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May 23, 2009

Pre-Memorial Day at Walter Reed

by @ 10:35 pm. Filed under Troop Support, True Heroes, Walter Reed

We had a good turnout this week: 15 patriots to 9 stinking pinkos. Only one abusive nutbag in a car. I don’t write about Friday nights at Walter Reed much anymore ’cause it’s all the same and sameness is boring. But tonight something rather special did happen.

A soldier who is a patient in the hospital came out to visit us. Nothing new there.

He went down to the Pinkos and talked to them, too. Ditto. Nothing new.

When he came back up to the “right” side, I went over to say “Thank you” and to talk. Still nothing new.

Then, the bombshell: This soldier was at the White House yesterday and came face to face with Zero and .. refused to shake his hand!


Part of me thinks his action was disrespectful, but this warrior has the right to express his opinion and that was certainly a powerful way of doing so. What cojones!! I’m so proud of him… *sniff*

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.

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 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!

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.

July 17, 2007

Friends in High Places

by @ 11:23 pm. Filed under Milblogging, Troop Support, True Heroes, Walter Reed

OOOOORAAAHH! Look who’s been visiting his boys!

Sgt. Rich greets Da Man!

The General made a special trip to see this special young man. Sgt Rich is the son of Super FReepers Mr. and Mrs. Trooprally. Can’t tell you much about him (or I’d have to kill you, etc, etc) but his folks are at Walter Reed every Friday night supporting the wounded warriors and then out on the corners in Olney, MD supporting the troops on Saturday mornings, too! Click the link to Olney for more pics and info on this fine young Marine.

With the gang

And here’s General Pace greeting the whole gang.

July 2, 2007

Mike’s Day in Print

by @ 9:18 pm. Filed under Milblogging, Troop Support, True Heroes

The Washington Times did a really nice article about Mike Sparling on Friday.

Michael Sparling spent a recent afternoon helping an injured soldier around Walter Reed Army Medical Center. It was a gesture he has performed many times in the past year and a half since his son also arrived at the hospital to recover from war injuries received in Iraq, but one that may soon be coming to an end.


The story barely covers all the things Mike does for the wounded warriors and their families, but its pretty good nonetheless. Check it out!

April 12, 2007

Why aren’t the Revs. Sharpton and Jackson invading Britain?

by @ 1:40 pm. Filed under Politics, teh Funny, True Heroes

Newsbusters report “BBC Cancels TV Movie On Iraq War Hero As ‘Too Positive’ “, by Lynn Davidson.

pvt beharry

…the project that would have honored the incredible bravery and resilience of Private Johnson Beharry, a man who didn’t hesitate to risk his own life two separate times for his fellow soldiers. His Victoria Cross citation reads like a blockbuster Hollywood action script, but instead, it’s the real deal. Sounds uplifting and encouraging, and it could even be a real morale booster, right? Well, for the Beeb, that’s the problem.

The BBC also ran a story about PM Tony Blair specifically targeting black communities for perpetuating knife and gun violence.

“The black community – the vast majority of whom in these communities are decent, law-abiding people horrified at what is happening – need to be mobilised in denunciation of this gang culture that is killing innocent young black kids,” said MR Blair.

These two stories should have been juicy enough to have both “Reverends” booking redeye flights to London so that they could denounce both the BBC and the Prime Minister as racially bigoted and hate mongering. I can just hear the two of them calling for boycotts, firings, heads to roll, etc., all the while pimping for ‘pounds’ (British $ for you dumb cracker rednecks)
(I hope no one was offended by that last parenthetical remark)
(Paranthetical means between parentheses, i.e. (), you right-wing knuckledragging ‘tards)
(by ‘knuckledragging’ I mean that you would be recognizeable as an australopithecine more easily than a homo sapien)
(NO you retard — I did NOT just call you a ‘homo’!)

*cricket* *cricket*

Where the heck was I going with this? … OH YEAH! This is a case for

The Right Reverend BIG BRO JIM I

Haaaaa-lelujah! Haaaaa-lelujah! halelujah-halelujah-halelujah, haleeeeeeluuuuuujaaaaaa!

April 6, 2007

Planned Memorial for War Hero Opposed by Sheep

by @ 11:05 am. Filed under Milblogging, True Heroes

DJ Dietz was an Alpha sheepdog who gave his life to protect his flock. As it so often happens, the flock of sheep resents it’s fierce defender and would rather delude itself into believing that defense is unnecessary. To do this, one must hide the evidence of the sheepdog’s existence and more importantly, the method by which his protection is achieved.

