A combat controller, who is now charged with helping fill the special tactics ranks, was presented with two Bronze Stars with valor device during a ceremony held recently at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas.
Many wore the “HOG’s Tooth,” the symbol of a Marine sniper. It is a simple thing, a 7.62mm hollow-point boat tail (HPBT) long range bullet on a cord hung about one’s neck when a Marine graduates from Sniper School and becomes one of the few who earn the title of Marine Scout Sniper.
Grateful Nation offers a unique look into what drives these soldiers to serve their country and to protect our freedoms. Far removed from the streets of Baghdad or the mountains of Afghanistan, the veteran feels the adrenaline rush that can only come from viewing big game through the crosshairs of your scope. GN takes each returning warrior deep into the woods on the best hunt of their lives.
Anti-gun New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg announced the “Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act of 2009,” a bill that would give unprecedented authority to the Attorney General to prohibit someone from exercising his or her Second Amendment rights based on nothing more than mere suspicion.
“What are you Americans thinking?” asked the young woman in perfect, if slightly accented, English. She was wearing a name tag with “Marie” in both Cyrillic and Latin print and had greeted us pleasantly when we ducked out of the rain and into her store to buy postcards and mementos for our grandchildren. Her question about American “thinking” came in the midst of a conversation about how dramatically life in Russia had changed during her 27 brief years.