This irritates me to no end. Their are valor thiefs everywhere, it is a new fact of life. Personally, I think it comes from a generation of kids being told they are special and then being unable to face reality when they get in the real world. Whatever. But what really gets me is this guy was impersonating an EOD Tech. The general public and alot of guys in the service have NO idea what we go through to claim that title and how straight up nerve racking and soul crushing the job can be. All MOS’S have suffered in the last decade plus of war, I will not cheapen their sacrifices, but EOD Techs have taken a massive beating. The entrance to my shop has pictures lining the walls of our fallen and it is a very humbling experience every morning when I come in. This guy wants to pretend to be EOD? Alright, awesome. March him 10 clicks in 100 degree temperatures wearing 80 plus pounds then put him on a dirt path that is laddened with IEDs.
My only disagreement with your comments is that it does not cheapen the service of those voluntarily tasted combat. If all I need to do is to don the uniform or claim I was a sniper, it cheapens the sacrifice of all of us.
The proudest years of my life are those in the military. I don't need to fabricate one minute.
December 16, 2014 at 8:13pm
I gotta say, if I got a call out about this thing, I would try to figure out what it was for about 10 minutes before throwing some C on it and making it go away.
 December 16, 2014 at 3:14pm
I guess this group of bleeding hearts finally realized that the bad guys don’t care about how many likes you can get on facebook. Unless you roll in prepared to drop a tremendous amount of violence, your not changing anything in Africa.
August 12, 2014 at 7:41pm
The 82nd Airborne guy is right, we did roll lighter. There comes a time when you have too much gear and you just become a ridiculous looking show of force instead of being combat effective. Being decked out with all that garbage and not conducting near constant training in it makes you one big slow moving targets, add the gas masks, you become one big slow moving target that can’t aim his rifle. A group of teenagers would cut these guys down and disappear into the neighborhood before they know where the SAF was coming from. People call it alarming, seeing these walking shenanigans in gas masks just reassures me that if they came after law abiding citizens, they would make very well dressed corpses.
August 4, 2014 at 8:25pm
Don’t mean to be the know it all here, but that is not an Anti-Tank missile. A missile has a guidance system. That is a PG-7VM. It is a rocket with a tandem warhead to deal with reactive armor. I support Israel 200% but when giving reports they need to be as accurate as possible to avoid problems.
 May 25, 2014 at 5:00pm
Probably won’t kill the guys in the vehicle as long as they where buckled in. All of them would have come down with a serious case of TBI. The MRAP would be useless. I have seen much smaller charges render an MRAP useless for anything other than scrap. Now everyone can take a look at why insurgencies with a dedicated population are almost impossible to defeat. A $700,000 piece of equipment can be rendered useless and injure or kill everyone in the vehicle with something that the average person can afford to purchase and the untrained can use. Good video of explosive effects. doubt the guy know he was doing this but elevating the explosive off the ground in a structure amplifies the explosive effects because the ground does not absorb so much of it.
April 7, 2014 at 10:23pm
There is plenty of blame to go around. This guy was a coward that was stretched to his breaking point by typical military crap. I have to admit that if my mother died and my command decided to only give me a 24 hour pass, I would probably be a little more than upset. I hope that they fry this guys Command. They either knew he was unstable and restricted his leave because of it but didn’t take any other actions or they told a grown man he has 24 hours to bury his mother and get back. The PMO that shot at this guy at 20 feet and missed needs to be non-rec’d and put through remedial marksmanship training. Harsh, but that is a mistake that would have resulted in more Soldiers dying had the guy decided to shoot her and keep moving. Call her a hero, I am disgusted that she holds a certification from the Army to carry a firearm. Finally, the DOD policy that disarms us on government installations needs to be changed, immediately. There is no rational reason why I can walk through a village in Afghanistan with a “real assault weapon”, a pistol, and a drop pouch full of charges without massacring everyone but for some reason when I get home I am a threat for carrying a pistol. Insider attacks happen all the time with fully automatic weapons but the reason why they either don’t go anywhere or few people die is because EVERYONE IS ARMED.
April 3, 2014 at 11:09am
She “engaged” the suspect? “Engaged” typically means you fired your weapon. So if this is true, she missed her target at 20 feet. She doesn’t need praise, she needs marksmanship remediation…
It's being reported that the last words the perp spoke were, "HA! You missed! Let me help you!"
