North Korean Military Capability

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North Korea, officially known as the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), has garnered international attention and concern due to its closed-off nature and aggressive military posture. This report provides an in-depth analysis of North Korea's military capabilities, including its conventional forces, nuclear program, ballistic missile capabilities, and cyber warfare capabilities. The report aims to shed light on the DPRK's military posture and its potential implications for regional and global security.

1. Conventional Forces

North Korea maintains a sizable conventional military force, which includes:

  • Ground Forces: The Korean People's Army (KPA) consists of approximately 1.2 million personnel, making it one of the largest standing armies in the world. It is equipped with a mix of outdated and locally produced weapons, but its sheer size poses a significant threat to South Korea.

The Russian Military Aviation Threat

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Russia has long been a prominent player in the field of military aviation. Its history is steeped in aviation milestones, from the pioneering days of the Soviet Union to its present-day status as a significant global military aviation force. This article explores the evolving Russian military aviation threat, encompassing its formidable aircraft fleet, technological advancements, and the implications for regional and international security.

Russian Military Aviation Arsenal

Russia's military aviation capabilities have been shaped by decades of investment and development:

  1. Advanced Fighter Aircraft: Russia's Sukhoi Su-27 and Su-35 fighter jets are renowned for their agility, speed, and combat capabilities. The fifth-generation Su-57 stealth fighter represents a technological leap in air superiority.

The Chinese Military Aviation Threat

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China's rapid military modernization over the past few decades has transformed its armed forces into a formidable entity. Central to this transformation is the development of a powerful military aviation capability. This article delves into the multifaceted nature of the Chinese military aviation threat, encompassing its growing arsenal, technological advancements, and regional implications.

The Buildup of Chinese Military Aviation

China's military aviation capabilities have undergone significant expansion and modernization:

  1. Stealth Fighter Jets: China's Chengdu J-20 and Shenyang FC-31 stealth fighter jets represent significant advancements in aerial warfare capabilities. These aircraft are designed to challenge the air superiority of the United States and its allies in the Indo-Pacific region.

Oppose Fees and Co-pays

By Webmaster

Oppose Tri-Care For Life new Enrollment Fees and Co-pays

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) recently testified before the Senate Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee (SASC-P) on reducing the Department of Defense compensation costs. In its written testimony CBO urged Congress to enact a new TRICARE for Life (TFL) annual enrollment fee of $575 for individual coverage or $1,150 for family coverage. TFL beneficiaries would also be required to pay the first $850 and 50 percent of the next $7,650 in cost annually. Currently, TFL beneficiaries do not pay an annual enrollment fee. Further CBO recommends increasing retirees TRICARE Prime annual enrollment fee from the current $352 for the individual and $704 for family to $650 and $1300 respectively. TRICARE Select beneficiaries would pay an annual enrollment fee of $485 for individual coverage and $970 for a family.

Voice your opposition now to your legislators:

Get the key!

Back somewhere about 1980’ish me (Sgt. Woconish RADAR Shop) and a new guy to the shop L/Cpl. Moran are walking out to the back line to work on a jet. I SNAP my fingers and spin around “Moran, run back to Maintenance Control and tell the GUNNY Sgt. Woconish wants the starting key to AC105.”

So he runs off and a few minutes later comes back

Not looking happy. Sarge, the GUNNY says for you to come get the key . Well now !!!! “You get back in there and TELL THE GUNNY I SAID GIVE ME THE KEY !!!!!!!” (The Gunny knows the GAME we are playing with Moran)
”We run him back and forth a few times"
I liked Moran, he’s a good Marine !!! SEMPER FI 


By Tom and Gail Merkle

Pop was always amazed that a Marine Fighter Squadron would so willingly adopt a crusty old Navy aviator. I still think about him saying, during our Nashville reunion, "I believe all the liquor at the bar in the Trip Trey ready room was stolen from the Navy. I'll have to reclaim it one glass at a time."

Pop was perhaps the last enlisted Naval aviator from the all-enlisted flight crews that flew the PB4Y-2 Privateer. He started as a radioman on the TBM Avenger and then went to Corpus Cristi TX for flight school.

WestPac 1972-1973

 by Stan Prince

On June 5th 1972, after the nice send off the War Protesters gave us as we exited Norfolk Harbor, my Squadron VMFA-333 ☘️☘️☘️ deployed aboard the USS America (CVA-66) for 293 days 242 of which were at Sea. We, in total, completed 7 Line Periods on Yankee Station off the coast of North Vietnam.

Besides from my duties as an AO (Aviation Ordnance) of loading our planes with weaponry and maintaining the weapon systems I was also attached to Ship’s Company for arming aircraft on the catapults and dearming aircraft on the bow once they came back from their mission.

Michael Paul Rice of VF-74

 By Stan Prince

A VF-74 RIO was killed while attempting a night trap aboard the USS America on Yankee Station. I was up forward ready to disarm his plane. He made a hard landing and FOD'ed an engine and tried climbing his F4 for a go-around. But they ejected out into the night. I picked up his chute just before he plowed into the bow. When my flashlight caught his face he looked at me helplessly as I did him right before his death.

I sometimes wake up at night with his face staring at me for help and there is nothing that can be done. If he had only been ten feet higher I think we could have saved him.

Back to WestPac for Me

By Stan Prince

March 24, 1973 while manning the rails aboard the USS America we tied up at Pier 12 in Norfolk. Marching down the gang plank I took my first step on US soil in over 10 months.

There were crowds of people looking for their loved one as they disembarked the Ship. Many reuniting with families, many Sailors seeing their newborn daughter or son for the first time. We marched to our awaiting buses and made our way to the airport to our Marine C -130 and our short flight Home to MCAS Beaufort SC. There we had our HOMECOMING and all the pomp and circumstance the Corps is known for.


From World War II to Operation Desert Storm. The "Fighting Shamrocks" from VMSB to VMFA have served and sacrificed gallantly every time it has been called upon. From the cold inside the Artic Circle at Bodo Norway to the heat and dirt of Balıkesir Turkey. Shamrocks have left their mark.


  • VMFA-333 Association
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    Apt. 474
    Nashville, TN, 37228