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In the Mountains, Female MP Officer Takes a Step Closer To Earning the Ranger Tab

In April, the Army opened Ranger School to women for the first time as part of an evaluation of how to fully integrate the Army’s combat forces. Nineteen female soldiers started the course at Fort Benning, and after three months, three remain.

The common denominator is that all three women are graduates of the United States Military Academy. That is not surprising, said Sue Fulton, who graduated from West Point in 1980 with the first class to include women.

After four days of mountain training, the students are now going through five days of combat technique training. The real test begins Tuesday when the class heads to the Chattahoochee National Forest for graded student-led patrols.
Read the full article in Ledger-Enquirer.

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Relationship Between Smell And Psychological Trauma

Pamela Dalton, a cognitive psychologist, first came to appreciate the power of smell in memory formation as a graduate student, when she used olfactory cues to enhance her human subjects’ memories of unfamiliar faces. She’s now a faculty member at the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia, and one of the nation’s experts on the relationship between smell and memory, and, in particular, smell and PTSD.

For patients and researchers, recognizing how smell might be linked to traumatic memories represented a big first step towards finding proper treatments. “When you find yourself walking down the street, and all of a sudden your heart’s pounding at 200 bpm, and your palms are sweaty, and you find yourself wanting to run and you don’t know why,” it’s critical to gain an understanding of what’s setting off your body’s alarms, Dalton said.

Read more in io9.

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Chattanooga Active Shooter Incident Leaves Four Marines Dead, Police Officer Injured

Four marines and a gunman have been shot dead in two attacks by the same gunman on military recruitment centres in suburban Chattanooga, Tennessee.

It is understood three others have been wounded, included a police officer who was shot in the ankle.

The gunman open fire on a military recruitment centre in a suburban strip mall with what has been described as a high-powered rifle at around 10.45am. He was pursued to a second site – described as a Navy reserve centre – around 10 kilometres away where he killed four marines, and where he was killed about half an hour later.

Read more in the Sydney Morning Herald.

Source: www.smh.com.au

Protests At Talisman Sabre 2015 Exercise Cost Queensland Police Over $50,000

Protests at Shoalwater Bay against exercise Talisman Sabre have so far cost police over $50,000.

One of the protesters arrested yesterday morning, Nicholas John Deane, was fined $500 in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court this morning after pleading guilty to trespassing on the site.

The court heard Deane, 68, was found inside the military training area with camping and cold weather items and refused to leave when approached by members of the Australian Defence Force.

He was arrested and held in the Rockhampton Watchouse overnight after refusing to sign bail.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Manon Barwick said Deane, and other protesters, had cost police over $50,000 in responding to incidents at Shoalwater Bay and prevented them from attending emergency situations.

Read more in Central Telegraph. Related: Peace Protesters Dishonouring Our Soldiers.

Source: www.centraltelegraph.com.au

Veteran With PTSD Says He Wouldn’t Have Made It Without His Service Dog

Morgan Watt is a former Air Force working dog handler who specialized in explosive detection. Though he’s been out of the military for almost 20 years, he was recently diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder, an illness that effects around 8 million American adults each year — many of them veterans.

Watt credits his service dog Foley, a golden retriever/Labrador mix trained at Southeastern Guide Dogs, for saving him from the crippling effects of PTSD. Foley helps Watt cope with the migraine headaches, vertigo, panic attacks, anxiety and depression that invade his life.

“There’s something about Foley that makes you feel alive and very present,” an emotional Watt says in the video above. “With his paw on my leg, I can feel him breathe, and that’s very, very comforting. Out of all the therapy, out of all the treatment, I don’t think I would have made it without Foley.”

On June 27, National PTSD Awareness Day, it’s especially important to recognize the struggles of people suffering from PTSD and to keep searching for cures. Visit the National Center for PTSD for more information, and watch Watt in the video above to see the kind of change a service dog can make.

“When you’re at the bottom of depression, you can’t feel anything. And so, you’re already dead,” Watt explains, adding of Foley: “He’s the one that’s brought the feeling back into my life.”


If you — or someone you know — need help, please call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. If you are outside of the U.S., please visit the International Association for Suicide Prevention for a database of international resources.


Read more in HuffPo.

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Police Reassure Public: Carry On, Remain Safe And Vigilant

June 27th sees two major events hosted in London: the Armed Forces Day and Pride Rally (estimated to attract 750,000 visitors), and various events around the country to mark Armed Forces Day. 

Hundreds of events marking Armed Forces Day will take place across the country. This year’s national event is in Guildford in Surrey, where the Duke of York will be in attendance. A service will be held in Guildford Cathedral and serving personnel, veterans and cadets will parade through the town.

