A safe house in the South.
My wife and I share this account. Both of us serve, hence the name "ThePatriots".
@LauraKinCA @ThePatriots @Tango9 @clluelo I'm not gonna say that from this angle the guy on the left resembles a sassy version of Jack. Nope. Not gonna say it at all...and I'm sure no one else was thinking it, either!
1 year, 2 months ago on Rules of Engagement Gone Wild: “Boots on the ground BDA”!?
@LauraKinCA @Tango9 @clluelo That's my new tactic, 'Mira aqui, mira aqui!!!" Then ownership! Silva fell for it last weekend. Obviously, it works.
@Tango9 @clluelo Just remember to distract them, T9. It makes all the difference in the world. :)
@LauraKinCA @ThePatriots @MaryInEvergreen @usapatriotonthemove Roger that, ma'am. It's late over here and we've not had dinner. Catch ya soon LK
@LauraKinCA @ThePatriots @MaryInEvergreen @usapatriotonthemove You know my type...we're always lurking at arm's length in the dark! Especially if you're hot. Just playing. I have to have my 'rep fix and she does, too, yet she'll never admit it. I'm so behind on emails, etc. I know I owe you a reply. I'll work on that, soon.
@LauraKinCA @MaryInEvergreen @usapatriotonthemove Why are our ears burning? Ha! Seriously, we've been visiting friends and getting re-acquainted with each other, but it is about to be back to the grindstone, heads down and all that BS very soon.
@ArcticWarrior @LauraKinCA @ThePatriots As I told my buddies when I went, I want to be #2 at everything - fly under the radar. The Smokey Bear still gives me a jolt whenever I see one. I don't know why. Perhaps it's because they practiced shouting at trees and were just getting their blades nice and sharp when I arrived. Dunno. Just know that I didn't want to stick out, whether it be weight or appearances such as mohawks and pretty shiny jewelry. In fact, I shaved my head before I went. I was practically drilled my whole life. Fuck. I still am. Piss off my wife and it's Iron Mikes for me until my grandmother gets tired!!! And let me tell you, there's not a meaner, more fit and capable human alive than a drill's grand mother. I've never met one, but I hear they're the baddest of the bad.
1 year, 2 months ago on Sequester Denies The Physically Unfit
@ArcticWarrior Didn't you ever wonder about the shit you at chow? That's probably where they went. And how the fuck do kids show up that out of shape? That's not the time to start cutting weight.
Good God, I'd hate to buddy carry his ass.
@LauraKinCA Last night, we launched a small arsenal of fireworks. All the women and children sat on the hillside. Where was my wife? Right next to me and the boys, sleeves rolled up and grinning her ass off as she said, "I love the smell of lit fuses and gun powder!" And then she bitched at one of the guys for having a misfire in his mortar tube. Proof that I married a gorgeous female version of me.
1 year, 2 months ago on Happy 4th, SOFREP
@hjw1dr @LauraKinCA It would be negligent of me if I didn't also give a shout out to the Devil Dogs version of the same song, but a little more badass if you ask me...I mean, they're Devil Dogs and when we unleash the Dogs, all hell breaks loose.
@LauraKinCA Whenever my domestic overseer and I are lacking that certain spark and need to rekindle the romance, we crank this up and light a few candles with our AR's.
@MR151 I have one more song for you (and anyone else that hasn't heard it, check it out!)
The 4th has so many meanings for me. I flip through the pages of our history and I can't help but think of the Sons of Liberty - the original badasses of this country. Samuel Adams, John Hancock, Patrick Henry, just to name a few...and how can you not think of Paul Revere. Imagine the stones those men had!
One of my favorite songs nailed it when the words were said, "O beautiful for heroes proved in liberating strife. Who more than self their country loved and mercy more than life!"
Happy 4th to all of you!
I'll give you that. Neither of them would fight fair, but Batman has superior fire power and technology to his advantage while the geeky hipster in spandex ejaculates spider webs when he gets startled ;) On a serious note, that 6th sense would be the difference between life and death. I do see your point.
1 year, 2 months ago on War Stories: Playing Intelligence Sergeant In Iraq
I'm straight up calling bullshit on this. No way does Spider-Man beat Batman in a fair fight. No way.
