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A Message from Dave

THE ULTIMATE WARRIOR

People often ask me about my time in the Military and I don't usually have much to say because they have no reference to understand most of what I would have to say. Only those who were there and experienced it could understand. Occasionally I will get gabby and tell a story for fun, but the first thing that always pops into my mind that I tell people is I grew up in the Rangers.

I was one of the original—maybe the 50th 60th or 70th person to volunteer for the 1st Ranger Battalion (Bn) in 1974 at Ft. Benning and went through what was called the Cadre Training—then we moved to Ft. Stewart where we activated.

The 1st Ranger Bn put me on the Warrior path. I became physically, tactically and mentally proficient, a young Warrior. I learned a lot, but if I had to single out something that stood out most was I became physically and mentally tough. We were true Warriors, but as a young Warrior I still had a lot to learn about mental toughness. I moved on into the Special Forces where I learned to become independent and think out of the box. After many years in the Special Forces I came to think what is the secret to becoming the Ultimate Warrior?—and I will attempt to lay it out for you and those that want to take the path to become the Ultimate Warrior.

Secret to Becoming the Ultimate Warrior

We will start with three basic ingredients:

Physically Fit

The candidate must have endurance to outlast his opponent or any extreme situation he may face. This takes self-discipline, and perseverance.He also needs to be able to perform in the worst of conditions, cold, wind, rain, snow, heat, jungle, desert, mountains and arctic. In the Rangers we always wished for Ranger weather. We knew that would give us an advantage with are ability to operate in the worst of conditions, and the enemy would be handicapped. Being physically fit is the easiest to obtain for most of us it usually is a question of mind over matter. We use to joke, "I don't mind and my body doesn't matter." (I changed it to fit my message it was really "they don't mind and we don't matter.) A few years back I went to the 30 year reunion and we old timers observed that the Rangers had finally learned if you take care of your body it will take care of you, and that you should always keep in mind.

2. Technically and Tactically Proficient –

The Ultimate Warrior must be prepared to face adverse situations. A Warrior must possess many skills, communication, individual and team tactics, sniper tactics, shooting, master of his weapons, and how to use them to his advantage, land navigation, how to read terrain and use it to your advantage. He must be flexible. To improvise when confronted with obstacles and adverse situations. He must always think how his enemy is going to react and adapt so he can plan ahead. A Warrior must constantly evaluate himself and his skill to improve. A few tips on this . . . All Warriors have strengths and weaknesses you must practice on your weaknesses to improve. We have this formula in the Military "KISS", keep it simple stupid. It can apply to many things but for honing your skills . . . Do the simple right. Then do the simple better. Then, simply be the best at doing the simple. Training yourself takes time, but you can shorten it by seeking the best schools, instructors and using books and CDs. I will end this with this advice. For a Warrior there are no short cuts to mastery of your skills do it right and do it better.

3.Mentally Proficient

This is by far the most challenging and for most of us the most difficult. The Ultimate Warrior knows that mental toughness is the accumulation of valuable information used at the proper time. Warriors develop a mental toughness arsenal in their minds and instinctively select the correct course of action for the different situations. This enables him to persevere, never surrender and stay determined. How does one develop a mental toughness arsenal?All great Warriors will tell you the mind is man's greatest weapon, so I will try and unlock the mindset of the Ultimate Warrior for you in hopes that you can break these barriers and understand the mind set of the Ultimate Warrior.

First I will attempt to answer the question I posed. The mental toughness arsenal is developed by taking knowledge and applying it to life experiences to evaluate and learn from both our successes and failures. You must mentally practice the things we are going to discuss to build mental muscle to deal with adversity the same way you practice your physical skills to develop muscles to deal with physical adversity. I also want to add that there is no connection between your physical abilities and talents and your character (the person you are). If you cannot deal with adversity you will break down mentally.

The great heavyweight boxing champion Jack Dempsey once said, "Success and failure are the same. The only difference is success gets up and keeps moving."

The Ultimate Warrior affords no luxury to emotion he rules himself. I often think of the movie the "300". Leonitas the Spartan King would be a good example of the Ultimate Warrior he found victory in defeat.

The Ultimate Warrior knows it's not over till i'ts over and he has to keep his head in the game and that is what we will focus on with.

How do you keep your head in the game? These two thoughts immediately come to my mind.

  1. It's not whether you win or lose but how you play the game. If the focus is on winning you'll probably lose. If your focus is on playing the game you'll probably win.
  2. We are often our own worst enemy.

Leonitas understood Military strategy and possessed unmatched battle skills. He used what we call Maneuver to fight the superior forces of the Persians.

"Maneuver is the movement of forces in relation to the enemy to gain positional advantage. Effective Maneuver keeps the enemy off balance and protects the force. It is used to exploit successes, to preserve freedom of action, and to reduce vulnerability. It continually poses new problems for the enemy by rending his actions ineffective leading to defeat" FM 100-5 1993. Note: Today it could be thought of as Dislocation.

We often think of Maneuver as physical movement but Leonidas understood Maneuver completely. He picked a strategic location Thermopylae, a rocky mountain pass in northern Greece translated in English the Hot Gates to make his stand to hold the pass against the invading millions of the mighty Persian Army buying time for the Greeks to rally their forces. Here Leonidas made maybe the greatest Military stand in history. He understood the Art of Maneuver more than most of us in the Military today. He used every advantage he could to gain advantage over the Persian Army and Xerxes their king. He used psychological Maneuvers as well to cause fear and anger costing the Persians dearly and eventually the Persian defeat.

The Opponent is Adversity

Adversity comes in many forms, on the battlefield we call it friction or Murphy's Law natural disasters, fires, floods, etc., financial ruin, theft, mistakes, accidents, lawsuits, vilification, people accusing you of something you didn't do and spreading malicious rumors, loss of a loved one, broken romance, marital problems, depression, personality conflicts, unfair treatment, and so on. Basically all the adverse things that happen to us in life and on the battlefield that we cannot control. We will think of adversity as outside pressures we cannot control, trying to get on the inside to create stress.

The Ultimate Warrior knows adversity is a part of life that keeps on coming and he has no control over it, but he also knows that how he deals with adversity is the key to success and failure in life and situations he must face. The Ultimate Warrior takes personal responsibility for how he reacts to adversity.

Adversity is inevitable and stress is optional


Adversity is what circumstances do to us and stress is what we do to ourselves.

We each have to develop our own system of thinking to deal with adversity, but I will try and give you the necessary mental information to meet adversity.

