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July 28, 2008

Fly These Friendly Skies!

by @ 4:15 pm. Filed under Milblogging, Troop Support, True Heroes

Whoowee! A hat-trick of feminine flyers. Check out this story on CJTF82 about the Smith Sisters.

The Smith Sisters

Army Chief Warrant Officer Amber Smith (left) and Air Force Capt. Kelly Smith (right) celebrate at a graduation for their younger sister, Army Chief Warrant Officer Lacey Smith (center). All three Smith sisters are pilots in the armed forces. (Courtesy photo)

OK, so the Taliban and al-Qaeda may not find the skies so friendly, but the rest of us can sleep soundly at night knowing these fine ladies have us covered.

USMC Recognizes Existence of Barry Obama

by @ 3:56 pm. Filed under Milblogging, Politics

In an incredibly brief article, the Multi-National Force – West website recognized that Sen. Barry Obama was in Iraq last week. A one-paragraph item appeared on July 24th titled “Congressional delegation visits Anbar”; it was the 3rd item down posted on that day!

Here’s the whole thing:

RAMADI, IRAQ — Senators Barack Obama (Ill.) and Jack Reed (R.I.), exit an MV-22 Osprey during a congressional delegates visit to al Anbar Province, Iraq. Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 162, from Marine Aircraft Group 16, a subordinate command of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, transported Obama, Reed, and Sen. Chuck Hagel (Neb.) to several stops throughout the province. During their time in the region, the senators met with Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to discuss the redeployment of combat troops from Iraq.


July 18, 2008

Surf’s Up III!

by @ 11:43 am. Filed under Milblogging, Troop Support, True Heroes

Once again the great folks at AmpSurf will be hosting a group of Wounded Warriors for a week of surf, sand, sun and fun. I posted about the first event in “These guys will try anything!” if you would like to see pics and read the story from Donna, Los Osos. I got the heads-up about this year’s event from Dana Cummings, AmpSurf’s Executive Director:

Hey all:
Please note that we did this again in 2007 and are doing it this year August 14th-18th, 2008. If you would like to come out and Volunteer we would love to have you. Also if you are a veteran and would like to learn to surf please contact us to participate. Just go to the website and click on Operation Restoration III.

Yeehah!! A great pic by Desiree Cobb of an incredible athlete.

Check it out! I hope there’s lots of coverage of this year’s event since I won’t be able to be there again… Donna, I’m counting on you for another full report!

July 16, 2008

Comrade Obama has it all figured out

by @ 1:29 pm. Filed under Politics

The new Marxist

The Political Pistachio brings us some very disturbing news about the Democrat nominee for President. Obama’s ideas for how to create peace, prosperity and a renewed dedication to one’s country are too reminiscent of certain early-to-mid 20th century European leaders’ ideas. He actually wants to create a Civilian National Security Force the size and scope of the current military! Brown-shirts anyone?

Swamp Politics reveals:

“We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives we’ve set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well funded.”

Obama called for greater integration with schools, so that young Americans are better prepared to be active citizens. He said he would make federal assistance conditional on school districts establishing service programs and set the goal of 50 hours of service a year for middle and high school students.

“Just as we teach math and writing, arts and athletics, we need to teach young Americans to take citizenship seriously,” he said.

How about a dash of Hitler Youth? Now that’s some scary stuff!!!!

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