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Chief Damage Controlman Regan Schraeder & Chief
Aviation Machinist's Mate Cedric
Hickey

Chief Damage Controlman Regan Schraeder & Chief Aviation Machinist's Mate Cedric Hickey

U.S.
Navy

Chief Damage Controlman Regan Schraeder(Left) and Chief Aviation Machinist's Mate Cedric Hickey move supplies on the flight deck of the guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey (CG 61) during a vertical replenishment with the Military Sealift Command dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Alan Shepard (T-AKE 3). Monterey is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.

Photo courtesy U.S. Navy taken by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Billy Ho

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.

Those Who Say That We're In A Time When There Are No Heroes, They Just Don't Know Where To Look

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10 Questions

General NewsAbridged from http://www.marcandangel.com/2013/02/2...nswers-to/

10 Questions You Should Know the Answers To

1. What would make you proud of yourself?
2. How can you make a positive difference?
3. What are you trying to accomplish and why?
4. What are the roadblocks standing in your way?
5. What’s the next step?
6. What are your flaws and faults?
7. What issues do you need to resolve with yourself?
8. How are you burdening yourself?
9. How have you celebrated your progress lately?
10. What do you love about your life?

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The Alert

General NewsUS Issues Global Travel Alert Over Al Qaeda Threat; Prepares to Close Embassies

Two things come to mind. My suspicion is that we've either lost track of a specific terrorist (or group of them) and/or a significant weapon is loose.

I'm having a personal struggle. There's no telling whether my career would have survived the current administration, but I look at my son and wonder whether I should have done more in those years before I had him. It's impossible to say, and certainly God never said that He can't protect the world without Cat. Still, I'm sobered by this pending threat.

Stay safe, stay alert. Remember it's better to call something in and look like a fool than to overlook something and face the regret.

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This disturb anyone else?

General NewsUS Embassies to Close Sunday Aug 4 Amid Terrorist Threat
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Open Letter (let the chips fall where they may)

General NewsMy friend,
I know our friendship is complicated. It has this crazy ebb and flow and sometimes we even protect each other by not being in touch.

I miss you, but that's ok. That's life right now.

But sometimes I wonder if you avoid contact because I see too much. That's not saying I have any special talent; I just know both sides of you.

And I know you know better than this.

In some areas of life, you're unbelievably strong. You've overcome tremendous obstacles and continue to make something good of your life.

But there are other areas where past hurts weaken and control you. You've closed your eyes to old standards because they make you feel like a failure. And you take the shallow path in relationships because depth would make you feel out of control.

I'm here for you either way, in the shallows or in the deeps. Please remember that. But I wish you could see what I see. You were created for more than this.

You're safe with me. So I refuse to leave you behind.

Always,
-Cat
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PJ News

PJ StuffAvalanch on K2 Claims Former PJ/Renowned Mountaineer Marty Schmidt and Son Denali Schmidt

Memory eternal....

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Maj. William Edward
Adams

Maj. William Edward Adams

31 years old from Kansas City, MO

A/227 Assault Helicopter Company, 52nd Aviation Battalion, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division

June 16, 1939 - May 25, 1971

U.S. Army

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pride in presenting the Medal of Honor (Posthumously) to Major William Edward Adams, United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving with A/227 Assault Helicopter Company, 52d Aviation Battalion, 17th Aviation Group, 1st Aviation Brigade, in action against enemy aggressor forces at Kontum Province, Republic of Vietnam, on 25 May 1971. On that date, Major Adams volunteered to fly a lightly armed helicopter in an attempt to evacuate three seriously wounded soldiers from a small fire base which was under attack by a large enemy force. He made the decision with full knowledge that numerous anti-aircraft weapons were positioned around the base and that the clear weather would afford the enemy gunners unobstructed view of all routes into the base. As he approached the base, the enemy gunners opened fire with heavy machineguns, rocket-propelled grenades and small arms. Undaunted by the fusillade, he continued his approach determined to accomplish the mission. Displaying tremendous courage under fire, he calmly directed the attacks of supporting gunships while maintaining absolute control of the helicopter he was flying. He landed the aircraft at the fire base despite the ever-increasing enemy fire and calmly waited until the wounded soldiers were placed on board. As his aircraft departed from the fire base, it was struck and seriously damaged by enemy anti-aircraft fire and began descending. Flying with exceptional skill, he immediately regained control of the crippled aircraft and attempted a controlled landing. Despite his valiant efforts, the helicopter exploded, overturned, and plummeted to earth amid the hail of enemy fire. Major Adams' conspicuous gallantry, intrepidity, and humanitarian regard for his fellow man were in keeping with the most cherished traditions of the military service and reflected utmost credit on him and the United States Army.

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.

Those Who Say That We're In A Time When There Are No Heroes, They Just Don't Know Where To Look

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PJ Video

PJ StuffMy laptop is having a severe Flash-fit, so I haven't actually gotten to watch the video, but I'm working on the word of others that it's excellent. Head over to This Ain't Hell to watch and follow their link to vote: http://thisainthell.us/blog/?p=36785
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Thursday Scramble

ScramblesThe Well-Armed Woman Shooting Chapters

House Panel Probing Chopper Crash That Killed SEAL Team 6 Members

Guy Brings a Baseball Bat to Rob a Gun Store

4 Ways to Quiet the Negative Voice Inside You

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Alone in my head

General NewsI recently spent some time at Threat Dynamics and didn't come down from the adrenaline high for about four hours. It's handgun training that you usually can't get in the civilian world. As they like to say there, the targets shoot back! It's fully interactive, so it's about as real as 2D can get.

But while it was good tactical training, it forced much deeper self-examination after it was all done. In short, there were times when I bordered on brilliant. Cool, controlled, definitely in the zone. Then there were other times when I completely screwed up. I've had this kind of dual experience many times before (EMT stuff comes to mind) and so as I drove home with a cat-that-swallowed-the-canary smile on my face from the adrenaline rush, I fought to sort it out.

I arrived at the absolute necessity of getting other people out of my head. I realized I was tripping up over a desire to prove myself to the instructor. In other areas, it's family, friends or colleagues. The names change but the patterns don't. I'd learned the lesson fairly quickly as a mom: focus on what the child needs, not what other moms are going to say. A mom's instincts are usually a whole lot better than the opinions of outsiders. My challenge now is to altogether stop thinking about what other people think of what I'm doing.

Unfortunately I've invested a lot of time getting into other people's heads. It's hard to boot myself out.

But I'm getting in my own way when I tune in for people's opinions. I want to know how to be mentally alone with the challenge. My suspicion is that it's a matter of discipline, of shutting the door in the face of those thoughts when they appear. If I can do that, my future may get interesting indeed.