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THE BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS
The heavy fog of morning
Still hid the plain from sight,
When came a thread of scarlet
Marked faintly in the white.
We fired a single cannon,
And as its thunders rolled,
The mist before us lifted
In many a heavy fold.
The mist before us lifted,
And in their bravery fine
Came rushing to their ruin
The fearless British line.
--Thomas Dunn English.
When, in 1814, Napoleon was overthrown and forced to retire to Elba, the British troops that had followed Wellington into southern France were left free for use against the Americans. A great expedition was organized to attack and capture New Orleans, and at its head was placed General Pakenham, the brilliant commander of the column that delivered the fatal blow at Salamanca. In December a fleet of British war-ships and transports, carrying thousands of victorious veterans from the Peninsula, and manned by sailors who had grown old in a quarter of a century's triumphant ocean warfare, anchored off the broad lagoons of the Mississippi delta. The few American gunboats were carried after a desperate hand-to-hand struggle, the troops were landed, and on December 23 the advance-guard of two thousand men reached the banks of the Mississippi, but ten miles below New Orleans, and there camped for the night. It seemed as if nothing could save the Creole City from foes who had shown, in the storming of many a Spanish walled town, that they were as ruthless in victory as they were terrible in battle. There were no forts to protect the place, and the militia were ill armed and ill trained. But the hour found the man. On the afternoon of the very day when the British reached the banks of the river the vanguard of Andrew Jackson's Tennesseeans marched into New Orleans. Clad in hunting-shirts of buckskin or homespun, wearing wolf pelt and coonskin caps, and carrying their long rifles on their shoulders, the wild soldiery of the backwoods tramped into the little French town. They were tall men, with sinewy frames and piercing eyes. Under "Old Hickory's" lead they had won the bloody battle of the Horseshoe Bend against the Creeks; they had driven the Spaniards from Pensacola; and now they were eager to pit themselves against the most renowned troops of all Europe.
Jackson acted with his usual fiery, hasty decision. It was absolutely necessary to get time in which to throw up some kind of breastworks or defenses for the city, and he at once resolved on a night attack against the British. As for the British, they had no thought of being molested. They did not dream of an assault from inferior numbers of undisciplined and ill-armed militia, who did not possess so much as bayonets to their guns. They kindled fires along the levees, ate their supper, and then, as the evening fell, noticed a big schooner drop down the river in ghostly silence and bring up opposite to them. The soldiers flocked to the shore, challenging the stranger, and finally fired one or two shots at her. Then suddenly a rough voice was heard, "Now give it to them, for the honor of America!" and a shower of shell and grape fell on the British, driving them off the levee. The stranger was an American man-of-war schooner. The British brought up artillery to drive her off, but before they succeeded Jackson's land troops burst upon them, and a fierce, indecisive struggle followed. In the night all order was speedily lost, and the two sides fought singly or in groups in the utmost confusion. Finally a fog came up and the combatants separated. Jackson drew off four or five miles and camped.
The British had been so roughly handled that they were unable to advance for three or four days, until the entire army came up. When they did advance, it was only to find that Jackson had made good use of the time he had gained by his daring assault. He had thrown up breastworks of mud and logs from the swamp to the river. At first the British tried to batter down these breastworks with their cannon, for they had many more guns than the Americans. A terrible artillery duel followed. For an hour or two the result seemed in doubt; but the American gunners showed themselves to be far more skilful than their antagonists, and gradually getting the upper hand, they finally silenced every piece of British artillery. The Americans had used cotton bales in the embrasures, and the British hogsheads of sugar; but neither worked well, for the cotton caught fire and the sugar hogsheads were ripped and splintered by the round shot, so that both were abandoned. By the use of red-hot shot the British succeeded in setting on fire the American schooner which had caused them such annoyance on the evening of the night attack; but she had served her purpose, and her destruction caused little anxiety to Jackson.
Having failed in his effort to batter down the American breastworks, and the British artillery having been fairly worsted by the American, Pakenham decided to try open assault. He had ten thousand regular troops, while Jackson had under him but little over five thousand men, who were trained only as he had himself trained them in his Indian campaigns. Not a fourth of them carried bayonets. Both Pakenham and the troops under him were fresh from victories won over the most renowned marshals of Napoleon, and over soldiers that had proved themselves on a hundred stricken fields the masters of all others in Continental Europe. At Toulouse they had driven Marshal Soult from a position infinitely stronger than that held by Jackson, and yet Soult had under him a veteran army. At Badajoz, Ciudad Rodrigo, and San Sebastian they had carried by open assault fortified towns whose strength made the entrenchments of the Americans seem like the mud walls built by children, though these towns were held by the best soldiers of France. With such troops to follow him, and with such victories behind him in the past, it did not seem possible to Pakenham that the assault of the terrible British infantry could be successfully met by rough backwoods riflemen fighting under a general as wild and untrained as themselves.
He decreed that the assault should take place on the morning of the eighth. Throughout the previous night the American officers were on the alert, for they could hear the rumbling of artillery in the British camp, the muffled tread of the battalions as they were marched to their points in the line, and all the smothered din of the preparation for assault. Long before dawn the riflemen were awake and drawn up behind the mud walls, where they lolled at ease, or, leaning on their long rifles, peered out through the fog toward the camp of their foes. At last the sun rose and the fog lifted, showing the scarlet array of the splendid British infantry. As soon as the air was clear Pakenham gave the word, and the heavy columns of red coated grenadiers and kilted Highlanders moved steadily forward. From the American breastworks the great guns opened, but not a rifle cracked. Three fourths of the distance were covered, and the eager soldiers broke into a run; then sheets of flame burst from the breastworks in their front as the wild riflemen of the backwoods rose and fired, line upon line. Under the sweeping hail the head of the British advance was shattered, and the whole column stopped. Then it surged forward again, almost to the foot of the breastworks; but not a man lived to reach them, and in a moment more the troops broke and ran back. Mad with shame and rage, Pakenham rode among them to rally and lead them forward, and the officers sprang around him, smiting the fugitives with their swords and cheering on the men who stood. For a moment the troops halted, and again came forward to the charge; but again they were met by a hail of bullets from the backwoods rifles. One shot struck Pakenham himself. He reeled and fell from the saddle, and was carried off the field. The second and third in command fell also, and then all attempts at further advance were abandoned, and the British troops ran back to their lines. Another assault had meanwhile been made by a column close to the river, the charging soldiers rushing to the top of the breastworks; but they were all killed or driven back. A body of troops had also been sent across the river, where they routed a small detachment of Kentucky militia; but they were, of course, recalled when the main assault failed.
At last the men who had conquered the conquerors of Europe had themselves met defeat. Andrew Jackson and his rough riflemen had worsted, in fair fight, a far larger force of the best of Wellington's veterans, and had accomplished what no French marshal and no French troops had been able to accomplish throughout the long war in the Spanish peninsula. For a week the sullen British lay in their lines; then, abandoning their heavy artillery, they marched back to the ships and sailed for Europe.
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The Christian and Government
By Rev G.J. Rako
LTC IN USAR (Ret)
For Christians in any nation, the issue is always advancing to the high ground of spiritual maturity by consistent and continual spiritual growth (II Peter 3:18). This is accomplished as the believer in Jesus Christ submits to the authority of their pastor's accurate teaching of the Word of God, believing the Word and applying it to their lives. For the unbeliever the issue is always faith alone in Christ alone
(Acts 16:31, John 3:14-18, John 3:36). Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved. Spiritual growth is the primary responsibility of Christians to their nation. The Muslim by contrast owes allegiance to his false and satanic god, Allah. Whose duty according to the Koran, is to spread Islam and Sharia law by the sword until all infidels are either converted or murdered (oh, by the way you are an infidel). Christians on the other hand are commanded to submit to the authority of and to pray for their nations leaders.
We read in I Tim 2:1-3:
"First of all, therefore, I continually command that supplications, prayers, intercessions be made on behalf of all men; namely, on behalf of kings and all who are in authority, in order that we may lead an undisturbed and tranquil life in all godliness and virtue. For this is noble and acceptable in the opinion of our Savior-God."
God ordained nationalism as one of four divine institutions or laws of establishment. These four are volition, marriage, family and nationalism or government. God instituted these four divine institutions for the protection and preservation of the human race. They apply to the entire human race, believers and unbelievers alike.
Gen 11:1, 7-9: Now the whole earth used the same language and the same words. "Come, let us go down, and confuse their language, so that they will not understand one another's speech." So, the Lord scattered them abroad from there over the face of the whole earth; and they stopped building the city. Therefore its name was called Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of the whole earth; and from there the Lord scattered them abroad over the face of the whole earth.
There at Babel the people instituted Satan's plan of internationalism. However, this satanically inspired rebellion against God was crushed when God gave them separate languages and scattered them to their unique national geographical boundaries.
And He made from one blood [people] every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed [historical] times and the [national]
boundaries of their habitation, that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and exist, as even some of your own poets have said, "For we also are His children" (Acts 17:26-28).
The Christian's responsibility to his nation begins with fulfilling his responsibility to God. For as goes the believer, so goes the nation.
