Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanks Giving. No, that's not a typo. Today is the day to GIVE THANKS! Today is the day our nation sets aside time to thank our God for His goodness and mercy.

“It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord…” (Psalm 92:1)

"Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men! For He satisfies the longing soul, And fills the hungry soul with goodness." Psalm 107:8-9

"Praise the LORD! Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. Who can utter the mighty acts of the LORD? Who can declare all His praise?" Psalm 106:1-2

"I will praise God's name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving." Psalm 69:30

Today I am thankful that through all the experiences in my life (both good and bad) the Lord is faithful and shows me mercy and lovingkindness. I could give a HUGE laundry list of things He has given/done for me. I am truly blessed! God is good.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Get Elfed

This is absolutely hilarious. MUCH funnier with someone you know. But check out me and the Payson getting elfed!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Honor Your Hero

This website is hosting a contest. Here is a quote from the site:

Do you know a Veteran of Iraq or Afghanistan who deserves to be recognized?
Nominate him or her for VA Mortgage's 2007 American Hero Award. Just fill out the form below and in 300 words or less tell us why your hero deserves to be honored.
10 Finalists will be selected and the winner will be chosen by an online vote. All finalists will receive $500, and the winner will receive a grand prize of $5,000. All nominations must be submitted by December 14, 2007.

So if you know a deserving Vet, by all means nominate them!

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Happy Veteran's Day

This weekend make it a point to shake a Veteran's hand. Most of the older ones went through pure hell while serving you. In church today they will mention the Vets and ask them to stand. Give them a resounding ovation.
Hell, jump up and shake their hands.
Here is an email tribute I recieved. I like it.

It is the VETERAN , not the preacher,
who has given us freedom of religion.

It is the VETERAN , not the reporter,
who has given us freedom of the press.

It is the VETERAN , not the poet,
who has given us freedom of speech.

It is the VETERAN , not the campus organizer,
who has given us freedom to assemble.

It is the VETERAN, not the lawyer,
who has given us the right to a fair trial.

It is the VETERAN , not the politician,
Who has given us the right to vote.

It is the VETERA N ,who salutes the Flag,

It is the soldier,

Who salutes the flag,

Who serves beneath the flag,

And whose coffin is draped by the flag,

Who allows the protestor to burn the flag."





Saturday, November 10, 2007

College Kids

Right now I have three college kids I am working. They take a little extra effort. They are grown men...but still testing the waters of "Big Decisions". They want to make their decisions on their own...but they still want their parent's input. I think that is wise.

Two of them go to the same school. They know each other and their buddy is one of my recruits. One of them has been pushing to get things rolling. I got a call from "Dad" on Thursday. Dad was worried that son was making a rash decision. I explained how the program works...he stays in school, contracts with ROTC in his junior year and graduates an officer. Dad is happy.

The other one has told me repeatedly that he has discussed this with his dad, the retired Colonel. He has been dragging his feet somewhat. When I talk to him he seems intent on convincing me, and yet I feel he is also trying convince himself. So I put on the brakes. He called me this morning and said his dad wants to talk to me. I told him that was perfectly fine and as a matter of fact I had already talked to his friend's dad. He breathed an audible sigh of relief! LOL He told me to expect a call on Monday, and I said that was fine...anytime.

I never went through that phase of life. I left home at 19 and never looked back. I made some major mistakes, but I always owned my mistakes and learned from them. I was a twit for quite some time, but I finally grew up. I like to make quick decisions and then stick to them. I understand not everyone is that way.

So this next week I should be taking four people to MEPS. We shall see.

Friday, November 09, 2007

Say a prayer

I don't like to gripe on my blog. I am generally a positive person and like to focus on the good. But I'd like to ask y'all to say a prayer for my team. Things are very stressful right now. Some have quit, and quite a few more are looking for other positions. One has volunteered to go to Iraq. Not that it is a bad thing...but I think it is an escape. Maybe I am wrong, but it seems that way...

Anyway, our team cohesiveness has taken a hit. I'd appreciate it if you would remember Team 10 X-men in your prayers. I'd like to see us pull together again.

