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The Military Family Support Thread

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Lightning's Girl, Jun 26, 2008.

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    Tell me about it....Im surprised he TI got in the pictures!!! Great pics. Hope you guys had a great time!
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    Read this quote today, it was kinda touching...
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    That's been around for awhile, but the sentiment certainly is solid. Thanks for posting it!! :tup:
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    I'd never heard it before, so I'm having to swallow kinda hard to get past the lump in my throat. :flag:

    Thank you for posting it!:tup:
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    Here's some SERIOUS Spec Ops stuff, so y'all pay attention-

    Special Operations Force (SOF) Terms Made Easy


    If you are with a group of people in one of those long meetings and:

    You fart, and the others hear it, and smell it, and they know you are the one who did it -- that's OVERT.

    You fart, and the others hear it, and smell it, but they have absolutely no idea who did it -- that's COVERT.

    You fart, and the others hear it, and smell it, and they think you did it, but they are not positive -- that's LOW VISIBILITY.

    You fart, and the others don't hear it or smell it; i.e. they don't even know it happened -- that's CLANDESTINE.

    You fart, and all the signs point to someone else having done it, or at least they don't point to you -- that's PLAUSIBLE DENIABILITY.

    You plan to fart, and the others are going to hear it, and smell it, but you don't look like the kind of guy who would do that in public -- that's COVER FOR STATUS.

    You are going to fart, and the others are going to hear it, and smell it, but you don't want them to hear it, so you cough at the same time as you fart -- that's COVER FOR ACTION.

    You fart, and the others hear it and smell it, but you turn to your neighbor and say "My God, what have you done!?" -- that's TACTICAL DECEPTION.

    You propose to fart, and you think the others should hear it and smell it, but you have to get someone to validate it -- that's OPERATIONAL REVIEW.

    You want to fart, and you don't care who hears it, or who smells it but the lawyers argue about who has to concur, authorize and approve it -- that's LEGAL REVIEW.

    You want to fart, and you don't know whether it's better for others to hear it, or smell it, or both, so the intelligence weenies study the feasibility of it -- that's TECHNICAL REVIEW.

    You plan on farting, but you delay to consider the potential of the effect of your fart on others in the room and how pissed off everyone will be at you - that's RISK ASSESSMENT.

    You mitigate the risk by moving over by an open door and farting outside- that's RISK MANAGEMENT.

    You fart and others hear it, smell it, and the TMO representative smells your butt to make sure you really did it AND that you didn't eat the expensive chili to cause it -- that's OVERSIGHT.

    You're going to fart, and you must know what course of action the others will take when they hear it and smell it, all based on your current seating arrangements -- that's a VULNERABILITY ASSESSMENT.

    You're going to fart, and you must know how much the others will hear and how much they will smell, so you check your butt placement, air currents, and your exact distance from the others within the surrounding area -- that's an OPSEC SURVEY.


    My personal favs are PLAUSIBLE DENIABILITY and COVER FOR ACTION.

    That is all.
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    I thank all of the military services and familiy members for bringing the fun of american sports to Germany.
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    Yeah, when I was stationed in Germany (Darmstadt) in '68-'69, I played football for the Air Force team out of Rhein-Main AFB!! :)
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    Drafting Guys over 60

    ----this is so Funny & obviously written by a Former Soldier----

    New Direction for any war: Send Service Vets over 60!
    I am over 60 and the Armed Forces thinks I'm too old to track down terrorists. You can't be older than 42 to join the military. They've got the whole thing backwards. Instead of s! ending 18-year olds off to fight, they ought to take us old guys. You shouldn't be able to join a military unit until you're at least 35.


    For starters:
    Researchers say 18-year-olds think about sex every 10 seconds. Old guys only think about sex a couple of times a day, leaving us more than 28,000 additional seconds per day to concentrate on the enemy.

    Young guys haven't lived long enough to be cranky, and a cranky soldier is a dangerous soldier. 'My back hurts! I can't sleep, I'm tired and hungry' We are impatient and maybe letting us kill some ******* that desperately deserves it will make us feel better and shut us up for a while.

    An 18-year-old doesn't even like to get up before 10 a.m. Old guys always get up early to pee so what the hell. Besides, like I said, 'I'm ti! red and can't sleep and since I'm already up, I may as well be up killing some fanatical son-of-a-*****.

    If captured we couldn't spill the beans because we'd forget where we put them. In fact, name, rank, and serial number would be a real brainteaser.

    Boot camp would be easier for old guys. We're used to getting screamed and yelled at and we're used to soft food. We've also developed an appreciation for guns. We've been using them for years as an excuse to get out of the house, away from the screaming and yelling.

