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March 30, 2009

A Marine Apologizes

by @ 1:21 pm. Filed under Milblogging, Politics, Troop Support, Vengeance!

Everyone’s (except liberals and terrorists) favorite tough guy gives a ‘sort of’ apology in response to Hitlery’s apology south of the border last week:

I got an apology, I’m sorry for all of those who have lost loved ones during 9/11 and while kicking ass in Iraq & Afghani.. I’m sorry we didn’t come with the entire Marine Corps and stomp the shit out of all terrorists in the country sooner. I’m sorry, If our M1 tanks and low flying F18s bother you as they hunt you scumbag terrorists down. I’m sorry we haven’t constructed a Wal-Mart chain in your country and show you what capitalism is really all about. I’m not sorry to call this war a War on Terrorism. I’m not sorry for all of the evil scumbags we help meet Allah. I’m not sorry for any of the terrorists about to be set free out of Guantanamo. I’m not sorry to tell any drug infested waste of air drug lord that we will hunt you down next and I’m not one bit sorry or going to take blame for our amigos to the south for their lack of intestinal fortitude to stand up to the drug lords.

You said a mouthful, Maj Pain!

December 30, 2008

Farewell, Mr. President

by @ 5:30 pm. Filed under Milblogging, Politics

I’m not going to pig-pile on President Bush. He’s done plenty of things to raise my ire but he’s also done things that earned my everlasting respect and thanks.

To me, President Bush will always be the guy in this picture:


This story is over 4 years old now, but it has stuck with me ever since I saw Blackfive’s post. Amidst the constant barage of 24/7 BDS “news”, I keep seeing Pres. Bush on that plane making sure every Guard member knows how grateful he is.

“May God bless you all,” the commander in chief said over the plane’s public address system. “May God keep you safe.” As he worked his way up and down the plane’s aisles, posing for photographs, signing autographs and shaking hands, the happily surprised troops called out to him.

“That’s my president, hooah!” shouted Sgt. Wanda Dabbs, 22, a member of the 230th Area Support Group, a Guard unit from Tennessee. Others seconded her cheer.

I don’t think it’s an accident that we haven’t had another terrorist attack in this country since 9/11. I believe GW had more to do with keeping us safe than we (the ignorant public) will ever know. I’ve always believed his military mission was sound and I still believe in the mission! We’ve won in Iraq and have an equally good chance of winning in the mountains of Afghanistan if the Obama doesn’t screw around and lets our military do what it does best.

Good Luck, Mr. President! I wish you and Laura nothing but a great life that you’ve certainly earned.

November 12, 2008

Remembering “the Herd”

by @ 12:47 pm. Filed under Milblogging, Troop Support, True Heroes, Walter Reed

Thanks to TankerBabeLC I got to play taxi to 3 real purty soldiers and attend several very special memorials on the day before Veteran’s Day.

Young and Old(er) Vets of the 173rd
Young and old veterans meet and greet.

Standing at attention
Standing at attention while Taps is played.

Color Guard
The 82nd Airborne’s Color Guard along with the colors from the 173rd Airborne (front).

173rd Memorial
The official memorial for the 173rd.

SSG Pitts placing flags
SGT Pitts places flags in memory of his fallen breathren.

Honoring General "Butch" Williamson
A ceremony led by LtCol. Roy Lombardo to honor Major General “Butch” Williamson.

Honoring Sergio Abad
The most touching memorial of all. Three young warriors, all wounded at the battle of Wanat, pay tribute to one of their own who died there. SPC Sergio Abad, rest in peace soldier.

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!

November 16, 2007

The True Iraq is Emerging

by @ 11:57 am. Filed under Milblogging

Michael Yon’s got the post that can’t be missed or dissed. Come Home is a must see!

Way to go, Mike!!! This is the image of Iraq that we’ve all been waiting to see – one country, one people. Praise God that these good Muslim neighbors want their old friends to come home.

Long Live the New Iraq!!!!

November 13, 2007

An Eastern Shore Veterans Day

by @ 10:32 pm. Filed under Milblogging, Troop Support, True Heroes, Walter Reed

Thanks to the American Legion, Jeff Davis Post 18 and America’s Wounded Heroes, 4 Wounded Warriors from Walter Reed were treated to a very special Veteran’s Day this year.

