New Post has been published on http://www.special-ops.org/mysterious-soldierstone-vietnam-war-memorial/Mysterious SOLDIERSTONE Vietnam War MemorialUp in the Colorado Rockies, just off of the Continental Divide trail and south of Marshall pass, on top of Sargents mesa sits a Vietnam veterans memorial named Soldierstone.


“A Vietnam Vet somehow used a chopper to sneak the pieces in. If anyone knows the true story, I’d love to hear it.“
“Cycle ride from Tomichi Creek off of Highway 50 near Gunnison, CO up to the Continental Divide, where we found this war memorial tucked away in seclusion. You won’t find it on any maps. An old local at the Tomichi Trading Post said the Park Rangers keep it off maps…the story is that a Vietnam Vet somehow used a chopper to sneak the pieces in. If anyone knows the true story, I’d love to hear it.”

You can see it  on Google Maps.
More images are available at George Post Photography,

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Mysterious SOLDIERSTONE Vietnam War Memorial

Up in the Colorado Rockies, just off of the Continental Divide trail and south of Marshall pass, on top of Sargents mesa sits a Vietnam veterans memorial named Soldierstone.

vietnam memorial satellite image Mysterious SOLDIERSTONE Vietnam War Memorial

“A Vietnam Vet somehow used a chopper to sneak the pieces in. If anyone knows the true story, I’d love to hear it.

“Cycle ride from Tomichi Creek off of Highway 50 near Gunnison, CO up to the Continental Divide, where we found this war memorial tucked away in seclusion. You won’t find it on any maps. An old local at the Tomichi Trading Post said the Park Rangers keep it off maps…the story is that a Vietnam Vet somehow used a chopper to sneak the pieces in. If anyone knows the true story, I’d love to hear it.”

You can see it  on Google Maps.

More images are available at George Post Photography,

New Post has been published on http://www.special-ops.org/video-army-tests-armed-robots-keep-troops-safer/VIDEO: Army Tests Armed Robots To Keep Troops SaferAt Fort Benning, Georgia, the Army recently invited top robotics vendors for a week of demonstrations. Robotics companies like Northrup-Grumman, 5D Robotics, iRobot, and HDT Robotics showed off their latest technology. Not only did the machines fire weapons, but they could carry heavy loads and follow the Soldiers around the terrain without needing a driver.
Many of these devices are wireless for greatest functionality, but the battlefield cybersecurity issues are an unsolved problem.

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VIDEO: Army Tests Armed Robots To Keep Troops Safer

At Fort Benning, Georgia, the Army recently invited top robotics vendors for a week of demonstrations. Robotics companies like Northrup-Grumman, 5D Robotics, iRobot, and HDT Robotics showed off their latest technology. Not only did the machines fire weapons, but they could carry heavy loads and follow the Soldiers around the terrain without needing a driver.

Many of these devices are wireless for greatest functionality, but the battlefield cybersecurity issues are an unsolved problem.

New Post has been published on http://www.special-ops.org/top-10-ways-great-navy-seal-change-world/The Top 10 Ways To Be A Great Navy SEAL And Change The WorldNavy SEAL Admiral William H. McRaven, ninth commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, spoke at the University-wide Commencement at The University of Texas at Austin on May 17. He gave the top 10 life lessons he learned in Navy SEAL training.
If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.
If you make your bed every morning you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another.

If you want to change the world, find someone to help you paddle.
Find a partner who knows the things you don’t.
If you want to change the world, measure a person by the size of their heart, not the size of their flippers.
“SEAL training was a great equalizer. Nothing mattered but your will to succeed. Not your color, not your ethnic background, not your education and not your social status.” Worrying about privilege keeps you from earning privilege of your own.

If you want to change the world get over being a sugar cookie and keep moving forward.
Don’t focus on your immediate failure, but face forward and keep going.

If you want to change the world, don’t be afraid of the circuses.
When you have a failure — loss of a job, failing an exam — don’t be afraid to put in the work needed to become better.

If you want to change the world sometimes you have to slide down the obstacle head first.
Accept a little danger and think outside the box to have a big success.

If you want to change the world, don’t back down from the sharks.
Sharks — and bullies — take advantage of those who show fear.

If you want to change the world, you must be your very best in the darkest moment.

If you want to change the world, start singing when you’re up to your neck in mud.
If one man can rise above the misery then others will know they can, as well.

If you want to change the world don’t ever, ever ring the bell.
Never quit.
Never, ever, ever give up.
Accept temporary incapacity, punt if you have to, but always keep pushing toward the objective, or the next.

The full text is available at UT Austin.

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The Top 10 Ways To Be A Great Navy SEAL And Change The World

Navy SEAL Admiral William H. McRaven, ninth commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, spoke at the University-wide Commencement at The University of Texas at Austin on May 17. He gave the top 10 life lessons he learned in Navy SEAL training.

  1. If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.

    If you make your bed every morning you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another.

