When eight of nine female soldiers completed a six-mile road march during the Ranger Training and Assessment Course on April 11, they brought the count of women qualified to attend Ranger School to 20. The road march is the last obstacle an applicant can be dropped from, and involves a grueling trek while carrying 45 pounds of gear and weaponry.
The assessment course is designed to test many of the skills that needed to pass Ranger School. So far, data gathered shows both strengths and weaknesses of the women who participated in RTAC. Female soldiers completed 39 push-ups — 10 less than required — on average, but showed confidence and competence in mission planning, said Lt. Col. Edmund “Beau” Riely, the battalion commander who runs the assessment.
“We can destroy anybody physically, but that’s not why we’re here,” Riely said. “We’re here to get them ready for Ranger School.”
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.
U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Karl Munson pilots a 26-foot boat while Petty Officer 2nd Class Gabriel Diaz keeps an eye on a boarding team who is inspecting a 79-foot shrimp boat in the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of New Orleans, La., on April 27, 2005
Radio transmissions to the U.S. Coast Guard are usually calls for help from boaters, but one captain got on the radio recently just to say thanks to the men and women who are currently working without pay.
DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump traveled to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware on Saturday to receive the remains of four Americans killed in a suicide bombing in northern Syria.
Trump, locked in a battle with congressional Democrats that has led to a nearly month-long partial government shutdown, announced his trip via a pre-dawn tweet, saying he was going "to be with the families of 4 very special people who lost their lives in service to our Country!"
Former President George W. Bush is calling for an end to the partial government shutdown, which is about to hit the one-month mark and is currently the longest shutdown in US history.
In an appeal made on Instagram, the 43rd president called on "leaders on both sides to put politics aside, come together, and end this shutdown." The caption was posted with an image of him and former First Lady Laura Bush giving pizza to their Secret Service detail.