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The Military Family Support Thread

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

  1. Lightning's Girl

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    Fort Campbell ROCKS!!!!:tup:

    Thanks for sharing this, H8er!!!:flag:

    Prayers going out for your son and his fellow troops:yes:
     
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    An email from a friend of mine named Jack-

    I was driving to work on Wednesday, heavy rains were coming down, I am on Reilly Road at the Yadkin crossing (at Ft Bragg, NC), an A team with full rucks came marching up behind me, laughing, kidding, soaked to the bone, they stopped for the light, the lead looked over and saw me, and said something. I lowered the window, and he yelled, "Hey Sir, saw your plate and decals, betch you wish you were out here walking with us" I yelled back "son, these are the best years of your life, enjoy them," As one they yelled back "Betch your ***","You got that right", Dang straight" and the inevitable "Urrah". The light turned and we proceeded, but not before I snapped off the best salute I have done in years.

    How many of us would give back all the years, the glory, the rank, just to be walking down the road with a heavy ruck in the driving rain with an ODA. Not fully realizing that the men walking with you will be the men you remember for the rest of your life, those that live will be your friends forever, and those who don't will be some of your most precious memories..

    Just a thought

    Jack

    You got that **** right, Jack!! :tup:
     
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    nice... :tup:
     
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    Here one can find the unit designations of any unit in the Army.
     
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    Cool!! Thanks, Toby!!

    BTW, only three more days until my baby girl comes marching home..........I can't WAIT!!!!!!
     
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    My son jes went back to Qatar to fulfill his contract with Dyncorp for the next 7 months.

    Have a great reunion, Darlin!! :tup: :icon_toast:
     
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    Take a few minutes to read this - it WILL make your day. :)



    Below is an article written by Rick Reilly of Sports Illustrated. He

    details his experiences when given the opportunity to fly in a F-14 Tomcat.

    If you aren't laughing out loud by the time you get to 'Milk Duds,' your

    sense of humor is seriously broken.





    'Now this message is for America 's most famous athletes:



    Someday you may be invited to fly in the back-seat of one of your country's

    most powerful fighter jets. Many of you already have . John Elway, John

    Stockton, Tiger Woods to name a few. If you get this opportunity, let me

    urge you, with the greatest sincerity... Move to Guam



    Change your name.



    Fake your own death!



    Whatever you do.



    Do Not Go!!!



    I know…..



    The U.S. Navy invited me to try it. I was thrilled. I was pumped. I was

    toast! I should've known when they told me my pilot would be Chip (Biff)

    King of Fighter Squadron 213 at Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach .



    Whatever you're thinking a Top Gun named Chip (Biff) King looks like,

    triple it. He's about six-foot, tan, ice-blue eyes, wavy surfer hair,

    finger-crippling handshake -- the kind of man who wrestles dyspeptic

    alligators in his leisure time. If you see this man, run the other way,

    Fast.



    Biff King was born to fly. His father, Jack King, was for years the voice

    of NASA missions. ('T-minus 15 seconds and counting .' Remember?) Chip

    would charge neighborhood kids a quarter each to hear his dad. Jack would

    wake up from naps surrounded by nine-year-olds waiting for him to say, 'We

    have liftoff'.



    Biff was to fly me in an F- 14D Tomcat, a ridiculously powerful $60 million

    weapon with nearly as much thrust as weight, not unlike Colin Montgomerie.

    I was worried about getting airsick, so the night before the flight I asked

    Biff if there was something I should eat the next morning.



    'Bananas,' he said.



    'For the potassium?' I asked.



    'No,' Biff said, 'because they taste about the same coming up as they do

    going down.'



    The next morning, out on the tarmac, I had on my flight suit with my name

    sewn over the left breast.



    (No call sign -- like Crash or Sticky or Leadfoot. But, still, very cool.)

    I carried my helmet in the crook of my arm, as Biff had instructed. If

    ever in my life I had a chance to nail Nicole Kidman, this was it.



    A fighter pilot named Psycho gave me a safety briefing and then fastened me

    into my ejection seat, which, when employed, would 'egress' me out of the

    plane at such a velocity that I would be immediately knocked unconscious.



