Ballet Dancer Turned Merc?

Jean-Claude Van Damme or Allison Barrie?

FOX News has an article on female body armor, an update over the old Improved Outer Tactical Vests (IOTV.)

Sure, the post is interesting, but more intriguing is the extensive byline of the reporter covering the story. Ballet dancer turned defense specialist Allison Barrie has traveled around the world covering the military, terrorism, weapons advancements and life on the front line. 

Ballet dancer turned mercenary? I thought that only happened in Jean-Claude Van Damme movies.

Women in Body Armor and Hockey

Improved Outer Tactical Vest (IOTV)

Reading the title, you would think that there is absolutely nothing in common between women in full battle-rattle and hockey. And you would be right. The Army is designing body armor for the ladies out there:

Women in the U.S. Army will be able to wear body armor that is more suited for the female form as early as next summer, according to the Army’s Program Executive Office Soldier. Female soldiers have been forced to don standard-issue body armor meant for men, leaving parts of their bodies potentially vulnerable to injury.

Women in body armor designed for them is a no-brainer. Of course, my brain never contemplated it. But certainly some woman somewhere had to complain. The dozen times I have worn the stuff, I have been impressed at how awkward it is. But I am a Sailor, not a doggie. And Sailors like to play hockey. At sea. On the Essex. Against (uh oh, this is not going to end well) the Canadians:

The San Diego-based USS Essex is off the coast of Hawaii for RIMPAC – world’s largest naval maritime exercise.

Recently the crew of the USS Essex took some time out from duty for a friendly game of hockey against members of Canada’s military.

The Navy estimates 25,000 service members, 42 ships, six submarines, and more than 200 aircraft from 22 countries are participating in RIMPAC (Rim of the Pacific). The event wraps up August 3rd.

Hmm, I wonder how they got all that ice on the flight deck? (Just kidding, it was street ball.)