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February 3, 2003
MilBlogs Archive - Jan 05'By Mrs Greyhawk
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Mamamontezz's Mental Rumpus Room introduced us to this fallen soldier. 1st Lt. Nainoa K. Hoe, the popular leader of the 2nd Platoon, C Company, 3rd Battalion of the 21st Infantry Regiment.
Where's all the support? 4mile creek would like to know.
He has an indepth article on the support for Iraq from the arab world or lack there of.
The Old Patriot's Pen has a multipart series on America-Haters
Information you may want to know at the Homeland Security Policy Institute Group Forum Index
Fellow MilBlogger Bill Faith receives an email:
Dear Mr. Faith,
I awoke this morning with a need to compose the letter I've attached below. I don't have a clue as to why, or why now.
Upon completion, I had no idea what to do with it, if anything.
A "Google" search provided your website, my first and only stop. I read "Will You Welcome Us Home Now?".
I don't know any Vietnam Veterans, so I decided to send my letter to you. At least, I'll have thanked one Vietnam Veteran today.
I hope you don't mind my sending you the letter below, since you don't know me at all.
Go read the exchange of emails here
Chester will be interviewed on Fox News Live by anchor David Asman on Thursday, Jan 27th at 12:45p eastern time. He will be discussing Iraq, blogging, and many of the other topics featured here at the Adventures of Chester. Hope you can tune in!
Smash at Indepundit rips a critic apart.
By Afghan standards, Udin had a good life. He had a steady job, an apartment, six children and a wife he adored.
Go meet Rambo at 2Slick's Forum
It gets better, read on
The Final Raid...
Small Town Veteran has an update from Haider. Haider has translated the Arabic newspaper ?Alsharq Alausat?
?First poll conducted by the Iraqi Ministry of Planning shows 72.4% Iraqis will vote.
A pretty impressive poll, go ck it out.
More Members to greet
The Tadil Tales
This Blog is for a group that are making simulation standards for
Any of the milbloggers that are datalink users might have interest in
I think this is the perfect place for them, don't you agree?
My warship had been transformed into a floating hotel for a bunch of trifling do-gooders overnight
As a result of having to host these people, our severely over-tasked SH-60 Seahawk helos, which were carrying tons of food and water every day to the most inaccessible places in and around Banda Aceh, are now used in great part to ferry these ?relief workers? from place to place every day and bring them back to their guest bedrooms on the Lincoln at night. Despite their avowed dedication to helping the victims, these relief workers will not spend the night in-country, and have made us their guardians by default.
What are you waiting for, get going.
Froggy Ruminations has some opinions on Senate Majority Leader Frist's promise to increase in the military ?death gratuity
A MilBlogger in Baghdad, Rich at Beef Always Wins , is alittle disgusted to say the least from a BBC interview with Carrie Gracie questioning the Iraqi author Kanan Makiya, founder of the Iraq Memory Foundation.
I was in disbelief as I heard the BBC broadcast last night. What I heard was a shameless cut and paste job designed to paint the Coalition in a bad light despite whatever Makiya actually said. He was very articulate, and from the small bit I heard, I think his opinion on the current situation in Iraq would have been telling. I'm disappointed and utterly disgusted.
Seems to be a trend.
Go check out the interview and what Rich has to say
The Fourth Rail is in a collaberated effort with Wind of Change and Discarded Lies to give briefing of insights, news and trends from the global War on Terror that leaves you stimulated, informed, and occasionally amused every Monday & Thursday.
The Winds of War Briefing is a roundup of the latest news on the Global War on Terror with a quick summary of each article. If you are interested in the details, progress and setbacks in the global war thisis a must read.
Reverse Retna from the Sandlot is heading down range.
And The Doc in the Box is headed back there as well
Go wish them well.
Great to have you aboard.
MilBlogger killed in Action
Athough he wasn't in the MilBlog ring He was a MilBlogger
SPC Michael Smith was a member of C company, 1st Bat., 503rd Infantry Regiment. He leaves behind his family, friends, and a wife, who he married in Korea last summer before he deployed to Iraq.
Be at peace, soldier, your war is over.
Russ has an essay, you must read. Here are a few excerpts
But hey that's only a few excerpts, you must read the whole thing
Chronicles of a Late Blooming Child Prodigy is reflecting back on a year in Mosul
JibJab has done it again, just in time for the inaugural.
UPDATE: Jib Jab's latest includes a cameo "appearance" by GIs in Iraq, courtesy of Operation Give.
