Tag: Military

Quotes June 01, 2018

I grew up in a time when people believed in duty, honor and country. My grandfathers were both officers. My father was a General in the Air Force. My brother and I were both in the Army. I’ve always felt a kinship with soldiers; I think it’s possible to support the warrior and be against the war.
Kris Kristofferson
 
 
 
 
There are few men more superstitious than soldiers. They are, after all, the men who live closest to death.
Mary Stewart
 
 
 
 
The only thing that makes battle psychologically tolerable is the brotherhood among soldiers. You need each other to get by.
Sebastian Junger
 
 
 
 
I may be compelled to face danger, but never fear it, and while our soldiers can stand and fight, I can stand and feed and nurse them.
Clara Barton
 
 
 
 
The soldiers that didn’t come back were the heroes. It’s a roll of the dice. If a bullet has your name on it, you’re a hero. If you hear a bullet go by, you’re a survivor.
Bob Feller

Quotes May 28, 2018

Memorial Day or Decoration Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces.[1] The holiday, which is currently observed every year on the last Monday of May, will be held on May 28, 2018. The holiday was held on May 30 from 1868 to 1970.[2] It marks the unofficial start of the summer vacation season,[3] while Labor Day marks its end.

Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, particularly to honor those who have died in military service. Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries.

Memorial Day is not to be confused with Veterans Day – Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving, whereas Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans.[4] It is also not to be confused with Armed Forces Day, a minor U.S. remembrance celebrated earlier in May, which specifically honors those currently serving in the U.S. military.

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“On Memorial Day, I don’t want to only remember the combatants. There were also those who came out of the trenches as writers and poets, who started preaching peace, men and women who have made this world a kinder place to live.”
Eric Burdon
 
 
 
 
“Over all our happy country – over all our Nation spread, is a band of noble heroes– is our Army of the Dead.”
Will Carleton
 
 
 
 
“What I can do for my country, I am willing to do.”
Christopher Gadsden
 
 
 
 
“It doesn’t take a hero to order men into battle. It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle.”
Norman Schwarzkopf
 
 
 
 
“The brave die never, though they sleep in dust, their courage nerves a thousand living men.”
Minot J. Savage
 
 
 
 
“Patriotism is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime.”
Adlai Stevenson II
 
 
 
 
“The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example.”
Benjamin Disraeli
 
 
 
 
“Those who have long enjoyed such privileges as we enjoy forget in time that men have died to win them.”
Franklin D. Roosevelt
 
 
 
 
“No man is entitled to the blessings of freedom unless he be vigilant in its preservation.”
Gen. Douglas MacArthur
 
 
 
 
“For love of country they accepted death, and thus resolved all doubts, and made immortal their patriotism and their virtue.”
James A. Garfield
 
 
 
 
“Heroism doesn’t always happen in a burst of glory. Sometimes small triumphs and large hearts change the course of history.”
Mary Roach
 
 
 
 
“It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God such men lived.”
George S. Patton
 
 
 
 
“No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks.”
James Allen
 
 
 
 
Be a man of principle. Fight for what you believe in. Keep your word. Live with integrity. Be brave. Believe in something bigger than yourself. Serve your country. Teach. Mentor. Give something back to society. Lead from the front. Conquer your fears. Be a good friend. Be humble and be self-confident. Appreciate your friends and family. Be a leader and not a follower. Be valorous on the field of battle. And take responsibility for your actions. Never forget those that were killed. And never let rest those that killed them.

Kapitulik said the creed came from the man who knew Zembiec the longest, as indicated by the Major’s written description: “Principles my father taught me.”

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Killing is not wrong if it’s for a purpose, if it’s to keep your nation free or protect your buddy. One of the most noble things you can do is kill the enemy.

Major Douglas Alexander Zembiec (April 14, 1973 – May 11, 2007), the “Lion of Fallujah”[1][2] and also referred to as the “Unapologetic Warrior”[3] was an officer in the United States Marine Corps and member of the CIA’s Special Activities Division’s Ground Branch who was killed in action while serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom.[4] He is best known for his actions during Operation Vigilant Resolve, which were detailed in the book No True Glory: A Front-line Account of the Battle of Fallujah by Bing West and for an article that ran in the Wall Street Journal following his death.[5]

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Quotes May 25, 2018

19 of the coolest military unit mottos
Just about every military unit has a motto of sorts, but some are way cooler than others.
From “get some” to “fire from the clouds,” we looked around the world for some of the military’s best mottos. Here’s what we found:
 
 
 
 
1. “Whatever It Takes”
1st Battalion, 4th Marines: Stationed at Camp Pendleton, California, 1/4 is an infantry battalion that has been fighting battles since its first combat operation in the Dominican Republic in 1916. That’s also where 1st Lt. Ernest Williams earned the Medal of Honor — the first for the battalion.
 