  2. If you want to change the world, find someone to help you paddle.
    Find a partner who knows the things you don’t.
  3. If you want to change the world, measure a person by the size of their heart, not the size of their flippers.

    “SEAL training was a great equalizer. Nothing mattered but your will to succeed. Not your color, not your ethnic background, not your education and not your social status.” Worrying about privilege keeps you from earning privilege of your own.

  4. If you want to change the world get over being a sugar cookie and keep moving forward.

    Don’t focus on your immediate failure, but face forward and keep going.

  5. If you want to change the world, don’t be afraid of the circuses.

    When you have a failure — loss of a job, failing an exam — don’t be afraid to put in the work needed to become better.

  6. If you want to change the world sometimes you have to slide down the obstacle head first.

    Accept a little danger and think outside the box to have a big success.

  7. If you want to change the world, don’t back down from the sharks.

    Sharks — and bullies — take advantage of those who show fear.

  8. If you want to change the world, you must be your very best in the darkest moment.
  9. If you want to change the world, start singing when you’re up to your neck in mud.

    If one man can rise above the misery then others will know they can, as well.

  10. If you want to change the world don’t ever, ever ring the bell.

    Never quit.

    Never, ever, ever give up.

    Accept temporary incapacity, punt if you have to, but always keep pushing toward the objective, or the next.

The full text is available at UT Austin.

New Post has been published on http://www.special-ops.org/canadian-special-forces-sent-hunt-boko-haram/Canadian special forces sent to hunt down Boko HaramAs with any Special Operations Forces mission, details are few. However, based on recent reports from CTV News and SOFREP, we now know that CANSOFCOM (Canadian Special Operations Forces Command) already has boots on the ground in Nigeria, training up local fighters and using advanced surveillance equipment to locate Boko Haram’s hideouts with the intent to free the nearly 300 girls that were kidnapped as sex slaves and are being ransomed for release of insurgent prisoners.
The elite Canadian troops are based out of Ottawa, giving the impression that they are from the highly classified Joint Task Force 2 (JTF-2), who are trained in counter terrorism operations including hostage rescue, and satisfyingly, not trained in hostage negotiation. Little is being said of the unit or their mission for fear of breaching OPSEC. However, based on the dates of the supporting articles, it isn’t unreasonable to assume that direct action has already begun.
Boko Haram has been made famous to the Western World after their most recent kidnapping of 276 teenage girls. Yet, the Islamic militant group has been terrorizing by means of mass murder, rape, and extortion at an alarmingly increasing rate in recent years. Although Boko Haram is using their recently acquired sex slaves as a bargaining chip for release of their fellow insurgents from government prisons, they are also forcing the girls to go veiled and recite verses from the Qur’an. In fact, the terrorist group’s main objective is to bring about Sharia Law in the region.
Boko Haram has become very well armed in recent years. Weapons flowing in and out of Libya during the violent regime change have made their way to the group. It is also thought that Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), the Somali based Al-Shabab, and even the Algerian government all have a hand in financing and facilitating Boko Haram’s terrorist activities in the region.
To our boys from the North: Good luck and happy hunting.
(Will/Funker530)

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Canadian special forces sent to hunt down Boko Haram

As with any Special Operations Forces mission, details are few. However, based on recent reports from CTV News and SOFREP, we now know that CANSOFCOM (Canadian Special Operations Forces Command) already has boots on the ground in Nigeria, training up local fighters and using advanced surveillance equipment to locate Boko Haram’s hideouts with the intent to free the nearly 300 girls that were kidnapped as sex slaves and are being ransomed for release of insurgent prisoners.

The elite Canadian troops are based out of Ottawa, giving the impression that they are from the highly classified Joint Task Force 2 (JTF-2), who are trained in counter terrorism operations including hostage rescue, and satisfyingly, not trained in hostage negotiation. Little is being said of the unit or their mission for fear of breaching OPSEC. However, based on the dates of the supporting articles, it isn’t unreasonable to assume that direct action has already begun.

Boko Haram has been made famous to the Western World after their most recent kidnapping of 276 teenage girls. Yet, the Islamic militant group has been terrorizing by means of mass murder, rape, and extortion at an alarmingly increasing rate in recent years. Although Boko Haram is using their recently acquired sex slaves as a bargaining chip for release of their fellow insurgents from government prisons, they are also forcing the girls to go veiled and recite verses from the Qur’an. In fact, the terrorist group’s main objective is to bring about Sharia Law in the region.

Boko Haram has become very well armed in recent years. Weapons flowing in and out of Libya during the violent regime change have made their way to the group. It is also thought that Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), the Somali based Al-Shabab, and even the Algerian government all have a hand in financing and facilitating Boko Haram’s terrorist activities in the region.

To our boys from the North: Good luck and happy hunting.