  1. Emotions – Emotions can be a great source of energy and a great source of wasted energy they can also be a very powerful destructive force. Learning to rule your emotions is a must and using your emotions is dangerous. In my Counter Terrorist Training and SERE Training I found by calculating and triggering emotions I could summon great energy to take advantage of a calculated moment when the enemies guard is down and escape or overpower my captors, but I had to make a quick emotional recovery because emotions are only good for a short term. They can be useful to inspire and motivate people or even to agitate a crowd to instigate a riot which I learned in my Special Forces training, but the key is to be in control of emotion. When you choose to use them it is tricky. I must caution you there is great power in emotion either in controlling your own or manipulating others.  In the movie "The 300" the Spartan King Leonidas understood the power of emotions and used them as a weapon against the Persian King Xerxes by making him angry causing him to send his best warriors in first so he could defeat them when the Spartans were at their best, a foolish mistake. The King of Sparta Leonitas manipulated King Xerxes to think with his emotions. Allowing him to control an adverse situation through thought, giving Leonidas the advantage.

When adversity comes knocking at your door and it always does and for some of us daily we need to practice how to deal with it.

This is how it works; adversity is outside pressures of life we cannot control so we have to develop a defense to keep them from affecting how we think. Most of us will have an emotional reaction to adversity, and if we do not practice keeping it from getting inside it will become stress.

Diendkes said this on emotions:

"Remember what I told you about the house with many rooms. There are rooms we must not enter. Anger. Fear. Any passion which leads the mind toward that ‘possession' which undoes men in war.

"Habit will be your champion. When you train the mind to think one way and one way only, when you refuse to allow it to think in another, that will produce great strength in battle."

"Habit is a mighty ally, my young friend. The habit of fear and anger, or the habit of self-composure and courage."  He rapped the boy warmly upon the shoulder; they both stood.


Diendkes mentoring his young Spartan Warriors From Gates of Fire"The Battle of Thermopylae"


Adversity is inevitable but stress is optional.

When we let adversity convert to stress its like having a hand grenade go off in your head. We immediately focus on the problem instead of the solution. Stress allows our emotions to take control, fear, worry, anxiety, self pity, anger, set in and renders us ineffective, disoriented to reality and in a state of denial. We have all been there. The key to preventing stress is to focus on solutions not the problem.

You need to develop a system or a drill for rapid recovery. What I mean by this is what ever goes on in your mind to forget the past and focus on the solution. In football the best Quarterbacks have a short memory when they make a mistake they immediately refocus on the next play. The key is to practice your rapid recovery drill to refocus.

Here's the Drill:

  1. Focus - refocus your thoughts to solutions and resist focusing on the problem, remember focus and concentration are the key to victory never let your guard down. This can only be accomplished through practice in your everyday lives the more you practice this the easier and quicker it gets. The goal is to shorten the recovery time to a point it becomes automatic, and a way of life. It won't be easy, but as we said it in the Rangers just keep putting one foot in front of the other and you'll get there. Remember if you fail evaluate what happened, learn, and keep trying because adversity keeps coming it will never go away. Don't ever justify, rationalize or dwell on your mistakes.
  2. Relax – Bring your mind back to neutral find a way that works best for you to regain your composure take some deep breaths, claim a Bible promise, or remember some quote that helps your thought process "If at first you don't succeed try, try  again." Don't let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game. Once you have your composure back and you're refocused. Take your best shot again.
  3. Freedom – once you're refocused and relaxed, you are free to move forward and make the most out of a bad situation. This is most important. The Ultimate Warrior is most dangerous when things are at there worst, because he has freed himself to still achieve victory.
  4. Stay oriented – this means to stay oriented to reality you may be in a bad situation and you can't afford to miscalculate your situation with false thoughts or emotion. The Ultimate Warrior knows by letting stress in this will alter reality and his ability to select the correct course of action.
  5. Mastery of negatives and positives. Plan for the worst, hope for the best. People talk about thinking positive and negative. They say if you think negative bad things will happen and if you think positive good things will happen. This is not the thinking of the Ultimate Warrior. The Ultimate Warrior can think of the negative and the positive he knows all negatives are not negative and all positives are not positive. The Ultimate Warrior knows correct thinking is the key to victory. He knows negative thinking is when you let negatives affect your attitude. The key is how you let negatives and positives, influence your thinking. Negative and positives are a reality in anything we do and to stay oriented we must evaluate them and learn from them. If you don't you are setting yourself up for failure. Sometimes a positive is not a positive you just got lucky and to think it will work again can set you up for failure we must learn from both with correct thinking.
  6. Momentum – The Ultimate Warrior understands momentum and how to change or keep it. Momentum can best be seen at sporting events. I like football and you can see the momentum shift back and forth. Some players or teams can't handle mistakes or failure and others can't handle success. Remember the quote from Jack Dempsey "Success and failure are the same. The only difference is success gets up and keeps moving." I have seen many teams lose when they had the lead because they changed their play to protect the lead or lost focus because the pressure was off and I have seen many teams come from behind to win because they kept their head in the game and kept focused to the end. The Ultimate Warrior knows it's not over till its over and most important chance favors the prepared mind. He is focused patiently waiting for any opportunity that presents itself to seize on. This is how the Ultimate Warrior changes momentum to his advantage chance favors the prepared by combining his skills with focus to the end.
  7. Remember – The Ultimate Warrior knows you don't win by trying to win you win with correct thinking combining skill with focus. It's not whether you win or lose, but how you play the game.

"The Spartans say that any Army may win while it still has its legs under it, but the real test comes when all strength is fled and the men must produce victory on will alone."

Most everyone wants success, but few want to do what is necessary to succeed. They search for short cuts and abandon the true pathway to success.

Always evaluate never fall into the trap of justifying or rationalizing your mistakes and failures blaming everyone and everything. Always accept the responsibility to deal with mistakes and failure with correct thinking "no emoting". Be a good sport. One of the most important aspects of winning is learning how to lose correctly. Losing correctly is when you have applied all your skill, knowledge, effort, and stayed focused to the very end.

Most people think to stay positive you must not think of any negatives. Remember recognizing a negative is not negative thinking. Negative thinking is when you allow the negative to affect your mental attitude. A negative mental attitude leads to a distorted view (the negative becomes stress and divorces you from reality) and the correct mental attitude recognizes a negative for what it is and stays oriented to reality.

The Ultimate warrior can think negative thoughts with out becoming discouraged or if he does he uses his rapid recovery drill to bounce back quickly.

The Ultimate Warrior knows negatives, mistakes and failures are not a problem, but a challenge. They treat them as valuable feedback necessary to reach their goals. This is orientation to reality. We will think negative but we have to practice staying oriented to reality.

The Ultimate Warrior loves competition and knows that people that say competition is bad are cowards and do not want to accept responsibility in their lives. There is a socialistic movement in this country that sells it self by attacking competition and taking away incentive. Which appeals to lazy cowards who do not want to accept responsibility for their performance in life. Sorry I couldn't resist.

