Tag: Military

Quotes May 24, 2019

“We try to stay this side of dirt for as long as we can,” Shaw said. “The more active you are, the healthier you will be.”

“I live for the day, today is all I’ve got. Tomorrow is going to be brand new and you have no idea what it’s going to bring.”

Rep. Laddie Shaw, R-Anchorage, 70, is a retired Navy SEAL
 
 
 
 
No good decision was ever made in a swivel chair.
George S. Patton
 
 
 
 
“The most dangerous people in the world are not the tiny minority instigating evil acts, but those who do the acts for them. For example, when the British invaded India, many Indians accepted to work for the British to kill off Indians who resisted their occupation. So in other words, many Indians were hired to kill other Indians on behalf of the enemy for a paycheck. Today, we have mercenaries in Africa, corporate armies from the western world, and unemployed men throughout the Middle East killing their own people – and people of other nations – for a paycheck. To act without a conscience, but for a paycheck, makes anyone a dangerous animal. The devil would be powerless if he couldn’t entice people to do his work. So as long as money continues to seduce the hungry, the hopeless, the broken, the greedy, and the needy, there will always be war between brothers.”
Suzy Kassem
 
 
 
 
“The Japanese fought to win – it was a savage, brutal, inhumane, exhausting and dirty business. Our commanders knew that if we were to win and survive, we must be trained realistically for it whether we liked it or not. In the post-war years, the U.S. Marine Corps came in for a great deal of undeserved criticism in my opinion, from well-meaning persons who did not comprehend the magnitude of stress and horror that combat can be. The technology that developed the rifle barrel, the machine gun and high explosive shells has turned war into prolonged, subhuman slaughter. Men must be trained realistically if they are to survive it without breaking, mentally and physically.”
E.B. Sledge, With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa
 
 
 
 
“What do I want now? I want to be treated with the respect I deserve in the current VA system and not be retraumatized. I want the men who did this to me to be punished and if that isn’t possible, I want reassurance what happened to me will never ever happen to another woman in the Armed services. I want some restitution of the damage I have.”
Diane Chamberlain, Conduct Unbecoming: Rape, Torture, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from Military Commanders
 
 
 
 
“We had it drilled into us time and time again: ‘If someone above you falls, grip tightly to the vertical rope and cradle that person in your arms until help can get to you.’…If someone fell down on me I swear I would have bitten him on the ass and would keep on biting until he got off onhis own.”
C.S. Crawford, The Four Deuces: A Korean War Story
 
 
 
 
“What you don’t know going in is that when you come out, you will be scarred for life. Whether you were in for a week, a month, or a year—even if you come home without a scratch—you are never, ever going to be the same.

When I went in, I was eighteen. I thought it was all glory and you win lots of medals. You think you’re going to be the guy. Then you find out the cost is very great. Especially when you don’t see the kids you were with when you went in. Living with it can be hell. It’s like the devil presides in you. I knew what I sighed up for, yes, and I would do it again. But the reality of war—words can’t begin to describe it.”
William Guarnere

Quotes May 03, 2019

Courtesy of Rod Powers

 
 

Befarkled: Confused, characterized by a state of genuine, profound disorientation; the perpetual state of all Chemical units.

Primary Hammer or The Hammer: A cool operational term to impress a superior when describing the finishing force, or the main effort.

Fan-Out: A dismounted operation involving soldiers on the ground maximizing the amount of terrain they can cover or disperse over.

Paint the Picture: A term used to gather information and assess the situation. Usually asked by senior leaders to junior leaders. Usually invoked after the senior leader has gotten sleep and knows absolutely nothing about the tactical situation, while the battle captain has been up all night.

Critical Terrain: Terrain that if not secured, grabbed, taken or camped out on — you are screwed. A new category to describe terrain in FM 34-130 (Critical – Decisive – Key).

Kick-Out: An armor technique used to employ light infantry to clear severely restricted terrain in order to allow the armor to pass.

