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Many of you are asking: DragonCannes is amazing! The history is so great! Dragon Jobs looks so cool! But what are y'all REALLY about? What are y'all capabilities? What's going on over there? Your questions, answered. WATCH! 👀�dt
Only one man is tough enough to try his hand at the 18th Airborne's dirties jobs. That man is Sergeant Major Mike "Noggs" Noggle. Premiering July 4th: A new weekly show based on Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe. It's called "Dragon Jobs." Right here at this Twitter account.
Next week is 18th Airborne Corps Patch Week™️!!! There's a story behind every @USArmy patch. Next week we'll dive DEEP into the Army lineage to tell you all of them. Which patch are YOU reppin'?
"The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free." Thus began General Order No 3 read by General Gordon Granger on June 19, 1865. Emancipation was now manifest across the US #JuneTeenth2021
This weekend we pause to commemorate Juneteenth in honor of the freeing of the final American slaves in Galveston, Texas by U.S. Army General Gordon Granger on June 19, 1865. Granger led a force of Union Soldiers to inform residents that all slaves were now free #JuneTeenth2021
Army unit patches are steeped in symbolism & history. There's a story behind each patch. Next week, 18th Airborne Corps Patch Week™️ (June 21-25), we tell all those stories. Find out how your unit's patch was designed and what it means. Beginning next Monday.
Today is the 50th anniversary of the break in at the Watergate complex. The resulting coverup ended the Nixon presidency and changed the course of history. The best perspective you'll get on this event comes Episode 38 of the 18th Airborne Corps podcast: apple.co/3vt8gLP
#TDIDCH: June 17, 1876 -Nez Perce War, Montana: Elmer Snow, a trumpeter with the 3rd Cav Regiment is wounded in both arms, yet continues to blow signals to guide his men. He's awarded the Medal of Honor Snow is one of 23 Soldiers in 3rd Cav history awarded the MoH. Brave Rifles!
50 years ago today these 5 men were arrested for breaking into the Democratic National Committee HQ at the Watergate office and apartment complex in DC. 3 of them are Cuban exiles. The man on the extreme left: James McCord, the security coordinator Nixon's reelection campaign.
#TDIDCH: Saturday, June 17, 1972, 1:47 AM, Watergate Office building: this man, Security guard Frank Wills, after observing duct tape preventing a security door from locking, calls the police to report a robbery. Frank unknowingly set in motion the end of the Nixon presidency.
We're looking forward to our trip out to Fort Campbell to give this cool mug - designed and provided by @Erikhistorian - to the @101stAASLTDIV's Sgt First Class Jacob Connor, along with the official DragonCannes Trophy. We'll raise the stakes for DragonCannes 2.
All DoD PAOs, visual artists, & filmmakers can submit their DragonCannes 2 video entry (2:20 or less) at this DVIDS page: dvidshub.net/feature/Dragon… You can also send your video to [email protected] Submissions must be in by August 27th You've got to be In It to Win It!
CNN's Mike Rowe has nothing on our Mike Noggs. Noggs travels across our installations looking for the Army's hardest working troops. He tries the dirtiest, toughest jobs within the XVIII Airborne Corps. The result: a new show, Dragon Jobs, premiering here on the 4th of July.
This Saturday, June 19th, at 10AM Eastern, an original short film created by the 18th Airborne Corps. "The Journey of James Shoaf," right here on Twitter.
#TDIDCH: June 16 2007 - Iraq: Operation Marne Torch, led by the 3ID HQ [commanded by Rick Lynch] with the Division's 2nd & 3rd BCTs, begins in Arab Jabour/Salman Pak [20km SE of Baghdad] Marne Torch was part of the surge strategy, which had just begun with addition of 28k troops
We made a movie!!! That's right, we made an original short film, "The Journey of James Shoaf." This is a fictional movie about a real person, Specialist James Shoaf, who served with the 18th Airborne in the 1950s. We're releasing the 🎥 here at 10AM this Saturday, June 19th.8
Get your videos in! All videos 2 minutes and 20 seconds or less will be screened for competition. We’re looking for short films, hype videos, fiction pieces, documentaries, or animation. This is a creative competition, so use your visual talents. DM us for more info. twitter.com/usarmy/status/…
You’ve heard of Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe. On the 4th of July, we’re releasing a new weekly show: Dragon Jobs starring Mike Noggs. Mike will perform the dirtiest, toughest, wildest jobs within the 18th Airborne. It’s a big corps with many opportunities. Mike explores them all.
Out now wherever you get podcasts, 18th Airborne Corps Podcast Episode 39: A Soldier's Story of Alcoholism, Depression, Hope, and Recovery. This is the inspiring story of Colonel Eric Kreitz. There is much to be learned from this tale of hope and courage. Download and listen.
#TDIDCH: June 15 1918 – @usp & @USArmy begin regularly scheduled airmail service [mail previously was only distributed via rail] service b/w DC & NY through Philadelphia. It was an inauspicious start to airmail service: the Army pilot got lost in the air & the mail never made it
Happy Flag Day, Americans! In 1916, the 18th Airborne Corps' Woodrow Wilson designated this day (June 14) a national holiday honoring the day in 1777 that the 2nd Continental Congress adopted the American flag.