(Will/Funker530)

New Post has been published on http://www.special-ops.org/video-hornets-nest-now-playing/VIDEO: “The Hornet’s Nest” Now PlayingHave any of you veterans seen this yet? If so, what are your thoughts? I’m definitely going to see it as soon as possible, but so far, it has only been playing in the Southern US, and I am of the North. It’s not that I wouldn’t drive to go see it, but I would most definitely be in full-on war mode for the return trip.

					
				

I remember when Restrepo first came to Nat Geo On Demand. I had just got retired from the 173rd and that deployment a year or two before. I had no idea it was even made. I waited until my wife went to sleep and watched it on my gigantic HDTV. Instantly, I was in fight or flight mode and was reexperiencing that awesome, sharp battle-focused mindset. It had me charged up for a few weeks. After watching Restrepo, I felt like some weight had been lifted off my shoulders, as they say. Our story had been told. My wife and family watched it, and I think it kind of bridged an interpersonal gap of understanding between all of us. Mostly, I think it helped me process just what the #@%$ had happened over there, and start trying to accept it rather than dwell on it.
I hope The Hornet’s Nest” can deliver as well. Based on the trailer, the footage looks to be of superb quality, although the entire audio is dubbed over with mismatching sound effects and music. I’m sure the feature will be more authentic in delivery. It would be a shame if it came out like Reality TV or an extreme docudrama, but I don’t think that will be the case. I hear there will also be captured Taliban footage from the battles that is woven together for awesome situational awareness for the viewer. We’ll see, and I’m excited to see the Screaming Eagles get it done.
~Will (FUNKER530)
»>Release Dates Here«<
»>Hornet’s Nest Facebook Here«<

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VIDEO: “The Hornet’s Nest” Now Playing

Have any of you veterans seen this yet? If so, what are your thoughts? I’m definitely going to see it as soon as possible, but so far, it has only been playing in the Southern US, and I am of the North. It’s not that I wouldn’t drive to go see it, but I would most definitely be in full-on war mode for the return trip.

I remember when Restrepo first came to Nat Geo On Demand. I had just got retired from the 173rd and that deployment a year or two before. I had no idea it was even made. I waited until my wife went to sleep and watched it on my gigantic HDTV. Instantly, I was in fight or flight mode and was reexperiencing that awesome, sharp battle-focused mindset. It had me charged up for a few weeks. After watching Restrepo, I felt like some weight had been lifted off my shoulders, as they say. Our story had been told. My wife and family watched it, and I think it kind of bridged an interpersonal gap of understanding between all of us. Mostly, I think it helped me process just what the #@%$ had happened over there, and start trying to accept it rather than dwell on it.

I hope The Hornet’s Nest” can deliver as well. Based on the trailer, the footage looks to be of superb quality, although the entire audio is dubbed over with mismatching sound effects and music. I’m sure the feature will be more authentic in delivery. It would be a shame if it came out like Reality TV or an extreme docudrama, but I don’t think that will be the case. I hear there will also be captured Taliban footage from the battles that is woven together for awesome situational awareness for the viewer. We’ll see, and I’m excited to see the Screaming Eagles get it done.

~Will (FUNKER530)

»>Release Dates Here«<

»>Hornet’s Nest Facebook Here«<

New Post has been published on http://www.special-ops.org/101st-airborne-force-world-can/The 101st Airborne: The Only Force In The World That Can Do ThisThe 101st Airborne Division is getting back to its strength in brigade-scale air assault: moving a large number of troops and weapons into place on the battlefield, or even into enemy territory.
The 101st recently conducted just that kind of brigade sized air assault operation. Over four days, Soldiers from 3rd Brigade Combat Team of the 101st and the 101st Combat Air Brigade, Wings of Destiny moved over 1,000 Soldiers and sling-loaded over 30 large pieces of equipment, such as vehicles and earth movers.

The movement was designed to practice establishing a position into which a larger following force could move freely. Along with establishing troops into fighting position, the maneuver positioned artillery, armed vehicles, and the earth movers to allow for repair of runways damaged by fighting. The goal is to allow cargo planes to land for resupply and troop movement.
The air assault strike force has replaced the parachute as the means for delivering Airborne ground troops to the battlefield.
Although the paratroopers of the Pathfinder companies of the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade and the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade will be allowed to keep their maroon berets, the unit’s soldiers will no longer be in paid parachutist positions. Of three standing Pathfinder companies in the Army, the two at Fort Campbell, Ky., were the last of the division’s units on jump status.
“You can say it’s the end of an era,” said Daniel Peterson, director of the 101st Airborne Division’s Don F. Pratt Museum. “The very last of the parachute-deployed troops are no longer in the division.”
However, Peterson said the change has more traditional significance than actual impact operationally. Although the division began with a majority of troops being parachutists, the 101st was officially designated “Airmobile” in 1968 and then classified as “Air Assault” in 1974. The moves decimated parachutist positions at the division. The 101st has long being doing air assault insertions, and jumps for its last two parachute units were done mostly so the units could remain on jump status.

