While I am grateful to be a
part of ‘Sea
Stories,’ I hope you all agree that these stories cannot all portray the
happy and fun events involved in Navy life. It just would not be realistic.
What follows is one incident that haunts many a sailor to this day,
including me ~Ron
Belknap (CG-26) had just finished a long and hard
NATO (North Atlantic
Treaty Organisation) exercise in November 1975. The
Naval Striking and Support Forces link U.S. Maritime forces into NATO
operations. Thus the Navy provides a standing force for
operations worldwide by providing ships, submarines, aircraft and personnel
when needed. Because of this arrangement,
NATO exercises are held so they can work jointly when necessary.
The USS Kennedy had just
finished its NATO exercises as well, had a port call at Catania, Sicily and
then traveled the Strait of Messina.
On November 22, the OOD (officer
of the deck) aboard the Belknap made a fatal mistake. Instead of
flanking port, increasing speed and swinging around, he turned to starboard
and slowed to save time. As a result, the two ships collided and the
Belknap’s superstructure ended up under the John F. Kennedy’s overhanging
In the process, fuel lines
were ruptured and gasoline spewed across the Belknap’s deck. The gas ignited
and “blazed up” the Belknap’s
port side. It is said
that firefighters got the fire under control topside in about 10 minutes but
a “receiving room below burned for several hours.”
Heavy smoke forced the
“evacuation of all the carrier’s fire rooms,” forcing the ship to go “dead
in the water.” On top of that, there was ammunition aboard the Belknap that
began firing, sending “fiery fragments into the air.”
Because of the presence of
nuclear weapons on board both ships, the commander of Carrier Striking
Forces for the Sixth Fleet sent a secret nuclear weapons accident message (a
“Broken Arrow”) to the Pentagon, warning of the “high probability that
nuclear weapons aboard the Belknap (W45
Terrier missile warheads) were involved in fire and explosion but there
were no direct communications with the Belknap at that time and no positive
indications that explosions were directly related to nuclear weapons. An
hour after the Broken Arrow message was sent the USS Claude
V. Rickettes (DDG 5), alongside the BELKNAP fighting the fire, reported
that BELKNAP personnel said “no radiation hazard exists aboard”.
Since this fire endangered
the lives of the sailors, vessels operating with the John F. Kennedy pulled
alongside with no regard for their own safety in an attempt to rescue them
as those ammo fragments hit their boats as well. The guided missile
USS Claude V Rickets (DDG-5) and the destroyer
USS Bordelon (DD-881) pulled in close on either side with fire hoses to
help put out the blaze. The frigate
USS Pharris (FF-1094) also provided assistance.
With the sailors refusing
to abandon their ship, only the seriously wounded were rescued. As a result,
the Belknap lost seven sailors, with 23 men suffering serious injuries.
Aboard the John F. Kennedy,
Yeoman 2nd Class David A. Chivalette succumbed to smoke inhalation and
two others suffered injuries from the fire.
Sailors who saw the Belknap
afterward, said the superstructure was “nearly completely melted and
destroyed down to the main deck level.” The Belknap was towed to
where it was “decommissioned and rebuilt.”
However, as Ron Burwell
stated: “The worst losses of all were the lives of the sailors who perished
that day. R.I.P. my brothers.”
In addition to the Sailor,
Yeoman 2nd Class David A. Chivalette, who died on the USS John F.
Kennedy (CV-67), here are the names of the sailors who perished aboard the
USS Belknap (CG-26)…We thank you for your service, and for making the
ultimate sacrifice for our country:
Fatalities aboard the USS
Belknap (CG-26) 22 November 1975
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This is why America will
remain strong. We take care of our own as well as others who may not
deserve taking care of. I just wanted to share with you all that out of a
horrible tragedy we were blessed by so many people.
Chris Kyle was Derek's
teammate through 10 years of training and battle. They both suffer/suffered
from PTSD to some extent and took great care of each other because of it.
2006 in Ramadi was horrible
for young men that never had any more aggressive physical contact with
another human than on a Texas football field.
They lost many friends.
Chris became the armed services number #1 sniper of all time. Not something
he was happy about, other than the fact that in so doing, he saved a lot of
Three years ago, his wife
Taya asked him to leave the SEAL teams as he had a huge bounty on his head
by Al Qaeda. He did and wrote the book "The American Sniper." 100% of the
proceeds from the book went to two of the SEAL families who had lost their
sons in Iraq .
That was the kind of guy
Chris was. He formed a company in Dallas to train military, police and I
think firemen as far as protecting themselves in difficult situations. He
also formed a foundation to work with military people suffering from PTSD.
Chris was a giver not a taker.
He, along with a friend and
neighbor, Chad Littlefield, were murdered trying to help a young man that
had served six months in Iraq and claimed to have PTSD.\
Now I need to tell you
about all of the blessings.
Southwest Airlines flew in
any SEAL and their family from any airport they flew into
...free of charge.
The employees donated buddy
passes and one lady worked for four days without much of a break to see that
Volunteers were at both
airports in Dallas to drive them to the hotel.
The Marriott Hotel reduced
their rates to $45 a night and cleared the hotel for only SEALs and family.
The Midlothian, TX Police
Department paid the $45 a night for each room. I would guess there were
about 200 people staying at the hotel, 100 of them were SEALs. Two large
buses were chartered (an unknown donor paid the bill) to transport people to
the different events and they also had a few rental cars (donated). The
police and secret service were on duty 24 hours during the stay at our
At the Kyle house, the
Texas DPS parked a large motor home in front to block the view from
reporters. It remained there the entire five days for the SEALs to
congregate in and all to use the restroom so as not to have to go in the
house. Taya, their two small children and both sets of parents were staying
in the home.
Only a hand full of SEALs
went into the home as they had different duties and meetings were held
sometimes on a hourly basis. It was a huge coordination of many different
events and security. Derek was assigned to be a Pall Bearer, to escort
Chris' body when it was transferred from the Midlothian Funeral Home to the
Arlington Funeral Home, and to be with Taya. A tough job.
Taya seldom came out of her
bedroom. The house was full with people from the church and other family
members that would come each day to help. I spent one morning in a bedroom
with Chrisâ€™ mom and the next morning with Chad Littlefield's parents (the
other man murdered with Chris). A tough job.
George W Bush and his wife
Laura met and talked to everyone on the Seal Team one on one. They went
behind closed doors with Taya for quite a while. They had prayer with us
all. You can tell when people were sincere and caring
Nolan Ryan sent his cooking
team, a huge grill and lots of steaks, chicken and hamburgers. They set up
in the front yard and fed people all day long including the 200 SEALs and
their families. The next day a local BBQ restaurant set up a buffet in
front of the house and fed all once again. Food was plentiful and all were
taken care of. The family's church kept those inside the house well fed.
Jerry Jones, the man
everyone loves to hate, was a rock star. He made sure that we all were
taken care of. His wife and he were just making sure everyone was taken
care ofâ€¦.Class... He donated the use of Cowboy Stadium for the services as
it was determined that so many wanted to attend.
The charter buses
transported us to the stadium on Monday at 10:30 am. Every car, bus,
motorcycle was searched with bomb dogs and police. I am not sure if kooks
were making threats trying to make a name for themselves or if so many SEALs
in one place was a security risk, I don't know. We willingly obliged. No
purses went into the stadium!
We were taken to The
Legends room high up and a large buffet was available. That was for about
300 people. We were growing.
