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"The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant."
- Max DePree
"Leadership is doing the right thing... lead people."
- Admiral Grace Hopper
Leadership has become
one of the most misunderstood terms in our country. It has become
unimportant in decision making at most every level right up to choosing
the leaders of our country. Most know good leadership from bad
leadership when they experience the consequences of it both good and bad
but they have no idea how important leadership is and what it is.
Leadership plays a key role at every level in our lives starting in the
home, and to name a few examples: in business, in sports, in the
Military, in our local government and all the way up to the
This month's topic I
chose because management has infiltrated into leadership the same way
political correctness has infiltrated into our lives. When leadership is
replaced by management freedom is sacrificed. People are so confused
between management and leadership that even in most of the books I read
and see the two are blurred together. Leadership in concept is simple
but in application it is difficult and is learned not something one is
born with. I have thought a lot about leadership and management over the
years and I have developed this criterion to help you separate
management from leadership and understand the two. I think you will find
it quite simple.
"Leadership is for people and management is for things."
In other words you
manage things and lead people. If you were stuck on a life raft with
some people the leader would manage the things and lead the people.
Usually he would begin by delegating the management of things for
example rationing the water, the food, arrange for safe keeping for any
medical supplies and what other equipment that may be on hand but when
it comes to the people he must lead them. People are not things to be
managed they are all individuals with certain strengths,
weaknesses and feelings so a leader must recognize all those factors
assigning tasks based on an individual's abilities and situations, he
must encourage, motivate and give confidence or hope to his crew
and pull them into a team for their best chance to survive.
"The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men, the conviction and the will to carry on."
- Walter Lippmann
you are treating people like things or slaves you are managing. That is
the boundary I am establishing to determine the difference between
leadership and management. Many times a leader must be tough but he does
it because he cares about his people where as a manager is only
concerned with rules not what's right or wrong or best in any given
starts with family. In the home parents have the authority over their
children and they must take care to exercise that authority carefully
without abusing it. Authority demands leadership and leadership is what
keeps authority from being abused. Through good leadership on the part
of the parents children should learn respect for authority, self
discipline and responsibility. Children are not things and should not be
managed they should be lead. If the parents fail in this the children
will become society's burden. As a nation we are always one generation
away from failure so each generation must be taught to carry itself not
coddled like so many parents do. They say they want it easy for their
children but the best thing they can do for their children is to teach
them to stand on their own and give them a good example of leadership in
the home. I grew up watching Leave it to Beaver and that would be a
good example of how Leadership and authority works in the home.
There are leaders and there are followers. In any organization, there are those in authority and those under their authority.
should those under authority be looking for? They should be looking for
vision, goals, guidance, and encouragement, setting an example for
motivation, inspiration, instruction, fairness, justice, trust,
confidence, acknowledgement, reward and impersonal love or to put it in
one word Leadership, something that has become rare and confused with
a person who has been placed in many different leadership roles, I
faced many challenges but the biggest challenge of all was not to take
the easy way out and to manage. Management is great for things like
supplies, ammo, water, etc like in my example but not for people. People
were designed to be led not managed. A leader must know his people,
their strengths and weaknesses and mold a winning team around that
knowledge, while still keeping in mind what is best for the individual
as well as the team and the mission.
people are managed they are treated like things and this translates
into tyranny. The motto of management in my day was CYA "cover your ass"
which produced the following results.
- Risk avoidance
- Ass kissers
- People with lesser ability being promoted over people with ability
- Clicks or you have to be a member of the club to get promoted
- Political correctness
- ROE (Rules of Engagement)
- Measured force in fighting wars
- No win policies
- No clear or rational objectives
And so on...
things started back with the decision to fire MacArthur for trying to
win the Korean War which started the destruction of our Warrior Ethos in
our field grade ranks and higher and have perpetually forced good
soldiers to leave the service or become corrupted by the micro
management of the military instead of leadership which is the most
effective weapon on the battlefield. For you few leaders that have risen
above our ugly system maintaining the principals of a true leader I
applaud you and your men are lucky to serve under you.
have been at war for about 10 years straight now and the grunts on the
ground have done a remarkable job checking the enemy with all the cards
stacked against them with no leadership from above. They have no clear
mission I am not sure even the President of the United States knows what
he is trying to achieve other than his priority of being
reelected. His ambiguity in describing what we are to achieve has
positioned himself as a politician instead of a commander in chief. If
the highest ranking officer in the military cannot explain the mission
how could one expect a sergeant or captain to carry it out. In
Afghanistan are we trying to defeat the Taliban? Are we nation building?
Are we trying to create a strong central democratic form of
government? Are we staying there because Pakistan has nuclear
weapons? Are we trying to keep the Taliban from taking back over? Do we
think we can negotiate a solution? Do we think we can buy off the people
with money and favors? And on and on.
Lugar expressed concern that the logic of our strategy seems circular
we do and we do not have to nation build; we do and we do not have to
defeat the Taliban. Joint Chief of Staff Mullen said we are trying to
nation build and Obama said we are not. When he was in command General
McChrystal said we are trying to win over the support of the Pushtun
people and Biden said we are not. Are we withdrawing troops in mid 2011
Biden says yes. Gates says no. Obama says yes, but no, but it depends on
the situation. I could go on and on and on filling a novel with
examples of our nonexistent or incompetent leadership, but I think you
get the point. In order for us to be successful Leadership must have a
vision and inspire everyone to achieve that vision or goal.
Unfortunately we have no leadership or vision only management and
has plagued our soldiers in many ways, but one that really gets my
hackles up is second guessing our soldiers or Monday morning
quarterbacking and ROE (rules of engagement). While in dangerous
engagements with the enemy it is not uncommon while bullets are flying
around, while our soldiers are being wounded, to discuss legalities. Did
you see a weapon? Did you see who is shooting at you? Are there
civilians around? Some of our soldiers think the enemy knows our ROE
better than we do. Soldiers often have to get permission for every move
or request for support, indirect fire, close air support, etc. And
sometimes in life and death situations they are denied by Arm Chair
Warriors and Power Point Rangers sometimes going through four layers or
more in the chain of command to get a critical decision which can take
up to 20 minutes or more at times creating many lost opportunities and
on some occasions our own soldiers lives.
successful missions depended 30% on sound tactical detective work and
70% upon persuading higher ups to permit a fire mission."
should understand that much of the authority today in business is
related to an evil that came to the United States some 60 or 70 years
ago called management from European Countries with no understanding of
the freedom that made America great and it is not a good thing, it has
destroyed leadership in the United States.
made great corporations, and great prosperity that once existed
historically in these United States. Leadership is not the same a
management as I have mentioned more than a few times. The people that
brought it here only had knowledge of the tyrannical and socialistic
ways of Europe. How unfortunate for our country for so many to marvel at
the failure of Europeans' to ignore our own greatness and the role
Leadership and freedom played in its successes. Leadership is a
great thing, management is an evil thing. Many corporations have been
destroyed by management although there are exceptions to the rule, but
this must be understood these are very, very rare exceptions. Management
does not come even close to leadership. Management is prejudiced,
listens to the wrong people and gets involved with those who cater to
them as a result when management replaces leadership then the tragedy
occurs in every part of public life.
In the LAPD, the Cream Rarely Rises to the Top
am now in the twilight of my police career, having been around longer
than only a few dozen of my fellow officers. For reasons I will explain
below, I have not risen far in the organization, and from my vantage
point near the bottom of the chain of command I have watched as some of
my contemporaries and some of those who followed me rose through the
ranks to become captains, commanders, and deputy chiefs. I recall with
some embarrassment the navet I displayed when, as a young cop back in
the early '80s, I assumed - as you may also - that one had to be
possessed of above average intelligence and keen law enforcement skills
to ascend to the lofty levels of the department. It didn't take long
before I was disabused of this notion.
spoke with a colleague not long ago, a man I had worked with in an
earlier assignment and whom I knew to be an outstanding police officer
and a first-rate field supervisor. He had taken the lieutenant's exam,
and I asked him how he had fared when the final list for promotion was
published. "Not well," he said. "I probably won't make it on this list."
When I asked him where he thought he had stumbled in the process, he
just shrugged and said, "I guess I'm not in the Club." By Jack Dunphy April 30, 2011
In the Bible Colossians 3:22 (corrected translation), it says, "Not with eye service as men pleasers."
Here was a phrase invented by the Apostle Paul "men pleasers" it
denotes one who tries to please men at the sacrifice of principle. In
other words it means a person who has authority who is trying to please
people at the sacrifice of principle. This has become acceptable
behavior in our day largely due to apathy and ignorance.
could sum it up in one word 'fawning' attempting to win favor from
influential people by flattery. I like the expression ass kisser which
we used in my day or here are some others; a brown noser or a sycophant
full of flattery, obsequiousness an ambitious person, apple-polisher,
boot licker which are all synonyms. There are some others I dare not
mention. The point is a manager is vulnerable to people who compliment
and flatter him and if he is fooled by this he destroys his leadership
We had a common saying in the Military. "It's True Sh__t (crap) does float to the top"
I mentioned before there are many books on management because schools
offer degrees related to management. (I've read as much as I could
without throwing up) they are a disaster because they cause people with
no ability to be promoted by managers above their peers which destroys
an organization. Today it happens in everything, in the military, in
business, in Government etc. A leader cannot respond to men pleasers
(Ass Kissers) you have to watch out for them because they're ambitious;
often if they cannot succeed in winning you over they'll turn on you
doing things behind your back. In the Army and in civilian life I have
seen people do this keeping notes waiting for an opportunity to stab
someone in the back for their own advancement or to gain favor. My
advice on this is the 3 Eyes:
- 1 Eyes off self
- 2 Eyes off others
- 3 Eyes off things
your eyes on your job doing the best you can. You may or may not get
treated fairly but you will have maintained honor and integrity loyalty
to the truth and any mature warrior should be able to live with that.
But I also say what goes around comes around so don't get down on their
the Warrior the issue is not whether it was good or bad authority the
issue is can you stand up to it? Can you deal with bad authority,
injustice and unfairness and having worked hard and done well having an
ass kisser be promoted over you given privileges you do not have. This
often will occur in life but if you can take it, or not react that is
the trait of a mature warrior.
also often occurs in corporations too because someone comes in as a
manager and they know how to ass kiss and court people and even allege
certain things about others that are not true, all the while they do not
even know their own job. This happens all the time.
would never promote someone above their peers when they were incapable
of handling something that others have handled well. This is one big
difference between management and leadership. There is no place for the
pettiness that comes from management.
is needed today as never before in these United States. Whatever you do
as those who are under unfair, unjust and I will call that "management"
do your job remembering the 3 eyes and do it right and honorably and
then you'll be operating under the principle, of honor and integrity
with Warrior Ethos. One of the winning coaches in College basketball
ball use to say something like It's not whether you win or lose but did
you do your best and if you did be satisfied with that because that's
all you can do.
"If the blind lead the blind, both shall fall in the ditch."
- Jesus Christ
beware don't listen to the wrong people, don't fall for those who say
that's not the way we do things. For he who does wrong shall receive the
consequences or as I like to say "what goes around comes around." Ask
yourself who gets punished more severely? The answer the leaders or men
in higher rank. Some examples are leaders who have authority and use
that authority erroneously. If they try to force under authority
things that are false and no good eventually it will catch up to them
and there will be severe consequences. It is far more difficult to be a
leader then a follower. Leadership is destroyed when the mechanics of
management are replaced by leadership its like leaning on a splinter
instead of a post of solid oak.
give from your own resources and power, be fair and just. Don't ever,
ever promote someone unqualified above those who have been there longer
and are more qualified. When these rules are broken this is the start of
the destruction of one's leadership.
treatment often happens because a leader doesn't like someone. Whoever
gave the leader the privilege of disliking anyone? Leadership has the
privilege of treating everyone with the same fairness. This is a huge
problem and the difference between leadership and management. Leadership
never bases decisions on their feelings never taking things personal or
having likes and dislikes as management does.
you are a leader there are always those who will be out to get you. The
best advice I can give you is forget it and focus on doing your job to
the best of your ability. I've been there and eventually things had a
way of working out for me in time.
