Archive for the ‘Marine Corps’ Category
The days wind down, and 135 remain for US troops in Afghanistan.
I still keep thinking of the death of medically retired Marine sniper, Sgt. Rob Richards, found dead in his home last Wed. Keep his family in your thoughts and prayers.
I am still shocked and saddened at the death of Marine sniper Sgt. Rob Richards, found dead in his home Wednesday. May he rest in peace.
139 days to go for US troops in Afghanistan.
Why didn’t Gen. Amos, Marine Commandant worry about the safety and welfare of the Marine snipers and their families and get them treatment for combat stress and battle fatigue instead of wanting to “crush” them as other Marines are reported as testifying under oath that he wanted to do to them?
Now one of the scout snipers was found dead in his home. Sad, sad, sad.
Links from around the GWOT:
1.) Although demoted to Corporal, I still say, RIP SGT Richards:
Before American troops were in Afghanistan, where the “Vietnam Plan for Afghanistan” is taking place, as if there wasn’t a template for this already with Vietnam, there was the actual Vietnam experience. See link#1 for a most excellent story of a 3rd Recon Marine mission in Vietnam, and one of the injured Recon Marine’s stories. Recon Marines are TOP TIER! God bless them! Before the GWOT there was Vietnam. Links from around the GWOT:
1.) 3rd Recon Marines in Vietnam. A most excellent story, needs read by Americans, and especially our elected officials and military officers. God bless our Recon Marines, they are TOP TIER! Look at the haunting photo of the two 19-year old Recon Marines in Vietnam before their helicopter was shot down in 1967, where one died, and one was seriously injured. God bless you 3rd Recon, then and now! Link:
One weekend after another, US troops remain in Afghanistan while Americans at home go about their business largely unaware a war is even being lost by American politicians who still have US troops stationed in Afghanistan. The US packs up from 12+ years of war, with a deadline of leaving on 31 December 2014. There is no longer talk of a US victory, not even from the politicians who sent US troops there. God bless America’s enlisted men and women as they furiously pack up, closing down bases by the dozens as they go.
In the meantime, the new Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, visits Afghanistan and is greeted with nearby bombs. Stories indicate he heard the noise of the explosions but was nowhere near when they went off.
Links from around the GWOT:
1.) Bombs go off when US Sec. of Defense Chuck Hagel visits Afghanistan:
The US Marines have had their Tuition Assistance cut due to sequestration. Other service branches at this time are going to continue TA. There are funds to pay for our Marines’ Tuition Assistance, and I have an example below of where $300 million can be found right now for this funding. Don’t send $300 million to Afghanistan for Afghan women: use it for US Marines for their Tuition Assistance right now.
The end of the week comes for most Americans on a M-F schedule, and they face a weekend of relaxation, college basketball, NASCAR races, eating out, and enjoying the fruits of their work and freedom. Meanwhile, US troops are packing up equipment and closing bases in Afghanistan as quickly to leave Afghanistan by 31 December 2014. I hope the packing is complete before then and the US troops can come home before then, and bring our money with them.
1.) US taxpayers to fund $300 million to go to women of Afghanistan. I am asking Congress and our Senate to STOP this funding NOW. This money needs to go toward US active duty Marines whose Tuition Assistance is being cut. The President could step in with an executive order NOW! This $300 million needs to go to the US Marine Corps to fund tuition assistance. Link:
A weekend at home in the USA while our troops still toil in the Afghanistan war which is becoming more scandalous as the days go on. The enlisted troops are doing their jobs, but those at the top do not have a focus on victory. God bless the US enlisted man (and women). Links from around the GWOT:
1.) New US commander in Afghanistan, Marine Gen. Dunford already issuing apologies. In fact, I believe he game apologies immediately after his arrival, this isn’t the first time he has apologized. Story states that NATO accepts responsibility for the deaths of 2 Afghan boys. US troops need to come home now and bring our money with them. Link: