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The U.S. Army is reminding soldiers that they’ve got two years to buy the new physical fitness uniform.

The service’s Future Soldier Center on Monday tweeted that the mandatory possession date for the Army Physical Fitness Uniform, or APFU, is Oct. 1, 2017. [click to continue…]

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Kudos to the three Americans who are rightly being hailed as heroes for subduing an Islamist gunman Friday while riding on a high-speed train from Amsterdam to Paris.

Spencer Stone, an airman in the Air Force, was the first to make contact with the gunman, who was wielding an AK-47 rifle, a Luger pistol and a box cutter. The gunman, known to French authorities as a security risk, slashed Stone with a box cutter in the head and neck and hand (some reports indicated his thumb was nearly cut off). [click to continue…]

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"(FORT BENNING, Ga) Maneuver Center of Excellence leaders, along with seven Ranger School students from Class 08-15, conduct a media panel in McGinnis-Wickham Hall. August 20, 2015. (Photos by Patrick A. Albright/MCoE PAO Photographer) "

The U.S. Defense Department live stream of today’s Army Ranger School graduation featuring the first women to complete the traditionally all-male infantry course has ended.

The graduation took place from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. local time. Below is a recorded version of the event. My colleague, Matt Cox, traveled down to Fort Benning, Georgia, to cover the ceremony for Military.com.

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Gabriele de Plano, vice president of marketing and operations for Beretta Defense Technologies, wrote an Aug. 17 letter to the editor in The Washington Post in response to a recent article in the newspaper.

In it, he argued that the Army could upgrade the existing M9 pistol for far less than developing a new handgun, known as the Modular Handgun System, or MHS. [click to continue…]

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"U.S. Army Soldiers participate in close arm combatives during the Ranger Course on Ft. Benning, GA., April 20, 2015. Soldiers attend Ranger school to learn additional leadership and small unit technical and tactical skills in a physically and mentally demanding, combat stimulated environment. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Nikayla Shodeen/Released Pending Review)"

The first two women to graduate from Army Ranger School have been identified, according to news reports.

The 20-something West Point graduates are Capt. Kristen Griest, a military police officer from Connecticut (shown in the image above), and 1st Lt. Shaye Haver, an Apache helicopter pilot from Arizona (shown in the image below), according to articles in The Ledger-Enquirer and The Washington Post. [click to continue…]

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Surefire is showing of a more powerful version of its Titan keychain light, which increases the max output from 125 lumens to 300 lumens.

“The refined, ultra-compact Titan Plus builds upon our groundbreaking Titan … by adding several useful ‘pluses,’ including more than twice the maximum output—300 lumens of flawless white light!” according to Surefire officials.

“Its high-performance LED also generates two other useful light levels with a simple twist of the head switch: 75 lumens at its medium setting and 15 lumens on low. No matter which output level you select, our proprietary faceted reflector shapes the LED’s light into wide, smooth MaxVision Beam.”

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"U.S. Army Soldiers conduct Airborne and Air Assault Operations during the Ranger Course at Camp Rudder on Eglin Air Force Base, Fl., August 06, 2015. Soldiers attend the Ranger Course to learn additional leadership and small unit technical and tactical skills in a physically and mentally demanding, combat simulated environment, (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Ebony Banks/ Released)"

My colleague Matthew Cox is out with this news at Military.com: [click to continue…]

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