The initial assault on Marjah, Afghanistan, was about to commence in February 2010. 1/6 was going in to a Taliban stronghold laden with IEDs, snipers, and insurgents. Around 8,000 ground forces and 7,000 support troops were involved including American, British, French, Canadian, Estonian and Danish forces under ISAF Command. After speeches to the Marines by the officers, Gunnery Sergeant Bryan Wallgren, A/1/6, decided to really motivate his Marines...his words were the last they heard before boarding the helos...
He received a Commendation Medal with V for Marjah. And some of you might have been one of his students at the JWTC 14 years ago...
Many of you have sent this one. Enjoy!
"It looks very rough. If I get through this one I will be very lucky." Brigadier General James M. Gavin, commander of the 82nd Airborne Division - diary entry, night of September 16th, 1944, on the upcoming mission into Holland.
Here is one of my prized possessions, hanging in my office, a Wild Bill Guarnere autographed photo of the 101st going into Holland during Operation Market Garden, September 17, 1944.
"Return to Mogadishu” chronicles the journey of Army Best Ranger Jeff Struecker’s return to Mogadishu, Somalia, as he reflects on the experience that transformed his life twenty years ago. As the film revisits the traumatic events of October 1993, we learn about the routine military mission that went awry and quickly unraveled into brutal warfare. It was in the middle of the violent combat when Struecker realized that He was free to LIVE because he wasn’t afraid to die.
The video should be available on Friday. Will post details when available. Check the site also.
Here is the trailer:
A few years ago at the David L. Grange Best Ranger Competition, Uncle Jimbo and I were able to talk with (then Chaplain) Jeff Struecker, about being a chaplain of Rangers. Check this out:
In order to send the Air Force some love, there were two USAF Pararescue (PJs) HALO jump videos which are shared below and then one rockin' compilation video after the jump that's a must see:
I swear, that @#%& is better than a cup of coffee...
Jimbo posted these before:
Oh man, that was fun. I don't care whether you have or haven't ever jumped out of an airplane, this is a great look at it. I think what it reminded me most is exactly how much of a giant bag of shite on a rope you are on a static line jump. Even so, I still felt the rush.
This was posted by MarlboroMan1979 who can poke his head up if he wants. If anyone has some HALO vids that would be fun and I would certainly link. And ramp exits rule.
The closest we come to flying.
The Outlaw Platoon Part III trailer was just released this morning on the NRA Life of Duty Network.
About the Outlaw Platoon - In 2006 Lt. Sean Parnell and the men under his leadership, known as the Outlaw Platoon, deployed to one of the most dangerous areas of Afghanistan, less than 10 miles from the Pakistani border. Their mission was to disrupt and destroy this network at all costs – to seek out enemy positions and thwart the movement of insurgent forces into and out of the safe haven of Pakistan. After a year in some of the most intense combat imaginable in a 360-degree battlefield, the only thing Sean Parnell and his men wanted to do was survive...Part III is coming on August 21st.
Really nice story about old crash footage being shown to a truly heroic pilot from WWII for the first time. Worth the time to watch.
Click this link, watch the awesome video about the amazing history of Pararescue Jumpers, and then please vote: http://thisainthell.us/blog/?p=36785