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@YankeePapa @Tango9

with two stars on his collar refer to Filipino government officials as... "A bunch of Huks..."

I'll save my long-standing derision for officers for a moment.  Yes, you're absolutely right.

You don't trick F your friends.

yeah, the civvies stole from the bases like it was halloween candy night, but do it right and they're dyed in the wool warriors and allies.

This is a Fd up anvil we need to repair.  Need acetylene and 10 hours.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on US & Philippines sign military basing agreement

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Oh, so now they need us.

I'm a huge supporter of the pinyas and pinos but fool me once...

2 months, 3 weeks ago on US & Philippines sign military basing agreement

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It's disgusting.  This goes deep, way deeper than the academies.  It's a cancer.

Don't have a fix, yet.

But thanks Sir, for bringing it up.  (first time I've called you "Sir" and I mean it.)

So how ya'll doing?

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Air Force IG fails Cadet Informant

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@YankeePapa@5000area375Still have my pair.

6 months, 1 week ago on Welcome to GRUNTSandCo!

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"Official US policy is not to negotiate with terrorists.It is suspected he is being held in Pakistan."

LOL... Yeah, right.  See:  Oliver North.

6 months, 1 week ago on Proof of life video of only US POW released

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@ArcticWarrior@Tango9@LauraKinCADude, just reading the book.... I gave it to my cousin because after I was done I knew I'd never be able to read it again.

I'm skared to see it.

6 months, 1 week ago on My Buddy Passed Today

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@LauraKinCA@Tango9@ArcticWarriorWe were going to go today because Broncos! and the movie theater will probably be empty... But think I'll catch it on a matinee in the middle of the week.  Snatch the wife up from work in a kidnapping and sit in the back.

6 months, 1 week ago on My Buddy Passed Today

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@ArcticWarrior@Tango9I was going to go see Lone Survivor this weekend, but gddam, you can only take so much lol

6 months, 1 week ago on My Buddy Passed Today

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@ArcticWarrior@Tango9Yeah it never goes away.  And maybe I'm a nut, but I don't want it to.  Have a feeling you guys are onboard with that idea.

6 months, 1 week ago on My Buddy Passed Today

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There's no words.  Brother, I lost Nero two weeks ago.  14 year old german shep.  He was all of 7 inches tall and stood with my best man at my wedding many moons ago.  I can't sleep, have nightmares, it's been hell.

I know what you're going through. 

Losing a friend sucks ass.

6 months, 1 week ago on My Buddy Passed Today

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@majrod@YankeePapa@AllwetAt some point I will do an essay on the scandal that is Close Air Support.  There are levels of spite and hubris in the controversy that would shock people. 

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I know you've spent time around the 5-sided insane asylum.   Brother, there's no fixing it. 

If, maybe, we had lifespans of 200 years you might have time to address it, but we don't. 

I still haven't figured out much more than the simple fact that smashing your face into an anvil doesn't affect the anvil.

6 months, 2 weeks ago on The A-10, a hard plane for the USAF to kill

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@YankeePapa@Tango9As it turns out, both Boeing and the Air Force have the same "gulag..." Minot, North Dakota...

Oh, dude that was a beach vacation.

If you really jacked up, you got sent to the DEW Line.


You go there and never come home.  You got those orders; you kissed your family and made sure your will was up to date.

6 months, 2 weeks ago on The A-10, a hard plane for the USAF to kill

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@majrod@YankeePapa@bharrison

You and I have been over this topic many times.  Best place to be is a mid-level NCO, I'm still convinced.

Company grade officers have to put up with so much nonsense nowadays (PPT Ranger!) that it's remarkable anything gets done.  Senior NCOs; (most) lose focus.  Put a silver eagle on someone's should and it's tantamount to a lobotomy.

Politics is always there.  You have politics at home, you have it work.  But it's not an excuse when people's lives are at stake.  Not directed at you, Will.  We both think alike.  Just ranting a little.

6 months, 2 weeks ago on Iron Man suits without the hype

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@majrod@YankeePapa@bharrisonThere's a book to be written there.  We need privates that think like generals and generals that think like privates.

Won't happen, but it's nice to think about.

6 months, 2 weeks ago on Iron Man suits without the hype

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@ArcticWarrior@Tango9@Sh4d3I give you:  The Bradley IFV.

Which nicely encloses a full squad for immediate destruction.

6 months, 2 weeks ago on Iron Man suits without the hype

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I was an E-0 stepping off the bus at Lackland AFB, TX, 0340, Feb 7 1987.

Within 24 hours I was told three things:
1)  Fulda Gap
2)  F-16s would replace A-10s
3)  The AF is a family

None of which are true.

6 months, 3 weeks ago on The A-10, a hard plane for the USAF to kill

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@Sh4d3We've all seen this movie.  It's a no-go out of the gate and you hit many nails on the head:

1)  batteries  (no one's solved it, won't likely solve it.  It's just physics)
2)  throwing money down a crapper to get a star

Need I say more?