Methinks she didn't fire a single bullet. She probably shouted like crazy, though. It wouldn't surprise me if that is the new Obama definition of "engaged."
January 25, 2014 at 8:53am
I think those that are worried about these vehicles need to learn something we learned pretty d**n quick when they started giving them to us. While these vehicles are awesome at stopping bullets, they become a rolling death cage when facing even small EFP’s. We learned that a very small group of people determined to fight will always find ways around Technology and when a $500,000 MRAP can be destroyed by $50 dollars worth of materials bought from your local hardware store, you will start to see that these vehicles give a false sense of security when facing even a slightly determined enemy. Keep these things in the ghetto and they will be fine. Bring them out for a fight against patriots, especially active duty and Veterans and their sense of security will evaporate fast.
January 18, 2014 at 9:48am
The Corps is always talking about traditions and being the worlds finest fighting force and being a force in readiness. The truth is we are becoming just another standard military branch in the new world of soft men. Men Join the Marines because we have the reputation of being a hardened group of warriors ready to annihilate an enemy force without mercy. That has changed. Effective Generals that embody the spirit of the Corps like General Mattis are given walking papers while Generals that have never been in the heat of a fire fight are given the Commandants chair. This is dangerous. The reason Russia was getting it’s B@!!s stomped by Germany when Hitler turned on them was because before the great war started, Stalin purged all his battle hardened and effective Generals and high ranking officers and replaced them with guys that would not challenge him. This sound familiar to anyone? I just hope the next war doesn’t come soon.
December 27, 2013 at 10:27pm
Ok, I’ll play devils advocate, there is a chance that they were doing something they weren’t suppose to. If they were being bone heads then our diplomats should demand their immediate release to face military justice. Trust me when I say that the military does not put up with shenanigans in host Countries by active duty personnel and you boys that are in right now know what I am talking about. If they were not involved in any foolishness….I pretty sure that (one of) Marine Expeditionary Units is in the area not to mention the crisis response force sitting around twiddling their thumbs a couple of hours away. There are times an example must be set, especially when dealing with a new Government. A Bn of bored Marine Grunts cut loose with a purpose is a force that I don’t think any country in the world is capable of dealing with. This administration has the intestinal fortitude of a wet mop and would rather show the world their panties than pull out the big stick and slam someone in the head.
Actually, I think Obumchaser is slapping somebody in the head with his stick right now.....his buddy Richie.
My guess is that they were on a covert op that went south. Remember this is the same country where Benghazi is located. The incompetents in DC are completely incapable of telling friend from foe and are more than willing to accept the word of "bad actors" as a sign of good faith. The idea that someone other than them might lie seems to be beyond their comprehension. My guess is that they were trying to pickup someone or something related to the Benghazi fiasco and the mission was compromised. No better way for a state dept puke to get a promotion than to arrange a successful negotiation to get hostages released and how would anyone find out if he was the one to actually instigate the capture in the first place? I had a buddy who did black bag work for a couple of years. His comment was that if you were in a foreign country, you told the embassy staff exactly the opposite of what you were going to do because the State Dept guys would compromise a mission in a heartbeat. He said that the CIA was took care of their contractors, but State was another story.
December 23, 2013 at 4:17pm
Oh, so your telling me that muslims want to attack DC and New York, the 2 most progressive, freedom stomping cities in America? No Balls guys is all I have to say.
December 12, 2013 at 6:54pm
Oh please let this happen in my neighborhood. It would be nice to be on the opposite end of an unknown package for once. These people would not last long.
November 19, 2013 at 9:44pm
Absolutely unacceptable. When a custodial parent comes to the school and wants their child, then the child should be handed over, immediately, no questions asked. I don’t care what super awesome plan some person dreamed up to release kids a certain way. I don’t care if the parent was acting like a child or not (I don’t think this guy was acting like a child). The conversation should have gone “Good afternoon, Ma’am. I am here to pick up my child. Certainly Mr. Howe, I will have them brought to the office immediately. The Cop’s only involvement should have been holding the door open for the family as they walked out. I am tired of everyone saying, I am going to sue you or I am going to sue the county. In case you people don’t understand that route, let me lay it out there. When you sue a government institution, no 1 person is held accountable, that is why this keeps happening. A redistribution of tax payer money occurs and the person that was responsible is defended by government attorneys. Until people like this resource officer and these school administrator are held accountable, personally accountable, they have nothing to fear. Fear controls government. It has for over 230 years. During this time government has learned a valuable lesson, to control an entity, the entity must fear the one wishing to control it. They have turned it back on us and now we willing turn around and allow ourselves to be handcuffed and taken away. This needs to end
November 17, 2013 at 12:10am
This guy is my new hero. I have neighbors…..heading to gunbroker to look for a cannon.
