Topic: Freedom's Guardian
Here's the Gregg family, Granger, Indiana branch (sadly missing Daughter #1, who couldn't be there), shortly after our reunion at Fort Drum, New York:
PFC Gregg and her comrades of the 511th Military Police Company arrived at Fort Drum yesterday afternoon and were reunited with theit loved ones at 1630 hours—that's 4:30 pm to you civilians. The arrival ceremony brief yet emotional, and one of the proudest moments of my life.
We have some pictures and I'll post them as soon as I can. Welcome home, 511th!
We heard from PFC Gregg yesterday. She was somewhere (I won't say exactly where) between the Sandbox and the World. Jackie and I are leaving this morning for Fort Drum, and we'll be there to greet our soldier and her comrades of the 511th Military Police Company when they return home. Watch this space for further updates and photos of the 511th's arrival ceremony!
In the face of abundant evidence that their guy just doesn’t pack the gear, progressives keep hoping that Barack Obama will finally get tough on those partisan, obstructive Republicans. Here’s Michael Tomasky, for example, insisting that Barry absolutely must begin to put up a fight.
It’s not that Obama lacks the instincts of a bully—on the contrary. When he was riding high in the polls, Our Beloved Teacher and Guide treated the opposition with princely disdain. But now, facing real opposition from a re-energized Republican Party, Barry’s bluster has given way to a plaintive whine. Suddenly he’s all for bipartisanship—a term of art, to be sure, that signifies no more than agreement with Barack Obama, but even so it’s not a word that the base likes to hear. People like Tomasky want red meat from their champion. Instead, they get a veggie burger and I can almost sympathize with the indigestion they experience as a result.
I'm pleased to report that PFC Gregg and the rest of the 511th Military Police Company will arrive back at Fort Drum, New York, on Monday, September 4, after their year-long deployment in Afghanistan. Needless to say, Jackie and I will be there to welcome Lexi and her comrades home. Watch this blog for further details!
Just a note on PFC Gregg and the 511th MP Company: Though we don't have an arrival date yet, they should be returning from Afghanistan soon. Their replacement unit (an MP company from Fort Polk, Louisiana) has arrived in country, while the 511th is being concentrated in one location to make final preparations for departure.
We Skyped with Lexi last weekend and have spoken with her by phone during the week. She's doing fine and looking forward to the day when she and her fellow soldiers board the plane for their flight home. Godspeed.
We had our weekly Skype with PFC Gregg on Saturday. She and the rest of the troops are packing up unit equipment for the return back to the greatest nation on earth—that would be the USA! This gave Lexi a chance to see her good friend Adrianna, which helped to make that job more tolerable.
Even though Lexi will return on US soil sometime in September, her post-deployment leave isn’t scheduled until October. Her plans are already set. You would think that a returning soldier would prefer to stay in one spot an d chill out, but no. Lexi will be vacationing in Florida for a week of sun and fun with some of her friends in the 511th. Then she’s heading to Las Vegas for a weekend of gambling and a rock concert. And after that, she goes to Arizona to visit family. Last stop: home to Indiana to visit her parents, family and friends in the Great American Midwest.
We’re all counting the days and looking forward to greeting the 511th Military Police Company when it arrives back at Fort Drum, some time in early September.
There's just about one month to go before the 511th Military Police Company departs the Sandbox after its year-long deployment. We Skyped with PFC Gregg over the weekend, and she's starting to get excited. Meanwhile, all's well with Lexi and her fellow soldiers.
Jackie and I plan to be at Fort Drum for the 511th's welcome home ceremony in early September. What a peroud and grateful moment that will be!
US Navy SEALS are the elite of the elite: probably the most highly trained, dedicated and deadly special operations troops in the world. To lose twenty-two of them in a single operation, as happened over the weekend in Afghanistan, is a hard blow. Also among the dead were eight other US service members: three Air Force special ops troops and five Army aircrew. Eight Afghan National Army soldiers lost their lives as well.
I know that America has lots of problems just now, but when you think of what these men have sacrificed, and what their families are going through, the credit downgrade and the decline of the stock market seem rather trivial. Lest we forget.