Friday, April 04, 2014

Generals Say Troops Understand Need For Pay Cuts

Another lickspittle lying coward and traitor to our military and America spewing bullshit while fucking over our military for his physical and moral coward master Obama

By Brian jordan

Senior Pentagon officials told Congress on Tuesday that troops are willing to sacrifice portions of their pay and benefits if it means keeping and improving the training and equipment needed to do their jobs.

American traitor, coward William F. Moran
Vice Adm. William F. Moran, chief of naval personnel and deputy chief of naval operations, told lawmakers that sailors he has met with over the past six months have spoken more about "the quality of the service" they're able to do than anything other topic.

The view was shared by other officials, including Sheryl E. Murray, assistant deputy commandant for manpower and reserve affairs for the Marine Corps.

"I would emphasize our Marines do enjoy a good quality of life. Our Marines love being in the Marine Corps family," she said.

"Most of all, they want the right equipment. ... They want to be trained, and they want to be ready. That is the overriding desire."

Personnel officials from the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and the Department of Defense met with the House Armed Services' Military Personnel subcommittee to talk about cuts to pay and benefits the Pentagon is proposing for its upcoming budget.

These include a smaller pay raise -- 1 percent raise, an average 5 percent reduction in housing allowances, and higher health care fees for some retirees.

The proposed budget for next year is $496 billion, reflecting a savings of $176 billion, according to the Pentagon, because of the personnel cuts.

Military leaders say personnel costs make up about a third of their budgets and remain the fasting growing portion. Unless the trend is slowed and reversed, manning costs will eventually make it impossible to meet other funding needs, the military brass has said.

"That's why we are asking for a 1 percent [troop pay increase] instead of a 2 or higher percentage, so we can slow that growth of a military member's pay and also be able to bolster their readiness and bolster the modernization," Acting Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness Jessica Wright said.

"The quality of life is good, but the quality of service, we believe, for our military members is lower, and so we would like to balance that," she said.

Army Deputy Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Howard Bromberg said quality of life is important, but added "we can't afford to lower the training standards in defense of something else."

However, the personnel officials who offered testimony before the subcommittee could offer only personal anecdotes to back up their belief that troops would welcome pay and benefit cuts. No survey results were offered. Leaders also said it could not wait for the results of a commission due to issue its report on military pay and benefits next year.

Testimony from the military brass took some lawmakers by surprise after troop advocacy groups have rejected the cuts to pay and benefits proposed in the upcoming budget.

Rep. Joe Heck, R-Nev., reminded the Pentagon officials that the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission is expected to turn in its review and recommendation a year from now. He cautioned that they are asking to make significant changes in these areas without the benefit of the commission's findings.

"What happens when they come back in 2015 with a whole host of recommendations?" Heck asked.

Pentagon officials said the military can't wait a year for the commission's report followed by another year before any recommendations could be adopted.

"We've got to make a near-term savings in the next couple of years. Otherwise, we're going to dig ourselves into a hole and just not going to be able to get out of it," Bromberg said.

Veterans' organizations, which often speak for the services' rank and file, have opposed many of the proposed cuts.

The veterans groups, including the Association of the U.S. Navy and The American Legion, back a 1.8 percent raise that is tied to the formula worked out by the Employment Cost Index of the Labor Department.

"You want an adequate standard of living" for service members, American Legion National Commander Dan Dellinger said Tuesday night. "That's important for them and their families." Dellinger said service members know the fiscal picture is tight. Army exercises have been scaled back. In the Navy, some ships have stayed at home instead of cruising.

"They've taken those concessions," he said. "I hate to say it, but the government shouldn't try to balance the budget on the backs of service members. If they took away the entire DoD budget, it still wouldn't balance the budget."

