Marines approach the well deck of amphibious dock landing ship USS Tortuga after conducting open ocean operations using combat rubber crafts in Okinawa, Japan, Aug. 25, 2012. The Tortuga is apart of the only forward-deployed amphibious ready group. The Marines are assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Chelsea Mandello.
First, this video is a great introduction into the United States Paralympic program. It's worth your time to watch:
Next, the Military Times has a nice piece about the 20 former and current military Paralympians and the events in which they will be competing for Gold in London starting today.
The media and now President Obama have engaged in a smear campaign against the former CIA agents and special operators who produced the documentary Dishonorable Disclosures: How Leaks and Politics Threaten National Security.
But before we consider the video to be nothing more than a dirty Tea Party election trick as the president advises, Americans should objectively consider what it is they are saying. After all, the folks whose lives depend on their ability to operate covertly should know a bit more about operational security than people whose job is to campaign for a living.
Since the media won't objectively analyze the points made in the documentary, I did at The US Report.
There is more cursing than is usual even for a Hitler video here, but it sounds like it may be justified. Anyone from CJSOTF-A care to respond?
UPDATE: No longer looking for an embed this fall, just in help in making it happen. My thanks to all who contacted, and some amazing things are in work.
The game is afoot, and it is time I came clean on at least part of what is going on. A few weeks ago, I was approached about a possible long-term embed next year, and probably scared the person who contacted me with how hard I pounced on it.
The fact is, had I not made some committments that could not be broken, I might have continued with embeds when I went to Iraq a few years ago. Now, I find myself free to do so, and am moving as fast and as hard as I can on it. I'm packing up, selling off, and otherwise preparing.
While things are in work, I thought it would be prudent to let you know what I was up to. After all, some of you may have companies that might like to be sponsors, or otherwise help.
I also thought it would be a good idea to see if any unit or program out there would like to have me as an embed this fall and/or into the first part of next year. It can be a short-term embed, or it can be 1-3 months. I'm literally up for about anything.
Get ready for the 4th Annual Ripley Race.
If you don't know about Colonel Ripley, go here and learn about an amazing Marine (and the first Marine to be inducted into the US Army Hall of Fame).
The Race is a 5k (there is a 1k fun run for kids) throughout Annapolis with an after-party at Fado. All proceeds benefit the Semper Fi Fund which goes along with the Ripley Race Mission: WE BELIEVE THAT AS CITIZENS, WE SHARE AN OBLIGATION TO TAKE CARE OF THESE MEN AND WOMEN, TO HONOR THE SACRIFICES THEY HAVE MADE. OUR MISSION IS TO STEP IN WHERE GOVERNMENT LEAVES OFF.
I encourage those who can’t be in Annapolis to form their own team, sign up for the race and run on behalf of this charity, and in the spirit of a great man who gave his all – for all. Sign up is here: http://www.active.com/10k-race/annapolis-md/4th-annual-john-ripley-memorial-race-2012
If you can't run the race, sponsor a team, or support in other ways, you can donate to the US Naval Institute team here. Any amount is greatly appreciated and honors the memory of Colonel Ripley.
Navy Petty Officer 1st Class John Hagenbrock holds his 7-week-old daughter for the first time after USS Louisiana's return from a strategic deterrent patrol in Bangor, Wash., Aug. 20, 2012. Hangenbrock is assigned to the ballistic missile submarine USS Louisiana. U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Ed Early
As a huge fan of the All Blacks, this one got to me...if you don't know what the Haka (traditional Maori war dance) is, go here to watch the All Blacks do one before a match.
Here, New Zealand soldiers perform a Haka to say farewell to a Fallen comrade:
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Kyle M. Taylor scans for enemy activity while manning a .50-caliber machine gun during the final flight of a CH-53D Sea Stallion helicopter over Afghanistan's Helmand province, Aug. 16, 2012. Tyler, a crew chief, is assigned to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 362, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. James Mercure.
Over at This Ain't Hell (the Pro team), TSO has announced the Fecal Two in the Stolen Valor Awards. You have less than a week day to go and cast your vote. Be sure to check out the top ten fun facts about each candidate. Includes gems like:
1. Lists favorite quotes as passages from the Bible, and then this not-so-Biblical inspiration: “you dont wont to be dancing horizontally and getting rust on the tools when you could have used dong bags!!!” -Tom Skalkos.
2. While every Marine is an Infantryman, not every infantryman can peel potatoes while his men go into battle after he himself got out of it by engaging in improper acts.
3. Thinks that Afghanistan can be fixed by Iran, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan: “The Pakistani people have a vested interest in not destabilizing their own country, so they’ll help out,” he explained. “Iran is being plagued with the heroin trade, [so] they have a vested interest in securing their borders and destroying the poppy fields. Saudi Arabia … there’s not a country that loves their Islamic brothers more than them.”...