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Monday, September 25 2017 @ 04:31 am PDT

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PJ StuffBK shares his impressions of National Geographic's new series:

Inside Combat Rescue: Episode 1

Inside Combat Rescue: Episode 2

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Reminder

PJ StuffJust a reminder that National Geographic's documentary, Inside Combat Rescue, is tonight at 10 Pacific. See http://channel.nationalgeographic.com...at-rescue/ for details.
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PJ StuffRyan Lochte, UF Swim Team Put Through Paces at Patrick AFB

Rescue, Battlefield Airmen Train As One

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PJ StuffMedical Commander Two Times An Angel in Friendly Skies
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PJ StuffCombat Rescue Officer Takes Command of Pararescue Squadron

Go Fish! ;)

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Strap Hangers, Frog Hogs and ordinary Ladies

PJ StuffIf you haven't been reading SOFREP, you should be. Great writing from a number of individuals from Spec Ops, including our old friend BK from PJCountry days. If you miss those days as much as I do, you owe it to yourself to spend some time on their site.

However, a comment from this post has been on my mind for a few days now. It's a comment about the women who are the "groupies" of Spec Ops:

"I personally know how aggressive these groupies can be and how they covet the spotlight. A quick look at Paula Broadwell’s less than stellar career, and personal conduct tells me that she fits the profile of what we commonly call in the military a “strap hanger.” This is someone who grabs onto your rucksack as you pull them up a hill they’ve never summit on their own. In Navy SEAL teams, we even have a special name for these types of groupies; we call them Frog Hogs. These women crave attention and the spotlight of association. They will stop at nothing to fend off others grabbing for the same straps they’re holding onto."

Unfortunately it seems that any woman who voluntarily associates with men in the Special Operations community is at risk of this accusation. I've had to state my own motivations on several occasions and I can only pray that people take me at my word.

Yeah, I'm a bit proud of my association with pararescue. PJs are something special and it really is an honor to have even the smallest connection. And if I were single, I might screw up and become a "groupie." But I'm married, faithful to my husband, and having a blast playing sister/friend/assistant/coach/whip-cracker to a bunch of tough guys.

I get to help, ever so slightly. And to me that means that if ever a loved one is in trouble overseas, I've played a small part in the process that just might save them.

Since I'm being candid, I will also say that deep down I like the security of having a few of these guys in my corner. Although it's a short list, there are a couple people who might think that this world would be a better place without me. If I've been a good enough helper or friend to Spec Ops, maybe I'll merit a favor if things ever hit the fan. But it's not required.

Yes, I wish I could be a PJ. Maybe that does make me a strap-hanger. If that name settles on me, it would hurt, but I'll keep doing this work and building these relationships. Because ultimately it's not about me...it's about taking care of the people who take care of the mission.

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4 Good Years

PJ StuffAmidst all the post-election frustration, I must admit I have something to smile about. This election was the 4 year anniversary of a bad thing turned good.

Election night 2008, the PJ Country blog went down. We've done a lot of speculation on what actually happened, but the bottom line was that a perfect storm of events meant that Checky and BK never got the blog back up and running. I still miss it. I miss the great debates, PJ news and even the occasional testosterone overload.

As people searched for answers about what happened to PJCountry, I stepped in, supposedly temporarily, to fill the gap. When it became clear that the guys weren't coming back online, I did what I could to continue the great work they'd begun. In the process, some really amazing people landed in my life. Some have kept me supplied with PJ news, while others have come to me for answers. Some have challenged me, a few have worried me, and a couple have become lifelines during some very rough times.

And maybe the biggest privilege has been what I've done for a few of them. I've been honored to land in a few lives with the message, "you are more than this." I never say it lightly; if I've said it to you, you probably are more important to me than you realize. And I get to say it because of an online catastrophe 4 years ago.

I realize that I haven't done as much PJ news lately as you would like. Right now I have some other priorities and my own endurance course to run. But if you want to contribute, let me know, and if I can help you in any way, just ask. We have years of challenges ahead, so let's start with making the next 4 great.
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PJ StuffPatrick AFB Rescuers Recall Navy SEAL Who Gave All
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PJ StuffSo Others May Live: Crash Survivor Returns to Flight Status
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PJ StuffOur old friend BK has a great post up over at SOFREP: A Day in the Life: USAF Pararescue Indoctrination Course