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Soldier Kills 3, Wounds 16 At Fort Hood

The one and only individual responsible for this is Obama, who allowed these troops to remain in Afghanistan in the first place


A soldier with mental health problems went on a shooting rampage Wednesday that killed three other service members and wounded or injured 16 at Fort Hood in Texas. 
The enlisted soldier later killed himself following a dramatic confrontation in a base parking lot with a female military police officer, said Army Lt. Gen. Mark Miley, the base commander.

At a distance of about 20 feet, the soldier and the Military Policeman faced each other, Miley said. The suspect took a .45 caliber Smith & Wesson pistol out of his jacket and the MP also raised her weapon. The suspect then pointed his weapon at his head and fired. 

"It was clearly heroic what she did," Miley said of the MP. "There is no indication that this incident was related to terrorism although we are not ruling anything out."

Miley said the soldier was married and lived off-base. He declined to identify him, but NBC reported that he was Ivan Lopez, 34.

Mass-murdering traitor Obama responsible
The suspect "had behavior, health and mental issues and was being treated for that," Miley said. 
He also had shown symptoms of depression and anxiety, and "was currently under diagnosis for PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)," Miley said. 

The suspect claimed to have suffered a traumatic brain injury while serving four months in Iraq in 2011, Miley said, but an initial search of records showed no reports of TBI.

"He was not wounded in action, had no Purple Heart," Miley said.

The 16 wounded were all soldiers, Miley said. Most were hit by gunfire but at least two suffered injuries while trying to escape the gunfire, Miley said.

Miley said the suspect bought the .45 caliber handgun at a nearby gunshop off-base and brought the weapon onto the base without authorization. 
"You're not allowed to have a concealed weapon on base and I don't endorse carrying concealed weapons on base," Miley said.

There were initial reports that the suspect may have been involved in an argument before the shooting spree but Miley said he could not confirm that account.

Miley said the shooting was confined to the areas of the 1st Medical Brigade and the Transportation Command's motor pool. 
The suspect began shooting, got into a vehicle and drove a short distance, then got out and began shooting again before confronting the MP in the parking lot, Miley said.

Fort Hood officials said that shots were fired beginning at about 4:30 p.m. local time on the sprawling 214,000-acre base.

There were initial reports of a possible second shooter but those reports were not confirmed. 
Traitor, coward Lt. Gen. Mark Milley responsible
At the onset of the incident, sirens wailed across the base and loudspeakers warned that an "active shooter" was on the loose and directed those on the base to "shelter in place." 
Officers from the Bell County sheriff's office and other law enforcement agencies rushed to block exits to the base and President Obama was quickly notified of the incident. 

"Many questions remain and our focus is on supporting the victims and their families," said Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

"Obviously this reopens the pain of what happened at Fort Hood five years ago," said President Obama. "We know these families. We know their incredible service to our country and the sacrifices that they make." 
The president went on to say "we're heartbroken that something like this might have happened again."

"Events of the past taught us many things here at Fort Hood," Miley said in a reference to the 2009 mass shootings on the base.

At Fort Hood last August, a court martial sentenced Maj. Nidal Hasan, an Army psychiatrist, to death for the 2009 shooting rampage that left 13 dead and 32 wounded in what remains the worst mass shooting on record at a military base.

The shootings Wednesday at Fort Hood came as the military was conducting a major review ordered by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on access to military bases.
Traitor, mass-murderer Hagel responsible for ALL military deaths
The review was prompted by the shootings last Sept. 16, 2013, at the Naval Sea Systems Command building at the Washington Navy Yard in southeast Washington, D.C., that left 12 dead.
The sole gunman, Aaron Alexis, was employed by a defense contractor and managed to get a weapon past the entrance to the Yard. 
Alexis was killed by responding officers. The Navy was also investigating how Jeffrey Savage, 35, of Portsmouth, Va., a civilian with a criminal record, managed to get access to Naval Station Norfolk, Va., on March 21 and board the destroyer Mahan where he killed Petty Officer Mark A. Mayo. Security officers responding to the scene later killed Savage.

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