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Grunt Doc is getting the word out that Help is urgently needed for combat Marine veteran, Lance Cpl. Christopher R. LeBleu, a native of Lake Charles, La. He is currently in very critical condition in Loma Linda University Hospital, Calif., for an unexplained complete liver failure.
Please spread the word.
To all of you cynics, hoping for disaster in Iraq
Random Nuclear Strikes reports on the success of Iraq's election.
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.
Curiouser and Curiouser
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 Hate-America Crowd, Part I
The Old Patriot's Pen has a multipart series on America-Haters
Be sure to check in on the next installments
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
FLASH: CHESTER TO BE ON FOX NEW LIVE--THURSDAY 12:45P ET
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!
Something you can do for the elections in Iraq
Smash at Indepundit rips a critic apart.
Nothing like a good ole' spanking to put them in their place.
Hero to Hero
By Afghan standards, Udin had a good life. He had a steady job, an apartment, six children and a wife he adored.
The turning point for Udin, he said, came several years ago when a rocket-propelled grenade apparently fired by a Taliban soldier slammed into his apartment, killing his wife.
Go meet Rambo at 2Slick's Forum
The Latest Email from Across the Big Pond
Iraq War News received this the other day, and wanted to share it:
I'm sorry to read that you've been savaged by some left of centre little twit from the UK. It happens that some people hate you just because you're you. You can't be famous without being hated by somebody - fact of life - like poverty and taxes.
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.
Keeping them Updated
More Members to greet
The Tadil Tales
This Blog need a special introduction, It's not a typical blog.
This Blog is for a group that are making simulation standards for
simulations for all warfighters....as a warfighter, they use
datalinks like Link16/JTIDS/TADIL-J for communications purposes.
Any of the milbloggers that are datalink users might have interest in
how this volunteer project is coming along, and might want to help
with other volunteer efforts for other datalinks. You can also use
the site as a place to talk about what improvements the warfighters
need (to the datalinks, etc) --without a bunch of contractors or brass
in the way. The point is to have a place that's
While there's a core group working on the standards part,
They're trying to get more people to comment on what's going on, get
their voices/concerns/comments. They occasionally (and are trying to
more often) post more "normal" blog kinds of articles that affect all
of us in the C2/C4I world. If you take a look at some of the older
archives, you'll see more notes on the news in the defense world.
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.
Send your thanks to the US Military
What are you waiting for, get going.
How much is a Life Worth?
Froggy Ruminations has some opinions on Senate Majority Leader Frist's promise to increase in the military ?death gratuity
Disgusted by the BBC
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
Winds of War Briefing - 01/24/2005
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.
Going Down Range
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.
Welcome to MilBlogs Ring
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.
An excerpt from his blog:
these are the flags i'm going to fight for. these are the flags i'm going to defend, i will fight so no one can degrade our flags. i will do this, in the name of the United States, in my home state, and for the people living there. my friends. my family. my brothers in arms. they are who i'm going to fight for, so that they may be free.
if this makes me a bad person, or someone you disagree with, then you give me one actual idea, that would work with the way things are going, and with an understanding of human nature. because it's all well and good to be an idealist, but when you can't face the facts of reality, you're in for a harsh ride and endless dissapointment and anger ahead of you.
Be at peace, soldier, your war is over.
Support the troops?
Russ has an essay, you must read. Here are a few excerpts
It?s so easy to say you support the troops, regardless of which side you come down on in the issue of the War in Iraq itself. Yeah, you can send care packages and put yellow ribbon magnets on your car to make you feel all warm and fuzzy that you?re doing your own small part. You can do as I do and use forums such as this one to expound the viewpoint of the folks we send in harm?s way, hoping that someway, somehow, someone who can make a difference may read your rant and actually do that something that makes a difference.
But right now, folks, we have a rare opportunity, a seldom-held power for ordinary citizens, to actually do something for the troops that will bring them more comfort than any supportive letters or boxes of cookies and candy ever possibly could. You see, right now we have the ability to provide them with comfort of mind, to lift a mental and emotional burden that they all carry with them when they enter any theater of combat. We hold in our collective hands the ability to grant them assurance that should the worst befall them, we, their grateful nation, will provide for their loved ones in a manner that will approximate what they would have provided in the normal course of their lives.
So you say you support the troops? Then as soon as you finish reading this, start hammering that keyboard and let your two senators and your congressman know that you expect no less than their full support for early passage of the HEROES Act. To a person, they all swear they support the troops, regardless of party affiliation or individual positions on the war. Let them know, their future electoral efforts will, in your mind, be dependent upon their actions on behalf of those troops and those families who have given that ?last full measure of devotion,? to their nation.
Want a place to start? For a list of sites with congressional contacts, go here:
Get off your butts, America and show you really do support the troops.
