Every Day Heroes

Father and son receive Silver Star awards during special long distance ceremony

Photo by Spc. George Welcome 101st CAB Public Affairs
December 01, 2008

Soldiers at CJTF-101 Headquarters at Bagram look at the video teleconferencing screen as former Staff Sgt. Gary Harris is presented with the Bronze Star and Silver Star, at Fort Campbell, Ky.

Chief Warrant Officer Jonathan Harris receives a handshake from Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Schloesser, commander, 101st Airborne Division, after being presented the Silver Star during an award ceremony at Combined Joint Task Force-101 Headquarters on Nov. 28. Photo by Spc. George Welcome, 101st CAB Public Affairs

Meet CWO Jonathan Harris and his dad former Staff Sgt. Gary Harris.:

Father and son receive Silver Star awards during special long distance ceremony


BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan — Nearly 30 years separate the conclusion of the Vietnam war and the start of the War on Terrorism. While time, tactics and technology make today’s military very different from the one which fought in the jungles of Vietnam, a common denominator in the two conflicts has been the bravery and sacrifice of the American service member.

The Silver Star is the nation’s third-highest award for such displays of bravery and sacrifice. Chief Warrant Officer Jonathan Harris became one of the few Soldiers to receive the prestigious award on the evening of Nov. 28, but the fact that his father, former Staff Sgt. Gary Harris, was also presented at the same moment with a Silver Star made the event all the more meaningful.

Through a video teleconference during a ceremony at Combined Joint Task Force-101 headquarters, the Harris family watched from a conference room at Fort Campbell, Ky, as the younger Harris was presented the Silver Star by Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Schloesser, CJTF-101 commanding general. Meanwhile, Soldiers from CJTF-101 watched a video screen at Bagram as the elder Harris was pinned with not only the Silver Star, but also a Bronze Star he earned serving in Vietnam. Neither had been formally presented to him.

“It’s very rare that we present the Silver Star,” Schloesser explained to those in attendance at both Fort Campbell and Afghanistan. “We have a very high standard and we make sure that the few who do earn it have done so through selfless sacrifice. It’s clear that Mr. Harris did that, and it is also clear that the nation owes a debt to [former] Staff Sgt. Gary Harris. It was almost 40 years ago that he earned it, and I hope in some small way that we can pay back that debt by presenting him his award with his son’s today.”…

This really IS a special story, about two very special soldiers. Go read the rest here.

Thank you BOTH for your service!

Every Day Heroes

Father and son receive Silver Star awards during special long distance ceremony

Photo by Spc. George Welcome 101st CAB Public Affairs
December 01, 2008

Soldiers at CJTF-101 Headquarters at Bagram look at the video teleconferencing screen as former Staff Sgt. Gary Harris is presented with the Bronze Star and Silver Star, at Fort Campbell, Ky.

Chief Warrant Officer Jonathan Harris receives a handshake from Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Schloesser, commander, 101st Airborne Division, after being presented the Silver Star during an award ceremony at Combined Joint Task Force-101 Headquarters on Nov. 28. Photo by Spc. George Welcome, 101st CAB Public Affairs

Meet CWO Jonathan Harris and his dad former Staff Sgt. Gary Harris.:

Father and son receive Silver Star awards during special long distance ceremony


BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan — Nearly 30 years separate the conclusion of the Vietnam war and the start of the War on Terrorism. While time, tactics and technology make today’s military very different from the one which fought in the jungles of Vietnam, a common denominator in the two conflicts has been the bravery and sacrifice of the American service member.

The Silver Star is the nation’s third-highest award for such displays of bravery and sacrifice. Chief Warrant Officer Jonathan Harris became one of the few Soldiers to receive the prestigious award on the evening of Nov. 28, but the fact that his father, former Staff Sgt. Gary Harris, was also presented at the same moment with a Silver Star made the event all the more meaningful.

Through a video teleconference during a ceremony at Combined Joint Task Force-101 headquarters, the Harris family watched from a conference room at Fort Campbell, Ky, as the younger Harris was presented the Silver Star by Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Schloesser, CJTF-101 commanding general. Meanwhile, Soldiers from CJTF-101 watched a video screen at Bagram as the elder Harris was pinned with not only the Silver Star, but also a Bronze Star he earned serving in Vietnam. Neither had been formally presented to him.

“It’s very rare that we present the Silver Star,” Schloesser explained to those in attendance at both Fort Campbell and Afghanistan. “We have a very high standard and we make sure that the few who do earn it have done so through selfless sacrifice. It’s clear that Mr. Harris did that, and it is also clear that the nation owes a debt to [former] Staff Sgt. Gary Harris. It was almost 40 years ago that he earned it, and I hope in some small way that we can pay back that debt by presenting him his award with his son’s today.”…

This really IS a special story, about two very special soldiers. Go read the rest here.

