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December 9, 2009
The Extreme (Part one)By Greyhawk
"During the invasion of Iraq, Grisham took down a squad of Iraqis when his counterintelligence detachment got pinned down in an ambush. He earned the Bronze Star with "V" after rushing through the gunfire by himself with just a 9mm pistol and a hand grenade."
So my friend CJ isn't afraid of a fight. And now he's got one. I introduced as much of the story as I could here recently, but as you can see from the above picture there's now more in the Army (and Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps) Times - via the "Off Duty" insert that appears in each.
"At least that's what he assumes was the problem based on the questions investigators with the Army Intelligence and Security Command's inspector general asked him." But there's another story not in the Military Times account.
Last June CJ was talking to White House officials, determined to get an explanation for why President Obama had not made any official statement regarding the murder of Army Private William Long in Little Rock by a Muslim extremist. The president had responded immediately to the murder of an abortion doctor that same weekend, but on the killing of one of his Soldiers, "other than an AP claim to the contrary there's actually no evidence available that the White House (or President Obama himself) has issued a statement regarding the murder of Army Private William Long earlier this month." In fact, "my follow up search [of the White House web page] for "Private Long" yielded only documents related to private long-term health insurance."
Those last quotes are from my coverage of CJ's story from June, as is this:
But the guy who wasn't afraid to fight his way out of an ambush in Iraq wasn't going to balk at politely asking the White House about what appeared to be (at best) a demonstration of very little concern for the murder of a US soldier by an Islamic extremist on US soil. Clearly the White House noticed CJ's efforts, and it should surprise no one that they didn't appreciate them. Then "last summer Grisham got into hot water when someone complained to officials".
You can read CJ's stories on his discussions with the White House here and here, and his post on gun control (from last March) here. CJ's "mistake" was writing about the White House's apparent lack of concern over a soldier gunned down by an Islamic extremist at the time of the release of a Department of Homeland Security report instructing law enforcement officials nationwide to focus on the threat posed by Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who might join right wing extremist groups. The White House needed both stories to go away, but while CJ Grisham isn't an extremist or an Enemy of the State he isn't the go away type, either.
So "last summer Grisham got into hot water when someone complained to officials" and "not long after, Grisham was fired from his job as an intelligence company first sergeant at Redstone and punted to a garrison position." I can only imagine what might have happened had someone done that to Nidal Hasan before he murdered 12 soldiers, one civilian and an unborn child at Ft Hood. (Tragic irony: "...barely had he got to Texas when he started making idle chit-chat praising the jihadist murderer of two soldiers outside a recruitment centre in Little Rock. 'This is what Muslims should do, stand up to the aggressors," Major Hasan told his superior officer, Colonel Terry Lee. 'People should strap bombs on themselves and go into Times Square.'") But I know what CJ did - he took his lumps and moved on.
But he had also been identified as a troublemaker, and more trouble was on the way. Part two here
How to help: see Milblogger and dear friend needs your help at Bouhammer's.
And Mrs G has a great roundup of posts on this topic in the Milblogs section of today's Dawn Patrol.)
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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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