Phase: Infantry term for we don’t know how to write paragraph three.

Hey, Diddle – Diddle: Group of words used to describe a possible COA that allows for no analytical thought and ensures a minimum 75% casualty rate. Known also to the USMC as High, Diddle-Diddle.

Police-Up: An infantry operation to defeat the remaining enemy on an objective after Armor forces by-pass or attempt to avoid confrontation.

Flex: A really cool sounding non-doctrinal term used to maneuver a unit from one location to another. Used primarily when you don’t have a clue where you are or how the hell to get to the new location.

Technique: A noun, used in the phrase: “That’s a technique.” Translated – That’s a really screwed up way to execute this operation and you will probably kill your entire unit. But if you want to do it that way – go ahead.”

Hang Out: To establish a position characterized by a total lack of security, soldiers asleep in hammocks and a huge BBQ pit turning out chow. A task usually accomplished by Air Defenders.

Bells & Whistles: An inordinate amount of cheese, not required to get the necessary information communicated to another individual or group of individuals. Commonly associated with Canine and Equestrian Theater.

Blah, Blah, Blah: Short for “You know what I’m going to say anyway, so I’m not going to waste our time to actually say it.” See also Yada Yada Yada or Homina Homina, or humma humma humma.

Let’s Rock Baby: Radio communications pro-word for “Guidons, this is 2. Panther 6 FRAGO follows, acknowledge, over.”

Getting’ Jiggy With It: A friendly oriented, offensive form of maneuver that simultaneously utilizes at least three maneuver elements.

Drive By: Engaging the enemy while bypassing. Meets both the destruction and bypass criteria given in the OPORD.

Zipping Around: An aviation movement technique in which the helicopters appear to fly around aimlessly at a high rate of speed impressing the Ground Combat Troops with their speed and dash. Occasionally encompasses “Getting’ Jiggy With It” and usually used in a zone reconnaissance.

Back-Stop:
A term used to cover a staff failure to properly wargame a course of action. Also, a term used by infantry showing how “hope” is a method incorporated to defeat the enemy. “If the enemy gets through the engagement area, we have Delta Company placed here — to backstop the Battalion defense.

Coocy (Gucci) Move: Altering Commander’s intent, commander’s guidance or violating the fundamentals of reconnaissance or security operations. USMC spelling: Goosey.

Get Up and Haul Butt: A movement technique that requires all elements within the organization to cross the LD yesterday.

Flail-Ex: Also known as the planning process.


SelfCon:
This is when a junior commander (usually a captain) comes to the realization that his higher is completely clueless (perhaps even befarkled) so he simply attaches himself and his command to another unit.

Cheetah-Flips: The course of action development phase of the Military Decision Making Process in an imagined crisis environment (often replicated by headquarters during daily operations).

Pound The Crap Out Of: Somewhere between disrupt and destroy and slightly more than neutralize.

Squirrel-Ex: The wargaming phase of the MDMP after all Cheetah-Flips are completed, briefed and refined. The Squirrel Ex phase normally culminates with a 102 color slide briefing clearly outlining what can be said in a well-written paragraph (formerly known as the Commander’s intent and/or concept of the operation) this phase is often called a Cheese-Ex. This is the Force XXI cause of the “Fog of War.”

Take-Down: An aggressive former wrestling term used to describe your actions on the objective an inherent lack of regard for the enemy’s capabilities.

Sweep: A fluid, noncontinuous form of battlespace dominance, usually combined with zippin’ around or getting’ jiggy with it.

Mop-Up: A term for the actions occurring just after you discover you are actually on the objective, in the enemy’s fire sack, that implies a willingness to expose oneself to lethal fires.

Hit: Term for applying massed effects against the enemy. As in “First we’ll hit these guys over here then we’ll hit these guys, and then the guys over here will be hit with asymmetrical dominance from assets from EAC.

