Touching the Face of Grace

Any of my regular readers KNOW I always share the voices of our troops. To me, their views, their experiences, ALWAYS trump the flapping jaws of the home based politicians or naysayers. Every last one of our men and women serving overseas gets to live the difference they are making.

The following was found on A Soldiers Perspective, and it truly IS a must read. Honestly, I know I say that a lot, but read it, print it, share it. THIS we on the home team can do. Read on:

CJ Touching The Face of Grace (Tissue Alert)

November 20th, 2008 by CJ

I found this essay, written by the father of a deployed Soldier, on the American Legion website. It was introduced into the Congressional Record by Frank R. Wolf, R-Va, on September 16th. It’s a very touching and inspirational story should be required reading by the defeatists in Congress. Here it is:

“Whatever your political take on the war in Iraq, nothing can alter it more than having a loved one in the midst of it. Nor is anyone’s current perspective balanced until they hear at least some things from a soldier’s point of view.

“My wife and I learned these truths when our son, a 2004 Handley graduate, decided to join the Army in 2006. His reasoning was simple: he wasn’t comfortable knowing that thousands of others his age were sacrificing their own freedoms to protect his. When he signed up to join those thousands, it changed our perspective as well.

“Up to that point, it had always been other people’s sons and daughters doing the fighting. Now it would be our own child. Naturally, no one wants their child to volunteer to go in harm’s way for freedom’s sake. It was something of a conviction, though, when my wife and I had to ask ourselves why it shouldn’t be our own son in the Middle East, why we should be spared the rituals of anxiety, prayer, hope and waiting that tens of thousands of other families over here have already endured.

“In early June, we flew to Fort Hood, Texas, to see our son deploy for a 15-month tour in Iraq. Again, one’s perspective is limited until one attends a deploying ceremony for a unit of soldiers. Spouses, children, parents, siblings and friends, all crowding a gym, all clinging closely to their treasures in uniform, accompanied by flags, prayers, cheers and tears. Our son had joined a ‘band of brothers.’ My wife and I had joined the ‘band of others’ who would be waiting at home. Both those going, and those left behind, carry the war on terror in a personal way.

“Still, those of us left behind need to see something of what our soldiers see, and not only what is offered us in the news. To that end, here is one story our son, Luke, shared with us by phone that must be shared with anyone who claims an interest in what our soldiers are doing in the Middle East.

“Stationed outside a city on the Tigris River, Luke had accompanied his colonel into town as part of a security team, while the colonel spoke with a local sheik. While standing guard, Luke noticed a woman approaching from behind and cautiously turned in her direction, his rifle at the ready.

“An interpreter told our son it was OK – the woman just wanted to touch a soldier. Still uneasy, Luke stood still while the woman reached out her hand and touched his face, tears in her eyes….

To read these words is to get some very small glimpse of the reality of what our troops are doing, and what their families face, EVERY SINGLE DAY. Go read the rest of it here – NOW!

*cross-posted from Assoluta Tranquillita*

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Touching the Face of Grace

Any of my regular readers KNOW I always share the voices of our troops. To me, their views, their experiences, ALWAYS trump the flapping jaws of the home based politicians or naysayers. Every last one of our men and women serving overseas gets to live the difference they are making.

The following was found on A Soldiers Perspective, and it truly IS a must read. Honestly, I know I say that a lot, but read it, print it, share it. THIS we on the home team can do. Read on:

CJ Touching The Face of Grace (Tissue Alert)

November 20th, 2008 by CJ

I found this essay, written by the father of a deployed Soldier, on the American Legion website. It was introduced into the Congressional Record by Frank R. Wolf, R-Va, on September 16th. It’s a very touching and inspirational story should be required reading by the defeatists in Congress. Here it is:

“Whatever your political take on the war in Iraq, nothing can alter it more than having a loved one in the midst of it. Nor is anyone’s current perspective balanced until they hear at least some things from a soldier’s point of view.

“My wife and I learned these truths when our son, a 2004 Handley graduate, decided to join the Army in 2006. His reasoning was simple: he wasn’t comfortable knowing that thousands of others his age were sacrificing their own freedoms to protect his. When he signed up to join those thousands, it changed our perspective as well.

“Up to that point, it had always been other people’s sons and daughters doing the fighting. Now it would be our own child. Naturally, no one wants their child to volunteer to go in harm’s way for freedom’s sake. It was something of a conviction, though, when my wife and I had to ask ourselves why it shouldn’t be our own son in the Middle East, why we should be spared the rituals of anxiety, prayer, hope and waiting that tens of thousands of other families over here have already endured.

