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Bush was Asked to Leave Ft. Hood

I sent my cousin in Fayetteville, N.C. (retired from Special Forces) that picture of George W. Visiting the wounded at Ft. Hood .. I got this reply:

What is even better is the fact George W. Bush heard about Fort Hood, got in his car without any escort, apparently they did not have time to react, and drove to Fort Hood.. He was stopped at the gate and the guard could not believe who he had just stopped. Bush only ask for directions to the hospital then drove on. The gate guard called that "The president Is on Fort Hood and driving to the hospital."

The base went bananas looking for Obama. When they found it was Bush they immediately offered escort and Bush simply told them to shut up and let him visit the wounded and the dependents of the dead. He stayed at Fort Hood for over six hours and was finally asked to leave Fort Hood by a message from the White House!

Obama flew in days later and held a "photo op" session in a gym and did not even go to the hospital. All this I picked up from two soldiers here who happened to be at Fort Hood when it happened.

This Bush/Obama/Ft..Hood story is something that should be sent to every voter in the U.S. But as usual it wasn't reported by the major US media.

Class shows up...

The doctor had his TV on in his office when the news of the military base shootings came on. The husband of one of his employees was stationed there. He called her into his office and as he told her what had happened, she got a text message from her husband saying, "I am okay." Her cell phone rang right after she read the message. It was an ER nurse,"I'm the one who just sent you a text, not your husband. I thought it would be comforting but I was mistaken in doing so. I am sorry to tell you this, but your husband has been shot 4 times and he is in surgery."

The soldier's wife left Southern Clinic in Dothan and drove all night to Ft.Hood. When she arrived, she found out her husband was out of surgery and would be OK. She rushed to his room and found that he already had visitors there to comfort him. He was just waking up and found his wife and the visitors by his side The nurse took this picture.

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What? No news crews and cameras? This is how people with class respond and pay respect to those in uniform.

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Why am I not surprised!

For all the bad stuff that Bush was accused of doing or responsible for because he was the Chief ... he is human ... more than I can say for Mr Photo-Op! sorry ... I know we don't have a political forum anymore ... too bad! :grr01:

Mike F

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Aloha Garimpo,

Big Mahalo for posting this stroy about President Bush and his unexpected visit to Ft. Hood. This just shows me that President Bush has class. Even though President Obama may be from Hawaii, I have to say that he has forgotten what the "Aloha Spirit" is all about and really needs to get a reality check by someone from Hawaii.

Aloha and Mahalo once again,

Stan aka Kaimi

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U.S., Afghan and NATO Forces Begin Offensive Against Taliban

Roughly 15,000 American, Afghan and NATO forces began an assault late Friday on the Taliban in the central Helmand town of Marjah in what senior military commanders are calling the largest operation since the start of the Afghanistan war

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Feb. 8: Marines from the 2nd MEB, 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines gather at their tents at Belleau Wood outpost outside Marjah.

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U.S. military commanders say it's critical that the locals see this as an Afghan-led mission. Of the 15,000 troops involved in the Marjah offensive, roughly 5,000 are Afghan National Army units and 1,900 are Afghan National Police. The rest are mainly U.S. Marines, Army Strykers and other NATO forces.

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Ultimate Fight in Afghanistan

Feb. 13: U.S. Marines from 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment walk in a column as they enter Marjah in Afghanistan's Helmand province.

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Feb. 13: Smoke rises from a hellfire missile strike as U.S. Marines from 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment make their way to enter Marjah in Afghanistan's Helmand province.

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Feb. 13: U.S. Marines line up to board Sea Stallion helicopters en route to an air assault against the Taliban stronghold of Marjah, at a Forward Operating Base, south of Marjah, in Helmand province, southern Afghanistan, in the early hours.

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Feb. 13: U.S. Marines from 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment walk in a column as they enter Marjah in Afghanistan's Helmand province.

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Feb. 13: An Afghan family takes their belongings and leaves their home as U.S. Marines from 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment enter Marjah in Afghanistan's Helmand province.