The stripping of American freedoms by the elected and non-elected officials is not a problem that the military can or should deal with. In a general sense the military is nothing more than a base ball bat wielded by a civilian, we have no power to act on our own. TSA, NSA, ATF, DHS are all stomping on freedoms without fear of military action because they know it will not happen. They are right to be that cocky, they are civilian agencies. For people that want the military to get involved, you are living in a dream. If you think you have no freedom now, it will be 100 times worse if the military takes over. As far as thanking me, whatever. I don’t do this for the thanks. I don’t do it for the money, you can’t pay someone enough to do what I do. I do it because I felt a calling to do it. If a military guy actively looks for that praise, he should not be wearing a uniform. For those that do feel the need to thank us, do it by being a citizen. Vote, serve on juries, get and keep a job, get married and produce the next generation in a home with a strong honorable father and a devoted mother, raise your children to be better than you were, refuse any government handouts that are not vital to the survival of your family, stay informed on the current events of your country, have faith in something….whatever it is, stand firm on your principles, tithe or give to charities and be willing to sacrifice everything to protect the ability to do all the above.
November 11, 2013 at 1:36pm
The Police will not go door to door confiscating firearms. It will cost too much in both blood and treasure. It will happen eventually and they will do it with the one thing that the Government is very good at doing, bureaucracy. An ATF Form 4473 is filled out and retained by the dealer each time you purchase a firearm. The first legislation to come through will be to centralize these forms, or the ATF will just take them. After a few years of sorting out who bought what, they will start with assault rifles. It will not be a door to door confiscation. It will simply be a letter notifying you that their records show you own a particular type of weapon. You have to turn in the weapon or a bill of sale proving you no longer own it. Failure to do so will make it where you cannot participate in the states and federal bureaucracy. This means you will not be able to renew your drivers license, vehicle tags or health insurance. You will be unable to pay property taxes or receive any federal or state money, like a pension. This is the best way for the Feds to strip gun owners. Nothing violent or central moments to push an uprising. Gun owners will cave by the disruption to their lives because while almost every patriotic American will be glad to meet force with force, they will shy away from firing the first shot. Rome has taught us a free nation does not die in a violent explosion, it digs it’s own grave and crawls in slowly.
October 27, 2013 at 6:09pm
This is my problem with things like this. Yes, who wouldn’t want better protection? But noone ever looks at what you are sacrificing to get this protection until it gets down to us and we are ordered to wear it. You get in the dirt and all the sudden you realize, I can’t move my head very well, my field of vision sucks, my eye relief on my scope is gone. This is just like when they got rid of the intercepter and forced the MTV’s down our throat. All the sudden we couldn’t put our arms down and were carrying so much added weight and bulk we could barely move. Mean while Mr. S**t fingers is running around in a man dress and sandels and able to actually maneuver. Armor is good to a point, then it becomes a problem. We entered the problem phase about 5 or 6 years ago. The American fighting man is already dealing with garbage ROEs, multi cultural garbage being shoved down our throats, social experiments in questionable life styles forced into our ranks, and women in a mans only club (sorry feminist, I will not accept your kind until your kind as a whole have to submit to the same standards as we do). Quit making life harder for the war fighter in the name of helping them. Show me one NCO on the ground patrolling and laying lead to bodies that thinks this is a good idea and this will improve our ability to kill the enemy. That is our job, to kill the enemy, anything that makes that objective more difficult should be stripped from the playbook
September 16, 2013 at 10:48pm
We don’t know excately what happened yet but we can say one thing for sure…the difference between trigger happy cops in the south and trigger happy cops in NYC is the cops in the south can hit their target 10 out of 12 times. We are lucky this didn’t happen in NY or there would be 12 dead or injured bystanders and the guy would still be running.