She should've been dropped on the spot, but at who's peril? This is the issue we face. We are one EO complaint away from disaster at all times. And I say this in the most humble sense as I'm married to an honest professional female that would never play certain cards yet she's witnessed others do the exact opposite. It's beyond fucked up. And yes we've encountered our share of issues over this topic.
1 year, 2 months ago on Rangers and SEALs to Train Women By 2015/2016
@YankeePapa Good stuff. Thanks for sharing
@YankeePapa In case you didn't realize, my jaw has officially dropped. I heard that there was a small handful of Americans that actually became Scouts. Of them, one died during a jump or some training of that sort. Think his initials were JM. Not that names matter, they don't to me, it's the experience, lessons learned, TTP's, etc. And of course the stories of how the Scouts seemed to be drinking something that turned their skin brown and had them looking just like ZANLA.
@Recon6 @ThePatriots @StormR @Leesatee She will. I'm the mechanical one and can change the locks if she doesn't comply. Of course, that would be to my detriment, but anything for the mission, right? True story: Once, for my birthday, I asked for an impact driver. She went to a sporting goods store, stared at golf clubs ("drivers") and finally asked someone where to find an impact driver. After laughing his ass off he pointed her to the Sears across the street.
@YankeePapa It isn't easy to find a lot of info on the Scouts. What I have read and heard only leaves me wanting more. I've read a bit on Fire Force and I've always wondered how it felt to be in a K-Car etc, but life as a Scout? That one captivates me the most.
@LauraKinCA - Thanks! Now, I'm tracking. Things have been a whirlwind the past couple months and are only going to get busier as they progress. @YankeePapa I certainly hope life is treating you well these days. I appreciate the content of your work.
@JHR13 Thank you! We've been very busy and have been invaded by countless family members and friends that can't seem to get enough of her. You know how it goes. I look forward to the calm if there is such a thing.
@Recon6 @ThePatriots @StormR @Leesatee I've asked her to write something up and submit it. She had to sign quite a few NDA's. I've been most interested in team dynamics, especially considering that she worked around various SOF teams while in country. Overall, it was a positive experience for her, though she came home with more questions (regarding her career) than answers.
@YankeePapa Out of curiosity, you wouldn't happen to know anything about the Selous Scouts, would you? Your mention of Africa and the 76-78 timeline had me thinking of Rhodesia, the SAS and the little known Selous Scouts. If I'm out of my lane, kindly consider my question withdrawn.
@StormR @Leesatee It goes both ways. Don't forget, my wife was attached to SOF on this trip. So were a few other females and a couple of them were sent home early. Shit happens.
@linwood I'm happy to pass it on as it was passed down to me a few years ago.
1 year, 2 months ago on The SOF Mentality
@Tango9 Oh behave, baby, yeah!
@Blake Miles @Tango9 Going with baseball as an analogy, how would you rate each position on the diamond by an 18 series designation? I'm thinking catcher could be an 18E and the heavy hitting, hard charging outfielders are all bravos (picking dandelions and their noses and what not as they wait for their moment j/k...sort of)...the skipper is the 18Z? Or does that title fall to the veteran pitcher that would rather be drinking, but can still brush a few people off the plate and dust almost anyone he needs to in order to close the inning?
Do you ever have your recruits read "A Message to Garcia"?
"....My heart goes out to the man who does his work when the "boss" is away, as well as when he is at home. And the man who, when given a letter for Garcia, quietly take the missive, without asking any idiotic questions, and with no lurking intention of chucking it into the nearest sewer, or of doing aught else but deliver it, never gets "laid off," nor has to go on a strike for higher wages. Civilization is one long anxious search for just such individuals. Anything such a man asks shall be granted; his kind is so rare that no employer can afford to let him go. He is wanted in every city, town and village- in every office, shop, store and factory. The world cries out for such: he is needed, & needed badly- the man who can carry a message to Garcia."
1 year, 2 months ago on Breaking: The Benghazi Diary, A Hero Ambassador’s Final Thoughts
@Jake75 @ThePatriots Thanks! I'm looking at having something very similar to it inked in the future. There may or may not be a dagger involved. BTW your avatar is pretty sweet! Some red eyes in that skull would rock!
Solid work, fellas. Keep setting the fires and someone is bound to see smoke. Sadly, it seems that too few give a fuck about the smoke that rose over the bodies of our brothers in Benghazi.