    Just as I was thinking about aborting the flight, the canopy closed over me,

    and Biff gave the ground crew a thumbs-up. In minutes we were firing nose

    up at 600 mph. We leveled out and then canopy-rolled over another F-14.



    Those 20 minutes were the rush of my life. Unfortunately, the ride lasted

    80.. It was like being on the roller coaster at Six Flags Over Hell.

    Only without rails. We did barrel rolls, snap rolls, loops, yanks and

    banks. We dived, rose and dived again, sometimes with a vertical velocity

    of 10,000 feet per minute. We chased another F-14, and it chased us.



    We broke the speed of sound. Sea was sky and sky was sea. Flying at 200

    feet we did 90-degree turns at 550 mph, creating a G force of 6.5, which is

    to say I felt as if 6.5 times my body weight was smashing against me,

    thereby approximating life as Mrs. Colin Montgomerie.



    And I egressed the bananas.



    And I egressed the pizza from the night before.



    And the lunch before that.



    I egressed a box of Milk Duds from the sixth grade.



    I made Linda Blair look polite. Because of the G's, I was egressing stuff

    that never thought would be egressed.



    I went through not one airsick bag, but two.



    Biff said I passed out. Twice. I was coated in sweat. At one point, as we

    were coming in upside down in a banked curve on a mock bombing target and

    the G's were flattening me like a tortilla and I was in and out of

    consciousness, I realized I was the first person in history to throw down.



    I used to know 'cool'. Cool was Elway throwing a touchdown pass, or Norman

    making a five-iron bite. But now I really know 'cool'. Cool is guys like

    Biff, men with cast-iron stomachs and freon nerves. I wouldn't go up there

    again for Derek Jeter's black book, but I'm glad Biff does every day, and

    for less a year than a rookie reliever makes in a home stand.



    A week later, when the spins finally stopped, Biff called. He said he and

    the fighters had the perfect call sign for me. Said he'd send it on a patch

    for my flight suit.



    What is it?? I asked.



    'Two Bags.'



    I love my country ... it's the government I'm afraid of.



    God Bless America!
     
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    Thanks

    He only has 12 more months over there.

    I swear every day, the first thing I look at is the news to see if anything has happened over there.
     
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    Toby, that is totally awesome!!! Of course, I'm biased since my Melanie is with the 101st Airborne, but it just makes me that much more proud:flag:
     
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    Well, today my son took his first step into his own military adventures.......he left for boot camp this afternoon with a HUGE grin on his face and a promotion to E-2 in his hand (he helped recruit another soldier who's leaving next week).

    Damn, I miss him already---his infectious laughter, his practical jokes, even his messy room and the astronomical grocery bills he ran up (at 6'2" and 220 lbs., he needs a lot of calories). But I know if he'd stayed in this town, he'd have continued to drift aimlessly, hanging out with other undereducated young men just like him and getting into God knows what sort of mischief.

    Now he can walk tall and proud..........he's got a great future in front of him, and with the right attitude and some hard work, there's no telling where he'll wind up. I'm just thankful that it won't be in a dead-end, minimum wage job, living with a pregnant girlfriend and two or three little ones in a cramped apartment out in Felony Flats, getting drunk on cheap beer every Saturday night and trying to figure out how to get out of it all.
     
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    He'll do fine, Darlin!! :yes: :tup:
     
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    That is GREAT!!! Thanks, Toby!!
     
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    I've never served, but I love my country and I truly appreciate those in the military, and the sacrifices they make for the safety of my family and I.

    I was moved by the following link, posted on another forum I visit. I took the time to transcribe the eulogy because I wanted to preserve it. Below is my post from the other forum.

    Thank you to all active and retired military personnel.



    In honor of Petty Officer Mike Monsoor I took the time to transcribe the moving SEAL credo that the video ends with. It was worth every minute..........

    "In times of war or uncertainty there's a special breed of warrior ready to answer our Nation's call. A common man with uncommon desire to succeed. Forged by adversity he stands alongside America's finest Special Operations Forces to serve his country, the American people, and protect their way of life.

    I am that man.

