This is the absurd culmination of an extravaganza of
ridiculousness that the NSW community may never recover from. When I started blogging in 2004 as a SEAL, it
was not to tell you about the things SEALs were doing and how cool we are. It was to show you how we thought about or
approached certain issues from politics to policy. And when it became my turn to go down range, I shut it down, because
you didn’t need to know, and you still don’t.
Here’s another thing you don’t need to know: Why Chris Beck
wants to live the rest of his life as a woman.
I know Chris, and I will never question his qualifications as a frogman
and an operator. From all of my
experiences with him, he was a solid guy and I had no complaints. He may feel now that suppressing his inner
desires about who he was constituted a major sacrifice for him. And I’m sure it did. But so fucking what? We ALL sacrificed something to the Teams, to
the Navy, to the Nation.
Chris, you are not special brother. Not any more than any of us. When you joined the military, you joined a
culture. If that culture made you feel
as if you couldn’t be who you really wanted to be, well, that’s the fucking
idea. Once you are in the service, you
are there to SERVE the country and not yourself. We all had to set aside things that we wanted
to do or to be if we wanted to remain in the service. But nobody was forcing you to remain. Instead of cramming it down for twenty years,
you could have got out. Instead of
building up 20 years worth of pity party that you just shat onto your
Teammates, you could have been the woman you always wanted to be. But you chose to stay with us, and we were
glad you did. Until now.
If you are happy being who you are right now, then Chris,
I’m happy for you. But you need to come
to grips with one simple fact. Nobody on
this planet would give a damn about your journey of personal discovery if it
weren’t for the Teams. And the only
reason you are getting the attention that you are is because of the Teams, not
because of who you are. You are not
special, not any more than any of us.
The Teams are what people are paying attention to, not you.
In all honesty, we did this to ourselves as a
community. From Dick Couch to Brandon
Webb to Matt Bissonette to Chris Kyle and many others we were sold out bit by
bit at first. But once the bin Laden hit
went down and Act of Valor hit the theatres it was all over. As a community, we must have enjoyed the
attention more than we hated the spotlight.
And so we failed to police our own.
In the manic absurdity of it all, we got Warrior Princess, which is
media catnip and a slap in every one of our faces. Maybe this is our wake up call. Maybe it doesn’t matter anymore.
You knew you were denigrating us all, but you just became
too important to yourself. You forgot
that we all sacrificed too. Or maybe
your never realized it being lost in your own self absorption.
Please remember this. Without all of us, there is no you, Chris.
Former Paratrooper and Army Officer, "Blackfive" started this blog upon learning of the valorous sacrifice of a friend that was not reported by the journalist whose life he saved. Email: blackfive AT gmail DOT com
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Bill Paisley, otherwise known as Pinch, is a 22 year (ongoing) active and
reserve naval aviator. He blogs over at www.instapinch.com on a veritable
cornucopia of various and sundry items and will bring a tactical naval
aviator's perspective to Blackfive. Readers be warned: any comments of or
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Mr. Wolf has over 26 years in the Army, Army NG, and USAR. He’s Airborne with 5 years as an NCO, before becoming an officer. Mr. Wolf has had 4 company commands. Signal Corp is his basic branch, and Public Affairs is his functional area. He recently served 22 straight months in Kuwait and Iraq, in Intel, PA, and senior staff of MNF-I. Mr. Wolf is now an IT executive. He is currently working on a book on media and the Iraq war. Functional gearhead.
In Iraq, he received the moniker of Mr. Wolf after the Harvey Kietel character in Pulp Fiction, when "challenges" arose, they called on Mr. Wolf...
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Deebow is a Staff Sergeant and a Military Police Squad Leader in the Army National Guard. In a previous life, he served in the US Navy. He has over 19 years of experience in both the Maritime and Land Warfare; including deployments to Southwest Asia, Thailand, the South Pacific, South America and Egypt. He has served as a Military Police Team Leader and Protective Services Team Leader and he has served on assignments with the US State Department, US Air Force Security Police, US Army Criminal Investigation Division, and the US Drug Enforcement Administration. He recently spent time in Afghanistan working with, training and fighting alongside Afghan Soldiers and is now focused on putting his 4 year Political Science degree to work by writing about foreign policy, military security policy and politics.
McQ has 28 years active and reserve service. Retired. Infantry officer. Airborne and Ranger. Consider my 3 years with the 82nd as the most fun I ever had with my clothes on. Interests include military issues and policy and veteran's affairs.
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Tantor is a former USAF navigator/weapon system officer (WSO) in F-4E Phantoms who served in the US, Asia, and Europe. He is now a curmudgeonly computer geek in Washington, DC, picking the taxpayers pocket. His avocations are current events, aviation, history, and conservative politics.
Twenty-three years of Active and Reserve service in the US Army in SF (18B), Infantry and SOF Signal jobs with operational deployments to Bosnia and Africa. Since retiring he's worked as Senior Defense Analyst on SOF and Irregular Warfare projects and currently ensconced in the emerging world of Cyberspace.
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Uber Pig was an Infantryman from late 1991 until early 1996, serving with Second Ranger Battalion, I Corps, and then 25th Infantry Division. At the time, the Army discriminated against enlisted soldiers who wanted use the "Green to Gold" program to become officers, so he left to attend Stanford University. There, he became expert in detecting, avoiding, and surviving L-shaped ambushes, before dropping out to be as entrepreneurial as he could be. He is now the founder of a software startup serving the insurance and construction industries, and splits time between Lake Tahoe, Boonville, and San Francisco, CA.
Uber Pig writes for Blackfive a) because he's the proud brother of an enlisted Civil Affairs Reservist who currently serves in Iraq, b) because he looks unkindly on people who make it harder for the military in general, and for his brother in particular, to succeed at their missions and come home in victory, and c) because the Blackfive readers and commenters help keep him sane.
COB6 spent 24 years in the active duty Army that included 5 combat tours with service in the 1st Ranger Battalion and 1st Special Forces Group . COB6 was enlisted (E-7) and took the OCS route to a commission. COB6 retired a few years back as a field grade Infantry officer.
Currently COB6 has a son in the 82nd Airborne that just returned from his third tour and has a newly commissioned daughter in the 4th Infantry Division.