Happy Hunters
SGT Josh Sparling, SSG Sean Cannon, CPL Robert Schubert, SPC Chase Matthews with their ducks and shotguns.

4 shotguns were donated for the guys! A Charles Daly from Ducks Unlimited, an H&K from Bass Pro Shop and 2 Brownings from Safari International and MD Waterfowl Association.

Everybody shoot!
Action shot!

Rudy and Chase
Chase shoots with his dad, Rudy, looking on.

Josh lookin' all serious
Josh concentrating.

The Times Herald of Port Huron, MI, did a really nice article this weekend about the charity America’s Wounded Heroes and the duck hunt event. Unfortunately, we didn’t get all the pics edited and uploaded in time for them to be included in the article. For all the fun stuff and some serious photos, check it out here.

Josh and Mike
Josh and Mike Sparling.

The great Veterans and spouses of the American Legion Jeff Davis Squadron and Post 18, Centerville, MD made the whole weekend wonderful! They made our young heroes feel like superstars (which, of course, they are!). There will be more news and updates on the AWH website once I get it updated IS more news and stuff on the New, the Improved, America’s Wounded Heroes website!

November 9, 2007

Happy 232nd USMC Birthday!

by @ 1:03 am. Filed under Milblogging, Troop Support

Folded Osprey Wings

Lights on the flight deck of the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) illuminate an MV-22 Osprey attached to Marine Medium Tilt-rotor Squadron (VMM) 263 as it transits the Straits of Tiran. Wasp is on a surge deployment bringing the Osprey on its first combat deployment to the Middle East. Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Zachary Borden, Navy Visual News Service.

Gee, wish I got one of these for My birthday!

Let’s push the Marine Team up a bit on the Valour-IT competition! Make a contribution on the 10th in honor of your favorite Devildog.

October 23, 2007 Needs Your Vote(s)

by @ 11:01 am. Filed under Milblogging, Troop Support

Voting is now closed – Monday, November 5th
Yes, Marty and the gang are in the running for the Above and Beyond Awards sponsored by Microsoft and the USO.


Microsoft Corporation, in partnership with the United Service Organizations (USO), is recognizing the contributions of the military community – the friends, family, and other individuals who help brighten the lives of U.S. troops throughout the world – with the creation of the first annual Above and Beyond Awards.

You can vote up to 5 times! So vote early and often!!!

October 22, 2007

Friday Night Fun at Walter Reed

by @ 10:28 pm. Filed under Milblogging, Troop Support, Walter Reed

Rather than standing out front with the FReepers getting rained on, I accepted an invitation to spend the evening indoors watching a very cool band.

Lt. Dan
Gary Sinise, bassist and front man for the LT Dan Band.

Lt Dan Band 2
The band

The concert was sponsored by the USO which had volunteers scurrying everywhere! They gave out bagged meals (sandwiches, salads, chips & soda) followed by some really yummy key lime pie. There were also people handing out sample cans of Right Guard X Body Spray which Mike Sparling kept telling everyone I needed more of. *jerk* 🙂

Intro to Bugle Boy
Intro to Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy (of Co ‘B’)

View from the balcony
As viewed from the balcony

Cute nieghbor
My cutiepie neighbor and her parents. Daddy won an XBox in the door prize drawings.

Iraq and Vietnam Vets
Iraq and Vietnam Vets

The Vietnam Vet pictured above is Murphy Neal Jones, Colonel, USAF (Retired). He spent 7 years in POW Hell during that war (1966-1973)

There were times when I wanted to die to end this ordeal, but my faith in God, my country, my family and the American people gave me the strength to endure it. I considered myself very patriotic when I was captured, but the patriotism I felt at that time is only a fraction of what I feel now. There is no denying that we have some problems in our country, but it is still by far the greatest country in the world.

Col Jones is a wonderful, gracious man who was obviously in heaven being around these young guns. His pride in the new generation of warriors just spilled out as he worked the crowd before and after the concert. Talk about a hero!

Tired Lt Dan
A Tired pup

Mike is showing Gary and crew member the back of the “Major League Infidel” shirts. The crew member was waaaay happy about getting a 2XL for himself and a bunch more for the band. My stash is now officially gone.

The band came early and toured the wards. Gary then stayed late and shook hands/had pictures taken with everyone. There were probably 200-250 people there. One kid looked like he should not have been out of the hospital yet, but he stayed thru most of the concert!