But hey that's only a few excerpts, you must read the whole thing
A Letter from the Mad Ghosts
Politics of Forgetting Our Fallen
1LT Neil Prakash, of ARMOR GEDDON fame, was just awarded the
Since he's one of my very best friends, I thought I'd make him more famous
than he already is.
Trying to Grok
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
?Listen and listen carefully. What do you hear?? said the first sergeant leading a series of redeployment briefings inside an old chapel at Dix. Nothing. ?Exactly. There are no mortars. No snipers. No IEDs. Just America, and we will get you home.? This group?s sole job is to take redeploying soldiers in transit and make sure they make it to the civilian airports and their flights on time. After 10 different people spoke about stuff I can?t remember because I was so sleepy, we then slept at this old, run-down church for about four hours and then re-packed all our gear in a different bus and headed toward the Philadelphia airport. We shared the bus with an ate-up unit. They failed to pack their bags in the typical military fashion ? tight with no loose strings ? and we had to help them repack their crap. One army, one team.
I had a nice surprise waiting for me in the crowd. A couple friends drove up from Milwaukee and gave me the biggest hugs I?ve received in a year. They bought my lunch at Panera Bread and dropped me off at Fort McCoy, where I?ll spend the next couple days receiving briefings about how to reenter society and to make sure I don?t have any strange diseases.
I used to hate this place. The barracks were made in WWII and the heat never works. It?s always cold here. And the MPs like giving tickets. But now, as I look at this snow-covered post called Fort McCoy, I realize it?s more like my home than a duty station. After all, home is where the heart is and my heart will always be in America, all 50 states.
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.
Warning rough language
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.
Aiding and Abetting the Enemy: the Media in Iraq
Blackfive has an interesting essay by Lieutenant Colonel Tim Ryan - a Task Force (Battalion +) Commander in Iraq, this guy is not happy. This has been linked quite abit but if you haven't seen it, take your coffee and go , Greyhawk is still under the weather, but don't worry Greyhawk will spring back, just watch out when he does.
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.
So for now I ask, what is it that we can do for you? We want to know. So tell us your stories and we promise to never forget. We promise to share it with America, so that America will never forget. And maybe one day all Americans will understand why you do what you do.
GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS!
An American Soldier
If you are a Veteran, active duty military or a family member of a fallen soldier and would like to contribute a story to the feature documentary film An American Soldier
Visit: an American Soldier (not the blog) or
Email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
To send thank you letters to soldiers via postal mail
Visit: A Million Thanks
An American Soldier is a feature documentary film (currently in pre-production) that will bring the stories of our American soldiers to the nation and the world. The film will aim to capture a compelling viewpoint of the American soldier, the lives they have led during and after war, and how they have paid the ultimate sacrifice to shape American society and world culture.
An American Soldier will not be a political film. The film will be a tribute dedicated to all American soldiers who have fought to preserve our freedoms and liberties here in America. Family members of soldiers who have lost their lives on the front lines will also share their stories.
This undeniably sounds like a must see film, but I hope they hold to their promise that this will not be politically motivated.
I have some nice photos, forwarded from who-knows-where, of a C-130
crash in Iraq. From the camera date in one photo, these are fairly recent,
as recent as Dec. 30th.
Have a look and decide if this is something you'd want to link to.
I have gotten an email from a doc in Iraq who says he took care of
the injured from the crash (and was astounded photos were out), confirming
no deaths but at least one very serious injury.
Thank you for your service.
Hello, I?m a veteran of the US Air Force. And I decided to create an image on my site as a symbol of solidarity with our troops. It would be great if all the veterans did something like this to show they?re real and they support the war effort.
If you could pass the word on my idea , that would be great.
And last but not least:
I thought you might like to know about a new MilBlog. I got an
e-mail from a soldier, thanking me for a letter I wrote to the troops.
He gave me a link to a section of his website where he has pics of he
and his Army buddies in Iraq. After looking at the pictures, I
checked out the parent directory, where I discovered that he was
setting up a blog about his time in Iraq.
There are only two posts there now, but it looks like he just started
the blog today.
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
exemplifies our best and brightest, but unfortunately the last few
paragraphs seem to be a pointlessly tacked-on bit of Rumsfeld bashing.
The bulk of the story is must read, but the transition to
unadulterated lefty spew is jarring, as you'll likely see for yourself
Progress in the 'Stan
Dear Mr & Mrs Greyhawk
Remember Afghanistan? The country which just had its first democratic election and whose reconstruction is making a steady progress?
The media doesn't.
However, here's the last four weeks' worth of good news from Afghanistan:
Welcome to the Blogosphere and to MilBlogs
How to write to the wounded
Marine Corps Moms has suggestion for those who would like to write letters to the wounded.
A Sniper You Should Know
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?
Deserter Deserts Again!?!?