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The 101st Airborne: The Only Force In The World That Can Do This

The 101st Airborne Division is getting back to its strength in brigade-scale air assault: moving a large number of troops and weapons into place on the battlefield, or even into enemy territory.

The 101st recently conducted just that kind of brigade sized air assault operation. Over four days, Soldiers from 3rd Brigade Combat Team of the 101st and the 101st Combat Air Brigade, Wings of Destiny moved over 1,000 Soldiers and sling-loaded over 30 large pieces of equipment, such as vehicles and earth movers.

The movement was designed to practice establishing a position into which a larger following force could move freely. Along with establishing troops into fighting position, the maneuver positioned artillery, armed vehicles, and the earth movers to allow for repair of runways damaged by fighting. The goal is to allow cargo planes to land for resupply and troop movement.

The air assault strike force has replaced the parachute as the means for delivering Airborne ground troops to the battlefield.

Although the paratroopers of the Pathfinder companies of the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade and the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade will be allowed to keep their maroon berets, the unit’s soldiers will no longer be in paid parachutist positions. Of three standing Pathfinder companies in the Army, the two at Fort Campbell, Ky., were the last of the division’s units on jump status.

“You can say it’s the end of an era,” said Daniel Peterson, director of the 101st Airborne Division’s Don F. Pratt Museum. “The very last of the parachute-deployed troops are no longer in the division.”

However, Peterson said the change has more traditional significance than actual impact operationally. Although the division began with a majority of troops being parachutists, the 101st was officially designated “Airmobile” in 1968 and then classified as “Air Assault” in 1974. The moves decimated parachutist positions at the division. The 101st has long being doing air assault insertions, and jumps for its last two parachute units were done mostly so the units could remain on jump status.

New Post has been published on http://www.special-ops.org/moh-recipient-sgt-kyle-white-tells-story/MOH Recipient SGT Kyle White Tells His StoryIn his own words, Medal Of Honor recipient SGT Kyle White recounts the 2007 deadly ambush in Nuristan which earned him the United State’s highest military honor.
By the time the firefight that earned White the Medal Of Honor occurred, the paratroopers of his unit had already become battle hardened, enduring many gunfights and suffering several casualties. A few months prior, White’s company was forced to shut down their remote firebase known as the Ranch House after several soldiers were wounded in repeated attacks and one three hour firefight in which the outpost was almost overrun by a large enemy element that was being actively facilitated by the local villagers.

					
				
In November of 2007, White found himself doing rotations out of COP Bella in the same region under the watchful eyes of the same Taliban sympathizing villagers. The crooked locals played an instrumental role in the November 9th ambush that would result in the deaths of 6 service members and the wounding of everybody else that survived the battle. 
14 members of 1st Platoon, Chosen Company, 2-503rd Airborne led by 1LT Matthew Ferrara, set out for a shura meeting with the local elders. Tensions were high as the villagers were acting out of character and kept purposefully prolonging the meeting. The paratroopers knew something was up, but they also had a mission to complete.
Eventually the meeting concluded and White’s platoon began traversing the rugged terrain back to COP Bella. Just as the lead element worked around a spur on the mountain, the Taliban initiated the ambush with small arms fire from locations visually undetectable because of the setting sun. In an attempt to seek cover and get out of the kill zone, the lead squad slid down a rock face and took up defensive positions in a riverbed.
Meanwhile, White and the HQ element which consisted of Platoon Leader 1LT Matthew Ferrara, Forward Observer SPC Kain Schilling, and ANA Advisor Marine Corps SGT Philip Bocks were pinned down in the kill zone, unable to move.




 
Within the first few seconds of the firefight, White was knocked unconscious by an exploding enemy RPG. He awoke amidst a constant shower of incoming rounds that zipped past him and ricocheted off nearby rocks. As he returned fire, he saw that Schilling, the FO, had been hit, so he sprinted under intense fire to deliver first-aid.
After applying a tourniquet to the FO, White saw that Marine SGT Bocks had also been hit. He was unresponsive and blood poured from his mouth. White made the decision to sprint toward Bocks and assess his wounds. He had been shot multiple times. The paratrooper attempted to stop the hemorrhaging, but the casualty was too far gone. He soon bled out.
Immediately after Bocks passed, Schilling took another round in the leg, and White returned to once again give aid, this time using his belt as a make-shift tourniquet.




White attempted to call for fire-support and MEDEVAC, but soon realized his radio had been destroyed. At that time, he sought out his Platoon Leader, only to find LT Ferrara dead from a gunshot wound to the head. Still under intense fire, he returned to Bocks and was able to recover his radio. As he lifted the hand mic it was shot from his grasp. Yet, he was able to get the radio operational again. He made contact with the TOC at COP Bella and began calling for indirect fires. White was almost knocked unconscious again by a friendly mortar round that missed its target.  He was also able to establish contact with the other part of his platoon that was still pinned down and taking casualties in the riverbed, yet was unable to physically link up with them for fear of making Schilling’s wounds worse. 
Darkness set in, and although the firefight lulled, White could still hear the Taliban fighters maneuvering above his position. Hours passed into the night, and eventually MEDEVAC birds arrived, first taking the wounded and sensitive items, and then, finally, White was extracted.
White accompanied the body of his dear friend CPL Langevin, who died in the battle with the other element of his platoon further down the hill, back to the United States for burial. Yet, White immediately returned to his Chosen Company brothers in Afghanistan to finish out the 15 month deployment, which I assure you got no easier for them.