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Feb. 13: U.S. Marines from 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment and Afghan translators warm themselves before leaving their base camp to start an operation in Marjah.

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Feb. 13: U.S. Marines from 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment and Afghan translators warm themselves before leaving their base camp to start an operation in Marjah in Afghanistan's Helmand province.

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Feb. 13: U.S. Marines from 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment walk past a wall they blew open as they enter Marjah in Afghanistan's Helmand province.

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Our warriors...our protectors doing their job!!! Thank you!!!

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Firefight is fierce....

Feb. 14: A U.S. Marine from Bravo Company of the 1st Battalion, 6th Marines runs during a heavy gun battle in the town of Marjah, Afghanistan

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Feb. 13: A Marine gestures as he tries to protect an Afghan man and his child after Taliban fighters opened fire in the town of Marjah.

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COMRADE IN ARMS: A U.S. Air Force Nurse comforts a wounded Canadian soldier in Afghanistan as offensive against Taliban rages on

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A lot of brave and caring people in harms way!!!!

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Ultimate attack day 3....

Feb. 14: A U.S. soldier returns fire as others run for cover during a firefight with insurgents in Marjah, Afghanistan.

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In northern Marjah, an armored column came under fire from at least three separate sniper teams, slowing its progress. One of the teams came within 155 feet and started firing.

Troops braced for the estimated 2.5-mile march to link up with U.S. and Afghan troops who had been airdropped into the town. Small squads of Taliban snipers initiated firefights throughout the day in an attempt to draw coalition forces into a larger ambush.

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Chaplain Gary Lewis said a prayer, then 1st Platoon left the Gate heading to ‘Brick 1’.

The soldiers checked weapons yet again and adjusted gear, and we walked out the gate, keeping intervals so that a single bomb couldn’t get many of us at once. Sometimes enemies “daisy chain” bombs together like a trotline, killing or wounding many soldiers simultaneously.

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We moved off the road and patrolled across a freshly ploughed field of rich brown soil, soft as cotton. A shovel lay in the field. The brown boots of soldiers ahead raised dust puffs that caught in the gentle breeze. To attempt to mimic steps of the soldier ahead would glue eyes to ground, away from potential firing points. And besides, the bombs often kill someone far back in the patrol, even in places where others clearly have stepped. British and American soldiers have seen men killed after others had walked directly on a bomb maybe twenty times, until finally a friend disappears on what seemed safe ground. The enemy plants bombs at obvious choke points, but also in random places such as the middle of fields. Planting bombs in covered places drives us into the open, making it easier to ambush with rifles and machine guns. In war, this is fair play.

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There were farmers and kids in the immediate area.

This morning, we crossed the first field, and an irrigation canal. "White Dog” stepped daintily stepped across the stones. Our soldiers have been killed at canal crossings. When there are bridges, the explosives often are just off the bridge, apparently because the enemy doesn’t want to blow up the bridge.

Farmers worked close by—and so we kept going through a hole in a wall, but only because there were farmers right there beside it, who smiled as we stepped through.

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The next fields were vineyards, but unlike American vineyards where vines often are trained on wires, these vines are trained on low mud walls that would easily stop cannon fire from an Apache or A-10.

When the Soviets attacked in this same area, Mujahedeen recounted hiding under garlands of grapevines. They waited until soldiers got close and shot them. A 5/2 soldier was shot from up close in the area. The bullet nailed his front plate and knocked him flat but he was okay. Later, an IED took him out of the fight, though comrades say he is doing fine. During winter, the vines are dormant and so there is little cover.

Moving through the vineyards, we walked single file on a hump between rows. The soil was hard as cinderblock. A few hundred meters later we came to Brick 1, the patrol base that had been set up in an abandoned farm compound.