“In early June, we flew to Fort Hood, Texas, to see our son deploy for a 15-month tour in Iraq. Again, one’s perspective is limited until one attends a deploying ceremony for a unit of soldiers. Spouses, children, parents, siblings and friends, all crowding a gym, all clinging closely to their treasures in uniform, accompanied by flags, prayers, cheers and tears. Our son had joined a ‘band of brothers.’ My wife and I had joined the ‘band of others’ who would be waiting at home. Both those going, and those left behind, carry the war on terror in a personal way.

“Still, those of us left behind need to see something of what our soldiers see, and not only what is offered us in the news. To that end, here is one story our son, Luke, shared with us by phone that must be shared with anyone who claims an interest in what our soldiers are doing in the Middle East.

“Stationed outside a city on the Tigris River, Luke had accompanied his colonel into town as part of a security team, while the colonel spoke with a local sheik. While standing guard, Luke noticed a woman approaching from behind and cautiously turned in her direction, his rifle at the ready.

“An interpreter told our son it was OK – the woman just wanted to touch a soldier. Still uneasy, Luke stood still while the woman reached out her hand and touched his face, tears in her eyes….

To read these words is to get some very small glimpse of the reality of what our troops are doing, and what their families face, EVERY SINGLE DAY. Go read the rest of it here – NOW!

*cross-posted from Assoluta Tranquillita*

EAGLES UP ALERT! A Soldier’s Perspective Has Been Closed Down

~Snooper~

[UPDATE(S)] (another Milblogger has just shut down…From My Position…Chuck…

I received an email with the following attached:

Apparently, either a Moonbat lodged a complaint or some libtard in the military lodged a complaint. I have been reading their blog for quite some time and haven’t seen anything on there that shouldn’t have been. They were an absolutely trustworthy source of data and this is a travesty. So much for freedom of expression, eh? The following are some of the posts with the cease and desist orders…thank God for RSS feeds, eh? I will include he links just in case the can come back up…

It’s the Berkeley type of being under attack. It’s more like a political one that is delaying the best equipment from getting into the hands of the troops. Where are the candidates on this issue? […]

This is in regards to equipment not getting to the troops…remember the air-to-air refueling issues? Boeing got PO’d because they lost out and CONgress Critters got involved…democrat politicians with panties in wads…

I got this in my email and since I can’t find a link to the story, I’m going to reprint it here in its entirety. It’s a bit long, but what a great story. Here’s the teaser, with the story below the fold: […]

This is in regards to a story about now Chief Warrant Officer Fred White who was wounded in action as a Cavalry Scout in the Persian Gulf War, losing some fingers and eventually became a Warrant Officer and returned to duty flying Black Hawks…

This next one will be in its entirety…posted on 3/28/2008,

Cease and Desist

I’ve always found it interesting when told to cease and desist. I mean, the word desist means to cease. So, aren’t they really saying “cease and cease”. Seems redundant to me.

1SG Grisham,

After receiving numerous complaints to the Pentagon’s OPSEC Coordinating Authority on Nontraditional Media (I didn’t even know they existed), we have been directed to open an inquiry to your “military blog”, A Soldier’s Perspective (http://www.soldiersperspective.us). A cursory review of our database shows that you have not formally registered your site with our office. In view of this and the necessity to open an active review into the content on your site, you are hereby ordered to CEASE and DESIST all blogging until your review is complete.

Within the next 24 hours, you should receive information relating to the facts that have contributed to this decision. If you have any questions, you can contact our office at [contact information deleted – but confirmed as authentic].

I only reprinted the money part. The rest is standard “this is my mandate” crap. I spoke with Marcus about this and he received the same letter as a co-author. However, his directed that we have no contact with each other via email or other communication means until this is complete. I wonder why mine didn’t say that. Ladies and Gentlemen, this isn’t new. We’ve been threatened like this before. Rest assured that I will not back down while I still have the means to resist. We have done nothing wrong, violated no regulations, and spoke the truth at all times. Whoever is making this complaint will probably end up looking bad in the end. I guess we’ll know Monday or Tuesday what is going on. Since I got this late in the afternoon on Friday, I doubt they’re doing anything over the weekend. No one in my chain of command has ordered me to stop blogging and until they do, I won’t stop. I haven’t violated the new Army Regulation 530-1 and neither has any other blogger on this site. I guess no one was listening when General Caldwell was trying to convince the Army about the value of milbloggers. Don’t go writing your Congressman yet. Let’s see how this plays out and I promise that if things get ugly, I’ll be leading the charge to the halls of Congress. However, feel free to link to this post to raise awareness.

Consider it linked and the eFax Deluxe is ready and primed. Next up…

It’s Contagious I was reading 1SG Troy’s Military and Afghanistan Blog and found this little gem: Read more…or Read more right here…

Ucs News reports that Osama bin bin Laden is blocking access to millions of blogs on the grounds that they aren’t legitimate sources of news and information. Bin Laden is also clamping down on the numerous blogs posted be current and former Al-Qaeda members.

