God Bless America
Land that I love ......dedicated to our troops and military families who fight to protect freedom and liberty throughout the world.
Land that I love ......dedicated to our troops and military families who fight to protect freedom and liberty throughout the world.
Dayton was one of dozens of children who marched in the parade, sponsored by the Charleston Jaycees, Junior Women’s Club and Kiwanis Club.
His mother, Rhonda Black, said the costume was inspired by Dayton’s uncle Mike, who is a paratrooper with the U.S. Army Rangers.
“He loves uncle Mikey,” Black said.
On Saturday, SSG George T. Alexander, of Killeen, Texas, died at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. On October 17th, Alexander's vehicle was hit by an IED. SSG Alexander was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Benning, Ga. The 1st/15th is a top unit in the Army - Audie Murphy is just one of it's more well-known WWII combat soldiers. Another from the Gulf War is Special Forces MilBlogger Jack Army.
I've done a lot of digging to try to find more about SSG Alexander. I believe that this was his second tour in Iraq and, during his first tour, he was deployed from Fort Hood, Texas, with the 4th ID.
There are two groups that will celebrate and use George Alexander's sacrifice.
The morally bankrupt anti-war movement.
And Al Qaeda.
I found this picture in an old Soldiers magazine from 2003 (US Army photo by SPC Goff). It's a picture of Staff Sergeant Alexander's young son showing support for him.
Remember George Alexander. Because his death was no more terrible, and no more horrible, than any other soldier who gave their life. Remember Staff Sergeant Alexander for those he left behind.
Others will seek to marginalize his sacrifice into a number, a sideline marker.
Don't let them.
Update: This post has offended some on the left. My response is here."
DefendtheDefenders.org raises money and awareness for the defense of soldiers and Marines whose actions in the heat of combat are being second-guessed.
The following is a series of letters written by Merry Pantano, proud mother of Marine Second Lieutenant Ilario Pantano and founder of DefendtheDefenders.org.
Since When Do Soldiers Need Defending?
DefendtheDefenders.org believes that the basic legal coverage provided by the military is not nearly enough for a fair and adequate defense in both the court of law and the court of public opinion. Outside civilian counsel is an important component of a successful legal defense.
Who Defends Those Who Defend Us?
As America rallies behind the rhetoric, the talk of "bringing terrorists to justice" must be translated into action. Fighting men and women with wills of steel are in dark corners of the world getting their hands dirty where "the rubber meets the road" so policy can become a reality.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
We thank everyone who took such a personal interest in the successful fight to have my son, Marine 2nd Lt. Ilario Pantano, exonerated of all the charges against him giving him freedom and restoring his good name.
Private First Class Edward L. Richmond, US Army
PFC Edward Richmond chose to join the Army after 9/11 to protect his family and country. He is currently suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and will have to live the rest of his life with a felony on his record and a dishonorable discharge from the Army. Sadly, Edward's choices in life will now be limited because he tried to protect himself during a time of war.
Please help us appeal his sentence and restore his honor.
On the morning of December 9, 2003, Peter Sprenger was 2 weeks from the end of an eventful tour in Iraq. He'd been at the "tip of the spear," in army parlance, spending the preceding 10 months roaring through the invasion of Iraq, occupying Baghdad, securing other restive towns. As a member of the 101st Airborne Division, he had a clear mission: to probe for trouble and take care of it. But on that particular morning, the trouble found him.
Corporal Sprenger drew radio duty that day in company headquarters in Tal Afar, 60 miles southwest of Mosul. He felt relatively safe in the shadow of a two-story guard tower, behind barbed wire and barricades, sheltered by a 12-foot-high cinder-block wall. The front doors of the building were open to the morning air. Sprenger wore no flak jacket, no helmet.
At 4:40 a.m., he heard gunfire and suspected that it issued from neighboring buildings. But, no, it had come from the guard tower, and the bullets and barricades had failed to halt a suicidal insurgent bent on delivering 1,000 pounds of TNT to the 101st's doorstep. The bomb detonated 10 to 15 yards from where Sprenger was standing.
Knocked down and blinded by the explosion, he crawled back to his position and patted himself down for missing parts. He felt warm blood, punctured flesh, and a confused tangle of facial features. He peeled back a tattered eyelid and saw a spiderweb of lines radiating out from a bloodred center. He remembers thinking, Yes, well, we'd better let a professional deal with that one.
The eye that Corporal Sprenger sacrificed that morning, the seven units of blood he left on the walls and floor, are real costs. "Going through all that changes you," he notes, with typical understatement. For a lot of men, it would embitter or destroy them. But in Sprenger's case, it focused his vision of who he is and what he hopes to gain from his life. "People don't look far enough into the future," he says, "and gauge what's realistic for them to accomplish."
But he has. And that vision drove him to rehab his many wounds, turn down the desk job the army offered, and gear up for the most rigorous training any infantryman can endure: Ranger School.
