Stars And Stripes has an article about a deployment ceremony, something with which most of us are all too familiar. This National Guard ceremony is different from most only in a small regard: the tearful goodbyes are being said by a state governor, Governor Nikki Haley of South Carolina. The fact that this is newsworthy underscores the division between the military and the political class that governs it. A few political families, however, remain connected.
Here at BLACKFIVE we support all our servicemembers who deploy to war in any capacity. In taking notice of this I don't want to appear to be playing favorites. I just want to take a moment to recognize how healthy it is for this kind of connection between service and politics to flourish. We wish Captain Haley, and all his comrades, good fortune and a safe return at the completion of their mission.