The Ultimate Warrior understands the conflict between emotion and the mind is ongoing and has learned to recognize the difference between emotion controlling your mind or your mind controlling your emotion.

The refocus or recovery technique you develop for yourself is a powerful weapon. You must learn to use this weapon through practice and repetition until it becomes automatic with you. All of us will fail and we need a way to recover. Always remember emotions have no intelligence and they dwell in the past. and focusing on solutions looks to the future.

For the Ultimate Warrior moving on from failures is a way of thinking and a way of life. Remember all negatives are not negative and all positives are not positive.

Always evaluate on the basis of whether your thinking was right or wrong not on the basis of winning or losing.

Emotion is a great deceiver and is always present to distort thinking if given the opportunity. The Ultimate Warrior knows the choice is his to use it against himself or use it to his advantage against the enemy or opponent. He does this by creating and maintaining an environment that gives his opponents the greatest potential to crack under pressure. The Ultimate Warrior achieves by maximizing his physical and mental skills to the point where his enemies can no longer stay with him.

The Ultimate Warrior never becomes discouraged he leaves that for his opponents. The Ultimate Warrior knows that mistakes in the long run will not determine victory. Victory will be determined by how he chooses to deal with mistakes.

There is a difference between intellectual understanding and application implicational understanding. What I mean by this is you can know a lot and be book smart, but if you can't apply your knowledge in life's situations what good is it? I always say it's not how smart you are but what you do with what you got. Knowledge is nothing without application. If you believe what I have written make it a reality by applying it in your life everyday. Forget failure and move on. You cannot make the correct applications when preoccupied with negatives, mistakes, and failures.

The Ultimate Warrior knows to be victorious he must control how he reacts to adverse conditions to minimize their effects. (Change the momentum).

After many years of practice and experience the Ultimate Warrior will learn to see the big picture, as Leonidas King of Sparta did finding victory in death.

These were King Leonidas last words to what remained of the 300 before their final battle.

King Leonidas said, "Why do we remain in this place? A man would have to be cracked not to ask that question. Is it for glory? If it were for that alone, believe me, brothers, I'd be the first to wheel my ass to the foe and trot like hell over that hill."

Laughter greeted this from the king. He let the swell subside, raising his good arm for silence.

"If we had withdrawn from these Gates today, brothers, no matter what prodigies of valor we had performed up till now, this battle would have been perceived as a defeat. A defeat which would have confirmed for all Greece that which the enemy most wishes her to believe: the futility of resistance to the Persian and his millions. If we had saved our skins today, one by one the separate cities would have caved in behind us, until the whole of Hellas had fallen."

"The men listened soberly, knowing the king's assessment accurately reflected reality.

"But by our deaths here with honor, in the face of these insuperable odds, we transform vanquishment into victory. With our lives we sow courage in the hearts of our allies and the brothers of our armies left behind. They are the ones who will ultimately produce victory, not us. It was never in the stars for us. Our role today is what we all knew it was when we embraced our wives and children and turned our feet upon the march-out: to stand and die. That we have sworn and that we will perform."

The king's belly grumbled, loudly, of hunger; from the front ranks laughter broke the assembly's sober mien and rippled to the rear. Leonidas motioned with a grin to the squires preparing bread, urging them to snap it up.

"Our allied brothers are on the road to home now." The king gestured down the track, the road that ran to southern Greece and safety. "We must cover their withdrawal; otherwise the enemy's cavalry will roll unimpeded through these Gates and ride our comrades down before they've gotten ten miles. If we can hold a few hours more, our brothers will be safe."

 The Gates of Fire by Steven Pressfield


At the same time the battle of the 300 was taking place a sea battle raged on with the Spartans victorious over the Persians. With this defeat Xerxes returned to Persia leaving General Mardonius in command to resume their campaign in the spring. When spring came the united Greeks with the Spartans as Leonidas foresaw routed the Persian Army killing General Mardonius in battle defeating the Persians and freedom and prosperity abounded to the Greeks.


When you can see the big picture and orient to reality as to plan for the future you will join the ranks of the Ultimate Warriors like the Spartan King Leonidas.

Hooah!
Dave Thomas


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Report From Command Sgt Major

The following email is from Command Sergeant Major (CSM) Neil Ciotola, who was the CSM for the 1st Cavalry Division in Iraq. When CSM Gainey was selected to be the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Senior Enlisted Advisor, CSM Ciotola was selected as the III Corps CSM. As you'll note below, he returned to Iraq with III Corps and has shared some thoughts about his last 15 months in Iraq. Welcome home, CSM Ciotola; job well done-well done indeed.

 

Family and Friends,

In less than 23 hours my tenure here in Iraq will come to a close. In less than a day I, and many others, shall board a transport and head to Kuwait and then ultimately back home to all of you.

To be honest it's almost surreal, all we've known for the last 15 months is this place called Iraq. We've experienced so many highs and so many lows. We've endured (regardless of locale) days on end of mortar and rocket fire. Countless days of "Big Voice" wailing "Incoming, Incoming, Incoming". Running for cover, waiting out the impacts, holding one's breath; listening for the sirens or yells of Medic. We've endured the almost constant thunder of IEDs, RPGs, Car and truck bombs, the staccato of small arms fire. If someone had asked me in June or July if there was any hope of turning this thing around I don't know what I'd have told them.

For those that traversed the roads, trails and fields of Iraq there was the constant threat of IEDs, RPGs, suicide bombers, small arms fire, land mines, Houses rigged to explode and all the indigenous people looking for a way to escape the violence, the sectarian murders, the foreign fighters, and the ever present criminal element.

Something happened in June, I (and many others) don't know what it was, cannot quite put our finger on it, but something changed. Good people in Iraq started to stand-up, good people began to join with us. The back of Al Qaida began to break. We achieved a tipping point of sorts, the Iraqi Security forces, long berated for a lack of ability began to take a pre-emptive role in security operations. Good people starting coming forward and telling coalition forces where the bad guys and their tools of war were hidden. We began to roll-up mid and high level AQI and Special Groups leadership, and the more we did, the more the good people of Iraq came forward with even more information.

There are countless thousands of Iraqi's on the streets of the country from Baghdad to points west and north. 24 hours a day, seven days a week the people of Iraq provide us the freedom of maneuver we have been looking for in our effort to hunt down and capture (or kill) those that want nothing but chaos for this country.

Along the way, the manner and method our troops employed in the operating environment evolved as well. Instead of standing for any one particular person and or group we began standing for everyone. We planted ourselves squarely in the middle of those who would do one another harm. We became the arbitrators and the honest brokers. We (the coalition), in the eyes of the Iraqi people, became the "go to guys". In their effort to end the violence and create an environment conducive to rebuilding and pursuing a "normal life", the Iraqi people began a grass roots movement of running the evil out and governing themselves. There is a litany of things, large and small that turned the tide in our favor last summer, far too many for me to elaborate on here. Suffice to say it was all contingent on the efforts of our youth and the quality and character of our leadership.

