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Capt. Glenn Black

Capt. Glenn Black

From Idana, Kansas

U.S. Army Air Corps

From his Silver Star citation: For gallantry in action while participating in aerial flight in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations as pilot and flight leader of a B-25 type aircraft. On 22 June 1944, Lieutenant Black led a flight on a mission against shipping and harbor installations at Leghorn, Italy. On the bomb run intense, accurate anti-aircraft fire was encountered by the formation, holing many aircraft, as a result of the heavy defenses, Lieutenant Black sustained a shattered right arm, his co-pilot was painfully injured in the hip, one engine and the hydraulic lines were shot out and gasoline flooded the ship due to a direct hit on the gas tank. Despite his severe and painful wounds, Lieutenant Black, with the aid of his co-pilot, held the plane on course in to the target, enabling his bombardier to drop his bombs on their objective. By the time a friendly field was reached, the effects of the co-pilots hip wound seriously compromised the strength of his legs and, although almost at the point of complete exhaustion from the loss of blood, Lieutenant Black manipulated the rudders while his co-pilot handled the other controls, still at Lieutenant Black's directions. In spite of the feathered propeller, and without flaps or wheels down, a successful crash-landing was completed. By his great determination and outstanding heroism, Lieutenant Black has reflected the highest credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.

You can read more about Capt. Black here

These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives just so others may get to enjoy freedom. For that I am proud to call them Hero.

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Combat Boots

General NewsI still have the combat boots that I wore in the Middle East over a decade ago. They are torn up, muddy. They rubbed some skin off when I wore them in the garden the other day.

I need to let them go. Not only are they in bad shape, but they have enough weird vibes on them that they're not the greatest things to have around.

You know I wasn't a soldier. I should have been; I look back and wonder how it was that it didn't happen. I remember coming home and JFK security asking me if I was a paratrooper. "No." They didn't ask any more questions. Not a soldier. A civilian looking for answers. Something of those boots represents the reckless, angry, determined person I was back then. Though I've changed much, it's hard to let those boots go.

I recently got rid of my Sorels that I had in Russia. But that was easier, because I gave them to the VVA and they'll either go to someone in need or be sold to fund other worthy endeavors. But my Corcorans aren't fit to donate. And I really should stop gardening in them.

I don't have a ring-finger spot for the ring I got in the Middle East. The pictures have too much emotion to go up on the wall. I do have a few items around the house that are more curiousity pieces than anything.

Throwing away the boots feels like letting the suburbanite kill the adventurer and stuff her in the trash.

But I've come up with a plan. I'm going indoor skydiving (vertical wind tunnel) soon. I will bring home some memento and I will hang it on my wall. And then, while the adrenaline is fresh, I'll throw out the boots, because I'm in much better shape than they are.
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November

General NewsWhy November is Statistically the Hardest Month, and How to Beat It

Basic summary: Depression spikes in November, particularly right before the Thanksgiving holiday. However, studies have shown that a focus on gratitude raises happiness by 25%.

So...I'm going to try to regularly post on the theme of gratitude this month. Today, I am thankful for:

1) My best friend's husband's medical condition improving.
2) A brief email exchange affirmed that all is well in a unique friendship.
3) I have a son who is so strong that it's like parenting a rocket at times.
4) I have a husband who works very hard (and whose skills are in demand) to ensure that we have what we need and more.
5) A cup of coffee, a snuggly feline and a few blessed minutes of quiet this morning.

What are your five?

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PJ News

PJ StuffIt is My Duty as a Pararescuman to Save Life: 8 Airmen from 48th RQS First Responders in 19 Vehicle Accident
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Not the only hand in the cookie jar

General NewsAre the delegates really this clueless?

Russia's Goodie Bags Bugged G-20 Delegates

Let's make this simple: Do not put any flash drive or other media into your computer unless you know it's from a trusted source. Period. Also, if you haven't heard about the latest computer virus, I should add: don't use pop-up offers to encrypt your files.

The UN push against the activities of the NSA borders on laughable. I don't disagree that the NSA needs reform, but I've never seen why there's outrage when one country spies on another. It's an opportunity for political capital, nothing more. And we spy on our allies to make sure they're still acting like allies.

So why the uproar at the UN? Simply put, other nations are taking advantage of the discontent, dissatisfaction and a whole lot of other dis-ses of the American people to curb our intelligence gathering. Why pay for counterintelligence if you can just get the other country to share their secrets and defund their IC?

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Cmdr. George S.
Rentz

Cmdr. George S. Rentz

59 years old from Lebanon, Pennsylvania

Commander USS Houston (CA-30)

July 25, 1882 - March 1, 1942

U.S.
Navy

A Navy chaplain who served during World War I and World War II, Cmdr. George Rentz was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for selfless heroism following the loss of the USS Houston (CA-30) in the Battle of Sunda Strait becoming the only Navy Chaplain to be so honored during the war.

You can read more here

These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives just so others may get to enjoy freedom. For that I am proud to call them Hero.

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Baby Steps

General NewsI don't want to try to guess what percentage of my life I have "control" over. I can't make people fix their relationships. I can't change the choices of the past and where they've brought me. I only have a 50/50 shot at getting my child to wake up or sleep in a particular time window, and I count myself lucky if the food I put in front of him gets eaten instead of turned into physics experiments. In some of these things I may have "choices" but the only good options are predetermined by love and integrity. Thus I'm not sure how much they count as a choice.

But I can choose to work on my own relationships. I can take the tiny opportunities for professional development and make the best of them. I can choose what I eat. I can choose to celebrate even miniscule steps forward. It's all I've got. And I can get down in the dumps about how I wish things were or I can do what I can to make something good.

And now, off to it!
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Staff Sgt. Michael H.
Ollis

Staff Sgt. Michael H. Ollis

24 years old from Staten Island, New York

2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light)

August 28, 2013

U.S.
Army

The heroic actions of Staff Sgt. Michael H. Ollis saved the life of a Polish officer during a "complex, three-pronged attack" on their base in eastern Afghanistan, according to Combined Joint Task Force-101.

Ollis, a 10th Mountain Division Soldier, was killed while defending Forward Operating Base Ghazni, Aug. 28, 2013. As a result of his actions that day, he will be honored with the Silver Star, and by Poland with the Polish Armed Forces Gold Medal.

His parents, Linda and Robert Ollis, are to receive the Silver Star at Fort Drum, Oct. 24. The Polish Ministry of Defense will tentatively present its medal in a ceremony in New York City, Nov. 8.

You can read more about SSgt. Ollis here

These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives just so others may get to enjoy freedom. For that I am proud to call them Hero.

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Close to Home

General NewsFight for Elliott

At this time of year, I know we're besieged with requests for funds for many worthy charities. It can be hard to determine who to help amidst so much need. I try to take a "close to home" approach in which I give to causes that have some kind of personal connection for me. Fight for Elliott is a fundraiser started by Marcus Luttrell for the medical needs of SEAL Elliott Miller, who was severely wounded in Ramadi in late 2006. I would need to check a few details, but my suspicion is that on some level Elliott was taking Mike Monsoor's slot. I don't want to speculate too much, but whether or not that's true, Elliott Miller needs our support. Please consider contributing.

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Nelson Draper

Nelson Draper

96 years old from Barstow, California

June 23, 1917 - September 22, 2013

U.S. Marines

Another Navajo Code Talker has passed away. Nelson Draper died on September 22 at the age of 96. There are only an estimated 25-65 Code Talkers left with us. I couldn't find much on Mr. Draper, but what I could you can read here and here.

These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives just so others may get to enjoy freedom. For that I am proud to call them Hero.

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