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The Fallen of 2010: Did you know one?

Before you go out tonight to celebrate the new year. before you sing that Auld Lang Syne raise your glass, toast your friends, kiss your love, and start your count down.

Remember those who are not seeing it.

Not the celebrities, the politicians, the journalists or others whom have held the public eye for years.

But rather The Fallen.

This is the most complete listing of the fallen soldiers, airmen, sailors and Marines that I could put together for the year 2010. If I missed one let me know so I may add it.

A handful I knew, some in passing, some from my time with their units, such as 3rd Brigade 2 Infantry Division. At least one is from my home in Georgia. At least one served in my own last unit, 5th Battallion 5th Air Defense Regiment, The Dragonslayers, though I do not know which battery he served with.

I am willing to bet that chances are good you know someone on this list, or may at least know of them, as well.

I challenge you, to think, as I thought:

While typing each name, each city, and comparing them with places I have worked, lived and been I could not help but ask myself: did I pass them on the street? Was I kind? Did I buy them a drink never knowing who they were? Did we walk past each other in a store, or perhaps drove past on the high way? Until my fingers touched keys to type out the names, and the places they called home, had we crossed paths before, even in passing?

Ships passing in the night, one to continue on, one that has stopped.

We who are left how shall we look again
Happily on the sun or feel the rain
Without remembering how they who went
Ungrudgingly and spent
Their lives for us loved, too, the sun and rain?
~Wilfred Wilson Gibson

They died, as they lived, for a belief, to the fullest, and for reasons that they can only call their own.

Raise your glass to them this night, and give them a moment of silence, and reflect on their sacrifice which brought this new year to the rest of us.

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Merry Christmas Military: We want your BAH

For the first time since BAH was established in 1998, average rates across the country will decline next month.

Without rate protection members living off base in the United States would draw $100 million less in BAH payments in 2011.

There are some exceptions however. About 400,000 troops wont see a change and handful may even see a increase.

Those troops who use the Post 9/11 GI Bill will also be protected.

Frankly however this is shameful. The justification is that cost of living has went down. I’m not sure what planet these guys are living on, but the cost of living is worse thanks to the economy being a joke. Most soldiers I knew under the rank of E-6 were living on food stamps when I was in, and as I understand it the situation hasn’t changed much.

There is some light in the tunnel however, as Philpott points out:

Other military pays will change Jan. 1. Basic pay will climb by 1.4 to match wage growth in the private sector. Monthly food allowance, or Basic Allowance for Subsistence, will rise by just a third of one percent.

Annual BAS adjustments track with price changes for a “liberal food plan” for American males, ages 20 to 50, designed by the Department of Agriculture, said Jeri Busch, director of military compensation for DoD.

The new BAS rates will be $223.04 a month for officers and $323.87 for enlisted.

Want to see what your rate will be? The 2011 charts are located here.

Military Motivator Monday December 20, 2010

Military Motivator Monday December 13, 2010

WikiLeaks Debacle – What ever happened to good old fashion treason?

Still typing and posting via my phone so unfortunately this will be much shorter than I want it to be and what I have in my head.

But just a few key points.

First off the Professor over at Legal Insurrection has probably the hands down best post regarding this fiasco to date.

Best quote on what should have taken place re: White House reaction?

Dear Wikileaks,

If you publish any more material we will hunt you down no matter the cost, and you either will be killed while resisting arrest or you will spend the rest of your lives in solitary confinement in a Supermax prison, where the highlight of your day will be 1 hour spent in a cage instead of your cell. Don’t look up, that sound of propellers in the air is not a Predator drone.


Harold Koh

Here’s my biggest issue that I would really love to get in to but a tiny keyboard prevents me from: When Wiki Leaks released their first salvo back in October there was some outrage, but the our government rolled over and played dead.

Now that heaven forbid the diplomats, politicians and other government civilian types are ousted the State Department is up in arms and launches a investigation.

So effectively what your saying is soldiers lives don’t matter: but government bureaucrats are sacred. When you knew a month ago that the Wikileaks crew were going to do so again and you took no action save for a sternly worded letter.

This administration effectively disgusts me.

Military Motivator Monday November , 2010

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Threads: Inflight Breakup at Mach 3.18 of a SR-71

In the military, sometimes the line between you and the life you have is a thread. That thread can mean the difference in life and death. The difference between success and failure. Outright jubilation and utter tragedy.

Threads are funny things. We can hang by them, or be hung by them. Caught up and tangled in them or have them cut us loose in a instant.

There’s often no rhyme or reason to those threads or their actions. I do not think I have ever met a military veteran who does not believe in luck to some degree or another.

No matter how religious one may or may not be, sometimes there is just no other explanation. Guardian angels, luck, it’s all the same ball of wax.