Our men and women committed themselves to the fight every day. When they lost a comrade they mourned the same, donned their armor and weaponry and marched back out onto the streets and fields. While small when compared to previous conflicts, our losses were, in the end, debilitating. Our sacrifices took their toll on our soul(s); we will never be the same.

In our fifteen months we have lost nearly 900 Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines; we've endured over 10,000 wounded in action. So many sent home for the last time, so many others sent home less than they left. And countless others that will bear the emotional scars of this war for many years to come.

Great progress has been realized over the past year. All attributable to the sacrifice, courage, devotion, persistence and spirit of the American Soldier and Marine. Many of us questioned the resolve, determination and character of our youth. Many of us wondered if we possessed the depth of moral courage to close with evil. Heck, there was a time when I wondered if we could find it in ourselves to simply squeeze the trigger. All those doubts have been addressed, every question answered. I truly pity anyone foolish enough to confront the might of our military and the resolve of our men and women in uniform.

Everything we have accomplished has been made possible by and through the support we've received from all back home. In ways too many to count, you lifted us each day, you sustained us; you encouraged us. You gave us something to set our sights on; the prospect of once again, coming home.

There is so much to say, so many people to thank, so many to give thanks for. To each of you who receives this you have either inspired me, taught me, led me, loved me, sustained me or thankfully made me laugh when I needed it. We, yes all of you included, have achieved a great thing here in Iraq. We shall talk of it for years to come and thank God it appears there will be time enough for it. For now suffice to say, I'm coming home and I owe it all to you.

With great love, respect and admiration,
Neil


Update march 8, 2008

Things had been quite for a few weeks here. We have all but run out of targets to hit. Our firebase has not been hit by mortars or rockets for months. We all speculate at to why. It was cold and the enemy are fair weather fighters, or we returned mortar fire within two minutes, inducing a little fear of retaliation, or conducted so many raids on all the terrorist cells operating in the area that we have forced them into a defensive posture vs. an offensive one. Who knows?

Intel says the insurgents feel it has been too quit in our area and plan on stepping up attacks specifically on our team and two other bases in the region. No sooner did that information get to us, that an attempted car bomb attempt was foiled. The bomber fled, so we know they will still make the attempt.

Three EFP (road side bomb) initiation systems were discovered set up on the some of the major routes used by us and other US forces, and an EFP pre-maturely detonated in a car in one of the areas we have been frequenting to talk to locals and play with the kids.

Yesterday, we drove down to Scania again. It’s a larger firebase, about 850 personnel, where we can get supplies and buy some personal things.

While driving we noticed a vehicle attempting to keep pace with our 3 vehicle convoy, passing three times then stopping and waiting for us to pass again. A few warning shots later he decided it would be in his best interest to go away.

Shortly after arriving at Scania we came under rocket attack. Nobody was killed or injured. A US soldier was killed there a week prior in a rocket attack. We drove home later that evening without incident. After our venture here there are only two insurgent leaders we haven’t been able to catch, and will spend the remainder of our time hunting them, in between targets of opportunity.

Attached are some pics from last week.







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What do you think about Courage?

Right on the spot... I know this is the mind set that everyone needs.

- William [last name withheld]


I whent sky diveing last sunday,I jump at 13,000 feet. It was my first time jumping, the thing that feared me the most was that i dident have any fear at all. I belive the reason for that is because of my strong belief in god. To have fear is healthy,and i must respect it, but because of my strong religous back round i try not to feed my fear with concentrating on fear, i place it at godsfeet & ask for courage to carry on.

Thanks for another great topic, keep them comeing..

Tim out...


Dear Dave,

As I read your article, I was reminded of my younger past. I've been reading LTC RB Thieme Jr.'s booklets. I am glad I read them because they opened my mind and heart about courage, strength, especially about Patriotism.

Now, I am in the full time Christian Ministry as a Missionary Pastor here in the Philippines,those truths still ring in my ears as I face struggles which call for real courage; courage that can only be achieved by having right relationship with God, which will help us to stand on what is THE truth; and to keep on plodding and plugging no matter what the odds before you.

Keep on publishing articles like that of LTC RBT Jr!!! God bless!

- Jaime [last name withheld]


AWESOME!!Keep up the great newsletter.

Semper Fi!

- Grant [last name withheld]


Dear Sir:

Greetings to you! I just received your March 2008 newsletter and was surprised to read the article RE: a joint special ops exercise in Hawaii. I am of Filipino-American descent and I represent a Northern California based Filipino-American World War II infantry unit. My Dad served proudly with these units in the combat campaigns of New Guinea and Leyte, Southern Philippines. I would like to know if a t-shirt or other memorabilia with the logo of the "Joint Special Operations Task Force - Philippines" may soon become available. Please e-mail me to let me know. My inform-ation is listed below. I have purchased from your company in the past and have told many of my veterans friends of your existence. Hope to hear from you soon... take care and God Bless!

"LAGING UNA" - "ALWAYS FIRST"

Respectfully,
Pelagio [last name withheld]

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The Word of Truth - Alive and Powerful

The Word of Truth

Ultimate Warrior

By Rev G.J. Rako
LTC (Ret)
IN USAR

 

Moses said to the people of Israel as they were about to be annihilated by the charging chariots of the Egyptian army;

Exodus 14:13-14 : But Moses said to the people, "Do not fear! Stand fast and watch the deliverance of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today; for the Egyptians whom you have seen today, you will never see them again forever. "The Lord will fight for you while you keep silent."

Nothing has changed, the one who fought for the people of Israel; the one who killed the entire army of the great Pharaoh is the same one who fights for you today. He is the one who goes ahead of you in battle. He always takes the point, and He always prepares the battlefield in your favor. His name is the Lord Jesus Christ, also known as Y’Shua HaMashiach (Jesus the messiah). The ultimate warrior is the Lord Jesus Christ.

There are many military or battle references to the Lord.

1 Samuel 17:45 : Then said David to the Philistine, "Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied."

Isaiah 37:36 : Then the angel of the LORD went forth, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians a hundred and fourscore and five thousand (185,000): and when they arose early in the morning, behold, they were all dead corpses.

Rev 14:14, 19 And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle. And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God. And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs (200 miles).

I know most people think of Jesus Christ as a weak, mild mannered, sweet man who would not hurt a flea. You can read from the scriptures quoted above that nothing could be further from the truth. Consider the flood of Noah’s day. The Lord killed everyone on the face of the earth except Noah and his family.

The Lord at the Second Advent will kill every unbeliever on the earth and only believers will enter the millennium. Yes, He is the ultimate warrior! We are told to be imitators of Christ.

