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Marines receive Navy Cross


United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM)

Link to their Google Plus page above.

Two Marines from the Marine Corps elite special operations unit, MARSOC, will be awarded the Navy Cross, Jan. 18, for their heroism during an insider attack in Afghanistan in 2012.

Staff Sgt. Sky Mote and Capt. Matthew Manoukian will posthumously receive the military’s second-highest honor Saturday at Camp Pendleton, Calif.

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Rest Easy warriors.  Thank you.

LEAKED MEMO: We Need To Purge Soldiers Who Deployed To Iraq Or Afghanistan


via: Duffel Blog

Secretary of the Army John McHugh penned this internal memorandum on Monday, sent to us by one of our contributors at the Pentagon, indicating that officers who have been to Iraq and Afghanistan must be purged from the ranks since they have been indoctrinated by a useless “combat” mindset. Read more

U.S.’s Bowe Bergdahl, Soldier Captured by Taliban, Seen in New Video | TIME.com


The new proof of life video is the first in three years of Bergdahl, who was captured by the Taliban in June 2009

By:  By  @naterawlings

For the family of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, a U.S. soldier held by the Taliban, it has been 4 years, 7 months and seventeen days since they learned their son went missing from his base in eastern Afghanistan. It has been nearly three years since the last video showing their son alive.   Read more

US military dedicates first national monument to combat dogs – U.S. News


Benjamin Faske / U.S. Air Force via Reuters

The newly unveiled U.S. Military Working Dog Teams National Monument is seen at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, in San Antonio, Texas, on Oct. 28, 2013

By Jim Forsyth, Reuters

SAN ANTONIO — The United States’ first national monument to a soldier’s best friend, recognizing the sacrifices of dogs in combat, was dedicated by the U.S. military on October 28, 2013. Read more

Armed Services Committee chief says Obama is ignoring troops in Afghanistan


When I started this blog, I told myself that I wouldn’t make it a place to express any political views.  (grounds for arguments these days…?)  But when our veterans and active duty are suffering and questioning the loyalty of their country and countrymen, I can’t ignore it.  I would hope this is one topic that Americans can agree on; the welfare of our defenders.  The issues surrounding them (on top of everything else they’re enduring) has to be trying and frustrating for them and their families.

The only way anything is going to change is if we ALL speak up for them. (I know I sound like a broken record; I have no apologise for it.)  😉   I won’t stop  pleading with other Americans to realize the importance of taking care of them; (it’s up to US now)  the consequences are some we may never be able to recover from.  Stories like the one I’m sharing here are frightening if you think of the big picture.  I quote former president C. Coolidge all the time with:

“A nation that forgets its defenders will itself be forgotten.”

Let’s not take this to heart, lets take care of our vets.  Thank you. Read more

Today In History: 1870-First Appearance of the Democratic Donkey


Nash is the artist behind the 1st recorded use of a donkey to represent the Democratic Party.

 

On January 15, 1870,

The first recorded use of a donkey to represent the Democratic Party appears in Harper’s Weekly. Drawn by political illustrator Thomas Nast, the cartoon is entitled “A Live Jackass Kicking a Dead Lion.” The jackass (donkey) is tagged “Copperhead Papers,” referring to the Democrat-dominated newspapers of the South, and the dead lion represents the late Edwin McMaster’s Stanton, President Abraham Lincoln‘s secretary of war during the last three years of the Civil War. In the background is an eagle perched on a rock, representing the postwar federal domination in the South, and in the far background is the U.S. Capitol. Read more