A Medal of Honor recipient
was there, lots of secret service and police and Sarah Palin and her
husband. She looked nice, this was a very formal military service.
The service started at 1:00
pm and when we were escorted onto the field I was shocked. We heard that
about 10,000 people had come to attend also. They were seated in the
stadium seats behind us. It was a beautiful and emotional service.
The Bagpipe and drum corps
were wonderful and the Texas A&M men's choir stood through the entire
service and sang right at the end. We were all in tears.
The next day was the
200-mile procession from Midlothian, TX to Austin for burial. It was a
cold, drizzly, windy day, but the people were out. We had dozens of police
motorcycles riders, freedom riders, five chartered buses and lots of cars.
You had to have a pass to be in the procession and still it was huge. Two
helicopters circled the procession with snipers sitting out the side door
for protection. It was the longest funeral procession ever in the state of
Texas. People were everywhere. The entire route was shut down ahead of us,
the people were lined up on the side of the road the entire way. Firemen
were down on one knee, police officers were holding their hats over their
hearts, children waving flags, veterans saluting as we went by. Every
bridge had fire trucks with large flags displayed from their tall ladders,
people all along the entire 200 miles were standing in the cold weather. It
was so heartwarming. Taya rode in the hearse with Chris' body so Derek rode
the route with us. I was so grateful to have that time with him.
The service was at Texas
National Cemetery. Very few are buried there and you have to apply to get
in. It is like people from the Civil War, Medal of Honor winners, a few from
the Alamo and all the historical people of Texas. It was a nice service and
the Freedom Riders surrounded the outside of the entire cemetery to keep the
crazy church people from Kansas that protest at military funerals away from
Each SEAL put his Trident
(metal SEAL badge) on the top of Chris' casket, one at a time. A lot hit it
in with one blow. Derek was the only one to take four taps to put his in
and it was almost like he was caressing it as he did it. Another tearful
After the service Governor
Rick Perry and his wife, Anita, invited us to the governor's mansion. She
stood at the door, greeted each of us individually, and gave each of the
SEALs a coin of Texas. She was a sincere, compassionate, and gracious
We were able to tour the
ground floor and then went into the garden for beverages and BBQ. So many
of the Seal team guys said that after they get out they are moving to
Texas. They remarked that they had never felt so much love and
hospitality. The charter buses then took the guys to the airport to catch
their returning flights. Derek just now called and after a 20 hours flight
he is back in his spot, in a dangerous land on the other side of the world,
We just wanted to share
with you, the events of a quite emotional, but blessed week.
To this day, no one in the
White House has ever acknowledged Chris Kyle.
However, the President can
call some sport person and congratulate him on announcing to the world that
he is gay?
What the hell is happening
society, our honor and our pride??
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To: "1-Marines and friends" <email@example.com>
Sent: Saturday, August 16, 2014 11:11:40 AM
Subject: Mount Soledad National Veterans Memorial, San Diego, CA
Marines and Friends,
This video is 5 minutes long and well
worth the time to watch. I knew about the cross that the atheists are
attempting to get removed, but not about the rest of it with all of the
I don't know about you, but I'm tired of these
atheists tearing down our system. In my opinion, if they don't like the
cross they should leave America and go to the middle east and join up with
Sorry about the rant. Just
couldn't help myself . . .
The Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial is a
place of pride and a source of inspiration – honoring veterans both living
and deceased from the Revolutionary War to the present. Over 3,500 black
granite plaques recount individual veterans’ selfless sacrifice and service.
From the mountains in the east to the Pacific Ocean in the west, the
Memorial offers a 360-degree view of beautiful San Diego County and the
region’s extensive military legacy.
Catholic Priest a
Freedom Is Not Free
I watched the flag pass by one
It fluttered in the breeze.
A young Marine saluted it,
and then he stood at ease.
I looked at him in uniform
So young, so tall, so proud,
He'd stand out in any crowd.
I thought how many men like him
Had fallen through the years.
How many died on foreign soil?
How many mothers' tears?
How many pilots' planes shot down?
How many died at sea?
How many foxholes were soldiers' graves?
No, freedom isn't free.
I heard the sound of TAPS one night,
When everything was still
I listened to the bugler play
And felt a sudden chill.
I wondered just how many times
That TAPS had meant "Amen,"
When a flag had draped a coffin
Of a brother or a friend.
I thought of all the children,
Of the mothers and the wives,
Of fathers, sons and husbands
With interrupted lives.
I thought about a graveyard
At the bottom of the sea
Of unmarked graves in Arlington.
No, freedom isn't free.
Isn't it time to stop whining over mouse manure, consider the
unalienable rights God has given us, and we're about the lose, and
try, try to do something about it?
don't know if May 16, 2014 Operation American Spring gathering in
Washington, D.C. is in God's plan to correct the terrible direction
of the United States of America. In my heart I believe it is. We
will see if America takes the challenge to unite, put small
differences aside, focus on lawless leadership replacement, and
simply demand constitutional restoration,
I do not recommend calling, writing and
contacting anyone in DC. Everyone by now must know that does NOT do anything
except waste your time. But this is very important. Michael Behenna is from
Oklahoma. He lived about 20 miles south of me. He is in Leavenworth for doing
his job, doing exactly what he was trained to do and was sent to do. That is
until ROE was set in place to ensure we did not win this war.
Where Michael lived, there is now a Mosque.
Remember mosques are always trophy's. It was small but now they are wanting to
make it a mega mall like mosque. So what is this mosque? The Behenna Trophy
mosque! This country and every citizen in this country should be ashamed for
allowing this to continue on. We have so many that have been put in prison for
defending themselves and doing what we trained them to do.
I know some jerks will try to do a play on words and try to justify the jailing
and ROE that is jailing our men, but never let them get a way with it. Some try
to say these men are bad men and deserve to be in jail. When I hear that crap I
think that person speaking doesn't know battle and if they ever served, then
they were forced to and didn't volunteer. That is always a big difference I can
spot a mile away. I'm not saying all who served under draft are of this
character, but we all know of some who are.
Here is my reserve
training boat, USS Dentuda, SS-385. on which I studied SS qualification training in her
insides in USNR Submarine Reserve Unit 12-31 at
Hunters Point Naval Shipyard from
June 1965 until I went to SP/SG training school
there and there after continued
training in her insides until BEEP and TM A Schools and
again until my assignment to active duty.
Hunters Point Naval Shipyard, CA
into Hunters Point, 1946 - Courtesy Larry
decommissioned 11 December 1946 and stationed in
the 12th Naval District (HUNTER's POINT NAVAL
SHIPYARD) for use as a Naval Reserve Training
Boat. Dentuda was stricken and sold for scrap
February 12, 1969 to Zidell Explorations of
Portland Or. for $55,459.00 .
Note: Assigned to
JTF 1 as a test vessel for Operation
"Crossroads," Dentuda returned to Pearl Harbor
14 February 1946, and on 22 May sailed for
Bikini Atoll. She underwent both atomic weapons
tests with her crew safely away from their
submarine, and returned to Pearl Harbor 6
September. On 7 October she got underway for
Mare Island Naval Shipyard, arriving 14 October.
She was decommissioned 11 December 1946 and
stationed in the 12th Naval District for the
training of members of the Naval Reserve.
graduating from USN Submarine Reserve SP/SG
Submarine School at Hunter's Point, San
Francisco Naval Shipyard in the Summer of 1965.