Just days before redeployment, Chosen Company got overran at an unfinished COP at Wanat, killing nine paratroopers and wounding 27 more.

The word “hero” get’s thrown around a lot these days. It’s men like Kyle White that bring true meaning back to the term. I’m sure there is a part of White that will forever be fighting on that rock ledge with his brothers, but he did make it back, and he will go on living, not just for himself, but for those five Sky Soldiers and one Marine that never did.
RIP to the Fallen, and the sincerest gratitude to SGT White.
~Will
For more information on White and his acts of Valor click &#187;&gt;HERE&#171;&lt;

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MOH Recipient SGT Kyle White Tells His Story

In his own words, Medal Of Honor recipient SGT Kyle White recounts the 2007 deadly ambush in Nuristan which earned him the United State’s highest military honor.

By the time the firefight that earned White the Medal Of Honor occurred, the paratroopers of his unit had already become battle hardened, enduring many gunfights and suffering several casualties. A few months prior, White’s company was forced to shut down their remote firebase known as the Ranch House after several soldiers were wounded in repeated attacks and one three hour firefight in which the outpost was almost overrun by a large enemy element that was being actively facilitated by the local villagers.

In November of 2007, White found himself doing rotations out of COP Bella in the same region under the watchful eyes of the same Taliban sympathizing villagers. The crooked locals played an instrumental role in the November 9th ambush that would result in the deaths of 6 service members and the wounding of everybody else that survived the battle. 

14 members of 1st Platoon, Chosen Company, 2-503rd Airborne led by 1LT Matthew Ferrara, set out for a shura meeting with the local elders. Tensions were high as the villagers were acting out of character and kept purposefully prolonging the meeting. The paratroopers knew something was up, but they also had a mission to complete.

Eventually the meeting concluded and White’s platoon began traversing the rugged terrain back to COP Bella. Just as the lead element worked around a spur on the mountain, the Taliban initiated the ambush with small arms fire from locations visually undetectable because of the setting sun. In an attempt to seek cover and get out of the kill zone, the lead squad slid down a rock face and took up defensive positions in a riverbed.

Meanwhile, White and the HQ element which consisted of Platoon Leader 1LT Matthew Ferrara, Forward Observer SPC Kain Schilling, and ANA Advisor Marine Corps SGT Philip Bocks were pinned down in the kill zone, unable to move.

size0 MOH Recipient SGT Kyle White Tells His Story

 

Within the first few seconds of the firefight, White was knocked unconscious by an exploding enemy RPG. He awoke amidst a constant shower of incoming rounds that zipped past him and ricocheted off nearby rocks. As he returned fire, he saw that Schilling, the FO, had been hit, so he sprinted under intense fire to deliver first-aid.

After applying a tourniquet to the FO, White saw that Marine SGT Bocks had also been hit. He was unresponsive and blood poured from his mouth. White made the decision to sprint toward Bocks and assess his wounds. He had been shot multiple times. The paratrooper attempted to stop the hemorrhaging, but the casualty was too far gone. He soon bled out.

Immediately after Bocks passed, Schilling took another round in the leg, and White returned to once again give aid, this time using his belt as a make-shift tourniquet.

size0 11 MOH Recipient SGT Kyle White Tells His Story

White attempted to call for fire-support and MEDEVAC, but soon realized his radio had been destroyed. At that time, he sought out his Platoon Leader, only to find LT Ferrara dead from a gunshot wound to the head. Still under intense fire, he returned to Bocks and was able to recover his radio. As he lifted the hand mic it was shot from his grasp. Yet, he was able to get the radio operational again. He made contact with the TOC at COP Bella and began calling for indirect fires. White was almost knocked unconscious again by a friendly mortar round that missed its target.  He was also able to establish contact with the other part of his platoon that was still pinned down and taking casualties in the riverbed, yet was unable to physically link up with them for fear of making Schilling’s wounds worse. 

Darkness set in, and although the firefight lulled, White could still hear the Taliban fighters maneuvering above his position. Hours passed into the night, and eventually MEDEVAC birds arrived, first taking the wounded and sensitive items, and then, finally, White was extracted.

White accompanied the body of his dear friend CPL Langevin, who died in the battle with the other element of his platoon further down the hill, back to the United States for burial. Yet, White immediately returned to his Chosen Company brothers in Afghanistan to finish out the 15 month deployment, which I assure you got no easier for them.