The Pride Parade leaves Baker Street at 1300 and ends at Whitehall at approximately 1630; with other events to take place until Sunday.

The threat level in the UK from international terrorism remains unchanged at “severe” following reports that an Armed Forces Day parade had been targeted by Islamic State, Police say.

They have encouraged the public to attend events as normal after a plot to explode a pressure cooker bomb at a parade in south London today was foiled, according to The Sun.

It comes as the Government’s emergency COBRA committee, expected to be chaired by Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, is meeting this morning following Friday’s three terror attacks.

The suicide plot was intended to strike soldiers from the unit of murdered Lee Rigby, but failed after one of its leaders in Syria unwittingly recruited an undercover investigator from the newspaper to carry it out, the report said.

It is alleged that a leading figure in IS, whom it named as Junaid Hussain, originally from Birmingham, told the investigator: “It will be big.”

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: “While the UK threat level from international terrorism remains severe, we would like to reassure the public that we constantly review security plans for public events, taking into account specific intelligence and the wider threat. Our priority is the safety and security for all those attending or involved, the public are encouraged to continue with their plans to attend or take part in events as normal. We would also like to reiterate our long-standing advice to remain vigilant and alert. As ever we would urge the public to get in touch to report anything suspicious by calling the confidential anti-terrorist hotline on 0800 789 321 or in an emergency by calling 999.”

The Daily Mail says that as police forces step up security at this weekend’s events, officers have been given advice not to wear their uniforms once off duty and not to tell strangers what their job is.

Source: news.sky.com

The US Army’s New Plan To Help Soldiers With PTSD

Army officials want to be more proactive, meeting soldiers in the very environment where anxiety festers. Even though fewer troops are now going into war zones, Army officials are still struggling to connect soldiers with the appropriate treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder amid a surge in PTSD cases in recent years. However, an impending overhaul of the Army’s mental health care system could help extend immediate, personalized care to those who need it most. It’s estimated that thousands of soldiers suffer from various mental health issues after serving their country but it seems that only a fraction of those suffering gets the help they deserve. However, there are charities and projects, like the wounded warriors project, available to lend a helping hand if needed. You may be wondering, what is wounded warriors project? Well, it’s a project which is devoted to helping soldiers overcome their mental health obstacles as well as any physical wounds they may have incurred from being in the army. It seems like the government are taking a leaf out of their book and trying to combat the issues faced head-on.

The proposed reforms would bring an influx of mental health specialists to meet the growing demand among soldiers. On-base intensive mental health resources would replace private psychiatric hospitals, and counseling teams would work closely with troops. Doctors who tag along with soldiers in these units regularly meet with commanders to discuss the progress of the people whom they consider to be high-risk cases. Those suffering from PTSD can also Click here for more support and treatment. Although there has been a lot of research into PTSD, unfortunately, there is no miracle cure and each case will respond differently to various treatments but with constant updates to treatment and much-needed reforms, progress is being made. In fact, many PTSD patients have been using more home remedies like cannabis to ease their symptoms and help them to sleep better at night. It is easy to get cannabis products from places like Daily Marijuana so patients can help their quality of life from the comfort of their own homes.

Mental trauma counts among the top issues affecting members of the Armed Forces. Last July, a national survey of more than 2,000 members of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America – which includes members of the Army, Marines, Air Force, and Navy – found that more than 60 percent of respondents said they have been diagnosed with PTSD or traumatic brain injuries. More than 30 percent of respondents also said they have thought about taking their own lives since joining the military.

Read more on thinkprogress.org.

Source: thinkprogress.org

Ed: Meet the new plan, same as the old plan? Hopefully not. Time for action is now, we need real solutions implemented ASAP.

South Africa to Deploy Army to Help Police End Anti-Immigrant Attacks

South Africa will deploy the army to areas that remain volatile after a spate of violent attacks targeting immigrants, the defense minister announced on Tuesday. Soldiers will be sent to support police in troubled areas, Defense Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula said in a live broadcast. …

Source: abcnews.go.com

Former Corporal Walking To Raise Money, Awareness for PTSD in Canada

Former tank driver and soldier Cpl. Kate MacEachern is preparing for her final, longest and hardest Long Way Home.

It’s a walking challenge she undertakes carrying a 45-pound rucksack, in order to raise awareness and money for veterans and awareness about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

MacEachern, 36, started the Long Way Home fundraiser in 2011, and in 2012 she started her first walk suited up in full military uniform and gear for a 19-day, 576-kilometre walk from CFB Gagetown, N.B., to her hometown of Antigonish, N.S.

She raised $20,000 for the military group Soldier On and shortly after completing that walk she was preparing for the next one…

Source: www.thetelegram.com