"Never give an order that can't be obeyed."
- General Douglas MacArthur
"You cannot be a leader, and ask other people to follow you, unless you know how to follow, too."
- Sam Rayburn
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Long Lost Photos From WWII
Wow...Where have these pics been hiding for the past 65 years?
Squad of Rufe's at Bougainville . These things were very nimble even with the damn pontoons.
Snow on deck. USS Philippine Sea North Pacific 1945
Deck crew climbing up to get the pilot out. He did. That's a fuel tank his foot is on. Empty?
The A6M2-N float plane
version of the Zero did extremely well, suffering only a small
loss in its legendary maneuverability. Top speed was not
affected, however, the aircraft's relatively light armament
was a detriment.
Marines disembark LST at Tinian Island
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German 280mm K5 firing
Spitfire "tipping-off" a V1
If you've never heard of this insane tactic ....
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200yds, which was marginal for survival. Many planes were
damaged and quite a few pilots killed. Basically at such high
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the high risk of being blown up some of the best pilots started
tipping the V1's wing, because of damage to wing tips they
later developed a tactic of disrupting the aitflow by placing
their wing very close to the V1's wing, causing it to
every pilot did this. At night this was not possible, the flame
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pilots flew past closely in front of the V1, again causing it to
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Ju 88 loading a torpedo. This is one HUGE bomber ... and it's on freaking pontoons!!!!
German "KARL" motars. Sebastopol
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U.S. munitions ship goes up during the invasion of Sicily .
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Loss of Freedom
By Rev G.J. Rako
The Prepared Believer
the prepared believer. Your preparation as a Christian soldier
requires very little from you. God is the one who accomplishes the
work of your preparation.
As with Salvation, God does the work and we derive the benefit.
Eph 2:8 For
by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves,
it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one
Romans 3:20 because by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified in His sight; for through the Law comes the knowledge of sin.
Romans 3:28 For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from works of the Law.
Galatians 2:16 nevertheless
knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the Law but through
faith in Christ Jesus, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, so that
we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the Law;
since by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified.
Titus 3:5 He
saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in
righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of
regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit,
God is perfect, His plan
is perfect, and His perfect plan includes you. God is
immutable. He is consistent in everything, absolute and
unchanging. No merit in salvation means no merit in the Christian
way of life.
The only way we can be prepared is to fulfill the command, to grow in grace and attain spiritual maturity.
2 Peter 3:18 but
grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus
Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity.
Romans 12:2 And
do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing
of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which
is good and acceptable and perfect.
1 Cor 14: 20 ... but in your thinking be mature.
Eph 4:13-14 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. As a result, we are no longer
to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by
every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in
I know we all wish to
accomplish great things for God, but in God's plan He does the
work. He does the "great things" and He gets the credit.
Most Christians today are the ones accomplishing the work and sadly,
they are taking the credit. This type of thinking is not part of
the Christian way of life. It is not part of the unique spiritual
life of the church age.
Too many Christians
believe that they must "do" great things for God in order to prove their
salvation. Salvation was accomplished once and for all at the
Romans 6:10 For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God.
1 Peter 3:18 For
Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so
that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh,
but made alive in the spirit
Hebrews 7:27 who
does not need daily, like those high priests, to offer up sacrifices,
first for His own sins and then for the sins of the people, because this
He did onceforall when He offered up Himself.
Hebrews 9:12 and
not through the blood of goats and calves, but through His own blood,
He entered the holy place onceforall, having obtained eternal
There is absolutely
nothing you can do for God. God is everything, you are
nothing. If you think God needs your help then, He is not The
God. Go find some religion to join so you can help the false god
The greatest reward you
will receive in this life is being used by God. And, yes, God uses
the prepared believer. In order to be prepared you must love
God. You must fulfill the greatest command.
Deuteronomy 6:5 "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.
MT 22:34-40 But
when the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they
gathered themselves together. One of them, a lawyer, asked Him a
question, testing Him, "Teacher, which is the great commandment in the
Law?" And He said to him, " 'You shall love the Lord your God with
all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.' "
This is the great and foremost commandment. "The second is like
it, 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' " On these two
commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets."
MK 12:28-34 One
of the scribes came and heard them arguing, and recognizing that He had
answered them well, asked Him, "What commandment is the foremost of
all?" Jesus answered, "The foremost is, 'Hear, O Israel! The Lord
our God is one Lord; and you shall love the Lord your God with all your
heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your
strength.' "The second is this, 'You shall love your neighbor as
yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these."
The scribe said to Him, "Right, Teacher; You have truly stated
that He is One, and there is no one else besides Him; and to love Him
with all the heart and with all the understanding and with all the
strength, and to love one's neighbor as himself, is much more than all
burnt offerings and sacrifices." When Jesus saw that he had
answered intelligently, He said to him, "You are not far from the
kingdom of God." After that, no one would venture to ask Him any
You cannot love someone
that you do not know. In order to love God you must first know
Him. The only way you can know God is through the scripture.
God is only revealed in the Bible. Therefore, you must
consistently avail yourself to the accurate teaching of the Word of
God. This is spiritual growth. This is how you fulfill, 2
Peter 3:18, Rom. 12:2, 1Cor. 14:20, and Eph. 4:13-14.
Just as there are no
human works in salvation, there are no human works in the Christian way
of life. There are no human works in God's plan except the works
that God accomplishes through the prepared believer. The works
that God accomplishes through you are known as divine good. The
works you accomplish in the power of the flesh are human good. All
of these human good works will be burned as worthless at the evaluation
seat of Christ.
1Cor 3:10-15 According
to the grace of God which was given to me, like a wise master builder I
laid a foundation, and another is building on it. But each man
must be careful how he builds on it. For no man can lay a
foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
Now if any man builds on the foundation with gold, silver,
precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each man's work will become
evident; for the day will show it because it is to be revealed with
fire, and the fire itself will test the quality of each man's work.
If any man's work which he has built on it remains, he will
receive a reward. If any man's work is burned up, he will suffer
loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.
Notice your works (human
good) will be burned up, but you will not lose your salvation.
You will lose rewards in eternity. However, if you accomplished
divine good, your works will remain and you will receive a reward.
The believer in eternity, with rewards, is the prepared (spiritually
mature) believer on earth.
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AMBUSH ON PATROL
Ambush tactics are
nothing new to law enforcement. One of the more notable "bait and
ambush" attacks against law enforcement is the 1997 bombing of a familiy planning clinic in Atlanta Georgia.
Rudolph set off two bombs in the space of an hour at the Northside
Family planning clinic. The first explosion ripped out part of a
wall and the second injured six people who had gone to the scene,
including federal agents and a television cameraman.
first blast, came at around 0930 which damaged the building and an hour
later another device exploded from inside a trash dumpster in the
parking lot wounding an ATF agent, who had been sent to investigate the
Preventing and/or do to protect against such an attack:
A heightened state of
"situational awareness" is helpful whether you're responding to patrol
runs or simply speaking to a citizen. A heightened state of situational
awareness can greatly maximize your chances for survival anytime you're
in uniform. Situational awareness alone won't stop active aggression
such as an ambush however, it will allow for a proper reaction to an
attack and it may save your life.
If your ambushed a
natural instinct is to take cover, that however, is most likely what
your attacker is counting on and planned for as you take a defensive
Sometimes you must go
opposite of your instincts and meet the danger head on. Law
enforcement may need to learn what I learned on military patrols twenty
years ago, "anticipate where contact with the enemy is probable,
recognize ambush points and overwhelm your enemy with a counter attack".
We do this every day:
Situational awareness is
something that veteran cops key on every time they sit in a public
restaurant on duty or off duty. They always position themselves so they
have a full view of all that is occurring within the building, so they
have the tactical advantage if an encounter occurs.
This mind set is normal
to a good cop and he may not realize that he is doing it but a great cop
knows and he uses his situational awareness to recognize and plan for
all encounters and ambushes on the streets.
Large Cell Terrorist Attacks:
given moment an attack such as the Pakistan bombing could occurr in the
United States. The pre planning of this event was signficant and
succesfull. Their ambush tactics provided them the tactical advantage
and they gained ground quickly. Once you lose that ground gaining it
back in an urban environment doen't come easy. The best prevention of
allowing your adversary to get a foothold is thwarting the attack during
the ambush phase. That's the critical point where the mission fails or
Domestic Terror Attacks:
A domestic attack was thwarted twelve months ago here in Michigan. The Hutaree militia planned
to kill a local law enforcement officer and then attack the law
enforcement officers who gathered for the funeral. Nine members of
Hutaree had been indicted by a federal grand jury in Detroit on
attempted use of weapons of mass destruction, teaching the use of
explosive materials, and possessing a firearm during a crime of
violence. The indictment said that the Hutaree planned to attack and
ambush law enforcement vehicles during the funeral procession using
improvised explosive devices.
Taliban and Al-Queda Police Ambushes:
danger comes from the possiblity of attacks from international
terrorists. The Taliban and Al-Queda has conducted devastating attacks
on police posts in Afghanistan and Iraq. The Taliban tended to be far
more aggressivewhen attacking Afghan positions. The Taliban repeatedly over-ran remote police posts, held them for a short time, andthen fled before reinforcements arrived. In Farah province in October 2007, insurgentsover ran three police posts simultaneously. They killed a number of police and districtofficials, burned down the buildings and then fled.
type of attack would be devasting if it occurred in American police
departments. We all remember how one lone gunman entered a Detroit
Police Precinct and created havoc this past year. Imagine the difficulty
of nuetralizing a squad of armed terrorists that assault your police
department or local mall.
OBL has been captured and killed we must not let our guard down, if
anything we must be more vigilent and prepared for such attacks.
Sgt. French also is the president of the Detroit Special Operations Group tactical training company and founder of the Detroit SWAT Challenge. Glenn is a columnist with www.PoliceOne.com, and his column is the"SWAT Operator".
has instructed Basic and Advanced SWAT / Tactical officer courses,
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Operations and Active Shooter Response courses and others. Sgt French
served in the U.S. Army and is a veteran of the Gulf war "Operation
Desert Storm." During his military tenure Sgt French gained valuable
experience in C.Q.B., infantry tactics and explosive breaching
operations and he served as a Platoon sergeant and a squad leader.
True Peace and Happiness Comes from
Thought Not Your Environment
The Greeks were the first people to relate the reality of their
circumstances to their vocabulary and to their thought. This was
important because we think with words. This means the larger the
vocabulary, the greater the capacity for thought. From this we learn
that all reality in life is not related to circumstances but is related
to vocabulary. Therefore, reality in life is not the happiness you enjoy
or the misery you have. Happiness is in thought.
You are only as Happy as you decide to be.
|Special Forces History|
Special Forces History
with Charles Woodson
Forces has a very rich history. Our origins go all the way back
to WWII and the Office of Strategic Services (OSS). There are
even roots to Special Ops history that go back to people and events
back before the American Revolution and even times before that.
June 1952, Special Forces was born from the vision and tireless work
of Colonel Aaron Bank and Colonel Russell Volckmann. Both men
served during WWII in the OSS, Colonel Bank serving in the European
theater and Colonel Volckmann served in the Pacific.