Corinthians 11:1 : Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ.

Ephesians 5:1 : Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children;

1 Thessalonians 1:6 : You also became imitators of us and of the Lord, having received the word in much tribulation with the joy of the Holy Spirit.

By making application of the warrior passages describing the Lord, you too can be an ultimate warrior. You must understand the whole essence of the Lord, knowing all of His characteristics, accomplishments, and motivations. One must be grace oriented, humble, filled with the Holy Spirit, and have a soul saturated with the Word of God. A tall order, but I know you don’t have anything better to do.

In order to benefit from the Word of God you must be a member of God’s family.

Acts 16:31 Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.

John 3:16 God loved the world so much that He gave His only begotten (uniquely born) Son; that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.

Once you have made this most important of all decisions you become a new creature in Christ (2 Cor 5:17). As a new spiritual being you can understand the things of the Spirit.

John 4:24 : God is spirit and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth (Holy Spirit and Bible doctrine).

Eph 4:13 Until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature, which belongs to the fullness of Christ.

To be an ultimate warrior as a Christian, you must grow to spiritual maturity and learn the profession of arms. Having the peace of God, which produces calm under pressure, and humility, which permits you to learn your profession under authority orientation will give you an edge on the battlefield. Living your life in the light of eternity changes your focus from your insignificant problems to the One who has provided solutions to all problems. God has a perfect plan for your life. Learn the Word of God, trust what you learn, believe that what God has promised He is also able to bring to pass. David was oriented to authority and humble when he thanked God for training him in the profession of arms.

Psalms 144:1A Psalm of David. Blessed be the Lord, my rock, Who trains my hands for war, And my fingers for battle;

The ultimate warrior (The Lord) trained the ultimate warrior (King David) how to fight. He will do the same for you if you trust Him and consistently advance in the spiritual life by making the Word of God the priority in your life.

 

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Molon Labe ("Come take them")
Molon Labe - (mo- lone lah-veh)

~ King Leonidas's{ of Sparta ) response when asked to lay down arms.


"A typical vice of American Politics is the avoidance of saying anything real on real issues."

~ President Theodore Roosevelt


"A government big enough to give you everything youwant is a government big enough to take from you everything you have."

~ Preseident Gerald R. Ford


"Arms in the Hands of Citizens maybe used at individual discretion... in private self-defense."

~ President John Adam


"For the world, our country, and the Navy - the North Pole."

~ Commanding Officer, CDR William R. Anderson, announced to the crew: The USS Nautilus crossed the North Pole on August 3, 1958. [Note: State Department officials, led by Condoleezza Rice’s top lawyer, John B. Bellinger III, are telling the press that the U.S. should immediately ratify the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) in order to contest Russia’s claim to the seabed under the North Pole. They seem to have forgotten that the U.S. Navy’s first nuclear submarine, the USS Nautilus and Commander William R. Anderson's comment while passing under the North Pole on August 3, 1958.]


"It is no longer a matter of if, but when, the Arctic Ocean will open to regular marine transportation and exploration of its lucrative natural-resource deposits."

~ SCOTT G. BORGERSON a former Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Coast Guard, is now a International Affairs Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.


This is the symbol included in First Under the North Pole, the book about the USS Nautilus voyage, by Commander William R. Anderson. It depicts the submarine about to plant the American flag at the North Pole. It says, "The first time in history." Before that, however, American explorers had set foot on the pole.


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The redneck said it was his.

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    Magazine change:
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    If You Don't Know What the Heck You Are Doing... Leave It Alone

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    Articles

    The U.S. Supreme Court hears Second Amendment Case

    "Arms in the hands of Citizens maybe used at individual discretion...in private self defense."~ John Adams

    "Govenment is not reason; itis not eloquent; it is not force. Like fire it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master."~ George Washington

    Oral arguments concluded on March 18th 2008 in the United States Supreme Court in the case of District of Columbia v. Heller—a case to determine authoritatively whether the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution provides an individual right to keep and bear arms.

    In yesterday's arguments, the Justices questioned Walter Dellinger for the District, Solicitor General Paul Clement for the Department of Justice, and Alan Gura for the plaintiffs challenging the District's law. Of particular note were questions very early on from Justice Anthony Kennedy, long considered to be the High Court's "swing" (5th) vote. While it is near impossible to judge the outcome of a case or where a particular Justice stands from oral arguments alone, Justice Kennedy's questions seem to indicate that he believes the amendment provides an "individual right." He asked whether settlers on the frontier had a right to have a gun. The posing of this question also indicates that Justice Kennedy read the NSSF( National Shooting Sports Foundation) amicus brief—the only brief to raise this issue.

    Also discussed during yesterday's arguments was whether the D.C.'s ban on handguns and requirement that all long-guns be locked and rendered non-functional amounted to a ban on self-defense, a seemingly rhetorical argument to Chief Justice Roberts who made clear his view that current law resulted in just such a prohibition.

    "The firearms industry looks forward to the Supreme Court putting to rest the specious argument that the Second Amendment is not an individual right," said Lawrence G. Keane, NSSF senior vice president and general counsel. "This intellectually bankrupt and feeble argument has been used by gun control advocates to justify laws and regulations that deny Americans their civil right to own and lawfully use firearms for protection, hunting, sports shooting and other lawful purposes.

    "The firearms and ammunition industry is unique in that our products are the means through which the Second Amendment right is realized," continued Keane. "If there were no firearms and ammunition manufacturers, then the Second Amendment becomes an illusory right."

    A decision by the High Court is expected to be issued by late June.

    Watch oral argument
    Transcript of oral argument
    http://www.supremecourtus.gov/oral_arguments/argument_transcripts/07-290.pdf
    Historic case may decide U.S. gun rights

    "There is really no precedent standing in the way of the court enforcing the original meaning of this provision. That's what makes this a historic case. That's what makes it a case that none of us … have probably witnessed in our lifetime and may never witness again." ~Georgetown University Law Center Professor Randy Barnett


    Remains of 2 US contractors recovered

    By MATT APUZZO, Associated Press Writer

    Authorities have recovered the remains of two U.S. contractors who were kidnapped in Iraq more than a year ago, the FBI said Monday.

    The men were among six Western contractors kidnapped in separate incidents. Their disappearance received new attention earlier this month when the severed fingers of several men were sent to the U.S. military in Iraq.

    The FBI identified the contractors Monday as Ronald Withrow of Roaring Springs, Texas, and John Roy Young of Kansas City, Mo.

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    SEAL To Receive Medal Of Honor For Iraq Heroism

    By Gidget Fuentes, Staff writer

    SAN DIEGO - A California-based SEAL who threw his body on a grenade to save his comrades in Iraq will posthumously receive the Medal of Honor, a Defense Department official has confirmed.

