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March 2012

No Turning Back - Nine Years Ago, the 173rd Parachuted Into Iraq

RE: Mustard Stains (March 24, 2004)

I knew it was real when they gave us live ammo at the airfield. I knew then that there was no turning back.” - Pfc. Jerry Allen, Chosen Co. 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry (Airborne)

From Cow Pastures to Kosovo has the anniversary nailed down.  Nine years ago, 969 paratroopers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade dropped into northern Iraq to protect the north flank of the invasion of Iraq (Operation Northern Delay). 

For the combat jump, paratroopers received a bronze star (mustard stain) to put on their jump wings along with an Arrowhead device for the Iraq campaign medal (to signify that they participated in an assault).

Go to FCPTK to check out the details of the airborne assault into Iraq.

Military Police Train on the Big Island

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MPs 548253_q75A goat's skull sits in the foreground as an improvised explosive devise strikes a convoy from the 558th Military Police Company, 728th MP Battalion, 8th MP Brigade from Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, during a react to an improvised explosive devise scenario as part of the 558th MP Company's field exercise at Pohakuloa Training Area, Hawaii, March 23, 2012. The unit conducted team level battle drills to train the unit's tactical proficiency. Photos by SPC Marcus Fichtl.

From Medevac to Hospital - EVOCC

We've focused a lot on combat casualty evacuation (Medevac vs. Casevac etc), but how do the patients go from Medevac to hospital?

For patients inbound to Kandahar's Role 3 Hospital, it is the responsibility of the sailors on the EVOCC (Emergency Vehicle Operation Combat Casualty) Team to get the patient from the flight line to the emergency room.

Veteran job fairs

The US Chamber of Commerce has embarked on an ambitious project to help veterans get jobs.  Veteran unemployment, while falling, is still above the national average.  The US Chamber is holding 400 job fairs in the coming months.

Next week:

March 27, 2012 – Eau Claire, WI

March 28, 2012 – New York City, NY

March 28, 2012 – Fort Mitchell, KY

March 28, 2012 – Military.Com Virtual Career Fair

March 28, 2012 – Fort Hood, TX Military Spouse Event

March 28, 2012 – Chicago, IL

March 29, 2012 – Elizabethtown, KY

March 29, 2012 – Louisville, KY

March 29, 2012 – Philadelphia, PA

March 30, 2012 – Morgantown, WV

You can get more information at the links.

Additionally, the Chamber website has an interactive map which shows you the locations of all their upcoming job fairs so you can quickly decide which you will be able to attend.  Make sure to hit the links because some may require registration.

Can’t get to any of these?  Military.com has a “virtual career fair” (see March 28 above).  They are working in conjunction with the US Chamber.  Also included below are links to tips on your search and how to translate your milskills into civilian-speak

Military.com and Monster are throwing a Virtual Career fair March 27th - 29th. It's free to join and you'll be able to communicate and engage with exhibitors and attendees in a collaborative virtual environment. Fast Track Your Military Experience to a Civilian Career. Register for the event now.

View a full calendar of Military Career Expos.
Visit the Military.com Veteran Career Center to search for jobs and get tips on your career and job search.
Translate your military skills, experience and training to find career opportunities that best align with your capabilities.

I know looking for a job as you near your transition from the military to the civilian world can be stressful.  A big hat tip to these great organizations for taking the issue on and providing our members of the military headed back to civilian life with a means of finding employment.


Twitter: @McQandO

Not Forgotten - Search Continues for MIA in Vietnam...

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Local Vietnamese men and team members from the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command use their hands to remove sediment from a stream bed in Binh Dinh province, Vietnam, March 14, 2012. The sediment will be screened and carefully inspected for any sign of osseous material or other evidence that can help identify a soldier missing from the Vietnam Conflict. JPAC's mission is to conduct global search, recovery and laboratory operations to identify unaccounted-for Americans from past conflicts in order to support the Department of Defense's personnel accounting efforts. Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Adelita Mead.



"Your Next Guinness is Courtesy of a Fallen SEAL"

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Reader KG from Alabama sent us this awesome story about a Guinness for Michael Murphy.  You will all love this one - from the Blaze, a guy walks into a local pub with a strange request:

As promised… I just walked into a local pub (PUB 25, Newtown, CT) and asked to speak with the Owner/Manager. I asked if I could leave a cold one on the bar for Michael all day . I showed him the “Reserved” sign I made and explained I wanted to leave him sufficient funds to buy a random person a Guinness every hour today, and that when the surprised patron asks him “Who is this from?” he should reply: “It’s from LT Michael P. Murphy.” and point to the reserved sign. The Owner/Manager was so in tune with this small gesture, he refused my money, introduced me to two men working in the PUB who just returned home from Afghanistan and Iraq with the ASSURANCE that my request on Michael’s behalf would be honored. God Bless America!

Go here to see what happened...

[Here is the original post at SEAL of Honor's FB page.]