Volckmann was a West Point graduate, and after the fall of Bataan in
1942, he retreated into the hills and organized a resistance force
among the local indigenous, llocanos. He trained and
commanded his force in the western and northern coasts of Luzon,
launching attacks against the Japanese. During the U.S. invasion
of the Philippines in January 1945, Volckmann's guerrillas attacked the
retreating Japanese forces far behind the lines, capturing bases and
air fields, thereby allowing the American advance to proceed at a
Bank served in the U.S. Army as a Captain in the Office of Strategic
Services (which would be disbanded by Harry Truman in 1946 but in less
than a year provide much of the cadre and expertise for the new CIA).
The OSS conducted both espionage operations (SI Branch) and "special
operations": sabotage and guerrilla warfare (SO Branch). Bank was
assigned to SO Branch, and led one of the OSS's operations, Operation
Jedburgh, into France.
In that operation, Bank and two
Frenchmen, an officer and a radio operator, parachuted into southern
France in July 1944, and linked up with French guerillas of the Gaullist
FFI. They liberated a number of towns, despite tense relations with
the Communist Francs Tireurs et Partisans. In September, Bank left,
mission accomplished, and reported back in to London.
1944 and early 1945, Bank led "Operation Iron Cross", which evolved
into a plan to capture or kill Adolf Hitler. The original plan was for a
company of men disguised as German soldiers to jump in near Innsbruck
in present-day Austria. There they would conduct sabotage and induce
German soldiers to desert. The leaders of the unit were OSS men: Bank, a
lieutenant, and two sergeants. The rank and file were prisoners of war
from Nazi Germany who volunteered to fight against the Nazis. Many of
them were Communists; in the end, Bank had weeded out 75 of his
original 175 volunteers. They were paid sixty cents an hour, and a
promise of a death benefit if they were killed.
Bank could not
pass as a German, so his cover called him "Henri Marchand," a French
Nazi from Martinique. The hope was that any Gestapo men asking
questions wouldn't recognize a Martinique accent.
William Donovan, head of the OSS, was briefed on the progress of Iron
Cross, he changed the mission. Hitler had been threatening that the
Nazi leaders and armies would withdraw into the National Redoubt -- the
mountainous area on today's German-Austrian border. This was exactly
the target of Iron Cross, and Donovan ordered a new mission: "Tell Bank
to get Hitler." The men of Iron Cross began training in raid and
snatch techniques -- their goal was to capture Hitler alive and deliver
him to a war crimes tribunal.
Iron Cross was canceled almost on
the eve of execution: intelligence showed that the National Redoubt was
a figment of Hitler's imagination, that Hitler was not in the target
area, and that Nazi resistance was collapsing across Europe. A
disappointed Bank had to thank his men for trying -- and send them back
to their POW cages. Bank thought that one problem with Iron Cross was
State Department aversion to setting so many armed Communists loose in
an area destined for Allied occupation.
From Europe, Bank
traveled to China, where he trained for an abortive mission into
Indochina, and later, in September 1945, did parachute into Laos with a
combined SI/SO team. During these postwar mopping-up operations, he
met Ho Chi Minh, for whom he always retained great respect. The name,
Special Forces, originated from the OSS, operational teams in the field
from 1944 period of time.
Colonel Bank and Colonel Volckmann,
teamed up and worked tirelessly to convince the Army to adopt its own
unconventional guerrilla-style force. They had an ally in Brigadier
General Robert McClure, who headed the Army's psychological warfare
staff in the Pentagon. Bank and Volckmann convinced the Army chiefs
that there were areas in the world not susceptible to conventional
warfare - Soviet-dominated Eastern Europe especially - but that would
make ideal targets for unconventional harassment and guerrilla
fighting. Special operations as envisioned by the two men, and by Bank
in particular, were a force multiplier: a small number of soldiers who
could sow a disproportionately large amount of trouble for the enemy.
Confusion would reign among enemy ranks and objectives would be
accomplished with an extreme economy of manpower. It was a bold idea,
one that went against the grain of traditional concepts, but by 1952
the Army was finally ready to embark on a new era of unconventional
Bank established the new organization's headquarters
at Fort Bragg, recruiting former OSS officers, airborne and ranger
troops, and seasoned war veterans.
The Army allocated 2,300
personnel slots for the unit and assigned it to Fort Bragg, North
Carolina. In the spring of 1952, Bank went to Fort Bragg to choose a
suitable location for a Psychological Warfare/Special Forces center. He
chose a remote area of the post known as Smoke Bomb Hill, not knowing
that within ten years it would become one of the busiest places in the
He then went about assembling a cadre of officers and NCOs
who would serve as the hard-core foundation of the new unit, and who
would act as a training staff to perpetuate and flesh out the fledgling
organization. Bank didn't want raw recruits. He wanted the best troops
in the Army, and he got them: former OSS officers, airborne troops,
ex-Ranger troops and combat veterans of World War II and Korea. They
were an unusual lot, a motivated bunch, men who were looking for new
challenges to conquer - the more arduous the better. Virtually all
spoke at least two languages, had at least a sergeant's rank, and were
trained in infantry and parachute skills. Most were familiar with the
customs of their target countries. They were all volunteers willing to
work behind enemy lines, in civilian clothes if necessary.
last item was no small matter. If caught operating in civilian
clothes, a soldier was no longer protected by the Geneva Convention and
would more than likely be shot on sight if captured. But these first
volunteers didn't worry about the risks: they were long accustomed to
living with anger. Many of them had come from Eastern Europe where they
had fled the tyranny of communist rule at the end of World War II.
months of intense preparation, Bank's unit was finally activated June
19, 1952, at Fort Bragg. It was designated the 10th Special Forces
Group, with Bank as commander. On the day of activation, the total
strength of the group was ten soldiers - Bank, one warrant officer, and
eight enlisted men. That was soon to change.
the first volunteers reported to the 10th Group by the hundreds as they
completed the initial phase of their Special Forces training. As soon
as the 10th Group became large enough, Bank began training his troops
in the most advanced techniques of unconventional warfare. As defined
by the Army, the main mission of Bank's unit was "to infiltrate by
land, sea or air, deep into enemy-occupied territory and organize the
resistance/guerrilla potential to conduct Special Forces operations,
with emphasis on guerrilla warfare." But there were secondary missions
They included deep-penetration raids, intelligence
missions and counterinsurgency operations. It was a tall order, one
which demanded a commitment to professionalism and excellence perhaps
unparalleled in American military history. But Bank's men were up to
They had been through tough training before; their
airborne and Ranger tabs were proof of that. But working for Special
Forces was not going to be simply a rehash of Ranger techniques. If the
volunteers didn't appreciate the difference between Rangers and
Special Forces when they first signed up, they did when they went
through Bank's training. As Bank put it, "Our training included many
more complex subjects and was geared to entirely different, more
difficult, comprehensive missions and complex operations."
Rangers of World War II and Korea had been designed as light-infantry
shock troops; their mission was to hit hard, hit fast, then get out so
larger and more heavily armed units could follow through, much the same
as the modern Ranger force. Special Forces, however, were designed to
spend months, even years, deep within hostile territory. They would
have to be self-sustaining. They would have to speak the language of
their target area. They would have to know how to survive on their own
without extensive resupply from the outside.
After less than a
year and a half together as a full Special Forces group, Bank's men
proved to the Army's satisfaction that they had mastered the skills of
their new trade. So on November 11, 1953, in the aftermath of an
aborted uprising in East Germany, half of the 10th Special Forces Group
was permanently deployed to Bad Tolz, West Germany. The other half
remained at Fort Bragg, where they were re-designated as the 77th
Special Forces Group.
In the past I have worked with historians
of the United States Special Operations Command, (USSOCOM), the United
States Army Special Operations Command, (USASOC), the Special Warfare
Center and School (SWCS) at Fort Bragg, and the Special Operations
Command Pacific (SOCPAC). I am a documentary film producer, and
have spent much of my time producing military history documentaries for
the DOD and the private sector. I have been fortunate
enough to interview many of our most significant historical figures
from WWII, Korea, Vietnam and more recent periods of our history.
am currently interviewing many of our Special Forces and Special
Operations members of the Special Operations Association (SOA), who are
comprised of service members from the Army, Navy, Marines and Air
Force, as well as members from some of our Ally countries.
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independent production company, dedicated to creating a
platform that brings great stories, targeting the youth, to the
marketplace utilizing the internet.
of Chucks projects, The Green Berets, currently in production,
is being slated for a documentary series, graphic novel series, and
dramatic I.P.T.V. series. Chuck has started interviewing Active Duty
members, and is looking for more great real life stories from current
day U.S. Army Special Forces operations to include in his series.
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Prepared to Share
When planning your
survival or home preparedness strategies you must take into account the
need to share your resources with others. Many of us become focused on
immediate family survival in the face of a crisis, those primarily
within our own household; and for good reason because planning a
long-term strategy for 4-6 people can be a daunting task to those with
little to no expendable income.
However, in the face of
an extended rebuilding campaign within your region due to natural or
man-made disasters we must prepare to share our gear with those less
fortunate and yes, even the zombie that didn't prepare when you told
them to. Not only will sharing be a good way to develop your survival
network post SHTF, but it will also gain you access to the barter system
without sacrificing your primary gear. So, for this article we'll focus
on a secondary preparedness program designed specifically for sharing
Typical items we've all
been given on holidays or birthdays are those knick-knack items from
friends and relatives. Things that they know we like such as knives,
sleeping bags, camp chairs, etc. but are generally cheap trinkets of
poor quality given to us out of their need to give us a gift on that
special occasion so they don't feel guilty. Instead of tossing such
items or selling them in the annual yard sale, start amassing them; buy
them up when you see them on sale. Things like flashlights for $1 or
those cheap pocket knives or even flea market knives you get good deals
on, toss them in a 5 gallon bucket or some other storage container
marked as a barter bin.
Same goes for cheap
sleeping bags, boots, tents, etc. I have picked up several decent
backpacks at the local Goodwill for $2-$3 each. I've gone as far
as to fill them with some knives, matches, aluminum canteens and other
essentials just to give someone in need or possibly barter with someone
down the line. Keep those tarps too small to be useful now, plastic drum
liners, cheap machete's, cheap or broken firearms and other odds and
ends. Yes, I realize this could turn you into a pack-rat junk czar, but
stay on point and have an idea of what the gear is good for and don't go
overboard. Having a few full sets of gear available such as a pack
filled with a cheaper alternative version of your good stuff will
not only be a good barter item but an excellent back up for your cousin
that unexpectedly pops in and plans to hunker down with you.
For example, I may have
a Kelty Mountaineer style pack with a 4 season tent, ranger compass,
extra boots, clothes and a SOG Knife, a few Fire Steels and storm-proof
matches in my pack along with ammo and other things I can squeeze in. In
my barter pack I'll have a Walmart "Outdoors" backpack with some dollar
tree flash lights, strike anywhere matches and maybe one of those
magnesium blocks from the flea market grandma gave me. I'll also throw
in there a 6x6 tarp that I planned on covering my grill with and an
M-Tech knife I was given as a gift. I also have some shirts and boots in
there I found in the back of the closet along with some cans of food. I
hope you see where I'm going with this...
Why store in backpacks?
Because I don't want people hanging around for too long! I didn't plan
on feeding too many extra bellies in my preparedness plans and by giving
someone a pack filled with some essentials you're subconsciously
preparing them to move on...
Food items that you
would typically not store up can often be found very cheaply at flea
markets and discount grocers and sometimes even donated to you for your
"outreach" project (hint, hint) from local food banks like Dare to Care,
etc. Ramen noodles, canned beans, fruits and meats will all be valuable
commodities to everyone at some point. But, if you have been prepping
beforehand as you should have been, these extra items will hold high
value to your friends and neighbors that failed to follow your example.
Who knows you just might be able to save a life.