Occasionally though, the stories are all to surreal, to amazing to not be given a lot of thought on later in life.
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Army jargon

Over at Delta Bravo Sierra they’ve been putting together a unofficial Army dictionary.

It’s a pretty good piece of work. Given that we do some military coverage here (although nowhere near what I used to when I started blogging) I thought it would be useful to have that information around for you, dear readers. So shameless stole tactfully borrowed the below Jargon definitions from DBS. I’ve added a handful they didn’t have as well


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Monday Military Motivator November 15, 2010

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Valour-IT: The better part of valor

We’ve been talking about it all last week.
We’ve been working like a couple of used horse salesmen at a roadside auction.
The Countdown begins today.

Thursday is the last day of our fundraiser.

This is your last chance to get some pretty damn cool gifts, and help wounded troops at the same time.

I could have used Valour-IT ten years ago. It would have been nice to have been able to E-mail my family and tell them what was going on. It would have been nice to have sent an E-mail to my friends.

I didn’t have that ability. We didn’t have the technology and we didn’t have the support.

The technology is here now. The support is coming in, support like yours and mine.

Don’t miss out!

From Castle Argghhh!

RESTREPO mini poster signed by the filmmakers 05:45:33Restrepo plunges viewers into the experiences of soldiers on the front lines of the Afghan War” – a feature-length documentary that chronicles the deployment of a platoon of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley. The movie focuses on a remote 15-man outpost, “Restrepo,” named after a platoon medic who was killed in action. It was considered one of the most dangerous postings in the U.S. military. This is an entirely experiential film: the cameras never leave the valley; there are no interviews with generals or diplomats. The only goal is to make viewers feel as if they have just been through a 90-minute deployment. This is war, full stop. The conclusions are up to you. “RESTREPO mini poster signed by filmmakers Tim Hetherington (recipient of four World Press Photo awards, including the World Press Photo to the Year (2008), and an Alfred I. duPont Broadcast award for his work in Afghanistan for ABC’s ‘Nightline’) and Sebastian Junger (bestselling author of “The Perfect Storm” and “War.”)

Operation Iraqi Freedom Veteran Medallion 07:08:49 This coin from Eagle Crest commemorates the Veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom and features intricate, multi-colored designs on both sides and the words, “Democracy, Bravery, Honor, Sacrifice & Freedom”

U.S. Army Combat Infantryman Medallion 07:14:14 This coin from Eagle Crest commemorates the U.S. Army Combat Infantryman. Its green and gold face displays four Infantryman on foot. The blue and gold flip has 5 stars and a long rifle.

Personalizable US Coast Guard cross-stitch 07:42:34 Counted cross-stitch of the U.S. Coast Guard emblem suitable for personalization with name/rank and additional information (years of service, unit, etc.)(see example photo). Finished piece is designed for a 3.5″ x 5″ opening (mat or frame). Can be mounted with a custom-cut mat (NOT part of auction item) for dual openings in an 6×10 frame (see example photo). Auction winner will need to provide contact information in order to arrange personalization before item can be shipped.

Leadership in Action signed by author ADM Greg Slavonic 08:16:59 This auction is a copy of ADM Slavonic’s upcoming book Leadership In Action. It will be released to the general public on in MID-NOVEMBER. This is an ADVANCED copy. ADM Slavonic will sign and ship. SPECIAL TO VALOUR-IT! Greg Slavonic has brought together several contributors for this book that would rightly be on a “Who’s Who” list of our nation’s most highly honored and decorated military leaders; two-, three- and four-star Generals, Admirals, Captains and Colonels, war heroes and two Medal of Honor recipients–they know what it takes to lead and to succeed. In the pages of this book, you will find something that is critical to success in life–a philosophy of leadership that you can take for your own. By reading each chapter, giving thought to what you’ve read and applying what you’ve learned in action; a discerning reader will gain a thorough understanding of what real leaders are made of–and in the learning can become one too.

Day by Day comic strip book. Signed and Numbered. 09:18:49 The first DayByDay Cartoon book collecting all of the strips from 2002-2003. This miniature coffee table book measures 7″x7″, features a high gloss softcover, is 132 pages with 363 toons and is signed and numbered by creator Chris Muir.

Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes (2010, Hardcover) 12:38:18 A visceral, gripping, epic novel of the Vietnam War written by a highly decorated war veteran, MATTERHORN throbs with compelling authenticity on each of its many hundred pages. Though its topics are embedded in our cultural consciousness–napalm, Agent Orange, tortured soldier’s souls, the chaos of guerrilla warfare, the impossible ethics of violence, the beauty and horrors of the jungle, loyalty, insanity, friendship, and death–MATTERHORN renders the Vietnam experience anew, boring relentlessly down on the specific kinetic reality of the time and place. Karl Marlantes writes with an intense immediacy reminiscent of Mailer’s THE NAKED AND THE DEAD or James Jones’s THE THIN RED LINE. MATTERHORN deserves to take its place on the short list of great works about America’s engagement in Vietnam and the powerful reality of armed combat.

