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Sgt. David M. Gerardi

Sgt. David M. Gerardi

Soldier earns Silver Star for valor in Afghanistan as Marine

US Army: It’s not every day a National Guard sergeant receives a Silver Star for actions performed as a Marine. But that’s exactly what happened in Pittsburgh, Dec. 10.
Sgt. David M. Gerardi, a weapons sergeant with the Army National Guard’s 19th Special Forces Group, received the nation’s third highest medal for his actions while deployed in 2011 as an active-duty Marine with 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division (Forward), II Marine Expeditionary Force.
When Gerardi completed his enlistment with the Marine Corps this year, he transferred to the Army National Guard to pursue a new challenge — to become a Green Beret.  Gerardi, whose award reads like a script from a big studio movie production, humbly accepted his Silver Star in front of a small group of family, friends and Marines from 3rd Recon Bn.
He credits his fellow recon Marines for his heroic actions. “I know the award talks about me a lot, but those guys did more to bring me home than I could ever do for them,”Gerardi said of his brothers-in-arms as tears swelled in his eyes. “I have been honored to serve with the best Marines and Soldiers.”
He choked up when answering questions about the day for which he was being recognized.
It was June 6, 2011, in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Gerardi, a corporal at the time, and team mates were providing security near Balozai village when they came under fire. They were pinned down in a canal, receiving fire from several enemy positions a little more than 100 yards distant.
Gerardi identified a firing position at a mud wall forward of the team that would give him a clear line of sight to the enemy position presenting the greatest danger to his team. Without hesitation, he crossed an open field to get to a wall less than 45 yards from the enemy. He was greeted with a volley of rocket-propelled and 30mm grenades, as well as medium machine-gun fire that prevented him from returning fire.
Despite the intense fire, he maneuvered to a more vulnerable position along another wall that afforded a better angle for him to fire on the enemy. Despite rounds striking within inches if his body, Gerardi provided suppressive fire, which allowed his Marines to extract a wounded Afghan soldier.
“The training kicked in,” Gerardi said.”Going to that position just made sense. That way, I wasn’t conflicting with the other guys’ line of fire.” Gerardi continued to coordinate with other Marines on the ground to provide suppressive fire despite the chaos of enemy fire continually impacting around his position.
Throughout the five-hour engagement, Gerardi showed “stalwart determination and vigilance” while providing precision fire, thereby allowing his team to extract after nightfall, according to his Silver Star citation.
“Because of his dedication and superior knowledge, he was able to accurately engage,” said Cpl. Josh Davenport, a recon Marine who served with Gerardi.
“He wasn’t just shooting blindly or because he was scared,” Davenport said. “He was saying, ‘I’m going to do this job better than anyone else,’ and he did. For that reason, he got the Silver Star. He was braver and more dedicated. He definitely earned it.”
Maj. Gen. Melvin Spiese, commanding general of 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade, presented the medal to Gerardi. Spiese said Gerardi was a testament to his generation. “He proved himself to be an astute and courageous tactical fighter that day, and his heroic and selfless actions under fire saved the lives of his fellow Marines, turned the tide in an intense firefight and was an inspiration for those serving with him,” Spiese said.
“Sergeant Gerardi choose to serve his country in a time of war and to do so as an infantryman and reconnaissance Marine. He, like every other Marine on the battlefield, could have chosen to do something different other than accept the responsibility for the security of their country as a U.S. Marine,” he said.
Gerardi’s parents attested to his passion for the military. They said they never doubted their son’s tenacity. “We always knew he’d grow up to do something amazing,” said Gerardi’s father Michael “I’m just happy he’s home. I’m so proud of him.”
Though Gerardi has left the Corps, his impact on the Marines who served with him will last a lifetime. “He’s an example to all of us in our community,” Davenport said. “One of the biggest things we take from him is his heart. He puts everything into it. He brings guys together.
“You can feel the sense of pride that he has in the job that he does, and he’s definitely one of the best.”
Hooah!
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New U.S. Army manual forbids our soldiers from criticizing Islam

The evidence is mounting that the Obama regime at best coddles radical Muslims, at worst it’s actively supporting and arming them. To wit:

  • The Obama regime refuses to call US Army psychologist Nidal Hasan, who perpetrated the worst shooting ever to take place on a U.S. military base, at Fort Hood on November 5, 2009 — an Islamic jihadist. Despite eyewitness testimonies that Hasan had shouted “Allahu Akbar! (Allah is Great!)” before opening fire, killing 13 and wounding another 29; and regardless of internal Army reports indicating Hasan’s fellow officers had reported his outspoken sympathy with radical Islam since 2005.
  • In August 2011, afraid of offending the delicate sensibilities of Muslims, the U.S. Marine Corps banned Marines serving in Afghanistan from — I kid you not — audible farting.
  • In Sept. 2012, a highly-decorated 18-year veteran Army officer, Lt. Col. Matthew Dooley, was fired from teaching a course on Islam because he had the temerity of actually teaching “negative aspects” the truth about Islam. (More evidence at the end of this post.)