Sprenger not only passed it, but was also singled out as the epitome of the Ranger creed--"Readily will I display the intestinal fortitude required to . . . complete the mission, though I be the lone survivor"--and asked to recite that creed at his graduation ceremony last July.
Since the army began keeping records a quarter century ago, he is the first man with his kind of physical disability to earn the Ranger patch. And by the time you read this, he will have returned to Iraq. As he puts it, he needs to finish what he started.
No one tells a story better than a soldier at the front. Here's a good one from the blog page, Armor Geddon.
WASHINGTON — A 42-year-old guardsman with the 258th MP Company currently assigned to Darmstadt was named the Army’s first Military Idol on Sunday, capping off the quest to find the service’s best singer.
Sgt. William Glenn, a guardsman with the 258th, earned a $1,000 cash bonus and the unofficial title of “ambassador of Army entertainment” by winning the contest. Organizers hope to use him in special performances around the globe in the coming year, with permission from his command.
Sunday’s announcement capped off the week-long final round of the singing competition, which brought together 33 of the winners from regional competitions from around the world.
The winner was decided by an online vote of soldiers and their families. Glenn performed the Otis Redding song “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay” for his final performance, and received glowing praise from the judges during Saturday’s webcast of the competition.
Two other soldiers currently living in Germany also placed in the top five of the competition.
Spc. Richard Sianoya of the 523rd Medical Company in Wurzburg earned second place and a $500 bonus for his talent. Spc. Festus Togbeola of the 177th Armored Battalion in Schweinfurt, also placed in the top five.
Glenn, a pastor and VA hospital employee in civilian life, served in the active-duty Army in the 1980s, where he sang at events around the world with the 82nd Airborne Division’s choir.
Before the competition, he downplayed his chances of winning, but joked he had a few bills he’d like to pay off with the $1,000 winner’s check.
The event at Fort Gordon’s Performing Arts Center mirrored the popular “Idol” TV shows, complete with a panel of judges critiquing each performance and plenty of dramatic pauses before the final results were announced.
Sports personality Leeann Tweeden hosted the live webcast of Saturday’s competition and Sunday’s announcement, and an enthusiastic studio audience of several hundred soldiers greeted each of the finalists performances with a loud “Hooah.”
The 28 contestants eliminated earlier in the week, which included seven other soldiers from Germany and five from the Pacific arena, performed medleys of Motown classics and patriotic songs, complete with choreography.
Organizers also included a tribute to the soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, who were not allowed to participate in the competition due to security reasons.
Today is my mother's birthday. It is the first one, in more than half a century that I will celebrate without her.
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There are so many strong feelings that run deep in times of war especially with those who suffer great losses. During such times it is easy to lose sight of the end goal. Over 30 years ago, this nation sold a part of it's soul to purchase peace. The hole left behind continues to fester to this day in the hearts of men and women who gave so much for what they felt was a just cause. They returned to an ungrateful nation that had bought into the spin of certain poorly-principled, ill-informed, and perhaps even over-privileged individuals. We have learned our lesson to be supportive of those we send to defend us. But once again the spin begins spouted by strangely familiar voices.
This presentation is dedicated to those who will "stay the course." They know that if we do not, it is our children or their children that will have to finish or even repeat what we have started and those who have sacrificed so much will be all for not.
Music - Portions of "Suite from Forrest Gump" Performed by Alan Silvestri - © 1994 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.
|By U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Timmons|
22nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment
FORWARD OPERATING BASE SPEICHER, TIKRIT, Iraq, Oct. 21, 2005 — While Iraqi citizens were helping themselves take a step forward to a representative government during the constitutional referendum, some U.S. soldiers were helping those struck hard by Hurricane Katrina by donating time and money to the Big Easy 5K run held here Oct. 16.
"It is important because it shows solidarity," said Damian Gonzalez, a member of the Forward Operating Base Speicher Fire Department and overall winner of the race. "We saw it after 9/11 when we as Americans came together."
Gonzalez added that it was part of the relief and a way that those deployed to Iraq can help raise money.
Along with Gonzalez, 500 people signed up for the run and another 200 donated money to the relief, said U.S. Army 1st Lt. Alisha Ramsey, the event founder and coordinator. The event raised more than $6,200 for the American Red Cross Hurricane Relief Fund.
Rest of the story.
Iowahawk Special July 4 Guest Commentary
by Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi
Americans are famous for their diversity, and nowhere is this diversity more on display than in the various ways we celebrate the Fourth of July. Whether you are a traditional infidel enjoying hot dogs and cold watermelon, a recent immigrant infidel celebrating your new citizenship with a colorful piñata full of sweet treats, or like me, a not-as-yet-arrived-there-American who celebrates our independence through videotaped beheadings, we Americans have an almost infinite variety of ways of ‘lighting up the Fourth.’