Boned:
A term used in response to orders issued from a higher commander. As in “I am the counter-reconnaissance company and the battalion reserve at the same time — I got boned!”

Triple-Hull Down:
A term associated with force-protection, fratricide, and self-preservation. In order to prevent being fired on by friends when saying something really stupid, hiding from the boss who has a task that only you can fill, or cover your butt from being smoked by anyone.

Quotes April 19, 2019

Perseverance is also key to success in any endeavor, but without perseverance in combat, there can be no victory.
Jocko Willink
 
 
 
 
As a combat veteran, I know the cost of war.
Tulsi Gabbard
 
 
 
 
I’ve had some ‘riotous excursions of the human spirit’ alongside the young Sailors and Marines, and it’s time to leave the stage to the young leaders who got their rank the old-fashioned way – they earned their stripes in combat.
Jim Mattis
 
 
 
 
As a combat medic, I heard a lot of last words; I saw a lot of last breaths taken.
James McCloughan
 
 
 
 
I was in Congress for six months, and they put me on blood pressure medication. I flew helicopters in combat and I was fine, and I survived 13 months in recovery in the hospital… I got to Congress, and six months later I’m on blood pressure medication. Fourteen months later, they doubled the dosage!
Tammy Duckworth
 
 
 
 
My own life changed when my father returned from his second combat tour in Vietnam. When he came home after almost a year in Army hospitals, he weighed less than half of what he did when he left. I watched the agonizing recovery, and that experience was on my mind when I was asked to come to VA.
Robert Wilkie
 
 
 
 
In 1967, I signed up for the Army, where I earned an equivalency diploma, then went on to join the Special Forces. That was really was the turning point in my life. I became more disciplined and focused. I went overseas and was in combat, got wounded a couple of times, lost a lot of good friends but matured a great deal.
Richard Carmona
 
 
 
 
As an infantry officer who served in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Guantanamo Bay, I have led men in combat and trained them on tactics and strategy. The mission of the infantry is to ‘close with, and destroy, the enemy.’ Our job, in a direct way, is to fight and win wars.
Pete Hegseth
 
 
 
 
From Clara Barton’s tireless work founding the American Red Cross to the first female Medal of Honor winner, Dr. Mary Walker, to our first female combat fighter pilot Lt. Kara Hultgreen, no list of American heroes is complete without the names of some of these extraordinary women.
Brian Kilmeade
 
 
 
 
But despite their heroic acts, the Vietnam Veterans of America continued to struggle to establish a combat badge in honor of these brave pilots and medics.
Tim Holden
 
 
 
 
There is an essential difference between someone who harms a child on purpose and someone who harms a child by accident during combat in civilian territory.
Tzipi Livni
 
 
 
 
I don’t think I would have written a combat novel if I had just had peacetime military training. I think, in fact, I probably would have remained a poet and just written a short story every now and then.
Joe Haldeman

Quotes April 05, 2019

“There is nothing wrong with living on a sweet potato farm in the middle of nowhere if that is what makes you happy and completes you as a person, but for me I needed something more. The Navy gave me that chance, and my only regret thus far is that I did not dive onto that opportunity sooner. It is my personal belief that each of us is guilty of all the good we have never done. The Navy simply allowed me to do more.”
Michael Ivey Navy Seabee

Quotes March 22, 2019

The veterans of our military services have put their lives on the line to protect the freedoms that we enjoy. They have dedicated their lives to their country and deserve to be recognized for their commitment.
Judd Gregg
 
 
 
 
These fallen heroes represent the character of a nation who has a long history of patriotism and honor – and a nation who has fought many battles to keep our country free from threats of terror.
Michael N. Castle
 
 
 
 
True patriotism isn’t cheap. It’s about taking on a fair share of the burden of keeping America going.
Robert Reich
 
 
 
 
The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender, or submission.
John F. Kennedy
 
 
 
 
May the sun in his course visit no land more free, more happy, more lovely, than this our own country!
Sen. Daniel Webster
 
