April 23rd, 2004

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One Hero Among Many

Rising NFL star Pat Tillman could've done anything he wanted. A pro athlete certain of fortune and fame, Tillman didn't have to come back from his honeymoon, turn down a three-year, $3.6 million contract with the Arizona Cardinals, join the Army, enroll in Ranger training, or ship out to Afghanistan to fight Al Qaeda and the Taliban. Tillman set aside his professional sports career not for better pay (ha!) or glory, but because he understood and believed in the importance of the Global War on Terror, and the core value of service before self. That's why he volunteered to do his part.
Ranger Creed

Recognizing that I volunteered as a Ranger, fully knowing the hazards of my chosen profession, I will always endeavor to uphold the prestige, honor, and high esprit de corps of the Rangers.

Acknowledging the fact that a Ranger is a more elite soldier who arrives at the cutting edge of battle by land, sea, or air, I accept the fact that as a Ranger my country expects me to move further, faster, and fight harder than any other soldier.

Never shall I fail my comrades I will always keep myself mentally alert, physically strong, and morally straight and I will shoulder more than my share of the task whatever it may be, one hundred percent and then some.

Gallantly will I show the world that I am a specially selected and well trained soldier. My courtesy to superior officers, neatness of dress, and care of equipment shall set the example for others to follow.

Energetically will I meet the enemies of my country. I shall defeat them on the field of battle for I am better trained and will fight with all my might. Surrender is not a Ranger word. I will never leave a fallen comrade to fall into the hands of the enemy and under no circumstances will I ever embarrass my country.

Readily will I display the intestinal fortitude required to fight on to the Ranger objective and complete the mission, though I be the lone survivor.
U.S. Army Ranger Pat Tillman was killed in action in a terrorist ambush yesterday in Afghanistan. He was 27 years-old.

Rangers Lead the Way!

If you'd like to follow Tillman's example, there are many ways to support our troops and do your part in the Global War on Terror. Here's how.

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From the Front

LCDR Smash received an E-mail from the father of a Marine in Ramadi, Iraq, relating a telephone call from his son. It's an insightful read into the mind set of an American fighting man in real combat, and is free of mainstream media bias.

Be forewarned, though, that it does contain what might be considered harsh language and insensitive terminology. Welcome to the real world.

OK, I'm up out of my hole---at least for now. Nick called last night. His MAP-3 (Mobile Assault Platoon {replaced the 1980's-90's CAAT that was designed for armor threat vice threat they are facing now}) was brought back for a few hours to refuel/rearm/eat chow and he got a few minutes. What you won't hear on audio-bites "...parts of Falluja/Ramadi still under enemy control..." or from those fat phoney ****s Kennedy and Kerry et.al. is this: "Dad, we are kicking the living **** out of those mother****ers."

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From the CYA Department

In case you were curious, the Disclaimer and Copyright Notice entry was posted as a preemptive measure should any difficulties arise from my use of LiveJournal. Better safe than sorry, after all.

The big downside to it is that I have to add a line of code to every entry to make it appear in the lower right corner (see below). LiveJournal has no way of automating this process, as I found out when I edited all 23 previous entries. Yeesh.

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