Nothing short of amazing. William Kyle Carpenter, a Marine Corps veteran who was severely wounded during a November 2010 grenade attack in Afghanistan, will receive the nation’s highest combat valor award later this year, Marine Corps Times has learned. Carpenter, a 24-year-old medically retired corporal, will become the service’s third Medal of Honor recipient from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, which date back to October 2001. The Marine Corps is finalizing plans with the White House for a ceremony in Washington, officials said. Read about him. Nothing short of amazing.
I ran across the trailer for the Documentary: The Unknown Known. The title of the documentary comes from a DoD briefing in February of 2002 when he famously said: “There are known knowns.” It was directed by Academy Award winner Errol Morris whom also directed The Fog of War, which was an excellent documentary about the life of Robert McNamara. I’m unsure how I will take this, I grew up in the shadow of war following, 11 SEP 2001. However, I will say I was well read, knowing of the Neo-Conservative movement and all of the folks that were in [...]
Robert Kaplan whom I first encountered when I read his Balkan’s Ghost prior to deploying to Kosovo in 2000, is in my opinion one of the big thinkers of our age. Over at Foreign Policy, he has a fascinating article that I urge all to read and think about, entitled Augustine’s World. Syria is the Levant, the geographical core of Late Antiquity. And its disintegration, like the crumbling of Libya, Yemen, and Iraq, along with the chronic unrest in Tunisia and Egypt, signifies not the birth of freedom but the collapse of central authority. Rome could not save North Africa, [...]
It’s right around midnight here in the Occupied Territories of Northern Virginia. (Where, O Where, is John Mosby when we need him??) On behalf of COL Hank, DaveO, BullNav and young Mr Slater, I’d like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a happy 2014. This goes double for the boys (and girls) overseas, especially our fellow VMI alumni. May this time next year see them all home, safe and sound, wreathed with the laurels of victory. Lastly– someone’s bringing gifts to RC(SW)… GOOD STORY.
Not much of a football fan myself, so I might not have seen this but for our friends at Military.com, God bless ‘em. (Follow the link within for more pics. Yes, they’re worth it.)
This is pretty effing cool. Every September, the Estonian contingent of ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) holds a charity shoot aboard Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan. Taking place every Sunday during September, this is the second annual Charity Shoot. The purpose is to raise funds for a charity organization that takes care of Estonian soldiers wounded in Afghanistan. Open to personal deployed to Camp Leatherneck (both military and civilian), the shoot is managed by experienced NCOs of the Estonian Scouts light armored Infantry Battalion. This unit is similar to a Marine Light Armored Reconnaissance (LAR) Battalion or an Army Stryker Brigade. They [...]
Well, of course the war, in the truest sense, will go on after 2014, because the war isn’t finished there. Just because one party says it’s done, doesn’t mean it’s over. Mars don’t care about your stupid calendar. Nevertheless, we have this from NBC news: KABUL – While many Americans have been led to believe the war in Afghanistan will soon be over, a draft of a key U.S.-Afghan security deal obtained by NBC News shows the United States is prepared to maintain military outposts in Afghanistan for many years to come, and pay to support hundreds of thousands of [...]
I’m starting to believe the “fierce moral urgency” of ending the “good war” in Afghanistan is like Obamacare. Why not make Afghanistan a US state? While many Americans have been led to believe the war in Afghanistan will soon be over, a draft of a key U.S.-Afghan security deal obtained by NBC News shows the United States is prepared to maintain military outposts in Afghanistan for many years to come, and pay to support hundreds of thousands of Afghan security forces.
Stand by to meet Corporal Dipprasad Pun, of 1st Battalion the Royal Gurkha Rifles. (Plot spoiler, he’s fucking stud and a stone-cold killer.) A Gurkha soldier who single-handedly defeated more than 30 Taliban fighters has been awarded the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross by the Queen. Corporal Dipprasad Pun, 31, described how he was spurred on by the belief that he was going to die and so had nothing to lose in taking on the attackers who overran his checkpoint in Afghanistan. His gallantry award is second only to the Victoria Cross – the highest honour for bravery in the face of [...]
GW’64 sent in a link to this (ongoing, disgraceful) story, and offered the following commentary: Recently, MSNBC broke a story about unspeakable conditions at Dawood Military Hospital in Kabul. It seems (surprise, surprise) that a thoroughly-corrupt Afghan administration has systematically pillaged the hospital of its medications, supplies, and equipment, to the point that patients – mostly wounded Afghan service members – are literally starving, uncared for, untreated, or stunningly mal-treated. Of course, the stolen stuff was all paid for by the American taxpayers. But that’s not the worst of it: It seems army Major General Gary Patton was actively involved [...]