INDIANAPOLIS -- A joint color guard made of servicemembers from around Indiana practice presenting the Colors at the U.S. Army Reserve Center in Indianapolis Jan. 25. The group will present the Colors at Super Bowl XLVI Feb. 5. Pictured from left to right are Sgt. 1st Class David Warder, Staff Sgt. Austin Stoner, Sgt. 1st Class Kyle Rasmussen, Sgt. Brian Francies, Petty Officer 3rd Class Daniel Delgado, Tech. Sgt. Mark Orders-Woempner, Seaman Aaron Such and Sgt. Joshua Bishop. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Geoff Spaulding)
Call me crazy but there was a time when the US was a “Can do country”. Now the perception from outside nations and most importantly from our own American’s is more of a what can you do for me attitude.
America has seen a steep decline on the global scale in the past few years and trust me there are plenty of countries taking note. Not only on a global view but lets look in the mirror at our own “Americans” and their attitude. You would have to be blind to think that the rise in “hand outs” hasn’t been on the increase. Being in the military it is somewhat transparent within in the services but looking out we as a country are not the same country we were ten years ago. Not even close.
What happened to the days America was the front runner? The leader. There is an interesting term “Leader” as we need more to stand up and start kicking ass again. Our military is being shrunk, assets being reduced and military veterans with hardened combat experience told to walk and find a job in the civilian world (good luck). I’ve said it before but when you dump so many combat hardened veterans, you don’t retain that knowledge and experience within the ranks again over night.
I personally am set up to throw a nice solid forearm into the opposition as are many fellow service members. I frankly still believe America is great and land of the free. I still believe our military is the greatest force on the earth and not only because of our numbers but because of the ones wearing the uniform. The ones that have the similar attitude of those that went before us in places called Guadalcanal, Iwo Jima and the ones who stood strong after the attacks at Pear Harbor. Your warriors don’t fall into the “what can America do for me” category; they are the “doers” of America.
We as “Americans” make this country what it is. This demonstrated in many ways, one including how we support our troops and wounded. You make this country what it is. We as a military stand strong as possible to defend her.
It’s time America for us to get back to being the land of the free & brave. We can start by perhaps a “victory” parade for the Iraqi veterans. The NY Giants had a parade for their football team but we don’t have one for those dedicating all (a reflection of our times). I’m sure any random sports fan could tell me the names of the quarterbacks that played in the Super Bowl or who did the half time entertainment. However, can anyone tell me the names of the warriors that were the color guard of the Super Bowl? Let me introduce them:
Sgt. 1st Class David Warder, Staff Sgt. Austin Stoner, Sgt. 1st Class Kyle Rasmussen, Sgt. Brian Francies, Petty Officer 3rd Class Daniel Delgado, Tech. Sgt. Mark Orders-Woempner, Seaman Aaron Such and Sgt. Joshua Bishop. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Geoff Spaulding)
Some reading this will think this is about our “troops” and such. People, it’s about so much more than that and many will never know and some won’t even care because they think this is how America should be. Frankly, myself and the above warriors are not about what America can do for us, we are more the “kick ass” can do of those of apparently a far past.
What sort are you?
Time for a CGar!