I was assigned to attend the Basic
Electricity/Electronics Prep (BEEP) School (1600
to 0100 hrs, Monday through Friday) for 6 weeks
and Torpedoman Mate's "A" (TMA) School for 8
weeks in San Diego in 1966 as a SN(SG) -
Seaman, Submarine School Graduate.
Had 5 weeks more of electronics (had to build a
Superheterodyne Radio Receiver), and 3 weeks of
weapons, torpedoes and mines. I graduated
First in the Class.
Before going to
those schools, I got a copy of the manual, typed
in the text with a typewriter and hand drew some
of the drawings to highlight them for better
study. Here are some of them below on the
hydraulic and pneumatic systems.
After BEEP School
and TMA School completion, my designation was
TMSN(SG), Torpedoman's Mate striker, Seaman,
Submarine School Graduate. While serving on USS
Diodon (SS-349), I qualified on submarines as
TMSN(SS) and passed my 3rd class Service Wide
Exam and became TM3(SS).
Here is your Web-Master Qualified in Submarines as a TMSN(SS) on USS Diodon
(SS-349) in September 1967 in Hong Kong, BCC. That is
an Australian frigate's bow seen in the background.
(SS-349) Submarine History Page for 1968 - I served aboard her until
October that year
While aboard Diodon, I
later took the Service Wide Exam and passed the
exam for TM2(SS), but picked up the advancement
in rank after I was separated from active duty
and returned to Reserve duty.
I returned home in October
1968 from the USS Diodon (SS-349) in San Diego and USNR
Sub-Div 12-31 had closed and I was then attached to USNR
Sub-Div 12-9 at the Alameda Navy and Reserve Training
Center with the USS Parche (SS-384) there as the reserve
After World War II, the USS
Parche served as a target ship for Operation Crossroads,
the atomic tests at Bikini Atoll. She survived both the
aerial bomb and the underwater bomb, and she underwent
decontamination before heading to Mare Island Naval
Shipyard in California. The submarine was decommissioned
on December 10, 1946, and she was reclassified as an
auxiliary submarine, AGSS-384, on December 1, 1962 to
serve as a Naval Reserve Training Submarine. She was
struck from the Naval Vessel Register on November 8,
1969 and sold for scrap on June 18, 1970. The USS Parche
received five battle stars and two Presidential Unit
Citations for her service in World War II
This photo was taken, as I recall, on board
one of those covered Coaxain's Boats.
This was just after i had completed a week
end working in the Torpedo Shop on the Sub Tender USS Sperry or USS Nereus.
Another Reservist from my Submarine Reserve
Unit, TM2(SS) Ruiz. I believe, snapped this photo. He was a photographer
by trade, as I recall.
He took the photo as we were returning to
shore from the tender, which was moored out in the water at Fort Roscrans,
Ballast Point Submarine Base, San Diego, California.
January 31, 2011, marks the 43rd anniversary
of the Tet Offensive, a surprise attack by
the North Vietnamese that took place on the
first day of the Vietnamese new year -- a
day that had been expected to be a quiet
religious holiday. NavyTV is airing two
episodes of the documentary series
"Virginians At War," which feature vintage
film footage taken during some of this
historic event and first-person accounts
from Virginia veterans of the Offensive.
Above is Chapter 1, click
here for Chapter 2.
Reality and Perception / Why We Fought
Avg. Rating: 5.00
Good Read Especially Vietnam Vets & Era Vets!
I am forwarding this excellent essay on
the Vietnam experience- authored by Sen. Jim Webb(D-Va.),
His contrast of the Vietnam military with the WWII
"greatest generation" military is fascinating-
especially the point that it was the 'greatest
generation' who sent us to 'Nam.
I am personally one of those vets who believed the war
was worth fighting and one which we could have won if
permitted to do so.
Heroes of the Vietnam Generation
By James Webb
October 2, 1978 – January 01, 1997 (18 years 3
PSCS USCGR Retired
MARINE SAFETY BOARDING OFFICER;
PORT SECURITY PLANNING SPECIALIST and
MARINE FIREFIGHTING CONTINGENCY PLANNING SPECIALIST: District 11; ASSISTANT TRAINING OFFICER for
CURRICULUM COORDINATOR for 95 people; INSTRUCTOR
designed and taught multiple classes which
resulted in very many of my shipmates passing their
End off Course Examinations on their first try.
performed investigations of
MARINE INVESTIGATIONS DEPARTMENT HEAD:
scheduled 9 Marine Investigators doing marine
CERTIFIED MARINE SAFETY BOARDING OFFICER:
regulatory application, enforcement and
interpretation of 33CFR, 46CFR, 49CFR, IMO, U.S.
Codes and U.S. Codes Annotated
experience. Was the first USCGR member to obtain
this certification. Designed and published Marine
Safety Boarding Officer hand book
CERTIFIED MARINE INVESTIGATOR:
regulatory application, enforcement and
interpretation: 33CFR, U.S. Codes and U.S. Codes
USCGR Schools attended
· Instructor Training (first in class) (2 weeks)
· Port Securityman Basic (first in class) and
Advanced Schools (4 weeks).
· Marine Environmental Response Basic (first in
class) and Advanced Schools (4 weeks) & HAZWOPER
course (2 days)
· Reserve Senior Petty Officer Leadership and
Management (first in class) (2 weeks) (New
PSCS James R. Santos, USCGR ret.
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First Flight: Veterans Airlift Command Our wounded veterans returning from Iraq and
Afghanistan have many challenges ahead, but finding transportation
home shouldn't be one of them. That's the view of a new nonprofit
group, Veterans Airlift Command (VAC), which is recruiting volunteer
pilots and aircraft owners to lend air support to recovering
soldiers and their families.
Please pass this down the line to families in need can task these
folks. (New 11-21-06)
year for the past 25 years—with the exception of 2003—men and
women from across the nation gather together and push through a
grueling 26.2-mile course on the White Sands Missile Range in
Southern New Mexico to remember and honor a special group of
World War II heroes.
9th, 1942, after battling to defend several islands
in the Philippines, tens of thousands of Filipino and American
(Army, Army Air Corps, Navy, and Marines) soldiers were
surrendered to Japanese forces. They were forced to march for
days in scorching heat—through the Philippine jungles—without
food and with little water. They experienced widespread physical
and mental abuse, and thousands died. Many who survived ended up
in prisoner of war camps.
Since its inception, the memorial march
has grown from about 100 participants to over 5,000. This year
marked the 25th anniversary of the event.
The USCCA sponsored an incredible team,
consisting of 5 veteran employees (Steve Fischer, Brandon King,
Kevin Michalowski, Mark Critchlow, and Anthony Anderson) and one
vet (Tom Voss) who we sponsored on the Veterans Trek initiative.
Together these men were able to walk a combined 150 miles while
each carrying a 35+ pound pack. A special thanks to BLACKHAWK!
for providing the boots and packs for the USCCA team.
USCCA Veterans at the Bataan Memorial
Death March | USCCA Video
sponsored 6 incredible veterans at the 25th Annual
Bataan Memorial Death March.
This year’s Bataan Memorial Death March
raised over 20,879 lbs of food for needy families in the
southern New Mexico area.
A Southern California District Court has ruled that a cross
at the Mount Soledad Veterans Memorial in San Diego is a government endorsement
of a specific religion and must be removed within 90 days.
The judge in the case, Larry Alan Burns, appeared to be
choked up as he read his decision, saying that precedent from the wildly liberal
Ninth Circuit Court left him no options. Burns immediately issued a stay of his
order to allow lawyers for the defense to appeal.
