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Articles by Jesse Beckett:

Color Photos Of The War Effort Bring History To Life

Color photos from the National Archives show a PBM Mariner receiving a Navy and Pan-Am paintjob, and workers servicing a Vultee BT-13A

Photography in WWII is often thought of as a black and white art, which is an easy association to make as the huge majority of…

Oops! Metal Detectorist Attempted To Sell A Live Bomb

Area near where the evacuation took place

British metal detector hobbyist Mark Williams, 51, discovered a live WWII German incendiary bomb with his metal detector in Southampton, England, and later put the…

Last Surviving Marine Of The USS Indianapolis Has Passed Away Aged 96

Edgar Harrell, a 96-year-old veteran marine and last living Marine of the USS Indianapolis has passed away at the Tennessee State Veterans Home in Clarksville,…

USS Constitution Sails Again After More Than A Year

USS Constitution is tugged through the Boston harbor.

The COVID-19 pandemic has prevented us all from living our normal lives, including Old Ironsides. This 220-year-old ship hasn’t left her berthing since October 2019,…

New Exoskeleton Makes Work At Travis AFB Easier And Less Dangerous

Travis Air Force Base in California is the test site for a futuristic new exoskeleton that aims to make the work of service members easier…

‘Pogs’ To Be Phased Out As Currency In Base Stores

pogs used as "gift certificates" on military bases

Pogs, a paper currency that has been in use by troops on overseas bases since 2001 is being phased out in line with the U.S.…

How The Pentagon Is Keeping Tabs On Extremism Within The Ranks

phone displaying Twitter logo on box that says handle with care

The Intercept has reported that they have reviewed information within Pentagon documents that indicates the Department of Defense is planning on monitoring its service members’…

Thunderbirds Aerial Display Team Name New Commander

aerial shot of the thunderbirds, with portrait of Lt. Col. Elliott

The United States Air Force Thunderbirds display squadron has a new commander for the 2022 and 2023 season, Lt. Col. Justin Elliott. The new leader…

World’s First Modern Submarine Identified In The English Channel

The Royal Navy D-class submarine HMS D1 on patrol near the Fort Blockhouse submarine base at Gosport circa 1910

Divers have discovered an extremely historically valuable submarine wreck on the seafloor of the English Channel, close to the Devon coast. This 112-year-old British vessel…

America’s First Female Cryptanalyst Is Having A Ship Named In Her Honor

The USCG National Security Cutter BERTHOLF beside a portrait of Elizabeth Smith Friedman

Mississippi shipbuilder Ingalls Shipbuilding has begun work on a new Legend-class cutter for the Coast Guard. This new National Security cutter (NSC) is named after…

Pilot Awarded for Belly-Landing Plane After Landing Gear Failure

Taylor Bye and her A-10 plane after belly-landing

A-10 Thunderbolt II pilot Capt. Taylor Bye has been awarded the Air Combat Command Airmanship Award for safely belly-landing an A-10 without a canopy or…

Lasers Are The Next Big Thing For The Army

The 5th Battalion, 4th Air Defense Artillery Regiment (5-4 ADA), 10th Army Air and Missile Defense Command, is the first unit in the Army to receive the Mobile Short Range Air Defense (M-SHORAD) system.

Lasers, a technology that has been the focus of sci-fi gadgetry for years, should soon be making its way into the hands of troops in…