6 months, 3 weeks ago on Iron Man suits without the hype

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@ArcticWarriorRead "Of Arms and Men" by Robert O'Connell.  Pay specific attention to the chapters that discuss the European adjustment to the crossbow.

More armor != combat effectiveness.

History is mocking us.

6 months, 3 weeks ago on Iron Man suits without the hype

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@majrod@YankeePapaheh.  Some of us aren't welcome there anymore.

7 months, 1 week ago on USAFA Informant Story, A Leadership Black Hole (Update:15 Dec)

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Hah... Paul, I'm a patch and coin junkie as well.  My all-time most coveted is a PJ coin handed to me by (then) TSgt Wilkinson.

8 months, 1 week ago on I coin You!

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Odd.  I often shoot low and right.  hmmm.  Good article.

8 months, 1 week ago on Why am I Shooting Low and Left?

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Reading "Raid on the Sun" atm.  Highly recommend it.  The IDF perspective is.... liberating?  Best word I have.

8 months, 4 weeks ago on Iran weeks away from nuke grade uranium

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@majrod @Tango9 I'll peek below but my first thought on reading your comment is:  "that figures"  lol

9 months ago on New Aircraft Maneuver Conference 2013

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You have to understand that the largest percentage of currently serving troops are from families of warriors in the US.  The vast majority of officers and enlisted come from parents who where officers or enlisted and this goes back to before the civil war.

We absolutely have a warrior class.  Those that don't serve don't send their kids to serve.  Those that do/did, do send their kids to serve.  It's a fact.


My father was a Marine (major, vietnam), mom was Army (E-5, administration), Stepdad was Army (E-5 weapons).

9 months ago on Toxic Leadership is PC BS

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@HonestBroker247 If you were raised and reared in a western society where the individual is the main focus, you can not help but not to.  Surrendering your identity and putting the whole or the group before yourself is almost unAmerican.

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Dude.  you ain't from 'round here, are ya?

9 months ago on Toxic Leadership is PC BS

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@HonestBroker247"As a free person I should be able to do what I want, when I want, and how I want ... to rise and/or fall on my own merits.  We value freedom and all that it stands for, and at the pinnacle of freedom is the individual.  We are snowflakes.This stands in stark contrast to the ethos and culture of the military where the individual must be suppressed for the sake of the larger group or the team."

I disagree with your distinction. In fact, I think the free person doesn't see themself as a "snowflake" (WTF?) but as just and individual.  What's wrong with that?  And in the military, you're not just a cog in the wheel.  The team is made up of unique individuals who all contribute, by choice, to the team. 

In fact, those teams are the best teams:  those that *chose* to bring their individuality to the fight and meld with the group.  There's no sacrifice of the "Me," but the conscious choice to mold what you bring to the fight to the group that makes the group exceptional.

There is only disharmony when you view it from a very narrow lens.

9 months ago on Toxic Leadership is PC BS

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We've had Ospreys over the house over the last 2 years, but my last recollection was that they were undependable and pretty much flying coffins.  Now, I'll qualify that by saying I've been out of the game a few years so I'm not sure what upgrades/improvements have been made.

I'm sort of in the "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" camp.

9 months ago on New Aircraft Maneuver Conference 2013

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@majrod @Tango9 Good to see you too.  Looks like you're up and running with a great place.  I'll try to keep my tongue out of the light sockets. 

Really like the look & feel of it.  Well done.

9 months, 1 week ago on Welcome to GRUNTSandCo!

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Hey brother!  Love the site!  I'll lurk.

9 months, 1 week ago on Welcome to GRUNTSandCo!

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@Jake75 @majorrod @StormR @clluelo  @LauraKinCA @Recon6 @Blake Miles @OldPH@clluelo 
 

I've been informed by the SOFREP team that I need to go.  My posting is hurting their bottom line and costing them income.

Therefore this is my last post.

You squirrels stay safe.

T9 final.

1 year ago on Green Beret Foundation Run For $1 Million

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  @Recon6@Tango9@hlconrad4(MAFIA) "  9, you can read between the lines, lol, what am I thinking right now....  .... .. . .  ends with 'you', lmao.....6"

Hah!  I was waitin for one of you girly boys to fight back! 

Your mom's made of butter!  (best I can come up with on short notice)

1 year ago on Green Beret Foundation Run For $1 Million

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@Blake Miles @hlconrad4(MAFIA) 19th Group.  NM just remembered.

1 year ago on Green Beret Foundation Run For $1 Million

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And if any of you gremlin monsters want to be CCT or PJ, I can't speak for the community but I can arrange for a push out of BMT.  We need more of you.

1 year ago on Combat Controllers Bring Doom on Al Qaeda & The Taliban

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Behold, a pale horse, and the rider was Death, and hell followed with him.

First There!

1 year ago on Combat Controllers Bring Doom on Al Qaeda & The Taliban

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I'm reminded of a bit by the historian William McNeill:

"such skill, repeated day in and day out, a dimension which the Prince of Orange and his fellows probably understood very dimly if at all.  For when a group of men move their arms and leg muscles in unison for prolonged periods of time, a primitive and very powerful social bond wells up among them."

