My friend and often guest writer, Ron Jenkins, a retired US Air force Officer sent me this wonderful message that put a tear in this old Navy mans eyes. It is a shame that most Americans have no idea what our special military families endure. C BrewerRon, I received this from an old friend………..
Eglin Joint Base Command located near Ft. Walton, Florida, is presently the largest Military Complex in the world and encompasses a large contingent of Air Force units, Naval Warfare units, and the 7th Army Special Forces and 6th Army Rangers.My home is exactly 5 miles outside the main gate of Eglin AFB.
Most folks in the USA don’t live in a Military Town, with lots of guys in uniform walking the streets and jets overhead daily. They go on with their lives unaware of what a Military Town is all about. And that’s OK… but I want to share with you what it’s like to live in a Military Town.
We see guys in uniform all the time, we have state of the art, high-performance aircraft in the air nearby all day long. We hear the SOUND OF FREEDOM when an F-22 or F-35 streaks over the house… and we read in the local paper, sometimes daily, but at least weekly, of the loss of one of our own in combat in the Middle East. And that is what brings me to the reason for this email.
Staff Sergeant Mark DeAlencar was 37 years old, had a family and was a Green Beret with the 7th Army Special Forces stationed here in the Fort Walton area. He was killed on April 8, 2017, while fighting Islamic State in eastern Afghanistan.
In January of this year, he was deployed for the second time to Afghanistan. He promised his adopted daughter, Octavia, that he would be home for her High School Graduation. He didn’t make it. But she went to graduation anyway. And in the audience were eighty (80) US 7th Armed Special Forces soldiers from her dad’s unit in full Parade Dress Uniform. Additionally, they brought THEIR FAMILIES to be with them, as well.
And as Octavia ascended the steps to the stage to receive her diploma THEY ALL SILENTLY STOOD UP. And when she was presented her diploma they ALL CHEERED, CLAPPED, WHISTLED… and YES, CRIED. Everyone in attendance then stood up and cried and cheered.
Octavia had graduated and yes she had lost her Dad…but she had found 80 other DADS to stand there with her and take his place.
I just wanted to share this moment with you… and remind you that THIS IS WHAT IT’S LIKE TO LIVE IN A MILITARY TOWN.
This is the real America we all love… and I’m proud to be part of it.
May God bless our men in uniform and their families who give so much.
Take a second to share this with everyone you know. It’s the least we can do for Octavia and SSgt Mark DeAlencar, 7th Special Forces, United States Army.)
And these do-nothing, accomplishment-less, shameless, punk sports figures who are so proud of their juvenile take-a-knee crap…WOW
I AM EXTREMELY HONORED TO PUBLISH THIS PICTURE OF MY FELLOW VETERANS.THEY GAVE THEIR BESTThis while the other young women are complainingbecause the gov’t won’t pay for their birth control !!!God bless our troops!!!You’ll never see this picture on the front of Time Magazine, or any other magazine.We see lots of pictures of wounded male veteransbut women vets get wounded and maimed too.You may need to take a second, closer look though.The first thing I saw was a bunch of beautiful smiles.Study this picture again. Let the story it tells sink in.These women and many others, as well as their male comrades,paid this price for our freedoms.And, they did it for less than what welfare recipients are paid!!!DID YOU GET THAT?!?There is more patriotism and class in those 11 ladies picturedthan the majority of Congress and the former White House combined!!!And a HECK of a lot more than those over-paid athleteswho choose to “take a knee” when the National Anthem is played!!!They risked these injuries (or death) FOR YOU and ME, AMERICA!GOD BLESS THEM ALL !!!
My often guest writer sent me this material that made my day. If you live in the South you can be sure that this army of the most caring people on earth will show up when needed. I have spent a lot of time in every one the lower 48 United States, Hawaii and 32 different countries worldwide. I have never seen or heard of any people any place I have been that love their country and the people more than the South. I am proud to have lived every day of my 87 years in Texas. The following will never be seen on the media, including FOX, which is sad. They might show incidents but they never report how people in the South help each other all the time when needed.
This is the best description of Harvey’s aftermath I’ve read, so far. (And it will be the only true story reported)
Hundreds and hundreds of small boats pulled by countless pickups and SUVs from across the South are headed for Houston, Beaumont and Port Arthur and points East. Almost all of them driven by men. They’re using their own property, sacrificing their own time, spending their own money, and risking their own lives for one reason: to help total strangers in desperate need.