    They could lighten up on the obstacle course however. I've been in combat and didn't see a single 20-foot wall with rope hanging over the side, nor did I ever do any pushups after completing basic training.

    Actually, the running part is kind of a waste of energy, too. I've never seen anyone out run a bull! et.

    An 18-year-old has the whole world ahead of him. He's still learning to shave, to start up a conversation with a pretty girl. He still hasn't figured out that a baseball cap has a brim to shade his eyes, not the back of his head.


    These are all great reasons to keep our kids at home to learn a little more about life before sending them off into harm's way.

    Let us old guys track down those dirty rotten coward terrorists. The last thing an enemy would want to see is a couple of million pissed off old farts with attitudes and automatic weapons who know that their best years are already behind them.

    If nothing else, put us on border patrol....we will have it secured the first night!
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    OMG, that is one of the funniest freakin things I've ever read!! Can't wait to share it with Melanie...........only 29 more days till she comes HOME:flag:
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    "It's the Soldier"
    By: Charles M. Province


    A protest raged on a courthouse lawn,
    Round a makeshift stage they charged on,
    Fifteen hundred or more they say,
    Had come to burn a Flag that day.
    A boy held up the folded Flag,
    Cursed it, and called it a dirty rag.
    An OLD MAN pushed through the angry crowd,
    With a rusty shotgun shouldered proud.

    His uniform jacket was old and tight,
    He had polished each button, shiny and bright.
    He crossed that stage w
    ith a soldier's grace,
    Until he and the boy stood face to face.

    "FREEDOM OF SPEECH", the OLD MAN said,
    "Is worth dying for, good men are dead,
    So you can stand on this courthouse lawn,
    And talk us down from dusk to dawn,
    But before any Flag gets burned today,
    This OLD MAN IS GOING TO HAVE HIS SAY!!

    My father died on a foreign shore,
    In a war they said would end all war.
    But Tommy and I wasn't even full grown,
    Before we fought in a war of our own.
    And Tommy died on Iwo Jima's beach,
    In the shadow of a hill he couldn't quite reach
    Where five good men raised this Flag so high,
    That the WHOLE WORLD COULD SEE IT FLY.

    I got this bum leg that I still drag,
    Fighting for this same old Flag.
    Now there's but one shot in this old gun,
    So now it's time to decide which one,
    Which one of you will follow our lead,
    To stand and die for what you believe?
    For as sure as there is a rising sun,
    You'll burn before this Flag burns, son.

    Now this riot never came to pass.
    The crowd got quiet and that can of gas,
    Got set aside as they walked away
    To talk about what they had heard this day.
    And the boy who had called it a "dirty rag",
    Handed the OLD SOLDIER the folded Flag.

    So the battle of the Flag this day was won
    By a tired OLD SOLDIER with a rusty gun,
    Who for one last time, had to show to some,
    THIS FLAG MAY FADE, YET THESE COLORS DON'T RUN

    "It's the Soldier"
    By: Charles M. Province
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    My son just said "Tell BFISA I LOVE those pictures!!!":flag:
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    :flag: That is beautiful.........thank you for sharing it, Deb.
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    Message received!! :)
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    The things they carried (carry)




    [​IMG]





    " GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS "



    They carried P-38 can openers and heat tabs,
    watches and dog tags,
    insect repellent, gum, cigarettes, Zippo Lighters, salt tablets,
    compress bandages, ponchos, Kool-Aid, two or
    three canteens of water,
    iodine tablets, sterno, LRRP- rations, and
    C-rations stuffed in socks.
    The carried standard fatigues, jungle boots, bush
    hats, flak jackets and
    steel pots. They carried the M-16 assault rifle.

    They carried trip flares and Claymore mines,
    M-60 machine guns, the M-79
    grenade launcher, M-14's, CAR-15's,
    Stoners, Swedish K's, 66mm Laws,
    shotguns, .45 caliber pistols, silencers, the
    sound of bullets, rockets,
    And choppers, and sometimes the sound of
    silence. They carried C-4
    plastic explosives, an assortment of hand
    grenades, PRC-25 radios,
    Knives and machetes. Some carried napalm,
    CBU's and large bombs; some
    Risked their lives to rescue others. Some
    Escaped the fear, but dealt
    With the death and damage.

    Some made very hard decisions, and some just
    Tried to survive. They carried malaria, dysentery, ringworms and
    leaches. They carried the land
    itself as it hardened on their boots. They
    carried stationery, pencils,
    and pictures of their loved ones - real and
    imagined. They carried love
    for people in the real world and love for one
    another. And sometimes
    they disguised that love with: "Don't mean nothin'!"

