Posts Tagged ‘military’

Lets say thanks: For the troops!

December 23, 2009

I usually don’t forward emails but this is a very good cause.  I did it and yes, xerox is really doing this for our troops.  Merry Christmas.

If you go to this web site, you can pick out a thank you card and Xerox will print it and it will be sent to a soldier that is currently serving overseas. You can’t pick out who gets it, but it will go to a member of the armed services.

How AMAZING it would be if we could get everyone we know to send one!!! It is FREE and it only takes a second.

SOURCE: interoffice email

Don’t ask, don’t tell coming to an end..?

January 13, 2009

I personally could care less what people do to entertain themselves so long as that behavior does not affect others, and is done with consenting adults. Others would disagree with me, and that’s fine.

Here, is what some of those that might be most affected are saying. Hopefully wordpress will not “spam” me for bringing all these different “links” to a single post. I believe that this issue is of such importance though that it needs to have more than one or two players in the games ideas floated.,8599,1707545,00.html



Profiles of valor: U.S. Army 1st Lt. Ashley Henderson Huff

November 14, 2008

In October, the Interior Ministry of the Kurdistan Regional Government honored a fallen American soldier with a statue at the opening of a police college in Erbil. U.S. Army 1st Lt. Ashley Henderson Huff of the 385th MP Battalion, based out of Fort Stewart, Georgia, was honored for her work toward establishing the new academy, which will accommodate up to 650 people. Huff had worked on behalf of Coalition Forces with the Interior Ministry to build the police academy, but she was killed by a suicide car bomber in Mosul in 2006. Interior Minister Sinjari said, “First Lieutenant Ashley Henderson Huff was a woman of courage and determination. We are honored to have worked with her. Her family and colleagues should be proud of what she did for her country and for the people of Iraq in the liberation of our country. Her statue will act not only as a remembrance of her but will also inspire our police cadets to live up to her standards of commitment and professionalism.”

Operation Shield of Strength

October 22, 2008

“There is a Shield of Strength in the Oval Office…and, aside from the official insignias they wear, it is the emblem most often carried by members of the military in Afghanistan and Iraq.” — Stephan Mansfield, Author, Faith of the American Soldier

“[T]he soldier’s heart, the soldier’s spirit, the soldier’s soul are everything. Unless the soldier’s soul sustains him, he cannot be relied upon and will fail himself, his commander, and his country in the end.” –General of the Army George C. Marshall

It is not “official issue,” but thousands of military personnel are now wearing a “Shield of Strength” dog-tag bearing a Scriptural passage on one side (Joshua 1:9 “I will be strong and courageous. I will not be terrified, or discouraged; for the Lord my God is with me wherever I go.”) and the words “United States of America – One Nation Under God” on the other.

Army Ranger Capt. Russell Rippetoe, murdered at a checkpoint by a homicide bomber, was the first casualty in Operation Iraqi Freedom to be interred at Arlington National Cemetery. His father, retired Lt. Col. Joe Rippetoe (disabled after two tours of duty in Vietnam), reports, “All the men who served with my son wear the shield around their necks, as do many of the elite 75th Rangers.” (Click here for more about Capt. Rippetoe’s story.)

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June 3, 2008


The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, March 3, 1863, has awarded in the name of Congress the Medal of Honor to

Private First Class Ross A. McGinnis
United States Army

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty:

Private First Class Ross A. McGinnis distinguished himself by acts of gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty while serving as an M2 .50-caliber Machine Gunner, 1st Platoon, C Company, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, in connection with combat operations against an armed enemy in Adhamiyah, Northeast Baghdad, Iraq, on 4 December 2006.

That afternoon his platoon was conducting combat control operations in an effort to reduce and control sectarian violence in the area. While Private McGinnis was manning the M2 .50-caliber Machine Gun, a fragmentation grenade thrown by an insurgent fell through the gunner’s hatch into the vehicle. Reacting quickly, he yelled “grenade,” allowing all four members of his crew to prepare for the grenade’s blast. Then, rather than leaping from the gunner’s hatch to safety, Private McGinnis made the courageous decision to protect his crew. In a selfless act of bravery, in which he was mortally wounded, Private McGinnis covered the live grenade, pinning it between his body and the vehicle and absorbing most of the explosion.

Private McGinnis’ gallant action directly saved four men from certain serious injury or death. Private First Class McGinnis’ extraordinary heroism and selflessness at the cost of his own life, above and beyond the call of duty, are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

The Medal of Honor is the nation’s highest medal for valor in combat that can be awarded to members of the armed forces. It sometimes is referred to as the “Congressional Medal of Honor” because the president awards it on behalf of the Congress.