The memorial has been the subject of legal battles for nearly
a quarter of a century. The most recent round of litigation from the ACLU came
after Congress in 2004 declared the memorial to be a national monument. There
has been a cross at the Mount Soledad memorial since 1913.
Burns' ruling yesterday hinged on the Ninth Circus' decision
in 2011 that the memorial cross "projects a government endorsement of
Congress noted in passing the 2004 law that the cross is
surrounded by secular symbols and by symbols of other faiths, including 18 Stars
of David. None of those symbols appears to have been subject of any lawsuits.
That's noteworthy because the ACLU lawsuit was filed on
behalf of the Jewish War Veterans of the United States, a group that should know
better than to be promoting religious intolerance.
The ACLU called the ruling a victory, of course.
“We support the government paying tribute to those who served
bravely in our country’s armed forces,” Daniel Mach, director of the ACLU
Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief, said in a press release. “But we
should honor all of our heroes under one flag, not just one particular religious
“A national war memorial should stand for all of those who
served,” added Norma Chavez-Peterson, executive director of the ACLU of San
Diego & Imperial Counties, reported KNSD. “It is inappropriate and
unconstitutional to declare a deeply religious symbol that excludes those
outside of that faith as a monument to all veterans.”
The ACLU's various representatives neglected to mention if
they planned to sue over any other religious symbols at the memorial, but it's a
safe bet that the answer is no. Once again, it's the Christians who are being
targeted and having their rights to freedom of religious expression suppressed.
The federal government had been defending the memorial until
Barack Obama came into office. Since then, the Justice Department has shown only
minimal effort in the case, prompting lawyers from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, and
the Religious Liberty Institute to step in.
The cross does not represent an establishment of religion as
it is displayed in an area that is replete with other symbols as well. It merely
represents an honor to our war veterans on behalf of the Christian segment of
As is all too common with these types of cases, the court is
tearing down the First Amendment while claiming to defend it. "Prohibiting the
free exercise thereof" is part of the First Amendment's limitations on Congress,
All these court decisions to remove crosses, the Ten
Commandments and other Christian symbols will have one end effect: establishment
of atheism as the state religion.
It's particularly depressing that a Jewish veterans group
would volunteer to be a pawn in this.
December 7th - Remembering the Attack on Pearl Harbor
Everyone here at VetFriends.com has taken a moment to reflect and express our
deepest respect and gratitude to the Courage, Bravery and Patriotism of all of
our WWII Veterans, both living and deceased, along with all of our U.S. Veterans
& Military. We salute you.
Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
It is important for all of us to take a moment
and remember the December 7th, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor - a defining moment
The Pearl Harbor "surprise" helped shape a generation of
National defense policy and was not forgotten by those who had lived through the
Monuments were erected on the battle sites and around the country Veteran
reunion groups met regularly to keep the memory alive.
VetFriends.com has created a WWII/Pearl Harbor remembrance photo page at
www.vetfriends.com/militarypics - dedicated to all who served in
the U.S. Armed Forces during the Pearl Harbor attacks, WWII and moreover
Brief History - "Day that shall live in
Under the greatest secrecy, Japanese Vice Admiral
Nagumo took his ships to sea on the 26th of November 1941, as a result of
Japan's pressing need for secure flanks during their planned offensive into
Southeast Asia and the East Indies.
Before dawn on the 7th of December, a carefully
planned attack wave of over 180 aircraft, including torpedo planes,
high-level bombers, dive bombers and fighters, was launched in the darkness
and flew off to the south. When the first group had taken off, a second
attack wave of similar size, but with more dive bombers and no torpedo
planes, was brought up from the carriers' hangar decks and sent off into the
emerging morning light.
Dive bombers attacked airfields at about 7:55 AM,
destroying many aircraft. This attack prompted the dispatch of the famous
message "Air raid, Pearl Harbor -- this is no drill", the outside World's
first indication that war had come to the Pacific.
Within a few moments, torpedo planes attacked from
east and west, with one of the latter torpedoing the USS Helena at 1010
dock. Others, from the same direction, hit USS Utah and USS Raleigh, off the
western side of Ford Island.
Within a short time five of eight battleships at
Pearl Harbor were sunk or sinking, with the rest damaged. Several other
ships and most Hawaii-based combat planes were also knocked out and over
2400 Americans were dead.
The United States Navy's battleship force was
removed as a possible threat to the Japanese Empire's southward expansion.
As a result, America was abruptly brought into the Second World War as a
The memory of the "sneak attack" on Pearl
Harbor fueled a determination for Americans to fight on against all opposed
to World peace.
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left are George Keen, 88, of Newhall, Jack Rogo, 90, of North Hollywood, Joe
Mariani, 92, of Reseda and Curly Elliott, 90, of Granada Hills. They are the
last local Pearl Harbor survivors. (File photo by David Crane/Los Angeles
FDR was right. We couldn’t forget.
The kid’s name was Minter, Joe Mariano said. He couldn’t
remember his first name because the guys on his battleship usually called
each other by their last names only. He still remembered his face, though,
like it was yesterday.
“Minter saved my bacon that day. Our anti-aircraft gun had
jammed, and a crew of us were sent below to hand out ammunition. A bomb hit
on deck, and all hell broke loose as the ship started to list. It was so
smoky below we couldn’t breathe or see anything.
“There was one open hatch, and Minter
pushed me through it. When I made it through, I reached down for his hand to
pull him up, but it wasn’t there anymore. The ship listed again. He was
Seaman 2nd Class James Dewey Minter was one of 265 sailors
who died that day on the USS California.
Leon Kolb was 23 and manning a forward gun turret on the
USS Oklahoma the morning 429 sailors on his battleship died. It was the
second-highest loss of life on a ship at Pearl Harbor. The USS Arizona lost
Love, not bombs, almost got Leon killed
that morning. He was trying to get back to his locker to save the engagement
ring he had bought for his high school sweetheart and future wife of 68
He was fighting to get below, but the guys in the ship’s
magazine told him to get out fast, there wasn’t any time. It saved his life.
None of the men in the magazine survived that day.
“I think about them every day,” Leon said. “How lucky I
Curly Elliot was cutting across the parking lot after a
Veterans Day parade when a little boy stopped him.
“He asked if he could shake my hand,”
said Curly, a retired Los Angeles police officer. “I looked over at his
mother and her hands were shaking and she had tears in her eyes.”
Curly knelt down and gave the boy his handshake and a hug.
Did he shed a tear, too? Of course.........
generals now take action to watch Obama
Retired Army, Air Force leaders say
'government continues down path of
WASHINGTON – After one of them
called for the “forced resignations”
of President Obama and
congressional leaders in response to
multiple grievances, including the
alleged political purge of hundreds of
senior military officers, two retired
U.S. generals are creating a citizens’
commission to scrutinize Obama
administration actions on national
security and economic issues.
“America’s Provisional Leadership
Council” will look at major concerns,
as outlined by Army Gen. Paul E.
Vallely and Air Force Brig. Gen. Charles
Jones, in an eight-point paper titled
“The Americans Project.”
told WND he sees The Americans Project
as a “citizens’ commission” of
prominent Americans to provide advice
to legislative and executive branches
leaders, he said, will be “held to high
standards of performance to solve the
nation’s problems of governing. We will
scrutinize and provide guidance to
federally elected officials on behalf
of the citizens.”
Americans Project, Vallely added, is a
“movement, not a new party necessarily.