    They carried memories for the most part, they
    carried themselves with
    poise and a kind of dignity. Now and then, there
    were times when panic
    set in, and people squealed or wanted to, but
    couldn't; when they twitched and made moaning sounds and covered
    their heads and said "Dear God" ,and hugged the earth and fired their
    weapons blindly and cringed
    and begged for the noise to stop and went wild
    and made stupid promises
    to themselves and God and their parents, hoping
    not to die.
    They carried the traditions of the United States Army, and
    memories and images of those who served before them.

    They carried grief, terror, longing and their
    reputations. They carried the soldier's greatest fear: the
    embarrassment of dishonor. They crawled
    into tunnels, walked point, and advanced under
    fire, so as not to die of
    embarrassment. They were afraid of dying, but
    too afraid to show it.
    They carried the emotional baggage of men and
    women who might die at any moment.

    They carried the weight of the world; they
    Carried each other

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    Beautiful, Toby..........both my son and daughter will love that one.:tup:

    And speaking of the latter:

    SHE'S BAAAAAAAAAAAAACK!!!!!

    Yes, my Melanie is once again on blessed United States soil---she got back late yesterday, called us this afternoon sounding very tired but so VERY happy to be in her own house, with her own baby. She says, "Life's good". I say, thank You LORD for bringing her out of the desert and back home, safe and sound!!

    :flag:
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    Yeah, busted my up as well, Darlin.

    YES!!! :tup: :abq2: :flag:
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    Great News!
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    Coming back home from overseas - there just isn't anything that feels quite like it. Its one thing to be left behind - it is quite another to be the one that had to go and leave everybody/everything behind. Toss a coin to figure out which is worse.

    Congrats to Melanie and her whole family!!!!
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    Thats great! How much leave is she going to take before getting back to work? And is she going to come see you?
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    snipped.....


    Report: Soldiers Must Pay To Check Duffels On American Airlines
    Wed, 13 Aug '08

    Really, AA? I Mean... Seriously???
    Well, so much for being able to report a nice story about a US airline, without that same carrier providing its own sad counterpoint.

    Regardless of whether it's a time of war or not, it is a longstanding tradition among American businesses to cut a break to traveling US servicemen whenever possible. That tradition is officially out at American Airlines... and one of the nation's largest veterans groups is telling the airline to straighten up and fly right.

    The Washington Times reports American Airlines recently charged two soldiers from Texas $100 and $300 respectively to check their extra duffel bags, and defended the practice by pointing out that the fees are eligible for reimbursement. Or, as airline spokesman Tim Wagner explained, "Because the soldiers don't pay a dime, our waiver of the fees amounts to a discount to the military, not a discount to soldiers."

    Veterans of Foreign Wars spokesman Joseph Davis counters that service members headed for a war zone should not have to worry about filing expense reports when they get there, or pay the fees out-of-pocket in the meantime.

    "That's a lot to ask when the service member has much more important things on their minds, such as staying alive and keeping those around them alive," Davis noted.

    The VFW is asking the Air Transport Association to ask its members to exempt military personnel traveling on official orders from all excess-baggage fees. "This should not be a very difficult decision to make," Davis pointedly added.

    Actually, it may be. ATA President and CEO James May says the association cannot legally even suggest what airlines do with their individual fares and fees, but adds, "...we will bring this matter to their attention for their independent consideration."

    <>The Times found policies vary among carriers. Delta and Northwest will take two bags up to 70 pounds in the cargo hold at no charge. Even fee-happy US Airways -- which appears to be a half-step away from charging for pressurized cabin air -- allows military personnel with ID free luggage up to 100 pounds.

    Army spokesman Paul Boyce told the paper soldiers receiving travel orders should make sure excess baggage is authorized, then submit a receipt for reimbursement.

    "We appreciate the VFW's help in assisting soldiers," Boyce said. "It would certainly make it easier for soldiers, but there are other ways to help them recoup their money for Army travel."

    The nice story is Here
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    I have a nephew in the army... [​IMG]
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    American Airlines Surrenders
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    One of the most touching things I've ever seen Toby
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    Yeah, got me going, as well.
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    MRE dinner date,



    the following is a true story....told from the point of view of a young Marine



    I had a date the other night at my place. On the phone the day before, the girl asked me to "Cook her something she's never had before" for dinner.



    After many minutes of scratching my head over what to make, I finally settled on something she has DEFINITELY never eaten.



