I experienced escalating ridiculousness of the rules of engagement between my two deployments to Iraq in 2004 and 2006. I can only imagine how asinine they have become at this point. When the inanimate property of foreign individuals is of more importance to our government than the lives of our servicemen, we have a serious corruption of priorities. When calls for artillery from our men are denied due to the possibility of collateral damage to civilian property, we have a problem. Read more…
On September 4th, the Polish Ministry of Defense posthumously awarded Staff Sergeant Michael H. Ollis the Polish Army Gold Medal. This Polish award recognizes the service of a civilian or foreign soldier. Ollis has also been nominated for the American Silver Star medal.
During a firefight in eastern Afghanistan, Ollis stepped between an unidentified Polish Officer and an insurgent armed with explosives, shielding the officer from the explosion. During interviews, the Polish officer was very emotional and repeatedly praised and thanked Staff Sgt Ollis for saving his life.
Source: Military Times
This article caught my eye earlier this year but I haven’t seen anything more about it since. It captures a rare instant where England’s Prince Harry vents about his father harping on him about acting more like royalty. He explains that he struggles with perceiving himself as royalty while coming to terms with his actions in Afghanistan. This is unscripted honesty from someone who is usually handled and filtered. It also does a good job of humanizing someone I’m used to seeing act like a spoiled yuppie.
Source: The Guardian
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50 Years Later: Still Bringing Our Vets Home
Many Americans may not know that throughout WWII, Korea, Vietnam and almost every military conflict, we aren’t always able to locate and identify our veterans’ remains. A promise commonly repeated in the Marines was “we never leave a Marine behind,” this slogan is commonly repeated throughout the entire U.S. military. Every man and woman who gives their life defending their country deserves a proper funeral and to be buried in the country they so loved. That is why the Department of Defense established the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office. With over 88,000 Americans missing from World War II, the Korean War, the Cold War, the Vietnam War and the 1991 Gulf War they have their work cut out for them.
I stumbled on their website: http://www.dtic.mil/dpmo/. Very interesting and sobering website which includes a list of those recently identified and brought home, as well as those still unidentified. I recommend everyone take a look.