From In Iraq for 365
Thank You for your service
And here's a collection of memeories of his time in Iraq, his last post in Iraq
What makes a MilBlog
A milblog is of course someone blogging, who is military, that's a no brainer, but it is also a mix of young GI's, old Veteran's (or not so old), and spouse's of GI's. All that have something to share, whether it be the experience of the war of today or the wars of the past or what it's like to waiting for a loved one to return. There is experience and wisdom you'll find nowhere else but in these blogs, so when I find a blogger who fits this criteria, I ask them to join the MilBlogs Ring. I can be persistant if I feel someone has wisdom to share or a perspective that needs seen, like with Bunker Mulligan.
RaMrOd's has a welcome to Iraq that's all too real.
It's getting bigger and bigger
We have some additions to the ring we need to introduce.
These are all great reads you must visit.
2Slick is back - almost.
Dear American Soldiers,
As long as red, white, and blue flags still wave, yellow ribbons are still displayed, and Support Our Troops banners still hang, know that we are still thinking about you. We wish for your safe return home so you can be with your families, although you are all our sons and daughters. I consider you family and I understand why you do what you do. I will pray for you. America will pray for you. And when you come home, we will be waiting for you.
A little bit about the documentary
This undeniably sounds like a must see film, but I hope they hold to their promise that this will not be politically motivated.
And last but not least:
Down but not Out
Well I?m battling a virus. Fever, cough, all of it. This doesn't keep me from my primary responsibilities but the grey parts of Greyhawk don't want to make words dance right now. I was going to tell you my plan for Mideast peace and the origins of global warming and reveal the secret recipe for DFAC chili mac, but that will have to wait for another day. Maybe more soon, but for now visit Lex.
Why? Glad you asked. I'll let you in on a secret. Lex is the Lileks of the MilBloggers. Lest you think I'd toss such a statement out there unsupported, I invite you to read his Christmas Post. (No - it's not too late. I meant to link it then, but server issues kept me off line. Besides, it has relevancy beyond Christmas.) Savor it, enjoy, thank me later. Then read his many subsequent musings, and don't miss his greatest hits which he conveniently lists in his sidebar.
Are you still here? Did you miss the virus part? Go before you catch it.
A great look at the individual initiative and can-do attitude that
How to write to the wounded
Marine Corps Moms has suggestion for those who would like to write letters to the wounded.
Seeking Solace was surprised by the number of faded magnetic yellow ribbons attached to vehicles on the road. She wonders wonder if that is where it stops? By slapping a magnetized ribbon on your car does that give you a warm feeling that negates any further support?
SlagelRock tries to sort thru the facts of Marine Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun who was first believed kidnapped by terrorists then appeared to have deserted then again rumored to have been captured then freed and ultimately charged with desertion appears to have deserted again! Go make your conclusions.
News that you won't see in the MSM, because it just doesn't fit their agenda.
You can read these articles in full here.
Hat tip to Bill at Small town Veteran
The Tsunami was the result of an Angry God?
Dead Armadillos is glad his God is a much nicer one.
My Vast Right Wing Conspiracy is supporting a petition to stop this and another one pushing for Kofi Annan?s resignation.
Trying to Grok compares Military wife-ing of the past to that of today.
I've thought of this often myself.
More on Armoring Up!
Combat Docs Down
A Bucks County military doctor serving in Iraq says he was forced to shut down his Internet war diary last week after Army officials decided his gripping accounts of frontline medicine constituted a breach of Army regulations.
The everyday life of a Military spouseI Love my Soldier
We have a mission to do and that is to spread this news far and wide.
Now get on your keybords and spread the news.
This is not approved:
Some of you may not know this, but in two months I'll be a civilian for the first time since I was 17. Yep, I'm getting out of the Army. It's an Unqualified Resignation from Active Duty- no National Guard, no Reserves. A clean break. This is a decision I made a few years ago, so it's not like I've been doing a lot of soul searching or anything like that. I've enjoyed every minute of my time in the service, and the Army's done more for me than I'll ever be able to put into words. I'm just ready to move on and enjoy other things in life. That doesn't mean I'll stop supporting the cause. I'll just be serving in a different way.
2Slick: Unfortunately at this time we must refuse your request. If you wish you can re-submit in triplicate for further consideration prior to additional rejection.
If I can use my combat experience and things I've learned on Active Duty to help debunk fascist mythos or help people understand what's going on over here, then I'm honored to do so. Mostly because I know that it will ultimately help those who chose to answer the call- as well as those who care enough to support them.
Hmmmm... okay, but I'm going to encourage people to go encourage you to keep that blog going!
Journey to War...
