Battle of the Bulge – Seventy Years Ago

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“Early on the misty winter morning of 16 December 1944, over 200,000 German troops and nearly 1,000 tanks launched Adolf Hitler’s last bid to reverse the ebb in his fortunes that had begun when Allied troops landed in France on D-day. Seeking to drive to the English Channel coast and split the Allied armies as they had done in May 1940, the Germans struck in the Ardennes Forest, a seventy-five-mile stretch of the front characterized by dense woods and few roads, held by four inexperienced and battle-worn American divisions stationed there for rest and seasoning. “After a day of hard…

What used to get us in trouble

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Remember back in grade school? Yeah, it is kind of tough, isn’t it? But let’s pretend you remember. Back then, if you drew someone with a distorted face, or made fun of a hair style or prominent feature, you used to get in trouble. You were being cruel. You were an insensitive oaf who should be punished or shunned or something. But this weekend, a bunch of guys came to our town and did just that. And they didn’t even get yelled at! They were in town to support the Wyakin Warrior Foundation and on Saturday they drew for a…

Trust the force

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If you wait long enough, the future finds you, and the future is here. According to multiple news sources, the Navy’s Laser Weapon System (LaWS) was tested on board USS PONCE (AFSB(I)-15, an interim afloat staging base (but to everyone else it looks a lot like USS PONCE (LPD-15), and has now been approved for combat, as authorized by CENTCOM. You have GOT to heck out the USNI article and video by clicking on the picture. (Navy photo) It’s getting more and more hazardous to be a bad guy.

Guardian Spirits

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If you have been following this blog for a while, you will know that I donate most of my free time to assisting severely wounded, injured and ill veterans transition out of the military and into civilian careers through the Wyakin Warrior Foundation. Wyakin is a Native American term meaning “Guardian Spirit.” I am but a small part of a large cadre of volunteers from the community who, along with a small staff, have wrapped themselves around these incredible young veterans as they shun their physical challenges and charge forward toward their dreams. It is the hardest and most satisfying…

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