Jeffrey Allen “Skunk” Baxter (born December 13, 1948) is an American guitarist, known for his stints in the rock bands Steely Dan and The Doobie Brothers during the 1970s and Spirit in the 1980s. More recently, he has been working as a defense consultant and chairs a Congressional Advisory Board on missile defense.
Doobie Brothers Rock Out for the Troops
They have been playing for troops since the mid-1980s, when vocalist and guitarist Pat Simmons and Johnston went on USO tours of overseas bases as part of all-star bands in successive years.
“I had such a good time on the tour, and we have always believed in supporting our men and women in uniform,” Simmons said. “Other than the fact that we are older, and the troops are younger, I don’t think much has changed. People still love to rock out, and so do we.”
Another side of deployment:
I am not going to second-guess my old battlefield comrades from Iraq and Afghanistan; each has his own reason for what he has done.
There is no God-given right to victory on the battlefield. You win that through the skill and the devotion, the valor and the ferocity of your troops.
It’s one thing to say don’t commit atrocities on the battlefield. It’s another thing to say don’t get caught doing atrocities.
On the battlefield, the military pledges to leave no soldier behind. As a nation, let it be our pledge that when they return home, we leave no veteran behind.
The battlefield is a scene of constant chaos. The winner will be the one who controls that chaos, both his own and the enemies.
“People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.”
“It is well that was is so terrible, else we should grow too fond of it.”
General Robert E. Lee
“Tell them of us and say,
For their tomorrow,
We gave our today.”
The Kohima Epitaph
To different minds, the same world is a hell, and a heaven.
Ralph Waldo Emerson,
If I died on the battlefield, then that was the way it was supposed to be.
The most important 6 inches on the battlefield is between your ears.
As a veteran, I know firsthand the satisfaction there is in defending the democracy you so strongly believe in, but I can also attest to the trauma encountered from combat on the battlefield.
Charles B. Rangel
What’s always got me is the fact that when people talked on the telly about Iraq, before Afghanistan kicked off, you’d get only these public-school-type army officers talking about what was going on out there. I kept thinking, ‘Why don’t we get the true voice of the squaddie? Why don’t we hear from the lads on the battlefield?’
America’s fighting men and women sacrifice much to ensure that our great nation stays free. We owe a debt of gratitude to the soldiers that have paid the ultimate price for this cause, as well as for those who are blessed enough to return from the battlefield unscathed.
I have traveled a long road from the battlefield to the peace table.
The dominant feeling of the battlefield is loneliness.
The Valkyrie Initiative
The Valkyrie Initiative is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the successful facilitation of the after-downrange transition of Veterans, First Responders and their families.