Just days before redeployment, Chosen Company got overran at an unfinished COP at Wanat, killing nine paratroopers and wounding 27 more.

The word “hero” get’s thrown around a lot these days. It’s men like Kyle White that bring true meaning back to the term. I’m sure there is a part of White that will forever be fighting on that rock ledge with his brothers, but he did make it back, and he will go on living, not just for himself, but for those five Sky Soldiers and one Marine that never did.

RIP to the Fallen, and the sincerest gratitude to SGT White.

~Will

For more information on White and his acts of Valor click »>HERE«<

New Post has been published on http://www.special-ops.org/miami-cops-fired-hundreds-rounds-killing-unarmed-suspects-injuring-two-officers-crossfire/Miami cops fired hundreds of rounds, killing unarmed suspects and injuring two officers in crossfireFlorida police are investigating an incident in which nearly two-dozen officers fired a torrent of bullets at two unarmed men, killing both of them, injuring other officers, and risking the lives of neighboring residents.
The incident began late last year, when Adrian Montesano reportedly robbed a Walgreens store at gunpoint and, in the aftermath, shot Miami Dade Police Officer Saul Rodriguez. Montesano took off in Rodriguez’s police vehicle after the shooting, dropped it off at his grandmother’s house, and fled again in a blue Volvo.
According to an investigative report by CBS Miami, officers identified the Volvo around 6:23 a.m. and gave chase – not realizing at the time that there was a second man in the car. Corsini Valdes had not committed a crime and, like Montesano at this time, was not armed. It’s unclear when exactly Valdez joined Montesano in the vehicle.
The car chase didn’t last long. Montesano crashed through a fence and ended up in the backyard of a local townhouse, wedged between a tree and a light pole. After police surrounded the Volvo, approximately a minute passed before officers opened fire, shooting 50 bullets at the car.
Both Montesano and Valdes were still alive after the first wave of bullets. At this point, a supervisor tried to take control of the situation and bring in a special response team to address the situation, but something triggered the gunfire of one officer and the others joined in a barrage of bullets that reportedly lasted for almost 25 seconds.
It’s unclear exactly why the police opened fire the second time – despite dispatcher warnings that Montesano was armed, neither of the two men were found with any weapons – but by the end of the entire ordeal 23 officers had shot a total of 377 rounds.
One witness, who saw the shooting occur from his apartment, said the men were trying to turn themselves in.
“[Police] were saying put your hands up, and the guys were still moving after they shot maybe 50, 60 times,” neighbor Anthony Vandiver told CBS Miami. “The guy tried to put his hands up, and as soon as he put his hands up, it erupted again, and that was it for them. That guy tried his best to give up.”
When the storm of bullets ended, both men had been struck dozens of times and were found dead.
According to CBS, preliminary evidence seems to show that officers “lost sight of their own training”and were “caught up in the heat of the moment.” Montesano and Valdes weren’t the only two struck by bullets, though. Two Miami Dade officers were hit in the crossfire, though they survived, and another two endured ruptured eardrums due to the sound of the gunfire.
Additionally, police endangered the lives of local residents by spraying such a vast amount of bullets. Inside the townhouse, a 12-year-old boy had to find cover when the gunfire started, and a four-month-old baby was sleeping in a crib at the time of the incident. Other parents were preparing their kids for school, while Metrorail users were standing on the platform out in the open when the shooting occurred.
“It was like the wild, wild west, man — crazy,” Vandiver added to CBS. “Shooting just wild, shooting all over the place. Bullets could have come through the window. Anything could have happened, man. They weren’t thinking, they weren’t thinking at all.”

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Miami cops fired hundreds of rounds, killing unarmed suspects and injuring two officers in crossfire

Florida police are investigating an incident in which nearly two-dozen officers fired a torrent of bullets at two unarmed men, killing both of them, injuring other officers, and risking the lives of neighboring residents.

The incident began late last year, when Adrian Montesano reportedly robbed a Walgreens store at gunpoint and, in the aftermath, shot Miami Dade Police Officer Saul Rodriguez. Montesano took off in Rodriguez’s police vehicle after the shooting, dropped it off at his grandmother’s house, and fled again in a blue Volvo.

According to an investigative report by CBS Miami, officers identified the Volvo around 6:23 a.m. and gave chase – not realizing at the time that there was a second man in the car. Corsini Valdes had not committed a crime and, like Montesano at this time, was not armed. It’s unclear when exactly Valdez joined Montesano in the vehicle.

The car chase didn’t last long. Montesano crashed through a fence and ended up in the backyard of a local townhouse, wedged between a tree and a light pole. After police surrounded the Volvo, approximately a minute passed before officers opened fire, shooting 50 bullets at the car.

Both Montesano and Valdes were still alive after the first wave of bullets. At this point, a supervisor tried to take control of the situation and bring in a special response team to address the situation, but something triggered the gunfire of one officer and the others joined in a barrage of bullets that reportedly lasted for almost 25 seconds.