"Return to God from whom you have revolted and defected" (Isa 31:6).
Grow in grace and the knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ (II Peter 3:18).
Spiritual growth or executing the unique spiritual life of the church age can only be accomplished by means of the filling of the Holy Spirit.
"If we confess our sins to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness" (I John 1:9). "If we should judge ourselves, we should not be judged" (I Cor 11:31). David said, "If I regard iniquity in my heart the Lord will not hear me" (Ps 66:18).
Recovering the filling of the Holy Spirit is accomplished by confession of known sins to God the father. The filling of the Holy Spirit (FHS) is spirituality. It is fellowship with the living God. The FHS provides the necessary Divine power to learn the Word of God. Without the FHS Christians are no better than unbelievers in the futility of their thinking;
they are carnal. Carnal Christians have no ability to learn, apply or utilize the Word. The Holy Spirit teaches our human spirit the Word and recalls for us the truth of Scripture that we have learned (John 14:26).
"This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the futility of their thinking, Having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart. Instead, be renewed in the spirit of your thinking; and that you put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and the holiness of the truth" (Eph 4:17, 18, 23-34).
"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 (false) doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ" (Eph 4:13-15).
Apart from becoming a mature believer, (if this was all you accomplished, you would be a true patriot and receive unimaginable rewards both in time and in eternity) the Christian citizen should understand the following excerption of Biblical principals related to
nationalism from the teachings of R.B. Thieme Jr.:
Why does a client nation fall? (A client nation to God is defined in terms of spiritual activity e.g. evangelism, learning and teaching the Word, sending missionaries under establishment freedom.) Very shortly after Hosea was written, the Assyrian army invaded the Northern Kingdom and overran the country. They raped the women and enslaved the survivors. Hosea 4:1-6 not only explains why a client nation falls, but it also gives the solution. Nothing has changed since this was written in B.C. 721. The failures and solutions are the same. "The Word of God is alive and powerful" (Heb 4:12). The Word of God is literally the thinking of Christ (Cor 2:16), and He is the same yesterday, today and forever (Heb 13:8). Hos 4:1, "Hear the word of the Lord, you citizens of Israel [Northern Kingdom] because the Lord has a case against the inhabitants of the client nation, because nothing of doctrine is taught, nothing about grace is being applied; there is no knowledge of God in the land". In His control of history, Jesus Christ never destroys a nation or permits its destruction until it has gone beyond all reasonable hope. The Hebrew word for "case" refers to lawsuit. This is a case before the supreme court of heaven. We are all the products of God's policy of grace. We earn and deserve nothing! It is by grace that we stand. Hos 4:2, "Instead, there is lying [dishonesty], deception, homicide, stealing, rape, blood touches blood [idiom: perpetuated violence]". When people lie, they have rejected the truth in their function. When a maximum number of people are in a state of dishonesty, the strength of the nation as a whole is lost. Those who commit murder should be executed under the law of capital punishment. Homicide does not refer to killing the enemy in battle. Military soldiers who are believers should be the best killers of the enemy. As they are filled (I John 1:9) with the Spirit in battle, they are calm; they concentrate on the proper use of their weapons. They fight well and kill well, and they have no regrets. They fulfill the principle of freedom through military victory. This military function is not only legitimate; it is honorable. Hos 4:3, "Therefore, the land mourns, and all who live in it lose their strength, along with the beasts of the field and the birds of the air". To lose your strength means to lose your courage, patriotism, and vitality. As a result, not just rational people suffer, but so do animals who cannot understand why they suffer.
Hos 4:4, "Yet let no one find fault [as in evil activism]; let no one offer criticism, for your citizens are like those who contend with the communicator of doctrine". In Israel, the Levitical priests communicated doctrine using animal sacrifices, the holy days, and the articles of furniture in the Tabernacle and temples. Hos 4:5, "Therefore, you have stumbled in the daylight, and even the prophet will stumble with you in night darkness; and I will destroy your native country [motherland]". The prophet was the greater Bible teacher. Even he was giving false doctrine, saying such things as "peace, peace, when there is no peace" (Ez 13:10). Today, the stumbling prophet represents pastors who are distracted from Bible teaching by activism, psychology, and false doctrine. As a result, we are ripe for discipline from God. The administration of the final and last installment of discipline known as the fifth cycle of discipline to the Northern Kingdom would occur within a year, i.e., in B.C. 721. Hos 4:6, "My people are destroyed by lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected the knowledge of doctrine, I will reject you from being a priest nation".
The Northern Kingdom was destroyed and blotted out forever because, as goes the believer, so goes the client nation.
We as believers should not be involved in activism; we should be growing in grace to become mature believers. A nation without absolute truth is a nation without solutions. The solution to any problem whether personal or national demands a spiritual solution. How are national problems solved? In the simplest of terms, the believers priority must be Bible doctrine with emphasis on the mystery doctrine of the Church Age; e.g., the uniqueness of the Church Age with its fantastic privileges, and the resultant problem solving devices that can meet any situation in life. When Bible doctrine is the number one priority, then you concentrate on it. As you hear Bible doctrine taught, you listen and concentrate, and under the ministry of God the Holy Spirit you learn and advance under post-salvation epistemological rehabilitation. Once you begin to concentrate on the Word of God as the priority, you begin to organize your life around it. Whatever it takes, you learn Bible doctrine. Perception, metabolization, and application of Bible doctrine is the road to spiritual maturity. When you learn enough Bible doctrine so that your mental attitude has changed, you organize your thinking around Bible doctrine. Now the divine viewpoint takes hold in your life and begins to push out human viewpoint. When that happens, you begin to utilize in detail all the Biblical solutions or Divine operating assets. As a result of this concentration on and application of Bible doctrine, you advance to the point where you execute the unique spiritual life of the Church Age. Welcome to spiritual maturity!
Christian activism and arrogance are not the solution. Christian activism is as destructive to a client nation as is any enemy attack. Christian activism is arrogance, which is the motivation that originated in Satan as the ruler of this world. Rom 12:2, "Stop being conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renovation of your thinking, that you may prove what the will of God is, namely, the good of intrinsic value achievement, the well-pleasing to God, the mature status quo".
"Good of intrinsic value achievement" means advance to spiritual maturity, execution of the plan of God, and becoming a winner in the plan of God. The "well-pleasing to God" is the execution of His plan. The only way to execute His plan is to learn and apply Bible doctrine everyday. "The mature status quo" refers to the attainment of spiritual maturity. Rom 12:3 "For this I say through the grace which has been given to me to everyone who is among you: stop thinking of self in terms of arrogance beyond what you ought to think, but think in terms of sanity for the purpose of being rational without illusion as God has assigned to each one of us a standard of thinking from doctrine".
To think of self in terms of arrogance is to be preoccupied with self. Arrogance is the greatest cause of mental illness and insanity. Part of the arrogance complex is having the wrong expectations When you are not treated the way you want to be treated or loved the way you want to be loved, disillusionment results. Your "standard of thinking from Bible doctrine" is replacing human viewpoint with Divine viewpoint, the function of an advancing believer.
There is a tremendous emphasis today among evangelical Christians to practice social and political engineering and activism. There is little or no understanding among believers of the role of the Christian in the client nation to God. This is often predicated in the erroneous theory of the so-called "Christian nation." The "Christian nation" is a myth; the client nation to God is a reality. Both believers and unbelievers exist in a nation with many religions as well as Christianity. There is no such thing as so- called "Christian" laws. The Bible teaches that a nation should follow the laws of divine establishment, designed for believers and unbelievers alike. If so-called "Christian" laws existed, that would outlaw all unbelievers, and that would be tyranny. Christians have become monsters in trying to get their way; e.g., in the abortion crusade, protesting the war on terror, death penalty, gay rights, etc., etc., etc... However, Christians have turned this right to assemble into a vicious, tragic evil. They march and force their children to participate. That is not why God has left us on this earth. Nevertheless, as long as Christians do these things, we will continue down the path of destruction. The Bible clearly emphasizes the fact that the impact of Christianity on a nation is spiritual. Christians do have civil responsibility, such as military service, paying taxes, voting, and fulfilling certain civic responsibilities. However, this does not include violence, destruction of property, intrusion on the privacy of others, or any form of civil disobedience. The Bible demands that the believer understand his role in society in terms of God's plan, God's purpose, and God's will for his life. The spiritual impact of the unique spiritual life of the Church Age not only opposes the present modus operandi of Christian activism, but also assigns it to the arrogance of Satan's system, and thereby makes it a function of grieving the Holy Spirit rather than walking by means of the Spirit. As goes the believer, so goes the client nation to God. As our Lord said, "Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and unto God the things that are God's". "Render unto Caesar" is the establishment activity of the believer, his function under the divine institutions of freedom, marriage, family, and government. Freedom must include privacy, self-determination, the sacredness of property and life. Freedom can only be maintained under the laws of divine establishment through military victory. Free enterprise and the coexistence of poverty and wealth side-by-side is a normal function of a nation. Separation of church and state (freedom of religion, not freedom from religion) is very important. Separation of the military and state is very important so that no coup d'etat or military dictatorship will ever exist. The greatest commentary on the details of a military is given in Numbers, which begins with universal military training. There must be laws against criminality. The Bible advocates that for certain criminal offenses the individual be executed under the principle of capital punishment. Civil authority must exist. Freedom without authority is anarchy. Authority without freedom is tyranny. You cannot have one without the other. "Render unto God" is the believer, after personally receiving Jesus Christ as his Savior, executing the unique spiritual life of the church age. It refers to the manufacture of mature believers, the establishment that thereby blesses by association the client nation. Manifest destiny demands blessing by association with mature believers, not activism from carnal Christians who are guilty of moral degeneration.
