Memorial Day 2011

Arlington National Cemetery Section 60As you know this weekend is Memorial Day weekend.  Most Americans are out shopping, getting the boat ready, camping, or just happy for a three day weekend.  I’d ask that you take some time to think about those that have given their lives for what you have right now.  I don’t think it is too much to ask to say a little prayer, attend a ceremony, or visit a memorial.

Corporal Bernard P. Corpuz, you have not been forgotten.

Thanks for clearing it up…

From the Sentinel Review in Ontario, Canada:

In an article in Monday’s newspaper, there may have been a misperception about why a Woodstock man is going to Afghanistan on a voluntary mission. Kevin DeClark is going to Afghanistan to gain life experience to become a police officer when he returns, not to shoot guns and blow things up.

The Sentinel-Review apologizes for any embarrassment this may have caused.

My Journey in the Military: Here we go again…

DoD Announces Force Adjustments

The Department of Defense announced today the alert of replacement forces scheduled to deploy in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The announcement involves three brigades from the Army National Guard consisting of approximately 8,000 personnel.

These brigades will have a security force mission and be assigned tasks which will assure freedom of movement and continuity of operations in the country. Those tasks will include base defense and route security in Iraq and Kuwait.

These units are currently scheduled to begin deployment in the summer of 2009. They are receiving alert orders now in order to provide them the maximum time to complete their preparations. It also provides a greater measure of predictability for family members and flexibility for employers to plan for military service of their employees.

Specific units alerted are:

32nd Brigade Combat Team, Wisconsin National Guard

41st Brigade Combat Team, Oregon National Guard

155th Brigade Combat Team, Mississippi National Guard

Unit deployments reflect the continued commitment of the United States to the security of the Iraqi people. The Department recognizes the continued sacrifices of these units and their family members.

DoD will continue to announce major unit deployments as they are identified and those units are alerted. For information on the units announced today or other units involved in this rotation, please contact Mississippi National Guard Public Affairs at (601) 313-6271, Oregon National Guard Public Affairs at (503) 584-3886 or Wisconsin National Guard Public Affairs at (608) 242-3050.

Happy Veterans Day

Today is Veterans Day. I’d like to think everyone will take a moment publicly or privately to thank those that have served to protect their freedoms. I’d like to think that people could support the Troops without mentioning politics today. I’d like to think there would be no War Protests today. I’d like to think stores won’t take advantage of the “Holiday” and try and draw folks into shopping with super deals. Unfortunately I’m sure I’ll be disappointed.

If you haven’t already seen it, take 11 minutes to watch the following Veteran’s Tribute, I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.

I’ll be taking a moment to salute my fellow Veterans, and those that have passed before us. Please do the same.

Unsung Heroes in Afghanistan

SGT. Hook has a nice post up about an Afghan, nicknamed “Rambo” that works the first gate of a Forward Operating Base’s Entry Control Point in Afghanistan. Basically the Afghan’s quick action defused a very dangerous situation.

It is stories like this that remind me why I cringe everytime I hear someone say we just need to nuke em’ all. While yes that would remove the threat, it is not a very humane solution to the situation and a lot of good people would be lost. I especially love it when I hear statements like that from supposed god fearing Christians…

When I was deployed to Afghanistan I tried to treat everyone I met like a decent human being. Granted there were some exceptions, but trust me, they deserved it. In Afghanistan we need to win the hearts and minds of the people. Where we accomplish that mission we have less problems and they don’t let the Taliban and other extrimist organization seek refuge.

While the traditional media makes heroes out of celebrities, we can count on the family and friends of those deployed to make the world aware of some of the unsung heroes.

My Journey in the Military: 232nd MI CO is Back!

After being deployed for approximately 14 months the 232nd Military Intelligence Company I belong to has returned to Wisconsin. Earlier this afternoon our Families, Friends, Fellow Wisconsin National Guard Members, Patriot Guard Riders, Media Members, and others welcomed us back to the badger state.

See the media coverage of our welcome home ceremony:

I’ll be back posting (I know a bad practice) a few posts that I wrote while we were in transit when I couldn’t find an internet connection. Due to that same lack of internet access a large number of my websites have been falling by the wayside while I was deployed, hopefully I will be able to give them some much needed attention in the next couple of months.

It’s great to be back!

Why do anything logically???

I just read an AP article entitled “National Guard Units Face 2nd Tour in Iraq.” There is a quote, talking about the order the military will call up repeat units, that made me chuckle.

“Logic would lead you to go back to the ones that went first, and start going around again,” said Blum. “But that’s probably not exactly how we’ll do it” because the decision will depend partly on what types of units are needed.

I know Blum went on to clarify that it will be based on the needs of the Army but he could have worded his first statement differently and no brought up logic at all.  This just reminds us that logic has no place in today’s military…