HELLO ITTY BITTY PRECIOUS BABY!!! With the permission of milfamily Nathan and Christina, we are proceeding with generating as much support for Abigail as possible. Christina says,
"On Tuesday, Nov. 5th our precious Abigail Kay arrived weighing 1lb.14oz. Abigail was delivered early due to restricted blood flow through the umbilical cord. She is beautiful, strong, and very feisty (like her dad). Abigail is already eating and off of the ventilator receiving only 23% oxygen. She squirms at the sound of her big brothers and peeks her eyes open only for her daddy. We have a very long journey ahead but we are ready and are taking it day by day. Your prayers, kind words, and thoughts are very much appreciated and we are very blessed that Abigail has an amazing support team."
We encourage everyone to pray for this family. If you would like to send them a special note, gift card or a gift for Abigail, we are hosting a virtual baby shower to help and support this family--- we hope you also can join us.
Send your support to: Military Ovation/547 S. 7th Street #241/Bismarck, ND 58504 and we will deliver your awesomeness to them. (Checks can be made out to Nathan and Christina.)
Pritzker Library: Top Ten Favorite Recruiting Posters
Posted By LongTabSigO
Chicago's Pritzker Military Library is a unique non-profit organization that is committed to maintaining and improving the public's appreciation of the military -- past, present, and future. In honor of the Library's 10th anniversary, its special collections staff has selected 10 of their favorite military recruitment posters from its collection to share.
More about the Pritzker Library: In addition to more than 45,000 books on military history and several thousand artifacts, the library's collection houses more than 1,500 prints and posters from the late 17th century to the present. It includes posters from all over the world, in nine languages. The bulk of the collection consists of propaganda posters from World War I and World War II, including works from Howard Chandler Christy, James Montgomery Flagg, and Norman Rockwell. The subject matter of these posters ranges from military recruiting, fundraising, and conservation to charity, education, and protest.
One of the early milbloggers is calling it quits. If you want to get a good feel for what it was all about, and read some of posts that show the best and how it should be done, go start from the beginning and read forward. It was a hell of a good run, and it was an honor, a laugh, a tear, and occasionally this wolf probably looked like the dog in the spoof about the old lady driving. Thanks brother.
Try as I might, I could not have written a better explanation of how many veterans and warriors feel, everyday. No one in your family really ever asks you; many times because I believe they are afraid of the answer.
Just a couple of cuts from this awesome piece.
I've spent hours taking in the world through a rifle scope, watching life unfold. Women hanging laundry on a rooftop. Men haggling over a hindquarter of lamb in the market. Children walking to school. I've watched this and hoped that someday I would see that my presence had made their lives better, a redemption of sorts. But I also peered through the scope waiting for someone to do something wrong, so I could shoot him. When you pick up a weapon with the intent of killing, you step onto a very strange and serious playing field. Every morning someone wakes wanting to kill you. When you walk down the street, they are waiting, and you want to kill them, too. That's not bloodthirsty; that's just the trade you've learned. And as an American soldier, you have a very impressive toolbox. You can fire your rifle or lob a grenade, and if that's not enough, call in the tanks, or helicopters, or jets. The insurgents have their skill sets, too, turning mornings at the market into chaos, crowds into scattered flesh, Humvees into charred scrap. You're all part of the terrible magic show, both powerful and helpless....
For those who know, this is the open secret: War is exciting. Sometimes I was in awe of this, and sometimes I felt low and mean for loving it, but I loved it still. Even in its quiet moments, war is brighter, louder, brasher, more fun, more tragic, more wasteful. More. More of everything. And even then I knew I would someday miss it, this life so strange. Today the war has distilled to moments and feelings, and somewhere in these memories is the reason for the wistfulness.
Go here to read more and thank you Brian for writing this.
I have watched with great interest what's going on around the country with these protests- and I'm sorry to say, I cannot, in any way shape or form, agree with anything these mis-guided, mis-directed, and lost 'kids' stand for.
They certainly don't represent anything me or my family has ever endured. They do not come from anything like my background- not that that means as much, but these people obviously thought that by acting smarter than anyone brought them rights and priveleges no one else deserved.
With that, and with the sites such as this one who are sharing who the REAL people of America are, I want to start something along the same lines.
According to multiple sources, only around 1% of the population of the US has ever served in uniform- overall. The percentage that has served in current conflicts is even smaller. So how can these fools on Wall Street, or Main Street, or anywhere they are protesting, even imagine to represent us? It's just not even feasible to contemplate.