The latest is a new U.S. Army handbook for troops deployed to the Middle East, forbidding our soldiers from making derogatory comments about the extremist Taliban, pedophilia, or Islam in general, as well as any comment approving of rights for women.
Aren’t we fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan? So if the Obama regime were in power then, U.S. soldiers in the Second World War would have been barred from making “derogatory comments” about Hitler and the Nazis.
What lunacy.
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The non-partisan public interest organization Judicial Watch reports Dec. 11, 2012:

Here is a strong indicator that the Obama Administration’s crusade to appease Islam has gone too far; a new U.S. military handbook for troops deployed to the Middle East orders soldiers not to make derogatory comments about the Taliban or criticize pedophilia, among other outrageous things.

It gets better; the new manual, which is around 75 pages, suggests that Western ignorance of Afghan culture— not Taliban infiltration—is responsible for the increase in deadly attacks by Afghan soldiers against the coalition forces.

The soon-to-be-released Army handbook is still being drafted, but [The Wall St. Journal] … got a sneak preview and published an article [for subscribers only] that should infuriate the American taxpayers funding the never-ending war on terror. The manual is being created because someone with authority bought the theory that cultural insensitivity is driving insider attacks on U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

More than three dozen insider attacks have killed 63 members of the U.S.-led coalition this year, according to the article, and some blame “American cultural ignorance.” The bottom line is that troops may experience social-cultural shock and/or discomfort when interacting with Afghan security forces, the new military handbook says. “Better situational awareness/understanding of Afghan culture will help better prepare [troops] to more effectively partner and to avoid cultural conflict that can lead toward green-on-blue violence.”

The draft leaked to the newspaper offers a list of “taboo conversation topics” that soldiers should avoid, including “making derogatory comments about the Taliban,” “advocating women’s rights,” “any criticism of pedophilia,” “directing any criticism towards Afghans,” “mentioning homosexuality and homosexual conduct” or “anything related to Islam.”

At least one high-ranking military official had the backbone to publicly criticize the new manual, albeit through a spokesperson. U.S. Marine General John Allen, the top commander in Afghanistan, doesn’t endorse it and rejected a proposed forward drafted by Army officials in his name. “He does not approve of its contents,” according to a military spokesman quoted in the story.

Earlier this year the Obama Administration changed the way federal agents are trained to combat terrorism and violent extremism by eliminating all materials that shed a negative light on Muslims. Under White House orders, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) destroyed instructional material that characterizes Muslims as prone to violence or terrorism in a government-wide call to end Islamophobia.

Under Obama practically every major federal agency has been ordered to participate in Muslim outreach initiatives, including the Justice Department with a special program to protect Islamic civil rights, Homeland Security meetings with extremist Muslim organizations and the nation’s space agency (NASA) with an unprecedented mission to focus on Muslim diplomacy.

Additionally, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton signed a special order to allow the reentry of two radical Islamic academics whose terrorist ties long banned them from the U.S. and the administration sent an America-bashing mosque leader (Feisal Abdul Rauf) who blames U.S. foreign policy for the 9/11 attacks on a Middle Eastern outreach mission. The Obama Administration even ordered a government-funded meal program for home-bound seniors to offer halal cuisine prepared according to Islamic law.

About U.S. Marine General John Allen who has refused to endorse the new Muslim-appeasing military manual: This is the same Gen. Allen whose previously-announced promotion is now indefinitely postponed, and who will soon be replaced by Gen. Joseph Dunford as commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan. See “Obama purges U.S. military command (Part 1),” Dec. 3, 2012.
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H/t Eyes Wide Shut
~Eowyn

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Thousands of U.S. military votes uncounted or missing

There is a malicious hoax being circulated on the net. It’s an article on a website called the Duffle Blog, claiming that Mitt Romney would have won last Tuesday’s presidential election if our military’s absentee ballots had arrived on time instead of one day late.

Don’t fall for it!