About the Author:
Jason Hunt is the Chief Instructor of Hunt Survival, Inc. a company
that trains people in spiritual, physical and practical survival
concepts. Visit them online at www.huntsurvival.com
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The Herdsman and the Lost Bull
A herdsman tending his
flock in a forest lost a Bull-calf from the fold. After a long and
fruitless search, he made a vow that, if he could only discover the
thief who had stolen the Calf, he would offer a lamb in sacrifice to
Hermes, Pan, and the Guardian Deities of the forest. Not long
afterwards, as he ascended a small hillock, he saw at its foot a Lion
feeding on the Calf. Terrified at the sight, he lifted his eyes and
his hands to heaven, and said: "Just now I vowed to offer a lamb to
the Guardian Deities of the forest if I could only find out who had
robbed me; but now that I have discovered the thief, I would willingly
add a full-grown Bull to the Calf I have lost, if I may only secure my
own escape from him in safety."
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| The Thinking of our Earliest Educators and Founders
establishment of most private and public academic institutions for the
young was, first and foremost, for the purpose of reading the Bible.
Indeed, most Christian denominations established schools, colleges and
universities to train clergy. The nation's oldest academic
institution, Harvard University, was established in 1636 and named for
Puritan minister John Harvard. A 1643 college brochure identified
Harvard's purpose: "To advance Learning and perpetuate it to Posterity;
dreading to leave an illiterate Ministry to the Churches." Harvard
alumnus John Adams (class of 1755) wrote in 1776, "It is the duty of all
men in society, publicly, and at stated seasons, to worship the SUPREME
BEING, the great Creator and Preserver of the universe." In his
Dissertation on Canon and Feudal Law, Adams wrote, "Liberty cannot be
preserved without a general knowledge among the people, who have a
right, from the frame of their nature, to knowledge, as their great
creator, who does nothing in vain, has given them understandings, and a
desire to know; but besides this, they have a right, an indisputable,
unalienable, indefeasible, divine right to that most dreaded and envied
kind of knowledge; I mean, of the characters and conduct of their
the nation's third oldest academic institution, was established in
1701 by royal charter "wherein Youth may be instructed in the Arts and
Sciences [and] through the blessing of Almighty God may be fitted for
Publick employment both in Church and Civil State." Yale alumnus Noah
Webster (class of 1778), wrote in the forward of his 1828 Webster's
American Dictionary, "In my view, the Christian religion is the most
important and one of the first things in which all children, under a
free government ought to be instructed. ... No truth is more evident to
my mind than that the Christian religion must be the basis of any
government intended to secure the rights and privileges of a free
was founded by "New Light" Presbyterians of the Great Awakening for the
purpose of training their ministers. Jonathan Dickinson, a Presbyterian
minister and leader of the Great Awakening of the 1730s, was the
school's co-founder and first president. Princeton alumnus James Madison
(class of 1771) observed, "The belief in a God All Powerful wise and
good, is so essential to the moral order of the world and to the
happiness of man, that arguments which enforce it cannot be drawn from
too many sources nor adapted with too much solicitude to the different
characters and capacities impressed with it."
College of William and Mary, founded in 1693, was Anglican. Baptists
founded Rhode Island College, now Brown University, in 1764.
Congregationalists established Dartmouth College in 1769 to extend
Christianity to native populations.
Benjamin Rush wrote, "[T]he only foundation for a useful education in a
republic is to be laid in religion. Without this there can be no
virtue, and without virtue there can be no liberty, and liberty is the
object and life of all republican governments."
But teaching reliance upon Essential Liberty as "endowed by our Creator," in support of Rule of Law
as affirmed by "the Law of Nature and nature's God" and as outlined in
our Declaration of Independence, is in direct opposition to those who
would advocate for tyrannical rule of men.
Franklin asserted, "A nation of well informed men who have been taught
to know and prize the rights which God has given them cannot be
enslaved. It is in the region of ignorance that tyranny begins."
importance of government education as a tool for denying Rule of Law
has been advocated by generations of tyrants. In order to achieve
totalitarianism, they must undertake to expel God from the academy.
Marx wrote, "The education of all children, from the moment that they
can get along without a mother's care, shall be in state institutions at
state expense." His student Vladimir Ilyich Lenin concurred, "Give me
four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be
uprooted." As Josef Stalin understood, "Education is a weapon, whose
effect depends on who holds it in his hands and at whom it is aimed."
also understand that the earlier socialist indoctrination is applied,
the greater its force, and the greater the likelihood it will stick.
promised in his inaugural speech that he would "transform our schools
and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age." It was a
promise that he'd previously fleshed out in "The Audacity of Hope," the
second of his self-congratulatory autobiographies: "It's time to
redesign our schools -- not just for the sake of working parents, but
also to help prepare our children for a more competitive world.
Countless studies confirm the educational benefits of strong preschool
programs, which is why even families which have a parent at home often
seek them out."
its sunrise-to-sunset year-round application could provide further
assurance of successful indoctrination. "The same goes for longer school
days, summer school, and after school programs," writes Obama.
that end, according to the Communist Party Education Workers Congress,
"We must create out of the younger generation a generation of
Communists. We must turn children, who can be shaped like wax, into
real, good Communists. ... We must remove the children from the crude
influence of their families. We must take them over and, to speak
frankly, nationalize them. From the first days of their lives they will
be under the healthy influence of Communist children's nurseries and
schools. There they will grow up to be real Communists."
Of course, the Left's indoctrination agenda has been subject to exposure since its inception.
Disraeli, the conservative 19th-century British prime minister, noted,
"Wherever is found what is called a paternal government, there is found
state education. It has been discovered that the best way to insure
implicit obedience is to commence tyranny in the nursery." His
contemporary, John Stuart Mill, warned,
general State education is a mere contrivance for molding people to be
exactly like one another; and as the mold in which it casts them is that
which pleases the dominant power in the government, whether this be a
monarch, an aristocracy, or a majority of the existing generation; in
proportion as it is efficient and successful, it establishes a despotism
over the mind, leading by a natural tendency to one over the body."
great 18th-century philosopher Edmund Burke observed, "The people never
give up their liberties but under some delusion." Indeed, that delusion
is dependent on erasing the knowledge of the past, as 20th-century
philosopher George Santayana concluded, "Those who cannot remember the
past are condemned to repeat it."
the words of Thomas Jefferson, "If a nation expects to be ignorant --
and free -- in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and
never will be."
emptor, my fellow Patriots! The ultimate objective of Leftist
Apparatchiks in the Democrats' dumbed-down Directorate of Indoctrination
is to disenfranchise Liberty.
George W. Bush speech after capture of Saddam:
The success of
yesterday's mission is a tribute to our men and women now
serving in Iraq . The operation was based on the superb work
of intelligence analysts who found the dictator's footprints
in a vast country. The operation was carried out with skill and
precision by a brave fighting force. Our servicemen
and women and our coalition allies have faced many dangers in the
hunt for members of the fallen regime, and in their effort to bring hope
and freedom to the Iraqi people. Their work continues, and so
do the risks. Today, on behalf of the nation, I thank
the members of ourArmed Forces and I congratulate 'em.
Barack Obama speech after killing of bin Laden:
so shortly after taking office, I directed Leon Panetta,
the director of the CIA, to make the killing or capture of bin
Laden the top priority of our war against al Qaeda, even as we
continued our broader efforts to disrupt, dismantle, and
defeat his network. Then, last August, after years of painstaking work
by our intelligence community, I was briefed on a possible
lead to bin Laden. It was far from certain, and it took many months to
run this thread to ground. I met repeatedly with my national
security team as we developed more information about the possibility
that we had located bin Laden hiding within a compound deep inside
of Pakistan . And finally, last week, I
determined that we had enough intelligence to take action,
and authorized an operation to get Osama bin
Laden and bring him to justice. Today, at my direction, the
United States launched a targeted operation against that compound
in Abbottabad , Pakistan .
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Clichs of Socialism
Clichs of Socialism
"We're paying for it,
so we might as well get our share."
how many otherwise responsible citizens rationalize their own line-up
at the federal trough. Farmers see businessmen getting their tariffs.
Businessmen observe subsidies to farmers. Labor leaders eye them both
for copying. Angelenos see the Gothamites getting federal aid, and
Miamians read about federal handouts to Seattleites. Such logrolling
of special interests grows, and "how to get ours" become the
"economic" talk of the nation. That a naughty feeling often attends
this weak excuse is understandable.
obvious reasons, this bromide evokes no sense of guilt in
socialists-those who would communize society: federal handouts fit
perfectly into their design of substituting government control for
personal responsibility. The feelings of remorse are confined to
individuals who think of themselves as conservative or libertarian.
Unable clearly to diagnose their inconsistency, they at least suspect
themselves of being Janus-faced.
this political picture into focus, let's substitute one man for the
majority, and a few for the millions, otherwise sticking to an
accurate matching in structure. A man - call him Robin Hood - aspires
to the role of God. He observes that the people in his shire come out
unequally when freely exchanging the things they grow, the stock they
raise, the items they make. Some fare a lot better than others. It
never occurs to this Caesar of the countryside that dullness,
laziness, indolence - as against ingenuity, initiative, industry
- play a hand in these discrepancies. He sees only the inequalities
and in, egotistical disdain, only his system for erasing them.
So, bow in hand, our self-appointed hero takes the produce from all unto himself. He'll dole it out as he sees the need. "Social justice" of his variety will be served!
socialist in the shire - those who believe in the communalization of
the product of all by coercion - may well be expected to hail this man
and his tools of force.
are we to think of those who have a libertarian bent, of those who pay
lip service to the free society, and then go on to assert, "We're
paying for it, so we might as well get our share." What sincerity or
depth can be ascribed to their lip service? Do not actions speak
louder than words? By their actions, are they not, most effectively,
giving support to the socialistic design? Endorsing the welfare state?
Frederic Bastiat, more than a century ago, referred quite accurately to the above behavior as legal plunder, and explained in simple terms how to identify it:
if the law takes from some persons what belongs to them, and gives it
to other persons to whom it does not belong. See if the law benefits
one citizen at the expense of another by doing what the citizen
himself cannot do without committing a crime." 1
individual with libertarian pretensions can, in good conscience,
advocate legal plunder. What, then, should be his position? He has
only one way to turn. Bastiat, the libertarian teacher, was again
helpful: "Then abolish this law without delay, for it is not only
an evil itself, but also it is a fertile source for further evils
because it invites reprisals. If such a law - which may me an isolated
case - is not abolished immediately, it will spread, multiply, and
develop into a system."
in the U.S.A., such law is not the isolated exception. It is already
"a system." This system of plunder derives much of its support from
individuals who do not subscribe socialism but who say, "We're paying
for it, so we might as well get our share." Economic Education.
|What Has Really Changed?|
What Has Really Changed?
|In Memory of...|
MASTER SGT. BENJAMIN FRANKLIN BITNER
Died April 23, 2011
Operation Enduring Freedom-Afghanistan
Sgt. Benjamin F. Bitner was born July 4, 1973, in Hagerstown, Md. and
was a 1991 graduate of Greencastle Antrim High School in Greencastle,
enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1991 and attended Special Forces
Assessment and Selection in 1999. Later that year he graduated from the
Special Forces Qualification Course as an engineer sergeant.
