In the Fight: Episode 72

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Episode 72 of In The Fight produced by the Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System. Here's their description of this half-hour show:
On this episode, the Afghan military takes control of the Coalition Forces' oldest base, we see how there are some things that technology just cannot replace, an Air National Guard unit quietly passes a significant milestone, we look at the sacrifices that have been make in Afghanistan, and we see what it's like to be the wife of a deployed service member.

Obama Tips His Hand: Defense Cuts Come First

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That headline on Drudge takes you to a Business Insider article that reads in part:
The Washington Post's Bob Woodward ripped into President Barack Obama on "Morning Joe" today, saying he's exhibiting a "kind of madness I haven't seen in a long time" for a decision not to deploy an aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf because of budget concerns.
"Can you imagine Ronald Reagan sitting there and saying, 'Oh, by the way, I can't do this because of some budget document?'" Woodward said.
"Or George W. Bush saying, 'You know, I'm not going to invade Iraq because I can't get the aircraft carriers I need?'" Or even Bill Clinton saying, 'You know, I'm not going to attack Saddam Hussein's intelligence headquarters,' ... because of some budget document?"
American military resolve goes back even further. Reagan renewed America's military confidence after it had been eroded by the Vietnam War and a feckless President Jimmy Carter. President Carter's only use of the American military was to crash a bunch of helicopters in the Iranian desert in a failed attempt to free the hostages. But the article above also calls to mind Teddy Roosevelt's Great White Fleet. Roosevelt sent the fleet, which was based in the Atlantic Ocean, around the world, but not everyone approved of it:
Senator Eugene Hale, the chairman of the Senate Naval Appropriation Committee, threatened to cut the fleet's funding.
Responding in typical fashion, Roosevelt replied that he already had the money and dared Congressional leaders to "try and get it back."
In light of the President's recent funding priorities, is the Benghazi debacle really surprising?

In the Fight: Episode 68

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Episode 68 of In The Fight produced by the Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System. Here's their description of this half-hour show:
On this episode, service members head home after their final deployment to Afghanistan, a new Afghan organization looks to rid corruption from within its ranks, we meet a team tasked with responding to crises at American embassies, a group of combat engineers find themselves between a rock and a hard place, and an annual event aims to assist local veterans in need.

#MOSen: Military Service is a Family Tradition for Todd Akin

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While campaigning in south St. Louis county, Todd Akin took a minute to respond to Claire McCaskill's claim that he would be weak on veterans issues. In point of fact, Akin's family has numerous service members including himself, his father, and three of his sons, so he is particularly attuned to veterans issues.

In the Fight: Episode 67

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The Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System produced Episode 67 of In The Fight. Here's their description of this half-hour show:
On this episode, Marines battle insurgents during Operation Helmand Viper, we take a look back at the rise of green on blue attacks in Afghanistan, advances in new technology are helping train Sailors in a more realistic setting, doctors study service members to learn more about traumatic brain injuries, and service members find assistance in transitioning to the civilian work force. 

Statement on Terrorist Attacks on 11th Anniversary of 9/11

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We salute Ambassador Stevens for a lifetime of service, and the Marines killed defending American soil from terrorist attacks on the 11th anniversary of 9/11.

We call on President Obama to reassert America’s visceral dedication to the fundamental human right of free speech. We expect his personal commitment to defend American interests and property against all enemies everywhere in the world with┬áthe vigilance of a parent guarding his children and home.

We condemn the administration’s initial apology for American free speech–an apology given to the very terrorists who seek to destroy our fundamental liberties and way of life on the day we mourned the most visible and painful symbol of their war against us.We urge Americans everywhere to work for the election of candidates who will put American lives, property, and interest before the approval of dictators and terrorists.

Finally, we ask for prayers for our nation, its warriors, and the families grieving loss of life from enemy violence.

In the Fight: Episode 66

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The Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System produced Episode 66 of In The Fight. Here's their description of this half-hour show:
On this episode, a lieutenant leads his men through Southern Afghanistan one last time, military forces from nine different countries come together for RIMPAC 2012, the International Maritime Bureau looks at ways to make the seas safer for seafarers, we learn a little known fact about an iconic spy plane, and we find out what it takes to become one of the best junior officers in the U.S. Army.

In the Fight: Episode 65

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The Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System produced Episode 65 of In The Fight. Here's their description of this half-hour show:
On this episode, Afghan forces take the lead in Operation Southern Strike II, Coalition forces relinquish their bases as they draw down throughout Afghanistan, U.S. and Afghan Soldiers pave the way to a bright future, Soldiers travel seventy-five miles in seven days to deliver aid, and we revisit a battle between U.S. forces and the Taliban.

In the Fight: Episode 64

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The Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System produced Episode 63 of In The Fight. Here's their description of this half-hour show:
On this episode, we see what it takes to execute a combat operation in Afghanistan, Soldiers are put through their paces to become members of the Afghan Special Forces, nineteen countries prepare for a multi-national exercise known as Eager Lion, progressive steps are being taken to change discrimination in Afghanistan, and an Afghan athlete prepares for the summer Olympics.

In the Fight: Episode 63

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The Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System produced Episode 63 of In The Fight. Here's their description of this half-hour show:
On this episode, Soldiers get water flowing again in Afghanistan's critical green zones, an Afghan crisis response unit leads a night mission against the Taliban, Marines train the Uganda People's Defense Force to combat the al-Qaida linked group al-Shabaab, a special Coast Guard team hunts for threats in the Atlantic, and a Marine welcomes a new beginning. Available in high definition.