Join me- in showing who the 1% are- who have been silent thru all of this.
URGENT! Don't be like those Occupy Wall Street hacks...
Posted By Mr Wolf
Right. You actually WANT a job. You want to serve your country in some manner. You want a job that can give you great experience, satisfaction, and fantastic compensation potential.
In short, you should look at one of these jobs.
Some friends of mine are seeking the following types of people, and believe me, you really need to take a hard look at these positions. And if you know someone who would be interested, please pass this along! (Because if you DO, and the person you've referred is hired, they'll give you a new Apple iPad2!)
IO/ MISO/PSYO Planners Wanted! Available for Immediate Placement.
Join an A-Team of Info Operations. We are seeking SC Planners to work Afghanistan, in support of USFOR-A, to provide expert advice and assistance with regard to specific influence products, target audience, analysis and communication methods at the local, regional, and national level. Our SC planners will facilitate IO integration for combined military and civilian-military campaign plans for Afghanistan.
Candidates should have experience in joint/multi-national operations, experience in Information Operations, PSYOP, Public Diplomacy, Commercial Marketing or Influence Modeling, that can facilitate USFOR-A staff integration and synchronization, information flow, and dissemination as it relates to cultural, economic, political, religious, social, newsworthy, and tribal issues in each supported entities AOR. We are looking for professionals who have knowledge of, and experience with, strategic message development in a cultural context that supports the overall strategic communication planning process. Regional experience is a must
Successful candidates should meet the following minimum qualifications:
• Be a U.S. citizen with a valid, active DoD security clearance of SECRET or TOP SECRET.
• Have a minimum of five (5) years experience working in Strategic Communication/IO/PSYOP with U.S. military.
• Possess excellent written, oral, and interpersonal skills.
• Have a Bachelors or Masters of Arts degree in a social science discipline: history, sociology, psychology, political science, etc.
The following are additional, value added skill sets:
• MEL 4 or equivalent (SAMS a plus)
• Battle Staff Course with 2S Identifier
• PSYOP/MISO Officers Qualification Course
• FA 30/Information Operations Qualification course
Compensation Commensurate with Experience includes paid CONUS travel and paid vacation time plus discretionary performance bonuses.
Salary: Negotiable, but commensurate with current rates in theater. Place of Duty: Kabul, AFG.
Please email your resume, level of clearance, timeline you are available to deploy to: INFOPS2011@gmail.com.
After serving 27 years in the Army including tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, surviving 7 IED's blasts, Lt Col Kathy Champion came home only to find she had contracted a virus in Iraq that took her eyesight. Instead of feeling sorry for herself, Kathy acquired a guide dog, Angel, from the Paws for Patriots Program of Southeastern Guide Dog School in Florida, and has made it her quest to raise 2 million dollars to help other soldiers either blinded or suffer from PTSD to acquire service dogs.
All you have to do is vote her into the top place, and that charity gets ten thousand dollars. Follow the link, vote for her. Animals are wonderful for PTSD -- horses are the best, but dogs are good too.
The "Great Americans" project has an interview with retired Major General Eldon Bargewell. During his career Bargewell served with MACV-SOG (Reconnaissance Team Viper) as an enlisted man, receiving the Distinguished Service Cross. As an officer he served most notably with the 75th Rangers, as commander of the Delta Force, and as operations officer for MNF-I.
The interview begins with the Vietnam days. It's worth watching for Sergeant Major Billy Waugh's commentary alone. Of course you all know who he is.
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
Retired Special Operations Master Sergeant, Jim Hanson ("Uncle Jimbo") is now focused on writing about the military, politics, intelligence operations and foreign policy. Email: jimbo AT unclejimbo DOT com
Writer, photographer, and raconteur C. Blake Powers is the Laughing Wolf. He is independent in politics and covers topics including journalism, military, weapons, preparedness, space, science, cooking, food and wine, product and book reviews, and even spirituality. Email: wolf1 AT laughingwolf DOT net Laughing Wolf's Amazon Wish List
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
about the F-14 Tomcat will be reverential and spoken in low, hushed tones.
Email: wpaisley AT comcast DOT net
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...
Email: TheDOTMrDOTWolfAT gmail DOT com
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.
Email: mcq51 -at - bellsouth -dot- net
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.
Major Pain --
A Marine who began his blog in Iraq and reflects back on what he learned there and in Afghanistan. To the point opinions, ideas and thoughts on military, political and the media from One Marine’s View. Email: onemarinesview AT yahoo DOT com
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.