He joined Company C, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), headquartered at Fort Bragg, N.C., in 2003.
deployed in support of various operations across the globe, including
but not limited to: Operation Flintlock, Africa, 2001; Operation Nectar
Bend, Africa, 2004; Task Force Falcon in support of operations in
Kosovo, 2001 - 2002; Operation Desert Spring, Kuwait, 2002; Operation
Iraqi Freedom and four deployments to Afghanistan (Operation Enduring
Freedom) with Company C.
military education includes: Track Vehicle Repairers Course, Single
Channel Ground Airborne Radio Systems Operator Course, Basic Infantry
Course, Basic Airborne Course, Long Range Surveillance Leader's Course,
Warriors Leader Course, Special Forces Engineer Sergeant's Course, Basic
Non-commissioned Officer's Course, Advanced Non-commissioned Officer's
Course, Survival Evasion Resistance and Escape Course, Special Forces
Advanced Urban Combat Course, Special Forces Sniper Course, Special
Forces Advanced Reconnaissance Target Analysis and Exploitation
Technique's Course, Special Forces Master Breacher's Course, Special
Forces Intelligence Sergeant's Course, Military Free-Fall Course, both
Summer and Winter Basic Mountain Warfare Courses and the United States
Army Special Operations Command Mountaineering Master
military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (6);
Purple Heart; Meritorious Service Medal (2); Army Commendation Medal (3)
with "V" device; Army Achievement Medal (3); Army Good Conduct Medal
(4); Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal (3); National Defense
Service Medal (2); Kosovo Campaign Medal, Armed Forces
Expeditionary Medal; Afghanistan Campaign Medal with three campaign
stars; Iraq Campaign Medal with one campaign star; Global War on
Terrorism Expeditionary Medal; Global War on Terror Service Medal;
Non-commissioned Officers Professional Development Ribbon (3); Army
Service Ribbon; NATO Medal (4); Special Forces Tab; Combat Infantryman's
Badge; Parachutists Badge; Military Free-Fall Badge.
Bitner is survived by wife April, sons Gunnar and Rogue; and parents Roger and Beverly Bitner of Greencastle, Pa.
Look at this lady - Let us never forget!
The world hasn't just become wicked...it' s always been wicked. The prize doesn't always go to the most deserving.
There recently was a
death of a 98 year-old lady named Irena. During WWII , Irena, got
permission to work in the Warsaw ghetto, as a Plumbing/Sewer
She had an 'ulterior motive'. She KNEW what the Nazi's plans were for the Jews (being German).
Irena smuggled infants
out in the bottom of the tool box she carried and she carried in the
back of her truck a burlap sack, (for larger kids).
She also had a dog in the back that she trained to bark when the Nazi soldiers let her in and out of the ghetto.
The soldiers of course wanted nothing to do with the dog and the barking covered the kids/infants noises.
During her time of doing this, she managed to smuggle out and save 2500 kids/infants.
She was caught, and the Nazi's broke both her legs, arms and beat her severely.
Irena kept a record of
the names of all the kids she smuggled out and kept them in a glass jar,
buried under a tree in her back yard.
After the war, she tried
to locate any parents that may have survived it and reunited the
family. Most had been gassed. Those kids she helped got placed
into foster family homes or adopted.
Last year Irena was up for the Nobel Peace Prize .
She was not
selected. President Obama won one year before becoming President
for his work as a community organizer for ACORN and Al Gore won also---
for a slide show on Global Warming.
In MEMORIAM - 63 YEARS LATER
Please read the little cartoon carefully, it's powerful. Then read the comments at the end.
I'm doing my small part by forwarding this message. I hope you'll consider doing the same..
It is now more than 60 years after the Second World War in Europe ended.
e-mail is being sent as a memorial chain, in memory of the six million
Jews, 20 million Russians, 10 million Christians and 1,900 Catholic
priests who were murdered, massacred, raped, burned, starved and
Now, more than ever, with Iraq , Iran , and others, claiming the HOLOCAUST to be 'a myth'.
It's imperative to make sure the world never forgets, because there are others who would like to do it again.
This e-mail is intended to reach 40 million people worldwide!
Join us and be a link in the memorial chain and help us distribute it around the world..
Please send this e-mail to people you know and ask them to continue the memorial chain.
Please don't just delete it.
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WHAT A TOUCH OF CLASS LOOKS LIKE.
There's a group of ladies in the Dallas area who make and stuff
neck pillows for soldiers coming through DFW airport.
They go to the airport and meet the incoming planes every week
and greet the soldiers coming back for a few weeks R&R, give
them a pillow, tell them they pray for them, and thank them
for their service.
The lady who took the pictures said everyone was so surprised
to see George and Laura Bush recently just standing quietly in
the waiting area with others who come to meet the troop
She said it was amazing to watch the faces of the soldiers light up
in recognition when they spotted them, and that many came over
Enlighten me if any of
you can remember any ex-president and wife that stood in line at an
airport to greet our servicemen and women as they are
Definitely a big difference between talkers and doers.
Just a different take on the killing of Bin Ladin.
This is a short video on that event and worth the time to view.
Anti-Gun Senator Shoots Intruder
State Senator R.C. Soles (D - NC)
Long time Anti-Gun Advocate State Senator R.C.
Soles, 74, shot one of two (minority) intruders at
his home just outside Tabor City , N.C. about 5 p.m.
Sunday, the prosecutor for the politician's home county
intruder, Kyle Blackburn, was taken to a South Carolina hospital, but
the injuries were not reported to be
life-threatening, according to Rex Gore, district
attorney for Columbus, Bladen and Brunswick
State Bureau of Investigation and Columbus County
Sheriff's Department are investigating the shooting, Gore
said. Soles, who was not arrested,declined to discuss the
incident Sunday evening.
am not in a position to talk to you," Soles said
by telephone. "I'm right in the middle of an
The Senator, who has made a career of being against gun ownership for the general public,
didn't hesitate to defend himself with his own
gun when he believed he was in immediate danger
and he was the victim.
In typical hypocritical
liberal fashion, the "Do as i say and not as i do"
Anti-Gun Activist Lawmaker picked up his gun and
took action in what apparently was a self-defense
shooting. Why hypocritical you may ask? It is
because his long legislative record shows that the
actions that he took to protect his family, his own
response to a dangerous life threatening situation, are
actions that he feels ordinary citizens should not have
if they were faced with an identical situation.
It has prompted some to ask if the Senator believes his life and personal safety is more valuable than yours or mine.
But, this is to be
expected from those who believe they can run our
lives, raise our kids, and protect our families
better than we can.
We do not need double standards in this country!
New Army Ammo Puts Mean in 'Green'
May 05, 2011
|by Christian Lowe
ABERDEEN, Md. --- Tell a
Soldier he's loading "environmentally friendly" ammo into his M4 mag
and he might be skeptical about whether it's as effective as its lead
But Army officials here
say the new M855A1 Enhanced Performance Round -- with its steel core
instead of a toxic lead slug -- is far more effective than the current
round, doubling the effective range and for the first time giving
M4-wielding Joes the ability to penetrate barriers once reserved for
Read more about the Army's new M855A1 ammo in Kit Up!
"There's a stigma among
Soldiers about something that's 'green,' " said Lt. Col. Jeff Woods,
the Army's small caliber ammunition product manager. "This is a clear
case where making something environmentally friendly works for us."
science of 120mm tank rounds, Army engineers at Picatinny Arsenal, N.J.
designed a 5.56mm rifle cartridge that incorporates a jacketed copper
slug pushing a sharpened steel "penetrator." Testers showed
during a May 4 demonstration here that the round can punch through
quarter-inch steel armor out to 300 yards with ease.
normally wouldn't even think of a guy with a 5.56 going against a
target with this kind of armor," said the Army Research Lab's Jim
Newill, who lead the team that developed the M855A1 round. "Now we've
more than doubled the ability to perforate [armored] targets."
the effort to field a lead-free small caliber round stemmed from
Clinton-era edicts to clean up military firing ranges seeping toxic lead
residue into area ground and water. After frustrating attempts to
develop alternatives with expensive materials such as tungsten and
bismuth, the Army found steel and copper did a better job at a lower
2007, responding to reports from the field that current rounds weren't
deadly enough, the Army jump-started efforts to make a more lethal
round that was also environmentally friendly. In less than two years,
the steel-tipped M855A1 design was shown to be more effective against a
wider range of targets than the decades-old M855 round -- or even than
the Army's 7.62 round, officials here said.
security concerns, engineers were cagey about describing how the new
round works when it hits a human body. But Woods said it has "more
consistent" effects on soft targets than the current round, or even the
can't say that it's more lethal than the M855. That depends on how the
round hits a target," Woods said, emphasizing that accuracy is
paramount. "But what I can say is that you'll see the same effects
every time with this round. And we can confirm that it is superior to
the [M80] 7.62 on soft targets."
30 million of the new EPR rounds have been fielded to Soldiers in
Afghanistan. The service plans to replace all their lead-cored bullets
with the new M855A1 "black tip" rounds by the end of this year, though
older "green tip" rounds will likely remain in the inventory for a
while, officials said.
The Army also plans to field a 7.62 version of the "black tip" ammo for M240 machineguns and M110 rifles by the end of 2012.
"There's nothing out there right now that can perform like this [M855A1] round on this wide a range of targets," Woods said.
Afghans Say Taliban Using Child Bombers
May 16, 2011
KABUL, Afghanistan -
The orders from their religious teacher were clear: Go to Afghanistan,
strap on a suicide vest and kill foreign forces.
With that, 9-year-old
Ghulam Farooq left his home in Pakistan with three other would-be boy
bombers and headed into eastern Afghanistan.
They were told there
would be two members of the Taliban waiting for them at the Torkham
border crossing in Nangarhar province. Instead, members of the Afghan
intelligence service who had been tipped to the boys' plans arrested
them at the border.
"Our mullah told us that
when we carried out our suicide attacks, all the people around us
would die, but we would stay alive," Farooq said Saturday, sitting
inside a juvenile detention facility in the Afghan capital.
He was one of five
alleged suicide bombers - all boys in adolescence or even younger -
whom the Afghan intelligence service paraded before reporters,
photographers and cameramen at a news conference on May 7 in an effort
to turn public opinion against the Taliban.
and the other boys are being held at a detention facility that
resembles a vocational training center. There are no armed guards, and
the facility has classrooms and playgrounds. During a visit to the
center, Farooq was smiling and said he was going to school and that he
and the other boys were being given the opportunity to learn carpet
weaving, carpentry and other handicrafts. The facility has dozens of
boys, most detained in criminal cases.
intelligence officials say the Taliban turns to young boys because
they are easier to recruit than adults and tend to believe what
recruiters tell them.
Taliban are recruiting children in their ranks and using them to carry
out suicide attacks in Afghanistan," Latifullah Mashal, a spokesman
for the Afghan intelligence service, told reporters. "These innocent
children have been cheated and sent to Afghanistan."
Taliban denies the accusation. In a statement issued a week ago,
Taliban spokesman Qari Yousef Ahmadi said the insurgency's code of
conduct prohibits young people from staying in military centers with
fighters. Instead, he alleged that the youths were working for the
Afghan police and public and private security companies.
children have joined the ranks of the enemy on the enemy's luring,
taking advantage of their ignorance and lack of knowledge," he said.
fact, the use of children to conduct suicide bombings is not a new
tactic in the nearly decade-long war, Afghan officials say.
cases are rare, and it's difficult to identify the bodies of bombers
who blow themselves up. But Mashal said there had been a recent
increase in the use of children.
the past two months, he said, child suicide bombers executed two
deadly attacks. The arrest of Farooq and three other boys allegedly
heading toward suicide attacks came earlier this month, and Mashal said
authorities are holding a fifth child who was about to carry out a
bombing but then decided against it.
clad in a dark green Afghan-style shirt, said he was persuaded to
become a suicide bomber by a mullah in a mosque near Peshawar,
Pakistan. His story could not be independently verified.
told us that there are infidels in Kabul and we must carry out suicide
attacks against them," the boy said. "We were taught how to use a
suicide vest in the Spin Mosque in Kher Abad near Peshawar where we
"I want to go home," he added. "I miss my family."
Fazel Rahman, another member of the foursome, corroborated the story
at the news conference, even using similar phrasing to Farooq's.
mullah in the mosque told us that the infidels were in Kabul and
everyone should go for jihad" and that the bombers themselves would
survive, Rahman said.
He said he was happy to be alive but wanted to return home. "Our families don't know where we are," he said.