Thank you BOTH for your service!

itbach al yahood

I generally do not post videos, due to bandwidth limitations, I neither view nor post them. This is one of the rare exceptions. I want you to view this video and share it with others. I want you to see and hear a Sheikh exhorting the rabble to kill Jews. I want you to see and hear the audience reaction. I want you to recognize the quotations from the Qur’an. Please watch and share this video from MEMRI. The raving maniac you are about to observe in action is Muhammad Abd Al-Qader, Member, Jordanian Parliament. He was raising Hell December 28, 2008, broadcast by Al-Jazerra.

MEMRI has added sub-titles in English so that you can comprehend the exhortation. I recognized Jihad & itbach al yahood in the Arabic sound track. These demon spawn have brethren in our on nation, ranting and raving in languages we do not understand. What are they saying? What are they exhorting their audiences to do? Why do we continue to tolerate it? Terminal insanity is the only answer.

http://www.memri.org/bin/latestnews.cgi?ID=SD217109

“The Koran says: ‘Fight them, Allah will torment them by your hands. He will bring them to disgrace, and grant you victory over them. He will heal the hearts of the believers.’ 9:14

“Yes, [jihad] is a personal duty, not a collective one. A wife should set out on jihad even without her husband’s permission, a child should set out even without his father’s permission, and a slave should set out even without his master’s permission.

The second quote is only legal under Shari’ah when Dar ul-Islam is invaded by Kuffar. Women, juveniles & slaves are not permitted to join Jihad unless the Muslims are invaded or being overrun by a superior force.

I received notification of this video’s existence from CVF. If you are a freedom lover, you should join that organization.

itbach al yahood

I generally do not post videos, due to bandwidth limitations, I neither view nor post them. This is one of the rare exceptions. I want you to view this video and share it with others. I want you to see and hear a Sheikh exhorting the rabble to kill Jews. I want you to see and hear the audience reaction. I want you to recognize the quotations from the Qur’an. Please watch and share this video from MEMRI. The raving maniac you are about to observe in action is Muhammad Abd Al-Qader, Member, Jordanian Parliament. He was raising Hell December 28, 2008, broadcast by Al-Jazerra.

MEMRI has added sub-titles in English so that you can comprehend the exhortation. I recognized Jihad & itbach al yahood in the Arabic sound track. These demon spawn have brethren in our on nation, ranting and raving in languages we do not understand. What are they saying? What are they exhorting their audiences to do? Why do we continue to tolerate it? Terminal insanity is the only answer.

http://www.memri.org/bin/latestnews.cgi?ID=SD217109

“The Koran says: ‘Fight them, Allah will torment them by your hands. He will bring them to disgrace, and grant you victory over them. He will heal the hearts of the believers.’ 9:14

“Yes, [jihad] is a personal duty, not a collective one. A wife should set out on jihad even without her husband’s permission, a child should set out even without his father’s permission, and a slave should set out even without his master’s permission.

The second quote is only legal under Shari’ah when Dar ul-Islam is invaded by Kuffar. Women, juveniles & slaves are not permitted to join Jihad unless the Muslims are invaded or being overrun by a superior force.

I received notification of this video’s existence from CVF. If you are a freedom lover, you should join that organization.

Ground War

Cross posted by Findalis of Monkey in the Middle

After a week of precision bombing by the IAF led to the shelling last night of Northern Gaza. This evening forces of the IDF entered Gaza. Their objective is to take control of the area where the majority of rockets are being fired from. The same area which Israel left in 2005.

Under International Law Gaza is no longer to be considered occupied (go tell that to the Moonbats on the left and the MSM)as Israel does not exercise effective control or authority over any land or institutions in the Gaza Strip. The fourth section of The Hague convention of 1907, Article 42 defines occupation as:

Territory is considered occupied when it is actually placed under the authority of the hostile army.

The occupation extends only to the territory where such authority has been established and can be exercised.

Israel relinquished all control over Gaza in 2005. It was also given assurance by President Bush and leaders of the Palestinian Authority that there would be no further attacks made on Israel.

So much for assurances by leaders. The rocket attacks into Israel not only continued, but intensified to the point that even the boneheads in Jerusalem, the Kadima led government, could not ignore the suffering in Sderot, Ashkelon, Ashdod and the Western Negev. Thus the start of Operation Cast Lead a week ago and now the ground operation that has started.

For the first time since the start of Operation Cast Lead, the IDF sent ground troops into the Gaza Strip on Saturday evening.

The IDF said that the purpose of the ground operation was to eliminate launching pads in northern Gaza from which specific long-range rockets had been fired into southern Israel.

Large forces from the army’s infantry, tanks and artillery units are among those participating in the mission.

Several hours earlier, the army began to fire artillery shells into the northern part of the Strip.