The medal was first authorized in 1861 for Sailors and Marines, and the following year for Soldiers as well. Since then, more than 3,400 Medals of Honor have been awarded to members of all DOD services and the Coast Guard, as well as to a few civilians who distinguished themselves with valor.

Medals of Honor are awarded sparingly and are bestowed only to the bravest of the brave; and that courage must be well documented. So few Medals of Honor are awarded, in fact, that there have only been five bestowed posthumously for service in Iraq and Afghanistan. The most recent recipients are Army Sgt. 1st Class Paul R. Smith, Marine Cpl. Jason L. Dunham, Navy SEAL Master-at-Arms Michael A. Monsoor for valor in Iraq, and Army Pfc. Ross A. McGinnis, and Navy Lt. Michael P. Murphy for valor in Afghanistan.

However, since 1998, 15 other Medals of Honor have been awarded to correct past administrative errors, oversights and follow-up on lost recommendations or as a result of new evidence.

Here are just a few examples of Soldiers who were awarded the Medal of Honor from three wars. Their actions, like the other recipients of the medal, were far and above the call of duty.

During the Civil War, the job of color bearer was one of the most hazardous as well as important duties in the Army. Soldiers looked to the flag for direction and inspiration in battle and the bearer was usually out in front, drawing heavy enemy fire while holding the flag high. On Nov. 16, 1863, regimental color bearer Pvt. Joseph E. Brandle, from the 17th Michigan Infantry, participated in a battle near Lenoire, Tenn. “…[H]aving been twice wounded and the sight of one eye destroyed, [he] still held to the colors until ordered to the rear by his regimental commander.”

Cpl. Alvin C. York, from the 82nd Division, fearlessly engaged the numerically superior German force at Chatel-Chehery, France, on Oct. 8, 1918–just a month before the armistice was signed. His citation reads: “…After his platoon had suffered heavy casualties and three other noncommissioned officers had become casualties, Cpl. York assumed command. Fearlessly leading seven men, he charged with great daring toward a machine gun nest, which was pouring deadly and incessant fire upon his platoon. In this heroic feat the machine gun nest was taken, together with four officers and 128 men and several guns.”

Valor is found across the times as well as across the ranks, as World War II 2nd Lt. Robert Craig, from the 3rd Infantry Division, demonstrated. According to his citation, 2nd Lt. Robert Craig volunteered to defeat an enemy machine gun that three other officers before him could not. He quickly located the gun outside of Favoratta, Sicily, but without cover, he and his men found themselves vulnerable to approximately100 enemies. “Electing to sacrifice himself so that his platoon might carry on the battle, he ordered his men to withdraw … while he drew the enemy fire to himself. With no hope of survival, he charged toward the enemy until he was within 25 yards of them. Assuming a kneeling position, he killed five and wounded three enemy soldiers. While the hostile force concentrated fire on him, his platoon reached the cover of the crest. 2nd Lt. Craig was killed by enemy fire, but his intrepid action so inspired his men that they drove the enemy from the area, inflicting heavy casualties on the hostile force.”

Memorial Day 2008

May 26, 2008

Memorial day … The young folks that live next door thought that this was some sort of party type day. They were discomfited a bit when I told them otherwise. But, what can one expect in this day and age where public schools only teach that the United States is nothing but a predator nation that was founded by men that were hypocrites, and worse.

Anyways, I told them about the holiday, and a little about some of the men that died so that they could be lied to by teachers. Men like my father, that fought in World War Two, and then was killed during the Korean War. Men like Mark Adams that I went to school with that joined the Army upon graduation from High school because he believed that Americans were a good and noble people, and died when the helicopter that he was riding in was hit by an RPG in Vietnam. Men like “Sonny” David Carlson that turned in a Harbour Trestle Special surfboard for an M16 and a hitch in the Marine Corps. His was a closed casket funeral.

Memorial day is a day for celebration. Celebrate the courage, honor, and sacrifice that was given by those that gave their very lives for the rest of us.

Rape like a Patriotic American « interpellate

April 25, 2008

Rape like a Patriotic American « interpellate

This is just so much more from the hate America First brigade. Do these things happen? Yes, they do, and when exposed the responsible parties are severely punished. In all cases, period. Are there ever false accusations, yes. A lot of them, just as in civilian society.

Screwing Private Ryan « Robot Pirate Ninja

April 16, 2008

Screwing Private Ryan « Robot Pirate Ninja

 simply have to wonder about this. It really sounds like someone dropped the ball. If he was a legal member of the armed forces for more than 180 days he should, according to the UCMJ be entitled to any and all benefits. Unless he was subjected to a less than honorable discharge for something that he was personally responsible for.
Also, if he was being discharged because he was now a sole survivor he could have applied for a waiver. I needed a waiver because I was a sole surviving son of a veteran killed in action. It just was not that difficult to get.

I think that there probably is more to this than what is being released.

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