The Northern Kingdom became pleasure-mad in their prosperity. All they could think of was pleasure and its stimulation. It became a country of drug addicts and drunks. This is described in Isa 28:8-12. "For all the tables are full of filthy vomit; there is not a single clean place. To whom shall He teach knowledge of doctrine? To whom shall He cause to interpret the message? Those just weaned with milk, those just taken from the mother's breast"?
With everyone drunk or hopped up on drugs, Isaiah was saying, "How can we ever teach doctrine?" The only hope against the great Assyrian empire was a small number of mature believers. The recipients of Bible doctrine could not be spiritual babies; spiritual adults were needed. "Principle of doctrine added to principle of doctrine, line of Scripture added to line of Scripture, a little doctrine in this message, a little doctrine in the next message."
This is one of the most unusual verses in the Hebrew, because it is onomatopoeic. It is a monosyllabic imitation of two things. The drunken speech related to Isa 28:8, and to the babbling of those who have rejected Bible doctrine. In time of stress, those who have rejected doctrine and who have no establishment orientation are cry babies. They whine, mew, and complain their way through life. They never see that they themselves are responsible for the national disaster that overtakes the client nation. Though the sound of the Hebrew is slurred and babbling, the content points to the only solution for the nation, which is to establish mature believers. For that to occur, believers must listen to one principle of doctrine added to another principle of doctrine. This verse promotes the expository teaching of the Word of God. The monosyllabic babbling of the drunks is imitated to give the solution. Notice that not one word promotes Christian activism. The only solution is "principle of doctrine added to principle of doctrine." It all accumulates, and it produces the mature believer. The mature believer comes through the perception of doctrine, not through Christian activism. Christian activism is an abomination to the Lord, and it brings about national discipline that eventually destroys the client nation to God. The babbling reminds the prophet of speaking in tongues. It is interesting to note that Isaiah refers to that next in verse 11. "For with alien articulation and by means of a foreign [Gentile] language, He will speak to this people."
Here Isaiah makes a prophecy about all Jewish client nations, how they will all eventually be destroyed (today there is no Jewish client nation; only Gentile nations can be client nations to God during these times of the Gentiles). The Jews would no longer learn the Gospel from Isa 53. They would learn the Gospel through Gentile languages only. When that occurred in A.D. 70, it would be the sign that Jewish nations would no longer function as client nations to God until the Second Advent of Jesus Christ. Since they would not be evangelized by their own native language, they were therefore to be set aside until the last 1000 years of history. Only when Jesus Christ returns will there ever be a Jewish client nation again. That means there are no Jewish client nations throughout the Church Age and Tribulation.
Isa 28:12: ". . . but they would not listen." Sublimation of the Northern Kingdom meant all they wanted to do was to party. They were self-indulgent, preoccupied with themselves. They had no time for the Word God.
Christian service is related to the laws of divine establishment. The laws of divine establishment provide the opportunity for the mature believer to perform divine good in certain spheres of life. Christian service is related to your job. Part of your fulltime Christian service is how you handle your job or profession.
"Slaves [Christian labor] obey your human masters [management] with respect and maximum effort by means of the integrity of your right lobe as unto Christ. Not on the basis of eye service, as men-pleasers, but as servants of Christ, doing the will of God by means of the soul. Serve with good motivation, as to the Lord, and not for the praise of mankind, because you know that each one, if he does anything good [divine good], for this he himself will be rewarded from the Lord, whether slave or free" (Eph 6:5-8). The motivation for your Christian service comes from occupation with Christ and the integrity you develop from Bible doctrine in the soul. Doing your job as unto the Lord is making a role model out of Jesus Christ. Approbation lust is carnal motivation and results in dead works. Every believer, whether slave or free, has equal privilege and opportunity to execute the unique spiritual life of the church age.
"Labor, obey human management on the basis of all things, not with eye service, as people-pleasers, but with the integrity of the right lobe, making a role model out of the Lord. Whatever you do, keep on performing it from the soul, as to the Lord and not to people; since you know that from the Lord you will receive the reward of your inheritance, you serve the Lord Christ. For he who does wrong [on the job] will be paid back for that wrong which he has done, and there is no favoritism" (Col 3:22-25).
Christian service is related to various functions in government service. This service includes the following areas.
a. Military service.
b. Law enforcement.
c. Government service, such as elected representatives (not activism or crusading) and intelligence organizations.
d. Other functions related to society in general, such as paying taxes.
Those Christians who are employed in these areas should not only regard such employment as their job, but also as their service to the Lord. They should do their job as unto the Lord. It is true that no matter what you do for a living; you are in full time Christian service. Wherever you are, whatever you are doing you are exactly where the
Lord wants you.
The study of the Assyrian crisis and the fall of the Northern Kingdom closely parallel our own time. Application of this Bible doctrine to our own country just might make the difference. Will our future be as the Northern Kingdom of Israel or will we spiritually recover and enjoy a renewal of prosperity? The Assyrian crisis is a tremendous study
of the Word of God completed by my pastor R. B. Thieme Jr. in 1976. A wonderful teacher of the truth, he was pastor of Berachah Church for fifty-three years. He is now retired, however, his son R.B. Thieme III has picked up the guidon of spiritual truth and is leading a new generation to the high ground of spiritual maturity. I am humbled by
the provision of God for me to be a member of a church that has made the teaching of the Word of God the priority of their purpose.
The Christians responsibility to the nation begins and ends with advancing to spiritual maturity and executing the unique spiritual life of the church age. The Word of God must come first. The only solution is a spiritual solution. As goes the believer, so goes the nation. The survival of the United States of America is in your hands.
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SUPPORT FOR OUR TROOPS STARTS ON CAPITAL HILL
Young men and women of our armed forces enlist for various reasons. Patriotism and the desire to protect our nation is the most common motivation as they stand with pride taking their "Oath of Enlistment". What these future Warriors shouldn't fear is the thought of losing pay and benefits as they are willing to sacrifice greatly for our Nations security.
During a recent White House press conference President Obama stated, "If congressional Republicans refuse to pay America's bills on time, Social Security checks and veterans benefits will be delayed. We might not be able to pay our troops,"
During my tenure in various leadership roles, I can assure you that good leadership never allows for the demoralization of his/her subordinates. Leading soldiers into battle is hard enough but leading them into battle with the impression that they are nothing more than political pawns is very difficult.
The Military has been used as to secure financial support for budget funding since its earliest days. What political suites need to consider is the negative anxiety this creates among the fighting soldiers whether in the Sandbox or State side.
Congressman Duncan Hunter, California's 50th District understands this significant problem and soon will introduce legislation to ensure military paychecks are not interrupted. The legislation will guarantee that all military personnel, in addition to support personnel serving in combat zones, receive a paycheck in the event the debt ceiling is reached or there is a lapse in federal appropriations. "America's military men and women fight to defend our freedom without asking for much in return," said Hunter, a veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. "Whether they are fighting in Afghanistan or supporting operations elsewhere, service members deserve assurance that they will not be denied a paycheck. And if paychecks are withheld, it's because the President, as commander in chief, made a decision not to pay them.
We as American citizens, veterans, active duty or retired soldiers need to support Congressman Hunter's efforts. Passing this legislation will ensure that soldiers can focus on coming home and not paying their bills.
I urge you take just a couple short minutes and email or call your local Congressman or Congress Woman and ask them to support the soldiers whom serve in their respective districts by supporting Congressman Hunter's legislation.
We have an opportunity to put an end to the political budget rhetoric that causes such great anxiety among our soldiers and their leaders.
"We owe our troops the opportunity to serve in the best-planned, best equipped, and best-led military force in the world, and we owe them the peace of mind that comes from knowing that they and their families will be taken care of if they sacrifice life, limb or the ability to sleep without war's nightmares. We owe them not just thanks and best wishes but action and action in our nation's capital". ~ Senator John Kerry
Be prepared, train often & fight smart,
Sgt. Glenn French
About the author
Glenn French, a Sergeant with the Sterling Heights (Mich.) Police Department, has 22 years police experience and currently serves as the Team Commander for the Special Response Team, and Sergeant of the Sterling Heights Police Department Training Bureau. He has 14 years SWAT experience and served as a Sniper Team Leader, REACT Team Leader, and Explosive Breacher.
He is the author of the award-winning book "Police Tactical Life Saver" which has been named the 2012 Public Safety Writers Association Technical Manual of the year. Glenn is also the President of www.tacticallifesaver.org.