‘This We’ll Defend’ Army Medallion 13:08:45 This coin from the Northwest Territorial Mint commemorates the U.S. Army. It has an Army themed front side with the words, “This We’ll Defend.” The flip side has the Department of the Army seal.

Military Motivator Monday November 8, 2010

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Remembering a Travesty: Ft. Hood

November 5th, 2009

At roughly 13:30 local time Major Nidal Hasn, United States Army, entered his duty post of the Soldier Readiness Center, at Ft. Hood, TX.

The SRC is where personnel receive routine medical treatment immediately prior to and on return from deployment.

According to eyewitnesses and numerous court reports, he took a seat at an empty table, bowed his head for several seconds, and then stood up and opened fire shouting “Allah Ahkbar!”

Using an FN Five-seven semi-automatic pistol, which he had purchased at a civilian gun store, and a .357 Magnum revolver (which he may not have fired) Hasan systematically went on a rampage that is unheard of in military history.

A unarmed US Army Reserve Captain John Gaffaney attempted to stop Hasan, but was killed in the attempt.

Civilian physician assistant Michael Cahill tried to charge Hasan with a chair before being shot and killed.

There were 43 shooting casualties. Among the 13 killed were 12 soldiers, one of whom was pregnant, and a single Army civilian employee. Thirty others were wounded and required hospitalization.

Today we remember:

  • Mr. Michael Cahill
  • Major Libardo Caraveo
  • Staff Sergeant Justin DeCrow
  • Captain John Gaffaney
  • Specialist Frederic Greene
  • Specialist Jason Hunt
  • Staff Sergeant Amy Krueger
  • Private First Class Aaron Nemelka
  • Private First Class Michael Pearson
  • Captain Russel Seager
  • Private First Class Francheska Velez and her unborn child
  • Lieutenant Colonel Juanita Warman
  • Private First Class Kham Xiong

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Valour-IT: Fundraiser Auction


We got a lot of awesome stuff up for auction guys and gals!
And more stuff coming!

It’s simple, it’s easy, and unlike a lot of fundraiser programs you not only are getting something, you can choose what you want to bid on!

Just take a look at what we have here!

A copy of the People Magazine autographed by both the author Susan Katz keating and Chuck Z!

A Vietnam Veteran medallion!

An autographed copy of Matt Gallaghers book Kaboom!

Signed prints of Day by Day Cartoon strips!

And a set of Iraqi Air Force Wings with one helluva story behind them!

There’s a lot more than just this! If you don’t want to auction you can just plain donate

And a big thank you to all of you have helped support us!

Election Day: Valour-IT and Missouri Ballot Measures

It’s election day.

No matter who you vote for or which ticket side or color you choose, your voting to help yourself as well as your friends, family and neighbors have a better life.

There’s another way you can help too.

Your donation will help a injured soldier, sailor, airmen or marine receive a voice activated laptop.  It’s not snake oil.

Your donation will them supply a Voice Activated laptop to those troops whom are injured to the point they can not type an E-mail or dial a phone.

Go to our auction site if you wish something to be given to you in return.

Go to our direct donation page if you don’t.

It doesn’t have to be a fortune. Anything and everything helps.

And the cause is worth while.

And go vote!

Ballot Measures for Missouri are after the Jump

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Military Motivator Monday, November 1st, 2010

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Don’t forget that Soldiers Angels and Valour IT still needs your help!

Your donation will them supply a Voice Activated laptop to those troops whom are injured to the point they can not type an E-mail or dial a phone.

Go to our auction site if you wish something to be given to you in return.

Go to our direct donation page if you don’t.

It doesn’t have to be a fortune. Anything and everything helps.

And the cause is worth while.

Team Army: Pick up your keyboards and follow us

Here’s the current rollcall for the Team Army Valour IT

We got some awesome stuff coming your way!

You can go here to our Valour-IT eBay auction site (courtesy of the great people at and bid on items.  New items are added every day so check in often.  Here’s a real interesting item offered up by Bill at the Castle.

Jump in, take a look around, and keep your eyes peeled as we are going to have some great gifts, tokens, hardware and cool memorabilia up for auction for the Funraiser.

Unlike some places we’re actually gonna give you something for your auction donations, so lets show’em how it’s done!


Quote of the Day October 29, 2010: TGIF Edition

Lets Rock & Roll ladies and gentlemen!

