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Watch A Pair Of 'Redneck' Monster Trucks Rescue A Military Vehicle Swamped By Harvey
There are currently around 30,000 National Guard service-members working their asses off to assist in search and rescue and relief efforts across Texas and Louisiana in the aftermath of the unprecedented flooding wrought by Hurricane Harvey. And though the Guard, bolstered by some 6,000 active-duty troops and an armada of "Cajun Navy" civilian and veteran volunteers, perform dutifully and honorably as the federal government's first line of defense against natural disasters, sometimes even guardsmen need a helping hand from the very folks they've been sent to rescue.
Case in point: this amusing video of two trucks rescuing a Guard vehicle from floodwaters. One, a Cadillac Escalade body with massive monster truck-style wheels, is driven by self-described "rednecks." It tows what appears to be a submerged Light Medium Tactical Vehicle (LMTV) out of the rising waters, to the bemusement of onlookers:
— Michael Keyes (@michaelkeyes) August 31, 2017
It's not totally clear what's going on in this video. The swamped vehicle in question appears to be an M1078 LMTV light utility truck, a favorite of both the U.S. Army and National Guard (neither branch returned requests for comment from Task & Purpose). And Michael Keyes, an Army veteran of the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, posted the video on Aug. 31 with a simple, delightful message: "Redneck Army saves National Guard."
According to Jalopnik, the occupants of this jacked-up ride are members of the Texas group Rednecks With Paychecks, which took credit for the rescue captured by Keyes, writing on Facebook that "The Rednecks with Paychecks Houston Relief Convoy made the Weather Channel helping out the National Guard."
Here's another angle on the rescue posted to the group's Facebook page:
Rednecks With Paychecks rolled into Houston on Aug. 29 to assist with search and rescue operations. The group's page is teeming with videos of its members traversing Houston's suffocating new waterways — including the two lifted trucks captured above:
Keyes' celebration of the "Redneck Army" is awesome, but we sort of prefer the caption offered by the anonymous JoeDuo when he posted the video to Reddit: "Only in Texas does the National Guard get bailed out by a bunch of rednecks with lifted trucks."
‘Take what’s inside and get it outside’ — Air Force psychologist reminds airmen of mental health resources
Kirtland Air Force Base isn't much different from the world beyond its gates when it comes to dealing with mental illnesses, a base clinical psychologist says.
Maj. Benjamin Carter told the Journal the most frequent diagnosis on the base is an anxiety disorder.
"It's not a surprise, but I anticipate about anytime in the population in America, about 20% of the population has some form of diagnosable anxiety disorder, and it's no different in the military," he said.
Leading the way among the anxiety disorders, he said, were post-traumatic stress disorder "or something like panic disorder or generalized anxiety disorder."
The DNA of a niece and nephew, who never met their uncle, has helped identify the remains of the Kansas Marine who died in WWII.
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced that 21-year-old U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Pfc. Raymond Warren was identified using DNA and circumstantial evidence. Warren had been buried in a cemetery in the Gilbert Islands, where he was killed when U.S. forces tried to take secure one of the islands from the Japanese.
The Battle of Tarawa lasted from Nov. 20 to Nov. 23, 1943, and claimed the lives of 1,021 U.S. marines and sailors, more than 3,000 Japanese soldiers and an estimated 1,000 Korean laborers before the U.S. troops seized control, the agency said.
Arizona lawmakers are vowing to fight a plan by the Air Force to start retiring some of the nation's fleet of A-10 Thunderbolt II ground-attack jets — a major operation at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base — as part of a plan to drop some older, legacy weapon systems to help pay for new programs.
U.S. Sen. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., a former A-10 pilot, and U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Ariz., both vowed to fight the move to retire 44 of the oldest A-10s starting this year.
During a press briefing last week, Air Force officials unveiled plans to start mothballing several older platforms, including retiring some A-10s even as it refits others with new wings.
MOSCOW/SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea, whose leader Kim Jong Un was filmed riding through the snow on a white stallion last year, has spent tens of thousands of dollars on 12 purebred horses from Russia, according to Russian customs data.
Accompanied by senior North Korean figures, Kim took two well-publicized rides on the snowy slopes of the sacred Paektu Mountain in October and December.
State media heralded the jaunts as important displays of strength in the face of international pressure and the photos of Kim astride a galloping white steed were seen around the world.
North Korea has a long history of buying pricey horses from Russia and customs data first reported by Seoul-based NK News suggests that North Korea may have bolstered its herd in October.
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - A high-profile local Taliban figure who announced and justified the 2012 attack on teenage Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai has escaped detention, Pakistan's interior minister confirmed a few days after the militant announced his breakout on social media.
Former Pakistani Taliban spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan, who claimed responsibility on behalf of his group for scores of Taliban attacks, proclaimed his escape on Twitter and then in an audio message sent to Pakistani media earlier this month.
The Pakistani military, which had kept Ehsan in detention for three years, has declined to comment but, asked by reporters about the report, Interior Minister Ijaz Shah, said: "That is correct, that is correct."
Shah, a retired brigadier general, added that "you will hear good news" in response to questions about whether there had been progress in hunting down Ehsan.