Afghan authorities are discussing whether to charge or release the boys.
most recent suicide attack carried out by a child occurred on May 1.
Police said a 12-year-old blew himself up in a bazaar in the Barmal
district of Paktika province in the east, killing four civilians and
wounding 12 others.
the dead - and the likely target of the attack - was Sher Nawaz, head
of a new district council in the Shakeen area of Paktika province, the
provincial governor's office said.
April 13, a 13-year-old suicide bomber detonated his explosives vest
in Asmar district of Kunar province. The blast in eastern Afghanistan
killed 10 people, including five schoolboys and an influential tribal
elder, Malik Zareen, who was a former military commander who supported
the Afghan government.
said the target of the attack, which occurred at a local meeting of
tribal elders was Zareen, a leader of Afghan forces during the Soviet
occupation in the 1980s.
Afghan Ministry of Education called the suicide bombing an
"anti-Islamic and inhumane act." Afghan President Hamid Karzai also
condemned the bombing, saying that by killing tribal leaders, the
attacker was trying to silence the voice of the Afghan people.
this year, under the direction of a mullah in Ghazni province in
eastern Afghanistan, 14-year-old Noor Mohammad donned an explosives
vest and traveled to a coalition outpost in Andar district. But he
He, too, was among the youths brought before reporters and photographers in Kabul.
Taliban taught me how to use a pistol, how to push the button of a
suicide vest and drive a motorbike," the boy told reporters. "On the day
that I had to carry out the suicide attack, I decided not to. I joined
with the (pro-government) forces and I didn't carry out the attack."
He never explained why he changed his mind.
have been other cases. On Feb. 26, the intelligence service announced
the arrests of a Pakistani boy and two teenagers - one from Afghanistan
and the other from Pakistan - who claimed they had been coerced into
becoming would-be suicide bombers.
Nawaz, 14, from South Waziristan in Pakistan, said six men in a
vehicle nabbed him off the street while he was walking home from
"They told me
that I had to carry out a suicide attack," Nawaz told reporters. "I
told them I didn't want to, but they forced me to go with them. They
told me that there were foreigners in Afghanistan and if I carried out a
suicide attack, I would go to heaven."
said the men took him to various locations and taught him how to shoot
a pistol and detonate a suicide vest. His mission, he said, was to
shoot guards at an Afghan military compound in Khost province, then to
ride inside on a motorcycle and detonate his explosives. He said he was
told that if the detonation button on his vest didn't work, he should
detonate the explosives by shooting himself with the pistol.
said he was driven to Khost and shown the target but decided not to go
through with the attack at the last minute, turning himself in to
Afghan security forces instead.
Inspiring Pictures of U.S. Combat Dogs in Action
rarely get glory. Their funerals aren't broadcast on TV. And they'll
never ask for praise. But there are 2,700 of these "soldiers" serving
in the U.S. military. Who are they? They're furry, have long noses, and
walk on four legs. They are the military's canines.
In fact, the New York
Times reports that one such dog was involved in the raid on Osama bin
Laden, sparking a wave of interest in what is becoming an essential
tool in the war on terror.
"In 2007, the Marines
began a pilot program in Afghanistan with nine bomb-sniffing dogs, a
number that has grown to 350 and is expected to reach nearly 650 by
the end of the year," the Times says. "Over all, there are some 2,700
dogs on active duty in the American military. A decade ago, before the
Sept. 11 attacks, there were 1,800."
The dogs are used for
everything from tracking, to search-and-rescue, to bomb-sniffing. While
the breeds have traditionally been Shepherds, increasingly the
military is turning to Labradors:
military, the breeds of choice are generally the German shepherd and a
Belgian shepherd, or Malinois, but Marines in Afghanistan rely on
pure-bred Labrador retrievers because of the dogs' good noses and
nonaggressive, eager-to-please temperaments. Labs now accompany many
Marine foot patrols in Helmand Province in southern Afghanistan,
wandering off-leash 100 yards or more in front as bomb detectors. It is
the vital work of an expensively trained canine (the cost to the
American military can be as high as $40,000 per dog), but at the end of
a sweltering day, sometimes a Lab is still a Lab.
Business Insider has put together a slideshow of inspiring pictures showing the canines at work:
See the rest here.
Competition crowns Special Forces Command top Soldier and NCO
|Click on photos for high resolution.|
BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, May 16, 2011) - The U.S.
Army Special Forces Command NCO and Soldier of the Year Competition saw
Soldiers from the five active duty Special Forces Groups compete
against one another for five grueling days at Fort Bragg May 9 - 12 to
see who would be crowned the regiment's top noncommissioned officer
titles as the command's top Soldier and NCO respectively were Spc.
Christopher Thompson, of 5th Special Forces Group, Fort Campbell, Ky.,
and Staff Sgt. Samuel Winslow, 10th Special Forces Group, Fort
is a great day and I am very honored to be a part of this," said
Command Sgt. Maj. William B. Zaiser, USASFC Command Sgt.
Maj. "All these Soldiers over here and all these NCOs are all
winners, because they have already won their group level Soldier of
the Year or NCO of the Year competition."
Soldiers battled their way through a variety of tasks throughout the
week. From warrior tasks and drills to a stress shoot, to night
land navigation and an oral board.
top Soldier in the competition said this has been the best thing he
has done in the Army and when asked how he felt about the honor he was
amazing; it is simply unexplainable right now," said North Carolina
native Christopher Thompson, a signal intelligence analyst for Group
Support Company, Group Support Battalion, 5th SFG. "All the
competitors were the best of the best and I was honored to be among
them, it's just awesome."
This year's top NCO said it was his fellow Soldiers who helped him
get through the entire event along with a lot of individual training
that got him to the winner's spot.
am pretty pleased with myself, I will not lie, but I trained hard for
this and got great support from my company and my battalion and
group," said Samuel Winslow, an Arkansas native who now hails from
Colorado Springs, Colo., and is assigned to the 10th SFG. "This
success for me here is really a reflection of all the hard work and
support that I have received from my group and people back home."
Staff Sgt. Melisha Kidd, with Group Support Company, Group Support
Battalion, 3rd SFG, said of the competition: "One
native of Compton, Calif., Kidd said she learned from her fellow NCOs
during the competition, but that wasn't always easy to do.
difficult to learn from these guys because it is a competition," she
said. "But overall it was a good learning experience."
Soldiers in the competition competed for months at the battalion and group level leading up to the event.
Thompson and Winslow will go on to compete later in the year at the
U.S. Army Special Operations Command competition in June. Winners
of that competition will go on to compete at the Army level.
either the Top Soldier or NCO be unable to continue to represent the
Special Forces command, an alternate will take his place. This year's
top Soldier and NCO alternates were Specialist Brian Marquis, 7th SFG,
Fort Bragg, and Sgt. First Class Caleb Farrell, 5th SFG, Fort
Campbell, Ky., respectively.
Log Barn makes U.S. Special Forces mission possible
AIR FIELD, Afghanistan (Courtesy of CJFSOTF-A MOC, April 20, 2011) -
United States Special Forces Operational Detachments Alpha operate in
some of the most remote locations of Afghanistan. The narrow valleys
and mountaintops make constant access to these locations extremely
Despite the rough terrain SF ODAs require constant
resupply of the basics such as ammo, food, water and clothing. The
Logistics Barn, referred to as the Log Barn for short, out of Camp
Montrond, Bagram Airfield, keep the supplies rolling in so that
operations can continue.
"Without the Log Barn the ODAs mission
will ultimately fail," said Staff Sgt. Nathan Edwards, the service
detachment non-commissioned officer in charge for Headquarters Support
Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group. "Everything they
need or want comes through the Log Barn."
Over the past year
the Log Barn has moved approximately nine million pounds of supplies
and equipment to the ODAs operating in forward locations throughout
Special Operations Task Force - East. Approximately half million to a
million pounds are shipped each month.
First, the request for
supplies or equipment is sent up to the supply sergeant on Camp
Montrond by the USSF Soldiers on the ground in dozens of locations
within the eastern and northern provinces. The supply sergeant then
requisitions the items from the proper channels, either locally or from
back in the states. Lastly, the supplies are then packaged and
shipped out to their ultimate destination by the Log Barn.
Supplies are moved by either ground or air out of Bagram Airfield
depending on what is being moved and how difficult it is to reach the
"The preferred method is always by ground," said Edwards.
The typical convoy employs local truckers to move the items to their
destination in what the Soldiers stationed in Afghanistan
affectionately refer to as "jingle trucks," due to the grandiose and
colorful decorations that adorn them.
However, some items
require an armed escort to make sure they arrive at their destination
safely; in these occasions the Log Barn employs the Tactical Fleet
Logistical Escort of which Edwards is a member.
"When the ODA can't come and pick the item up, the TACFLE will bring it to them," said Edwards.
Through the Log Barn, USSF have a reliable and capable means of
getting their need for basic supplies fulfilled, however not every
request is as mundane as beans and bullets. A special request for items
like a barbecue grill and steaks keeps morale high and improves the
quality of life at the sites where amenities are minimal, if not
"No request is unusual or impossible to us," said
Edwards. "With the high level of training and responsibility that the
ODAs have, whatever they want [if validated] , they deserve it and
they will get it."
1st Special Warfare Training Group (Airborne) Soldiers win division in Bataan Memorial Death March
By Caroline Goins
SWCS Public Affairs Office
BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, April 27, 2011) - Five Soldiers
assigned to the 1st Special Warfare Training Group (Airborne) at Fort
Bragg traveled to White Sands Missile Range, N.M. last month to trek
26.2 miles carrying 40-pound rucksacks through blazing heat and desert
terrain reaching elevations of 5,300 feet with 40-mph winds blowing
in their faces.
were not alone. They were among more than 6,500 civilians and
American servicemembers participating in the 22nd annual Bataan
Memorial Death March commemoration.
was by far the worst march any of us have ever been on," said Maj.
Abraham Foster. Team members beside him nodded in agreement.
the end of the march, eight survivors of the original Bataan Death
March were there to shake hands and speak with the participants.
"It was a very humbling experience," said Sgt. 1st Class Ben Harcrow.
(the Bataan Death March survivors) situation was so much worse,
without any of the conveniences we had to protect us from the
Bataan Memorial Death March honors a special group of World War II
heroes. These servicemembers were responsible for the defense of the
islands of Luzon, Corregidor and the harbor defense forts of the
Philippines. For six days, American and Filipino Soldiers walked more
than 60 miles in tropical conditions -- 21,000 didn't live to see the
end of the journey.
the end of it, I was limping a little and one of the survivors saw me
and asked, 'What are you limping for?'" said Sgt. Adam Kourelis. "I
just looked at him, but I had nothing to say."
The 1st SWTG team finished first among 38 teams in the heavy co-ed military division.
march required determination, intestinal fortitude and motivation
from each other to keep us going, especially in the last few miles
when we were out of gas," said Sgt. Maj. Abraham Sanchez, talking
about the commemorative march.
1st SWTG(A), part of the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare
Center and School, is responsible conducting initial and advanced
training for U.S. Army Special Forces, Civil Affairs and Military
Information Support Operations Soldiers.
NYPD Releases Video of Cops Busting Suspects in Terror Plot
Who Was Watching Porn at the OBL Compound?
David Harsanyi first pointed this out over on the blog. But it can't be ignored on the front page. It just can't.
have been calling for the photos taken of bin Laden at his compound to
be released to the public. Now, there is another cache of images to
surface from the raid. These are apparently graphic, too, and include
videos. But they are quite different from the OBL death photos.
According to Reuters, U.S. military men uncovered a large cache of porn:
pornography recovered in bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan,
consists of modern, electronically recorded video and is fairly
extensive, according to the officials, who discussed the discovery with
Reuters on condition of anonymity.