 
 
 
Who kept the faith and fought the fight; the glory theirs, the duty ours.
Wallace Bruce
 
 
 
 
The brave die never, though they sleep in dust: Their courage nerves a thousand living men.
Minot J. Savage

Quotes March 08, 2019

“Taking care of our veterans is a cost of war. If you can spend six trillion dollars sending people to war, you can spend a few billion dollars taking care of them when they come home.”
Sen. Bernie Sanders
 
 
 
 
“A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.”
Colin Powell
 
 
 
 
“It takes a little courage, and a little self-control. And some grim determination, If you want to reach the goal. It takes a great deal of striving, and a firm and stern-set chin. No matter what the battle, if you really want to win, there’s no easy path to glory. There is no road to fame. Life, however we may view it, Is no simple parlor game; But its prizes call for fighting, For endurance and for grit; For a rugged disposition that will not quit.”
Navy SEAL Masterchief
 
 
 
 
“Nothing great will ever be achieved without great men, and men are great only if they are determined to be so.”
Charles De Gaulle
 
 
 
 
“The truest wisdom is a resolute determination.”
Napoleon Bonaparte

Quotes March 01, 2019

“There is nothing stronger than the heart of a volunteer.”
Gen. James H. Doolittle
 
 
 
 
“No man is entitled to the blessings of freedom unless he be vigilant in its preservation.”
Gen. Douglas MacArthur
 
 
 
 
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”
John Quincy Adams
 
 
 
 
“This will remain the land of the free so long as it is the home of the brave.”
Elmer Davis
 
 
 
 
“When the will defies fear, when duty throws the gauntlet down to fate, when honor scorns to compromise with death — that is heroism.”
Robert Green Ingersoll
 
 
 
 
“Word to the Nation: Guard zealously your right to serve in the Armed Forces, for without them, there will be no other rights to guard.”
President John F. Kennedy
 
 
 
 
“The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard die for his.”
Gen. George S. Patton
 
 
 
 
“A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.”
Joseph Campbell
 
 
 
 
“The brave die never, though they sleep in dust: Their courage nerves a thousand living men.”
Minot J. Savage
 
 
 
 
“America without her Soldiers would be like God without His angels.”
Claudia Pemberton
 
 
 
 
“War is too important to be left to the generals”
Georges Clémenceau
 
 
 
 
“What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight — it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower
 
 
 
 
“For what avail the plough or sail, or land or life, if freedom fail?”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
 
 
 
 
“The patriot’s blood is the seed of freedom’s tree.”
Thomas Campbell
 
 
 
 
“I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.”
Nathan Hale
 
 
 
 
“America is hope. It is compassion. It is excellence. It is valor.”
Paul Tsongas
 
 
 
 
“These fallen heroes represent the character of a nation who has a long history of patriotism and honor — and a nation who has fought many battles to keep our country free from threats of terror.”
Michael N. Castle
 
 
 
 
“True patriotism isn’t cheap. It’s about taking on a fair share of the burden of keeping America going.”
Robert Reich
 
 
 
 
“We sleep safely at night because rough men stand ready to visit violence on those who would harm us.”

“Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.”
Winston Churchill, 1940

Quotes February 22, 2019

A compliance with the minutiae of military courtesy is a mark of well-disciplined troops.
We are all members of the same great family … On social occasions the formality of strictly military occasions should be relaxed, and a spirit of friendliness and goodwill should prevail.
MajGen John A. Lejeune
 
 
 
 
We’re not accustomed to occupying defensive positions. It’s destructive to morale.
LtGen H. M. “Howlin’ Mad” Smith, Iwo Jima, 1945
 
 
 
 
Don’t you forget that you’re Marines- First Marines! Not all the communists in hell can overrun you!
Col Lewis B. “Chesty” Puller, rallying his 1st Marines near Chosin Reservoir, Korea, December 1950
 
 
 
