaged building. The instructors are airmen and seasoned firefighters stationed at the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport.

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June 05, 2017 07:25 PM

Pam Scaia and Charles Kelly are experienced campers who visited the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness for a canoe trip last month.

They brought a compass, a map and signal lights. They needed all three.

When the weather turned bad, the pair at one point opted for a river instead of a portage, which would allow them to bypass a lake and save a day on their way out.

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