They’re yanking your chains. Duffle Blog is a satire site, like The Onion. See it for yourself by scrolling to the end of the military absentee ballots article where it says:

Pevious post: Next post:

This, however, is the REAL deal on the travesty called the 2012 military vote.

On August 2, 2012, our Hardnox reported that Democrats were suppressing the military vote in Ohio . Claiming it wasn’t “fair,” Team Obama sued Ohio to prevent the military from voting early, a long-standing policy that worked around military training and deployments.

This was followed by my post, on Oct. 1, 2012, that an alarmingly small percentage of military voters were requesting absentee ballots, although the majority of members of our military –an estimated two-thirds — would need to vote by absentee ballot.

Next, we learnt that on October 19, 2012, a transport plane carrying 4,700 pounds of mail inbound to our troops serving in Afghanistan, crashed in Shindad Air Base. Included in those now-destroyed 4,700 pounds of mail were countless absentee ballots. As noted by Kris Zane of The Western Center for Journalism, “Oddly, as soon as the story appeared, it disappeared. Did anyone die in the crash? What kind of plane was it? It seemed like a cover story in order to destroy the ballots.”

Election officials recommended resending the ballots, just two and a half weeks before the election. Given the slow military mail delivery service, it’s highly unlikely our troops in Afghanistan got the resent ballots in time and even more unlikely that, after our troops had filled in those absentee ballots, they actually reached the United States in time to be counted.

Now we are told that thousands of our military’s votes are uncounted or missing.

Susan Stallings reports for Examiner.com, Nov. 8, 2012:

According to the Naval Enlisted Reserve Association, scores of military absentee ballots cast in the 2012 Election will not be counted. U.S. Military personnel and their families are outraged: “Where the hell is this country’s moral compass?!” stated the mother of a 25 year old Marine who served in Afghanistan.

The military mail service is notoriously slow, and lawmakers have said that it could be almost two months after the election before ballots even arrive to be processed.

“We write to express concerns over another serious failure by the Department of Defense to safeguard the voting rights of our overseas military service members, which we believe could result in the imminent disenfranchisement of thousands,” stated a letter sent to Defense Department Secretary Leon Panetta by Sens. John Cornyn, R-Texas, Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., John McCain, R-Ariz., Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Marco Rubio, R-Fla.. […]

Michelle Malkin reported in an article published at Townhall.com, “Despite a federal law mandating that every base establish a voting assistance office (the 2009 Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act), the Pentagon reported this summer that it could only contact such offices on half of the military’s bases. In Wisconsin alone this election cycle, at least 30 municipalities failed to send absentee ballots to members of the military before the 45-day election deadline.

Experts, veterans groups, and advocates for soldiers agree that a minimum 45-day mailing standard is necessary to allow sufficient time to get military absentee ballots home. But the federal government has done nothing to enforce the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act. In fact, according to Malkin, “the Obama administration has actively worked against pro-troop voting protection efforts by suing to stop Ohio’s military enfranchisement reforms.”

The bottom line is that our military, those men and women who risk their lives to protect our freedom, those most deserving to exercise their right to vote, are being prevented from doing so. This is unconscionable.

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Kris Zane reminds us that in 2008 the Obama campaign had engaged in massive voter fraud and  also sought unsuccessfully to suppress the military vote, which historically votes conservative.

Zane writes: “This time, they did both. Considering that the election was extremely close (Obama won by roughly two million votes), the question becomes: if our troops’ votes were counted, would Romney have won? Did Obama steal the election—again?”

I don’t have an iota of doubt that the suppression of the military vote is due to a Military Times poll finding that members of our active and reserve military overwhelmingly favor Romney over Obama 2 to 1.

Our soldiers get PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), maimed, and killed, but they don’t get to have their votes counted or, worse still, don’t even get to vote.

Our soldiers, as well as we civilians, must come forward and demand that the Electoral College must NOT cast their votes until our military’s absentee votes have all been counted!!!

Tell your representatives and senators!!!!!!

~Eowyn

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Military absentee ballots lost in plane crash

The real meaning of the Obama 2012 campaign slogan

The POS is determined to screw our soldiers who are deployed overseas and must vote via absentee ballots.

Although the majority of members of our military –an estimated two-thirds — will need to vote by absentee ballot for the upcoming November election, an alarmingly small percentage of military voters are requesting absentee ballots.

