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Any Soldier 3rd Annual Fundraiser

We can talk about “charities” and just how much they are a charity. I know firsthand how AnySoldier makes a difference. I’ve seen it, I’ve lived it, my Marines & I benefited from it in both Iraq & Afghanistan. If you donate to any charity, make this one. One person CAN make a difference. Click on the picture below to make a difference!!

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Two awesome kids with their thoughts in check- Motto Monday (Two Fer)

I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, it’s not that you got knocked down (everyone does) it’s what you do next that matters. This kid not only lost the wrestling championships (pretty big event to a kid this age) but he lost his dad long before this day’s loss. For him to be thinking of others especially when many would be soaking and thinking about “boo hoo poor me I just got my butt kicked” this kid took it like a champ and made a difference to more than one person that day.

Another kid, faces death and finds a friend while doing it. One passes, the other remembers, then after he is knocked down, he amplifies "Its not why you got knocked down, but what you do next, that matters"

Hey kids, watch these, and try to emulate them. Time for a C-Gar!


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POLITICS, THE PENTAGON, AND PIECING TOGETHER THE MILITARY

This is an interesting article that gives you the facts and lets you make your own decision. I can tell you from serving with combat Maarines, not logistics, not comm but infantry, this is not a good idea.

"Strange times.

The wise, the average minded, and the brute have neither voice nor hand in shaping today's military. 

That leaves but one category of "thinker" - so addressed by Cicero - sculpting that force charged with protecting and defending America. Rodin is not among them.

The commandant's recent White Letter (originally published in English) outlining the Marine Corps way ahead as to women serving in ground combat units, including the infantry, omits that which the wise, the average minded, and even the brute expect to see validating such a contentious issue: metrics and data.

That is, irrefutable proof that adding women to ground (combat) units strengthens combat readiness and effectiveness.

Apparently, again, facts do not support politics. Do they ever?!

As with repeal of 'Don't Ask Don't Tell' - politics, not data (e.g., survey of the force), drove change."

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The Patriotic Story Behind Viral Photo of Groundskeeper Standing Outside a Texas Middle School (Motto Monday)

It’s a simple concept. Be appreciative. Be glad to live in America. So many in America take for granted what we have here and how good we have it. Many, think they are owed and don’t have to work for their own. Its funny how many that hold much higher professional positions than Mr Allen dont have the same respect.  I think many would benefit from this American. Time for a C-Gar


The man seen standing on the grass is Clayton Allen, Jr., a 21-year-old graduate and now groundskeeper for the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District in the Houston area, of which Smith Middle School is a member. When Allen heard the pledges and the moment of silence on the morning the photo was taken, he dropped his equipment and joined the teachers and students. “It was phenomenal,” Hartman told KPRC-TV in Houston. “It was an instant impact kind of thing. Goosebump moment.”

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SLEEVES AND THE FINE ART OF MISDIRECTION

 My short tenure in the Marine Corps (20ish years) I have always been used to having our sleeves rolled up on our uniform. Once the Commandant ruled that everyone would always have their sleeves down, it did strike me a bit odd. The reason was advertised because it was to remind everyone that we had Marines still at war. Um, we all know, there are Marines at war; most of us have been there to see it firsthand.

 

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