...well, we all do. But I admit that I take it as a kind of personal duty to give him crap now and then.
And I've been steadfast in ignoring this Michael Yon stuff these last several years. I ran into Yon being Yon once in Iraq myself, but I've never said boo about it, and I'm not going to do so now. Combat environments are stressful, and a certain amount of what happens over there is really just better left there. If you weren't there, you wouldn't get it; and if you were, you shouldn't have to be told.
The referee stopped this bout midway through the first round when Mr. Yon not only failed to defend himself, but joined in beating himself senseless. The winner of the Internet Beat Down and still the undisputed champion of online snark, hyperbolic rhetoric, vitriolic tirades and professional humiliation is UNCLE......JIMBO (jimbo) (jimbo).
Mikey, I offered a truce before and you ought to take it. You can have your little patch of the internet, just don't come over here, piss on my leg and try to tell me it's raining.
Now back to our regularly scheduled stuff. Oh and Go Pack Go!
For those of you wondering why there is a spate of examples of my martial glory adorning the pages of BLACKFIVE, you can thank Michael Yon. His cones are all chafed that I have been commenting all over the media about wimmen in combat, and I guess he thinks I shouldn't. So he sent emails to me and Matty O and well pretty much everyone I know asking if I have ever been to Iraq or A-Stan and what my combat bona fides are. Now I don't owe him any kind of answer, but Matty O pulled some strings and got some of the missions I was on declassified, and thus the Pantheon of Jimbo in combat.
You see Mikey apparently has a fundraising campaign underway and he wants me to help. I'm not Mikey's biggest fan, so I'm a little reluctant. But I will note the following things in response to his questions about whether or not I have been to Iraq and Afghanistan or been in combat.
I have stated repeatedly that I have never been to either Iraq or Afghanistan and Mikey you even quoted me saying that yourself in a lame attempt to make fun of me. So not much there, there. Dude just a tad bit of advice, leave that shite to me, when you try the funny you become the funny, but in the bad way. I will also state that none of the operations I was involved in while on active duty were combat in the sense of a sustained tour in a combat theater. I have never claimed otherwise. Again no there, there.
But unlike Mikey, whose fleeting visit to the SF community ended without any substance, while I was in Group I deployed dozens of times to do all kinds of interesting things. But again unlike Mikey, I don't talk about things I shouldn't or release information I shouldn't.
So good luck from all of us here at BLACKFIVE Mikey. We are happy that you got the nice long rest you needed and now are back to the important work only you can do.
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cornucopia of various and sundry items and will bring a tactical naval
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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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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.