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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.
This is a local story but I've decided it needs to go viral. ;) This shouldn't be news, but it is, and the fact that it has become a big deal just shows how much we need Jeremy Fischer's example. So sorry, Jeremy, but you're getting your fifteen minutes of fame.
Yes, I was that mom yesterday. The one with the screaming toddler who absolutely would not go into his car seat. And if you know his parents, it shouldn't be any surprise when I say that this little guy is strong. And wily. And very, very determined. So, I eventually got him locked down, but I hurt my lower back in the process.
This morning I was using the awesome tool known as the foam roller to try to unlock my muscles. And it struck me that using a foam roller right is a bit like working through other problems: if you avoid the pain, you won't get anywhere. You have to touch that spot over and over, and eventually lean in to the pain if you ever want it to release. It takes patience, because it doesn't happen instantly. It takes perseverance, because it will hurt and you'll want to go where it feels better. But if you avoid it, you'll just keep limping through life.
What do you believe about yourself?
What do you believe about the most important people in your life?
....Are you sure you are right?
One particular issue has tangled me and my relationships up for years. But in a recent late-night conversation about that issue, I heard the response, "I've been telling you X (the thing I want) for years, but it's like you don't believe I think that."
I don't trust easily, and if trust is broken, it is very hard for me to restore. But sometimes people do deserve our trust. They see things in us, good things that we don't know for ourselves. It can frustrate us if we think they are making something of us that we are not. My time in the Middle East did a real number on my understanding of what it is to be a woman, and I've spent years avoiding that pigeon hole. But the smartest thing I've done recently was to get personal feedback from a number of friends, and I discovered something interesting.
One of the things that makes me a good fiction writer is my ability to create a character or persona. I understand what pieces fit and how conflicts coexist. A person without conflict is boring at best and psychopathic at worst. So when my friends started describing myself to me, I realized those things I avoided were actually wrong for my character to neglect. Their absence put me out of balance; their presence belongs with the strong person I've become.
And so my current "project" is to rewrite the character in my head. We usually believe it is difficult to change ourselves, but we typically try to change our actions and hope the thoughts follow. I'm reversing that.
Decide who you are. Write it down, evaluate it, change the description to fit the person you are meant to be. Then act like it.
Jerry Coleman, a decorated war hero, Yankee World Series MVP and Hall
of Fame San Diego Padres broadcaster, died January 5 at age 89 after a
career of more than 70 years in baseball.
Coleman signed with the Yankees out of the San Francisco sandlots in
1942 only to spend the next three years as a Marine bomber pilot in
the Pacific theater of World War II, flying 57 combat missions over
the Solomon Islands. Upon his return from the war he rejoined the
Yankees only to be called back to duty in '51. He flew another 120
missions in Korea and rose to the rank of lieutenant
Edwin Shuman, III, a retired Navy pilot, and former POW who was held
for five years in Vietnam, passed away two months ago. He had flown
18 missions over Vietnam when plane was shot down north of Hanoi. He
and his navigator were both captured.
General, then Colonel, James Howard, was the only fighter pilot to be
awarded the Medal Of Honor in the European theater of WWII.
From his citation:
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of
duty in action with the enemy near Oschersleben, Germany, on 11
January 1944. On that day Col. Howard was the leader of a group of
P-51 aircraft providing support for a heavy bomber formation on a
long-range mission deep in enemy territory. As Col. Howard's group met
the bombers in the target area the bomber force was attacked by
numerous enemy fighters. Col. Howard, with his group, at once engaged
the enemy and himself destroyed a German ME. 110. As a result of this
attack Col. Howard lost contact with his group, and at once returned
to the level of the bomber formation. He then saw that the bombers
were being heavily attacked by enemy airplanes and that no other
friendly fighters were at hand. While Col. Howard could have waited to
attempt to assemble his group before engaging the enemy, he chose
instead to attack single-handed a formation of more than 30 German
airplanes. With utter disregard for his own safety he immediately
pressed home determined attacks for some 30 minutes, during which time
he destroyed 3 enemy airplanes and probably destroyed and damaged
others. Toward the end of this engagement 3 of his guns went out of
action and his fuel supply was becoming dangerously low. Despite these
handicaps and the almost insuperable odds against him, Col. Howard
continued his aggressive action in an attempt to protect the bombers
from the numerous fighters. His skill, courage, and intrepidity on
this occasion set an example of heroism which will be an inspiration
to the U.S. Armed Forces
H/T SOFREP. Interesting perspective on Hollywood's loose relationship with the truth. I doubt that the script inaccuracies have much impact on the "propaganda" issues but the points about our tendency to learn history from Hollywood are valid.
"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.