Gary and the band were very, very nice! It was obvious that their hearts really went out to the wounded warriors and the crowd was very appreciative.

Cross-posted at the Vox site.

October 16, 2007

Iraqi Moms No Shrinking Violets

by @ 1:36 pm. Filed under Milblogging, Troop Support

MNF-Iraq, BAGHDADIn a well-lit meeting room in a government building in the Iraqi capital, 20 Iraqi women were sitting in a circle, intently watching the demonstration in the center of the room. They were dressed modestly but with some flair: bright pink and blue headscarves mixed in among the black chadors, chunky, designer purses resting on the floor beneath their seats.


The friendly, casual atmosphere in the room looked similar to a suburban book-club meeting, or maybe a Mary-Kay cosmetics party. Except that these women were not learning how to apply foundation, they were learning how to lock and load an AK-47.

“Who can show me how to do it?” asked the instructor, an Iraqi Army sergeant, holding up the weapon.

One of the women jumped up and took the automatic rifle, expertly disassembled it and put it back together. When she cocked it by loudly slamming the charging handle back, the rest of the women applauded.

They might well have been applauding themselves. As members of the first class of female security volunteers in Adhamiyah, all 51 women in the class were groundbreakers. The women will join hundreds of male residents that are already helping secure Adhamiyah by guarding important public sites like schools, hospitals, and government buildings.

Pretty cool, huh?

read the rest.

October 3, 2007

The Commies Are Coming…

by @ 1:14 pm. Filed under Milblogging, Politics

Rush Limbaugh finally said what is really going on in the halls of power (Washington, DC that is): the Stalinists are emerging from their long, long wait and beginning to implement the dictator’s policies.

We are experiencing intimidation from the Leftinistas as never before seen, i.e. Media Matters smear of Rush for using two words, “phony soldier”, using “the children!” to push socialized medicine (SCHIP) on the taxpayers and calling a 4-star General a liar.

September 24, 2007

What the Hell?

by @ 3:19 pm. Filed under Milblogging, Politics

Lee Bollinger, Columbia University President, just sucker-punched the hell out of Achmeduchybag. Turn on any AM radio talk show and you’ll hear about it.

Bollinger levied repeated criticisms against Achmeduchybag, calling on him to answer a series of challenges about his leadership, blasting his views about the “myth” of the Holocaust “absurd” and saying that he doubted he “will have the intellectual courage to answer these questions.”

“Mr. President, you exhibit all the signs of a petty and cruel dictator,” Bollinger said, to loud applause. He said Achmeduchybag’s denial of the Holocaust might fool the illiterate and ignorant.

“When you come to a place like this it makes you simply ridiculous,” Bollinger said. “The truth is that the Holocaust is the most documented event in human history.”

Dear Dr. Bollinger,
From the bottom of my heart: OOOOO FREAKIN’ RAH!

September 20, 2007

What Terrorism and Traitors Have Wrought

by @ 1:46 pm. Filed under Milblogging, Troop Support, True Heroes

RIP Sgt. Eddie Jeffers


Sgt Jeffers was the author of the scathing essay Hope Rides Alone.

People like Cindy Sheehan are ignorant. Not just to this war, but to the results of their idiotic ramblings, or at least I hope they are. They don’t realize its effects on this war. In this war, there are no Geneva Conventions, no cease fires. Medics and Chaplains are not spared from the enemy’s brutality because it’s against the rules. I can only imagine the horrors a military Chaplain would experience at the hands of the enemy. The enemy slinks in the shadows and fights a coward’s war against us. It is effective though, as many men and women have died since the start of this war. And the memory of their service to America is tainted by the inconsiderate remarks on our nation’s news outlets. And every day, the enemy changes…only now, the enemy is becoming something new. The enemy is transitioning from the Muslim extremists to Americans. The enemy is becoming the very people whom we defend with our lives. And they do not realize it. But in denouncing our actions, denouncing our leaders, denouncing the war we live and fight, they are isolating the military from society…and they are becoming our enemy.

He knew what he was doing was right and good and on September 19, 2007 he died for our freedom.

H/T concretebob

UPDATE 9/21: Flag Gazer has a most wonderful letter from Eddie’s father, and a lot more info about this awesome Soldier. Pleaes read SGT Eddie Jeffers ~ Farewell and walk with God.

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