Now THIS is what you call a technical!!
A Technical is, per Wikipedia, ” light improvised fighting vehicles, typically a civilian or military non-combat vehicle, modified to provide an offensive capability similar to a military gun truck. It is usually an open-backed civilian pickup truck or four-wheel drive vehicle mounting a machine gun, light anti-aircraft gun, anti-tank weapon, or other support weapon.”
DELARAM, Afghanistan–Afghan National Army soldiers conduct a patrol in western Afghanistan. (ANA photo by Sergeant Fathe Noori)
Monday is May Day and the Russians will hold their traditional parade in Red Square – which, by the way, is not so named because of communism. Here is a picture of some Spetsnaz (Russian Special Ops soldiers) in the snow.
In the course of the surprise combat readiness inspection units of the separate Airborne Spacial Task Force brigade is providing tactical assault and blocking the Severomorsk-3 airfield (Severomorsk, Murmansk region)
Happy Military Saturday, everyone! See you Monday!
Who needs a parachute, anyway?
@31stMEU trains in helicopter insertion off the coast of Okinawa.
I’m a little late on this one – Usually I put it up in January, but never late than never!
It seems like I read less this year than in previous years, but a lot of what I was doing was working through coding exercises. Also, we moved in the middle of the year, and a whole lot of bad stuff happened too. At one point I was working two jobs. So, life happening plus less time to read combined with working through coding textbooks meant this year was anemic when it came to books. Still, I hope you find some value in the list below. There are books on history, international affairs, religion, mathematics, epidemiology, and of course, many fiction books.
Things have been hectic this week and so I haven’t had a chance to write a proper post. But I promised myself that I would put up a post each week, so here it is.
This week I’ve been reading N.T. Wright, who I’ve seen referenced as the greatest living theologian – book Simply Christian. I have a summary Aquinas did of his Summa Theologica and several books on St. Francis to read also.
I’ve also been working my way through Java data structures; it’s interesting to see how much more I can understand things with that background. Tree searches, for example, are a key component in Artificial Intelligence. I have six chapters in this book, which is more of an introduction; then, I have books dedicated to data structures and algorithms to work through.
I’ve also been keeping up on my reading in international affairs. I just got a book from the library on counterinsurgency called Hearts and Minds: A People’s History of Counterinsurgency. I also have been going through a survey book on strategy and I have Louis Freedman’s Strategy: A History waiting for me as well.
So lots of work and reading; tonight, though, is date night at the symphony and Mozart!