 
The soldier above all others prays for peace, for it is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war.
Douglas MacArthur
 
 
 
 
Here’s a news flash: No soldier gives his life. That’s not the way it works. Most soldiers who make a conscious decision to place themselves in harm’s way do it to protect their buddies. They do it because of the bonds of friendship – and it goes so much deeper than friendship.
Eric Massa
 
 
 
 
But to the fighting soldier that phase of the war is behind. It was left behind after his first battle. His blood is up. He is fighting for his life, and killing now for him is as much a profession as writing is for me.
Ernie Pyle
 
 
 
 
All you have to do is hold your first soldier who is dying in your arms, and have that terribly futile feeling that I can’t do anything about it… Then you understand the horror of war.
Norman Schwarzkopf
 
 
 
 
I come from the slums; I come from a hard background; I come from a poor family; and I was a soldier.

I learned about life before I went into the theater, which is why I’ve been so happy. I was a soldier.
Michael Caine
 
 
 
 
There’s nothing like being a soldier for confidence or learning your limits or enduring utter humiliation.
Guy Davenport
 
 
 
 
When you join the army, you are asked to lay down your life for your country. That is a tremendous oath to take. In return, a good country should offer that soldier every possible means it can to allow that soldier to stay alive and, upon return, healthy – both mentally and physically.
Michael Winter

Quotes February 08, 2019

Since I first joined the Marines, I have advocated aggressiveness in the field and constant offensive action. Hit quickly, hit hard and keep right on hitting. Give the enemy no rest, no opportunity to consolidate his forces and hit back at you.
LtGen H. M. “Howlin’ Mad” Smith 1949
 
 
 
 
The future success of the Marine Corps depends on two factors: first, an efficient performance of all duties to which its officers and men may be assigned; second, promptly bringing this efficiency to the attention of the proper officials of the government, and the American people.
MajGen John A. Lejeune, 13th CMC
 
 
 
 
Come on you sons of bitches! Do you want to live forever?
Gunnery Sergeant Dan Daly 1918 France.
 
 
 
 
“For the first time in a long time, I felt like I had a purpose being in the Navy. It wasn’t about money and rank or prestige. It was about raising the flag. We do what we do because no one else can or will do it. We fight so others can sleep at night. And I had forgotten that.”
Timothy Ciciora
 
 
 
 
“The reason we call ships ‘she’ is that it costs so much to keep one in paint and powder.”
Chester W. Nimitz
 
 
 
 
“Battles are won by slaughter and maneuver. The greater the general, the more he contributes in maneuver, the less he demands in slaughter.”
Winston S. Churchill

Quotes February 01, 2019

We had generals who were admirals and admirals who wanted to be generals. Generals acting as admirals are bad enough, but it was the admirals who wanted to be generals who imperiled victory among the coral islands.
LtGen H. M. “Howlin’ Mad” Smith 1949
 
 
 
 
I selected an enormous Marine Corps emblem to be tattooed across my chest. It required several sittings and hurt me like the devil, but the finished product was worth the pain. I blazed triumphantly forth, a Marine from throat to waist. The emblem is still with me. Nothing on earth but skinning will remove it.
MajGen Smedley D. Butler
 
 
 
Be kindly and just in your dealings with your men. Never play favorites. Make them feel that justice tempered with mercy may always be counted on. This does not mean a slackening of discipline. Obedience to orders and regulations must always be insisted upon, and good conduct on the part of the men exacted. Especially should this be done with reference to civilian inhabitants of foreign countries in which Marines are serving.
MajGen John A. Lejeune, 13th CMC 1920
 
 
 
 
“Today we say goodbye to a proud warrior. As we leave, each of us will take our members of [the USS]Midway with us… you guys were the ‘Magic.’ It was a privilege to sail with you.”
John Schork
 
 
 
 
“War is the greatest evil Satan has invented to corrupt our hearts and souls. We should honor our soldiers, but we should never honor war.”
Dean Hughes