Most of them are by themselves. Most are dressed like the redneck duck hunters and bass fisherman they are. Many are veterans. Most are wearing well-used gimme-hats, t-shirts, and jeans; and there’s a preponderance of “camo”.
Most are probably gun owners, and most probably voted for Trump. These are the people the Left loves to hate; the ones Rachel Maddow mocks. The ones Bill Maher and Keith Olbermann, and so many Liberal Progressive elite’s just ‘know’ they’re so much better than.
These are The Quiet Ones.
They don’t wear masks and tear down statues. They don’t, as a rule, march and demonstrate. And most have probably never been in a Whole Foods. But they’ll spend the next several days wading in cold, dirty water; dodging alligators, water moccasins and fire ants; eating whatever meager rations are available, and sleeping wherever they can in dirty, damp clothes. Their reward is the tears and the hugs and the smiles from the terrified people they help. They’ll deliver one boatload, and then go back for more.
When disaster strikes, it’s what men do, real men, heroic men, American men, and, then they’ll knock back a few shots or a few beers with like-minded men they’ve never met before and talk about fish or ten-point bucks or the benefits of hollow-point ammo or their F-150. And, the next time they hear someone talk about “the patriarchy” or “white male privilege”, they’ll snort, turn off the TV and go to bed.
In the meantime, they’ll likely be up again before dawn. To do it again. Until the helpless are rescued. And the work’s done.They’re unlikely to be reimbursed. There won’t be medals. They won’t care. They’re not heroes, they’re just good people. And that’s what important.
Oh, BTW, there were many, many women that did just as much, worked just as hard, or maybe harder, in doing what had to be done for their neighbors and fellow American’s. What was so obvious was that the race or sex or social status of the victims or their rescuers was immaterial, the only thing that mattered was that someone needed help!
As the media would never share this I hope you will. This is not bragging it is just plain facts. Americans in the South don’t hate other Americans like the ones in the Liberal-Progressive states like California, New York and Illinois. In fact Illinois must be the hate capital of the free world. If we could export anything to improve America the fastest it would be every commentator from every national media network. There is one exception, Sean Hannity who needs to move South where he is beloved.
Thanks Ron, I will call you when the fish start biting again. Prove us wrong with facts. C Brewer
Unless you have served in the active duty military you have no right to even discuss these issues. It takes a lot of guts to sign up and lose many rights you have had for a given period of time. I volunteered to serve and went through this experience at 17 years old. When I served, segregation was still in effect and that was wrong. The Navy not only made me a man quickly it introduced me to the honor of being a veteran of the United States Military. Even the government can’t deny me the right of being “Honorably” Discharged. If you don’t have the desire to volunteer to serve in the military they certainly don’t want you for sure C Brewer 8-3-17
Transgenders In The Military
Best response I have read in regards to the the negative feedback about transgenders being banned again from the military…
From Sgt. Robert Brown US Army
Nobody has a “right” to serve in the Military. Nobody.
What makes people think the Military is an equal opportunity employer? Very far from it.
The Military uses prejudice regularly and consistently to deny citizens from joining for being too old or too young, too fat or too skinny, too tall or too short.
Citizens are denied for having flat feet, or for missing or additional fingers. Poor eyesight will disqualify you, as well as bad teeth. Malnourished? Drug addiction? Bad back? Criminal history? Low IQ? Anxiety? Phobias? Hearing damage? Six arms? Hear voices in your head? Self-identify as a Unicorn? Need a special access ramp for your wheelchair? Can’t run the required course in the required time? Can’t do the required number of pushups?
Not really a “morning person” and refuse to get out of bed before noon?
All can be reasons for denial.
The Military has one job. War. Anything else is a distraction and a liability.
Did someone just scream “That isn’t Fair”? War is VERY unfair, there are no exceptions made for being special or challenged or socially wonderful.
YOU change yourself to meet Military standards. Not the other way around.
I say again: You don’t change the Military… you must change yourself.
The Military doesn’t need to accommodate anyone with special issues. The Military needs to Win Wars.
If any of your personal issues are a liability that detract from readiness or lethality… Thank you for applying and good luck in future endeavors. Who’s next in line?