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It’s All About Helicopters, Not Park – Really

23 May

Park and GangWhat is this? “Brought to You by Gangnam?” Perhaps, “We Hired Psy and His Girls, But All We Could Get Were the Prez and Her Boys!”. The only tackier image I’ve seen is this Okie state representative plugging his own office during a report on the recent tornado disaster in Moore, Oklahoma.

Fortunately, there’s this substantive GI Korea post on the Surion (KUH-1) Utility helicopter.

The Korean government launched a six-year, 1.3 trillion won ($1.17 billion) project in June 2006 to produce a twin-engine light utility helicopter to replace the aging fleet of U.S.-made UH-1Hs and 500MD light helicopters that have been in service for decades.

The first prototype of the Surion, which means “agile and flawless” in Korean, was delivered in August 2009 and successfully completed its maiden flight in March 2010 before entering full-scale production in 2012.

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Been There, Doing It Again – Badly

23 May

August 3, 2009It’s harrowing to consider, that the Vietnam War sparked a national debate about how to treat wounded warriors that the nation seemingly has forgotten. The Colorado Gazette has a three-part series, featured in a Democracy Now! segment, that highlights how combat veterans in the Army and Marine Corps face crises, both medical and bureaucratic, for the services they performed for the nation in its perpetual war against terrorism.

AMY GOODMAN: As we wrap up, just this issue that you, in sum, find in this remarkable three-part series, more soldiers being discharged for misconduct than at any time in recent history. The feeling you get from this piece: The military sends these guys off to war, men and women, and now doesn’t want to pay for them being taken care of—to do with sequester, to do with downsizing. And no matter how horrific their crimes are, like this guy Sasse beating up his wife, they are then just released into society, if they’re not arrested, and they’re not taken care of at all.

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