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.
Haider has translated some good news
News that you won't see in the MSM, because it just doesn't fit their agenda.
Here's a few excerpts
?500 Rabbies & Imams attend a Brussels conference together.?
The translation of the article is as follows:
?King Mohamed the VI of Morocco and King Albert the II of Belgium sponsored a Muslim ? Jewish conference for peace in Brussels. The goal of the conference is to get Rabbies and Imams together to rebuild the common historic, ethical and moral ground shared by Judaism and Islam.
?Over 500 Rabbies and Imams from all over the globe are attending this conference which is currently taking place in Brussels. The attendance exceeded the expectation of the organizers. The attendees discussed the history of relations between Islam and Judaism and the problems that brought about the deterioration of the relationship between the two religions. During a candid discussion of the common commitments and prejudices imposed by mutual respect and acknowledgement of one another, the Moroccan king?s consultant ?Azawlai? urged all in attendance to realize the scope of the difficulties & challenges faced by both the Muslim & Jewish communities. He said that in this context we have to bring back to the word of God the philosophical, moral, and spiritual connotation which imprinted and fed since ancient times the progressive and novel humanitarian relationships not the oppressive and radical ones.
?Arab Interior ministers condemn attacks on Iraqi & foreign forces & the way Arab media reports it.?
The translation of the Article is as follows:
?Arab interior ministers condemned the attack on foreign & Iraqi police and security forces and the kidnapping for foreigners in Iraq. The condemnation came at the closing of the 22nd convention of the Arab interior ministers, which started on Wednesday in Tunisia.
"The Iraqi interior minister Falah Hassan Al-Naqeeb asked at the opening of the convention that a statement be issued condemning the attacks on the Iraqi & foreign forces in Iraq. The Interior Ministers then denounced the news agencies that propagate and carry false news to entice terrorism. The ministers are referring to Arabic news, satellite and cable stations that refer to the attacks on Iraqi police, National Guard and Foreign forces in Iraq as resistance instead of terrorism.
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.
Sticking the Taxpayers with a Loan for the UN's HQ?
My Vast Right Wing Conspiracy is supporting a petition to stop this and another one pushing for Kofi Annan?s resignation.
The Modern Military Wife/Spouse
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.
Maj. Michael Cohen, a doctor with the 67th Combat Support Hospital unit, had chronicled the bloody aftermath of the Dec. 21 mess-hall bombing in Mosul that killed 22. That account and 12 months of other postings on his Web log, www.67cshdocs.com, were replaced with a short notice:
"Levels above me have ordered, yes ORDERED, me to shut down this Web site. They cite that the information contained in these pages violates several Army Regulations," Cohen wrote, adding that he disagreed with the ban.
Military blogs have grown numerous since the invasion of Iraq, often providing a closer account of the war than traditional media. But such "milblogs" present a problem for military brass because the diaries are available to anyone with Internet access, including insurgents.
Lt. Col. Steven Boylan, a spokesman for coalition forces in Iraq, said the Pentagon allows blogging so long as authors do not disrupt discipline in their units, make statements on behalf of commanders or the Army as a whole, or reveal operational details that could aid attackers.
"Sometimes a blog might contain subtle nuances from which you can put together a complete picture of our operations, which insurgents can use to attack us," Boylan said. He said he was not aware of any bloggers facing court martial or other serious discipline. He could not confirm the investigation into Cohen's blog, saying it would likely be handled by field commanders in Mosul.
"We definitely don't want to impinge upon somebody's free speech. We're out here defending that. But it can cross a line," Boylan said.
New MilBloggers Recruits
The everyday life of a Military spouseI Love my Soldier
Attention All MilBloggers
We have a mission to do and that is to spread this news far and wide.
Via Email from Stryker Brigade:
Greyhawk & Matt,
This is a message for the entire MilBlogs network, but
I'm still not sure how to do a mass emailing. We've
highlighted the work of Michael Reagan on our site
Michael is a very well known portrait artist and a
Vietnam veteran. He recently decided to retire and
focus exclusively on providing free portraits of
fallen service men and women for their families. He's
done this for a number of our Stryker soldiers. He's
trying to get the word out and I'd like to help him
accomplish that. In his own words via email:
"I'm about to retire early from my job and the reason
for that is the love I've received from all of you.
This hasn't been an easy decision, I've prayed a lot
about what to do but each time the answer is the same,
do the pictures. I need to reach as many parents and
families of those we are losing with my gift."
If you think it's appropriate you could mention this
on your blogs. Otherwise, keep the following link
handy and feel free to send it to the families you
hear about that have lost loved ones.
Thanks and keep up the great work.
Now get on your keybords and spread the news.
Serving a Nation
Hat tip to the guys over at Argghhh!!!
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
Military Blogs Not yet in the Ring worth taking a look