Today President Obama awarded Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator Edward C. Byers Jr. with the United States’ highest military award, the Medal Of Honor, at a White House ceremony.
Bobby Triantos loves flying and driving. One he does for a living, currently over the embattled skies of Afghanistan, the other he does for pleasure. His work ride is the deadliest attack helicopter on the planet; the other is an icon for Porsche lovers, a 1973 911 Carrera. Luckily for us, he takes great photos and…
On Monday, the American public got a stark reminder that the war in Afghanistan really isn’t over, following a deadly suicide bombing at Bagram Air Base. The U.S. deaths included Air Force Major Adrianna Vorderbruggen, an openly gay officer who spent years trying to repeal the Pentagon’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”…
Building this gas station should have cost $500,000. Instead, the U.S. military spent $42,718,739 and can’t explain why.
A U.S. Air Force F-16 was struck by ground fire causing damage to one of its horizonal stabilizers during a mission over Afghanistan last Tuesday, according to reports released today. The stricken jet returned to base to make an emergency landing after dropping its external fuel tanks and its air-to-ground munitions…
A C-130 Super Hercules crashed shortly after midnight at Jalalabad Air Base which is located about 80 miles east of Kabul, Afghanistan. On-board were six military crew members and five civilian passengers, all of whom lost their lives. The passengers were all working with NATO’s mission in the country.
The huge pods slung under this USAF MQ-9 Reaper represent the most game-changing aerial surveillance technology of at least the last decade. Known as Gorgon Stare Increment II, it features two massive sensor balls packing 368 cameras, and is one of the most advanced forms of Wide Area Aerial Surveillance to date.
The OV-10 Bronco was a flying and fighting do-all sport utility vehicle. It could loiter for hours, direct fire onto the enemy, pack paratroopers and cargo, or attack with its own weapons. Many think it was retired right when it could have become most useful and that it would have been the perfect light air support…
Love, booze, pills, thawbs and lots of firepower: This is how one of America's most effective soldiers took the fight to the enemy in Afghanistan, and as a result the rigid Army bureaucracy took him down. Part Commando, part Lawrence Of Arabia, the story of Green Beret Jim Gant is one of incredible bravery, and one of…
The electrifying video below depicts the tense moments before, during and after Bowe Bergdahl's transfer between Taliban and US Special Operations and possibly CIA or State Department personnel. Here's a breakdown of what it means.
The Toyota Hilux is basically the gold standard in budget backcountry warfighting trucks, so I wasn't surprised that the Taliban used one in the release of captive Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl as seen in their unverified video. I did not expect the Islamic fundamentalists to be rocking such a flamboyant graphics package though.
You know what kind of car thieves won't steal? A car with flat tires. Cops in Kabul, Afghanistan have taken the extreme measure of puncturing the tires of all cars parked after dark to prevent theft. It's like shooting someone in the leg instead of the arm.
We Americans are guilty of treating our cars like any other disposable commodity. We drive them until they're wrecked or used up, and then we replace them. Haven't you ever wondered what happened to a car you were forced to part with? It's possible it ended up in a very interesting place: Afghanistan.
Cpl. Sebastian Gallegos lost his right arm while serving in Afghanistan. He has since returned home and gotten a prosthesis. But his car was in bad shape, and he and his wife were having a hard time financing the repairs. He doesn't need to worry about it anymore.
As anyone who's had to perform military service in a warzone knows, overseas deployments tend to involve hard work and long working hours. But the down time can be just as intense, with many of the troops turning to video games and pirated DVDs to keep their minds from drifting wistfully homeward while they're away.
This video purportedly from Sharana, Afghanistan shows a pilot in an Apache AH-64 helicopter flying close enough to the ground to cause soldiers witnessing the incident to scream "Oh my God" before the helicopter hits the surface, nearly cutting into numerous soldiers before it spins wildly out of control.…
Robots can't have feelings. But humans develop feelings for them. You know, like R2-D2 in Star Wars. Or like Scooby Doo, a real life small robot that saved the day 19 times. This is his single-tear story.
General Atomics' Avenger—the newest iteration of the classic Predator—is headed to war for the first time, Danger Room's David Axe reports. It's got F-35 sensors, loads of stealth weapons bays, and terrain-sweeping radar. Iran: start licking your lips.
How a U.S. Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet carrier fighter aircraft managed to get stranded in Afghanistan isn't clear, but the U.S. Air Force had a unique solution for getting it back to home base in San Diego: A ride in a cargo plane.
Jacob LaDuke served with the U.S. Air Force in Afghanistan in 2002 as an A-10 crew chief. Here, LaDuke explains one of his first nights at Bagram AFB and his near fatal brush with a big ol' Canadian transport. — Ed.