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Well, it is official

September 10, 2010

The first living recipient for the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan has been officially announced. This info has been running around milblogs for a couple of months now, but the award to  Staff Sergeant Salvatore Giunta for his heroism has finally been made official. And none too soon enough for many of us who continue to follow the actions of our brothers and sisters far away. SSG Giunta, you truly exemplify what is finest in the fighting forces of the United States. We all stand a little taller hearing this, and our pride in you and the men you fought side by side with in Battle, 2/503rd knows no bounds. Hooah.

For anyone interested in an account of this fine unit, pick up a copy of WAR by Sebastian Junger. Mr. Junger shows what it means to be a war correspondent. Hats off to you sir, for bringing the stories of these folks to the public.


Do you know Joe?

May 1, 2009

From the great troopers at Blackfive. Army of Joe.

Do what you have to to stay sane. Keep em’ coming guys.

The same bunch. Adrenaline rush kicking in!

My take…

April 30, 2009

Well, the photos that the ACLU and the moonbats are on the way.  I hope commands worldwide are hunkering dow for this, it may get ugly.

Apparently, the administration has not studies the broad reaching (2nd, 3rd, etc. level) effects this can have. From inflaming the already touchy jihadis, to providing recruitment material, to breaking down fragile trusts still in the building process in the Middle East.

I ask you Mr. President, is your debt to the ACLU, the extreme left and the like so large you will put at risk the very people your swore an oath to protect? Lest you forget, you are the CinC. Part of being a good leader means making the tough decisions you know have to be made, to complete the mission at hand. This will cause chaos, and the blood of those killed will be on your hands. You can bring this to a screeching halt.

Abu Ghuraib was wrong. There is no disputing that it was an out of control mess. Head should and did roll. Let it end.  Seal the photos, take the hit from the extreme left, and keep in mind you are being a good commander. The situation has been fixed, and it is time to drive on.

Are you prepared, Mr. President, for what is coming? This could ignite a firestorm, and all for the sake of pandering to extremists. I hop I am wrong, and this will not blow up in this nations face. Do not gamble with our soldiers lives for the sake of political points.

World War 1-era Vet dies.

April 30, 2009

Army Times.

“He was still volunteering three days a week when he was 105 and had logged more than 14,000 volunteer hours.”

Something to remember next time I feel to tired to help someone out.

Really quite something. I hope someone was able to gets his thoughts and memories written down. Imagine what he has seen and done…

Marines new amphib under the knife.

April 29, 2009

Top U.S. Marine defends $13 billion amphibious tank | Politics | Reuters.

Hey Mr. Gates, leave something in the pipeline in case we have to fight a high intensity war, that might require, oh I don’t know, beach landings.

The SecDef is already playing around with the Army FCS. While I understand the need to learn from current fighting, the possibly of having near total battlefield awareness is vital.

Of equal, if not greater importance, is having the heavy hardware integrated into the system as well.  Not all future wars will be of the guerrilla style, after all. Upgraded vehicles, Unmanned Aerial assets and NLOS  mortar and cannon can bring heavy fire quickly on a target.In some cases, without the risk of harm to friendly forces.

All the recon in the world will not help in you cannot bring the hurt down on the bad guys at the target. It is called a system, after all. Missing pieces can bring the whole thing to a grinding halt.

Problems with AR 670-1

April 26, 2009

Army Times

Sorry boys. I admire your dedication, but as commissioned officers, you have to realize it is a regulation. Conform to standards. I am sure your faith will understand. If not, then perhaps this was not the career for you. What was okay in the past does not fly now. It is the oldest story in the service. Suck it up and drive on.

General Petraeus Wants to Release All Photos Showing Detainee Treatment

April 26, 2009

Fox News

Sorry General, I admire you. and I think I see your point on this (show we have nothing to hide) but after seeing how the radical Muslim world blows everything out of proportion (the BS story of the Koran flushing comes to mind) I think you are off base here.

I have to agree with Fox News contributor Lt. General  Thomas McInerney, U.S. Air Force (Ret.) that no matter what these photos contain, they will be used as propaganda. To both recruit into radical Islam, as well as a tool to weaken support for the US in the Middle East.

With violence ramping up again in Iraq (due to the announced withdraw timetable, in my opinion) this is fuel on the fire for the enemies of our forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. The fight to keep these photos under wraps should have gone all the way to the Supreme Court. The administrations cave to the ACLU has me worried about the priorities of the powers that be.

These photos will cost American and allied lives. It will reveal individuals who participated in interrogations, and will not only endanger their lives, but family and friends. The blow to our standings in the region will be costly as well. We can ill afford this right now. I find this yet another in a long line of irresponsible actions by an administration more interested in pandering to the extreme left of this nation, as well as harming those it feels were against it. In other words, the Obama administration has yet to get out of campaign mode, and into the business of running the nation.

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