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Moon, When my older son was in Iraq the first time there were some real, fundamental issues of readiness and engagement, issues he had been taught to handle. He's a black and white kind of guy. They taught them safety protocols for a reason. When he got in country, those protocols were being ignored. Now mind you, he is green, just out of boot and AIT. But he sees his soldiers being put in harm's way by the neglect of the safety protocols. A team leader isn't doing his job and my son took control of more than one mission as the moment broke down dangerously. He didn't care if it meant he was going to get brass knuckled later by the team leader or others at the FOB. He was going to make sure his guys didn't die for stupid neglect. Well, actually, he did care if it lfew back on him. But in review, the base commanders supported him 100% and reassigned the team leader to another base literally on the other side of Iraq. My son earned a bronze star and a four page commendation from the base commander. We followed as closely as we could and knew his concern. But after the review, he said, of the outcome, one word. "Outstanding." It was all he needed to say, with his heart totally expressed in his voice. That word has come to mean a great deal to me. He has served a 2nd tour and has been back safely for almost two years. And was asked to write procedures for training and is helping in the training of his unit. He's doing much more, but I'll just say that when I think of something as remarkable and important, that word sometimes comes to mind. Moon, with your usual deftness, you have captured the soul of the season. You've outlined the pleasure that overcomes the angst, the enjoyment that saddles the pain, and the optimism that is both rich and real for the coming weeks of the season. Outstanding.
Posted by SinceYaz
Not for nothing, but your post destroyed Moon's very well thought out post. Tell your son thanks. I hope he stays in the military, if that's his choice, to help train the next generation.
"There is no Breaking Point"
And how do you come to that conclusion? Make a statement fine, but accusatory remarks at least deserve a reason why to the person your speaking to.