Glenn has instructed basic and advanced SWAT / Tactical officer courses, basic and advanced Sniper courses, Cold Weather / Winter Sniper Operations and Active Shooter Response courses, Tactical Lifesaver Course and others. Sgt French served in the U.S. Army. During his military tenure Sgt French gained valuable experience in C.Q.B., infantry tactics and explosive breaching operations.
|Survival and Disaster Preparedness|
Using Mylar to beat Thermal Imaging
For the last week or so I have been experimenting with a Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) device due to comments made in some survival and preparedness groups to which I belong. A recurring theme was brought up- hiding from a drone or other FLIR enabled individual by hiding under a mylar survival blanket which FLIR supposed cannot penetrate. Of course, no one saying these comments had any way to test out the theory for themselves with anything other than a consumer model camera. I however have access to state issued equipment utilized by fire, rescue and law enforcement personnel so I took advantage of these benefits get to the truth of the matter.
It appears that FLIR does not "see" through mylar or any other material for that matter that does not hold a heat signature. Thus, when people claim that FLIR sees through buildings, but that's not entirely accurate. The building may not have as great a heat signature as the target within the building, and this is the reason buildings appear invisible in some online videos of FLIR in action. Thus, if grow lights are on within a room in a home, that room will appear white hot and the surrounding rooms nearly clear by comparison due to the great difference in heat. In like manner the mud-huts, block homes and shacks often used by insurgents in the Middle East appear clear or cold in comparison the white hot insurgent or blued weapons as viewed in online videos.
So, we tested the theory as it was stated- can a person lie under a mylar survival blanket and appear cold? The short answer to that is NO and here's why. If mylar comes into contact with a warm person, it almost instantly begins retaining and reflecting heat and within 20-30 seconds a full body outline becomes plainly visible. This was true with the standard reflective mylar survival blankets and the more robust all weather or aluminized casualty blankets both of which sport a reflective and non-reflective side. If you insulate your body with say a wool blanket or sleeping bag or even leaves, again the heat transfer takes place, albeit slower (within 1-2 minutes), the body outline becomes obvious.
I have also heard reports of those that make mylar ghillie suits that supposedly block thermal readings. Again, if the material is against the body, I don't believe that a suit can remain cool enough to truly be successful. The trick to successfully utilizing mylar as a "shield" is to simply not have contact with it. If utilized as a quick lean-to or A-frame shelter 12 inches or more away from the body and maybe camouflaged with some brush, etc. allows for ample air flow to keep the material cool while providing some blending with a wooded area in this case. Some have also suggested capping off a fox-hole with mylar- but again unless air can continually cool the material it will collect and reveal heat from the fox-hole.
I then tested simpler methods such as blending in with rolled hay-bales. Rolled hay retains heat for months after it's been stored and even now in the middle of winter, the hay bales on our farm are still giving off a fair amount of heat. If one could conceal themselves amidst some rolled hay bales, I believe this to be more realistic than depending on throwing up a mylar shelter on the go. So, does mylar alone beat thermal imaging? No, it doesn't. It takes a combination of factors- air/ heat exchange, building or shelter material and weather.
The one thing I find interesting is that most of those planning on utilizing mylar shields and cover seem to believe that they will know when a drone is overhead. Considering that drones are designed to fly thousands of feet in the air with the capability of being whisper quite, it's highly unlikely one would be noticed, especially in time to hide from it. Additionally, it seems to me that most think they're suddenly going to become a high-value target. I mean with all the drones coming after them and all, they must really know something!
Let's get back to reality and worry about more practical matters such as taking care of those in our group and getting others as prepared as we like to think we are. If you'd like to see the videos of my experiments, check out my youtube channel at http://www.youtube.com/frontierchristianu
|About the author: |
Jason Hunt is the President of Frontier Christian University a school that equips people in Biblical survival and preparedness ministries and he's the Chief Instructor at Hunt Survival, Inc. a survival & preparedness training company. He's also the author of The Tribulation Survival Guide.
No Kleenex Here.....
What HR isn't:
HR isn't the place you go to get your nose wiped, or a tissue for your tears.
HR isn't the department that deals with all your problem employees.
HR isn't the "catch all" department for all things people-related'.
HR isn't responsible for making bad hiring decisions unless it's for their own department.
HR is the part of your organization that does it's best to balance, align, and fine-tune the business and people strategy of the company.
HR is the department that tracks down and queues the brightest talent.
HR is the department that 'on-boards' the best candidate once the hiring manager makes a decision.
HR is there to ensure employee health & welfare doesn't get bypassed for profits, and that the organization stays competitive with the talent market.
Too often today's HR professionals think their jobs are to:
-prevent law suits,
-ensure the company is 110% PC, or
-foster a feel-good, touchy-feely environment so everyone plays nice.
And that's just crap in my opinion!
If HR wants a respected 'seat at the table' it has to add strategic value, meaning: Do more than high-priced codling or be the congeniality police.
If you stop and think about it people represent at least 50% of your ability to conduct business; your hard / technical assets represent the other 50%. Without people you can't deliver your product or service; and without a product, service or assets such as buildings and equipment, you don't need 'people.'
Without people you can't do much and without people who can lead, build teams, and communicate effectively you'll always see the backside of your competitors. What's worse, is that too many organizations, maybe yours, have "outsourced" all people responsibilities to the HR department already!
What is even more discouraging is the fact that while the people aspects of the business were being outsourced to a department that isn't even "on the front lines" of the business, in other words they don't directly effect the product or service, the management "team" that made this decision actually thought they'd be more profitable if their front line managers only had to focus on the "technical" aspects of the business. "Surly we'll be more profitable this way," they assured themselves.
Similarly, companies and their competitors reinvest quarter after quarter in hopes of getting one up on the other. They think they've done the right thing by taking all those unnecessary distractions (the human factor) off the plates of their managers and bought them some new equipment to increase efficiencies. Yet when they look around they
frustratingly realize that they really haven't pulled too far ahead in terms of market share and profitability, much less efficiencies.
So what's the solution? The solution is to put the people factor back in the manager's realm of responsibility. Why? The answer is simple in context but hard to (re)implement. This is because while managers were focusing on the technical aspects they lost the skills necessary to lead, communicate, and build teams effectively.
Managers and front line supervisors are key to a companies competitiveness; that's a given. People are the most important asset; that's a cliche.
To deliver the very best product or service to your customer for a profit, and to beat your competition, you must fully engage your first line employees. Therefore, who better to handle this engagement than their supervisor or manager?
The manager/supervisor is the right person to do this because he has the best opportunity to develop the relationship necessary to achieve higher levels of competence and performance from the individual associates working on the front line. Often those employees who touch your product or service most critically or interact directly with the customer.
Let me give you an example:
In combat, it's not the Generals who do the fighting. And thankfully long ago, the Rangers realized that the best person to make a decision while the war is waging is the person closest to the action; the Private.
Consequently, it's the General with the sharpest privates who wins both the battle and the war and it's the General who's held accountable to ensure that his front line employees are the best trained and most knowledgeable. That they are critical thinkers who can quickly react to the ever changing battlefield. That General wins not only the battle but also the war, sometimes without even firing a shot! This was the case during the 'Cold War.'
The former Soviet Union could never understand how we were able to push decision-making and problem-solving to the lowest possible denominator on the org chart; the Private. This concerned the leadership of the Red Army because they knew their centralized decision-making process took time to get information from and then a
decision back to the battle. Now, think of this in terms of your business. Are your front line employees the best they can be? Do they know what's expected from them in terms of quality, efficiency, performance, and attendance? Who do you rely on to prepare them for their job?Lead the way!
About the author: Dean Hohl has been leading teams and coaching individuals professionally since 1993. From '88 - '92 Dean served with 3rd Ranger Battalion during which he helped in the removal of Manuel Noriega in 1989 when he parachuted onto a hostile Panamanian airstrip.
He graduated Ranger School with honors earning one of two distinguished "Merrill's Marauders" awards; an award earned only by two each class and chosen by his peer group for demonstrating exceptional teamwork, leadership, and communication under long periods of stress and pressure - often the result of days without food or sleep - throughout the entire 72 day course. Dean completed his Ranger service with honor at the rank of Sergeant.
A case where a barrier wall works
From the book War In The Shadows
We commented on the general uselessness of walled barriers as a valid counterinsurgency weapon, for example the Morice Line used by the French in Algeria (see Chapter 55) or the multi-million-dollar fiasco built by the Americans in Vietnam (see Chapter 66). Conditions were uniquely different in the Western Sahara, however. Here there were fixed flanks, one being the Moroccan border guarded by static defenses, the other the sea. In 1982, with ample sand, rocks, and labor on hand, Moraccan army engineers built a four-hundred-mile-long wall to protect the northwestern part of the area that included the Bu Craa phosphate mines. The ten- to twelve-foot-high wall, holding sensors and radars that detected enemy presence several miles away, was defended by units from the eighty-thousand-man Morroccan army now based in Western Sahara.