At Brick 1, soldiers had cut down the pomegranate trees inside the compound walls, saying the owner was living in Kandahar and he knew we had occupied his compound and that he would be compensated. Nobody knew the price per tree. During 2008, when I was with British 2 Para in Helmand, a farmer was shooting at us nearly every day. SIGINT (voice intercept) was clear that he was shooting because the British cut down his trees but offered meager compensation. Shortly after I left, a soldier was shot in the head but I do not know if the death stemmed from the trees.

The Stryker soldiers said they typically stay at Brick 1 for about two weeks with no showers, though there is a foreign-built well. They didn’t have a Stryker, just an MRAP, and all their supplies get humped in by foot. They tried to drive in resupply but got blown up, they said. They eat MREs, and there is little going on other than attacks and missions. Inside the compound were bullet holes and marks where RPGs had come in.

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Soldiers had collected the expended white casings from mortar illumination; the enemy uses the cases for bombs

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MARJAH, Afghanistan — It is hard to know whether Monday was a very bad day or a very good day for Lance Cpl. Andrew Koenig.

On the one hand, he was shot in the head. On the other, the bullet bounced off him.

In one of those rare battlefield miracles, an insurgent sniper hit Lance Cpl. Koenig dead on in the front of his helmet, and he walked away from it with a smile on his face.

"I don't think I could be any luckier than this," Lance Cpl. Koenig said two hours after the shooting.

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Lance Cpl. Koenig's brush with death came during a day of intense fighting for the Marines of Company B, 1st Battalion, 6th Regiment.

The company had landed by helicopter in the predawn dark on Saturday, launching a major coalition offensive to take Marjah from the Taliban.

The Marines set up an outpost in a former drug lab and roadside-bomb factory and soon found themselves under near-constant attack.

Lance Cpl. Koenig, a lanky 21-year-old with jug-handle ears and a burr of sandy hair, is a designated marksman. His job is to hit the elusive Taliban fighters hiding in the tightly packed neighborhood near the base.

The insurgent sniper hit him first. The Casper, Wyo., native was kneeling on the roof of the one-story outpost, looking for targets.

He was reaching back to his left for his rifle when the sniper's round slammed into his helmet.

The impact knocked him onto his back.

"I'm hit," he yelled to his buddy, Lance Cpl. Scott Gabrian, a 21-year-old from St. Louis.

Lance Cpl. Gabrian belly-crawled along the rooftop to his friend's side. He patted Lance Cpl. Koenig's body, looking for wounds.

Then he noticed that the plate that usually secures night-vision goggles to the front of Lance Cpl. Koenig's helmet was missing. In its place was a thumb-deep dent in the hard Kevlar shell.

Lance Cpl. Gabrian slid his hands under his friend's helmet, looking for an entry wound. "You're not bleeding," he assured Lance Cpl. Koenig. "You're going to be OK."

Lance Cpl. Koenig climbed down the metal ladder and walked to the company aid station to see the Navy corpsman.

The only injury: A small, numb red welt on his forehead, just above his right eye.

He had spent 15 minutes with Doc, as the Marines call the medics, when an insurgent's rocket-propelled grenade exploded on the rooftop, next to Lance Cpl. Gabrian.

The shock wave left him with a concussion and hearing loss.

He joined Lance Cpl. Koenig at the aid station, where the two friends embraced, their eyes welling.

The men had served together in Afghanistan in 2008, and Lance Cpl. Koenig had survived two blasts from roadside bombs.

"We've got each other's backs," Lance Cpl. Gabrian said, the explosion still ringing in his ears.

Word of Lance Cpl. Koenig's close call spread quickly through the outpost, as he emerged from the shock of the experience and walked through the outpost with a Cheshire cat grin.

"He's alive for a reason," Tim Coderre, a North Carolina narcotics detective working with the Marines as a consultant, told one of the men. "From a spiritual point of view, that doesn't happen by accident."

Gunnery Sgt. Kevin Shelton, whose job is to keep the Marines stocked with food, water and gear, teased the lance corporal for failing to take care of his helmet.

