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Over the course of my time in the military, I destroyed over a dozen pair of headphones. Some were caught on flight gear and ripped to shreds. Others destroyed under my boots; one pair went down for the count against a bicycle chain. While another was smashed by an angry Frenchman in Lyon. These things happen. But after switching to Bose, my luck has changed for the better. And after much testing of various brands, I've finally concluded that the best travel headphones for every situation are the Bose Soundsport series.
The Bose Soundsports are a blue-tooth enabled wireless headphone, for use with mobile devices.Brad Howard/Task & Purpose
In Afghanistan, the wired version of the Soundsport was a godsend whenever I had some downtime on a plane. Usually, they were great just relax and take in some Linkin Park (yes, I listened to a ton of Linkin Park at 22, and I have no regrets). These days, when I am getting my run on, I take Gen. David Petraeus's advice and listen to a podcast to get in the zone. The Bose headphones just fit my ear perfectly, and still do today.
The most recent iteration of the Soundsport is the pinnacle of the system’s development. The headphones come with three different sized ear pieces to ensure you get the right plug for you earhole.
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They’re also Bluetooth enabled to free you from the tyranny of 3.5mm plugs. Also, the earbuds are connected so they’re harder to lose. They can also hang around your neck if you need to chuck them off for a second.
After testing this pair of earphones on overseas trips and workouts (not to mention miles and miles of running) they held up incredibly well. The only drawback was that they are not noise canceling, which means they may not be the best option on long flights. If you absolutely, positively, have to destroy something in a foreign country, it wouldn’t hurt to have a pair of these headphones to blast some death metal while you do it.
(U.S. Air Force/Airman 1st Class Alexandria Crawford)
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."
The suit meets the criteria to fall under the Federal Tort Claims Act, which allows people to seek damages in certain cases if they can prove the U.S. Government was negligent, The Dallas Morning News reported.
Under most circumstances the doctrine of sovereign immunity protects the government from lawsuits, but in this case U.S. District Judge Xavier Rodriguez held that failure of the U.S. Air Force and the Department of Defense to log shooter Devin Kelley's history of mental health problems and violent behavior in an FBI database made them potentially liable.
ABOARD THE USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT -- Loose lips sink ships, but do they reveal too much about the hugely anticipated "Top Gun" sequel, "Top Gun: Maverick," filmed onboard in February?
Not on this carrier, they don't. Although sailors here dropped a few hints about spotting movie stars around the ship as it was docked in San Diego for the film shoot, no cats — or Tomcats — were let out of the bag.
"I can't talk about that," said Capt. Carlos Sardiello, who commands the Roosevelt.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department unveiled 17 new criminal charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Thursday, saying he unlawfully published the names of classified sources and conspired with and assisted ex-Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning in obtaining access to classified information.
The superseding indictment comes a little more than a month after the Justice Department unsealed a narrower criminal case against Assange.