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The WatchCat spent a year in Russia and the Middle East in preparation for a government career. Unfortunately she got in a little too deep, and health problems sabotaged her career before it began. The future? Now there's an open question. She gets her paws in the action whenever possible, with or without a paycheck. WatchCat keeps busy supporting the troops, recruiting pararescue candidates, yelling at traitors and helping people navigate the grey areas on international everything.
A close family member is active duty US military, but due to OPSEC (and the general need for family peace), WatchCat is unable to write about that person's activities. She makes the most of the opportunities that God gives her, knowing that she should be dead by now.
And yes, she is married & is going to stay married. Smacks upside the head are delivered as needed to those who don't understand this.
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First they reduce retirement benefits. Will they next undermine combat rescue?
It's getting a lot harder to believe that Congress values a strong national defense. Yes, serve your country in the military (if you have no better options, like getting elected to Congress) and if you get into a tight spot, maybe you'll be lucky and the old helicopters will make it through the round trip. Of course, if you actually make it to retirement, you won't get the benefits you were promised when you signed up...
Maybe I shouldn't write something so cynical right now, at a time of year when many veterans struggle already. But I write it because I'm angry about how you're being treated. You deserve far better than this from your country.
I'll keep fighting for you, and so will many other Americans. We're here if you want to talk and we'll keep telling Congress to get it right.
Sgt. Greg N. Riewer, 28, of Frazee, was killed while on patrol March
23, 2007 in Fallujah with soldiers from the Bemidji-based Company A,
2nd Battalion, 136th Infantry, when his vehicle was struck by a
roadside bomb, the Guard said.
"The loss of Sgt. Riewer is a tragedy," Maj. Gen. Larry Shellito, the
adjutant general of Minnesota, said in a statement. "He was proudly
serving his state and nation in a combat zone when he was taken from
Most of you already understand the impact that reducing military retirement pay will have on our veterans and on future readiness. If that's you, then skip to the end of this post and use the link to send a letter.
But if you're wondering why this is such a big deal, especially as others are "tightening their belts" let me point out a few factors to consider.
For 20 years or more, these retirees (and often their families) were government property. They wrote a blank check to the government up to and including their lives. Their spouses and children had health problems and anxiety disorders. No one had a guarantee that they would make it through. They served proudly with a white-knuckle grip. But they had a golden hope: if and when they served long enough, those that lived would have a taste of that security that they had given to their country. Their families would receive not a folded flag but a livable pension from this "grateful nation."
But this isn't just about honoring the past. This is about securing our future.
You're right if you're thinking that military service is about far more than money. Honor is the heartbeat of our all-volunteer military. Honor respects honor, and when it is violated, that is when our military falls apart. Our enemies know this and use false allegations to undermine the honor of the men and women who serve. They served with the knowledge of the government's promise to take care of them and their families. To change retirement benefits for current retirees and anyone who is currently serving reeks of dishonor. Will they continue to love this country when its government breaks its promises to them? Only they can answer that, but such treatment of our veterans is akin to what veterans experienced after Vietnam.
A nation that breaks promises to its veterans will be ill defended. Morale plummets when soldiers don't trust the government they serve. I saw this in Russia; they have failed their veterans and their military is much weaker as a result.
For these reasons and many others, this is one of those times when we all need to speak up. The Military Officers Association of America has an editable form letter available that you can send to Pres. Obama and our senators. Please, take 5 minutes and send it. These veterans gave 20 years for you.
On January 7, 1945, McGuire was leading a group of four P-38s -
himself, Major Jack Rittmayer (four victories), Captain Edwin Weaver
(two victories) and Lieutenant Douglas Thropp (one victory) - on a
fighter sweep over northern Negros Island in the central Philippines.
Their aim was to gain victories. McGuire desperately wanted to pass
Major Richard Bong's score of 40 kills. Descending through cloud
cover, McGuire’s flight circled a Japanese airfield at Fabrica and
then proceeded to a second airstrip at Manapla (also referred to as
Carolina). As they approached Manapla, they were confronted by a lone
Ki-43 “Oscar”, which immediately engaged McGuire's
Yes, I'm still here. And I'm even going to pay to renew the domain. But it's been crazy around here...
We're trying to buy land and build a custom home.
We've adopted a stray cat who would be quite at home in Spec Ops.
We're trying to make sure our child survives till age 2. (See prior comments on SOCOM)
Company Christmas Party. Spent every moment of "free time" last week making sure we were appropriately prepared. Will probably spend the next month telling the stories of the night.
There's more, but duty calls. Stay sane, or if you can't, stay positive!
353d Fighter Squadron, 354th Fighter Group, 9th Air Force
August 26, 1921 - August 9, 1944
A fighter pilot who has brought down five or more enemy aircraft was
called a flying ace. From December 1943 to Aug. 9, 1944, Beerbower
became a triple ace, shooting down more than 15 German planes, making
him the second highest ace in the 9th Air Force.
Due to pilot losses and Beerbower’s own advancements based on flying
and leadership skills, Beerbower was promoted to major and made
squadron commander in June 1944 — less than nine months after his
arrival in Europe. At only 22 years old, he already was a great
fighter pilot, respected and liked by the men in his
"Even to the death fight for truth, and the Lord your God will battle for you." -Sirach 4:28
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Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?" And I said, "Here am I. Send me!" -Isaiah 6:8
As many of you are aware, the PJCountry blog disappeared in November 2008.
I'm doing my best to help the pararescue community by sharing PJ-related news and events on my blog. The following information may be helpful:
You will find answers to many questions at pararescue.com and specialtactics.com
If you're ready to become a PJ, you'll need to decide between Active Duty and Reserve. This will determine who will handle your official recruitment. Visit Contacts and POCs to find the appropriate person or email me.
304th Pararescue Team (Reserve) (Oregon)
If you're on the west coast near Oregon and are considering being a PJ/CRO on the Portland Pararescue Team (commitment of 4 years beyond training), contact TSgt Stanley Iakopo at stanley.iakopo AT us.af.mil or email me.
I have no official role with pararescue or other SpecOps but I know enough to get you connected to the right people. Email to CAT at THEWATCHCAT dot NET
Jubilate Agno, Fragment B
[For I will consider my Cat Jeoffry]
by Christopher Smart
For he is the servant of the Living God, duly and daily serving him.
For at the first glance of the glory of God in the East he worships in
For is this done by wreathing his body seven times round with elegant
For he keeps the Lord's watch in the night against the adversary.
For he is of the tribe of Tiger.
For he purrs in thankfulness when God tells him he's a good Cat.
For he is an instrument for the children to learn benevolence upon.
For every house is incomplete without him, and a blessing is lacking in
For he is the cleanest in the use of his forepaws of any quadruped.
For he is the quickest to his mark of any creature.
For there is nothing sweeter than his peace when at rest.
For there is nothing brisker than his life when in motion.
For by stroking of him I have found out electricity.