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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.

Fort Polk Soldier receives Silver Star

If you enlist in the Army and stay around for a while, you'll notice that the Army gives a lot of ribbons out. There is the Army Service Ribbon given to all those who complete basic training. If you stay out of trouble and perform your duties well, you might receive the Army Good Conduct Medal. If you perform your duties better than most, you might be wearing an Army Achievement Medal, Meritorious Service Medal or even, in exceptional cases, the Legion of Merit.

Uncommon valor, uncommon award

Four Marines from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 264 were awarded the Individual Action Air Medals with the combat distinguishing device, Dec. 16, for heroic actions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Capt. Thomas M. Keech, the mission pilot, Capt. Matthew A. Cave, co-pilot, Sgt. Justin K. Bartfield-Smith, aerial gunner and observer, and Cpl. John M. Cederholm, crew chief, were awarded the Air Medal for actions during a priority re-supply mission in support of 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, also known as Geronimo, June 12.

IS THE RED CROSS A TARGET?

Is the Red Cross emblem on Army medevac helicopters making them a target?

According to a report by Michael Yon at LineofDeparture.com, that may very well be the case, even though under the Geneva Conventions, the Red Cross is not to be fired on.

As a result, medevac missions are being delayed so as to give Army medevac choppers top cover. In one instance, what could have been a 250minute medevac took 65 minutes, endangering troops wounded in an IED attack.

RED AIR

Wounded warriors continue to wait on Afghan battlefields due to
unarmed Dustoff helicopters. The helicopters cannot get into hot
landing zones without severe risks.

It's time for action. Please read RED AIR: A Private Forum

Article by Michael Yon

A BRITISH MERC, SOLDIER OF FORTUNE, AND A FIREFIGHT

Robert Brown (RKB), Soldier of Fortune magazine publisher, and I have been writing his long awaited memoirs. Well actually, I have been writing them, since he has the attention span of three minutes max when it comes to grunt work. He is constantly finding scores of exciting distractions and places for us to seek more adventure.

KILL BIN LADEN

Spoon Fed Political Spin

SOF: Why did you write KBL: KILL BIN LADEN as fiction, as opposed to non-fiction?

John Weisman: Sometimes, you can get to the truth of the matter better in fiction than you can in nonfiction. After the Bin Laden raid, all the participants scrambled to put their own spin on the story. There were political goals involved.

SOF: How so?

THE QUIET PROFESSIONAL

NVC PM Is a Liar!
The gleaming body of the soldier ant moved confidently along the length of the suppressed Swedish K submachine gun. The predator’s head twitched incessantly from side to side, mandibles opening and closing, and with its antennae in constant searching motion for unseen threats. The ant showed no fear as it stepped from the cold woodwork of the weapon onto the warmer flesh of Master Sergeant Dick Meadows’ hand. It hesitated as it encountered the fine human hairs, but sensing no threat it, delicately picked its way through.

JUST A DUMB INFANTRYMAN

How I Got Labeled “Just a Dumb Infantryman”

CSAF presents Air Force Cross, Silver Star in Hurlburt ceremony

HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. (AFNS) -- Two Air Force Special Operations Command combat controllers were presented military decorations here Oct. 27 by the Air Force chief of staff for exhibiting extraordinary heroism in combat.

Staff Sgt. Robert Gutierrez Jr. was presented the Air Force Cross and Tech. Sgt. Ismael Villegas was presented the Silver Star by Gen. Norton Schwartz in a joint ceremony. The Air Force Cross is the service's highest award and is second only to the Medal of Honor. The Silver Star is awarded for valor, to include risk of life during engagement with the enemy.

MARINE BRAVES THE JAWS OF DEATH, FIVE TIMES

Though bleeding from shrapnel wounds in his right arm, Meyer, aided by fellow Marines and Army advisors from Embedded Training Team 2–8, braved a vicious hail of enemy machinegun and shoulder-fired anti-tank rocket fire in the village of Ganjgal to help rescue and evacuate more than 15 wounded Afghan soldiers, and recover the bodies of four fallen fighters—1st Lt. Michael Johnson, Gunnery Sgts. Aaron Kenefick and Edwin Johnson Jr., and Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class James Layton. ETT advisor Army Sgt.

EXSUM of CH-47 Crash (Shoot-down) Report

MEMORANDUM FOR Commander, United States Central Command, 7115 South Boundary Boulevard, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida 33621

SUBJECT: Executive Summary (Crash of CH-47D Aircraft in Wardak Province, Afghanistan on 6 August 2011)