Rangers Lead The Way

The US Army Rangers were the big story in the media last week………. for the first time in the group’s history women have graduated from the months long trial……no small accomplishment…..and yes I have something to say about the situation……

In my youth I was in the military and served in Vietnam….I was assigned to the 9th Infantry Division in the Mekong Delta……my unit was the LRRPs or Co.E 50th Infantry……we did the long haul recon for the division……in 1967, October to be exact my new boots hut the red clay of Vietnam running……we were a unit within the 9th Division and in 1969 all LRRPs were reassigned to the newly constituted 75th Rangers……while I was in Vietnam I was not a Ranger, I will always be a LRRP regardless,  but my unit was reflagged as Ranger……so I have an interest in the Rangers and their legacy…….

Now let’s talk about those industrious young ladies, shall we?

The first female soldiers to complete the Army’s rigorous Ranger School pinned on their black-and-gold Ranger tab at a graduation ceremony today to cap their history-making week. At a ceremony on the shore of “Victory Pond” at Fort Benning, First Lt. Shaye Haver of Copperas Cove, Texas, and Capt. Kristen Griest of Orange, Connecticut, graduated alongside 94 male soldiers. Their success casts new attention on the obstacles that remain to women who aspire to join all-male combat units, including the 75th Ranger Regiment. Although Haver and Griest are now Ranger-qualified, no women are eligible for the elite regiment, although that could change eventually.

Griest, 26, is a military police officer and has served one tour in Afghanistan. Haver, 25, is a pilot of Apache helicopters. Both are graduates of West Point. Of 19 women who began the Ranger course, Haver and Griest are the only two to finish so far; one is repeating a prior phase of training in hopes of graduating soon. Griest told reporters yesterday she hopes her success shows that women “can deal with the same stresses and training that men can.”

I do not want to take anything away from the accomplishment of these women…..it took fortitude, bravery and determination to complete this of….even if they were men…….nothing easy about the course.

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My problem with this situation is that these women do not intend on using their training as a Ranger….it is basically to pad their resume….for promotions and assignments.  I realize that women are not allowed in combat situations…..this could change and it should for women are just as capable as men of handling stress and such under combat conditions.

My problem is with these women and anyone that goes through this rigorous course just to prove a point……this objection applies to men that do the same thing (Sen. Tom Cotton)…..it is not that they want to serve in an elite unit but rather how it looks in their personnel records…….

If these types want to test themselves then try base jumping or banjey jumping…….or if one graduates from the course then there should be a mandatory 18 month tour as a Ranger……..

The Ranger tab is an honor….not a PR tool.

 

Coalition ISIS ‘successes’ show no signs of halting terrorist group — RT News

WE Americans hear on occasion the successes of our air campaign against the brutality of ISIS……we hear about the bad guys killed or the number of vehicles destroyed or thew locations that are hit with C&C support for the group……

So according to the reports in our media we are holding our own against the savagery of ISIS…….

Hate to tell my readers this but we as news consumers are not always given the whole story…..just the parts that are positive……I know you are shocked right?

So really how are we doing against ISIS?

 

Coalition ISIS ‘successes’ show no signs of halting terrorist group — RT News.

Some Things Never Change

Back during my war, the Vietnam War, it was not uncommon for the kids of the wealthy to buy their deferments….kids like me either waited for the draft call to come or we got the jump on it and enlisted….

Now that we have an unending war……somethings never change……

 

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For me…..if we must fight wars then everybody needs to participate……because after 50 years ….NOTHING has changed.

The wealthy go to college and the poor go to war…….

Scorecard on US Interventionism by Ivan Eland — Antiwar.com

Today and tomorrow is my days with the doctors….so I will be a bit light in the post area…..most of them will be presses and thin on original posts…..I apologize but I am usually not in the best of moods when I return from my visits…..please bear with me.

Since the end of World War 2 the US has not had a good scorecard on the inventions that we have ventured into…..Korea could be a good one….but it was a draw….Vietnam was a disaster…..Grenada was moronic….Panama was a waste…..Somalia was a horror show…..Iraq has been a nightmare that has NO end……

There is always the future and the way we are flexing our muscle around the world more interventions are coming…..and how many of those will be worthless and disastrous?

 

Scorecard on US Interventionism by Ivan Eland — Antiwar.com.

Report Obscures Extent of Combat-Related Traumatic Brain Injuries | Military.com

Anybody that visits this blog will know that I am always pissed off at the country for the way it treats its veterans……….the VA is not doing an adequate job protected our vets……some of the problem is funding and some is just the stupidity of Congress as well as the people, who seems to care less until there is a holiday then vets are all on their minds……..

One of the worst injuries a vet can suffer is a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)…..unfortunately it is one of the most difficult to diagnose and treat……and the fact that medical people are not handling the problem adequately is another problem……

And it looks like it will get NO better in the near future……

 

Report Obscures Extent of Combat-Related Traumatic Brain Injuries | Military.com.

Afghanistan: The Forever War by Rachelle Marshall — Antiwar.com

Here’s an idea….let’s talk about America’s longest war…….Afghanistan.

You remember Afghanistan…..that place that the news media has all but forgotten.  There seems to be NO end to this conflict……no matter how hard we try to find a way out……there is NONE!

Maybe if we spent a little more time trying to understand the country we invaded…..maybe then we could find a way to remove our troops and let them spend some time with their families……..

 

Afghanistan: The Forever War by Rachelle Marshall — Antiwar.com.

The Saga Of Jade Helm 15

When the military training exercise entitled as Jade Helm 15 was first announced the Moronic Right wen batcrap crazy…..people like Alex Jones started telling their idiot followers that the US military was preparing for a military takeover…….even an elected official, the governor Texas ordered the National Guard to keep tabs on the exercise to head off any attempts at a junta.

What truly worried me was that many people that I considered rational played along with the nonsense and even tried to make sense of why the government would do this.  DO what?  The military is on a training exercise something they do all the time and have been doing for decades without any hint of a coup.

Maybe the people that were most concerned had just viewed the movie “7 Days In May” on TMC……..that could explain the irrationality……

I have been sarcastically digging at the people that took this thing seriously because I am an irritating SOB…….and I want them to feel as foolish as they are…….

But what about Jade Helm 15…….what has been happening….I mean other than some non-existent coup……..

We have one report on Jade Helm………

The documents alleged Walter Eugene Litteral, 50, Christopher James Barker, 42, and Christopher Todd Campbell, 30, stockpiled weapons and discussed how to build homemade explosive devices. Litteral also allegedly tried to purchase a firearm for Barker, who is a convicted felon.

A tipster first contacted the FBI in June after becoming concerned that Litteral and Campbell were “preparing to use lethal force against United States government forces in order to defend against the imposition of martial law or other infringements on their rights,” according to an affidavit. The affidavit noted that the two men had discussed their belief that “Jade Helm 15” was actually a cover for the implementation of martial law with the tipster.

Is that it?  NOPE!  My state of Mississippi has its share of morons (more than most states)……and someone had to pull the trigger…..

For the second time this week, a gunman opened fire at Camp Shelby, a military training center that is part of the “Jade Helm 15″ training exercises, according to the Associated Press.

A man matching the same description as Tuesday’s shooter, white and driving a red or maroon pickup truck, opened fire around 8 a.m. Wednesday, the Clarion-Ledger reports. There were no immediate reports of injuries.

On Tuesday, a gunman with the same description fired at two soldiers training at Camp Shelby. Two men were taken into custody and questioned, but were then released without charges, according to the paper.

Appears that Southern meth heads and crack smokers are more of a threat then some poor soldier on a training exercise…..