Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Quick run through of interesting Military news

Here are a few tidbits related to the US Military.

Tuskegee Airman Ace Passes Away January 29, 2010 | Associated Press | NEW YORK - "Retired Air Force Lt. Colonel Lee A. Archer, a Tuskegee Airman considered to be the only black ace pilot who also broke racial barriers as an executive at a major U.S. company and founder of a venture capital firm, died Wednesday in New York City. He was 90."
These guys should have their own holiday.
Clock Starts Ticking to End Gay Ban January 30, 2010 | Associated Press | "The U.S. Defense Department starts the clock next week on what is expected to be a several-year process in lifting its ban on gays from serving openly in the military."
Having lived in and around the military for practically my whole life I can see both sides of this issue. I hope that eventually sexual orientation will become as significant as eye color but it is going to take a long time to get there. And if this is forced on the Military it will take far longer to get there.
Troops Feel Growing Rage in Afghanistan February 01, 2010 | Agence France-Presse | "Anger, frustration and a hunger for revenge are running high among U.S. Marines as casualties mount on the frontline of the battle against the Taliban in southern Afghanistan."
I remember when the US Embassy in Lebanon was bombed. The anguish the men felt was nearly visible. Especially for the Marines. They knew where the people were who orchestrated and carried out the bombing were. They were ready to go in and give them a good talking to. But the powers that be would not let them do their job. The frustration was almost unbearable. This is what the guys are feeling over in Afghanistan.
Last U.S. veteran of World War I turns 109 By Paul Courson, CNN February 1, 2010 -- Updated 2232 GMT (0632 HKT) | Charles Town, West Virginia (CNN) -- "The last surviving U.S. veteran of World War I, former Cpl. Frank Buckles, turned 109 on Monday and is still hoping for a national memorial to his comrades in Washington."
And finally, from the very proud citizen department, a dough boy who should be honored like the great American treasure he is.
That's all for now.

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