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Veterans Day 2009


And, on their first Veterans Day back home, I’d especially like to thank all the members of 4/3 203rd CORPS ETT.


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POW/MIA Recognition Day


Remember them by wearing a POW/MIA pin, bracelet, hat or shirt, or fly the POW/MIA flag.  If you don’t have any of those, today might be a good day to purchase one so you have it.  Just click on the above poster  to go to the site for the POW/MIA National League of Families.

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Polish troops managed to capture twenty-nine Taliban fighters and seize machine guns, mortars, explosives and equipment for setting land mines. They also destroyed antennas in Ghazni, southeast Afghanistan, which the Taliban used to communicate with supporters in Pakistan.


“The operation was a huge success,” said Dariusz Kacperczyk, spokesman for the Polish Operational Command. Polish soldiers who participated in the offensive are euphoric. “We finally started fighting. No longer do we just defend ourselves, but attack the enemy,” say the soldiers.

Way to go guys! Keep it up.

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I guess it depends on what you’re filling it with.  In this case… (more…)

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I was conducting my usual news search this evening when I ran across this story not long after it was posted by The New York Times.  I couldn’t believe it.  This is wrong.  Just plain wrong.

U.S. Captain Hears Pleas for Afghan Detainee
New York Times
Published: May 24, 2009

GHAZNI, Afghanistan — Capt. Kirk Black, who trains the Afghan police in this impoverished province, developed a practiced skepticism about claims of innocence during a decade as a Baltimore police officer.

But last January, when relatives of an Afghan imprisoned at the Bagram military detention center begged him to look into the case, he agreed to listen. Eventually he became convinced that the detention was a case of mistaken identity and put the family in touch with a lawyer.

Soon, Captain Black was facing a potential legal battle of his own. One of his senior commanders ordered him not to discuss the case, and the military sent an officer to investigate him. He retained military defense counsel.

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In March, Captain Black said, he was ordered by a commander several rungs above him to “toe the party line” and not discuss Mr. Khan’s guilt or innocence. He was also ordered not to allow two journalists who visited his base to accompany him on routine trips to Waghez.

A few days later, as part of an official military investigation, a more senior officer unexpectedly arrived at Captain Black’s base to question him about conversations with Mr. Khan’s family and with this reporter. The investigating officer also sought a sworn statement from this reporter, who declined.

A military spokesman in Kabul did not respond to questions about why the decision was made to investigate the captain — or whether he would be punished.

WTH?  Investigate him for what? Trying to help Afghans? Isn’t that his job?   Incidents like this, and the Haditha Marines, and CPT Roger Hill and 1SG Tommy Scott, and so many others make my blood boil.

I also discovered Michael Yon linked to the story with, Injustice and Captain Black.  He thinks there’s something to the story.

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Memorial Day

Memorial Day Military Motivator


Remember their sacrifice, today and always.





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Vampire 06 at Afghanistan Shrugged is a Team Chief for an Embedded Training Team with the Afghan National Army.  His latest post, What Price Victory for an Afghan ETT?, will give you an inside look at a little piece of COIN (Counterinsurgency).   While you’re there, be sure to read I Shoot You Because I Care! (Heh.  Loved that one!), as well as ETT: Mutt Soldiers.  Take some time to read his prior posts.  Heck, just bookmark the blog.  Go back later and read more, and stay up to date with his new posts.  You won’t be sorry.  You’ll get some real insight into what ArmyBro and the rest of our ETTs do over there.

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