We want candidates to run as Americans
first before being a Democrat,
Republican or Independent.”
who today is chairman of the
Stand Up America, served as the
deputy commanding general of Pacific
who is vice chairman of The Americans
Project of Stand Up America, held
numerous Air Force command positions
including a tactical fighter wing, a
strategic airlift wing and a special
current crop of leaders, he said, must
face a “demand resignation” process,
which he explained requires massive
grassroots protests and social
networking which he envisions can be
undertaken through his organization.
And example of a “forced resignation,”
he said, was that of President Richard
federal government continues down the
path of destroying America,” Vallely
said. “Americans must now stand up and
put America back on the right track.”
and Jones in their paper say “The
Americans” leadership has developed
workable solutions to “help solve and
fix what has without question stunted
our nation’s ability to clearly,
legally and peacefully function as a
selfless political leadership is the
first key to America’s economic and
debt recovery and secure future for all
citizens and their children,” they say.
“That means voters must band together
and vote for positive ‘America first’
leadership rather than self-serving
greed and corruption within the two
major political parties that have for
decades and are now rapidly tearing the
United States of America apart.”
their paper, Vallely and Jones call for
adherence to the Constitution with
strict congressional oversight of all
an apparent reference to the cutback in
overall U.S. military readiness, they
call for a strong national defense but
stipulate that “in no way” would the
U.S. military ever be used against U.S.
citizens, a reference to a growing
concern among many Americans.
decried the historic $17 trillion
government debt, concerns over
continued unemployment and excessive
tax rates on businesses and citizens.
solutions? Vallely and Jones call for
abolishing the Federal Reserve and the
Internal Revenue Service system, the
intended result of which would be that
“all political plundering of the
peoples’ wealth via taxation will be
abolishing the Federal Reserve System,
all U.S. government financial and
economic functions would be turned back
to the U.S. Treasury.
would be immediately abolished and
replaced by a sales tax on specified
items for partial financing of the U.S.
retired generals condemned the illegal
alien “invasion,” which they said would
be stopped with a secured border double
fence, calling for penalties on
employers who hire illegal aliens.
will be absolutely no jobs, no social
services, no welfare nor medical
services allowed to be provided to
illegal alien invaders,” they say, with
the exception of emergency medical
care only until the illegals can be
jobs are for U.S. citizens, returning
military veterans, part-time high
school students and the elderly,” they
said. “When U.S. employers cannot find
workers and can fully justify seeking
foreign workers, government permission
will be granted for hiring temporary
Look up the service records of some of these guys. MOST have perfect LONG
services, highly decorated.
Military Suicides Drop; Unclear Why (2013)
“Last year the number of suicides in the Army, Navy,
Air Force and Marines spiked to 349 for the full 12-month period, the highest
since the Pentagon began closely tracking the numbers in 2001, and up from the
2011 total of 301. There were 295 Americans killed in Afghanistan [war] last
by the AP’s count.” There are more dying by suicide than in war. Why????
I believe only 2 Generals were fired under Bush’s 2 terms total. There are
currently 48 4-Star Generals. [link
Many of these below have spotless records, 25 and up years service, many medals
and honors such as Brig. Gen Bryan W. Wampler and Command Sgt. Major Don B.
Commanding Generals fired:
Commanding Admirals fired:
Naval Officers fired: (All in 2011) Naval
Officers fired: (All in 2012)
Naval Officers fired: (All in 2013)
157 [ONE HUNDRED FIFTY-SEVEN]
Air Force majors forced into early terminations, no retirement or benefits.
All 157 had been twice passed over for promotion and were within six years of
Too many to
are probably mine. If you know of any I missed, I will add them.
A retired Army
general is calling for the “forced resignations” of President Obama,
administration officials, and MORE
Decency demands that we offend certain people; we cannot afford to be cowards.
Navy SEALs ordered to remove ‘don’t tread on me’ Navy Jack from uniforms
Navy Jack is the ‘don’t tread on me’ flag, one that has earned a revered
place in America’s naval history and a beloved place in sailor’s hearts, through
its use for over two centuries. This symbol of America’s naval ferocity has
spanned our country’s entire existence, flying from the masts of the Continental
Navy during the war of independence, to today’s War on Terror. In fact, an
amendment to the Navy code called SECNAV
Instruction 10520.6 clearly states that as of 31 May 2002 all ships are to
fly the flag throughout the duration of the War on Terror.
So why would ranking SEAL
commanders ban the historical symbol? Is the proverbial top bass banning the
flag? Is President Obama?
Clearly the administration and
sycophant “top brass” officers have degraded America’s military prestige; from
hand-tying rules of engagement, to uniform regulations that make our military
allegedly more compatible with foreign forces, to the banning of an
awe-inspiring flag that traces its roots to the first U.S. Navy. We have a
civilian-led military, but why should our ranking commanders be complicit in the
administration’s war on it? Why don’t they stand up to Obama and his leftist
During my two deployments to
Iraq, “Don’t Tread on Me” was a phrase seen on nearly every uniform and platoon
space — including mine. From patches to flags to large paintings on concrete
barriers, our commanders themselves wore the insignia on their sleeves — until
Perhaps this is why so many of
my former teammates felt compelled to send me the email below. They may not be
able to expose the administration’s travesty, but I can. The email, dated
October 22, reads:
WARCOM and GROUP
TWO/ONE have pushed out the uniform policy for NWU III and any patches worn
on the sleeve.
All personnel are only
authorized to wear the matching “AOR” American Flag patch on the right
shoulder. You are no longer authorized to wear the “Don’t Tread On Me”
Again the only patch
authorized for wear is the American flag on the right shoulder. Please pass
the word to all
Senior Enlisted Advisor
After reading the email, I
first wondered, ‘why?’ (Actually, first I headed to the gym to take out my
frustration and anger on some unsuspecting weights with the fury and intensity
only a former Navy SEAL can exert.) Why would our leaders sell out our heritage?
Why would they rob present and future sailors of our battle cry?
When a friend of mine asked his
leadership the same question, he was told, “The Jack is too closely associated
with radical groups.” We must assume that this thought policeman embedded in the
SEAL community is speaking of the Tea Party, whose flag (which also dates from
the American Revolution) depicts a snake with the same defiant slogan as The
This begs yet another question:
Who defines “radical group”? The last time I checked, allmilitary
personnel are under oath to “support and defend the constitution against
all enemies, foreign and domestic.” The Tea Party stands for constitutional
rights and founding principles of civil liberties and limited government.
Radical? Not unless you’re a leftist hell-bent on destroying the foundations of
our country. Or as the President has stated as the objective of his presidency,
“to fundamentally transform” America........
The Patient’s Role in Patient Care
When it comes to health care, many perceive doctors as having the final word
when it comes to managing their patients’ care. Although doctors and other
health professionals play a major role, each individual is ultimately
responsible for getting the care they need.
First, patients should know or have a copy of their health history including
prior hospitalizations and a list of current and past medical problems. Patients
should think of their health as a story that needs to be told. In order to
completely and accurately understand the story, doctors need every chapter,
including whether current symptoms are new, or a continuation of prior symptoms.
This is especially important if several doctors are currently being seen or if a
patient is meeting a new one.
Keep in mind most health history is captured in records. Take the most current
copies of test results, x-rays, labs or any other care that has been provided.
While many medical offices have moved to file sharing or electronic file
transfers, in some instances, patients may have to make copies and bring the
files to the doctor themselves.