    Master-at-Arms 2nd Class (SEAL) Michael A. Monsoor, of Garden Grove, Calif., was holed up on the roof of a Ramadi house with three other SEALs on Sept. 29, 2006, when an insurgent grenade landed nearby.

    Monsoor, a 25-year old with SEAL Team 3, grabbed the grenade and clutched it to his chest. The blast killed him, but his actions, officials said at the time, saved the men on the rooftop.

    Monsoor will be the second member of the Navy to receive the Medal of Honor since the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan began, and the first sailor to receive it for combat in Iraq.

    Michael Fumento, who's written about Monsoor and combat operations in Ramadi, reported on his Internet blog over the weekend that Monsoor's family would receive the posthumous award on the fallen SEAL's behalf during a White House ceremony April 8.

    A Defense Department official, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed that the award had been approved.

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    Monsoor’s family to get MoH on April 8

    The family of a Navy SEAL who was killed in Iraq when he dove on a grenade to save his shipmates will accept his Medal of Honor at the White House on April 8, the Navy and White House confirmed Monday.

    Master-at-Arms 2nd Class (SEAL) Michael Monsoor was with a four-man sniper team on a rooftop in Ramadi when he smothered the grenade that took his life Sept. 29, 2006. He will be the first member of the Navy to receive the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq and the second since the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan began.

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    U.S. says special forces fight in Basra

    By Peter Graff

    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The United States confirmed on Sunday that U.S. special forces units were operating alongside Iraqi government troops in Basra, where the government is battling militants loyal to Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr.

    A U.S. military statement described a joint raid by Iraqi and U.S. special forces units which killed 22 suspected militants, including "16 criminal fighters" strafed in an air strike on three houses.

    The raid showed U.S. forces are being drawn deeper into the Iraqi-led crackdown, launched on Tuesday by Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki in Basra, Iraq's second-biggest city.

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    U.S. says special forces fight in Basra

    By Peter Graff

    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The United States confirmed on Sunday that U.S. special forces units were operating alongside Iraqi government troops in Basra, where the government is battling militants loyal to Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr.

    A U.S. military statement described a joint raid by Iraqi and U.S. special forces units which killed 22 suspected militants, including "16 criminal fighters" strafed in an air strike on three houses.

    The raid showed U.S. forces are being drawn deeper into the Iraqi-led crackdown, launched on Tuesday by Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki in Basra, Iraq's second-biggest city.

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    Rinspeed’s Zero-Emission sQuba Car

    Thirty years after the movie thriller ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’ hit the silver screen “sQuba” is the first car that can actually ‘fly’ under water.

    “Dive it again, James!” If the situation gets too hot for the secret agent he’ll go underground - or under water. So demonstrated impressively by Roger Moore in ‘The Spy Who Loved Me” in 1977 when he dove below the waves in a sleek vehicle that moments before seemed to be an ordinary car. The only problem: The scene never really took place; it was an animation.

    With the “sQuba,” the world’s first real submersible car, the movie fake now becomes reality for visitors of the Geneva Motor Show (March 6th - 16th, 2008). Rinspeed boss Frank M. Rinderknecht (52) is known for his extraordinary automotive creations. The acknowledged James Bond enthusiast and Swiss automobile visionary kept revisiting this scene in his mind over and over: “For three decades I have tried to imagine how it might be possible to build a car that can fly under water. Now we have made this dream come true.”

    And it is this submerged stabile flight at a depth of 10 meters that sets the “sQuba” apart from military vehicles. While the latter can go under water, they are limited to driving slowly over the submerged ground. Rinderknecht: “It is undoubtedly not an easy task to make a car watertight and pressure resistant enough to be maneuverable under water. The real challenge however was to create a submersible car that moves like a fish in water.”

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    Arctic Meltdown
    The Economic and Security Implications of Global Warming

    Thanks to global warming, the Arctic icecap is rapidly melting, opening up access to massive natural resources and creating shipping shortcuts that could save billions of dollars a year. But there are currently no clear rules governing this economically and strategically vital region. Unless Washington leads the way toward a multilateral diplomatic solution, the Arctic could descend into armed conflict.

    SCOTT G. BORGERSON is International Affairs Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and a former Lieutenant Commander in the U.S.

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    Averting a cold war on ice

    By Scott Borgerson

    ABOARD TRAINING VESSEL ARCTIC TERN, OFF NEWPORT, Rhode Island:

    Russia's flag-planting caper at the North Pole last week captured the world's attention. Harking back to the heady days of colonial imperialism and perhaps the success of Sputnik, a resurgent Russia dispatched from Murmansk a nuclear-powered icebreaker and a research vessel armed with two mini-submarines to stake a symbolic claim to the Arctic Ocean's riches.

    Russia hopes that leaving its flag encased in titanium more than 13,200 feet beneath the frozen surface bolsters its 2001 claim that the Lomonosov Ridge is a geological extension of its continental shelf and thus the 460,000 square miles of resource-rich Arctic waters stretching from the North Pole to Eurasia fall under the Kremlin's jurisdiction.

    "The Arctic is ours and we should manifest our presence," declared Artur Chilingarov, the celebrated polar explorer who led the expedition.

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    Massive reserves at stake in Arctic oil claim
    U.S. company projects 400 billion barrels

    Randy Boswell, Canwest News Service

    A U.S.-based company that has controversially laid claim to nearly all of the Arctic Ocean's undersea oil said Thursday that new geological data suggests a "potentially vast" petroleum resource of 400 billion barrels.

    That figure is backed by a respected Canadian researcher who recently signed on as the firm's chief scientific adviser.

    Las Vegas-based Arctic Oil & Gas has raised eyebrows around the world with its roll-of-the-dice bid to lock up exclusive rights to extract oil and gas from rapidly melting areas of the central Arctic Ocean, currently beyond the territorial control of Canada, Russia and other polar nations.

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    Drug Trade Tyranny on The Border

    Mexican Cartels Maintain Grasp With Weapons, Cash and Savagery

    By Manuel Roig-Franzia

    In silence, they navigated a labyrinth of wood shacks at the crest of a dirt lane in the blighted Tijuana neighborhood, police say. They were looking for Margarito Saldaña, an easygoing 43-year-old district police commander. They found a house full of sleeping people.

    Neighbors quivered at the crack of AK-47 assault rifles blasting inside Saldaña's tiny home. Rafael García, an unemployed laborer who lives nearby, recalled thinking it was "a fireworks show," then sliding under his bed in fear.

    In murdering not only Saldaña, but also his wife, Sandra, and their 12-year-old daughter, Valeria, the Loma Bonita killers violated a rarely broken rule of Mexico's drug cartel underworld: Family should remain free from harm. The slayings capped five harrowing hours during which the assassins methodically hunted down and murdered two other police officers and mistakenly killed a 3-year-old boy and his mother.