 
 
 
2. “Get Some”
3rd Battalion, 5th Marines: Based at the northern edge of Camp Pendleton, California, the “Dark Horse” battalion is one of the most-decorated battalions in the Marine Corps.
 
 
 
 
3. “The Only Easy Day Was Yesterday”
US Navy SEALs: SEAL training isn’t easy, and neither is the day-to-day job. While individual SEAL Teams, stationed in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Coronado, Calif., and Little Creek, Va., have their own mottos and phrases, the community’s feeling about hard work is summed up in this motto.
 
 
 
 
4. “Balls of the Corps”
3rd Battalion, 1st Marines: “The Thundering Third” is stationed at Camp Pendleton, California, and has a notable former member in Gen. Joseph Dunford, the current commandant of the Marine Corps.
 
 
 
 
5. “Peace Through Strength”
USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76): Commissioned in 2003, the Ronald Reagan is a nuclear-powered supercarrier homeported in Coronado, Calif. Named after the 40th president, the “Gipper” takes its motto from a mantra Reagan adopted while countering the Soviet Union.
 
 
 
 
6. “We Quell the Storm, and Ride the Thunder”
3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines: “The Betio Bastards” of 3/2 are based at Camp Lejeune, and have been heavily involved in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. The battalion is perhaps best known for its fight on Tarawa in 1943.
 
 
 
 
7. “Retreat Hell”
2nd Battalion, 5th Marines: It was in the trenches of World War I where 2/5 got its motto. When told by a French officer that his unit should retreat from the defensive line, Capt. Lloyd Williams replied, “Retreat? Hell, we just got here!” With combat service going back to 1914, 2/5 is the most decorated battalion in Marine history.
 
 
 
 
8. “Molon Labe” (Greek for “Come and take them”)
I Army Corps (Greece): This former Greek Army unit (disbanded in 2013) had the Spartans’ King Leonidas to thank for its awesome motto. When the Persians told them to lay down their weapons at the Battle of Thermopylae, Leonidas defiantly responded in the most badass way possible.
 
 
 
 
9. “Better to die than to be a coward”
The Royal Gurkha Rifles (United Kingdom): The Gurkha Rifles are a very unique regiment of the British Army, since its members are recruited from Nepal. Known as the “bravest of the brave,” the battlefield heroics of the Gurkhas made international headlines in 2010, with the actions of Cpl. Dipprasad Pun.

While alone at a Helmand checkpoint that became surrounded by 12 to 30 Taliban fighters, Pun shot more than 400 rounds, chucked 17 grenades, set off a Claymore mine, and even threw his tripod from his machine gun at a bad guy. He received the second highest military award for his heroics, The Daily Mail reported.
 
 
 
 
10. “Facta Non Verba” (Latin for “Deeds, Not Words”)
Joint Task Force 2 (Canada): Based out of Ottawa, Canada, JTF 2 is an elite special operations force. It’s basically Canada’s version of Navy SEAL Team 6. The unit has deployed all over the world, although most of its actions remain secret.
 
 
 
 
11. “Mors Ab Alto” (Latin for “Death from Above”)
7th Bomb Wing: Stationed at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, it’s one of only two B-1B Lancer bomber wings in the Air Force.
 
 
 
 
12. “Ready for All, Yielding to None”
2nd Battalion, 7th Marines: Stationed at Twentynine Palms, California, the battalion’s current motto is a slight variation on its Vietnam-era one: “Ready for Anything, Counting on Nothing.”
 
 
 
 
13. “Si vis pacem, para bellum” (Latin for “If you wish for peace, prepare for war.”)
Royal Navy (United Kingdom): The Royal Navy’s motto is a lot like the USS Ronald Reagan’s “peace through strength,” except a bit more badass. The latin phrase comes from Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus, a Roman author who penned the Iron Age version of a military technical manual.
 