Next, be sure to have a list of all current medication - prescriptions,
over-the-counter drugs, vitamins and herbal supplements, as well as the dosage.
If necessary, just throw everything in a single bag and bring it to the
appointment. This is also a good time to check for expired medication.......
TRICARE supports military families, retirees and other eligible beneficiaries
with prevention-based information and resources, a focus on family-centered
care, and supportive programs and services to help them “take charge” of their
health all year. Some of the preventive services TRICARE covers are:.....
.....Costs for these preventive services vary based on an individual’s TRICARE
plan. TRICARE Prime beneficiaries can get their clinical preventative services
at no cost from their primary care manger or any network provider, and no
referral or authorization is necessary. TRICARE Standard beneficiaries may have
to pay some cost shares for some preventive services, but most are cost-free
Beneficiaries Meet ACA Coverage Requirements Defense Health Agency
FALLS CHURCH, Va., Oct. 10, 2013 – The Affordable Care Act, also known as the
health care law, was created to expand access to affordable health care
coverage, lower costs, and improve quality and care coordination for all
Under the health care law,
people will have health coverage that meets a minimum standard (called “minimum
essential coverage”) by January 1, 2014, qualify for an exemption, or may be
required to pay a fee if they have affordable options, but remain uninsured.
Because of this, many TRICARE beneficiaries may be wondering how this new law
will affect them and their families.
Simply speaking, the
Affordable Care Act will have very little impact on TRICARE beneficiaries. The
biggest change they will notice may be an extra letter in their mailbox every
January, and an extra box to check on their tax forms every April.
Beneficiaries who receive
TRICARE benefits, whether at no cost, by electing to pay an enrollment fee, or
by paying monthly premiums, have minimum essential coverage under the Affordable
Care Act. This includes: TRICARE Prime, Prime Remote and Standard; TRICARE
Reserve Select (TRS); TRICARE Young Adult (TYA); TRICARE Retired Reserve (TRR);
and the Continued Health Care Benefit Program (CHCBP).......
.....Beginning with the 2014 tax season, and every tax year after that, the
Department of Defense will send every TRICARE beneficiary the same information
it sends the Internal Revenue Service. This notification will detail whether
sponsors and their dependents had minimum essential coverage during the previous
year. Sponsors can then use this information when they file their tax forms.
Because the information sent to the IRS is generated using beneficiaries’ Social
Security numbers, it’s essential for sponsors to make sure their family’s
Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) information is correct
and up to date.
TRICARE Related Articles:
New Defense Health Agency to Streamline Functions
Did you ever think there would come a day in this country when the federal
government would compare a person speaking about “individual liberties” to a
member of the Klu Klux Klan? Unfortunately, such is the state of affairs in
Judicial Watch recently
obtained “educational” materials from the Department of Defense (DOD)
depicting conservative organizations as “hate groups” and advising students to
be aware that “instead of dressing in sheets or publicly espousing hate
messages, many extremists will talk of individual liberties, states’ rights, and
how to make the world a better place.”
The documents repeatedly cite the leftwing Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) as
a resource for identifying “hate groups.” (More on this contemptible group
Pursuant to our original Freedom of Information (FOIA) request, filed on April
8, 2013, JW sought from DOD: “Any and all records concerning, regarding, or
related to the preparation and presentation of training materials on hate groups
or hate crimes distributed or used by the Air Force.”
And here’s what we have received so far: 133 pages of lesson plans and
PowerPoint slides provided by the U.S. Air Force. Included in these documents
is a January 2013
Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute “student guide” entitled
“Extremism.” The document is marked “for training purposes only” with the
instruction “do not use on the job.” Highlights include: ....
So, you are walking out of a store and look up
and see what looks like a very bright meteor running north to south. The
"meteor" continues to burn and disappears from view over the roof line of the
store building. Seconds later, a tremendous flash can be seen from that
direction. You have seconds to react. What do you do?....
answering this question. If you plan ahead you will not cower but
will be able to think clearly and do what is needed and must be
Make many plans.
Some will not work out. Practice this all the time in all
surroundings you find you are in daily.
Veterans Wait Years For Benefits While VA Employees
Get Bonuses For Inept Work
If you are a veteran, have you run into difficulty
getting your benefits from the Veterans
Administration? I read about a number of veterans
that waited a year or more to receive needed
benefits including medical treatment. Men and women
who served our nation only to get wounded and maimed
end up waiting months to receive their desperately
needed disability compensation. There are horror
stories across the nation of men and women who
almost qualify as a marathon runner from all of the
run arounds they get from the VA.
Perhaps that’s because VA employees can no longer
earn points for following up on contacts and
perusing whatever documents are necessary to process
a case. This was known as ‘supplemental
development’ and they used to gain extra points for
this, but that is no longer the policy. With no
reward or incentive to go beyond the minimum
requirements, resulting in poor performance, many
claims are being handled improperly or left
incomplete. At the moment, the VA reports that
there are about
14,000 veterans who have appeals still pending
after more than 2 years of applying for their
your kids and Grandkids close to the computer, turn up the speakers, and
before you watch the fireworks tonight, understand; I mean deeply
understand in the very depth of your soul, what they represent.
At Food City, we honor those
people that serve and protect our country, and we know that without the men and
women who watch out for us, we would not have any of the luxuries we do. We are
the land of the free because of the brave and we salute you!
We're watching a favorite video from last year: San
Diego's accidentally amazing
"fireworks fail". If you've ever wondered
what 20-minutes worth of fireworks looks like ignited in one big spectacle,
check it out. Have a happy and safe Fourth of July everyone!
Dressed in Army fatigues, Hasan, who turns 43 next month, listened
impassively as the death sentence was handed down by a panel of 13 senior
military officers in a unanimous decision after less than two hours of
deliberations. If even a single panel member had objected, Hasan would
instead have been sentenced to life in prison. He also was stripped of pay
and other financial benefits, which he continued to receive while in
No active-duty service member has been executed since 1961, and legal
experts said it will probably be many years, if ever, before the sentence
will be carried out. Hasan will be flown shortly to Fort Leavenworth, Kan.,
where he will join five other inmates on military death row, officials said.
In military cases, there are several mandatory appeal stages and a military
death sentence requires final approval by the president, as commander in
In a 7 page statement released directly to
Fox News on August 1st, 2013, Ft. Hood shooter, Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan
renounced his U.S. citizenship & abandoned his military oath as a
commissioned officer. In an excerpt dated back to October 18th, 2012, Hasan
goes on to state:
~“I, Nidal Malik Hasan, am compelled
to renounce any oaths of allegiances that require me to support/defend (any
– sic) man made constitution (like the constitution of the United States)
over the commandments mandated in Islam ... I therefore formally renounce my
oath of office ... this includes my oath of U.S. citizenship.”~
In another statement from the 7 pages of
documents submitted to Fox by Hasan’s former Attorney John Galligan (who
confirmed the documents authenticity as well as that of Hasan’s signature),
Hasan went on to point out the incompatibility of American democracy &
~”There is an inherent and
irreconcilable conflict. ... in an American Democracy ‘we the people’ govern
according to what ‘we the people’ think is right or wrong; even if it
specifically goes against what All-Mighty God commands.”~
Given the dispute that has raged since the
powers that be in the Defense Department idiotically designated Hasan’s
actions on the day of November 5th, 2009 (which left 13 dead & 32 wounded in
what has been described as ”the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil since
September 11, 2001.”), an act of “work place violence“,
this designation then would appear to have been rendered invalid now by
Hasan in his own statement.