So Mitt Romney’s campaign did something about that. The campaign sued Wisconsin, asking a federal judge for an injunction to extend the deadline for absentee ballots for military personnel and civilians overseas by five days. The Romney campaign alleges Wisconsin election officials were late in sending out absentee ballots to civilians and military voters stationed overseas.

Now comes news that absentee ballots being sent to U.S. military serving in that hell-hole called Afghanistan “may have been burned in a plane crash.”

The Associated Press reports:

A top official in the Federal Voting Assistance Program this week notified election officials across the nation that a transport plane crashed at Shindad Air Base on Oct. 19.

The crash resulted in the destruction of 4,700 pounds of mail inbound to troops serving in the area.

Federal officials in their email to state election offices said they did not know if any ballots were destroyed. They also said the lost mail was limited to one zip code.

But they recommended that election officials resend a new ballot to anyone who requested one since the first ballot may have been destroyed in the crash and fire.

Think all this has something to do with the fact that a recent Military Times poll found that members of active and reserve military overwhelmingly favor Romney over Obama 2 to 1?

(By the way, like active duty military, veterans too favor Romney over Obama by 20% nationwide and especially in the critical battleground states.)

H/t FOTM’s beloved Tina & Wendy

~Eowyn

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Hometown gives Afghan-war quadruple-amputee a hero’s welcome

Army Staff Sgt. Travis Mills (pic above) was his high school’s football star in the town of Vassar, Michigan. After high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served two deployments to Afghanistan without suffering anything close to a major injury. But during his third tour, an IED tore through his athletic frame, leaving him a quadruple amputee.

In this video, he adamantly insists he’s not a hero:

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But his hometown folk in Vassar think otherwise.

As Elaine Quijano reports for CBS News, Oct. 11, 2012, Vassar used their annual homecoming game to give their favorite son a hero’s welcome.

“This is awesome,” he told a crowd who cheered.

Mills was on his third tour in Afghanistan. In April, a bomb exploded beneath him. He recalls, “About 5-6 seconds later I woke up on the ground.” Mills’ six-foot-three, 250-pound body bore the brunt of the blast. Two other men were wounded.

“My medic came running up,” he said, “and I looked at him and I said, ‘You get away from me, you go save my men, leave me alone, let me go.’ He told me, ‘With all due respect, Sgt. Mills, shut up let me do my job.’ He put tourniquets on me within 20 seconds on all four limbs.”

Mills woke up at a military hospital in Germany four days later. He turned 25 on April 14 and was told he didn’t have any arms or legs.

“By that time, my soldiers –”how are they doing’?” Mills recalled on what was going through his mind then. “And then I guess I was ducking my wife’s phone calls because I felt embarrassed–I didn’t want to talk to anybody. I knew the possibility of getting hit was zero, but when you get hit, I guess I just felt like I was a horrible person or something I did wrong in life, and I was getting paid back for it. But that’s not it.”

He’s been recovering at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for six months. He’s learning to use four prosthetic limbs and to do things once routine, like feeding his daughter Chloe.

As far as what it’s like to be back to his hometown, Mills said: “Oh it’s great, I drove into town and I couldn’t believe the yellow ribbons, the signs — ‘Welcome home Staff Sgt. Travis Mills.'”

More than 6,000 people lined Main Street to honor Mills and his wife Kelsey. (That’s more than twice as many people as the total population of Vassar of 2,697 at the 2010 census.)

“‘Everything I was going through and all that,” he told the crowd, “my beautiful wife stood by my side the whole time. So I want to thank her real quick.”

Mills heard plenty of cheers when he played on this football field in high school. But never like this.

He’s still on active duty and hopes to one day train soldiers at Fort Bragg.

“This is not the end of my life, especially having my one-year-old there,” he said. “She’ll never see me give up or fail you know. I mean, she’ll see me fall down, but I’ll get back up and I’m just going to keep going.”

This isn’t how Staff Sgt. Travis Mills imagined his life. But it’s a life he is grateful to have.

Watch the news video of his homecoming here.

~Eowyn

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Say a prayer for our troops…

Today we learn of the death of two American serviceman in an exchange of fire with allied Afghan soldiers.  That has now pushed U.S. military deaths in the war to 2,000.  Very somber…

Please say a prayer for our troops fighting and may God watch over them and bring them home safe.