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    NEWS RELEASE
    CCRKBA Says Press Purposely Downplays Key Role Of Armed Student In Jerusalem

    For Immediate Release: March 7, 2008

    BELLEVUE, WA – An armed student at Jerusalem’s Mercaz Haray seminary played a crucial role in stopping a gun-wielding terrorist Thursday, but the American press is downplaying his heroism because it proves that armed students can stop campus gunmen, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said today.

    Yitzhak Dadon, 40, was described as “a private citizen who had a gun license and was able to shoot the gunman with his pistol” by reporter Etgar Lefkovitz with the Jerusalem Post. However, many news agencies in the United States are downplaying Dadon’s decisive role in the incident.

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    Forget global warming: Welcome to the new Ice Age

    Lorne Gunter, National Post

    Snow cover over North America and much of Siberia, Mongolia and China is greater than at any time since 1966.

    The U.S. National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) reported that many American cities and towns suffered record cold temperatures in January and early February. According to the NCDC, the average temperature in January "was -0.3 F cooler than the 1901-2000 (20th century) average."

    China is surviving its most brutal winter in a century. Temperatures in the normally balmy south were so low for so long that some middle-sized cities went days and even weeks without electricity because once power lines had toppled it was too cold or too icy to repair them.

    There have been so many snow and ice storms in Ontario and Quebec in the past two months that the real estate market has felt the pinch as home buyers have stayed home rather than venturing out looking for new houses.

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    It has been 6 and 1/2 years, is now a good time to ask a question?

    Although Special Forces was at less than 50% of its previous high strength on 9/11, the Green Beret wearing - US Army Special Forces comprised the only unit in the US arsenal that was fully prepared for Unconventional Warfare (UW) and Counterinsurgency (COIN).

    Why, in the years after 9/11 has the US Congress, the US Army, and USSOCOM consistently ignored growing Special Forces to its previous levels?

    Why, in the same time period, was the US Army and USSOCOM reducing assets available to USAJFKSWC&S (SWC&S), the school that trains and awards the Special Forces Tab and Green Berets - and this at a time when more Special Forces were sorely needed for our nation's war effort?

    The United States taxpayers spent a fortune and 55 years creating a strategic national defense capability known as Special Forces(SF). SF was designed for and built to address UW and COIN. In many of the years prior to 9/11 SF was slowly growing smaller. Who called for and who orchestrated this reduction in a strategic national defense capability?

    Why now when we are in the midst of the 7th year of a worldwide UW and COIN problem (our biggest ever) has Special Forces growth remained stunted?

    Since 9/11, USSOCOM has been growing like a weed. Why has not even one of the four Special Forces Groups deactivated prior to 9/11, been reactivated for our current conflicts?

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    War History

    Good Read and Think About it!

    For those of us who spent time in the military, believe in our military and support the men and women of our military, read on... ~ John Glenn (DEMOCRAT) said this ----- It should make you think a little:

    There were 39 combat related killings in Iraq in January. In the fair city of Detroit there were 35 murders in the month of January. That's just one American city, about as deadly as the entire war-torn country of Iraq.

    When some claim that President Bush shouldn't have started this war, state the following:

    FDR (DEMOCRAT) led us into World War II.

    Germany never attacked us ; Japan did. From 1941-1945, 450,000 lives were lost. an average of 112,500 per year.

    Truman (DEMOCRAT) finished that war and started one in Korea North Korea never attacked us From 1950-1953, 55,000 lives were lost. an average of 18,334 per year.

    John F. Kennedy (DEMOCRAT) started the Vietnam conflict in 1962. Vietnam never attacked us.

    Johnson (DEMOCRAT) turned Vietnam into a quagmire. From 1965-1975, 58,000 lives were lost. an average of 5,800 per year.

    Clinton (DEMOCRAT) went to war in Bosnia without UN or French consent. Bosnia never attacked us.

    He was offered Osama bin Laden's head on a platter three times by Sudan and did nothing. Osama has attacked us on multiple occasions.

    In the years since terrorists attacked us , President Bush has liberated two countries, crushed the Taliban, crippled al-Qaida, put nuclear inspectors in Libya , Iran , and, North Korea without firing a shot, and captured a terrorist who slaughtered 300,000 of his own people. And the Democrats are complaining about how long the war is taking.

    But Wait, There's more!

    It took less time to take Iraq than it took Janet Reno (DEMOCRAT) to take the Branch Davidian compound. That was a 51-day operation..

    We've been looking for evidence for chemical weapons in Iraq for less time than it took Hillary Clinton (DEMOCRAT) to find the Rose Law Firm billing records.


    It took less time for the 3rd Infantry Division and the Marines to destroy the Medina Republican Guard than it took Ted Kennedy to call the police after his Oldsmobile sank at Chappaquiddick.

    It took less time to take Iraq than it took to count the votes in Florida !!!

    Our Commander-In-Chief is doing a GREAT JOB ! The Military morale is high!

    The biased media hopes we are too ignorant to realize the facts

    But Wait

    There's more!

    JOHN GLENN (on the Senate floor)

    Some people still don't understand why military personnel do what they do for a living. This exchange between Senators John Glenn and Senator Howard Metzenbaum is worth reading. Not only is it a pretty impressive impromptu speech, but it's also a good example of one man's explanation of why men and women in the armed services do what they do for a living.

    This IS a typical, though sad, example of what some who have never served think of the military.

    Senator Metzenbaum (speaking to Senator Glenn):

    'How can you run for Senate when you've never held a real job?'

    Senator Glenn (D-Ohio):

    'I served 23 years in the United States Marine Corps. I served through two wars. I flew 149 missions. My plane was hit by anti-aircraft fire on 12 different occasions. I was in the space program. It wasn't my checkbook, Howard; it was my life on the line. It was not a nine-to-five job, where I took time off to take the daily cash receipts to the bank.'

    'I ask you to go with me ... as I went the other day... to a veteran's hospital and look those men .. with their mangled bodies. in the eye, and tell THEM they didn't hold a job!

    You go with me to the Space Program at NASA and go, as I have gone, to the widows and Orphans of Ed White, Gus Grissom and Roger Chaffee... and you look those kids in the eye and tell them that their DAD'S didn't hold a job.

    You go with me on Memorial Day and you stand in Arlington National Cemetery , where I have more friends buried than I'd like to remember, and you watch those waving flags.

    You stand there, and you think about this nation, and you have the gall to tell ME that those people didn't have a job?

    What about Metzenbaum?'

    For those who don't remember During W.W.II, Howard Metzenbaum was an attorney representing the Communist Party in the USA

    Then he became a senator! I don’t think that is a real job!

    If you can read this, thank a teacher.

    If you are reading it in English thank a Veteran.


