To many people in uniform, the ultimate act of sacrifice is giving one’s life to save the life of others. Michael Monsoor, a Navy SEAL, was killed late last year in Ramadi, when he threw himself onto a grenade that had been thrown into a rooftop occupied by a small team of SEALs during sniper support operations. “‘He never took his eye off the grenade, his only movement was down toward it,’ said a 28-year-old lieutenant who sustained shrapnel wounds to both legs that day. ‘He undoubtedly saved mine and the other SEALs’ lives, and we owe him.'” (Fox News)…

I was priviledged to receive an email that described some correspondence between son and father. The son is a Marine in Iraq, in one of the “bad spots.” When he first arrived, less than a year ago, there was, “…no base and a lot of fighting.” The Marines lived like Marines have lived for generations – in the field. No showers, no clean laundry. Sleep was limited to four or five hours. “But that was then…” In some recent telephone calls, the Marine tells his father that, “…they have established a Marine base, stabilized the town, have re-established local police…

A good chewing out has two ingrediants – doing something wrong, and getting caught. A really good chewing out includes one more element – the mistaken belief that you’re actually going to get away with it. It is exponentially more painful to briefly taste the sweet exhiliaration of a successful caper, only to have it all come crashing down around you. The higher the mountain, the longer the fall. Like many of those in uniform, my really good chewing out was borne out of a liberty incident. Our long school had ended, and we were supposed to check in -…

I have to start my video collection with the best self-made videos I’ve seen yet. They’re so good that reportedly their circulations are exceeding Navy recruiting videos. Why? They show that Navy life can be (shudder) FUN! There are two videos, both done by the VAW 116 Sun Kings, shot while they were at sea – both posted on YouTube. Wouldn’t it be great if every ship, boat or squadron would do one of these during deployment? Kind of a video version of the cruise book. Check them out and let me know what you think of them. Sun King…

What’s in a name? A Navy veteran named Al Nino can tell you. Squall Line (This is True/AP) For those who work topside, take heed. This could happen to you… Police rescue 91-year-old man glued to roof (Yahoo News/Reuters) Swiss troops march into tiny Liechtenstein by mistake (USA Today) You may have heard about this story already, but I see it as a sign that the Research and Development Department is alive and well. Check out the Remote Control Beer-throwing Refrigerator! (Fayetteville Observer/AP) If Osama is hiding in someone’s garage, he’s in a lot of trouble. The Navy has been…

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