It’s unclear exactly why the police opened fire the second time – despite dispatcher warnings that Montesano was armed, neither of the two men were found with any weapons – but by the end of the entire ordeal 23 officers had shot a total of 377 rounds.

One witness, who saw the shooting occur from his apartment, said the men were trying to turn themselves in.

“[Police] were saying put your hands up, and the guys were still moving after they shot maybe 50, 60 times,” neighbor Anthony Vandiver told CBS Miami. “The guy tried to put his hands up, and as soon as he put his hands up, it erupted again, and that was it for them. That guy tried his best to give up.”

When the storm of bullets ended, both men had been struck dozens of times and were found dead.

According to CBS, preliminary evidence seems to show that officers “lost sight of their own training”and were “caught up in the heat of the moment.” Montesano and Valdes weren’t the only two struck by bullets, though. Two Miami Dade officers were hit in the crossfire, though they survived, and another two endured ruptured eardrums due to the sound of the gunfire.

Additionally, police endangered the lives of local residents by spraying such a vast amount of bullets. Inside the townhouse, a 12-year-old boy had to find cover when the gunfire started, and a four-month-old baby was sleeping in a crib at the time of the incident. Other parents were preparing their kids for school, while Metrorail users were standing on the platform out in the open when the shooting occurred.

“It was like the wild, wild west, man — crazy,” Vandiver added to CBS. “Shooting just wild, shooting all over the place. Bullets could have come through the window. Anything could have happened, man. They weren’t thinking, they weren’t thinking at all.”

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Transcript, from 5:13 to 9:39 of the (full testimony here).
I would like to talk, representing all those veterans, and say that several months ago in Detroit, we had an investigation at which over 150 honorably discharged and many very highly decorated veterans testified to war crimes committed in Southeast Asia, not isolated incidents but crimes committed on a day-to-day basis with the full awareness of officers at all levels of command.
It is impossible to describe to you exactly what did happen in Detroit, the emotions in the room, the feelings of the men who were reliving their experiences in Vietnam, but they did. They relived the absolute horror of what this country, in a sense, made them do.
They told the stories at times they had personally raped, cut off ears, cut off heads, taped wires from portable telephones to human genitals and turned up the power, cut off limbs, blown up bodies, randomly shot at civilians, razed villages in fashion reminiscent of Genghis Khan, shot cattle and dogs for fun, poisoned food stocks, and generally ravaged the countryside of South Vietnam in addition to the normal ravage of war, and the normal and very particular ravaging which is done by the applied bombing power of this country.
We call this investigation the “Winter Soldier Investigation.” The term “Winter Soldier” is a play on words of Thomas Paine in 1776 when he spoke of the Sunshine Patriot and summertime soldiers who deserted at Valley Forge because the going was rough.

Kerry was never able to establish the validity of the Winter Soldier charges. In fact, he never tried. It was his purpose to create the charges out of the thin air of Detroit.

As investigators later learned,
The Army’s Criminal Investigative Division (CID) had opened cases for 43 WSI “witnesses” whose claims, if true, would qualify as crimes. An additional 25 Army WSI participants had criticized the military in general terms, without sufficient substance to warrant any investigation.
The 43 WSI CID cases were eventually resolved as follows: 25 WSI participants refused to cooperate, 13 provided information but failed to support the allegations, and five could not be located. No criminal charges were filed as a result of any of the investigations. The individual CID case files, which had been available to the public beginning in 1994, were withdrawn from public access around 2003, when the National Archives realized that the documents should have been embargoed until the personal information they contained could be removed, or “redacted,” as required by the Privacy Act of 1974.
Continuing with Kerry’s testimony:

We who have come here to Washington have come here because we feel we have to be winter soldiers now. We could come back to this country; we could be quiet; we could hold our silence; we could not tell what went on in Vietnam, but we feel because of what threatens this country, the fact that the crimes threaten it, not reds, and not redcoats but the crimes which we are committing that threaten it, that we have to speak out.
I would like to talk to you a little bit about what the result is of the feelings these men carry with them after coming back from Vietnam. The country doesn’t know it yet, but it has created a monster, a monster in the form of millions of men who have been taught to deal and to trade in violence, and who are given the chance to die for the biggest nothing in history; men who have returned With a sense of anger and a sense of betrayal which no one has yet grasped.
As a veteran and one who feels this anger, I would like to talk about it. We are angry because we feel we have been used in the worst fashion by the administration of this country.
In 1970 at West Point, Vice President Agnew said “some glamorize the criminal misfits of society while our best men die in Asian rice paddies to preserve the freedom which most of those misfits abuse,” and this was used as a rallying point for our effort in Vietnam.
But for us,as boys in Asia whom the country was supposed to support, his statement is a terrible distortion from Which we can only draw a very deep sense of revulsion. Hence the anger of some of the men who are here in Washington today. It is a distortion because we in no way consider ourselves the best men of this country, because those he calls misfits were standing up for us in a way that nobody else in this country dared’ to, because so many of us who have died would have returned to this country to join the misfits in their efforts to ask for an immediate withdrawal from South Vietnam, because so many of those best men have returned as quadraplegics and amputees, and they lie forgotten in Veterans’ Administration hospitals in this country which fly the flag which so many have chosen as their own personal symbol. And we cannot consider ourselves America’s best men when we are ashamed of and hated what we were called on to do in Southeast Asia.
Kerry invented the tall tales of atrocities committed by troops in Vietnam to further his career, even if it meant damaging the reputation of every other soldier, Marine, airman and sailor who served in Vietnam.