Order of the Continental Congress, Saturday, June 14, 1777 Resolved that the flag of the United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white: that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation. #FlagDay
To the world, the 🇺🇸 represents the greatest virtues of a free & compassionate people, a vision for humanity based on individual liberty. The handling of 🇺🇸, adopted by the 2nd Continental Congress 244 years ago today (June 14, 1777) is steeped in symbolism 👀 #FlagDayagDGnwi45
Hope you and your Families are enjoying a peaceful, successful, and prosperous #FlagDay. OnJune 14, 1777, the Second Continental Congress adopted the flag of the United States. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson declared Flag Day a national holiday.
In addition to the Army Birthday today is #FlagDay. There is no tie b/w the two commemorations. June 14 1777: Continental Congress adopts the US flag as a symbol of freedom & self-rule. Colonists are now fighting under a single flag [prior to then, regiments used their own flag]
[END] And in the spirit of those revolutionary freedom fighters, we wish you a Happy Army Birthday.
[39 of 40] You can see the fingerprints of William Thompson & the men of the 10 companies raised 246 years ago across today’s Army. Today's Soldiers are warfighters, experts in their craft. They seek asymmetric advantage and master new technology for their Nation.
[38 of 40] Thompson was not exchanged until October 25, 1780. He was sick during his imprisonment and our first Colonel died of poor health in 1781 at age 45.
[37 of 40] In June 1776, during a relief expedition against Canada and on 8 June 1776, Thompson was captured by the British at the Battle of Three-Rivers near Quebec. He was subsequently paroled and allowed to stay as a prisoner in his own house [pictured] near Carlisle.
[36 of 40] So, William Thompson is our first Colonel and our Army’s first Battalion Commander (in terms of lineal ancestry). He was a frontier fighter who led troops in the French and Indian Wars. Thompson was promoted to Brigadier General in 1776.
[35 of 40] William Thompson, born in Ireland and emigrated in 1755 to Carlisle, Pennsylvania, was selected to command these forces. On June 25th, 1775, he accepted commission as the first Colonel of the Continental Army. Here's a photocopy of his commission.
[34 of 40] Seven days later, on June 22nd, 1775, two more companies were ordered from Pennsylvania. Additionally, all the companies from Pennsylvania were ordered to consolidate as the Army’s first battalion.
[33 of 40] So the companies were formed and we had ourselves an Army. The next day, June 15, 1775 that George Washington is selected as Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army. [we had an Army before we had a Commander-in-Chief]
[32 of 40] You see, at the time the colonies were at war with the Parliament, fighting for their rights under British rule and against oppressive parliamentary law. They were NOT at war with the King.
[31 of 40] These initial 10 companies, the ancestors of today’s Army, were organized to fight UNDER, not AGAINST, the British empire.
[30 of 40] These expert riflemen, former frontier fighters who’d mastered this new technology [the rifle], are the forebears of today's Army Soldiers. Hancock's order, 246 years ago today, is the origin of the US Regular Army [hence, the annual #ArmyBirthday on June 14th].
[29 of 40] Many of the men in these companies were veterans of the French and Indian wars. Some were survivors of massacres by the Indians against frontier colonists. So, they’d seen incredibly violent combat.
[28 of 40] The rifle would separate the men of these new companies from the rest of the militia fighters.
[27 of 40] The Pennsylvania Dutch lengthened the barrel of the German design for even greater accuracy. The downside: the longer the barrel, the longer it took to load.
[26 of 40] In fact, with the musket, you didn’t even aim! The command for muskets was “Level, Fire!” [no point in aiming that thing]
[25 of 40] The idea of the Pennsylvania rifle is that rifling in the barrel of the weapon forces the ball to come out in a tight pattern. By contrast, the musket is much wider. As a result, the ball bounces around as it comes out of the barrel.
[24 of 40] The rifle these men used was developed by the Pennsylvania Dutch around Lancaster based on the German Yaeger hunting rifle. For the Germans, the rifle was a weapon of nobility, not warfare. The Continental Army was going to use it for war.
[23 of 40] Once they joined the Continental Army, these men used rifles made in Pennsylvania. One inefficiency of that rifle is that it couldn't be easily mass produced like the musket. Nor could the ammo (many of these riflemen had to make their own ammo)
[22 of 40] Now, imagine being mobilized by the country for war and having to bring your own rifle. But, these men WANTED to use their own rifle; they were riled up and wanted to fight for their liberties.
[21 of 40] After Hancock's order, the Continental Congress held tryouts for these expert infantrymen. You had to bring your own rifle. The best were picked to serve.
[20 of 40] The rifle had a slower rate of fire, but the grooved barrel greatly increased accuracy by spinning a snugly-fitted ball. If you combined the two [musketeers on line with riflemen behind cover] and effectively employed canon fire, you could outmaneuver the British.
[19 of 40] The muzzle-loading musket [the British Brown Bess Land Pattern was the most common used by the colonists] could fire very quickly, but was inaccurate beyond 250 yards.
[18 of 40] A key advantage: these riflemen could pick off British officers who often stood in front of their formations in bright uniforms (easy targets for our expert riflemen). This quickly inflicted terror into the British officers, who felt this kind of warfare immoral.
[17 of 40] With these companies of expert riflemen, the colonists could now put muskets on line and sprinkle riflemen in behind the formations or behind trees.
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