According to reports, the artillery units were attacking targets in northern Gaza from where Palestinian terrorists had been firing rockets at southern Israel.

Warplanes, gunboats and artillery units blasted more than 40 Hamas targets throughout Saturday, including Hamas’s central intelligence headquarters in Sha’ati, weapons storage facilities, training centers and Hamas leaders’ homes.

Full Story

The objective is very simple, not the complete take over of the Gaza Strip, but the elimination of the launch pads from Gaza.

The IAF also hit the home of senior Hamas commander Abu Zacharia Al-Jamal. A Hamas spokesman announced that al-Jamal was killed in the attack, which would make him the third senior operative in the group to be targeted in the past three days.

In addition, Palestinians reported four dead in an IAF strike in the Rafah area.

Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni told Channel 2 Saturday night, “We will do all that is necessary to provide a different reality for southern Israel, which has been under constant attacks for the past eight years.”

In Saturday morning attacks, the army struck the homes of two Hamas operatives, saying the buildings were used to store weapons and plan attacks. Hamas outposts, training camps and rocket launching sites also were targeted, it said.

3 senior officials in as many days. Already Hamas is boasting that they killed an Israeli soldier, but reports from the field show that fighting is light to moderate with the IDF losing no men. It seems that Hamas is waiting, biding its time, choosing the place it will actually fight, praying that the idiots liberals on the left will scream loudly for them and they will survive. That is all they can pray for right now, is to survive as a group in Gaza.

Hamas has boasted in the last week that they will fight as soon as troops entered Gaza. That every man, woman, and child will give up their lives for Hamas. And that the world will force Israel to leave.

So far they haven’t come out to fight. We don’t see thousands of Gazans blowing themselves up. And the world is on vacation until Monday.

What happens in the next 48 hours is critical. If Israel can achieve their objective by then, then a clear victory will have been made. If the world starts to demand a withdrawal, will Israel listen? Will the US have the balls to veto such a request? Will Hamas survive this latest assault?

The nation of Israel holds its breath, waiting to see what Hamas’ and the World’s response will be.

Ground War

Cross posted by Findalis of Monkey in the Middle

After a week of precision bombing by the IAF led to the shelling last night of Northern Gaza. This evening forces of the IDF entered Gaza. Their objective is to take control of the area where the majority of rockets are being fired from. The same area which Israel left in 2005.

Under International Law Gaza is no longer to be considered occupied (go tell that to the Moonbats on the left and the MSM)as Israel does not exercise effective control or authority over any land or institutions in the Gaza Strip. The fourth section of The Hague convention of 1907, Article 42 defines occupation as:

Territory is considered occupied when it is actually placed under the authority of the hostile army.

The occupation extends only to the territory where such authority has been established and can be exercised.

Israel relinquished all control over Gaza in 2005. It was also given assurance by President Bush and leaders of the Palestinian Authority that there would be no further attacks made on Israel.

So much for assurances by leaders. The rocket attacks into Israel not only continued, but intensified to the point that even the boneheads in Jerusalem, the Kadima led government, could not ignore the suffering in Sderot, Ashkelon, Ashdod and the Western Negev. Thus the start of Operation Cast Lead a week ago and now the ground operation that has started.

For the first time since the start of Operation Cast Lead, the IDF sent ground troops into the Gaza Strip on Saturday evening.

The IDF said that the purpose of the ground operation was to eliminate launching pads in northern Gaza from which specific long-range rockets had been fired into southern Israel.

Large forces from the army’s infantry, tanks and artillery units are among those participating in the mission.

Several hours earlier, the army began to fire artillery shells into the northern part of the Strip.

According to reports, the artillery units were attacking targets in northern Gaza from where Palestinian terrorists had been firing rockets at southern Israel.

Warplanes, gunboats and artillery units blasted more than 40 Hamas targets throughout Saturday, including Hamas’s central intelligence headquarters in Sha’ati, weapons storage facilities, training centers and Hamas leaders’ homes.

Full Story

The objective is very simple, not the complete take over of the Gaza Strip, but the elimination of the launch pads from Gaza.

The IAF also hit the home of senior Hamas commander Abu Zacharia Al-Jamal. A Hamas spokesman announced that al-Jamal was killed in the attack, which would make him the third senior operative in the group to be targeted in the past three days.

In addition, Palestinians reported four dead in an IAF strike in the Rafah area.

Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni told Channel 2 Saturday night, “We will do all that is necessary to provide a different reality for southern Israel, which has been under constant attacks for the past eight years.”

In Saturday morning attacks, the army struck the homes of two Hamas operatives, saying the buildings were used to store weapons and plan attacks. Hamas outposts, training camps and rocket launching sites also were targeted, it said.