The officials said they were
not yet sure precisely where in the compound the pornography was
discovered or who had been viewing it. Specifically, the officials said
they did not know if bin Laden himself had acquired or viewed the
For a man who hated the evils of America and the West,
the cache is more than ironic. But according to some, it's more common
than you might think:
Three other U.S. officials familiar with
evidence gathered during investigations of other Islamic militants said
the discovery of pornography is not uncommon in such cases.
At The Atlantic, John Hudson writes that this news confirms the theories floating around the internet after the raid:
the days following the raid, when it was reported that the Navy SEALs
uncovered a trove hard drives, a popular prediction on Twitter and the
blogosphere was porn. Looks like that may have come true.
Daniel Foster over at NRO says, "It's almost too good to spoil with comment." He's right. But go ahead anyway.
Controversy over child's flag drawing
Teacher allegedly refused to hang up picture
Mass. (WWLP) - A civil rights controversy is brewing at an elementary
school in the Town of Orange, and it all surrounds an 11 year-old's drawing of the American Flag.
The family of Frankie Girard
is claiming that their son's civil rights were violated after a
teacher allegedly told him that hanging his picture of the American flag
would offend another student.
Butterfield Elementary School is at the center of controversy for the
incident on Monday. According to Frankie Girard's father,
John, the boy was in art class drawing a picture.
was denied hanging the flag up. And, he asked if he could just even
hang it on his desk, and he was told no. He could take the
picture that he drew and take it home and be proud of it there," Girard
that is where it is, among the hundreds of other family pictures and
military honors that adorn the walls of the Girard family home.
to his father, the teacher told Frankie that his drawing of the
American Flag would offend one of his classmates. "We're allowing him
to display his civil rights and be proud of who he is, but we're
denying Franklin those same rights," Girard said.
tried to contact the Superintendent, Dr. Paul Burnim. He refused to go
on camera, but told 22News over the phone that nobody ever told
Franklin the drawing was offensive, and said the only reason it wasn't
hung was because Franklin was supposed to be doing other work; not
drawing a picture. In a statement he said: "Each of our schools flies
the American Flag every day. At the Butterfield School, the Pledge of
Allegiance is recited by students and staff. And the other schools
recite the Pledge of Allegiance at least once per week."
controversy is stirring heated debate within the Town of Orange. "I
served 15 years in the military so that we could hang the flag wherever
we wanted to, so I'm very offended," Faith Sullivan of Orange said.
A Facebook group called "I support Frankie Girard and the U.S. Flag" already has about 700 likes in two days.
superintendent told 22News that Frankie's father is "going to
extremes" and that the school has always respected the American Flag.
Frankie's father told 22News that he is so outraged that he placed a call to the American Civil Liberties Union.
White House Insider: Obama Hesitated - Panetta Issued Order to Kill Osama Bin Laden
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Valerie Jarrett, and the president, did not know is that Leon Panetta
had already initiated a program that reported to him -and only him,
involving a covert on the ground attack against the compound."
Q: You stated that President Obama was
"overruled" by military/intelligence officials regarding the decision
to send in military specialists into the Osama Bin Laden
compound. Was that accurate?
was told - in these exact terms, "we overruled him." (Obama) I
have since followed up and received further details on exactly what
that meant, as well as the specifics of how Leon Panetta worked around
the president's "persistent hesitation to act." There appears
NOT to have been an outright overruling of any specific position by
President Obama, simply because there was no specific position from
the president to do so. President Obama was, in this case, as in
all others, working as an absentee president.
(Notice that Panetta is NOT in the room)
This update comes some 24 hours after our longtime Washington D.C. Insider first
outlined shocking details of an Obama administration having been
"overruled" by senior military and intelligence officials leading up
to the successful attack against terrorist Osama Bin Laden. What
follows is further clarification of Insider's insights surrounding
I was correct in stating
there had been a push to invade the compound for several weeks if not
months, primarily led by Leon Panetta, Hillary Clinton, Robert Gates,
David Petraeus, and Jim Clapper. The primary opposition to this
plan originated from Valerie Jarrett, and it was her opposition that
was enough to create uncertainty within President Obama. Obama
would meet with various components of the pro-invasion faction, almost
always with Jarrett present, and then often fail to indicate his
position. This situation continued for some time, though the
division between Jarrett/Obama and the rest intensified more recently,
most notably from Hillary Clinton. She was livid over the
president's failure to act, and her office began a campaign of
anonymous leaks to the media indicating such. As for Jarrett,
her concern rested on two primary fronts. One, that the military
action could fail and harm the president's already weakened standing
with both the American public and the world. Second, that the
attack would be viewed as an act of aggression against Muslims, and
further destabilize conditions in the Middle East .
Q: What changed the president's position and enabled the attack against Osama Bin Laden to proceed?
A: Nothing changed with the president's
opinion - he continued to avoid having one. Every time military
and intelligence officials appeared to make progress in forming a
position, Jarrett would intervene and the stalling would begin
again. Hillary started the ball really rolling as far as
pressuring Obama began, but it was Panetta and Petraeus who ultimately
pushed Obama to finally act - sort of. Panetta was receiving
significant reports from both his direct CIA sources, as well as
Petraeus-originating Intel. Petraeus was threatening to act on
his own via a bombing attack. Panetta reported back to the
president that a bombing of the compound would result in successful
killing of Osama Bin Laden, and little risk to American lives.
Initially, as he had done before, the president indicated a
willingness to act. But once again, Jarrett intervened, convincing
the president that innocent Pakistani lives could be lost in such a
bombing attack, and Obama would be left attempting to explain
Panetta's failed policy. Again Obama hesitated - this time
openly delaying further meetings to discuss the issue with
Panetta. A brief meeting was held at this time with other
officials, including Secretary Gates and members of the Joint Chiefs
of Staff, but Gates, like Panetta, was unable to push the president to
act. It was at this time that Gates indicated to certain
Pentagon officials that he may resign earlier than originally indicated
- he was that frustrated. Both Panetta and Clinton convinced him
to stay on and see the operation through.
What happened from there is what was described
by me as a "masterful manipulation" by Leon Panetta. Panetta
indicated to Obama that leaks regarding knowledge of Osama Bin Laden's
location were certain to get out sooner rather than later, and action
must be taken by the administration or the public backlash to the
president's inaction would be "...significant to the point of
political debilitation." It was at that time that Obama stated
an on-ground campaign would be far more acceptable to him than a
bombing raid. This was intended as a stalling tactic, and it had
originated from Jarrett. Such a campaign would take both time, and
present a far greater risk of failure. The president had been
instructed by Jarrett to inform Mr., Panetta that he would have sole
discretion to act against the Osama Bin Laden compound. Jarrett
believed this would further delay Panetta from acting, as the
responsibility for failure would then fall almost entirely on
him. What Valerie Jarrett, and the president, did not know is that
Leon Panetta had already initiated a program that reported to him -and
only him, involving a covert on the ground attack against the
compound. Basically, the whole damn operation was already ready to
go - including the specific team support Intel necessary to engage the
enemy within hours of being given notice. Panetta then made
plans to proceed with an on-ground assault. This information reached
either Hillary Clinton or Robert Gates first (likely via military
contacts directly associated with the impending mission) who then
informed the other. Those two then met with Panetta, who
informed each of them he had been given the authority by the president
to proceed with a mission if the opportunity presented itself.
Both Gates and Clinton warned Panetta of the implications of that
authority - namely he was possibly being made into a scapegoat.
Panetta admitted that possibility, but felt the opportunity to get Bin
Laden outweighed that risk. During that meeting, Hillary
Clinton was first to pledge her full support for Panetta, indicating she
would defend him if necessary. Similar support was then
followed by Gates. The following day, and with Panetta's
permission, Clinton met in private with Bill Daley and urged him to
get the president's full and open approval of the Panetta plan.
Daley agreed such approval would be of great benefit to the action,
and instructed Clinton to delay proceeding until he had secured that
approval. Daley contacted Clinton within hours of their meeting
indicating Jarrett refused to allow the president to give that
approval. Daley then informed Clinton that he too would fully
support Panetta in his actions, even if it meant disclosing the
president's indecision to the American public should that action fail
to produce a successful conclusion. Clinton took that message back
to Panetta and the CIA director initiated the 48 hour engagement
order. At this point, the President of the United States was
not informed of the engagement order - it did not originate from him,
and for several hours after the order had been given and the special ops
forces were preparing for action into Pakistan from their position
in Afghanistan , Daley successfully kept Obama and Jarrett insulated
from that order.
This insulation ended
at some point with an abort order that I believe originated from
Valerie Jarrett's office, and was then followed up by President Obama.
This abort order was later explained as a delay due to weather
conditions, but the actual conditions at that time would have been
acceptable for the mission. A storm system had been in the area
earlier, but was no longer an issue. Check the data yourself to
confirm. Jarrett, having been caught off guard, was now scrambling
to determine who had initiated the plan. She was furious,
repeating the acronym "CoC" and saying it was not being
followed. This is where Bill Daley intervened. The
particulars of that intervention are not clear to me beyond knowing he
did meet with Jarrett in his office and following that meeting,
Valerie Jarrett was not seen in the West Wing for some time, and
apparently no longer offered up any resistance to the Osama Bin Laden
mission. What did follow from there was one or more brief meetings
between Bill Daley, Hillary Clinton, a representative from Robert
Gates' office, a representative from Leon Panetta's office, and a
representative from Jim Clapper's office. I have to assume that
these meetings were in essence, detailing the move to proceed with the
operation against the Osama Bin Laden compound. I have been told
by more than one source that Leon Panetta was directing the operation
with both his own CIA operatives, as well as direct contacts with
military - both entities were reporting to Panetta only at this point,
and not the President of the United States . There was not
going to be another delay as had happened 24 hour earlier. The
operation at this point, was in effect, unknown to President Barack
Obama or Valerie Jarrett and it remained that way until AFTER it was
already underway. President Obama was literally pulled from a
golf outing and escorted back to the White House to be informed of the
mission. Upon his arrival there was a briefing held which
included Bill Daley, John Brennan, and a high ranking member of the
military. When Obama emerged from the briefing, he was described
as looking "very confused and uncertain." The president was
then placed in the "situation room" where several of the players in
this event had already been watching the operation unfold.
Another interesting tidbit regarding this is that the Vice President
was already "up to speed" on the operation. A source indicated
they believe Hillary Clinton had personally made certain the Vice
President was made aware of that day's events before the president
was. The now famous photo released shows the particulars of that
of that room and its occupants. What that photo does not
communicate directly is that the military personnel present in that
room during the operation unfolding, deferred to either Hillary
Clinton or Robert Gates. The president's role was minimal,
including their acknowledging of his presence in the room.
At the conclusion of the mission, after it had
been repeatedly confirmed a success, President Obama was once again
briefed behind closed doors. The only ones who went in that room
besides the president were Bill Daley. John Brennan, and a third
individual whose identity remains unknown to me. When leaving
this briefing, the president came out of it "...much more confident.
Much more certain of himself." He was also carrying papers in his
hand that quite possibly was the address to the nation given later
that evening on the Bin Laden mission. The president did not
have those papers with him prior to that briefing. The president then
returned to the war room, where by this time, Leon Panetta had
personally arrived and was receiving congratulations from all who were
In my initial communication
to you of these events I described what unfolded as a temporary Coup
initiated by high ranking intelligence and military officials. I stand
by that term. These figures worked around the uncertainty of
President Obama and the repeated resistance of Valerie Jarrett.
If they had not been willing to do so, I am certain Osama Bin Laden
would still be alive today. There will be no punishment to those who
acted outside the authority of the president's office. The
president cannot afford to admit such a fact. What will be most
interesting from here is to now see what becomes of Valerie
Jarrett. One source indicated she is threatening
resignation. I find that unlikely given my strong belief she
needs the protection afforded her by the Oval Office and its immense
powers to delay and eventually terminate investigations back in
Chicago , but we shall see.
