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Afghanistan Today, the GWOT (The Afghanistan Scandal?) 7-21-14 Mon. (163 days to go)

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163 days to go for US troops in Afghanistan, as they complete retrograde operations for all troops and equipment to be out of there, and bases closed by 31 December 2014.

Today President Obama awards the Medal of Honor to a soldier for his actions in Afghanistan. One story had a photo of a bracelet the soldier wears honoring the fallen, which helped deflect shrapnel and save his life. One soldier’s name on the bracelet is Sgt. Jeff Mersman of Parker, Kansas, killed in Afghanistan. Never forget!

1.) President Obama awards Medal of Honor today:

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/obama-bestow-medal-honor-nh-veteran-24645065

 

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July 21, 2014 at 1:50 pm

Afghanistan Today, the GWOT Hotspot (The Afghanistan Scandal?) 6-24-14-Tue. (190 days to go)

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190 days to go for US troops in Afghanistan. Then, yesterday, 300 US Special Forces Green Berets will receive diplomatic immunity and leave for Iraq. Yes, Iraq.

Links from around the GWOT:

1.) Another Medal of Honor recipient from heroic action in Afghanistan. Link:

http://www.businessinsider.com/heroics-during-one-of-the-deadliest-battles-in-afghanistan-2014-6

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June 24, 2014 at 6:57 pm

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Afghanistan Today, the GWOT Hotspot (The Afghanistan Scandal?) 6-20-14-Fri. (194 days to go)

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194 days to go for US troops in Afghanistan. December 31, 2014 can’t come soon enough.

Meanwhile, Iraq is falling apart.

Some thoughts in the story at link #1 on Iraq, Afghanistan, and Vietnam. Just some thoughts to ponder.

Yesterday Marine Cpl. (Ret.) Kyle Carpenter was presented the Medal of Honor at the White House for his heroic actions in 2010 in Afghanistan.

Links from around the GWOT:

1.) Just some thoughts to ponder on Iraq, Afghanistan and Vietnam:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/h-a-goodman/after-iraq-afghanistan-an_b_5510577.html

Afghanistan Today, the GWOT Hotspot (The Afghanistan Scandal?) 5-14-14-Wed. (231 days to go)

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Another day in the books, and 231 days left for US troops in Afghanistan.

Actions from 2007 were remembered yesterday in a Medal of Honor Ceremony at the White House with President Obama. The actions occurred under the Bush watch. One of those killed that day in 2007 was Parker, Kansas native, Army Sgt. Jeff Mersman. Never forget. I also wonder if one day, the political and military leadership of the US will be held accountable for putting US troops in these situations with restricted rules of engagement, COIN (nation building), etc. where they walk into villages to talk to Afghan elders, only to be ambushed, and many wounded and killed? Links from around the GWOT:

1.) Medal of Honor Ceremony for former soldier Kyle White, awarded for his 2007 actions in Afghanistan:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/14/us/politics/ex-gi-receives-medal-of-honor-for-lifesaving-acts-in-afghanistan.html?_r=0

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May 14, 2014 at 1:03 pm

Afghanistan Today, the GWOT Hotspot (The Afghanistan Scandal?) 5-13-14-Tue. (232 days to go)

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232 days left for US troops in Afghanistan.

The Medal of Honor will be awarded  to US soldier who was ambushed and reacted with valor in 2007. The ambush in Afghanistan killed among others, Parker, Kansas Army Sgt. Jeff Mersman. RIP and never forget!

1.) Medal of Honor to be awarded. One soldier killed in 2007 attack was Parker, Kansas Army Sgt. Jeff Mersman. RIP, never forget! Link:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/04/15/medal-honor-afghanistan-ambush-soldier-bravery/7666683/

2.) Related to Medal of Honor recipient: Body of Parker, Kansas soldier, Sgt. Jeff Mersman who was killed in the attack, is recovered. Link:

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=99161763

http://soldiersangelsgermany.blogspot.com/2008/01/cjtf-82-heroes-of-week.html

3.) Who will answer for COIN? A good question by author Diana West. Who will be held accountable? Leaders, both political and military should be held accountable for continuing to use COIN despite thousands of US deaths and injuries. Link:

http://www.dianawest.net/Home/tabid/36/EntryId/2831/Who-Will-Answer-for-COIN.aspx