@13thBama @ThePatriots @StormR Yeah, I don't push my limits. Had I mentioned using anything else I'm sure I would've awakened to a det-cord catheter while she held the switch.
1 year, 3 months ago on Spartan Death Race
@13thBama @StormR That's how I got out of buying certain products that embarrassed the ever loving shit out of me, for my wife. "Honey, it's a super absorbent Brawny. That shit'll soak up motor oil in dry sand. It'll work for you, too."
@engelbrad When things slow down, I'll try to hook up with you guys and chat, soon. I miss my little mafia.
1 year, 3 months ago on War Stories: Crashing An Iraqi Wedding
This is a great story and since I see a few of my old buddies out here (and since this story has something to do with nailing your bride) I thought I'd take a second to give everyone a quick update. My wife is finally home!!! Thankfully, I don't have to worry about Jack and his Wedding Crashers ruining my moment(s). Don't mean to hijack this topic or anything, but I wanted to drop a line. Hope all of you are doing well!
@BrandonWebb In one way, it's flattering that they'd copy you. In another...fuck that shit.
1 year, 5 months ago on Esquire Is Screwed: Duped By Fake UBL “Shooter”
I just want to say, to the point man, how much respect I have for you. Not only did you take him out, you covered two would-be/could-be suicide vest-wearing hostiles while your brothers rolled in behind you. They are the ones speaking out publicly while we may never know you (as it should be). I admire, respect and look up to that level of badassery and professionalism. I salute you.
@Tango9 @JackMurphyRGR @JHR I was thinking on what Jack said regarding "less multicam and more cocktail dress" and I'm pretty sure we can have both or very close to it. I may or may have not have just ordered this for someone... http://tinyurl.com/czvgsew
1 year, 5 months ago on The Activity: A Special Operations Comic Book
@McPosterdoor The article was published in 2008 and I have a feeling that Bin Laden and his little chain gang may beg to differ that "There is no helicopter today that is as quiet".
From the comments section of the article: http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/systems/aircraft/mh-x.htm
1 year, 5 months ago on Air Branch, the CIA’s Secret Air Force
Good find, Jack. Remind me to never play trivia against you. I have a feeling you know a lot more "stuff" than I. Speaking of knowledge, it had to be some damn good intel as a result of that little op...
"Recollections differ on how long the Vinh tap worked—perhaps one to three months—and why it went silent. But allegedly it yielded enough inside information from the North Vietnamese high command to help nudge all parties to sign a peace pact in late January 1973. Exactly what Kissinger eavesdropped on remains classified."
@JHR @JackMurphyRGR @Tango9 I'll offer my wife as such a character, especially when I talk shit about her cooking or shooting.
1 year, 6 months ago on The Activity: A Special Operations Comic Book
@JackMurphyRGR I searched, but didn't see anything on Robin Sage (regarding that 4th of July dust up). Did I miss something last year? Or is that story still in the hopper?
1 year, 6 months ago on The Special Forces Weapons Sergeant Course, Part 2
Pretty sure I see some milk around your mouth in that top pic, @JackMurphyRGR ;)~
1 year, 6 months ago on The Difference Between Rangers and Special Forces
@StormR And then you look at all those warriors with those scars and missing limbs and look across the formation and know you're alright. You're vertical. The wind is blowing and the sun is shining and you can make a difference right then and there. And you do it again.
You find inspiration in something as simple as a photo of a legless man willing to go back, ABLE to go back and you beat your chest and choke down a tear, swallow that fucking lump in your throat and thank God that people like that are on our side....people like you, too.
Ya know, we're all in this. And I think that is exactly one of the messages that Kerry illustrated - so many wish to go back. That's what makes this country so fucking amazing. That some are willing to push. T9 nailed it, too. You damn sure don't wanna die, but you really, and God I mean REALLY, don't want to let your brothers down - fucking ever. You do it for each other.
1 year, 6 months ago on Jealous of a Combat Amputee?
@StormR Truth be told, we all have our demons. It's making the decision to turn into the fray and meet them head on with acid coursing through your veins and fists wrapped in barbed wire - that's what impresses me about people who simply learn to embrace the suck and push through the shit til daisies grow. And then be willing to get up the next day and do it again...without another shot of whiskey.