    A Few Funny Gun Quips

    The purpose of fighting is to win. There is no possible victory in defense. The sword is more important than the shield, and skill is more important than either. The final weapon is the brain. All else is supplemental. As John Steinbeck once said:

     

    • Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.
    • If you find yourself in a fair fight, your tactics suck.
    • I carry a gun cause a cop is too heavy.
    • When seconds count, the cops are just minutes away.
    • A reporter did a human-interest piece on the Texas Rangers. The reporter recognized the Colt Model 1911 the Ranger was carrying and asked him 'Why do you carry a .45?' The Ranger responded, 'Because they don't make a .46.'
    • An armed man will kill an unarmed man with monotonous regularity.
    • The old sheriff was attending an awards dinner when a lady commented on his wearing his sidearm. 'Sheriff, I see you have your pistol. Are you expecting trouble?' 'No Ma'am. If I were expecting trouble, I would have brought my rifle.'
    • Beware the man who only has one gun. HE PROBABLY KNOWS HOW TO USE IT!!!

     

    But wait, there's more! I was once asked by a lady visiting if I had a gun in the house. I said I did. She said 'Well I certainly hope it isn't loaded!' To which I said, Of course it is loaded, can't work without bullets!' She then asked, 'Are you that afraid of some one evil coming into your house?' My reply was, 'No not at all. I am not afraid of the house catching fire either, but I have fire extinguishers around, and they are all loaded too.' To which I'll add, having a gun in the house that isn't loaded is like having a car in the garage without gas in the tank.

    "The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him."
    - G. K. Chesterton

    "Often Tested, Always Faithful, Brothers Forever"

    Always Remember

    STAFF SGT. WILLIAM R. NEIL, JR.
    Killed in action on March 22, 2008
    Operation Enduring Freedom

    Staff Sgt. William R. Neil, Jr., 38, was killed in action when the vehicle he was riding in struck an improvised explosive device on March 22 near Sperwan Ghar, Afghanistan, while serving with Company C, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne).

    He deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2007 as a member of the Combined Joint Special Operation Task Force - Afghanistan. This was his second deployment to Afghanistan in support of the Global War on Terror.

    Neil, a native of Holmdel, N.J., volunteered for military service and enlisted into the Army in Jan. 1998 as a supply specialist. His first duty assignment was with the 4th Ranger Training Battalion at Ft. Benning, Ga., from Sept. 1998 through Oct. 2003. He later attended and graduated from Ranger School before attending the Special Forces Qualification Course. In 2006 he earned the coveted "Green Beret."

    Neil_bio_USASFC.pdf


    Rev. Jacob Daniel DeShazer, 95; Doolittle Raider

    The Rev. Jacob Daniel DeShazer, one of the participants in the historic Doolittle Raid on Japan during World War II, died in his sleep March 15 at his home in Salem, Ore. He was 95.

    After spending 40 months as a prisoner of war after the raid, DeShazer returned to Japan intent on forgiving his former captors and converting them to Christianity. During 30 years as a missionary, he helped start 23 churches in Japan.

    DeShazer was born Nov. 15, 1912, to an Oregon wheat-farming family. He joined the Army Air Corps at 27, two years before Japan bombed Pearl Harbor. A month after the attack, he volunteered for a secret mission. Then a corporal, he was the bombardier aboard the "Bat out of Hell," one of 16 bombers under the command of Lt. Col. James Doolittle that launched a surprise attack on Tokyo and other Japanese targets on April 18, 1942.

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    Robert Haldane, 83; led troops that found Viet Cong tunnels

    Robert Haldane, an Army officer who led the battalion that discovered the infamous Cu Chi tunnels during the Vietnam War, died of cancer March 5 at his home in Alexandria, Va. He was 83.

    Lt. Gen. Haldane was a lieutenant colonel Jan. 7, 1966, when he was in charge of the American infantry contingent of the 8,000-man U.S.-Australian Operation Crimp. His troops came under fire as soon as they landed near a rubber plantation about 25 miles northwest of Saigon and were mystified when the large numbers of enemy soldiers seemed to vanish in relatively open terrain.

    For three days, the battalion combed the area. They found a large trench, cache after cache of rice and salt, a classroom for 100 men, minefields, foxholes and antiaircraft artillery emplacements. The area was clearly home to a regiment-size force, but few Viet Cong were seen. Yet snipers continually harassed the Americans from within their own lines.

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    Lazare Ponticelli, 110; France's last surviving World War I veteran

    Lazare Ponticelli, France's last surviving veteran of World War I, an Italian immigrant who fought in the trenches with the Foreign Legion, died Wednesday at his home in the Paris suburbs, the national veterans' office announced. He was 110.

    Ponticelli, who joined his adopted country's army as a 16-year-old at the outbreak of the war with Germany in 1914, had attended a memorial ceremony as recently as November.

    France planned a national funeral ceremony Monday honoring Ponticelli and all the "poilus," an affectionate term meaning hairy or tough that the French use for their World War I veterans.

    The 1914-1918 conflict, known at the time as the Great War or the "war to end all wars," tore Europe apart and killed millions. Only a few World War I veterans are still living, scattered from Australia to the United States and Europe. Germany's last WWI veteran died New Year's Day.

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    Ramon Barquin, 93; military officer led failed coup against Batista

    Ramon M. Barquin, a Cuban military officer who was imprisoned after leading an unsuccessful coup against Fulgencio Batista in 1956, died of cancer March 3 at his home in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He was 93.

    Barquin was the Cuban military attache to Washington from 1950 until 1956, when Batista summoned him to return to the island nation to lead its army. The island was simmering with opposition to Batista's suspension of its constitution, repression of political dissidents and failure to call elections.

    A popular military leader whose support Batista expected, Barquin quickly launched "the conspiracy of peers" in early April 1956 and led hundreds of army officers in an attempt to overthrow the U.S.-backed dictator. The coup failed almost immediately.

    The leaders were arrested and court-martialed, and Barquin was sentenced to six years in prison on the Isle of Pines.

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    Pearl Cornioley, 93; British agent aided French Resistance

    Pearl Cornioley, who parachuted into France as a secret agent during World War II to help arm and organize the Resistance, has died. She was 93.

    Cornioley was one of Britain's greatest agents operating behind German lines, according to historian Michael R.D. Foot, who has written extensively about British special operations in France.

    Cornioley died Feb. 24 at Blois Hospital in the Loire Valley, according to Caroline Cottard, the secretary at her retirement home in Chateauvieux, southwest of Paris.

    On the assumption that the Nazis would be less likely to suspect a woman, she parachuted into France in September 1943 to work as a courier for an underground unit. She posed as a cosmetics saleswoman to deliver coded messages.

    When the Nazis captured the leader of her unit in May 1944, she took over the cell in the north Indre department of the Loire River valley, about 55 miles southeast of the Normandy beaches.

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