Afghanistan Today, the GWOT Hotspot (The Afghanistan Scandal?) 4-27-14-Sun. (248 days to go)

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While it is 248 days left to go for US troops in Afghanistan, as I read several recent stories concerning military suicides and PTSD, I realized, that for some troops, their experience in Iraq and Afghanistan are going to go on many days past 31 December 2014. Keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

Links from around the GWOT:

1.) Medal of Honor recipient Ty Carter’s mission to help those with combat stress, PTSD, and other mental health issues related to their service to our country. God bless him, and may those suffering emotionally find help and peace, as we honor their service and combat stress. Link:

http://www.stripes.com/news/veterans/medal-of-honor-recipient-ty-carter-comes-home-to-antioch-1.280206#.U10G6NN-2Es.facebook

2.) The Army has confirmed three suicides, one a captain, at Ft. Bliss over the Easter weekend, written about in the links below at MilitaryTimes.com and ArmyTimes.com, but does not list the names of the soldiers.  In the meantime, MilitaryCorruption.com reports on Ft. Bliss suicides, including naming  the woman captain, one of three suicides over Easter weekend. God bless our troops, and our veterans, and those who suffer from mental and physical wounds. Prayers go out to the families of these three soldiers. Their loved ones served during a time of war, protecting us in a volunteer military that has been at war 13 years. Condolences to the families of these three soldiers. Link:

http://militarycorruption.com/hasselman.htm

3.)  More on the death of a woman Army captain at Ft. Bliss. Official Army reports state that there is an ongoing investigation and at this time to do not list the names of the soldiers (see the two links below from MilitaryTimes.com and ArmyTimes.com). With the suicide investigation, will there be, an investigation into the deployment of this Female Engagement Team, as it seems maybe there should be? RIP Captain, and prayers for your loved ones. Two tours of Afghanistan. Honor and respect. Thank you for your service brave Captain. Pray for our troops and veterans with physical and emotional scars from these wars the last 13 years. They are America’s finest, stepping up, swearing to protect us, volunteering in a time of war. Such honor. Such pride. Such dedication. Such love. Love for country. Love for their fellow Americans and our way of life. I live free due to their sacrifice. God bless you Captain, God bless your family.

http://www.thinkinghousewife.com/wp/2014/04/soldier-and-super-achiever-commits-suicide/

4.) When I read these stories about three suicides at Ft. Bliss, this one posted at MilitaryTimes.com, I just have to wonder: What is going on at Ft. Bliss? It says an investigation is ongoing into these suicides? The 3 Suicides were reported at Ft. Bliss last weekend (Easter Weekend). No names are given for the three suicide victims. May God comfort their families. They volunteered to serve in a time of war. Honor. Respect. Service. Love. Pray for our troops and veterans with physical and emotional injuries of war.  Link:

http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20140424/NEWS/304240052/3-possible-suicides-Fort-Bliss-last-weekend

5.) Fort Bliss, Texas: ArmyTimes reposts on suicides at this Army base, including three Easter Weekend. They do not name the soldiers. God bless and comfort the families of these soldiers, they chose to serve during time of war. They volunteered to protect us, while the US has been at war these last 13 years. Link:

http://www.armytimes.com/article/20140424/NEWS/304240052/3-possible-suicides-Fort-Bliss-last-weekend

 

 

Afghanistan Today, the GWOT Hotspot (The Afghanistan Scandal?) 3-11-14-Tue. (295 days to go)

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295 days to go for US troops in Afghanistan as they continue retrograde operations, packing equipment and closing US bases, in this still dangerous country. Keep US troops in your prayers as they serve in Afghanistan, as they are still suffering casualties.

Links from around the GWOT:

1.) With the 3 year anniversary of the heroic combat event approaching, and the deadline to award the Medal of Honor near, the Marine Corps beats the deadline. Read here about Kyle Carpenter, retired Marine who fell on a grenade to save his fellow Marine brother, who is reported to be nominated for his acts of valor in Afghanistan. Read the story at this link for full details:

http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140310/NEWS/303070030