Nearly four years after the Army settled on Oshkosh to produce a next-generation replacement for the troubled Humvee, a few lucky soldiers from the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division are finally going to get their paws on the much-hyped Joint Light Tactical Vehicle.
On Monday, the Raider Brigaide's official Twitter account posted photos of flatbed trucks hauling the new JLTV rolling up at Fort Stewart in Georgia.
In December, the Army announced that the Raider Brigaide would receive a total of 500 JLTVs by the end of March.
"We are very excited to get these trucks into the hands of our Soldiers," 1st ABCT commander Col. Mike Adams said in an Army release. "It's an honor to be chosen as the first unit to receive such an improved capability, and I look forward to getting it into our formations."
It's worth noting that fielding the JLTV to the 1st ABCT represents a departure from thee Army's initial plan to field the first batch of the vehicles to an infantry brigade combat team with the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, New York. The Army did not immediately respond to requests for comment regarding the change.
The Marine Corps also initially planned to equip an infantry battalion with II Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina with 69 JLTVs, while both the Air Force and U.S. Special Operations Command were considering adopting the vehicles to their security forces and special tactics teams, respectively.
The Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) Family of Vehicles is a U.S. Army-led, Joint acquisition modernization program with the Marine Corps
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The arrival of the JLTV was highly anticipated long before the Army finalized its Oshkosh contract in 2015. Initiated in 2005, the program was designed to develop an armored vehicle with a higher survivability rate than the beleaguered Humvee that proved ridiculously incapable of handling heavy combat in the early years of the Global War on Terror.
Indeed, Oshkosh hyped up the JLTV's advantages over the Humvee when the company showed off two new variants of the vehicle on the floor of the Associated of the United States Army's annual expo in Washington in October 2017.
"My son is of the age where he could join the military," Dave Diersen, vice president and general manager of joint programs at Oshkosh, told Task & Purpose at the time. "If he was assigned to an up-armored Humvee, I'd say go to Canada or go to jail."
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A new survey of thousands of military families released on Wednesday paints a negative picture of privatized military housing, to say the least.
The Military Family Advisory Network surveyed 15,901 adults at 160 locations around the country who are either currently living in privatized military housing, or had lived in privatized housing within the last three years. One of the report's primary takeaways can be summarized in two lines: "Most responses, 93 percent, came from residents living in housing managed by six companies. None of them had average satisfaction rates at or above neutral."
Those six companies are Lincoln Military Housing, Balfour Beatty, Hunt, Lendlease/Winn, Corvias, and Michaels.
What's behind these responses? MFAN points to the "culture of resilience" found in the military community for why military families may be downplaying the severity of their situations, or putting up with subpar conditions.
"[Military] families will try to manage grim living conditions without complaint," MFAN says in its report. "The norm of managing through challenges, no matter their severity, is deeply established in military family life."
Hailed as a hero for knocking a shooter off his feet in a UNC Charlotte classroom, Riley Howell was posthumously awarded two of the military's highest honors in his hometown of Waynesville, North Carolina this week.
Howell, 21, and classmate Ellis "Reed" Parlier, 19, died when a gunman opened fire in their classroom in the Kennedy building on April 30.
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CAIRO (Reuters) - After losing territory, ISIS fighters are turning to guerrilla war — and the group's newspaper is telling them exactly how to do it.
In recent weeks, IS's al-Naba online newspaper has encouraged followers to adopt guerrilla tactics and published detailed instructions on how to carry out hit-and-run operations.
The group is using such tactics in places where it aims to expand beyond Iraq and Syria. While IS has tried this approach before, the guidelines make clear the group is adopting it as standard operating procedure.