    My trident is a symbol of honor and heritage, bestowed upon me by the heroes that have come before, and embodies the trust of those I've sworn to protect. By wearing the trident I accept the responsibility of my chosen profession and way of life. It is a privilege that I must earn every day. My loyalty to country and team is beyond reproach. I humbly serve as a guardian to my fellow Americans, always ready to defend those who are unable to defend themselves. I do not advertise the nature of my work or seek recognition for my actions. I voluntarily accept the inherent hazards of my profession, placing the welfare and security of others before my own. I serve with honor on and off the battlefield. The ability to control my emotions regardless of circumstances sets me apart from other men. Uncompromising integrity is my standard, my character and honor are steadfast, my word is my bond. Expect to lead and be led. In the absence of orders I will take charge, lead my teammates and accomplish the mission. I lead by example in all situations. I will never quit. I persevere and thrive on adversity. My Nation expects me to be physically harder and mentally stronger than my enemies. If knocked down I will get back up, every time. I will draw on every remaining ounce of strength to protect my teammates and accomplish our mission. I am never out of the fight. We demand discipline, we expect innovation. The lives of my teammates and the success of our mission depend on me, my technical skill, tactical proficiency and attention to detail. My training is never complete. We train for war and we fight to win. I stand ready to bring the full spectrum of combat power to bear in order to achieve my mission and the goals established by my Country. The execution of my duties will be swift and violent when required, yet guided by the very principles that I serve to defend. Brave men have fought and died building the trident tradition. It's their reputation I'm bound to uphold. In the worst of conditions the legacy of my teammates steadies my resolve and silently guides my every deed.

    I will not fail."
     
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    He will be OK, and tell him thanks for serving!
     
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    I know he will..........and I'll forward your thanks to him the next time I hear from him.:yes:

    Muchas gracias, mi amigo
     
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    Well she's home...

    She looks pretty good considering she slept at the airport last nite LOL Whadda day. Wen thru the worst service I have ever had anywhere with United. They really had no idea today planes were landing and departing. I know the weather was an issue, but you'd think those would be the times they'd step it up. They told me no planes were leaving O'Hare. Probably 60 flights left. They told me she could get to pittsburgh. Then she couldn't. Then she could. I waited till she was boarding and left and the flight changed. I called back and they told me It was canceled. I said..she is on the plane. They said its canceled. I said.......okay well then maybe get her off the plane? Finally they decided she was departing....the drive to pittsburgh was halfway pleasant and the airport was easy. Still really no idea where her bags are....but hopefully they will show up cuz she needs her ABUs for Monday.

    Two highlights of my summer..one..seeing her for that first time in San Antonio after being gone for six weeks and having to stay in formation till I went to her..and today seeing her finally at the airport. She's tired...she misses her unit more than I even know....so we'll see. this is her with her grandparents at their campgrounds

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    GREAT pictures, Deb!! Your daughter is lovely, yet she looks perfectly at home underneath that big herkin' vehicle.:flag: Here's a SHOUT OUT to both of you!!! :tup::tup:
     
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    Good stuff, Deb!! :)
     
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    well I just heard from mine...........



    hey dad whats going i had to go to another fob for a week im at ASHRAF about 100 miles north of Balad and in the middle of no where i have a mission to fix a ROWPU the water purifying thing a peice broke so they sent me to fix. i got fly in a black hawk. i liked it a lot. anyways i will be here til friday supposedly but things are subject to change. chargers won. i will talk to you soon bye dad
     
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    Thanks for sharing that, H8er, and thanks to your son as well for his service!:flag:

    I've heard from my boy twice since he went to Ft. Benning; he's an old-fashioned kid who actually prefers to write letters, and they speak very eloquently of his excitement at actually being in the Army and his optimism for the future. He was in reception for the first week, then sort of in limbo until the next group could be sent to basic training; as of Thursday he was "headed downrange" and his life as a soldier began in earnest.

    He admitted to being homesick, but he was meeting so many guys from all over the country and learning so much that he felt he was OK. What makes me even more proud is what he said about "owing all that is brave and honorable in me to my family"...........makes me feel like we did a decent job after all, and he was our toughest child to raise. That doesn't hurt my feelings one bit to say the least.

    God bless ALL of our young men and women in the Armed Forces!!!:tup::flag:
     
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    Some music videos with a military theme-

     
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