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.


Monkey Stomp Awaits - Motto Monday

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This is a small snap shot of one day during one of my deployments (Oct 11, 2005). It’s interesting to look back and I can remember it like yesterday. The smells, the feeling of the dirt, the long deployment continuing. I can remember everything about that day and I’m glad it’s in the past.  Get yourself a cup of coffee and cigar and read over a snap shot of one day during a deployment.  Just remember, your Monday could be worse. Time for a C-Gar

 

Today was a good day. However, one of our convoys was hit by and IED, there were no injuries. That was just one of many IED attacks beginning last night along with a single rocket impact (no factor). A couple detonations went off through the night but I just inched a little closer to the hesco and sandbags as they are the last line of defense for keeping red hot shrapnel giving me a new orifice. Near by, the engineers dropped a building that had been used by dirt bags to sharp shoot at Soldiers. Chalk up one abanded building collapsed and turned to useless rubble.

 

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Hollywood actors rants.....booooring *UPDATE*

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Need a laugh for the day? Hollywood actors speaking politics. Seriously? As if your overpaid actor self somehow automatically validates your authority on politics and demand /expect people to act on what you say.

You are an actor. You are acting/faking to do something and get paid for it. Some call that a paid fraud. Here is a news flash “actors,” You are actors, not "advisors" political professors and not even politicians. Not even kind of. You are actors who have got caught up so much by your self importance that you have lost touch with reality. No one cares about your political view.

 

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Warship named for valiant Marine ready for Navy

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Sgt Peralta is a warrior more Americans should know about. Especially those ungrateful in America, they need a reminder there are young heroes throughout our military branches who love America and their fellow warrior so much they give their lives for them. It's a concept that many can't fathom but on a nasty day in November, one Marine made the split second decision to save his fellow warriors and most likely surrender his life. Defines your warriors serving today. Time for a C-Gar

 

Sgt. Peralta died on Nov. 15, 2004 during the brutal Second Battle of Fallujah.  .

Assigned to A Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines, he led a scout team as they cleared buildings of insurgents.  After storming into their seventh house that day, Peralta immediately drew enemy automatic weapons fire.

Wounded, he fell to the floor and fleeing insurgents tossed a grenade that skittered to a rest near his head. Without hesitation, Peralta snatched the explosive to his body, absorbing the brunt of the blast to spare the lives of his team, according to his citation for the Navy Cross, America’s second-highest award for battlefield valor.

Although the Marine Corps recommended Peralta for the Medal of Honor, in 2008 Secretary of Defense Bob Gates downgraded the commendation.  He expressed concerns first raised by a review panel that the Marine might have been too wounded to realize what he was doing with the grenade. Read full story here


The Super Bowl 51 - something to think about

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You might be cool, but you will never be Len Dawson cool, smoking a cigar and having a beer on the sidelines during the very first Super Bowl in 1967.

 

Up front, I’m still shaking my head as a Cowboy fan. Thought for sure they were going the distance this year. Although the dynamic duo of rookies (Prescott & Elliot) will be dangerous next year they did great. However, like I say “It isn’t easy being a Cowboy fan”.

It was an interesting football year as many “premadona” players thought they should voice their political views while they get played to play football, keep their pie hole shut and make touchdowns (my opinion).

Some fans boycotted this year (good on ya) as it did affect especially the Monday Night Football ratings. Other football players took the opportunity to praise military members at game (well done) as they realized that freedom isn’t free and these political spewer players just might not be “getting it”.

Regardless, those that took the time to disrespect the flag are “noted” and Americans will remember you so sleep in the bed ya made sweethearts.

This weekend is Super Bowl 51 and although you will see several commercials at the price tag of a mere $4mil each, watch a very good quarterback Brady (don’t like him, respect him, don’t like him) and Ryan (very talented QB) square off it should be entertaining.

Vegas has the Patriots to win by 3pnts with a total of 51pnts so it should be a shoot out of offenses.

While you enjoy the game, do me a favor as you are having fun and just remember, there are warriors all over the world serving and protecting America. We enjoy our freedoms because of these Americans. Matter of fact, it wouldn’t hurt ya to put your flag out either. Just sayin. You can put your flag up during the half time Lady Gaga freak show or like Len, have a Cigar and a brew. Your call.

Time for a C-Gar


Washington needs more Vets

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recently did a post here about the spicy debate between Senator Chuck Schumer & Senator Tom Cotton. You may be familiar with Schumer but Cotton is veteran, no a warrior who has been in our footsteps and chewed the dirt of other vets.

The current 114th Congress is made up of 70 current members and 11 incoming members of the U.S. House of Representatives who have served or are serving in the U.S. military. Three of the incoming members are Democrats; the other seven are Republicans. A number of veterans who are currently serving in the House decided to retire this year, and a small number lost re-election."

But how do we get more veterans into Congress? It’s not easy and the trials and tribulations are tough for older vets who have served and are now heading back into the workforce and desire to get into politics.

Below is a good story of how it’s done. While you read this though, think to yourself, how can it be streamlined, what can “we” as people change or fix as voters. That alone is a challenge.

Time for a C-Gar

Following decades of decline in the number of veterans serving in Congress, the 115th Congress, which was sworn in Jan. 3, has more than the 114th. Despite this current crop of lawmakers bucking the trend for veteran representation, the number of congressional staff members with a military background remains incredibly low; less than 1 percent of policy staffers have military experience, according to the veterans advocacy group HillVets. Read more here


Air Force base: 1 killed, 1 injured in New Mexico training

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As I mentioned here, AirForce birds and air support is awesome, although like A10s, AirForce pilots tend to hit friendlies occasionally (more than other branches & at least from what I saw in Iraq & Afg.)

Dropping high explosive ordinance isn't always as easy as one would think. Known good guy locations and target locations often get switched thus dropping bombs on good guys. It happens but most of the time its caught by the redundancy systems.

It will be interesting to see if that happened in this incident. Time for a C-Gar

A pair of F-16 jets struck two members of a ground-control party -- killing a civilian contractor and wounding an Air Force service member -- after a training exercise went awry on Tuesday night, officials said in a Wednesday statement.

The F-16s were using unspecified munitions when the incident occurred at a range that's part of the White Sands Missile Range complex near Holloman Air Force Base in southern New Mexico.Full story here


Starbucks, the anti-American, cry baby coffee

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Starbucks says it will hire 10,000 refugees over the next five years, a response to President Donald Trump's indefinite suspension of Syrian refugees and temporary travel bans that apply to six other Muslim-majority nations.

In his statement, he speaks of hiring refugees not only in America but in many of his stores worldwide. Let’s get that clear.

One smart move could have been to address the thousands of homeless vets in America and offer them jobs or for that fact, the hundreds of thousands of unemployed current citizens in all the countries that has starbucks coffee shops. Starbucks “says” they support veterans, why, to get your donations. https://www.starbucks.com/responsibility/community/veterans

Sure, starbucks has made the claim that they would hire vets (back in 2014) but didn't even come close to hireing the true numbers of vets it said it would. "Schultz (Starbucks CEO) has long been vocal about his political beliefs. He endorsed Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton for president in September and reportedly would have been Clinton's pick for secretary of labor had she won the election".

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