The results were dramatic in the best tradition of Marshal Lyautey's tache d'huile concept (see Chapter 13). Not only did the the Polisario fail to breach the line but the land behind the line became alive. The Bu Craa mine reopened, investment poured in, general prosperity followed. Following tache d'huile tactics, a second line followed in late 1983 when King Hassan startled the diplomatic world by opening a dialogue with Colonel Quaddafi. A resultant agreement called for Quaddafi to halt arms shipments to the Polisarios if Hassan gave him a free hand for his foray into Chad in support of Goukaouni Queddi's Forces Armes Populaires, which was again challenging Hessne Habre's shaky regime.
Diplomacy was all very well but the secret of Hassan's success was the expanding fortified lines-a third one in spring of 1984, a fourth in October, a fifth in 1985. The net external result of what became known as the "Hassan Wall" was to slowly push the guerillas back into Algeria despite their frantic attempts to blast through using mortars, rockets, and even tanks. The net internal result was $2 billion worth of foreign investments in the protected area.
THE SICK LION
A lion, unable from old age and infirmities to provide himself with food by force, resolved to do so by artifice. He returned to his den, and lying down there, pretended to be sick, taking care that his sickness should be publicly known. The beasts expressed their sorrow, and came one by one to his den, where the Lion devoured them. After many of the beasts had thus disappeared, the Fox discovered the trick and presenting himself to the Lion, stood on the outside of the cave, at a respectful distance, and asked him how he was. "I am very middling," replied the Lion, "but why do you stand without? Pray enter within to talk with me." "No, thank you," said the Fox. "I notice that there are many prints of feet entering your cave, but I see no trace of any returning."
He is wise who is warned by the misfortunes of others.
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"Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity."
--Martin Luther King Jr.
"Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom; it is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves."
--British Prime Minister William Pitt (1759-1806)
"The right of the citizens to bear arms is just one more guarantee against arbitrary government, one more safeguard against the tyranny which now appears remote in America, but which historically has proved to be always possible."
--Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey (1911-1978)
"When dictators come to power, the first thing they do is take away the people's weapons. ... I do not believe that [our nation's leaders] have any desire to impose a dictatorship upon us. But this does not mean that such will always be the case. A nation rent internally, as ours has been in recent years, is always ripe for a 'man on a white horse.' A deterrent to that man, or to any man seeking unlawful power, is the knowledge that those who oppose him are not helpless."
"Of those men who have overturned the liberties of republics, the greatest number have begun their career by paying an obsequious court to the people, commencing demagogues and ending tyrants."
"We must reject the idea that every time a law's broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions."
"We should never forget that everything Adolf Hitler did in Germany was 'legal' and everything the Hungarian freedom fighters did in Hungary was 'illegal.'"
--Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968)
"The basis of our political systems is the right of the people to make and to alter their Constitutions of Government. But the Constitution which at any time exists, 'till changed by an explicit and authentic act of the whole People, is sacredly obligatory upon all."
--George Washington (1796)
"Here is to that tired, filthy, wet, cold, hungry, unshaven, thoroughly pissed off 19 year old American soldier sitting on a mountain top far from home, with his rifle in hand daring the world to come kick him off.
My personal hero whom I have never met."
Dana Perino (FOX News) describing an interview she recently had with a Navy SEAL. After discussing all the countries that he had been sent to, she asked if they had to learn several languages?
"Oh, no ma'am, we don't go there to talk."
Conversation overheard on the VHF Guard (emergency) frequency 121.5 MHz while flying from Europe to Dubai .
Iranian Air Defense Site: 'Unknown aircraft you are in Iranian airspace. Identify yourself.'
Aircraft: 'This is a United States aircraft.I am in Iraqi airspace.'
Air Defense Site: 'You are in Iranian airspace. If you do not depart our airspace we will launch interceptor aircraft!'
Aircraft: 'This is a United States Marine Corps FA-18 Fighter. Send 'em up, I'll wait!'
Air Defense Site: ( ... total silence)
Major General Peter Cosgrove
General Cosgrove was interviewed on the radio recently.
Read his reply to the lady who interviewed him concerning guns and children.
Regardless of how you feel about gun laws you gotta love this!
This is one of the best comeback lines of all time.
It is a portion of an ABC radio interview between a female broadcaster and General Cosgrove who was about to sponsor a Boy Scout Troop visiting his military Headquarters.
So, General Cosgrove, what things are you going to teach these young boys when they visit your base?
We're going to teach them climbing, canoeing, archery and shooting.
Shooting! That's a bit irresponsible, isn't it?
I don't see why, they'll be properly supervised on the rifle range.
Don't you admit that this is a terribly dangerous activity to be teaching children?
I don't see how.. We will be teaching them proper rifle discipline before they even touch a firearm.
But you're equipping them to become violent killers.
GENERAL COSGROVE: Well, Ma'am, you're equipped to be a prostitute, but you're not one, are you? The radiocast went silent for 46 seconds and when it returned, the interview was over.
During an interview, General Norman Schwarzkopf was asked if he thought there was room for forgiveness toward the people who have harbored and abetted the terrorists who perpetrated the 9/11 attacks on America.
His answer was classic Schwarzkopf.
The General said, "I believe that forgiving them is God's function... OUR job is to arrange the meeting."
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The Military Lensatic Compass is a good solid compass. The phosphorescents illuminate at night, making it easier to shoot azmiths, and can easily be recharged with exposure to bright direct light, such as that of a flashlight on the face of the compass. I always carried the Silva Ranger and Military Lensatic, but used the Silva Ranger (mostly because the needle floats free and easier making it faster to use while your on th move).
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What's Washington got, that you haven't got?
Governments want you to think they have magic words, special abilities, genius you can't match or understand - they can do big things for you.
With what? Government makes no money, produces nothing, has not a dime it doesn't take from you, out of your profits or your income.
And governments are just people - people like you and me - and some of them not as good.
But you have hired them to spend the money you give them. See that they spend it for the greatest good of the nation - your good, not theirs.
It's your money. Never forget it.
|We Lost a Patriot|
"[A] good moral character is the first essential in a man."
Chris Kyle, RIP Former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, a Patriot from Texas and author of the outstanding book, "American Sniper," was killed Saturday while assisting fellow veterans suffering from PTSD. Chris served with the SEAL Team 3 Sniper Element Charlie platoon, and was the most lethal sniper in U.S. history. He accumulated 160 confirmed kills and another 95 probables, and was known to his enemies as Al-Shaitan Ramad (The Devil of Ramadi).
During his four combat tours, Chris was shot twice and survived six IED explosions. His longest shot was taken in 2008 near Sadr City, where he neutralized an RPG-carrying insurgent at more than 2,000 meters with his Lapua Magnum .338 PGM. He left military service three years ago after earning two Silver Stars, five Bronze Stars with Valor, two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, and one Navy and Marine Corps Commendation. He has devoted much of the last three years to working with fellow vets suffering from PTSD.
Chris leaves behind his wife Taya, two children, and a long list of family and friends. Kyle was a tireless defender of Liberty and the Second Amendment, and he will be sorely missed.
Read more here.
New Belt-Fed AR-15 Option Unveiled
SHOT Show 2013
|Slide Fire's Belt-fed AR-15 prototype on display at the 2013 SHOT Show. Photo by Scott R. Gourley|
While not strictly military, one new small arms design unveiled at this week's Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, has direct near term law enforcement and possible future defense applications.
The "Belt-Fed AR-15" prototype was unveiled by Texas-based Slide Fire, developers of a technology that allows shooters to "bump fire" semi-automatic weapons accurately and safely - as rapidly as possible.
According to Joey Green, representative for Slide Fire, the new belt-fed design begins with a modified Slide Fire rifle developed in partnership with Colt.
"We use a Colt platform - an LE6920 - that's been enhanced with our Slide Fire stock, our Slide Fire hand guards, our trigger pack - with 3 -pound trigger and short reset, and our Slide Fire belt-fed system," he explained.
The belt-fed design will reportedly work with both military (including M249 Squad Automatic Weapon - SAW) and civilian-designed links.
"Any link will work in here," Green said.
|Slide Fire's Belt-fed AR-15 prototype on display at the 2013 SHOT Show. Photo by Scott Gourley|
"The great thing about this is that you can start firing it semi-automatic with our belt-fed system," he added. "Or, if you run out of linked ammunition and you want to utilize a standard AR-15 magazine, you can pop your rear takedown pin; separate your upper from your lower; push in your magazine release; slide out the entire belt feeding unit; put your upper and lower back together; reattach your takedown pin; throw a conventional AR-15 magazine in it, and you're ready to go."
Green characterized the belt-fed option as "a new design," noting, "We've got about five of them right now. It will be in production this year. We're shooting for somewhere between May and summer - but by summer we should have some."
Asked about potential user interest being generated by the SHOT Show unveiling, Green pointed to significant early law enforcement interest.
"The Stanislaus County Sheriff's Office from California was in here," he observed. "And the Hayward Police Department was in here today. They are looking at possibly utilizing this for their special tactics units. And Stanislaus County is looking at mounting one of these in a helicopter. They've got to find a solution for 'a problem' and they believe that Slide Fire is it."
Earlier in the week, other company representatives also acknowledged what they felt to be the military utility of the concept, pointing to the design's ability to utilize linked M249 ammunition belts on a significantly lighter patrol weapon than the current M249 SAW. Whether or not the concept could be further evolved onto a traditional military weapon platform remains to be seen.
