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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.
Any Amazon.com shopping you do via these links will help keep WatchCat in cream & ammo:
Most people know Audie Murphy as a popular actor, but before that he was a highly distinguished Soldier in WWII. First Lieutenant Murphy was, in fact, the most decorated American Soldier in the war earning a total of 39 medals from the U.S., France and Belgium. He was awarded every medal the U.S. had at the time including 2 Silver Stars, 2 Bronze Hearts, 3 Purple Hearts and the Medal Of Honor.
You can read more about First Lieutenant Murphy here.
These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives so that others may enjoy the freedoms we get to enjoy everyday. For that, I am proud to call them Hero.
We Should Not Only Mourn These Men And Women Who Died, We Should Also Thank God That Such People Lived
This post is part of the Wednesday Hero Blogroll. For more information about Wednesday Hero, or if you would like to post it on your site, you can go here.
Lawmakers are still working on the redefinition of privacy in the technologically advanced modern world, but legal ramifications are small consolation when something you thought should be private gets into the wrong hands. It's a horrific feeling, and it's worse when you have to tell friends or associates that their privacy has been violated through you.
But I refuse to react by living in a cage.
My solution is to be intentional about what information is allowed out. I'm not perfect in this regard, but if I type something into a web page or say something in public, I'm usually thinking about who is going to be accessing that information. If you phone me and someone else is within earshot, my side of the conversation will be shaped by that knowledge. Email? Well, I'm not going to discuss my own system here, but if you want a few tips, get in touch.
The linked article also mentions some other issues to be aware of. Take the time to read and think about them. Even if your life is an open book, other people in your life may need your protection. It's all part of being a sheepdog.
Well, it's not Friday for a "tutorial" but this has been on my mind ever since a friend harassed me when I complained about being without shampoo for last week's evacuation. They couldn't believe that I didn't have a bugout bag all set to go.
Yes, everyone should have a bag all ready to go for emergencies.
So, I'm working on my packing list. Feel free to suggest things I've overlooked.
Other personal hygiene items
Roll of tp
minimum 2 sets underthings
minimum 1 shirt (this is a great way to make use of those "sentimental" clothing items that we don't normally wear but don't want to get rid of)
minimum 1 pr trousers/jeans
something to sleep in
box of ammo
phone numbers/addresses of important contacts
granola bars/trail mix or similar high-energy food
several bottles water
extra cell phone charger if possible
medical supplies appropriate to level of training
Also remember to have a bugout bag for pets, containing food, some water, and a litterbox/litter & scoop if needed. Btw, kitty litter is a great thing to carry in your car for getting out of snowy/icy spots.
"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.