Hasan had a troubled history dating all the
way back during the six years that he worked as an intern & resident at
Walter Reed Medical Center. His colleagues and superiors were deeply
concerned about his inappropriate behavior and comments, yet despite their
“deep concern”, & out of deference to political correctness, they chose
instead to look the other way rather than confront Hasan. Even going so far
as to promote him in May of 2009 from Captain to Major. Also revealed have
been the extensive e-mails Hasan had exchanged with Anwar al-Awlaki in 2008
through 2009 in the months leading up to the shootings. Although considered
a moderate at the time by FBI officials, al-Awlaki would later be
designated a senior talent recruiter and motivator who was involved in
planning terrorist operations for the Islamist militant group al-Qaeda.
Consequently, al-Awlaki was killed in a drone strike on September 30th, 2011
in Yemen after Obama had placed al-Awlaki on a list of people whom the U.S.
Central Intelligence Agency was authorized to target because of terrorist
Controversy & public outrage however are no
strangers to this tragedy in the series of events that have played out over
the past 3 1/2 years as survivors of the Ft. Hood massacre have subsequently
had to resort to filing a lawsuit against the Federal government, seeking
benefits (up to & including the Purple Heart) to assist them in the ongoing
costs of medical care & monetary compensation to assist them with daily
living expenses. Denial of these benefits have come with Hasan’s shooting
being designated as workplace violence rather than an act of terror, &
despite Hasan having opened fire shouting “Allahu Akbar“.
Initially the Army & the Obama administration had promised to take care of
both the families of those killed & the wounded, but I think we all know by
now how much worth a promise from Obama has. In the lawsuit filed in U.S.
District Court on November 5, 2011, claimants stated the government has done
everything it can to protect the shooter, Major Nidal Hasan, and their own
interests while marginalizing the victims. The suit is seeking $750 million
Meanwhile however, as Hasan has awaited trial
he continues receiving his annual $75,000 salary as a United States Army
Medical Corps officer. As of May of this year, he has reportedly been paid
over $278,000 since November of 2009.
Former Army Pfc. Michael Apodaca (l.) and
ex-Lt. Kevin Corley both pleaded guilty to murder-for-hire charges,
crimes committed while they were on active duty.
It seems bizarre, but the
fact is the Mexican cartels are offering big money to recruit hit men from
the U.S. military. They contract highly trained soldiers to carry out
murders and even share their expertise with gangs south of the border,
according to law enforcement experts.
The involvement of
three American soldiers in separate incidents, including a 2009 murder
that led to last week’s life sentence for a former Army private,
underscore a problem the U.S. military has fought hard to address.
“We have seen examples
over the past few years where American servicemen are becoming involved
in this type of activity,” said Fred Burton, vice president for STRATFOR
Global Intelligence. “It is quite worrisome to have individuals with
specialized military training and combat experience being associated
with the cartels.”
Michael Apodaca, 22,
was a private first-class stationed at nearby Fort Bliss Army Base and
was attached to the 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade when he was
recruited and paid $5,000 by the Juarez Cartel to shoot and kill Jose
Daniel Gonzalez-Galeana, a cartel member who had been outed as an
informant for Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Apodaca, who was the
triggerman in the May 15, 2009, hit, was sentenced in El Paso District
Court July 25.
Last September, Kevin
Corley, 29, a former active-duty Army first lieutenant from Fort Carson
in Colorado, pleaded guilty in federal court in Laredo, Texas, to
conspiracy to commit murder-for-hire for the Los Zetas Cartel after
being arrested in a sting operation. Ironically, that cartel was itself
founded by Special Forces deserters from the Mexican Army.
Arrested with Corley in
connection with the case was former Army Sgt. Samuel Walker, 28. He was
convicted of committing a murder-for-hire in November 2012 and sentenced
to 15 years in prison June 21.
Walker served in
Afghanistan with Corley’s 4th Brigade Combat Team of the 4th Infantry
Division platoon between 2010-2011. Shortly after their return, they
made contact with the undercover DEA agent they thought was a member of
Burton says that some
soldiers become corrupted by gangs after joining, but also points out that
others are actual gang members who enlist specifically for the training they
“There has been a
persistent gang problem in the military for the past six to eight years,”
The growing ties between
U.S. based gangs, including those which have infiltrated the US military and
Mexican cartels could be opening soldiers up to being available to the
cartels. The FBI National Gang Intelligence Center, as of April 2011, the
NGIC has identified members of at least 53 gangs whose members have served
in or are affiliated with U.S. military. They are concerned about gang
members with military training because they present a unique threat to law
enforcement personnel due to their weapons and combat training and their
ability to train others with this skills.
Yeah, I’d say this is a
pretty serious situation. The obvious question is when someone is found to
be in the military with these ties or affiliations to Mexican cartels, are
they not immediately arrested and tried for treason. Additionally, the men
cited above aren’t even receiving justice for the murders they were
convicted of. Seeing that we have and administration that arms the cartels
anyway via Operation Fast and Furious, I don’t see why this wouldn’t have
their fingerprints on some of what is taking place between US soldiers and
the Mexican cartels.
We need to
throw those in the white
house under the bus like he
throws good Americans. Your
blood may boil on this one.
Lt. Col Matthew Dooley, a
West Point graduate and
veteran, was an instructor
at the Joint Forces Staff
College at the National
Defense University. He had
19 years of service and
experience, and was
considered one of the most
highly qualified military
instructors on Radical Islam
He taught military students
about the situations they
would encounter, how to
react, about Islamic
culture, traditions, and
explained the mindset of
Islamic extremists. Passing
down first hand knowledge
and experience, and teaching
courses that were suggested
(and approved) by the the
Joint Forces Staff College.
The course "Perspectives on
Islam and Islamic
Radicalism" ,which was
suggested and approved by
the Joint Forces Staff
College, caught the
attention of several Islamic
Groups, and they wanted to
make an example of him.
They collectively wrote a
letter expressing their
outrage, and the Pro-Islamic
Obama Administration was all
too happy to assist. The
letter was passed to
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs
of Staff , Martin Dempsey.
Dempsey publicly degraded
and reprimanded Dooley, and
Dooley received a negative
Officer Evaluation Report
almost immediately (which he
had aced for the past 5
years). He was relieved of
teaching duties, and his
career has been red-flagged.
"He had a brilliant career
ahead of him. Now, he has
been flagged." - Richard
Thompson, Thomas More Law
"All US military Combatant
Commands, Services, the
National Guard Bureau, and
Joint Chiefs are under
to ensure that henceforth,
no US military course will
ever again teach truth about
Islam that the jihadist
enemy finds offensive ,or
just too informative." -
Former CIA agent Claire M.
Lopez (about Lt. Col Dooley)
The Obama Administration has
demonstrated lightning speed
to dismiss Military brass
that does not conform to
it's agenda, and not
surprisingly, nobody is
speaking up for Lt. Col.
