Gatestone: In Iran now, fanatics are training 8-year old to hate the West and Israel, to attack Iran's enemies. This is defined as a WAR Crime. Volunteers are required to be 18 yrs old. The photo of the little kid had him wearing a helmet and holding an AK-47. Iran knows our troops would have a nearly impossible time shooting at kids. Females are being raised for similar actions, such as wearing suicide bombs, carrying a knife, or they become very young wives to very old men to be used as the man sees fit. For a young woman to complain, they can killed. They have no protection in Iran's courts.
Gatestone: Germany is now investigating 400 immigrants who came into Germany in 2015 and they are suspected of having links to Islamic Terrorism. Germany has admitted that they lost track of 130,000 migrants who entered in 2015.
Global Times-China. A 5.0 earthquake has hit Tibet, but no casualties reported.
Global Times- Nigerian troops have arrested, 3,382 suspected Boko Haram Terrorists.
That's all the news for now.
Last night, as I did research for my 3rd Apache Snow Book, I spent over 3 hours online, attempting to find the Army's designation, by it's numbers, for the anti-mine plow/blade that is attached to the Bradley Fighting Vehicle. It is a Pearson plow/blade, which John Alex found the name for me this morning. But still no numbered designation. If you've been in the military you'll remember everything, especially in heavy equipment. comes with a number. But in my 3 hours last night all I could find was plow/blade for anti-mine purposes. So, if you read my third book, you'll see it identified as a Pearson plow/blade.
I try to give authenticity to my story, but this story concerns a war I was never involved in. I've read other non-fiction books and watched a half-dozen movies about the sandbox wars. Our armor units in Vietnam only fought in one major tank battle against the North Vietnamese and their Russian tanks. We won. There was smaller scrapes of course all through the 10-year war. We had Armored Personnel Carriers assigned to our unit, often armed with a M-60 machine gun and they carried 6 troops. Some of our armored vehicles could actually swim and those we called "Rubber Ducky's".
Now I might be wrong, but in Vietnam we didn't have any National Guard troops working alongside us and few troops saw more than 3 tours of duty. But in the sandbox wars, now entering their 14th year, the National Guard troops are seeing multiple tours of 5-6-7 deployments, while active duty military are seeing 3 to 6 tours. Personally, I do not agree with federalizing our National Guard and sending them to war. For most of these men and women, this is not what they signed up for. I also feel this is a winless war, like Viet Nam and we need to come home. Or, we fight this like a real war, as we did in World War II. However, I am proud of my time in Vietnam. I enlisted with plans to go to Vietnam, and the military quickly responded and sent me over. I wanted to see what this war was all about and a lot of my questions we answered and I came home a different man. But I am sincerely hopeful I have shown what this desert war is about and how it has effected our troops. I have 5 sons who went over there and I've watched them, along with others I interviewed. to put their ideas, ways of thinking, sufferings and humor into my characters.
Still, life moves along here in Moose Pass at a slow pace. We are gaining 5-6 minutes of daylight for every 24-hour period- until we will have only an hour or so of darkness by Solstice- June 21-22. A lot of celebrating goes on throughout Alaska. For those of you who live outside, this is the best time to visit.
Time to go, need to work on the book. Take care and God Bless You All.