The training of a green beret, followed on by the experience that green beret has in training others is the pinnacle of the fighter.  These men build armies.

1 year ago on Green Beret Foundation Run For $1 Million

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@hlconrad4(MAFIA) Hah... it's not specific to active or reserve or guard.  I'm AF so I love poking my brethren.

Only sad part is Marines are rarer in the center of the country than virgins (I said that out loud... crap).  So I can't make fun of them and I'm left with you grunts.

1 year ago on Green Beret Foundation Run For $1 Million

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@Blake Miles @hlconrad4(MAFIA) Is it 9th or 20th that's reserve?  wife hired a 9th group guy (oh he's a handful, that's another story)  Just trying to get my units straight.

1 year ago on Green Beret Foundation Run For $1 Million

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@Jake75 @Tango9 If I'd put 70 lbs in my ruck I'd be along the road with all the other gophers that got run over this week.

1 year ago on Green Beret Foundation Run For $1 Million

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@hlconrad4(MAFIA) Translation:  Army Sucks.  I tap it out ever time a see a Chinook headed my way.  Got a circle over the house last year lol


1 year ago on Green Beret Foundation Run For $1 Million

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@majrod @Tango9 @shagstar No quitters here.  All I see is studs and studettes.

Forward.

1 year ago on Zimmerman, Martin, America: Questions Worth Asking

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@hlconrad4(MAFIA) LOL I told the wife I rucked up and did 2.3 and she said "This is a repeatable quest."

We're nerds, we play WoW and stuff. 

1 year ago on Green Beret Foundation Run For $1 Million

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@youblinked22 @Tango9 Yeah but we're not serious about the threat.  Not really. Our foreign policy looks like a 7th grade girl's home-ec display.

It's not going to change any time soon.  We're full on clown show now, as a nation.

We can comment here, BW can go on FOX, Sean Hannity can be outraged, but none of it makes a difference.

It's full on stupid from this point forward.

I've been at this internet thing since... oh shoot... let me think... (really) like 1991?  Gopher Archie Veronica... yeah that stuff.

And I've read thousands of spot-on, well thought out commentaries and critiques.  And that has resulted in (22 years later) a pile of shit.

Money talks.  Bullshit thinks it still has a voice.

1 year ago on Iraq Jailbreak: 500 Prisoners Let Loose

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@shagstar teaching 3 classes in the fall.  Know what I'm going to tell my kids?

- Kinematics

- Waves

- Fluid dynamics

- Optics


Because that's what they expect to be taught.  You'd be surprised, as a teacher, that if you just hold the line and teach, the little ones will come to you and not to the politically driven teachers. 

I've been teaching at the university level for... shoot I forget how long now... 15 years?  13?  something.  Anyway:  Just hold the line.  Don't bring an agenda, don't try to "counter" the crap that gets fed to these kids.  Just Be.  Just Do It.  (FU Nike).

And you know what?  Enrollment soars.  Build it and they will come.  Guaranteed.

I have a message.  Wanna hear it?  Force equals mass times acceleration.  Bodies maintain their motion unless acted upon by another force.  And jiggawatts is not a word.

1 year ago on Zimmerman, Martin, America: Questions Worth Asking

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My first response was filled with biting commentary about failed policies.  But then I thought:  "Self?"

"WHAT?!"

"What's the objective?"

"No idea"

and then I quit caring.  Let them run around and rape goats and blow each other up.  I'm exhausted.  We're all exhausted.  Just let the savages plot and scheme the next 80-dead marketplace bomber.  I don't actually give a crap any more.

1 year ago on Iraq Jailbreak: 500 Prisoners Let Loose

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After having done this, when 10th group flies over my house I'm going to be out there with my flashlight:

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... .._ _._. _._ ...

1 year ago on Green Beret Foundation Run For $1 Million

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@Recon6 @Tango9 @hlconrad4(MAFIA) Rainbow 1 is always on station.  Just can't see us :)

1 year ago on Green Beret Foundation Run For $1 Million

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Holy crapsicle.  I forgot I'm not 25 anymore.  it's 95 and I'm 45 and the ruck weighed 35 so I think we used a lot of numbers... 2.3 miles and 15 minutes with my head under freezing water in the sink when I crawled home.

A heartfelt whisper from my knees:  go green berets. 

Call me when you need air.  I'll be in the shower.

1 year ago on Green Beret Foundation Run For $1 Million

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ok.  Rucking up.  I put some socks and hot air balloons in the pack.  Coupled with lead and 1 bag of 70 lbs of river rock. 

Will check back in 30 minutes... if not, someone please call 911? 

1 year ago on Green Beret Foundation Run For $1 Million

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@bharrison @Tango9 the world has no room for people who get crybaby over internet posts.  I was out of line with a guy, I apologized.  We're pressing on.

Forward!

1 year ago on Green Beret Foundation Run For $1 Million

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