American Soldier is about embark on a trip that many MilBloggers have faced or will soon enough.
...And Back again
2slick Will be coming home, hanging up his boots and parking his Black Hawk.
Let's welcome some new members to the MilBlog Ring
Thank My Recruiter is a group MilBlog a definite good read.
Old Patriot's Pen A 26 year veteran speaking from experience.
Don't be Stingy
Posted by Mrs Greyhawk / February 3, 2003 2:57 PM | Permalink
November 26, 2010
I think anyone who's ever pondered the "comment" option - once only available on blogs and bulletin boards, now ubiquitous on almost any web site - will appreciate this:
The so-called faculty of writing is not so much a faculty of writing as it is a faculty of thinking. When a man says, "I have an idea but I can't express it"; that man hasn't an idea but merely a vague feeling. If a man has a feeling of that kind, and will sit down for a half an hour and persistently try to put into writing what he feels, the probabilities are at least 90 percent that he will either be able to record it, or else realize that he has no idea at all. In either case, he will do himself a benefit.
That's wisdom from the past, captured for posterity at the US Naval Institute, shared via the web on the institute's 137th anniversary.
From their about page:
"The Naval Institute has three core activities," among them, History and Preservation:
The Naval Institute also has recently introduced Americans at War, a living history of Americans at war in their own words and from their own experiences. These 90-second vignettes convey powerful stories of inspiration, pride, and patriotism.
Take a look at the collection, and you'll see it's not limited to accounts from those who served on ships at sea, members of the other branches are well-represented.
I'm fortunate to have met USNI's Mary Ripley, she's responsible for the institute's oral history program (and she's the daughter of the late John Ripley, whose story is told here). She also deserves much credit for their blog. ("We're not the Navy nor any government agency. Blog and comment freely.") We met at a milblog conference - Mary knew (and I would come to realize) that milbloggers are the 21st-century version of exactly what the US Naval Institute is all about. Once that light bulb came on in my head, I mentioned a vague idea for a project to her - milblogs as the 21st century oral history that they are.
"Put that in writing," she said (of course - see first paragraph above!) - and here's part of the result.
Shortly after the first tent was pitched by the American military in Iraq a wire was connected to a computer therein, and the internet was available to a generation of Americans at war - many of whom had grown up online. From that point on, at any given moment, somewhere in Iraq a Soldier, Sailor, Airman or Marine was at a keyboard sharing the events of his or her day with the folks back home. While most would simply fire off an email, others took advantage of the (then) relatively new online blogging platforms to post their thoughts and experiences for the entire world to see. The milblog was born - and from that moment to this stories detailing everything from the most mundane aspects of camp life to intense combat action (often described within hours of the event) have been available on the web...
And et cetera - but since you're reading this on a milblog, you probably knew that. And you know that milblogs aren't just blogs written by troops at war, that many friends, family members, and supporters likewise documented their story of America at war online in near-real time, as those stories developed.
The diversity in membership of that group is broad, the one thing we all have in common is the impulse to make sense of the seemingly senseless, and communicate the tale - for each of us that impulse was strong enough to overcome whatever barriers prevent the vast majority of people from doing the same. Everyone at some point has some vague idea they believe should be shared - we were the people who, from some combination of internal and external urging, found and spent those many half hours persistently trying to write it down.
But where will all that be in another 137 years? Or five or ten, for that matter. That's something I've asked myself since at least 2004 - when I wrote this:
Membership in the ghost battalion has grown in the years since, and an ever growing majority of those abandoned-but-still-standing sites are vanishing. Have you checked out Lt Smash's site lately? How about Sgt Hook's? If you're a long-time milblog reader you know the first widely-read milblog from Operation Iraq Freedom and the first widely-read milblog from Afghanistan are both gone from the web. If you're a relative newcomer to this world you may never even have heard of them - or the dozens upon dozens of others who carried forth the standard they set down.
If you have a vague notion that something should be done about that, (a notion I've heard expressed more than once...) then you and I and the good folks at the US Naval Institute are in agreement. Preserving the history documented by the milbloggers is just one of the goals of the milblog project, the once-vague idea that we're now making real.
And it's a big idea, if I say so myself - too big to explain in one simple blog post, so stand by for more. Likewise, it's too big a task to be accomplished by just one person. So if you're a milblogger (and exactly what is a milblogger? is a topic for much further discussion on its own) I'm asking for your help. All I'll really need is just a little bit (maybe just one or two of those half hours...) of your time, and your willingness to tell the tale.
We've already made history, it's time to save it.
(More to follow...)
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