 
 
 
14. “Lerne leiden ohne zu klagen!” (German for “learn to suffer without complaining!”)
Kampfschwimmer (Germany): This elite unit from Germany wants its members to know they should just suck it up. Which makes sense, since the Kampfschwimmers of the German Navy are that country’s version of US Navy SEALs. Like most other special operations forces, its size and operations are classified.
 
 
 
 
15. “De Oppresso Liber” (Latin for “To liberate the oppressed”)
U.S. Army Special Forces: Created in 1952, Special Forces is known for producing elite warriors, with a primary focus on unconventional warfare and foreign internal defense. With those tasks, many soldiers have lived up to the motto, by going to both friendly and un-friendly nations to train and support militaries, rebel groups, and engaged in combat around the world.
 
 
 
 
16. “Semper Malus” (Latin for “Always Ugly”)
Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 362 (HMH-362): This helicopter unit nicknamed “Ugly Angels,” is stationed at Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii and holds the proud distinction of being the first aircraft unit ashore in Vietnam.
 
 
 
 
17. “Fire From The Clouds”
33rd Fighter Wing: Stationed at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, the wing’s mission is to train F-35 pilots and maintainers.
 
 
 
 
18. “Swift, Silent, Deadly”
1st, 2nd, and 3rd Recon Battalions: Reconnaissance Marines are trained for special missions, raids, and you guessed it: reconnaissance. For these three battalions, stationed at Camps Lejeune, Pendleton, and Schwab, the motto pretty much sums up what they can do.
 
 
 
 
19. “Make Peace or Die”
1st Battalion, 5th Marines: Nicknamed “Geronimo,” the Camp Pendleton based 1/5 has been involved in every major U.S. engagement since World War I. Most recently, the battalion has been deployed to Darwin, Australia as the Corps tries to “pivot to the Pacific.”

Quotes May 18, 2018

“The best tank terrain is that without anti-tank weapons.”
Russian military doctrine.
 
 
 
 
“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 who have paid the ultimate price for this cause, as well as for those who are blessed enough to return from the battlefield unscathed.”
Allen Boyd
 
 
 
 
“None but an armed nation can dispense with a standing army. To keep ours armed and disciplined is therefore at all times important.”
Thomas Jefferson
 
 
 
 
Soldiers can sometimes make decisions that are smarter than the orders they have been given.”
Orson Scott Card, Enders Game
 
 
 
 
“Even a phone call that lasts a couple minutes or seconds can make your day or entire week.”
Military Moments

Quotes May 11, 2018

Courtesy of a Semi-Delicate Balance
 
 
 
 
A true hero isn’t measured by the size of his strength, but by the strength of his heart.
Hercules
 
 
 
 
Honor to the soldier and sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country’s cause. Honor, also, to the citizen who cares for his brother in the field and serves, as he best can, the same cause.
Abraham Lincoln
 
 
 
 
A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.
Joseph Campbell
 
 
 
 
America’s veterans embody the ideals upon which America was founded more than 229 years ago.
Steve Buyer
 
 
 
 
My heroes are those who risk their lives every day to protect our world and make it a better place — police, firefighters, and members of our armed forces.
Sidney Sheldon
 
 
 
 
The willingness of America’s veterans to sacrifice for our country has earned them our lasting gratitude.
Jeff Miller
 
 
 
 
We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.
Cynthia Ozick
 
 
 
 
In the face of impossible odds, people who love this country, can change it.
Barack Obama

Quotes May 04, 2018

“We have gained a valuable insight into the Russian soul.
It will be most educational – if we don’t die of it”
King Charles of Sweden regarding the Great Northern War, in which Peter the Great perfected the Art of “Scorched Earth.”
 
 
 
 
“My rule is: If you meet the weakest vessel, attack; if it is a vessel equal to yours, attack; and if it is stronger than yours, also attack…”
Admiral Stepan O. Makarov (1849-1904)
 
 
 
 
“Paper-work will ruin any military force”
Lieutenant-General Lewis B. “Chesty” Puller
 
 
 
 
“Men are basically smart or dumb and lazy or ambitious. The dumb and ambitious ones are dangerous and I get rid of them. The dumb and lazy ones I give mundane duties. The smart ambitious ones I put on my staff. The smart and lazy ones I make my commanders.”
Attributed to Field Marshal Erwin Rommel,
on how he selects officers for staff and command.
 