"I need that damaged-gear statement tonight," Gunnery Sgt. Shelton told Lance Cpl. Koenig. It was understood, however, that Lance Cpl. Koenig would be allowed to keep the helmet as a souvenir.

Gunnery Sgt. Shelton, a 36-year-old veteran from Nashville, said he had never seen a Marine survive a direct shot to the head.

But next to him was Cpl. Christopher Ahrens, who quietly mentioned that two bullets had grazed his helmet the day the Marines attacked Marjah. The same thing, he said, happened to him three times in firefights in Iraq.

Cpl. Ahrens, 26, from Havre de Grace, Md., lifted the camouflaged cloth cover on his helmet, exposing the holes where the bullets had entered and exited.

He turned it over to display the picture card tucked inside, depicting Michael the Archangel stamping on Lucifer's head. "I don't need luck," he said.

After his moment with Lance Cpl. Gabrian, Lance Cpl. Koenig put his dented helmet back on his head and climbed the metal ladder to resume his rooftop duty within an hour of being hit.

"I know any one of these guys would do the same," he explained. "If they could keep going, they would."

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MARJAH, Afghanistan — Day 5- Military commanders raised the Afghan flag in the bullet-ridden main

market of the Taliban's southern stronghold of Marjah on Wednesday as firefights continued to break

out elsewhere in the town between holed-up militants and U.S. and Afghan troops.

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Day 8..

Feb. 19: U.S. Marine Captain Ryan Sparks runs after Taliban fighters opened fire in Marjah.

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MARJAH, Afghanistan — After a fierce gunfight, U.S. Marines seized a strongly defended compound that appears to have been a Taliban headquarters — complete with photos of fighters posing with their weapons, dozens of Taliban-issued ID cards and graduation diplomas from a training camp in Pakistan.

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SNIPER MAGNET???

Building Bridges

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Feb. 11: Marines with Alpha Company, 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion build a makeshift bridge over a canal in Marjah, Helmand province, Afghanistan. Alpha Company built numerous makeshift bridges in order for Marines and vehicles to have a route into the Taliban stronghold of Marjah.

Source: U.S. Marines / Lance Cpl. Walter Marino

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Feb. 21: A Marine takes runs through a field after igniting a smoke grenade to mark a landing zone for a U.S. helicopter in Marjah.

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The U.S. military transported a dozen World War II Marines to Iwo Jima on Wednesday in time for them to attend the 65th anniversary commemoration of their greatest victory — but not before some tense moments.post-300-126765460433_thumb.jpg

Iwo Jima was the site of some of the fiercest fighting in the World War II campaign against Japan. U.S. troops captured the island in March 1945 after more than a month of fighting. Roughly 6,900 U.S. Marines and 20,000 Japanese soldiers died in the battle.

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Continued from the post above...

Marines get ready to storm the beaches at Iwo Jima on Feb. 23, 1945.

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Marines get ready to invade Iwo Jima on Feb. 23, 1945.

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GRAPHIC: This undated photo shows the charred bodies of Japanese soldiers.

Source: USMC Photographer Douglas Page

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This undated photo shows a cemetery made for U.S. Marines at Iwo Jima.

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During the invasion on Iwo Jima, in February 1945, advancing U.S. Marines spot a Japanese machine gun nest ahead of them. One of the men is establishing its location on the map, so they can forward the information to artillery or mortar units to wipe out these positions.

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A Marine demolitions man hugs the ground to escape flying debris after setting off a high explosive charge to blast a Japanese Pillbox on Iwo Jima, Japan on March 2, 1945. After their capture, many of these positions had to be destroyed lest the enemy return to the shelters and open fire on the Marine flanks.

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Two buddies support this Fifth Division Marine as they help him towards the rear lines after a Jap mortar shell landed beside his position in Iwo Jima, Japan on March 4, 1945.

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Platoon Sgt. Ernest Ivy Thomas Jr. of Tallahassee, Fla., has been identified as the U.S. Marine who raised the American flag on top of Mt. Suribachi on Iwo Jima during the battle for the volcanic island Feb. 23, 1945.