Such is the turn of events in Littleton, CO, where Navy Cross recipient DJ Dietz will be memorialized with a statue close to the school he attended as a youngster and where he dreamed of growing up and becoming a Navy SEAL. The Rocky Mountain News reports that a small group of parents feel threatened by DJ’s presence and want his likeness and the really nasty looking gun he’s holding moved someplace else.

Linda Cuesta, whose child was at Columbine High School during the murders on April 20, 1999, told the City Council last month that it would be a mistake to put the statue where hundreds of children would pass it every day.

“After our experience with Columbine and the clear message of nonviolence that we teach within the Littleton schools – honestly, what are we thinking?” she said.

Eh, I think it’s pretty obvious that Ms. Cuesta is NOT thinking! To compare the selfless actions of our citizen warriors risking life-and-limb for this country with the evil and selfish creatures who killed innocents at Columbine is showing an ingnorance that should have kept her from being allowed to procreate.

Blackfive broke the story yesterday and the Church Ladies were all over it!

Sculpture model

We wrote emails to the city manager Jim Woods ( expressing our support for the sculpture and it’s placement near the school and many left great comments on B5’s post.

I also got an email from community journalist Kevin Hamm who pointed me to his excellent article on the site. Kevin lays out the timeline and individuals involved in planning and executing the memorial as well as a memo from Littleton Historical Museum Director Tim Nimz describing a brief history of War Memorials in the U.S.

Thanks to Jack Ott of The Drum and Cannon for sending me the link to the RMN article, from which we learn:

City officials said the City Council unanimously approved the contract for the sculpture in January and again in February, and a clay model was displayed at one of the meetings. Spokesman Chris Harguth said the city is moving forward with the project as planned.

“We respect that there are differing opinions out there, and we respect the right of our citizens to voice their opinions,” he said. “The feedback we’ve received in the city manager’s office has been overwhelmingly in favor of this project.”

HOORAY!!! This July 4th will be celebrated with the unveiling of a permanent reminder that our sheepdogs, our hero sons and daughters, will always be honored by most members of the flock whom they protect. I think the kids of Littleton may also start dreaming of growing up and emulating the great man that stands watch 24/7/365, his weapon forever at parade rest because his presence alone keeps the wolves at bay.

April 3, 2007

Glesne Finally Toots His Own Horn!

by @ 11:23 am. Filed under Milblogging, Troop Support, True Heroes

Mark’s latest post, From Training to Business, tells of his accomplishments in the Marine Corps’ “Ultimate Tough Guy” Training.

Today I graduated from the Marine Corps Green Belt Martial Arts Instructor course. As I eluded to in an earlier post, this was one of the most demanding training stints I have encountered in the Corps – if not the most demanding.

God has graced me with the abilities to not only survive such training – but also with the physical, mental, and character discipline necessary to excel in such a training environment.

Today I graduated at the top of my class – Honor Graduate.

Aside from Honor Graduate, our Instructor Trainer has recommended me for the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal for not only my academic accomplishment, but also my leadership and professional qualities as a Marine and Martial Arts Instructor.

But enough self promotion…

Yes, Mark is now qualified to tell older, whiny Marines to “Suck it up…Sir!” and pushish them mercilessly for days! Not that I’m sayin’ Taco’s a whiner, but a few of his buds dropped out pretty quickly.


I know it’s not in Mark’s nature to be boastfull, but I’m glad he decided to share his recent honors with his fans.


March 28, 2007

Practice Makes Perfect

by @ 3:29 pm. Filed under Milblogging, Troop Support, True Heroes

The following is from an MP in Iraq. Minor spelling and syntax changes were made to the original.

Oh, funny story for you and for you to share…the other day (we work nights so we were just waking up) we heard this BOOM….which well here is not unusual. It sounded close but we knew everyone here was in the wire. We found out later that 2 insurgents blew themselves up….get this…you ready… PRACTICING with their Suicide Vehicle Borne IED (SVBIED) !!!!!!!!! Is that not FUCKING funny!!!!! That happened across the street. That’s the 3rd guy since we have been here that blew himself UP.

ANYWAY thank you so much for all the support, it sux here..and we (soldiers) could bitch all day long, but we wouldn’t have it any other WAY. FIGHT them here not home!!!

OHH one last thing…please tell everyone the Iraqi people are not bad, evil, or whatever. They just want to live. Insurgents thrive because the Iraqi people as a whole abide by the rules. They don’t have weapons, and when the insurgents come into the village, villagers will tell us but because of bureaucracy nothing happens. Well the insurgents find out and kill them. The rest of the villagers are scared and we get hit!!! WE COULD EASILY WIN THIS IF THEY LET THE ENLISTED TAKE OVER……I AM NOT SORRY FOR SAYING THIS ….OFFICERS…..DO NOT KNOW WHAT THEY ARE DOING!!!!!!!!!