Unfortunately, there are some who are angered by this rich Independence Day tapestry of watermelon and piñatas and decapitations, and express their anger through intolerance. Ironically, these angry voices have chosen to ignore the message of the Founding Infidels, and have instead lashed out against their fellow Americans, and aspiring-Americans, by openly questioning our patriotism and threatening our civil liberties with their GPS-guided ‘Bunker Busters.’
Sadly, this chorus of intolerance has grown since America embarked on its disastrous campaign of militarism in the Mideast. Instead of focusing on the real issues that trouble us -- like rampant poverty, Zionist aggression, and our immodestly dressed female cousins who have dishonored our clans -- these ‘neocon’ voices have sought to distract us with a stupid war for oil and empire. Those of us who have stood up in principled, armed opposition to Bush’s misadventure have been branded “unpatriotic.”
This chilling wind should alarm the millions of Americans and future-Americans everywhere who have called for the immediate timed withdrawal of US troops from Iraq, and have expressed their opinion through their local newspapers, peace marches, and rocket-propelled grenades. It sometimes seems that the Administration is more interested in the “rights” of their foreign Iraqi clients than the rights of their own citizens, and their own inevitable invading conquerors.
If nothing else, the Fourth of July should prompt all Americans, whether they are an infidel fornicating whore-woman in a Miami strip club or a fresh-faced enlistee in a secret Prague martyr cell, to reflect on the true meaning of ‘patriotism.’ To me, patriotism is not some empty flag-waving gesture, or spouting jingoistic slogans. To me, dissent is the real patriotism. And what could be more patriotic than the ultimate in dissent – bloody jihad against the kufr and their heretic puppets in Baghdad?
So, on this day when we mark the birth of the Great Satan, let us remember that true patriotism is not a “one-size-fits-all” idea. While there may be precious little to celebrate America as it is, millions of us real patriots will continue to celebrate the idea of America as it could be. Allah willing.
A very interesting story.
The mostly ice-encased body found by climbers. (AP)
"We're not going to go fast. We want to preserve him as much as possible. He's pretty intact."
Kings Canyon National Park spokesperson Alexandra Picavet on the excavation process
Outstanding, I say!!
Awale, also known as Abdi Qeybdiid, was a commander in warlord Farah Aidid's militia when it fought a 19-hour battle against American troops in Mogadishu on October 3, 1993.
Two U.S. helicopters were shot down and hundreds of Somalis died, in addition to the American soldiers. The story was featured in the book and movie "Black Hawk Down."
Police spokesman Karl Sandberg would not confirm the suspect's identity, but said the 57-year-old Somali man was arrested on suspicion of war crimes early Monday at a hotel in Lund and taken to Goteborg for questioning.
The suspect's lawyer, Pieter Kjessler, told Swedish public radio that he denied the allegations against him during questioning on Monday.
Somalia was thrown into civil war and anarchy after clan-based warlords overthrew dictator Mohamed Siad Barre in 1991. More than 500,000 people have been killed and some 3.5 million have been driven from their homes, 1.5 million of whom have taken refuge in neighboring countries.
Awale, who was a colonel in Somalia's former army, was named interior minister in the internationally unrecognized government that was declared in the capital after Barre's ouster.
News of Awale's capture was welcomed by Somalis living in the United States.
"We were joyous to hear this," said Omar Jamal, executive director of the Somali Justice Advocacy center in St. Paul, Minnesota. "It sends a loud and clear message to all the other Somali war criminals."
Jamal said Awale was involved in the 1993 militia fighting with American troops.
Nilsson said Awale was part of a six-member Somali delegation headed by Parliamentary speaker Sharif Hassan Sheikh Aden that attended the development conference in Sweden.
Cindy Sheehan, the so-called "peace mom" on a crusade to end U.S. involvement in the Iraq war, is publicly blasting Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., for her continued support of the ongoing conflict.
"I think she is a political animal who believes she has to be a war hawk to keep up with the big boys," Sheehan writes in an open letter posted on anti-Bush filmmaker Michael Moore's website. "I would love to support Hillary for president if she would come out against the travesty in Iraq. But I don't think she can speak out against the occupation, because she supports it. I will not make the mistake of supporting another pro-war Democrat for president again: As I won't support a pro-war Republican."
"I believe that the intelligent thing for Democrats to do for 2006 and 2008 would be to come out strongly and correctly against the botched, bungled, illegal, and immoral occupation of Iraq," Sheehan added.
Warfloggers are busy shooting the messenger. Poor Kevin Sites. All his war reporting in Kosovo and Afghanistan and Iraq, and the fact that he's embedded in the most dangerous place in Iraq isn't enough to save him from Republicans on Auto Smear. As with the Abu Ghraib torture photos, the problem for the pro-war With Us Or Against Us crowd isn't the act that horrifies the world, it's the fact that the pictures came out.
I guess InstaWarPundit won't be recommending Kevin Sites anymore."