Son of The Wise One, meet my nephew.† We will try to fill this in with better pictures as time goes on.† When he was younger, he served several years in the Army National Guard of California.† As an ďold handĒ he re-enlisted in the United States Navy several years ago.† He didnít have to, (he holds a degree in electronics), but like so many others he chose to serve his country once again.† I think he deserves a place to tell it like it is for him.† DebV
I donít know who wrote this but it was passed to me in myspace by another Navy member. CK
THE SOLDIER PROMISE!!!
If I ever go to war Mom, Please don't be afraid.
There are some things I must do, To keep the promise that I made.
I'm sure there will be some heartache, And I know that you'll cry tears,
But your son is a Soldier now, Mom, There is nothing you should fear.
If I ever go to war Dad, I know that you'll be strong.
But you won't have to worry, Cause you taught me right from wrong.
You kept me firmly on the ground, yet still taught me how to fly.
Your son is a Soldier now Dad, I love you Hooah, Even if I die.
If I ever go to war Bro, There are some things I want to say.
You've always had my back, and I know it's my time to repay.
You'll always be my daybreak, through all of life's dark clouds,
Your brother is a Soldier now, Bro, I promise I'll make you proud.
If I ever go to war Sis, don't you worry bout me,
I always looked out for you, but I can't do that anymore,
Cause I'm a big brother to all in America.
I love you so much and you know that, Your brothers a soldier now Sis,
So wipe your eyes, You'll be fine even if I die.
If I ever go to war my Friends, We'll never be apart,
Though we may not meet again, I'll hold you in my heart.
Remember all the times we had, Don't let your memories cease,
Your friend is a Soldier now, Dear Friend, And I'll die to bring you peace.
And when I go to heaven, And see that pearly gate,
I'll gladly decline entrance, Then stand my post and wait.
I'm sorry Sir I can't come in, I'm sort of in a bind,
You see I'm still a Soldier Sir, So I can't leave them behind.
Ok here I go again. In every stop I have made during my sea tour I have had people from those countries ask me why I am in the military.† I have 3 reasons:
I have heard and read things put out by our media and the so-called experts. The next time they go out to poll the people of another country it would behoove them to do it without that countryís government looking over their shoulder. That way they get a straight answer.
Another thing that bugs me is everyone with an opinion is out there voicing it. It would be nice to hear something educated. I have had to put up with someone trying to think globally with no clue what is really going on out there. All they do is repeat what sounds good to them with no regard for the truth.
I said before that Iím out here protecting my shipmates and the people of another country - I canít give specifics but I can tell you we fly sorties every day. And I am proud to be one of the people keeping the planes in the air. If it werenít for us a lot more of our people on the ground would be dead.
As I have said before, support your military and love your sailors!
Time for another run at this. Now Iím worried.† For the past 6 years I have had a steady pay raise and a good chance of advancing. Now the Dim-o-crats have control. It is known that with them in control there are budget cuts for the military, which in turn slow the rank advancement. With no money it becomes hard to pay the people that make rank.
Now again I will have to deal with a government that will break a lot of necks back peddling on the war efforts.
Now for a change of subject.
We have China, Iran and N. Korea calling for our heads. Now is not the time to let our resolve slacken. I would hate to see our schools having air raid drills like during the Cuban crises. We have to let the dissidents of the world know we will not back down. We have to carry this out to the end or they will end us.
The now-a-day sports hero gives not a damn about the kids that worship them. They go out and rape women and get busted for drugs.† Thatís how I see the U.S. today.† The rest of the free world looks to us, and in the past we have let them down. The rest of the world doesnít respect us because of that fact. They see us step up and then when things get tough, we step out and leave them with the ball. Again, we need to run this to the end.
Checking in from an undisclosed location, our Sailor At Sea has an important message for everyone who would like to do something for ďthe troops.Ē† The website he mentions is a good place to start.† DebV
I donít know if anyone realizes how things are out here for our military, but I will try to explain it from my point of view. Bear with me Iím not a writer or very good at communications in this form.
†In the NAVY it is a requirement for some to be placed on a ship and sent out to sea for up to 8 months. While out here we a broken up in to two shifts, a day check and night check. Consisting of 12 to 16 hour days. I wake up at 18:00 when the sun is down then go to the rack at 08:30 as the sun has just come up. Itís the lightless shift.
†Just for clarification Iím in AIMD (aircraft intermediate maintenance detachment) and I repair aircraft flight instruments. So at night Iím the only one on my shift, and when a bird goes down the stress level jumps off the scale. What I mean by bird down is some part of the plane is broken and it canít fly till itís fixed. Now place on top of that the stress of being separated from family and friends.
I have always thought that the term ďhome sickĒ was a myth. I was wrong. I feel itís a depression caused by missing family and the stress of this kind of work environment.† As you can see keeping up with whatís going on back home and communication from family help to relieve a lot of the problems. Keep in touch with your military members they need you just as much as the U.S. needs them.
Now going on having been in the ARMY as well, I have a small insight on shore side duty too. So try to imagine sitting in the foxhole or gun nest. That adds a whole new level of stress. Not only are you worried about home and completing your mission but now someone is trying to kill you. WOW I really feel for those guys!
OK I hope I have given some of you a bit of insight into what we go through out here, and I cannot stress this enough - keep in touch with your military members.
†There are ways to send messages to military members, one is through this website - there you can leave a supportive message for all military services.
Well itís time for my first trip out to sea. I will be writing bits and pieces as time permits, and as most of you know I have to watch what I say in the interest of security.† I canít give too much detail - letís just say loose lips sink ships.
Ok here we go.† For the record, I feel betrayed. Iím out here fighting for the freedoms and safety of idiots. Iím tired of being told that we are going to do one thing and have it changed seconds later because some one has changed their mind. Our government has become a bunch of indecisive old women (sorry, Deb). Thanks to presidents of the past, the office has lost all credibility. At one time if the president made a decision, with the help of congress, they stuck to it. Now all we get is back-sliding.
Enough about me and my feelings - life at sea is not as bad as some would make it out to be. In todayís Navy the ships are air conditioned, and when at sea, the galleys are open almost all the time. Donít get me wrong, you have no privacy, and putting 5000 people so close together can be a bit tiresome. Some of the bad things are the lines - again 5000 people and one smoke pit, two galleys, and when we pull in to port it takes hours for anyone to get off the ship.
Well this trip is just JTFX (Joint Tactical Fleet Exercise) - War games with our so-called allies, as the Man Of Few Words would say. Canít tell you where or when but itís hot if your not in the skin of the ship.† You have to have water with you at all times. Hydration is being knocked into our heads all the time.
Well I have to call this one done. I will send another when I get the chance.
Love your Sailors!