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BULLETIN BOARD

CIA PARALYZED?

AT THE FRONT

VETS RESPOND

COMMON SENSE

It is said that there are two kinds of lawyers: those who know the law and those who know the judge. And then there is Harold Koh, the man who is likely to be the next legal adviser to the State Department. Koh most recently served as dean of the Yale Law School and before that as Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor in the Clinton administration. He is a prolific author and a legal activist of the left.

2/7 MARINE AWARDED HIGHEST NAVY HONOR

LOYAL, STUBBORN, AND DETERMINED

Lance Cpl. Brady Gustafson’s parents describe him as “reserved, loyal, stubborn and determined.” This was proven in action 21 July, 2008.

 

CHARGING INTO THE TALIBAN: AMBUSH IN AFGHANISTAN

HE NEVER SAW THE GRENADE

Staff Sgt. Lincoln V. Dockery said he didn’t even see the grenade that sent shrapnel into his right forearm while charging insurgent fighters in Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley, 16 November, 2007. “Someone yelled out, and I looked up and saw it coming. My hand went up and a hot, sharp feeling went through it,” he said.

TERRORISM SITREP

THAILAND NONSTOP VIOLENCE shuts down ASEAN summit.

SEALS SNIPERS WHACK PIRATES

Information from Voice of America, the American Forces Press Service, and the Navy News Service was used to assemble this article.

 

FIX BAYONETS!

On 21 May, 2004, Mahdi militiamen engaged a convoy consisting of approximately 20 British troops from the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders 55 miles north of Basra, Iraq. A squad from the Princess of Wales Regiment came to their assistance. What began as an attack on a passing convoy ended with at least 35 militiamen dead and just three British troops wounded. The militiamen engaged a force that had restrictive rules of engagement prior

ESCAPING THE LAOTIAN COMMUNISTS

The Following account is based on an interview with Paul Lo, who escaped the Communist regime in Laos for fear of retribution on his father who had been a military official working with the U.S. supported government in Laos before the Communists took over. Here is his story as adapted for SOF. I chose to present it as a narrative rather than in an interview format in order to give the tale the greatest impact and continuity.