Tigers in Tunisia
A Tiger tank in Tunisia, circa 1943. Bundesarchiv photo
There were never very many Tiger tanks, less than 1,400 total. They were huge (German crews scornfully called them "furniture vans"), high maintenance, a gas-guzzler even by tank standards, and were more often out of commission due to mechanical failure than damage in combat. And, after its North African debut in a battle near Robaa, Tunisia, a Feb. 5, 1943, a New York Times article stated the Tiger "failed to impress military observers here." According to those observers "a few well-placed shots even from a light anti-tank rifle" could immobilize it.
A Tiger tank at the front near Leningrad, circa 1943. The Tiger was first deployed to Leningrad despite opposition from Gen. Heinz Guderian and others. The swampy, forested terrain was not conducive to effective armor attacks. Bundesarchiv photo
That article for home consumption literally papered over the truth. Allied troops were scared to death of the Tiger.
There was one very good reason for that fear: they didn't have a weapon powerful enough to stop it. The reasons for that boiled down to differences in tank doctrine and philosophy based on tradition, prejudice, and circumstance. Despite a World War I flirtation with (other countries') tanks, in practical terms the U.S. Army was a latecomer to tank warfare, not fielding a mechanized armor corps until 1940, and was prejudicially influenced by horse cavalry advocates led by Chief of Cavalry Maj. Gen. John K. Herr (whose office was not disbanded until 1942). As such, though U.S. Army armor advocates studied writings by armored warfare philosopher Gen. Heinz Guderian and others as well as the Wehrmacht's blitzkrieg battlefield successes, American armor advocates took away only that part of German tank doctrine that suited them: mass, speed, and maneuver. Accordingly, the American role of tanks was not to fight other tanks, but to smash through enemy lines and raise hell in their rear, the traditional role of cavalry.
Overlooked or ignored was the other side of the coin of German blitzkrieg tank doctrine expressed in Guderian's 1937 book Achtung-Panzer!, "The tank's most dangerous enemy is another tank [emphasis added]. If we are unable to defeat the enemy armor the breakthrough has as good as failed. . . ." The Tiger was the ultimate expression of that tank versus tank doctrine.
To Guderian's disgust, the Tigers first saw action in the siege of Leningrad. In his book Panzer Leader, Guderian wrote, "[Hitler] ordered that the Tigers be committed in a quite secondary operation, in a limited attack carried out in [swampy, forested] terrain that was utterly unsuitable. . . . The results were not only heavy, unnecessary casualties, but also the loss of secrecy and of the element of surprise for future operations."
A Tiger tank with staff car and officers in Tunisia, Jan. 1943. The first Tiger tanks arrived in November 1942. Bundesarchiv photo
The heavy tank battalion s.Pz.-Abt. 501(Schwere Panzer-Abteilung 501) began arriving in Tunis in late November 1942. Kampfgruppe Lueder (named after its leader Maj. Hans-Georg Lueder), initially three Tigers and four Panzer IIIs, later three more Tigers, went into action on Dec. 1, 1942, participating in the Battle of Tebourba. When the battle ended in a German victory on Dec. 5, Allied troops under British Lt. Gen. Kenneth Anderson had lost 55 tanks, hundreds of vehicles, and more than 1,000 troops captured, with the Tigers knocking out most of the Allied tanks. A rare color newsreel of the opening stage of the Battle of Tebourba can be viewed on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HYeeWSXJgFc.
"Experts Discount Nazi Mark VI Tank"
-New York Times headline, Feb. 5, 1943
Soon the sight of even one Tiger entering battle caused the blood in Allied troops to run cold. The Tiger's high-velocity 88 mm main gun could outshoot anything they had, and armor piercing shells bounced off the Tiger's thick armor - even from ranges as close as 50 meters. In an attack against Allied positions in the Medjerda river valley of northwest Tunisia not long after, s.Pz.-Abt. 501 reported that "fleeing enemy columns and tanks were observed as soon as the Tigers appeared."
Over time, the fearsome and intimidating reputation of the Tiger grew to mythic proportions. Maj. Christopher W. Wilbeck noted in his study of German heavy tank battalions that whenever a German tank appeared, regardless of type, "Among the Allied armies, units continually reported that Tiger tanks were in their sector or that they had destroyed Tiger tanks."
An early production Tiger tank being examined by U.S. Army soldiers in Tunisia. The Tiger struck fear into the hearts of Allied troops. U.S. Army photo
Though destroying a Tiger was high-risk bordering on suicide early in the war, disabling one was not. The Allies' most successful anti-Tiger tactic in Tunisia was a retrograde maneuver, laying anti-tank mines guarded by antitank guns. When a Tiger was immobilized by a mine, antitank guns could take it under fire, or artillery fire was called in. Later in France, tactical air - fighter-bombers using rockets and bombs - proved the most effective countermeasure.
In March 1943 s.Pz.-Abt. 501 was succeeded by s.Pz.-Abt. 504. During the two months it operated in Tunisia before the surrender of all Axis troops in Tunisia, s.Pz.-Abt. 504 destroyed more than 150 enemy tanks and had a kill ratio of 18.8 enemy tanks for every Tiger lost.
New FLIR Sight Gives Snipers Spectrum Options
SHOT Show 2013
FLIR Systems Advanced Dual-band Universal Night Sight (ADUNS) blends thermal and image intensification sight pictures, and also adds shock mitigation technology to the weapons sight. FLIR Systems photo
FLIR Systems utilized the venue of this week's Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show to highlight its latest night sight technology. This year's SHOT Show event, held in Las Vegas, Nev., continued the recent trend of increasing emphasis on military small arms technologies.
The new sight, dubbed Advanced Dual-band Universal Night Sight (ADUNS), combines both thermal and image intensification (I2) technologies in a package weighing just 3.9 pounds (versus 3.7 pounds for the AN/PVS-27 I2 Magnum Universal Night Sight).
"The beauty of this system is that I have the detection capability of thermal and the recognition capability of I2," explained Guy Blocker, technical applications specialist at FLIR Systems. "With thermal I can pull objects that are hiding in defilade out because of their heat signature. With I2, if they're hiding behind glass, they won't be hiding for long - I2 will 'see through' glass while thermal will not."
The ADUNS design not only blends the I2 and thermal technologies but does it in a way that allows the operator to "dial in" and select the amount of each technology blended in his target image.
Blocker demonstrated seven different modes of operation for ADUNS. Operational modes include:
- pre-set Fusion Modes 1 - 3 (different levels of I2 and thermal fusion);
- AGC Manual, a customized that allows the user to access the menu and establish his own settings;
- Edge Mode 1, which combines thermal and I2 images with thermal outlines;
- Edge Mode 2, which gives thermal edge outlines with I2 imagery; and
- Edge Mode 3, which gives full thermal image, thermal outline, and I2 image.
"When mounted with a telescopic optic, this system can do 1500 meters," Blocker said. "So whatever system I put it on - whether it's a .338 Lapua or a .50 caliber - I can do the max effective range of that weapon system. So this is the perfect complement."
"All of our systems have shock mitigation built into them," he added. "That means they attenuate the shock 10 to 1. We did that for a couple of reasons. One was that we could not get an I2 tube that was warrantied by ITT, the manufacturer of the Pinnacle tubes that we use, for anything other than a semi-automatic .50 caliber rifle, and nothing [warrantied] for .338 - and even some .308s, like the SCAR-17 or the M14, because of the recoil pulse when the bolt slams forward. So we decided to start working on shock mitigation to get more variety with all of our systems - but mainly with the PVS-27.
What shock mitigation does is attenuate the shock 10 to 1. You can put it on a 'Tac .50' and shoot, with no more 'One shot one kill.' In other words, the system stays operational. You don't blow out the tube. ITT took a look at that and said it was just in time, because they had cut back production on their weapons grade tubes and now we are using standard ANVIS tubes in our system."
Blocker confirmed that the United States Marine Corps has received a small number of systems in I MEF at Camp Pendleton and the company is currently in the process of doing Foreign Military Sales deliveries to some "friendly foreign governments - NATO allies primarily."
Prosthetics: A Step Ahead
An unprecedented surge in science and technology has enabled hundreds of service member amputees to return to service.
Proving his newfound flexibility with the BiOM ankle and foot combination and POWER KNEE, Army Staff Sgt. Billy Costello stretches and flexes his foot enough to wrap his fingers around his shoe at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., April 24, 2012. DoD photo by Terri Moon Cronk
In Iraq and Afghanistan, where improvised explosive devices (IEDs) have often been insurgents' weapons of choice, the Department of Defense (DoD) estimates that more than 1,600 service members have lost limbs since the start of the wars in 2001 - and, according to the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center, 2011 was the worst year on record, with 240 deployed servicemen and women suffering at least one arm or leg amputation. Of all the amputations performed on service members deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, about 82 percent have involved injuries to a lower limb.