New Post has been published on http://www.special-ops.org/never-seen-picture-vietnam-war/

Why we never seen this picture during Vietnam War?

All Americans saw during the war in Vietnam were the nightly images of fighting and dying. All we heard were tales of American troops acting without honor. Why did we never see things like this?

Transcript, from 5:13 to 9:39 of the (full testimony here).

I would like to talk, representing all those veterans, and say that several months ago in Detroit, we had an investigation at which over 150 honorably discharged and many very highly decorated veterans testified to war crimes committed in Southeast Asia, not isolated incidents but crimes committed on a day-to-day basis with the full awareness of officers at all levels of command.
It is impossible to describe to you exactly what did happen in Detroit, the emotions in the room, the feelings of the men who were reliving their experiences in Vietnam, but they did. They relived the absolute horror of what this country, in a sense, made them do.

They told the stories at times they had personally raped, cut off ears, cut off heads, taped wires from portable telephones to human genitals and turned up the power, cut off limbs, blown up bodies, randomly shot at civilians, razed villages in fashion reminiscent of Genghis Khan, shot cattle and dogs for fun, poisoned food stocks, and generally ravaged the countryside of South Vietnam in addition to the normal ravage of war, and the normal and very particular ravaging which is done by the applied bombing power of this country.

We call this investigation the “Winter Soldier Investigation.” The term “Winter Soldier” is a play on words of Thomas Paine in 1776 when he spoke of the Sunshine Patriot and summertime soldiers who deserted at Valley Forge because the going was rough.

Kerry was never able to establish the validity of the Winter Soldier charges. In fact, he never tried. It was his purpose to create the charges out of the thin air of Detroit.

As investigators later learned,

The Army’s Criminal Investigative Division (CID) had opened cases for 43 WSI “witnesses” whose claims, if true, would qualify as crimes. An additional 25 Army WSI participants had criticized the military in general terms, without sufficient substance to warrant any investigation.

The 43 WSI CID cases were eventually resolved as follows: 25 WSI participants refused to cooperate, 13 provided information but failed to support the allegations, and five could not be located. No criminal charges were filed as a result of any of the investigations. The individual CID case files, which had been available to the public beginning in 1994, were withdrawn from public access around 2003, when the National Archives realized that the documents should have been embargoed until the personal information they contained could be removed, or “redacted,” as required by the Privacy Act of 1974.

Continuing with Kerry’s testimony:


We who have come here to Washington have come here because we feel we have to be winter soldiers now. We could come back to this country; we could be quiet; we could hold our silence; we could not tell what went on in Vietnam, but we feel because of what threatens this country, the fact that the crimes threaten it, not reds, and not redcoats but the crimes which we are committing that threaten it, that we have to speak out.

I would like to talk to you a little bit about what the result is of the feelings these men carry with them after coming back from Vietnam. The country doesn’t know it yet, but it has created a monster, a monster in the form of millions of men who have been taught to deal and to trade in violence, and who are given the chance to die for the biggest nothing in history; men who have returned With a sense of anger and a sense of betrayal which no one has yet grasped.
As a veteran and one who feels this anger, I would like to talk about it. We are angry because we feel we have been used in the worst fashion by the administration of this country.

In 1970 at West Point, Vice President Agnew said “some glamorize the criminal misfits of society while our best men die in Asian rice paddies to preserve the freedom which most of those misfits abuse,” and this was used as a rallying point for our effort in Vietnam.

But for us,as boys in Asia whom the country was supposed to support, his statement is a terrible distortion from Which we can only draw a very deep sense of revulsion. Hence the anger of some of the men who are here in Washington today. It is a distortion because we in no way consider ourselves the best men of this country, because those he calls misfits were standing up for us in a way that nobody else in this country dared’ to, because so many of us who have died would have returned to this country to join the misfits in their efforts to ask for an immediate withdrawal from South Vietnam, because so many of those best men have returned as quadraplegics and amputees, and they lie forgotten in Veterans’ Administration hospitals in this country which fly the flag which so many have chosen as their own personal symbol. And we cannot consider ourselves America’s best men when we are ashamed of and hated what we were called on to do in Southeast Asia.

Kerry invented the tall tales of atrocities committed by troops in Vietnam to further his career, even if it meant damaging the reputation of every other soldier, Marine, airman and sailor who served in Vietnam.