~Great story about the Marines taking care of their own. A Vietnam Medal of Honor recipent's grave rests in a decrepit graveyard. Marine veterans found out and now are taking care of restoring the gravesite to a condition befitting a Marine awarded the MOH.
~On the eve of Veteran's Day we have to ask, are our Cold War veterans getting the "cold shoulder"? The fact that there wasn't an active war ongoing during 22 years of that era shouldn't change the importance or significance of the fact that they served.
~I, like you, am pretty stunned by the news about David Petraeus. As I mentioned elsewhere, if we expect "good judgement" from our leaders, this by far failed the test. The two things I will say favorably about it is a) he didn't try to cover it up and b) he took responsiblity for it immediately. Which is why he has no business in an administration which does neither (*cough* Benghazi *cough*).
~The Pentagon revealed its Benghazi timeline. In essence all you need to know is we had forces an hour away (F/A 18s), but it took 19 hours for our military to finally put feet on the ground. That is unacceptable.
~Despite the incessent droning of critics who've never seen one, much less flown it, the F-35 gets high marks from the pilots and maintainers who have.
~Mali? We're thinking about attacking Mali? The Nobel Peace Prize committee was unavailable for comment.
~An FYI. If you happen to be in the Washington DC area, the Veterans Day National Ceremony is held each year on November 11th at Arlington National Cemetery. The ceremony commences precisely at 11:00 a.m. with a wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns and continues inside the Memorial Amphitheater with a parade of colors by veterans' organizations and remarks from dignitaries.
~To all my fellow Veterans, I'd like to say thank you for your service. You ARE the 1%. And no matter where you served or what you did, YOU made a difference with your service.
Remember to thank a Veteran tomorrow for his or her service. It only takes a second, but it that second is worth its weight in gold.