He took charge of his platoon after his lieutenant was wounded and led his men to the crest of the mountain under heavy enemy fire.

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A U.S. Marine from the 5th Division of the 28th Regiment stands guard atop Mt. Suribachi at Iwo Jima in the Volcano Islands of Japan as others hoist the American flag during World War II, Feb. 23, 1945. This was the first flag raised by the Marine Corps at Iwo Jima, a second larger one was raised later that day.

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U.S. Marines of the 28th Regiment, 5th Division, raise the American flag atop Mt. Suribachi, Iwo Jima, on Feb. 23, 1945. Strategically located only 660 miles from Tokyo, the Pacific island became the site of one of the bloodiest, most famous battles of World War II against Japan.

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U.S. Marines from Easy Company take the flags up on Mt. Suribachi on Feb. 23, 1945.

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Soldier Awarded and Punished in Same Battle..

Sounds like a General sitting on his dead ass in an air conditioned

office in the USA trying to quarter-back a situtation he knows

nothing about....

March 12, 2010 - 1:48 PM | by: Justin Fishel The battle of Wanat in July of 2008 has proven to be the most deadly and most controversial battle of the Afghan war. Nine American soldiers died and 27 were wounded defending a remote combat outpost in eastern Afghanistan before it was nearly overrun by 200 Taliban fighters. Outnumbered three to one, U.S. troops fought off advancing insurgents for over two hours.

One of the survivors, Captain Matthew Myer, was later decorated with the military's third highest award for bravery in combat, the Silver Star.

Now, following an investigation of the actions that led to that deadly incident, Myer and two other Army officers have received potentially career-ending letters of reprimand for failing to adequately prepare their unit for an attack. Lt. Col. William Ostlund and Col. Chip Preysler were also senior commanders at the time of the surprise attack. The letters were sent out earlier this week by General Charles Campbell of Army Forces Command.

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Here's why our warriors are the best in the world!!!!

LANDING TERROR!

This is very unnerving, landing with deck pitching 30 feet, at night, low on fuel. Incredible. You will never forget viewing this. I have seen a lot of aviation emails but the two videos below are undoubtedly the best. Turn on your sound and go full screen. I guarantee this will definitely hold your attention.

These videos show the difference between Naval Aviation and any other kind. The links below are two outstanding videos about F-18 carrier operations aboard the USS Nimitz during weather that causes a severely pitching deck, which you can see in the videos. It's more dangerous than most combat missions and the tension in the pilots and crew is very apparent. Watch Part 1 first. Great videos

LANDING TERROR!

Carrier - Landing on a Pitching Deck Pt. 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=4gGMI8d3vLs

Carrier - Landing on a Pitching Deck Pt. 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=S0yj70QbBzg

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Those guys are just amazing....... So glad they all made it.

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I agree that is terrifyingly awesome :yikes: :whaaaa: :wubu: , I just got through watching part 2 and notice that when the last guy landed that I had a death grip on the arms of my desk chair!!!

I really appreciate what these guys do :thumbsupanim:thumbsupanim , one of the builders we do work for is a F-18 pilot after active duty and retiring he is now in the reserves he can't stay away from the action, I'm sure he felt just like the last guy that landed, I need to ask him about these types of landings, and hear some of his stories!!

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Skip you can bet he's got a few...well worth the beer tab

to hear them...where is he flying in the Reserves at?...

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Don,

He flies out of the Marine Corp Airfield in Beaufort, South Carolina.

They have an air show once a year at the Airfield, we try our best to make to the shows each year and watch the Blue Angels do their thing, the Airfield is about 30 miles north of where we live.

We have only been to one in the last 2 years, we attended the one 3 years ago, but that was a shocker because one of the Blue Angels crashed and died, he blackouted while banking, he was a little behind where he should of been and was banking to fast trying to catch up with the formation, that affected us so greatly that we skip the next year, the crash was still to fresh in ours minds to go!!

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I remember that accident...it was big news even down here...what a shame...

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