This is an
article by Jack Dunphy. Javck Dunphy ia a pseudo name. The
article is right to the point regarding LAPD Management and very well
Federal Lawsuit Takes Aim At Vague Definition Of 'Assault Weapons'
May 25, 2011 by Personal Liberty News Desk
pair of gun rights groups have filed a lawsuit in California alleging
that the State's definition of "assault weapons" is unConstitutionally
Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) and Calguns Foundation have been
joined by Brendan John Richards in their effort to change the wording of
the law. Richards, an Iraq combat veteran, spent six days in jail in
May 2010 after police found two pistols and a rifle in the trunk of his
Richards was arrested and charged for unlawful possession of an assault weapon.
Last September, the Sonoma County District Attorney's office dropped
the charges following a report from the State's Department of Justice,
which indicated that none of Richards' firearms were considered "assault
Richards was jailed for almost a week, when he had broken no law
because a police officer had a conflicting view and the District
Attorney's office believed him," said SAF Executive Vice President Alan
Hoffman, executive director of the Calguns Foundation, said that the
broad definition of the law is designed to prohibit "guns that look
Don Kilmer of San Jose claims that gun owners in the United States are
vulnerable to a system in which police "arrest them first and let the
courts sort it out." He believes this is a direct broach of citizens'
Prepare For Vehicular Emergencies
May 19, 2011 by Scott B. Williams
recently returned from a trip to a mountainous part of the Pacific
Northwest where I spent a good part of my time driving off the beaten
path on forest service and other remote roads. A recent news story
about a woman who was found alive in her van after being stranded for
seven weeks on a remote road in a Nevada wilderness brought to mind the
countless survivor stories I uncovered while researching my book Getting Out Alive. Though
the scenarios I explored included a broad spectrum of environments such
as deserts, open sea, jungle and mountains, the recurring theme in so
many of these stories was that of an individual, couple or family
venturing out in some kind of motorized vehicle or boat to a remote
place they would not normally be willing or able to walk into (or back
out of). Trusting fully in technology to get them there and
back, they strike out with little in the way of extra gear or supplies,
fully expecting to return to the comfort of civilization after their
brief foray into the wild.
trouble begins when the vehicle either breaks down or gets stuck or
somehow disabled. Imagine being 20 miles from the nearest paved
road in the desert with only a couple bottles of water, or stranded on a
snowy mountain pass with no means of starting a fire and no sleeping
bag or adequate warm clothing for the extreme-low temperatures of the
nighttime hours. Such scenarios unfold time and time again, no
matter how many stories are published or make the evening news - all
because people put too much trust in technology and fail to take the
"what-ifs" into consideration.
To be fully prepared to go into a remote place, you have to imagine what you would do without the vehicle
that takes you there and what you would need if circumstances extended
your stay much longer than expected. A lifetime of hiking with a
backpack, riding into remote places on motorcycles and mountain bikes
and traveling by sea kayak, canoe and sailboat has reinforced this idea
in my consciousness time and time again. As a result, I always have
extra food and water, even for the shortest excursions. And a sleeping
bag, Therm-a-Rest pad, tarp, machete, fire-starting tools and other
essentials are as much a part of my vehicle's equipment as a spare tire
and jack. There have been times when having these extras has saved
me from great discomfort. If you travel off the beaten path enough,
there will come a time when you will need them, too.
Airsoft Training Inexpensive And Fun
May 23, 2011 by David Morris
ammunition prices have bounced all over the place and the
threat/promise of increased firearms and ammunition legislation has
increased, I have started doing more and more of my training with
airsoft police tactical pistols or trainers. They have allowed me to
train with my wife more often than we could if live fire were our only
option. As an added benefit, I know that if it becomes illegal or a
serious liability to train with firearms in the future, I have a backup
plan in place to stay proficient as well as get new shooters up to speed
are a class of airsoft guns that are made of metal. They are the same
size and weight as their real counterparts and have the same controls,
including safeties, slide locks and magazine releases. They even break
down the same way. In other words, these are not the clear-plastic toys
you buy at Target.
Here's a picture of a real Glock next to an airsoft Glock. (As a note, I didn't choose the paint job. It came that way.)
The bottom one is a Glock subcompact frame and the top is an airsoft compact frame.
you have ever picked up a $20-$50 battery-powered airsoft pistol from a
gun show, you have probably been disappointed that it didn't fit in
your real holsters, that the magazines were toy-like, and that it
wouldn't shoot accurately past about 12 inches.
trainers are a completely different animal. They fit in leather and
Kydex formfitted holsters, the magazines fit in your real magazine
holders, and they shoot quarter-sized or smaller groups at 20 feet.
Beyond the look, here are some of the big pluses and drawbacks of using airsoft trainers:
Pluses (Just The Basics)
Dry fire on steroids: It's important to note that airsoft training is not a replacement for real shooting. You need
to feel the recoil, hear the boom, know the feel of taking up slack on
your trigger and the feel of trigger reset on your real firearms. A
healthier and more accurate way to look at airsoft training is as
dry-fire training on steroids that happens to be a lot of fun.
High-quality BB's cost less than $20 for 4,000 rounds. You have to add
the cost of gas since airsoft trainer magazines have gas cylinders in
them, but it still costs less than a penny per round. Trainer Glocks,
1911s, etc., cost about $150 apiece and extra mags are $30 to $40
Frequency of training:
I am able to shoot 100 to 200 rounds of airsoft every day because the
time/cost barrier of training is so low. I still shoot quite a bit of
real lead, but I don't have the time to shoot every day with my real
firearms. Normally, when I go shooting, I shoot more rounds at one time
to justify the travel time and range fees, but the frequency that I am
able to train with airsoft allows me to build up and retain muscle
memory much faster than shooting lead alone.
Variety of training:
I practice my grip, presentation, sight acquisition, transitioning
between targets, reloads, movement, odd angles, one-handed, off-hand,
cornering, drawing-form concealment while seated and more... some of
which just aren't possible at most ranges.
Simplicity of training:
I don't have to drive to a range, pay for time, drive home or clean my
guns... I just get up from my desk and take push-up/shooting breaks
throughout the day. That's not possible for most people, but you can
shoot down a hallway in your house or in your garage.
I could do most of what I do with airsoft with snap caps and dry-fire
drills... but I never did dry-fire training as much as I do airsoft
training because airsoft training is fun. It's fun to hit targets, make
holes and knock things over, even if it is on a smaller scale than with a
Size and weight:
Since the airsoft trainers are the same size and weight of their real
counterparts, you can use the same holsters you normally use.
The Japanese steel target team trains on airsoft all year, comes to the
U.S. and shoots lead for just two weeks before meets, and the team
places well each year. Several U.S. military units and police
departments are training with airsoft as well.
Shooting airsoft will expose and cure you of anticipating trigger break
and recoil. While big dips of the barrel may be hidden with real
recoil, it shows up immediately with airsoft. There's no need for it
with airsoft, and you can train your mind to not flinch with a few
hundred rounds of airsoft.
Training wives/kids/newbies to shooting:
Since it's fun and there is no boom, smell or recoil, airsoft is a
great way to introduce people to shooting or to start teaching advanced
techniques to current shooters. Without the recoil and the boom, you can
focus on fundamentals until they are learned and then transition to
low-caliber and defensive-caliber firearms.
It's a toy: Face
it... airsoft is a way to compensate for not having enough time or
money to shoot the real thing as much as you would like. It will never
be as good as a real firearm. I resisted airsoft, tried it, and now have
embraced it as a way to get a lot more trigger time. That being said,
it's better to get a lot of trigger time with an airsoft trainer than no
trigger time with the gun you cannot afford or find the time to shoot.
Lack of recoil:
The airsoft trainers do have recoil, but it's nothing like a real
firearm. This means that you cannot really practice multiple shots
because it's much easier to reacquire your site picture after each shot.
What you can do is transition between targets, shooting each one once,
or use airsoft training to develop your speed and focusing on
follow-through (reacquiring your site picture) after each shot.
Airsoft trainer magazines have gas cylinders in them, which makes them
heavy and causes them to break when you drop them on hard surfaces. You
basically need padded carpet wherever you intend on dropping magazines
during reloads. To clarify, picture a real magazine... it's heavy when
it's full and light when it's empty because most of the weight comes
from the bullets. With airsoft, the little plastic BB's weigh .2 grams,
so the weight changes very little as it goes from full to empty. What I
do is train with a drop pouch.
Authentic trigger feel:
While the double-action triggers and single-action triggers work as
they should, they just don't feel like real triggers. The tension builds
up different, the break isn't as precise as with a real firearm, and
the reset isn't quite as pronounced. That being said, the double-actions
I have are good enough to practice drawing up the slack during the
extension phase of my presentation, and all the airsoft trainers I have
shot can be used to do trigger-reset drills.
With airsoft trainer handguns, you won't have much precision. My We
Tech 1911 will shoot 1-inch to 3-inch groups at 25 feet out of the box.
My KJ Glock is slightly less accurate. Both can be modified to shoot
more accurately, but that hasn't been a concern for me. Airsoft trainer
rifles are another matter entirely. My Top Tech M4 will hold 8-inch
groups out to 80 to 100 yards when there is no wind.
There is a distinct possibility that you will learn bad safety habits
with airsoft. Don't. You must treat airsoft guns like the real firearms
they represent. Never point an airsoft trainer at an object you don't
want to destroy (unless you are doing force-on-force training, which is
beyond the scope of this article). Always use proper muzzle/safety
discipline so that when you are handling real firearms you won't have
any bad habits creep in.
issue that you will run into with high-quality airsoft trainers is what
to use for targets. Cheap airsoft targets won't take the abuse, and BB
traps are loud and overbuilt for airsoft.
have solved this problem by making my own target frame/backstop for
under $30 and using full-size targets that are 2 feet by 4 feet.
Granted, this isn't original or rocket science, but it is a great
solution for airsoft training.
This is the entire frame/backstop with a target attached.
I made the target frame out of two 10-feet sections of 1.5-inch PVC
pipe. The four vertical sections are 3 feet long, the two horizontal
crosspieces are 2 feet long, and the 4 legs are 1 foot long, for a total
of 20 feet of pipe with absolutely no waste. I connected all the pieces
with two elbows and 4 Ts and capped the legs with four caps. All of the
PVC parts cost me about $20.
Here is just the frame. As you can see, it's very simple and fast to put together.
Home Depot will let you cut PVC in the store with its saws, so you don't even need to buy a saw. There's
enough friction on the fittings to keep everything together, and it's
easy to break everything down as much as you want for storage.
As a bonus, 2-feet and 3-feet sections of PVC make great improvised weapons.
the backdrop, I started out with a $7 tarp folded and draped over the
top. It was louder than I liked, so I threw a $7 moving blanket from
U-Haul over it. It's absorbed thousands of focused hits so far without
giving out; but when it starts to, all I need to do is slide the blanket
up or down so my impact area is different.
I triple-fold the moving blanket I have, it is just slightly narrower
than my target. Two clothespins are all I need to secure targets in
I keep a box underneath the target/blanket and it catches 90 to 95 percent of the airsoft BB's, making cleanup a breeze.
course, you could also accomplish the same thing by draping a blanket
over a door at the end of a hallway or over a doorway chin-up bar, but
the PVC frame will allow you to practice entering a room and engaging a
target, engaging the target behind partial cover, or hundreds of other
scenarios that most people don't have the facilities to practice
Maybe connect this to our face book like he did below?
are your thoughts on airsoft training and/or about transitioning from
100 percent live-fire training to including some airsoft training? How
about increased ammunition prices and regulations and their impact on
how often you train? Let me know by commenting below.
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