Lance Cpl. Adrian Simone, an infantryman with 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, puts on his running prosthetic in his room before unit physical training. DVIDS photo
In the early years of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts, wounded warriors with severe limb loss were fitted with prosthetics, rehabilitated, and medically retired. Prosthetics
was largely the purview of the Veterans Health Administration
(VHA), that, as the health care branch of the Department of Veterans Affairs
(VA), was charged with helping these veterans adjust and thrive as civilian amputees.
Today, the VA and its partners still play a leading role in prosthetics development, but the effort has received considerable assistance from the DoD since 2004, when the Pentagon contracted with a prosthetics company to design a "military-grade" prosthetic knee that could enable skilled and capable service members to return to duty whenever possible.
According to statistics made available by the Pentagon in the spring of 2012, these efforts are beginning to pay off for military personnel who want to return to service and earn a paycheck: More than 300 deployed service members who have suffered the loss of a limb have returned to active duty - and of those, more than 50 returned to Iraq or Afghanistan.
Such numbers would not have seemed possible even five years ago, but dual VA/Pentagon backing seems to have unleashed a torrent of innovation in the field of prosthetics, arguably advancing the field more in the last decade than in the previous 50 years.
Propelled by Intuition
Around 200 to 250 patients are fitted with prosthetic limbs each month at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
in Bethesda, Md., and they are learning to expect more than service members might have a decade ago. With the passive prosthetic technologies then available to most military members, lower limb amputees - particularly those with above-the-knee amputations - could expect very little in terms of mobility or even comfort. Even with the most advanced mechanical prosthesis, simple activities such as walking uphill, downhill, or backward - or even leaning against a wall, which requires knee and ankle strength - were difficult and often impossible. For unilateral amputees, the effort of shifting one's body weight onto the intact leg
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Project Delta, Detachment B-52,
5th Special Forces Group
Deep in 'indian country'
Members of the 5th Special Forces Group who were part of Project Delta pose with Vietnam Special Forces (VNSF) soldiers they were training. S. L. A. Marshall Photograph Collection
Special Forces - the Green Berets - whose motto is De oppresso liber ("To liberate the oppressed") take pride in accomplishing their missions well and without fanfare; thus their nickname "the Quiet Professionals." Within that select fraternity, one unit that fought in the Vietnam War stands out for being, in the words of former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Henry H. Shelton, who served as a captain in that unit in 1967, "the quietest of 'the Quiet Professionals.'" Beginning in October 1964 and continuing for more than five years, this unit - Detachment B-52 of the 5th Special Forces Group - conducted the longest-running and most successful deep-penetration reconnaissance and counterintelligence operation in the war.
A soldier from the 5th Special Forces Group who is assigned to Detachment B-52 in Vietnam. U.S. Army photo
Despite the high number, tempo, and risk of its missions, the unit lost only 19 men killed and 12 men missing in action. That extraordinary statistic is matched by another achievement.
When the operation concluded in 1970, the unit, never numbering more than 100 officers and enlisted men at any one time, would become the most highly decorated unit of its size in the Vietnam War, and the second most highly decorated unit in the conflict.
Few people knew of the unit then, and fewer today know the story of Project Delta, Detachment B-52, 5th Special Forces Group.
Project Delta was a "lessons learned" result of its predecessor, the failed Operation Leaping Lena. Leaping Lena recon teams, composed of Vietnam Special Forces (VNSF) and the Civilian Irregular Defense Group (CIDG - usually Montagnards and Nungs), proved incapable of providing high quality, accurate reconnaissance intelligence.
Reorganized and renamed Project Delta, the operation now had 5th Special Forces Group in command and some of its members, Detachment B-52, assigned to lead individual teams.
"For freedom's cause in lands far gone, Remember brave men called recon."
- excerpt from the poem "Recon" by James R. Jarrett, Project Delta Recon Team Sergeant
In December 1964, Project Delta ran its first operation, inserting three teams, each composed of five men (two Special Forces, three VNSF/CIDG) in separate locations in the Viet Cong-held Ninh Hoa Peninsula about 40 miles north of the growing U.S. military facilities at Cam Ranh Bay. Team Three was able to accomplish its mission, bringing back important intelligence and a prisoner. The other two teams were detected as soon as they landed and had more adventurous experiences. Team One was extracted after a running firefight with the enemy. Three members of Team Two - Sgt. First Class Henry M. Bailey, Staff Sgt. Ronald Terry, and a wounded VNSF soldier - got separated from the rest of the their team and wound up spending two harrowing nights hiding from the enemy. The closest available landing zone was 50 meters from their hideout - and on the other side of a village that housed two Viet Cong platoons.
More than 50 members of Project Delta proudly display their unit colors, Oct. 31, 2008. Project Delta was a covert Special Forces operation in Vietnam which began May 15, 1964. A single SF detachment, B-52, was tasked with training the Civilian Irregular Defense Group and the South Vietnamese Special Forces, known as the Luc Luong Dac Biet, in conducting long-range reconnaissance patrols in uncontrolled and enemy territory. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Tony Hawkins
Their escape is described in the book The Ether Zone: U.S. Army Special Forces Detachment B-52, Project Delta
. Author R.C. Morris, who served as executive officer for the 5th Special Forces Group Operational Detachment 106 in 1966, wrote, "Just before dawn the two exhausted troopers, supporting the wounded VNSF recon man between them, simply stood and strode through the middle of the enemy encampment. They had counted on the darkness and rain to fool the VC into mistaking them for their own comrades. The gutsy ruse worked; they waved to a guard hunkered down, smoking a cigarette, and he nonchalantly gestured in return!" Despite receiving fire from the surprised Viet Cong, the rescue helicopter successfully extracted the three men. Bailey then called in an air strike that almost wiped out the VC.
This first mission was a complete success. Fewer than 20 men had disrupted an entrenched Viet Cong network, almost destroyed a reinforced VC company, and punctured the myth of Viet Cong invulnerability. And, by proving that properly led VNSF and CIDG personnel could perform admirably in combat, it boosted morale in the South Vietnamese Army command.
Project Delta ceased operations on June 30, 1970. Among the many decorations Detachment B-52 soldiers received were two Distinguished Service Crosses, 18 Silver Stars, 58 Bronze Stars with V devices, 53 Purple Hearts, the Valorous Unit Award, the Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry, the Republic of Vietnam Civil Actions Honor Medal with Palm, and the Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon. In addition, 5th Special Forces Group soldiers would receive 17 Medals of Honor (eight posthumously), the Presidential Unit Citation, and other high honors.
On March 5, 1971, the 5th Special Forces Group service in Vietnam officially ended when its colors were returned to Fort Bragg, N.C.
U.S. Air Force F-16 Recovered From North Pacific
Phoenix's Curve-21 Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) prepares for a dive during search and recovery operations for a U.S. Air Force F-16 that had crashed July 22, 2012. Phoenix International Holdings Inc. photo
Phoenix International Holdings Inc. announced on Jan. 3 that they had successfully concluded an underwater search and recovery of a U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon. The F-16, from the 35th Fighter Wing, had crashed on July 22, 2012 about 250 miles off the coast of Hokkaido, Japan's northernmost island, after developing a problem in flight. The pilot ejected and was safely rescued. The plane was submerged in more than 16,400 feet of seawater in the North Pacific Ocean.
Phoenix was called in at the request of the U.S. Navy's Supervisor of Salvage and Diving (SUPSALV) in early August, and mobilized a variety of assets. Phoenix utilized the Navy's Orion towed side scan sonar system, CURV-21 Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV), and the Fly-away Deep Ocean Salvage System (FADOSS). All three of these systems can operate down to 20,000 feet and provide the Navy with deep-water salvage and recovery capabilities. Phoenix transported the equipment to Dover Air Force Base, Del., and a military transport flew the equipment to Hawaii where it was loaded aboard the USNS Navajo (T-ATF 169).
An F-16 Fighting Falcon launches to complete its mission after a temporary suspension was lifted at Misawa Air Base, Japan, July 26, 2012. The 35th Fighter Wing had been heavily engaged in evaluating and certifying the safety of its aircraft following the loss of an F-16 aircraft July 22, 2012. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. April Quintanilla
Following a ten-day transit to the crash site, Orion was deployed to search for the final resting place of the F-16. After examining the initial planned search area, which spanned 2 x 4 nautical miles, operations shifted to a secondary location where the F-16 debris field was ultimately located. Phoenix deployed the CURV-21 for 12 dives over 10 days and recovered important items such as the flight data recorder and engine at the direction of the embarked accident investigation board. Besides the extreme water depths the operation faced significant challenges such as adverse weather conditions, including high winds, large waves, and strong currents.
It is hoped that Phoenix's successful operation will allow the Air Force to understand the cause of the crash. After the crash the 35th Fighter Wing conducted a five-day review of the wing's F-16s that included inspections of engines, fuel systems, flight controls, brakes, tires, and ejection seats without uncovering a problem. After the five-day standdown, the Wing resumed flying operations on July 26, 2012 and hasn't had an incident since.
