2nd Amendment to the Constitution of The United States of America

A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

"I ask sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people except for a few politicians."
- George Mason (father of the Bill of Rights and The Virginia Declaration of Rights)

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

In Memorium

Haven't posted the last couple of days...had a funeral Saturday for a family member, a wedding later the same day and then yesterday I paid my respects to a fellow soldier I knew from my past, MSG Jeff Rieck, Co C 1/148th Infantry, 37th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Ohio Army National Guard. The ceremony was a solemn reminder that the profession of arms is one with dangers most people thankfully don't have to face.  It if were any other way they probably would give us something other than weapons to employ in its service.

MSG Hannon was also buried yesterday and CPT Rozanski will be interred tomorrow, both were also assigned to Charlie 148th and were killed on April 4th as the result of a suicide bomber in Afghanistan.  There were 5 other soldiers also wounded as well as 10 Afghans killed and many more wounded.  The bad guys seem to content to sacrifice many more of the people that they are trying to "liberate" from our "oppression" in taking us out.  Typical extremest behavior.

There is a video online of the aftermath of the attack with wounded and dead soldiers and civilians.  I will not post the link out of respect to the fallen, but I will relay something I saw that did cause me to well up in pride.  Towards the end of the video you see a US Soldier start to pull security over his wounded comrades and force onlooking Afghans to back up away from the area.  This is not only to provide safety and security for the wounded but also safety for the crowd as insurgency tactics have often favored a secondary bomber that attacks the crowd that gathers to gawk at the first ones destruction.  Even in the midst of such chaos our soldiers still keep their heads and do what is needed.  You can't just inherit that kind of action, that's effective training.

It saddens me to see US and Coalition forces still suffering casualties when a date to pull out is already in place.  In the past few days their have been a spur of attacks across the country aimed at our forces.

I would like to take a moment to thank all the members of the military that made the ceremonies yesterday very memorable for the family.  Also I would like to point out that Schoedinger Funeral Services in Columbus donated all of their services to the families from what I understand, very respectful way to say thanks to their families for their sacrifice.

Godspeed to the remaining members of the 37th BCT still in country on their safe return home.

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