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"Religion of Peace" strikes again…

Afghan schoolgirls poisoned in anti-education attack

Reuters: About 150 Afghan schoolgirls were poisoned on Tuesday after drinking contaminated water at a high school in the country’s north, officials said, blaming it on conservative radicals opposed to female education.
Since the 2001 toppling of the Taliban, which banned education for women and girls, females have returned to schools, especially in Kabul.
But periodic attacks still occur against girls, teachers and their school buildings, usually in the more conservative south and east of the country, from where the Taliban insurgency draws most support.
“We are 100 percent sure that the water they drunk inside their classes was poisoned. This is either the work of those who are against girls’ education or irresponsible armed individuals,” said Jan Mohammad Nabizada, a spokesman for education department in northern Takhar province.
Some of the 150 girls, who suffered from headaches and vomiting, were in critical condition, while others were able to go home after treatment in hospital, the officials said.
They said they knew the water had been poisoned because a larger tank used to fill the affected water jugs was not contaminated.  “This is not a natural illness. It’s an intentional act to poison schoolgirls,” said Haffizullah Safi, head of Takhar’s public health department.
None of the officials blamed any particular group for the attack, fearing retribution from anyone named. 
The Afghan government said last year that the Taliban, which has been trying to adopt a more moderate face to advance exploratory peace talks, had dropped its opposition to female education.  But the insurgency has never stated that explicitly and in the past acid has been thrown in the faces of women and girls by hardline Islamists while walking to school.
Education for women was outlawed by the Taliban government from 1996-2001 as un-Islamic.
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The real war on women

The Democrats would like you to believe that the Republicans have an all out war on women.  Really?  Maybe they should open their PC-blinded eyes to see that it’s really the “religion of peace”, whom they support, that is waging a war against women.

400 women and girls held in Afghanistan for ‘moral crimes’

The Telegraph:  Ten years after the toppling of the Taliban government was accompanied by Western promises of a new era of women’s rights, the justice system remained “stacked against them at every stage”, it found.

Virtually all teenage girls held in prison are accused of immorality, either extramarital sex or running away, and around half of adult women inmates.
Imprisonment for immorality has risen steadily since a supreme court ruling that any woman who runs away from her home and does not immediately go to a close relative or the police should be imprisoned.
The report by Human Rights Watch found many inmates had fled a forced marriage, or violent husbands and in-laws.  In some cases women had been charged with having extramarital sex after being raped or forced into prostitution, it said.
“I just want a divorce. I can’t go back to my father because he will kill me. All my family has left me behind.”   —Aisha H., 20, sentenced to three years in prison for “running away” from a physically abusive man whom her father forced her to marry as a second wife
“No one should be locked up for fleeing a dangerous situation even if it’s at home. President Karzai and Afghanistan’s allies should act decisively to end this abusive and discriminatory practice.”
Running away is not an offence under the Afghan penal code, but the supreme court advised in 2010 that women and girls who flee their homes should be locked up as a precaution against prostitution and promiscuity.  The court declined to comment on the report.
The United Nations has estimated around three quarters of marriages in Afghanistan are forced and unmarried girls are also sometimes given, or exchanged, to resolve disputes or stand in place of a dowry.  Few women are able to gain divorces. If they run away instead, the husband’s family often press for a conviction of extramarital sex as well, as an extra punishment, the report found.
The 120-page report, called “I Had to Run Away” said significant progress had since been made in schooling for girls and allowing women to enter politics, and there had been a fall in maternal mortality.  However bias against them remained rife in the legal system it said.  “Even the most horrific abuses suffered by women seem to elicit nothing more than a shrug from prosecutors, despite laws criminalising violence against women,” Mr Roth said.
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A Hero to Remember