 
 
 
“Army: A body of men assembled to rectify the mistakes of the diplomats.”
Josephus Daniels
 
 
 
 
You’ve never been lost until you’ve been lost at Mach 3.
(Paul F. Crickmore -test pilot)
 
 
 
 
The Piper Cub is the safest airplane in the world; …it can just barely kill you.
(Attributed to Max Stanley, Northrop test pilot)

Quotes April 27, 2018

Everyone’s heard of Murphy’s Law, but not many know the other so-called laws as identified and defined by other experts in various fields.

Here are a few other “laws” you might find amusing if not interesting. Sprinkle a few into the conversation at your next party.

First, let me officially define Murphy’s Law.

If anything can go wrong, it will.

That’s Murphy’s Law, named after Capt. Edward A. Murphy, an engineer working on Air Force Project MX981 at Edwards Air Force Base in 1949. The project was to see how much sudden deceleration a person can stand in a crash. *shudder* I can imagine how that project gave birth to Capt. Murphy’s Law.

Dunbar’s Number
The size of the human brain limits the number of stable relationships that one human being can maintain to about 150.

Created by English anthropologist Robin Dunbar in 1992, this means you can have about 150 good friends. This is roughly the average size of tribes, villages, and even military units in every country.

The Ben Franklin Effect
He that has once done you a kindness will be more ready to do you another than he whom you yourself have obliged.

From 1791, The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin. This says that it’s easier to make a friend by asking for a favor than by giving a favor. (This seems odd to me. I would think if you’d done a favor for someone, that person would be more likely to help you than someone who has done a favor for you without reciprocation.)

Dunning-Kruger Effect
If you’re incompetent, you can’t know you’re incompetent.

Defined by American social psychologists David Dunning and Justin Kruger, this means that incompetent people overestimate their skills.

Humphrey’s Law
Paying too close attention to a normally automatic or unconscious activity hampers your ability to do it well.

Named for English psychologist George Humphrey, this means don’t overthink something.

Takeaway Truth

Don’t break Humphrey’s Law; just enjoy this post!
Anonymous

Quotes April 20, 2018

“It doesn’t take a hero to order men into battle. It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle.”
General H. Norman Schwarzkopf
 
 
 
 
“The good company has no place for the officer who would rather be right than be loved, for the time will quickly come when he walks alone, and in battle no man may succeed in solitude.”
Brigadier General S.L.A. Marshall, 1964
 
 
 
 
“Because I am hard, you will not like me. But the more you hate me, the more you will learn. I am hard, but I am fair! There is no racial bigotry here! … Here you are all equally worthless! And my orders are to weed out all non-hackers who do not pack the gear to serve in my beloved Corps! Do you maggots understand that?”
R. Lee Ermey, as Gunnery Sergeant Harman in Full Metal Jacket
 
 
 
 
“All the wrong people remember Vietnam. I think all the people who remember it should forget it, and all the people who forgot it should remember it.”
Michael Herr, The London Observer, 1989
 
 
 
 
“I am the Infantry—Queen of Battle! For two centuries I have kept our Nation safe, purchasing freedom with my blood. To tyrants, I am the day of reckoning, to the suppressed, the hope for the future. Where the fighting is thick, there am I. I am the Infantry! Follow me!
Creed of the U.S. Army Infantry Center, Fort Benning, Georgia
 
 
 
 
Bin Laden knew we were coming when he heard the helicopter. I had more respect for Ahmed al-Kuwaiti in the guesthouse because at least he tried to defend himself and his family. Bin Laden had more time to prepare than the others, and yet he still didn’t do anything. Did he believe his own message? Was he willing to fight the war he asked for? I don’t think so.”
Navy SEAL Mark Owen, No Easy Day
 
 
 
 
“People tell me I saved hundreds and hundreds of people. But I have to tell you: It’s not the people you saved that you remember. It’s the ones you couldn’t save.”
Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, American Sniper
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 

Music April 13, 2018


 
 
 
 

Quotes April 13, 2018

“I’d rather take lessons from the past than learn lessons the hard way.”
“It’s better to use something like ground sensors now, rather than something happening and wishing we would have employed measures like this beforehand.
Marine Corps Sgt. John Verhage III