I just love a good self-inflicted splodytard story. And a 2-fer to boot!

I can’t really comment on X’s beef with his command. He has never said anything beyond “they don’t know what they’re doing!” which I’m sure is a very common sentiment anywhere you look. It does show that he believes in his mission, he believes in the Iraqi people’s desire and ability to live in peace, and he believes in the capabilities of his buddies.

I believe in YOU, my friend! HOOAH!

Troops and kids - love it!
Gratuitous pic of Iraqi kids being “abused” by our military.

Speaking of pictures, check out the new button under “Intel” in the right-sidebar that looks like this:

MNF-Iraq Photo Gallery

It links to the Photo Gallery of the Multi-National Forces – Iraq web site (you know, the one Trevor built?). There are soooooo many cool images in these collections and hardly anyone has seen them. Check out the appallingly low “views” then see if we can bump those numbers by getting more people to check the pics out.

March 12, 2007

Thought for the Day from 1LT Stephanie

by @ 1:17 pm. Filed under Troop Support, True Heroes

This email is not exactly chipper. It isn’t meant to spark a debate, or cause a stir. It is meant to make you think; internally. Consider what surrounds you, and what your life is like at this moment in time. I ask you
now, while you read these “thoughts”, that you consider the idea that somewhere else, there is a different turn on life. I do believe that in a life of comfort, where the basics needs are met (and met very well, indeed) we tend to focus on things such as the size of our houses, the newness of our cars, and how perfect and white we can get our teeth. It is a bit deep, I agree.

There is no clean water, people are killing each other like the animal, and I can’t even go to the mosque to discuss this with God.

I thought this was an interesting take on the conditions in Baghdad right now. Keep in mind, that Muslims can pray wherever they want, and commune with God freely in their mind, just like Christians. But what his man is saying, is that things are so bad that he can’t even go to a place of peace, of holiness, to pray for his life, his family, his city or his country…. Just like in Christianity, Muslims are encouraged to worship in groups of two or more, for part of the relationship with God lies in the bonds among His people. Imagine, if you will, the internal aguish one would feel if he feared for his life just to go to church….

“…But I am a damn Iraqi, born in this damned country…

Yet another quote I find interesting, and have heard many times, from many people. Usually they are discussing topics like fleeing, finding asylum, immigrating… And their despair is in the idea that the world hates them, and they are not welcomed anywhere, because they are Iraqi.

Hong Kong

My patient kept saying “Hong Kong” while under moderate sedation while we cleaned his burns. “Why is he talking about Hong Kong?” I asked one of the translators. “He says he wants to be in Hong Kong, not Baghdad.” “Why Hong Kong?” “Because, he says, it is very far away from this hell.”


It is not a year in the past, although it makes a moment in time that is now in my memories. It is the time of death for one human. The doctor declares “Time of death, 1956,” as he pulls of his bloodied latex-free gloves to reference his watch. The rest of the team stands quite, and takes in the moment. The beauty of a truly genuine heart is that it knows not a difference in nationality, or the color of skin. It only sees what is truly important: life. Or in this case, death.

1LT Stephanie and colleagues

January 31, 2007

‘Peaceful Protesters’ Showing Their Brand of Troop Support

by @ 10:01 am. Filed under Milblogging, Politics, Troop Support, True Heroes

Thanks to FReeperMedia’s tgslTakoma, we have on video Part 1 of the actions of those ‘peaceful’ anti-war protesters when they were confronted by Iraq war veterans at Saturday’s commie rally on the mall.

SEE: Peace loving Americans calling a wounded warrior a ‘killer’!

SEE: Compasionate liberals threaten to ‘get a gun’ to a veteran!

SEE: ‘Troop Support’ Moonbat Style!

Sorry to take so long, but here’s Part II

And finally Part III


January 29, 2007

Josh Sparling vs Holywood hoi polloi

by @ 5:05 pm. Filed under Troop Support, True Heroes

Laura and Josh at moonbat rally

A must read post from Tantor of Conservative Propaganda in UFPJ March on Washington, Jan 27, 2007, from which I stole the pic above.

Josh and Mike Sparling will be on Hannity tonight, and on Fox & Friends tomorrow morning.

If any of you just heard Josh on Hannity’s radio show, here’s a link to pics and explanation about the guys who threatened to beat him up.

1/30 UPDATE: Here’s the link to the Fox&Friends video from this morning. It’s got a surprise ending!!!

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