Rest in peace soldier. Photo courtesy US Army

Rhode Island Guard Soldier makes selfless, ultimate sacrifice for Afghan child

US Army: The actions of one Rhode Island National Guard Soldier epitomized the Army Value of selfless service, “doing one’s duty loyally without thought of recognition or gain,” as he heroically saved an Afghan child without regard for his own life.
Sgt. Dennis P. Weichel Jr., 29, of Providence, R.I, died March 22, from injuries sustained when he was struck by an armored fighting vehicle after moving an Afghan child to safety.
“Sadly, today we realized the death of a Rhode Island National Guard Soldier in a combat zone, and we are once again reminded of the enduring sacrifice our Soldiers and Airmen have made, and continue to make, in service to this great country,” said Gen. Kevin McBride, adjutant general of Rhode Island and commanding general of the Rhode Island National Guard, in a press release March 23.
Weichel, an Infantryman, mobilized with Company C, 1st Battalion, 143rd Infantry Regiment, 56th Troop Command, to Camp Atterbury, Ind. in November 2011, and then deployed forward to Afghanistan in early March.
On the morning of March 22, Weichel and members of his unit were leaving the Black Hills Firing Range in Laghman province, Afghanistan, when they encountered multiple Afghan children in the path of their convoy. Weichel was among several Soldiers who dismounted to disperse the children away from the vehicles.
As one child attempted to retrieve an item from underneath a U.S. Army mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicle, , known as an MRAP, Weichel moved her to safety and was struck by the MRAP in the process. Weichel was evacuated to the Jalalabad Medical Treatment Facility where he succumbed to his wounds.
The circumstances of Weichel’s death speak to his character, said Staff Sgt. Ronald Corbett, Weichel’s mentor who deployed with him to Iraq in 2005.   “He would have done it for anybody,” said Corbett. “That was the way he was. He would give you the shirt off his back if you needed it. He was that type of guy.”
Weichel was posthumously promoted from the rank of specialist to sergeant, March 26.   He had been a member of the Rhode Island Army National Guard since 2001. He deployed to Iraq in 2005 as a member of Company D, 3rd Battalion, 172nd Infantry (Mountain) Regiment, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Weichel was considered a fun loving guy yet a model Soldier, according to Corbett and 1st Sgt. Nicky Peppe, who also served with Weichel in Iraq.  “When I first heard, I kept expecting him to jump up and say, ‘Oh, I got you guys,'” said Corbett. “The last few days have hit me hard.”
“He was a big kid at heart. He always had a smile on his face and he made everyone laugh,” said Peppe. “But as much as Weichel was funny, he was also a professional. When it was time to go outside the wire for a combat patrol, he was all business.”
Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee has ordered U.S. and Rhode Island flags across the state to be flown at half-staff until Weichel is laid to rest.   Weichel is survived by three children, his fiancée, and his parents.
“Tragically, Sergeant Weichel has made the supreme sacrifice, and at this time, we are mindful of the impact of that sacrifice on his family and friends,” said McBride. “I pledge this command’s perpetual support to Sergeant Weichel’s family. We leave no Soldier behind, and we will not leave Sergeant Weichel’s family behind.”
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U.S. Defense Secretary is afraid of U.S. soldiers

Yesterday, Obama’s defense secretary Leon Panetta visited Afghanistan, no doubt in an attempt to smooth Afghan ruffled feathers from a crazed Army sergeant’s murderous mayhem.
The media’s focus was/is on how a stolen truck, driven by an Afghan, sped onto a runway ramp and exploded at the British military airfield as Panetta’s plane was landing. Panetta is unhurt.
But the real astonishing news is this:
The U.S. military disarmed the U.S. soldiers among the 200 some people at Panetta’s speech in Camp Leatherneck — a practice never done before.

Elisabeth Bumiller reports for the NYT, March 14, 2012:

In a sign of the nervousness surrounding the visit, Marines and other troops among the 200 people gathered in a tent at Camp Leatherneck to hear Mr. Panetta speak were abruptly asked by their commander to get up, place their weapons — M-16 and M-4 automatic rifles and 9-mm pistols — outside the tent and then return unarmed. The commander, Sgt. Maj. Brandon Hall, told reporters he was acting on orders from superiors.

“All I know is, I was told to get the weapons out,” he said. Asked why, he replied, “Somebody got itchy, that’s all I’ve got to say. Somebody got itchy; we just adjust.”

Normally, American forces in Afghanistan keep their weapons with them when the defense secretary visits and speaks to them. The Afghans in the tent were not armed to begin with, as is typical.

Later, American officials said that the top commander in Helmand, Maj. Gen. Mark Gurganus, had decided on Tuesday that no one would be armed while Mr. Panetta spoke to them, but the word did not reach those in charge in the tent until shortly before Mr. Panetta was due to arrive.

General Gurganus told reporters later that he wanted a consistent policy for everyone in the tent. “You’ve got one of the most important people in the world in the room,” he said. He insisted that his decision had nothing to do with the shooting on Sunday. “This is not a big deal,” he said.

This is what has become of the Obama administration:

America’s defense secretary is afraid of American soldiers.

Pathetic.
But then maybe America’s soldiers know that Panetta is really not America’s, but the New World Order’s defense secretary. Afterall, on March 9, this servant of Obama actually declared before the Senate Armed Services Committee that it is “international permission,” instead of the Constitutionally-mandated Congressional approval, which provides the “legal basis” for U.S. military action.
H/t beloved Joseph
~Eowyn

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