Veteran's Day

I attended a Veteran's Day event at a local elementary school today. Those kids are so SWEET!! It was great. The guys from the unit and I went class to class to talk to the kids. It was so much fun watching their eyes get big as saucers as the "Army guys" came in. And of course I was the first "Army lady" they had ever seen. I got lots of questions.

The thing that had me laughing was when the little girls noticed that I wore boots too!! LOL.

The second grade class had a Veteran's Day tribute in the cafeteria. It was wonderful. Brought a tear to my eyes.

We left the school and the guys were feeling well appreciated. It was great.

He's Baaaaacck!

SGT Hook, one of my favorite milbloggers is back to posting! Check it out!

Wednesday, November 07, 2007


I was approached by email to participate in a survey for some research on Milbloggers. I am told that according to an update to its OPSEC (Operations Security) rules on April 19, 2007, the U.S. Army now requires all of its working personnel to obtain approval before posting any material to their personal military blogs (milblogs). Hmmmm.

So in other words...I should ask for permission to post? Am I supposed to submit each post for approval? Hmmmm.

To whom?

While I can certainly understand the need for operational security...and I adhere to it. I don't think my personal ruminations posted to the internet need to be submitted for editing. Do you?

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Veteran's Day ~ Green Again

In honor of Veteran's Day here is my annual posting of "Green Again":

July 14, 2005

Green... again

(Originally posted at Red State Rant)

At Lance’s request, I’m proud to announce on Red State Rant that after an extended effort, I’ve finally been accepted back into Uncle Sam’s Big Green Gun Club. A little background:
My efforts began on September 11, 2001, when the news about the terrorist attacks in New York City came over the radio. I immediately drove to the recruiter’s office to inquire about reenlistment options. My advance was rebuked, however, due to an ankle injury that I’d sustained two months previous, one which eventually landed me on the surgeon’s slab six months later. Running, and therefore staying in shape, was a painful proposition for nearly a year thereafter. Then my wife and I decided to start our family, a decision that I in no way second-guess, but one which further altered my plans.

As I watched the kick-off of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom from the sidelines, I couldn’t stand the fact that Marines were out there doing what Marines do, and here I was, a man of eligible age, riding the bench. The final straw came on the day that my brother, a career Marine until a back injury put him out of active duty after 15 years, emailed me a photo of himself being sworn back into the Corps as a reservist. That was simply more than I could stand.

I got off my ass, got back in shape, and got on the phone with the prior service recruiter. Skipping all the sordid details of a paperwork nightmare, a little more than a year later, on July 10, 2005, I stood before a Captain with the 4th FSSG, raised my right hand, and took the oath of enlistment for the second time in my life, sworn-in as a 35 year-old Corporal of Marines (reserve) as my wife and son looked on.

I’d been off of active duty for almost 10 years, but as we walked out of the HQ building at the Navy/Marine Corps Reserve Center and passed a Colonel, the salute that I snapped felt just as natural as it ever had, and the uniform I wore felt like an old friend. I straightened my back, poked out my chest just a little, and stepped more smartly. God, it felt great to be green again!
I give the reader all of that to answer a question many people have asked, including the worshipful Red State Rant blogmaster and my life-long friend, Lance: Why? After all, I’ve already served my country, “paid my dues,” or “done my time,” as some say.

To that, I have this to say: Serving my country is not a 4 year contract. It is a life-long commitment. Nor is it a “due” to be paid like some cheap membership fee. It is a deeply personal obligation. And it is certainly not “time” that has to be “done” like some felony prison sentence. It is nothing short of an honor that I hold in the highest regard, an honor that I must prove worthy of, an honor that must be earned every single day.

Many people have shaken their heads in disbelief, sometimes I think in disdain, when they learned of my plans. I’m a family man now, after all. Why would I volunteer, when there is a very real possibility of a combat deployment? Don’t I care about my family?

