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Navy Cross awarded for tenacity under enemy fire in Kajaki

Corporal Christopher B. Farias, 1st Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, was awarded the nation’s second highest award for bravery during a ceremony here, May 18.
Under Secretary of the Navy Robert Work presented the Navy Cross to Farias for heroic actions while serving as an assistant squad leader in the Kajaki district of Afghanistan on Oct. 5, 2010.

After Farias, a native of La Porte, Texas, arrived in Afghanistan, the commanding officer pulled the Marines together and mentioned they would protect the Kajaki Dam and relieve British forces at the front line.

MEMORIES OF FSB GELA

Video by Larry Johns

BOOTS ON THE GROUND IN AFGHANISTAN: FIRST IMPRESSIONS

For several years, the greatest desire in my professional life has been to put my boots on the ground in Afghanistan. I have been a reader of SOF magazine for more than 30 years. During that time, there have been innumerable stories about Afghanistan and the various adventures of hearty men who have traversed its mountain passes. I always wanted to see it for myself.

THE WAR ON TERROR MOVIE WE’VE BEEN WAITING FOR

If there is a war movie that seemed to have the odds against it being a blockbuster, Act of Valor is it. It features none of the top stars who might be picked for such a role. There are no big-name producers behind it. The directors – nobody’s really heard of either of them.

Vietnam hero to receive Medal of Honor posthumously

President Barack Obama has announced that Spc. 4 Leslie H. Sabo Jr., a rifleman with the 101st Airborne Division, will posthumously receive the Medal of Honor May 16 for his actions during the Vietnam War.

Sabo is credited with saving the lives of several of his comrades in Company B, 3rd Battalion, 506th Infantry when his platoon was ambushed May 10, 1970 near the Se San River in eastern Cambodia. Sabo shielded a comrade from an enemy grenade and silenced a machine-gun bunker before he was killed.

Screaming Eagle Soldier to be presented Distinguished Service Cross

Sgt. Felipe Pereira will be presented with the Distinguished Service Cross by Gen. Ray Odierno, chief of staff of the Army, during a ceremony scheduled for April 12, 2012 at the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Headquarters located on Fort Campbell, Ky. Pereira is assigned to Company A, 1st Battalion, 502d Infantry Regiment (Strike).

DUSTOFF CREW EARNS AIR/SEA RESCUE AWARD FOR MISSION IN AFGHANISTAN

An aviation crew with C Company “Dustoff,” Task Force Phoenix, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, recently earned an Army Aviation Association of America National Award for a mission conducted in June 2011 in Kunar Province, Afghanistan. The Air/Sea Rescue of the Year Award was presented to Chief Warrant Officer 2 Erik Sabiston, pilot in command, 25 January, at Fort Rucker, AL.

ONE HADITHA NIGHTMARE ENDS

THE FIREFIGHT
A tragic event that has marred the lives and reputations of members of the United States forces has finally come to an end.

On 19 November, 2005, a Marine unit was hit by an improvised explosive device, killing one Marine and wounding
two others. Twenty-four Iraqis, 15 of whom were civilians, were killed in a firefight between Marines led by Staff Sergeant Frank Wuterich, and insurgents.

THE WAR ON TERROR MOVIE WE’VE BEEN WAITING FOR

If there is a war movie that seemed to have the odds against it being a blockbuster, “Act of Valor” is it. It features none of the top stars who might be picked for such a role. There are no big-name producers behind it. The directors – nobody’s really heard of either of them.

Vietnam vet awarded Silver Star after 45 years

In 1967 the average cost of new house was $14,250, the average income was $7,300 a year and gas was 33 cents a gallon.

The Green Bay Packers and Kansas City Chiefs played the first Super Bowl. The Berlin Wall, dividing West Germany from the Communist east, stood tall and long.

Last, but not least, 475,000 U.S. troops were fighting in Vietnam.

U.S. Army Alaska Commander, Maj. Gen. Raymond Palumbo recognized the heroism of one of those Soldiers Feb. 4 at Fort Wainwright, awarding Dr. Paul Taylor of Fairbanks a long-overdue Silver Star for his heroism in battle.

IS OBAMA REVEALING TOO MUCH?

President Barack Hussein Obama has been revealing the secrets of the special operations community for political gain, a former SEAL claims. In a commentary in the Wall Street Journal, Leif Babin takes his former Commander-in-Chief to task for revealing how Navy SEALs operate, potentially endangering the elite soldiers.

Army statement on MEDEVAC issue

"Recent news items about the use of Army medical evacuation, or MEDEVAC, helicopters in Afghanistan contain troubling information. The reporting suggests that putting red crosses on MEDEVACs, and not arming them somehow, is putting injured Soldiers' lives at risk. The facts do not support these assertions for several reasons.

WEST SPEAKS OUT ON VIDEO

Representative Allan West (R-FL), a combat veteran who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom, spoke up on the controversial video in which Marines allegedly urinated on dead Taliban. West said in a statement to the Weekly Standard, “All these over-emotional pundits and armchair quarterbacks need to chill. Does anyone remember the two Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division who were beheaded and gutted in Iraq?

THE TRIAL OF SSGT. WUTERICH: CHESSANI WILL NOT TESTIFY

LtCol. Jeffrey Chessani, battalion commanding officer of the Thundering Third at time of the so-called “Haditha Massacre", will not be testifying at the court-martial of SSgt Frank Wuterich, the military judge said Thursday. Chessani was the highest ranking Marine charged with a crime in connection with the deaths of 24 Iraqi citizens following a roadside ambush in the dusty Iraqi city during November 2005.

“Chessani will not be a witness,” announced military judge LtCol. David Jones.

OBAMA AND THE MOSLEM NAZI

The war in Afghanistan may end this year in thinly disguised surrender.

"The Taliban per se is not our enemy," Vice President Joe Biden said in an interview with Newsweek magazine Dec. 15. We went to war in Afghanistan to oust the Taliban regime because it had sheltered al Qaida. Perhaps Mr. Biden forgot.