3 senior officials in as many days. Already Hamas is boasting that they killed an Israeli soldier, but reports from the field show that fighting is light to moderate with the IDF losing no men. It seems that Hamas is waiting, biding its time, choosing the place it will actually fight, praying that the idiots liberals on the left will scream loudly for them and they will survive. That is all they can pray for right now, is to survive as a group in Gaza.

Hamas has boasted in the last week that they will fight as soon as troops entered Gaza. That every man, woman, and child will give up their lives for Hamas. And that the world will force Israel to leave.

So far they haven’t come out to fight. We don’t see thousands of Gazans blowing themselves up. And the world is on vacation until Monday.

What happens in the next 48 hours is critical. If Israel can achieve their objective by then, then a clear victory will have been made. If the world starts to demand a withdrawal, will Israel listen? Will the US have the balls to veto such a request? Will Hamas survive this latest assault?

The nation of Israel holds its breath, waiting to see what Hamas’ and the World’s response will be.

Not An Ordinary Palestinian Youngster

Cross posted from Monkey in the Middle

Mosab Hassan Yousef, the son of one of the group’s founding members has renounced Islam, Hamas and all that is associated with it.

Yousef, son of Sheikh Hassan Yousef, is openly condemning Hamas (a group he once willingly belonged to) and speaking out against the terror that Hamas is and has been doing against Israel.

“There is no chance. Is there any chance for fire to co-exist with the water?” said Mosab Hassan Yousef, the son of one of the group’s founding members.

Yousef added: “It’s not about Israel, it’s not about Hamas: it’s about both ideologies.”

What brought him to this point? What was the driving force behind this change of heart?

Yousef said he was indoctrinated at an early age to use violence to challenge Israeli control in the region. As a teenager he moved up within the organization and became the leader of the radical Islamic Youth Movement that fought Israeli tanks and troops in the streets, celebrated suicide bombings and recruited young men to the cause.

Yousef, 30, said he realized the true nature of Hamas and radical Islam during a stint in an Israeli prison. He renounced his Muslim faith, left his family behind in Ramallah and converted to Christianity.

Islam is not the word of God,” said Yousef. “If you want to be offended it’s your problem. But you know something? Go study. Think for a second that I might be right. So wake up, look at your path, see where you’re going. Are you really going to heaven with 72 virgins after you kill yourself and kill another 20 people?

Yousef has sought asylum in the United States and now attends an evangelical Christian church in San Diego, Calif.

“The Hamas leadership, including my father, they’re responsible; they’re responsible for all the violence that happened from the organization. I know they describe it as reaction to Israeli aggression, but still, they are part of it and they had to make decisions in those operations against Israel (for) which there was the killing of many civilians.”

They are part of it was his direct quote. This and the rest of the interview with Yousef will be seen on Fox News’ Escape from Hamas which airs Sat at 10p, with repeats at 1am and 4a, EST, and Sun at 9pm, with repeats at 12 midnight, 2am, EST.

A preview of the report:

Not An Ordinary Palestinian Youngster

Cross posted from Monkey in the Middle

Mosab Hassan Yousef, the son of one of the group’s founding members has renounced Islam, Hamas and all that is associated with it.

Yousef, son of Sheikh Hassan Yousef, is openly condemning Hamas (a group he once willingly belonged to) and speaking out against the terror that Hamas is and has been doing against Israel.

“There is no chance. Is there any chance for fire to co-exist with the water?” said Mosab Hassan Yousef, the son of one of the group’s founding members.

Yousef added: “It’s not about Israel, it’s not about Hamas: it’s about both ideologies.”

What brought him to this point? What was the driving force behind this change of heart?

Yousef said he was indoctrinated at an early age to use violence to challenge Israeli control in the region. As a teenager he moved up within the organization and became the leader of the radical Islamic Youth Movement that fought Israeli tanks and troops in the streets, celebrated suicide bombings and recruited young men to the cause.

Yousef, 30, said he realized the true nature of Hamas and radical Islam during a stint in an Israeli prison. He renounced his Muslim faith, left his family behind in Ramallah and converted to Christianity.

Islam is not the word of God,” said Yousef. “If you want to be offended it’s your problem. But you know something? Go study. Think for a second that I might be right. So wake up, look at your path, see where you’re going. Are you really going to heaven with 72 virgins after you kill yourself and kill another 20 people?

Yousef has sought asylum in the United States and now attends an evangelical Christian church in San Diego, Calif.

“The Hamas leadership, including my father, they’re responsible; they’re responsible for all the violence that happened from the organization. I know they describe it as reaction to Israeli aggression, but still, they are part of it and they had to make decisions in those operations against Israel (for) which there was the killing of many civilians.”

They are part of it was his direct quote. This and the rest of the interview with Yousef will be seen on Fox News’ Escape from Hamas which airs Sat at 10p, with repeats at 1am and 4a, EST, and Sun at 9pm, with repeats at 12 midnight, 2am, EST.

A preview of the report: