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U.S. to deploy special forces to Syria in about-turn for Obama

 “I will not put American boots on the ground in Syria". Barack Obama Sept. 10, 2013

WASHINGTON, Oct 30 (Reuters) - The United States will deploy dozens of special operations forces to northern Syria to advise opposition forces in their fight against Islamic State, a major policy shift for President Barack Obama and a step he has long resisted to avoid getting dragged into another war in the Middle East.

The planned deployment, along with the U.S. decision this week to include Iran in diplomatic efforts to end the conflict, represents the biggest shift in the United States' Syria policy since it began a bombing campaign against Islamic State targets there in September 2014. Read full story here


This is why we cant have anything nice kids..."The Military Sucks"

Now, see kids, this is why we can't have anything nice. Stay in school, don't do drugs, listen to your mom and dad as you will learn, no, you actually don't know everything.

I occasionally get the "special" email etc from those that frankly just "don't' get it" and most of them are young "kids" who are going to be leaders in America one day. Point in case, young Noah Ryan, who (below) apparently is a bad ass and decided to send me the below direct facebook message among others. I laugh at these, they are actually sad as a direct reflection of many today. So, I figured I would share my response.....with One Marine's View 2.5+ million viewers.  Time for a C-Gar

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Running for their lives: Retired Navy man does marathons to honor fallen heroes- Motto Monday

Jessica Theobald and her parents left their home in the early morning hours to drive from Pittsburgh to Baltimore to watch as Sid Busch, a man they’d never met, run a marathon.

But it was no ordinary marathon for either Busch or the Theobalds. Busch, a retired Navy senior chief petty officer, has completed hundreds of marathons and half-marathons as a way to honor fallen service members.

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“My goal is always to get publicity for these young men and am always embarrassed that the attention is given to me. People respond so well to what I am doing and that is very humbling.” - Sid Busch, retired Senior

Chief Petty Officer, U.S. Navy

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Defense Bill Veto: Puts ‘Domestic Politics Ahead of Our Troops

By placing domestic politics ahead of our troops, President Obama has put America’s national security at risk. This indefensible veto blocks pay and vital tools for our troops while Iranian terrorists prepare to gain billions under the president’s nuclear deal,” House Speaker

“Congress should not allow this veto to stand,” he added. A vote to override the veto has already been scheduled in the House for November 5. Read more here


President Obama to Award the Medal of Honor

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WASHINGTON, DC – On November 12, 2015, President Barack Obama will award Captain Florent A. Groberg, U.S. Army (Ret), the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry.  Captain Groberg will receive the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions while serving as a Personal Security Detachment Commander for Task Force Mountain Warrior, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division during combat operations in Asadabad, Kunar Province, Afghanistan on August 8, 2012. Read more here 

Time for a C-Gar


Air Force invokes 'stop loss' in retirement change

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Just like the Marine Corps story below about them loosing Marines at the cyclic rate, the USAF has discovered they are f8cked. Accordingly, they have implemented "stop loss". Whats that you say?

The Sept. 18 update to Air Force Instruction 36-3203, which governs retirements, changes the criteria by which the Air Force can stop airmen from retiring.

Yup, you have been offered that job that you have been looking for following 20 years of the military and BAM, the USAF says nope, your staying. (Something the Marine Corps hasn't figured out yet). Its not pretty folks, your military is jacked up and it starts at the top.  Time for a C-Gar Read more here