IT'S A SAD DAY FOR THIS
COUNTRY WHEN GOOD LOYAL MEN
LIKE THIS GET THROWN UNDER
THE BUS BECAUSE NOBODY HAS
THE COURAGE TO STAND UP!
retired Lt. Gen. David Deptula penned a
scorching op-ed in the Wall Street Journal,
pointing out that military options being planned
for Syria ignore the
effect of sequestration on the U.S military at
home. One suggestion was a limited no-fly
zone over Syria, with Air Force and Naval
aircraft flying out of Jordon. One of the facts
being ignored is that aircrews are not flying
training missions to maintain their proficiency
to fly, fight, and win with air supremacy. Right
now, the biggest unreported, no-fly zone is
already up and running–it’s the one in the
United States! US bases are being ordered to
reduce flying time, training, and maintenance,
greatly compromising America’s air combat
the former head of intelligence, surveillance,
and reconnaissance on the Air Staff, was one of
the primary planners of Operation Desert Storm
and a joint task force commander during
Operation Northern Watch. He served as Director
of the Combined Air Operations Center for
Operation Enduring Freedom. He has flown more
than 3000 combat hours.
danger of sequestration begins when politicians
and the American public believe that budget cuts
do not affect combat forces. “Sequestration was
designed (by Obama) to be so irresponsible that
Congress would be forced to prevent its
implementation. Now that it has been
implemented, the danger is that Washington will
begin to think the military cuts are tolerable.”
In order to fight and win a war, troops must
constantly train for war. Perpetually idle
airmen are not ready to effectively engage the
testing are important; improvements and upgrades
are vital to combat readiness and safety.
Maintaining high standards, education, and
proficiency are only accomplished by continuous
preparation and training for combat. It’s what
taxpayers expect from the military. America is
no longer protected by the oceans as it once was
over 100 years ago. And isolation is not an
option that we can afford. It takes time to move
force from the United States to forward bases.
exorbitant IRS bonuses and Mr. Obama’s $100
million, in your face trip to Africa as the U.S.
military is being told to stand down. Gay pride
celebrations, held at the taxpayer’s expense,
are doing wonders for military readiness (by
helping to destroy it!) If you voted for Obama,
the next attack on the United States will be
your fault and will probably be executed by
terrorists entering the country through Mexico.
Don’t think the rest of the world isn’t paying
attention as Obama works to turn the United
States military into an incompetent joke.
The U.S. government is
about to spend more than $771 million on military aircraft that the Afghan
people “lack the capacity to operate,” according to the Special Inspector
General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR).
The Department of Defense
says that it is moving forward with the purchase despite SIGAR’S warning
that the planes will go to waste.
SIGAR only discovered the
DOD’s plans while performing an audit of its Afghan Special Mission Wing (SMW).
“SIGAR is recommending that
DOD suspend all activity under the contracts awarded for the 48 new aircraft
until capacity issues are properly addressed,” it said in a press release
discovered that “DOD awarded $553 million to Rosoboronexport, a Russian
government agency, after receiving SIGAR’s recommendations that moving
forward was imprudent,” according to the release.
Lt. Col. James Gregory, a
Pentagon spokesman, told the Washington Free Beacon that it does “not concur
with the SIGAR report recommendation” and that a delay in shipment is not in
the United States’ security interests.
SIGAR’s audit of SMW found
that the planes are not useful because the Afghans have hired illiterate and
untrained pilots to fly them.
The Afghan forces have
experienced “difficulty finding recruits who are literate and do not have
associations with criminal/insurgent activity,” according to the audit.
“Only seven pilots are
qualified to fly with night vision goggles, which is necessary for most
counter-terrorism missions,” SIGAR reported.
The SMW program also has
poor U.S. government oversight, leading to waste and problems in sustaining
what the DOD believes is a critical project in post-war Afghanistan.
“NATO and DOD do not have a
plan with milestones and dates for achieving full strength for the SMW to
justify the fleet size,” SIGAR reported, noting that most maintenance
projects are still performed by the United States.
“DOD performs 50 percent of
maintenance and repair and 70 percent of critical maintenance and logistics
management for SMW and does not have a plan for transferring these functions
to the Afghans,” SIGAR said.
The United States still
intends to spend $109 million per year despite the flaws, “for oversight,
maintenance, training, and logistics support for the next several years,”
according to SIGAR.
These deeply entrenched
problems have contributed to the program’s slow growth.
“SMW had less than
one-quarter of the 806 personnel needed to reach full strength and during
the length of the audit made no tangible growth,” SIGAR found.
In addition, the “Afghan
Ministries of Defense and Interior do not have an agreement on the SMW
command and control structure, impacting growth and capacity,” according to
SIGAR predicts that once
the United States fully exits Afghanistan in the coming year the Afghans
will not be prepared to maintain or operate the planes.
Gregory said delaying the
shipment of planes until SIGAR’s performance criteria are met “would not be
in our national interest.”
“Delaying contract award
pending agreement between the ministries on transition of SMW administrative
control would unacceptably delay our efforts to develop the SMW into a
capable force,” Gregory said.
“The contract for the PC-12
[planes] was signed on Oct. 13, 2012, and the contract for the Mi-17
[planes] was finalized on June 16, 2013,” he said.
The SMW is still a
relatively new creation, meaning that improvement efforts are already
underway, the official said.
“The SMW was formally
established less than a year ago and sustainment efforts, including
training, are presently underway,” Gregory said. “Delivery of the aircraft
in question will take place over the next eighteen months. This will include
training on how to operate and maintain the aircraft and associated
“DOD has been implementing
or has agreed with implementing the other recommendations in the report,
which will help avoid the adverse outcome that it warns against,” he added.
forbidden to read conservative literature while in Uniform
A veteran member of the U.S. Army
Band said he is facing retribution and punishment from the military for
having anti-Obama bumper stickers on his car, reading books written by
conservative authors like Mark Levin and David Limbaugh, and serving Chick-fil-A
sandwiches at his promotion party.
Master Sgt. Nathan Sommers, a 25-year Army veteran and conservative
Christian based at Fort Myer in Washington, believes his outspoken
opposition to gay marriage prompted higher-ups to take a closer look at his
beliefs. The recipient of an Army Commendation Medal and a soloist at the
funeral of former First Lady Betty Ford, Sommers said his core beliefs are
enough to mark a soldier for persecution in today’s military.
“It seems like with the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell – that the
Christians have been the ones who’ve had to go underground and in the closet
– for fear of retaliation and reprisals,” Sommers told Fox News. “Christians
feel like they can’t be forthright with their faith. They have to hide.”
Ret. Navy Commander John Bennett Wells is representing the master sergeant.
He said there is no doubt in his mind that the U.S. military is
discriminating against Christians – and specifically his client.
“There’s no question about it,“ Wells told Fox News. “Because he is
religious, because he feels that homosexual conduct is wrong for religious
reasons, he is basically being persecuted.”
Will this President
negotiate away our military dominance? We need transparency.
- whether active duty, retired, national
guard, or reserve - is someone who, at one point in
his life, wrote a blank check made payable to: "The
United States of America," for an amount of: "up to
and including their life."
That is honor, and there are way too many people in
this country who no longer understand it.
If liberals in Congress
really support the troops, why do they keep saying things like ...
Senator Harry Reid: "That
this war is lost, and that the surge is not accomplishing anything."
Senator John Kerry: "If you make the most of it, you study hard, you do your
homework and you make an effort to be smart you can do well. If you don't,
you get stuck in Iraq."
Congressman John Murtha: "Our troops overreacted because of the pressure on
them and they killed innocent civilians in cold blood."
Senator Dick Durbin: "If I read this to you and didn't tell you it was an
FBI agent describing what Americans had done to prisoners in their control,
you would most certainly believe this must have happened by Nazis, Soviets
in their gulags or some mad regime, Pol Pot or others that had no concern
for human beings."
The VietNam War
US Air Force, US Army, US Marine Corps,
& US Coast Guard
Beginning of the
the years it
occurred and the Fall of