    I got out my trusty case of MRE's. Meal, Ready-to-Eat. Field rations that when eaten in their entirety contain 3000+ calories. Here's what I made: I took three of the Ham Slices out of their plastic packets, took out three of the Pork Chops, three packets of Chicken-a-la- King, and eight packets of dehydrated butter noodles and some dehydrated/rehydrated rice. I cooked the Ham Slices and Pork Chops in one pan, sautéed in shaved garlic and olive oil. In another pot, I blended the Chicken a-la-king, noodles, and rice together to make a sort of mush that looked suspiciously like succotash. I added some spices, and blended everything together in a glass pan that I then cooked in the oven for about 35 minutes at 450 degrees.



    When I took it out, it looked like, well, ham slices, pork chops, and a bed of yellow poop. I covered the tops of the meat in the MRE cheese (kinda like Velveeta) and added some green sprinkly things from one of my spice cans (hey, if it's got green sprinkly things on it, it looks fancy right?)



    For dessert, I took four MRE Pound Cakes, mashed 'em up, added five packets of cocoa powder, powdered coffee cream, and some water. I heated it up and stirred it until it looked like a sort of chunky gelatinous organism, and I sprinkled powdered sugar on top of it. Voila--Ranger Pudding.



    For alcoholic drinks, I took the rest of my bottle of Military Special Vodka (yes, they DO make a type of liquor named "Military Special"--it sells for $4.35 per fifth at the Class Six) and mixed in four packets of "Electrolytes - 1 each - Cherry flavored" (I swear, the packet says that). It looked like an eerie kool-aid with sparkles in it (that was the electrolytes I guess... could've been leftover sand from Egypt ).



    I lit two candles, put a vase of wildflowers in the middle, and set the table with my best set of Ralph Lauren Academy-series China (that **** is EXPENSIVE... my set of 8 place settings cost me over $600 on sale at the Lejeune PX ), and put the alcoholic drink in a crystal wine decanter.



    She came over, and I had some appetizers already made, of MRE spaghetti-with- meatballs, set in small cups. She saw the dinner, saw the food, and said "This looks INCREDIBLE!! !"



    We dug in, and she was loving the food. Throughout the meal, she kept asking me how long it took me to make it, and kept remarking that I obviously knew a thing or two about cooking fine meals. She kind of balked at the makeshift "wine" I had set out, but after she tried it I guess she liked it because she drank four glasses during dinner.



    At the end of the main course, when I served the dessert, she squealed with delight at the "Chocolate mousse" I had made. Huh? Chocolate what?



    Okay... yeah... its Chocolate Moose. Took me HOURS to make... yup! Later on, as we were watching a movie, she excused herself to use my rest room. While she was in there, I heard her say softly to herself "uh oh" and a resounding but petite fart punctuated her utterance of dismay.



    Let the games begin.



    She sprayed about half a can of air freshener (Air Freshener, 1 each, Orange scent. Yup. The military even makes smell-good) and returned to the couch, this time with an obvious pained look.



    After 10 more minutes she excused herself again, and retreated to the bathroom for the second time, I could hear her say "What the hell is WRONG with me???" as she again send flatulent shockwaves into the porcelain bowl. This time, they sounded kinda wet, and I heard the toilet paper roll being employed, and again, LOTS more air freshener.



    Back to the couch. She smiles meekly as she decides to sit on the chair instead of next to me. She sits on my chair, knees pulled up to her chest, kind of rocking back and forth slightly. Suddenly, without a word, she ROCKETED up and FLEW to the bathroom, slammed the door, and didn't come out for 30 minutes.



    I turned the movie up because I didn't want her to hear me laughing so hard that tears were streaming down my cheeks.



    She came out with a slightly gray pallor to her face, and said "I am SOOOOOO sorry. I have NO idea what is wrong with me. I am so embarrassed; I can't believe I keep running to your bathroom!!" I gave her an Imodium AD, and she finally settled down and relaxed.



    Later on, she asked me again what I had made for dinner, because she had enjoyed it so much. I calmly took her into the kitchen and showed her all the used MRE bags and packets in the trash can.



    After explaining to her that she had eaten roughly 9,000 calories of "Marine Corps Field Rations" she turned stark white, looked at me incredulously, and said "I ate 9,000 calories of dehydrated food that was made 3 years ago?"



    After I rogered, she grabbed her coat and keys, and took off without a word.



    She called me yesterday. Seems she couldn't **** for 5 days, and when she finally did, the smell was so bad, her roommate could smell it from down the hall. She also told me she had been working out nonstop to combat the high caloric intake, and that she never wanted me to cook dinner for her again, unless she was PERSONALLY there to inspect the food beforehand.



    It was a fun date. She laughed about it eventually and said that that was the first time she'd ever crapped in a guy's house on a date. She'd been so upset by it she was in tears in the bathroom while I had been in tears on the couch.



    I know ... I'm an *******, but it was still a funny night.

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