On a not so combat related note.........World Series game is delayed.....BUT in anticipation of the Series ending or returning home for Games 6 and 7, the Rays checked out of their downtown hotel. There were not enough vacancies for them to check back in, so the team was moved to a hotel in Wilmington, Del. Tee Heee.
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'We have H. R. on this flight', she said. (H. R. stands for human remains.)
'Are they military', I asked.
Yes', she said.
Is there an escort', I asked.
'Yes, I already assigned him a seat'.
'Would you please tell him to come to the flight deck, you can board him early', I said.
In the Oct. 23, 1983, attack, a terrorist driving a bomb-laden truck struck the headquarters of Battalion Landing Team 1, 8th Marines, killing 241 Americans, including 238 Marines. Moments later, 58 French paratroopers died in a similar truck-bomb attack.
A poll by the Military Times newspaper group suggests that there is overwhelming support for John McCain among U.S. troops in every branch of the armed forces by a nearly 3-1 margin.
According to the poll, 68 percent of active-duty and retired servicemen and women support McCain, while 23 percent support Barack Obama. The numbers are nearly identical among officers and enlisted troops.
If hockey fights were fake, you would see me in more of them.
-- Rod Gilbert
I got to tell you, after this deployment, I’ve broken the code on getting “back” to normal. You never appreciate how green trees are or how nice a cold beer is especially when you have you own bathroom to use as well.
Its 2002, I have 180 fire eating Marines with me crawling through the mountains of Afghanistan looking for dirt bags with a lot of hate and anger in our guts as we look for payback from the 9/11 attacks. A platoon has been attacked, with WIA and we are the Quick Reaction Force (QRF). I have a million things being thrown at me and between my 1stSgt and Plt Cdrs we are multi tasking at the cyclic rate and at a the same time keeping emotions out of it although Marines are in trouble as we wait in the LZ for C53s to pick us up and insert us into the spicy area of insert.
We knew during my 2nd deployment to Iraq
A surge? Brilliant! Go figure, its working so good now what will be the bitch & moan be next? We are training the Iraqi’s too well now? I knew that we would turn over Fallujah this month upon our departure in Aug and that base won’t be the last. All of the Coalition Forces are following the same plan and are able to execute it because of the steadfast operations the young warriors are doing on the ground.
Enjoy the weekend, because the Marines have landed and everything is well in hand!
Yip, Marines deploy and if you are thinking about joining the Marines, you better like to travel. But, before you go anywhere we are crazy sick in making sure you are thoroughly trained. Not kinda, but very thoroughly and professionally.
Usually infantry Marines will do a six month work up prior to doing a 6-7 month deployment. Like these Marines in 29 Palms, an easy going comfortable, plush work up is being conducted…….plush, ya sure that’s what it is, Not!
URBAN STRIDE - U.S. Marines and Navy sailors participate in a clearing exercise in the urban terrain facility on the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, Calif., Oct. 2, 2008. The Marines and sailors are assigned to Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment. U.S. Marine photo by Lance Cpl. Zachary J. Nola