Image of the Day: 11 January 2016


“Of every 100 men they send me, 10 should not even be here; 80 are nothing but targets; 9 are real fighters, and we are lucky to have them, for they the battle make. Ahhh, but ONE, ONE of them is a WARRIOR, and he will bring the others back.”

– Heraclitus, philosopher (535-475 BC)

 

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Here’s the US Army’s shoulder patch for the war against ISIS


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US Army patch

The US Army has debuted a new shoulder patch that soldiers in Iraq can wear to represent their role in the ongoing fight against ISIS, USA Today reports.
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Dance Party: Iraq


Add a smile to your Monday and watch (our) US Soldiers get down to the tune “Electric Avenue” while in country (Iraq).  I like to see our guys and gals having a good time; in a place that’s less than desirable.

UNSUNG HEROES: The Army Scout Who Swam Through A River And Cut Through An Electric Fence


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U.S. Army Sgt. Ken Thomas’ actions on a river patrol gone wrong in Iraq in 2007 earned the cavalry scout the Silver Star.

Task and Purpose

The river patrol had been a debacle.
After receiving reports about insurgent movements and weapons smuggling along the Tigris River in northern Baghdad, the coalition had decided to try a river patrol. On February 16, 2007, four boats set out, manned jointly by Iraqi police and American soldiers from the 1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment.
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Story Corps: The Nature of War


Here’s a touching story about a Soldier and the children he met in Iraq.

Watch This Iraq War Veteran’s Tragic Story Told Through The Lens Of A Cartoon


In 2005, Lance Corporal Travis Williams and his squad went on a rescue mission that would change his life forever. Of his 12-man crew, he was the only to come back alive.
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*I know this story (and others) is a sad one, but war is sad. We all know It’s not about medals and happy ending stories of heroism, it’s messy and ugly and there’s nothing nice about it. But…
This veterans story is  a story of heroism–in its rawest form. All of the men we’re heroes that day. 12 of them gave the ultimate sacrifice, while one carried on and now, shares their story.
If our warriors are willing to tell us ANYTHING, we really should  listen, sad or otherwise, just listen.
Read a brief account then Watch the (cartoon) video of the accounts that changed a soldier’s life.

NEVER FORGET
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The Story of a Female Soldier


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Female Soldier

by Meredith Lepore

If you’re anything like me, when the Fourth of July comes around you’re thinking more about BBQ’s, swimming and how to pull off a red and white ensemble, instead of what the fight for this nation really means. Miyoko Hikiji is a soldier who fought in Iraq for a year and is someone who thinks about protecting America on a daily basis.
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Youth in War


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A Marine slides down the banister in one of Sadam Hussein's palaces after his fall.

Youth is the first victim of war; the first fruit of peace. It takes 20 years or more of peace to make a man; it takes only 20 seconds of war to destroy him.”

King Baudouin I of Belgium

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Romantic like Paris.


U.S. soldiers inspect the scene of a car bomb attack outside the office of the state-run newspaper in Baghdad on August 27, 2006. (Ali Jasim/Reuters)
U.S. soldiers inspect the scene of a car bomb attack outside the office of the state-run newspaper in Baghdad on August 27, 2006. (Ali Jasim/Reuters)

Baghdad: Romantic like Paris. Only not…

@A_Wiley_On   #SixWordWar

The fight for Bagdad (Discovery Times 2004)


The following video is a documentary on the war in Iraq, 2004. It is long,  but a good weekend video to watch! Enjoy…

The Silence of Good People


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A pained stare, plastic ties and muddy, shoeless feet. In war, everyone is suspect. After a short firefight in Sayyid Muhammad, these men were rounded up, stripped, interrogated and later released. © 2003, Dallas Morning News

“The world suffers a lot. Not because of the violence of bad people,

but because of the silence of good people.”

Cheryl Diaz Meyer won the Pulitzer Prize in 2004 with David Leeson for their “eloquent photographs depicting both the violence and poignancy of the war with Iraq.â€

Image of the Day: 28 March 2015


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U.S. Army soldiers search a building for insurgents suspected of planting a roadside bomb in Mosul, Iraq Sunday, Nov. 21, 2004. U.S. and Iraqi forces in Mosul have been working put down an uprising launched by guerrillas who seized police stations and other sites. The uprising was part of a wave of violence across the country coinciding with the U.S. offensive against the insurgent stronghold of Fallujah. (AP Photo/Jim MacMillan)

Sunny Places:


U.S. Army soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 24 Infantry Regiment search for insurgents in Mosul, Iraq, Monday, Nov. 22, 2004. U.S. and Iraqi forces in Mosul
U.S. Army soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 24 Infantry Regiment search for insurgents in Mosul, Iraq, Monday, Nov. 22, 2004. U.S. and Iraqi forces in Mosul

Iraq
Sunny place
For shady people

Combat Medic

Iraq

2004-2005

The Battle of Samarra, Iraq 2005


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2005, members of the US Army, Samarra Iraq

Samarra, 2005. Iraq‘s Fallujah 

By Ann Scott Tyson
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, December 26, 2005

SAMARRA, Iraq — On one of his last days in Iraq, Sgt. Dale Evans looked out over the turbulent city from a rooftop tower piled high with sandbags, manning a machine gun. Below him, rows of Bradley Fighting Vehicles stood at the ready. Dusty streets were lined with coiled barbed wire and abandoned houses pockmarked from gunfire — a protective no-man’s land around a base that U.S. commanders describe as their “battleship” in downtown Samarra. Read more

Researchers investigate respiratory health of deployed personnel during operations


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PLEASE pass this information on so veterans that quality for this study have an opportunity to be involved. Thank you.

SAN ANTONIO (Feb. 19, 2015) — Military personnel who deployed during Operation Iraqi Freedom, or OIF, Operation Enduring Freedom, or OEF, or Operation New Dawn, or OND, were commonly exposed to airborne hazards such as dust and smoke, Army Medicine researchers say.
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