Many will be watching the Super Bowl all around the world. Not only Americans but many nations. Sure there may be a couple commercials that are funny (waaay over paid) and hopefully the game is a good one since we won’t have any football until Aug….smh. I myself will be with friends enjoying some cigars and I’m sure sharing/reminiscing some war stories. That’s what the game is really about. Everything surrounding it. The million dollar football players will get to go home safety if they win or lose unlike some of your warriors. So, look at this game as an opportunity to hang out with friends and enjoy one another. Otherwise, if you’re not under three feet of snow go for a run. If you’re not going to enjoy the game, don’t miss the opportunity to improve yourself. However, if you do watch the game, think about the below as you watch The Star Spangled Banner, I will be for sure. You will probably be able to hear my comments from where ever you live if they dork it up, but hey, that's One Marine's View.This year Renee Fleming will sing it.
From a Marine Corps Colonel in Afghanistan: "So with all the kindness I can muster, I give this one piece of advice to the next pop star who is asked to sing the national anthem at a sporting event: save the vocal gymnastics and the physical gyrations for your concerts. Just sing this song the way you were taught to sing it in kindergarten - straight up, no styling. "Sing it with the constant awareness that there are soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines watching you from bases and outposts all over the world. Don't make them cringe with your self-centered ego gratification. Sing it as if you are standing before a row of 86-year-old WWII vets wearing their Purple Hearts, Silver Stars and flag pins on their cardigans and you want them to be proud of you forhonoring them and the country they love - not because you want them to think you are a superstar musician. They could see that from your costume, makeup and your entourage. Sing 'The Star Spangled Banner' with the courtesy and humility that tells the audience that it is about America, not you. And please remember, not everything has to be sung as a spiritual song. We're getting a little weary of that. Francis Scott Key does not need any help."
...Scottsdale police officers arrested three men after they allegedly harassed a woman dressed in her ROTC Battle Dress Uniform who was acting as a volunteer at the Waste Management Phoenix Open on Monday.
Evan DiGiovanni, 31, Michael Allen Duran, 29, and Vincent James Hendren, 30, allegedly spit on, yelled at and sprayed a sports drink on the 19-year-old college cadet, according to a Scottsdale police report...
A U.S. soldier hands another soldier a round to be loaded before firing their 120mm mortars during a live-fire exercise on Forward Operating Base Lightning in Afghanistan's Paktia province, Jan. 17, 2014. U.S. Army photo by Capt. John Landry
A lot of these rules apply to anyone, some just the military, and a few to just PLs. Good read and worth your time (especially you OCS bound and cadet-types):
...28. If you don’t have comms with your higher element you are of very little use to anybody; if you haven’t heard any traffic on the net for more than five minutes, check your radios, your comms are probably out; unless you are personally engaging the enemy with direct fire, your commander wants to hear from you and not your RTO
29. Have the personal courage to disagree with your commander; when you disagree with your commander have an alternate COA; it’s normally best to disagree with your commander behind closed doors unless it’s a matter of integrity or safety
30. Trust your NCOs but don’t necessarily believe every word they say; NCOs rarely lie to officers, but they are known to stretch the truth on occasion; trust your gut...
Marined Corps Capt. David Kucirka leads a group of Marines during a hike with 90-pound packs at the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center in Bridgeport, Calif., Jan. 19, 2014. To gain an expeditionary mindset, Marines and sailors conducted a 10-day field exercise, which included walking through rugged terrain with extreme elevation changes. Kucirka is an intelligence officer assigned to the 2nd Marine Division's 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Steve Cushman
A soldier with the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force jumps out of a CH-46E Sea Knight while conducting Helo Cast training with 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, during Exercise Iron Fist 2014 aboard Naval Amphibious Base Coronado, Calif., Jan. 27, 2014. Iron Fist is an amphibious exercise that brings together Marines and sailors from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, other I Marine Expeditionary Force units, and soldiers from the JGSDF, to promote military interoperability and hone individual and small-unit skills through challenging, complex and realistic training. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Emmanuel Ramos/Released)
Students participate in the Navy Basic Underwater Demolition course during an evolution known as "surf passage" on Amphibious Base Coronado, Calif., Jan. 21, 2014. The evolution is part of training to be a SEAL, which is the maritime component of U.S. Special Forces. SEALs are trained to conduct a variety of operations from the sea, air and land. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Michael Russell
U.S. Special Forces and Afghan soldiers arrive in UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters to conduct a clearing operation to disrupt insurgent movement in Jafare Sufla in the Shah Joy district in Afghanistan's Zabul province, Jan. 15, 2014. The U.S. soldiers are assigned to Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force Afghanistan. U.S. Army photo by Pfc. David Devich
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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.
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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.