Thanksgiving - Remember those deployed

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Thanksgivng! A time when you can slow down the rapid pace of life, get with your relatives and friends and cherish the time together. Trust me, life is short and perhaps those you are with this year, will not be here next year or even in six months. Always cherish the time you can spend with family. Regardless if it’s with those relatives you may not necessarily “get along” with, before you know it, you will be back at the face pace of life and those that you can share time with now, may be gone. Never take that for granted.

Your warriors overseas would trade with you in a heartbeat. They don’t have the option to spend time with family (even that pesky cousin) no, they are at work and I can tell you after missing several holidays while deployed, no matter how nice you try to make the holidays in some forward operating base, its not even close to the real deal.

Remember those deployed, they will be with fellow warrior’s vis family. If you not one of them, I believe even if you burn the turkey, you still have something to be thankful for. Your r warriors sure do. We can at least think about them during the holidays. Time for a C-Gar

Read past Thanksgiving posts here to drive the point home.


Meet Gen Mattis - Potential Dept of Defense pick, Marine legend.

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Meet Gen Mattis. He is currently on the short list of President Trump for the Secretary of Defense. He is a Marine’s Marine. To the point, accurate and will speak his mind. Mainly the reason he was forced out. He scared people. Marines love him.

Marines love him like they love Chest Puller. In fact, perhaps Mattis is the new “Chesty”. Some may argue, and although Gen Mattis isn’t sporting the many, many awards of Chesty Puller, he is in the same cut as Chesty. Who am I fooling, no one will ever be more masculine, heroic, or Gung Ho as Chesty. But, Gen Mattis is a close second.

Quick War story:

I was in Ramadi, Iraq (2004-2005) as a Captain with 2d Marines. I was the Aide de Camp (not a real fun job) but my Sgt Maj and General were kick ass so actually it was a great billet, especially in combat. Gen Mattis was coming to visit my General and arriving in a “safe” LZ. Doesn’t exist in Ramadi.

Sniper threat was constant so I had my gun crews continue to peer out with binos to deter any potential snipers to take a shot as out guys had eyes “out” and would most likely see the shot and would bring holy hell onto the potential sniper.

It would have it as the aircraft landed and we made our way to meet the General, a sniper round struck one of our gun trucks. As I and others began to react and get our VIPs in safe haven, mortars followed. I threw my VIP in the truck (and was quickly counseled on trying not to break his neck as I literally threw him in). There stood Gen Mattis in the middle of the LZ and with numerous Marines ushering him into Hummers, he later stated (when the shit calmed down) “Man I miss this shit”……That’s Gen Mattis. Time for a C-Gar

Retired Marine Gen. James N. Mattis is something of a legend in the US military. Looked at as a warrior among Marines, and well-respected by members of other services, he's been at the forefront of a number of engagements. 

And with the 66-year-old retired four-star general having met with President-elect Donald Trump on Saturday to discuss a possible job offer as defense secretary, it's worth looking back on what he was really like in uniform.

He led his battalion of Marines in the assault during the first Gulf war in 1991, and commanded the task force charging into Afghanistan in 2001. In 2003, as a Major General, he once again took up the task of motivating his young Marines to go into battle.

One day before beginning the assault into Iraq, on March 19, 2003, every member of 1st Marine Division received this letter, written in Mattis' own hand. Read more here


California family booed on flight bringing home soldier killed in Afghanistan

I just don't get it. A family escorts their warrior back to North Carolina and while in California the flight crew announced that the flight would be delayed a bit due to a Gold Star family. For you slow kids, that means the parents of a warrior killed in action is on board and they are loading the body of the hero. Subsequently, the fellow stellar passengers booed as a result of the announcement. Really? Kinda defines our society today (not to mention California). Despite for lack of compassion, respect, or should I even include patriotism, these "Americans" didn't even worry about the Gold Star family inconvenience that has affected their entire life, but only their own. Way to stay classy Cali......I truly feel for that family. Their son is a hero. Time for a C-Gar

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Sgt. John Perry was killed on Saturday in Afghanistan by a suicide bomber.

His father, Stewart Perry, mourned the loss of his son at a service on Thursday.

“Most importantly, I want people to know about the heroic thing that my son did,” he said.

His son stumbled on the suicide bomber before he could reach his target, a soldiers’ 5K Veterans Day run. Read more here

 


Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan Make Huge Gains in Congress

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There was allot of attention this election year towards the Presidency, However, there were some other patriotic developments from your veterans. Check put the below stories of your heroes making a difference. Time for a C-Gar

27 veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq won Congressional seats on Tuesday night, while several more races are still being decided.

In addition, former Navy SEAL Eric Greitens won the governorship of Missouri in an upset that fellow Navy SEAL and Vice News reporter Kaj Larsen called “one incredibly bright spot in the American political landscape.”

Greitens served multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, and defeated his opponent, Democrat Chris Koster, by a very small margin in a hotly contested race.  He is the CEO of a nonprofit called The Mission Continues and the author of several books. Read more here