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Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) Edward C. Byers Jr. - Warrior Call - Motto Monday

Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) Edward C. Byers Jr.'s remarks following his induction into the Pentagon's Hall of Heroes

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For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as a Hostage Rescue Force Team Member in Afghanistan in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM from 8 to 9 December 2012. As the rescue force approached the target building, an enemy sentry detected them and darted inside to alert his fellow captors. The sentry quickly reemerged, and the lead assaulter attempted to neutralize him. Chief Byers with his team sprinted to the door of the target building. As the primary breacher, Chief Byers stood in the doorway fully exposed to enemy fire while ripping down six layers of heavy blankets fastened to the inside ceiling and walls to clear a path for the rescue force. The first assaulter pushed his way through the blankets, and was mortally wounded by enemy small arms fire from within. Chief Byers, completely aware of the imminent threat, fearlessly rushed into the room and engaged an enemy guard aiming an AK-47 at him. He then tackled another adult male who had darted towards the corner of the room. During the ensuing hand-to-hand struggle, Chief Byers confirmed the man was not the hostage and engaged him. As other rescue team members called out to the hostage, Chief Byers heard a voice respond in English and raced toward it. He jumped atop the American hostage and shielded him from the high volume of fire within the small room. While covering the hostage with his body, Chief Byers immobilized another guard with his bare hands, and restrained the guard until a teammate could eliminate him. His bold and decisive actions under fire saved the lives of the hostage and several of his teammates. By his undaunted courage, intrepid fighting spirit, and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of near certain death, Chief Petty Officer Byers reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.


Army Vet who was shot 13 times gives Trump protestors a dose of reality of how "Loyalty" works in Iraq

This is a great article showing you behind the curtain of every deployed warrior on who you can and cannot trust.

It reminds me of a time in Helmand Province where we had ANA (Afg Natl Army) embedded within our FOB. Talk about sleeping with your weapon, I as did all the other Marines because they would nod north & south telling you “yes” all day then switch and try to kill you the next. The US military was directed to honcho a “relationship” with them and mentor them to make the real shitty places in Afg better. Ya, good luck with that.

 

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Delta Force Operator Gives Media Basic Training on Navy SEAL's Death They're Blaming on Trump

 

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This is an interesting article that peers into a view many are not accustomed to. I spose it’s easy to watch a news cast and believe every single thing about it, especially if you have little or no experience in the topic in the news report. Say they report about a train wreck and because many of us are not train experts, you might believe everything that is reported.

In the contrary, like this warrior below, I can see his points and they are spot on. Take a second to read through it and see if what he says makes any sense. It probably will. Time for a C-Gar

 

"Much of the media has no f****** clue what they’re talking about.

I’ve been to over seventy countries in the world as a soldier, security consultant, and civilian. I’ve been to every country in the Middle East. Yemen is one of the most dangerous countries on the planet. Syria isn’t the most dangerous country in the Middle East, Yemen is. Read full story here


Laying a great American to rest

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I was able to attend Marty Horn's funeral service and pay tribute to a great American, soldier, selfless contributer, husband,father and brother. 

“It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.” — General George S. Patton

This quote  fits Marty perfectly as I can hear him saying it . We are thankful for warriors like Marty who set the example as a father, led as a Soldier and exceeded the norm of support to the troops. 

 

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Peggy Kane in support along with other Patriot guard Riders honoring Marty. A true patriot who not only talks the talk but walks it as well.

It was a pleasure to be with the entire Horn family these last couple days, especially Sue who is a warrior in every sense of the word. Strong as hell, while caring and thoughtful at the same time. A unique combination of character traits in this day.

Watch a video of Marty's coffin departing

This isn't good bye Marty, as we will see each other again. You have done well, your mission is over, you made us all very proud to know you and carry on your examples. Rest easy my friend. Job well done.  


The loss of a friend - Marty Horn (AnySoldier)

If you didn’t realize from some of my posts, I am a big supporter of the charity www.anysoldier.com.  You can read here how AnySoldier began. Starting back in 2003, during my first deployment, I was contacted by this happy go lucky guy named Marty Horn who was the president of AnySoldier.  After exchanging emails while in Afghanistan, I joined as a Marine to receive packages. Needless to say, we got “supported” ……

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During the time that I have known Mr. Horn, he has supported my 200 Marine infantry company in Tarin Kowt Afghanistan, my 300 Marine infantry company in northern Iraq, my fellow Marines in a Marine Division of 3200 Marines in Ramadi Iraq and my Battalion of infantry Marines in Helmand Province Afghanistan. This is just the tip of the iceberg as every Marine he supported during these deployments, educated at least another Marine to the charity to be supported. With just my experience I have witnessed Mr. Horn directly support over 2500 care packages to Marines in harm’s way.

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Do you think his events rate the Medal of Honor?

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Sgt. Rafael Peralta. Do you think his events rate the Medal of Honor?

I have read, reread and read again the events pertaining to Sgt. Rafael Peralta award citation of the Navy Cross. In my humble opinion the Marine rates the Medal of Honor. Now, with Ret. Gen Mattis at the helm of the Department of “Offense” as I like to call it, being a Marine who has fought and chewed the same dirt as this Marine, I believe there will be a very considerable chance that the Marines award is upgraded. What do you think? Time for a C-Gar

 On Monday, Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Alpine, sent him (Gen Mattis) a letter urging the Pentagon to upgrade Peralta’s Navy Cross for combat valor to the Medal of Honor.  It’s the latest effort in a case that has included forensics experts, rejections by at least three previous defense secretaries and conflicting accounts from Marines who served with Peralta. Read more here


Being deployed and getting to see your family

During deployments, I would tell young Marines who are a bit “nervous” especially after the first time they were shot at, hit with and IED, or heard the sound mortars make when they impact near you in your forward operating base that you need to focus on your job so you can get back and see you family.  Some ask “what if I don’t make it to see my family?” I tell them, son, when it’s your time, it’s your time so stop worrying about it and let’s go kill some bad guys. They always seem to take that to heart as Marines don’t like things sugar coated.

It is always good to get a letter from home, a care package or a few minutes on a satellite phone or, like the below Super Bowl commercial, getting to see and talk to your family. I once gave the oath to a family member who was joining the Marine Corps over a satellite phone, standing in a landing zone where I got the best coverage and they were on the east coast in America. It was about 2 am my time but it didn’t matter. The command unit in the states put it on intercom and I stood freezing my ass off in an LZ with a C-Gar reciting the oath to the newest Marine in the Corps. It was pretty cool. So is the below.