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When I turned 21, I drank until I couldn’t stand up anymore and ultimately got thrown out of the bar. When the 94th Fighter Squadron turned 94, they burned a piano. Clearly, they have a better imagination than yours truly.

The State Department’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs is looking mighty blue lately. Maj. Gen. Walter Givhan joined the bureau as its deputy assistant secretary for plans, programs and operations. He replaced Maj. Gen. Thomas Masiello, directing the acquisition of special programs for the Defense Department. The moves were announced a few months ago. But The Cable has this interesting tidbit about the job: “Givhan is now the highest ranking military officer at the State Department, and his appointment is meant to cement the presence of a high-ranking active duty officer in PM, a State Department official told The Cable. Before…

Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., has had a full-on cat drama this week, according to an Air Force News story. Brig. Gen.  (Dr.) Kory Cornum, 81st Medical Group commander, parked his staff car by the hospital while he was on TDY, only to have it become the de facto residence of a family of cats: momma and her kittens. The cat family was noticed by a staff member who saw one of the kittens staring at him from the grill of the general’s car as he reported work. The staff called pest control to round up the kittens — momma…

We all know of the unofficial policy of different spanks for different ranks — but what can you make of this one? A snake that killed a 2-year-old girl at Eglin Air Force Base in 2009 will now be used in training. Gypsy, an 8-foot-6 albino Burmese python, “now will be used in swamp training at ranger camp,” according to the Northwest Florida Daily News. The newspaper reported the toddler, Shaianna Rosa Hare, died July 1, 2009, “after the python slid into her crib and constricted her. Her mother, Jaren Hare, and her live-in boyfriend, Charles “Jason” Darnell, each were…

So… how much does it cost to FedEx a trophy from Oklahoma to Arkansas? Air Mobility Command admitted this week it bungled the calculation of scoring at this summer’s Air Mobility Rodeo at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. The command discovered the problem as they prepared to release detailed scoring data to participants. That altered the score for best air mobility wing, the competition’s top prize. The trophy originally had been awarded to the 97th Air Mobility Wing at Altus Air Force Base, Okla., but instead will go to the 314th Airlift Wing at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. The…

Were you hoping to say good-bye for good to Joint Base Balad? And BIAP? And Taji? And all those other areas across Iraq that U.S. troops are supposed to leave by the end of the year? It’s becoming apparent American troops will remain in Iraq in 2012 and beyond — but the Iraqis aren’t exactly making the planning easy. The Iraqi ambassador to the U.S. told ForeignPolicy.com an extension “has been largely agreed upon.” “You’ll see it when you see it,” Samir Sumaida’ie said. “Americans want everything now or yesterday. We don’t do it like this. We do it in…

Imagine you’re the chief master sergeant of the Air Force. You land in Baghdad, bend over to tie your shoes and realize that your body armor is missing its rank patch. What a faux pas! What are airmen gonna think? But there’s no need to worry. The PX near the Al Faw Palace — just a short drive from the airport — has even the Air Force’s top enlisted guy covered, according to Stars and Stripes.

So Col. Muammar Gadhafi hasn’t been captured (and it looks like his son, Saif, might not ever have been), but it’s not too early to look at the role NATO jets played in toppling the Libyan government. On Aug. 20, the day rebels first stormed Tripoli, NATO jets struck 22 targets inside the capital: three military facilities, one military storage facility, seven surface-to-air missile transloaders, one radar, one surface-to-surface missile, two armed vehicles, two armored fighting vehicles, three command-and-control nodes and two multiple rocket launchers. And that’s just the latest round. Since NATO took over operations on March 31, the alliance…

So how well are things going in the United States’ third war? Well, months of operating a no-fly zone over the no-fly zone, sanctions, interdicting ships entering port, striking at government forces and overall just supporting the rebellion has really started to put the heat on leader Moammar Gadhafi. And while some people might be following the news, how well do you know the geography? Do you know your Azzawiyas from your Sirtes? Well, we’ve got a pretty neat map showing how bleak things look for the Gadhafi government. Iyad El-Baghdadi — who identifies himself as an “entrepreneur, Austrian economist,…

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