Without question, my family is the single most important part of my life on earth. But just exactly what sort of husband and father do I want for my family? What kind of man do I want my wife to devote her life to? When my children are grown, what is the picture of their father going to look like in their minds? I’ll tell you: I want my beloved wife, to whom I am utterly devoted, to go through her days without a shadow of a doubt that the man she married is a man of honor and commitment, a man that knows there are things in life worth giving one’s own life for, if necessary. I want her, as she looks out upon all of the world’s deception, falseness, infidelity, and evil, to know that her husband is on the right side of things.

I want my children to have a father that they can unwaveringly look up to as an example. I want them to grow up, not with an attitude of entitlement, but with a sense of duty, obligation, and reward. I want to teach them that we don’t always say, “Let the other guy do it.” Instead, I want them to learn that there are times that we must ask, “If not me, then who?” I want to be the best father I can be, and I can think of no better lessons to teach them than the value of honor, integrity, dedication, perseverance, and selflessness. I can offer no better example for my family than to strive to live those values every day in my own personal life.

All of that is a way of life for United States Marines. (And any edit)

In addition to all of that, throw in any applicable clichés regarding patriotism, fighting for our country, etc. They’re all no less true for me than anyone else who has said them, but they have become overused to the point that they have begun to lose effect. I will add one: Revenge. I make no apology for wanting to kill the bastards that want to kill us.

I harbor no illusions about saving the world, being a hero, or altering the course of events. It’s simply that at no time in my life have I been more proud and satisfied with what I was doing than while serving as an active duty Marine. My decision to leave the Corps, if I had it to do over, likely would have been different. I want to at least partially amend that decision while I am still young enough (barely) to do so. I love being around fellow Marines, doing what Marines do: training, fighting, working, sweating, cussing, bitching, adapting, improvising, overcoming, accomplishing the mission, and taking care of each other.

Lastly, these are historic times for our country and for my Marine Corps. For me, it's decision time- sit on the sidelines and merely be an observer, or step up and be a participant.

I’m stepping up.

Semper Fidelis

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Witches Brew

Oh, I have been so remiss! I haven't posted here in forever. I am sorry. I will pay penance by posting everyday for a week.

Alright, so I get back from BNCOC and promptly find my ASVAB failures and put them to studying. Only one is serious and passes the ASVAB at the MET site test (during the day, paper ASVAB instead of computerized). I took him for his physical and he swore in a week ago. Hooah. Gotta love hard work.

I also got a promotion of sorts after getting back from BNCOC. I am now a Squad Leader or Big Toe. I DO NOT understand the "Big Toe" concept. I am told I need to watch some movie and I will understand. All I know is I think of a big ole hairy male toe. yuck. I'll have to rent the movie and maybe I might have a clue? I don't know. I can't even remember the name of the movie. So with the "promotion" I now have a new partner. SFC Hooah Infantry is no longer my partner. SGT Pagent is.

SGT Pagent is a former beauty queen. Yes. That is true! SGT Pagent joined the Army after winning her title, did 4 years and got out. She had a long break in service (not as long as mine) and got into the National Guard. She is a sweet lady and very VERY meticulous. She loves details, lists and paperwork. I don't so we should be a good team. She is already making GREAT headway in her schools.

So, new promotion, new partner... what other surprises does life hold for me? Hmmmm. This past week or so we got the flu. I mean the hurling from hell flu. Quickly followed by the diarhea damnation. Then just as I think we are all about over it....its Halloween Night. Now what mother in her right mind takes sick kids trick-or-treating?? This mother. I just could NOT deny my kids at least a little Halloween fun, so I bundled them up, costumed, bleary eyed, pumped full of meds and begged candy off unsuspecting strangers. Only for 30 minutes and then back home. Now we all have chest colds. Heavy sigh.

Normally, as soon as I suspect any illness I make everyone drink colloidal silver. CS (colloidal silver) is a water laden with silver molecules. Hard to explain but bottom line, silver kills bad bacteria and viruses. Many people think it is quackery. I don't. Silver is antiseptic, has proven antibacterial properties and is antimicrobial. It is used in burn centers to cover the exposed tissue. So anyway I make it myself using a CS generator called a Silver Puppy. That is my witches brew.

For whatever reason... I forgot about the CS when we were all hurling our guts out and crying for mercy. I making a fresh batch of witches brew now. A little late...but......