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Black Friday Sales

We’re a bit late in getting this posted, but there’s still plenty of time to take advantage of these great deals that our friends have shared with us…

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How World War III Could Begin in Latvia

World War I devastated the territory of what became the state of Latvia, and on 18 November 1918, in Riga, the People’s Council of Latvia proclaimed the independence of the new country. A freely elected Constituent assembly convened in May 1920, and adopted a liberal constitution in February 1922.

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On 5 October 1939, after the conclusion of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact and the German invasion of Poland,Latvia was forced to accept a “mutual assistance” pact with the Soviet Union, which led eventually to the Soviet Union incorporating Latvia on 5 August 1940, as The Latvian Soviet Socialist Republic.  On 21 June 1941 German troops attacked Soviet forces in Operation Barbarossa and Latvia was under the control of German forces by early July. Soviet troops reentered and ‘liberated’ Latvia from the Nazi German forces in October 1944. Latvia then remained under Soviet control until full independence was restored to The Republic of Latvia on 21 August 1991.

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Sept. 11, 2001 – The Day The Earth Stood Still

So here we are, 15 years after the most terrifying and mind-numbing day that most of us will probably (hopefully) ever endure in our life-times…

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There are no words, no great speeches, no simple actions that can ever encapsulate the horrors of that day.  The September 11 attacks killed 2,996 people and injured more than 6,000 others. Overall, 2,605 U.S. citizens, including 2,135 civilians, died in the attacks, while an additional 372 non-U.S. citizens also perished. More than 90 countries lost citizens in the attacks – making the Sept. 11 terror attacks not only the most deadly ever, but also the most global.  Sept. 11, 2001 was truly a day that made the whole earth stand still – and nothing has ever been the same since.

More Camouflage Craziness from The US Navy

So by now you might have already seen the news that the US Navy is ditching their ridiculous camouflage duty uniform – known officially as “Navy Working Uniform Type I” (NWU-I), but nicknamed ‘Blueberry’ because of its camo pattern.

BRUCE LIPSKY/The Times-Union--09/15/09--Petty Officer Third Class Nicole Bieneman {cq}(L) and Petty Officer Second Class Sherri Hill pose, for The Times-Union, in the new Navy Working Uniform (NWU), outside of the Navy Federal Credit Union Tuesday, September 15, 2009 in Jacksonville, FL. Revised Navy regulations allow sailors to wear the NWUs off-base during routine short term stops like the bank, gas stations and dropping or picking children up at day care. However they are not allowed to wear the NWUs off base for long stops like grocery shopping or shopping at the Ortega SuperTarget {cq} adjacent to NAS Jacksonville. (The Florida Times-Union, Bruce Lipsky) 2009

While this could certainly be considered good news, and a step in the right direction, at first glance….  The end result actually makes even less sense.  For all of its faults, the NWU Type I duty uniform at least had one thing going for it – with its coloration it was pretty obvious that it was a ‘Navy’ uniform (all those blue and grey colors).

Now the Navy brass have decided that since the ‘Blueberry’ uniform was unpopular, all sailors should instead wear the jungle/woodland environment NWU Type III uniform in AOR2 digi-cam – a uniform that has been mostly associated with the SEALS, since they actually had a need for such a camo uniform.

nwu-3So, as of Oct. 1, 2016, EVERY desk-bound, base-dwelling, shore-duty sea person will get to feel special by wearing jungle cammies to the office too.   No word on whether every set of Type III BDUs will also be issued with a ‘special snowflake’ patch well…

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For more info about the other Navy uniform changes that are coming down the blow tube, read up on Soldier Systems Daily.

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