Military Vehicles

The Early Days of Motorized Military Vehicles

GMC World War I military truck

The U.S Army's first use of trucks in a military operation was in the "Punitive Expedition" in pursuit of "Pancho" Villa into the mountains of northern Mexico in 1916.  The Villistas had raided Columbus, N.M., killing several people and causing much damage.  Brigadier General John Pershing organized a large force of troops, horses, and vehicles ... more

Marines Shelve Humvee Upgrade Program Due to Budget Cuts

Pfc. Justin Jones and Lance Cpl. Martin Carranza lead their Humvee on an alternate route to bypass a possible simulated improvised explosive device. (Marine photo)

The U.S. Marine Corps has decided to shelve a planned upgrade of its Humvee fleet due to budget cuts, an official said. The service had planned to modernize several thousand of the iconic military vehicles as part of an acquisition effort called the sustainment modification initiative (SMI). The effort was put on hold because of automatic, ... more

Oregon Contractor Pleads Guilty to Defrauding US


An Oregon defense contractor has pleaded guilty to selling $10 million worth of phony parts for attack helicopters and military vehicles to the U.S. government, including a locknut that secures the rotor on the Kiowa attack helicopter. According to court records, the company Kustom Products Inc., a longtime seller of truck and RV parts ba... more

New Rules Help Get Commercial Driver's License

Service members who are licensed to drive a range of military vehicles now have an advantage gaining a commercial driver's license, a senior defense official said. Frank C. DiGiovanni, who directs the Defense Department's office of training readiness and strategy, recently told The Pentagon Channel and American Forces Press Service the lice... more

Afghan Insurgents Find New Opening for IED Attacks

WASHINGTON -- The shrinking U.S. combat role in Afghanistan has given insurgents an opening to devise and carry out deadlier attacks using bigger improvised bombs against U.S. and coalition military vehicles and bases, American officials say. With fewer U.S. forces patrolling road networks beyond their bases -- and with the grounding of eye-in-... more

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