JLTV EMD Contracts Awarded
AM General, Lockheed Martin, and Oshkosh Corporation vehicles selected to move into EMD stage
The Oshkosh Light Combat Tactical All-Terrain Vehicle (L-ATV) is one of three contenders to move into the Engineering and Manufacturing Development stage of the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) program. Oshkosh Defense photo
The U.S. Army has announced the selection of three Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) firm-fixed contracts for the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) Family of Vehicles (FoV). [See DMN: "
Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV): And Then There Were SIX?" posted April 9, 2012].
The EMD awards were made to AM General, LLC, South Bend, Ind.; Lockheed Martin Corporation, Grand Prairie, Texas; and Oshkosh Corporation, Oshkosh, Wisc.
"In developing the requirements for this new vehicle we collaborated closely with the Marine Corps and Industry, incorporating the collective lessons learned over the past decade of war. I am confident when all is said and done we will achieve the most capable, affordable vehicle that optimizes performance, payload, and soldier protection in our light tactical vehicle fleet for the future," said Vice Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Lloyd Austin.
"This award is a significant milestone that brings JLTV closer to fruition, and reflects very successful collaboration between the Army and Marine Corps. Our teamwork will provide another much needed capability to both soldiers and Marines while keeping cost and requirements in line," added Lt. Gen. William Phillips, Military Deputy/Director, Army Acquisition Corps, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology).
AM General's Blast Resistant Vehicle - Off-road (BRV-O) was one of three vehicle families chosen to move into the Engineering and Manufacturing Development stage of the JLTV program. AM General photo
The AM General JLTV design is based on the Blast Resistant Vehicle - Off road (BRV-O), which the company ties to "more than a decade of AM General investments in research, development and testing for this next-generation light tactical military vehicle."
According to company descriptions, "Its mobility technology, matured to meet warfighter demands, accumulated more than 300,000 operational test miles and demonstrated high reliability and maintainability. BRV-O features a crew capsule and modular armor already proven effective in government-supervised blast testing. The BRV-O design can be readily adapted to future changes in U.S. military missions, enemy threats and new protection technologies as they emerge. BRV-O also features AM General's lightweight, fuel efficient and high performance engine and transmission powertrain; a self-leveling suspension system; a C4ISR backbone with open-standard networked architecture and clustered super-computing power; and other advanced components."
Describing the Lockheed Martin JLTV design, Scott Greene, vice president of ground vehicles at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, pointed to its "proven capability for soldiers and Marines," offering that testing to date "has shown that JLTV meets protection standards for IED protected vehicles while weighing approximately 40 percent less than all terrain models deployed in theater today."
The Lockheed Martin JLTV contender was one of three chosen to proceed to the EMD stage of the JLTV program. Lockheed Martin photo
"After seeing what was possible in TD [Technology Development phase] this new design is about making it a reality for production and the warfighter," he added.
The Oshkosh JLTV solution, called the Light Combat Tactical All-Terrain Vehicle (L-ATV), reflects several years of independent R&D development by Oshkosh.
"The Oshkosh JLTV solution was designed with a purpose - to keep warfighters safe on future battlefields with unpredictable terrain, tactics, and threats," said John Bryant, vice president and general manager of Joint and Marine Corps Programs for Oshkosh Defense. "Oshkosh has a 90-year history of delivering high quality military vehicle programs on-time and on-budget, and our JLTV program is no exception. We understand how critical this light, protected, off-road vehicle will be to warfighters."
The EMD phase for the JLTV program is scheduled to last 33 months. EMD Contracts include delivery of 22 full-up prototypes (to be delivered starting 12 months after contract award) and contractor support to the comprehensive 14 month government test program (blast, automotive, user evaluation).
A LITTLE GUN HISTORY
In 1929, the Soviet Union established gun control. >From 1929 to 1953, about 20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated
In 1911, Turkey established gun control. From 1915 to 1917, 1.5 million Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
Germany established gun control in 1938 and from 1939 to 1945, a total
of 13 million Jews and others who were unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated.
China established gun control in 1935. From 1948 to 1952, 20 million political dissidents, unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated
Guatemala established gun control in 1964. From 1964 to 1981, 100,000 Mayan Indians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
Uganda established gun control in 1970. From 1971 to 1979, 300,000 Christians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
Cambodia established gun control in 1956. From 1975 to 1977, one million educated people, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
Defenseless people rounded up and exterminated in the 20th Century because of gun control: 56 million.
You won't see this data on the US evening news, or hear politicians disseminating this information.
Guns in the hands of honest citizens save lives and property and, yes, gun-control laws adversely affect only the law-abiding citizens.
Take note my fellow Americans, before it's too late!
The next time someone talks in favor of gun control, please remind them of this history lesson.
With guns, we are 'citizens'. Without them, we are 'subjects'.
During WWII the Japanese decided not to invade America because they knew most Americans were ARMED!
If you value your freedom, please spread this antigun-control message to all of your friends.
SWITZERLAND ISSUES EVERY HOUSEHOLD A GUN!
SWITZERLAND'S GOVERNMENT TRAINS EVERY ADULT THEY ISSUE A RIFLE.
SWITZERLAND HAS THE LOWEST GUN RELATED CRIME RATE OF ANY CIVILIZED COUNTRY IN THE WORLD!!!
IT'S A NO BRAINER!
DON'T LET OUR GOVERNMENT WASTE MILLIONS OF OUR TAX DOLLARS IN AN EFFORT TO MAKE ALL LAW ABIDING CITIZENS AN EASY TARGET.
Spread the word everywhere you can that you are a firm believer in the 2nd Amendment!
It's time to speak loud before they try to silence and disarm us.
You're not imagining it, history shows that governments always manipulate tragedies to attempt to disarm the people~
BENGHAZI: The stunning part of this story is that Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty killed 60 of the attacking force. Once the compound was overrun, the attackers were incensed to discover that just two men had inflicted so much death and destruction. Just think how much could have been accomplished if they had the support of their Commander-in-Chief.
The news has been full of the attacks on our embassies throughout the Muslim world, and in particular, the deaths of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others in Benghazi , Libya . However, apart from the shameful amount of disinformation willingly distributed by the Main Stream Media and the current administration, theres a little known story of incredible bravery, heroics, and courage that should be the top story of every news agency across the fruited plain.
So what actually happened at the U.S. embassy in Libya ? We are learning more about this every day. Ambassador Stevens and Foreign Service officer Sean Smith, along with administrative staff, were working out of temporary quarters due to the fact that in the spring of 2011 during the so-called Arab Spring, the United States cut ties with then president Moammar Gadhafi. Our embassy was looted and ransacked, causing it to be unusable. It is still in a state of disrepair. Security for embassies and their personnel is to be provided by the host nation. Since Libya has gone through a civil war of sorts in the past 18 months, the current government is very unstable, and therefore, unreliable
A well-organized attack by radical Muslims was planned specifically targeting the temporary U.S. embassy building. The Libyan security force that was in place to protect our people deserted their post, or joined the attacking force. Either way, our people were in a real fix. And it should be noted that Ambassador Stevens had mentioned on more than one occasion to Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton, that he was quite concerned for his personal safety and the welfare of his people. It is thought that Ambassador Stevens on his hit list.
A short distance from the American compound, two Americans were sleeping. They were in Libya as independent contractors working an assignment totally unrelated to our embassy. They also happened to be former Navy SEALs. When they heard the noise coming from the attack on our embassy, as you would expect from highly trained warriors, they ran to the fight. Apparently, they had no weapons, but seeing the Libyan guards dropping their guns in their haste in fleeing the scene, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty snatched up several of these discarded weapons and prepared to defend the American compound.
Not knowing exactly what was taking place, the two SEALs set up a defensive perimeter. Unfortunately Ambassador Stevens was already gravely injured, and Foreign Service officer, Sean Smith, was dead. However, due to their quick action and suppressive fire, twenty administrative personnel in the embassy were able to escape to safety. Eventually, these two courageous men were overwhelmed by the sheer numbers brought against them, an enemy force numbering between 100 to 200 attackers which came in two waves. But the stunning part of the story is that Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty killed 60 of the attacking force. Once the compound was overrun, the attackers were incensed to discover that just two men had inflicted so much death and destruction.
As it became apparent to these selfless heroes, they were definitely going to lose their lives unless some reinforcements showed up in a hurry. As we know now, that was not to be. I am fairly certain they knew they were going to die in this gun fight, but not before they took a whole lot of bad guys with them!
Consider these tenets of the Navy SEAL Code: 1) Loyalty to Country, Team and Teammate, 2) Serve with Honor and Integrity On and Off the Battlefield, 3) Ready to Lead, Ready to Follow, Never Quit, 4) Take responsibility for your actions and the actions of your teammates, 5) Excel as Warriors through Discipline and Innovation, 6) Train for War, Fight to Win, Defeat our Nations Enemies, and 7) Earn your Trident every day (http://www.navyseals.com/seal-code-warrior-creed).
Thank you, Tyrone and Glen. To the very last breath, you both lived up to the SEAL Code. You served all of us well. You were courageous in the face of certain death.
And Tyrone, even though you never got to hold your newborn son, he will grow up knowing the character and quality of his father, a man among men who sacrificed himself defending others. God bless America!
Senior Pastor Former Staff Sergeant, USMC Captain, U. S. Navy Chaplain Corps (Ret)
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