It’s that time of week again, the one where our time of servitude, mindless paper pushing agony or greasy truck wheels is over!

12 hours until beer thirty and we can join the Window-Down, Foot-Down, gear-jammin, clutch-bangin, corner-squealin-mad-rush-to-the-Posarnada-so-we-can-grab-a-beer-and-call-it-a-weekend-medicine-club!

In honor of VALOUR-IT something for my fellow Warriors!

“Yesterday at the beginning of the ground war Iraq had the fourth largest army in the world. Today they have the second largest army in Iraq”

- Attributed to General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, regarding Gulf War I

And some jammin tunes for my fellow Warriors!

But as you grab your car keys and head for the door, remember this I ask:

Somewhere a soldier, sailor or airman is lying flat on their back. They can’t write. Or type. They can’t operate a phone. They are pushing, working, struggling to regain a part of themselves that quite possibly they may never get back again.

Soldiers Angels, and VALOUR-IT help them. You can help them. We can help them.

So as you put your ride in to gear, and crank the CD player, before you lay that $20 on the bar for the first round. Make it a $10 today.

Give $10 to help a military member in dire need.

Think of it as buying them a round as well.

A Round of hope.

Ya’ll have a good Friday!

Valour IT – Opening Salvo: Team Army!

We here at ®Evil are answering the call: Team Army naturally.

Pick up Your Weapon and Follow me!

We have been helping the VALOUR-IT team every since its inception. We are proud to once again offer up our services, as well as our pride to assist them once again! Be ready for madness.

At ®Evil this isn’t a Fundraiser. This is a FunRaiser. Get ready folks it’s gonna be one helluva ride!

From Blackfive:

Project Valour-IT began when Captain Charles “Chuck” Ziegenfuss was wounded by an IED while serving as commander of a tank company in Iraq in June 2005.

During his deployment he kept a blog (an online personal diary, opinion forum, or news analysis site-called a milblog or military weblog when written by a service member or about military subjects). Captivating writing, insightful stories of his experiences, and his self-deprecating humor won him many loyal readers. After he was wounded, his wife continued his blog, keeping his readers informed of his condition.

As he began to recover, CPT Ziegenfuss wanted to return to writing his blog, but serious hand injuries hampered his typing. When a loyal and generous reader gave him a copy of the Dragon Naturally Speaking Preferred software, other readers began to realize how important such software could be to CPT Ziegenfuss’ fellow wounded soldiers and started cast about for a way to get it to them.

“At that time I had no use of either hand. I know how humbling it is, how humiliating it feels. And I know how much better I felt, how amazingly more functional I felt, after Soldiers’ Angels provided me with a laptop and a loyal reader provided me with the software. I can’t wait to do the same, to give that feeling to another soldier at Walter Reed.” – Captain Chuck Ziegenfuss at TC Override (wounded in Iraq)

Project Valour-IT, in memory of SFC William V. Ziegenfuss (Captain Chuck Ziegenfuss’ father), provides voice-controlled software and laptop computers to wounded Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines recovering from hand and arm injuries, amputations, eye or brain injuries, at major military medical centers. Operating laptops by speaking into a microphone, our wounded heroes are able to send and receive messages from friends and loved ones, surf the ‘Net, and communicate with buddies still in the field without having to press a key or move a mouse.

Folks, I’ve witnessed several wounded soldiers set up their laptops only to email or Skype their friends and comrades in the war zone to let them know that they are okay. Keeping them in communication with loved ones increases the possibility of a successful recovery exponentially.


In order to fund the thousands of laptops we have distributed and need to distribute, we have an annual competition.

Valour-IT’s online fundraising competition begins today! Let’s see who can raise the most money to help reconnect our wounded warriors with the world!

  • WHAT: Friendly fundraising competition for Valour-IT.WHEN: October 28th through Veterans Day, November 11th . WHERE: Based in the blogosphere, spreading everywhere else.
  • WHY: Because giving wounded warriors with hand and arm injuries access to a computer supports their healing and puts them back in touch with the world.
  • HOW: Blogger teams will be divided along military branches, with civilians “up for grabs.”

You have been a part of our community in one way or another. THANK YOU!

We need you to simply blog and email regularly about Valour-IT and the competition with links to the Team Army donation page. Tell your friends, family and neighbors about Valour-IT. We’ll be providing media, links, and talking points for your Tweets, Facebook posts and blog posts, etc.

The competition is military branch specific and we’ve been drafted for TEAM ARMY.

Thanks for all of your support!


Soldiers’ Angels is a volunteer-led 501(c)(3) nonprofit with hundreds of thousands of volunteers providing aid and comfort to the men and women of the United States Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, veterans and their families (Tax ID# 20-058-3451).

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