Ayman al-Zawahiri reports on the Official Al-Qaeda web site that the military intelligence wing of the terrorist organization is blocking “just about any site with the word ‘blog’ in its web address.” and shooting Al-Qaeda personnel that have their own blogs.

The issue of Al-Qaeda blogs has troubled bin laden and his organization for some time. With most Al-Qaeda members is faraway deployments facing stressful working conditions it’s no surprise that many have turned to blog posting to stay in touch with friends and family.

Al-Qaeda in Iraq, decimated by suicide attacks and the loss of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, suffered many security leaks due to My spaces pages. According to a search of My Space in 2005 over 125 Al-Qaeda in Iraq members maintained My Space pages and regularly blogged about ongoing operations.

I thought it was funny.

Me too when I first read it…The Charges up next…

The Charges I got the MFR (memorandum for record) on the reasons for why I have been told to stop blogging. Before I get started, let me state that I am no longer blogging. Instead, ASP is now an online eZine and write articles in a journalistic capacity. Read more…or Read more right hereThe “complaints” registered against me as potentially violating military regulations as well “good order and discipline within the Army” are as follows “in no particular order of merit”:

* failure of an active duty Soldier to register any and all online communications with his commanding officer and forwarded to this office for tracking.

* wearing the uniform of a United States Army Soldier at unofficial military functions giving the appearance of acceptance and support by such (did a lawyer write this?).

* speaking on behalf of the United States Army while conducting telephonic, radio, and online interviews with various traditional and nontraditional media outlets without proper authorization or credentials.

* disrespect to military officers, military civilians, and duly elected members of the Congress of the United States.

* interfering in ongoing joint investigations into international fraud by the Departments of State and Justice.

* publicly threatening civilians and citizens of friendly nations with whom the United States is an ally as a member of the United States Army.

There were a few others, but these were the meat and bones accusations. Naturally, this is a very skewed view of the realities of what we do here at ASP. Either someone is looking to pin on a second star or we have some really big morons in places of power. Oh, wait, this isn’t a blog – it’s a journalistic endeavor. Let me do this correctly…

Mr. Grisham minimized the impact of threats against him by saying that “someone is looking to pin on a second star or we have some really big morons in places of power.”

“I’m just waiting to see where this is going,” Grisham added. “I’m 100% positive that I will come out of this on top and a lot of people in high places will owe me coins of achievement for having proven them wrong. That is the only apology from the Pentagon I will accept. And they need to be in those nice plastic cases, too!”

A Soldier’s Perspective will definitely be following this story closely since it impacts us directly. Stay tuned.

Just say the word…HOOAH??

Don’t Panic

I want to thank everyone for their support as we negotiate our issues with Big Brother. However, I want to ask that people be level headed for now. We’re still in the preliminary stages trying to figure out what’s going on. I’m communicating personally with the office and trying to get them to be specific about what rules I’ve specifically violated on which specific posts.

I would also ask that no one cast stones yet. I don’t believe that a particular group is responsible for this. I’m quite certain that people like CF and others are innocent and I ask that you please don’t blame them (unless we find out otherwise). Liberals are people too. They just have their head screwed on wrong when it comes to military and national defense issues. ;o)

I will tell you that the conversations are heated and I won’t back down until I’m even partially convinced I’ve done something wrong. There are a couple of sayings we have in the military: “Pick your battles” and “Do what your rank can handle”. I’ve never been good at that first one. To me, there are no degrees of wrong – there is just wrong. But, I know what my rank can handle and I won’t do anything to jeopardize that. Thanks again for the support. I’m hanging in there.


And then, the last post before the “MEMO”…

My Two Cents

Well, you’ve all heard what is going on from CJ. I got a letter very similar to the one he received, and I’ve followed the instructions in it..so far. I haven’t contacted CJ directly so I’m following the demands made upon me…kinda.

I’m not real sure what drew the attention to CJ and I. I’ve been kinda quiet for a few months for some personal reasons so I know I didn’t do anything to get the guy looking to pin on the 3rd star mad. Unless he is mad I haven’t been writing. I really don’t know.

Since I can’t talk to CJ directly, I need someone to tell him to keep his head up. I’m not sweating this whole thing so neither should he. I’m sure we’ll pull through this just fine. I do pay attention to the posts and I haven’t seen him post anything that he shouldn’t have. Well, except for the LOLcats that aren’t even close to the funniest ones out there. Not posting the funniest is a crime in and of itself, by the way.

Back to the topic. Yes, I am okay. No, I haven’t been busted down. And yes, we will find out the real reason we are being targeted.

All we need now is the rest of the story…

EAGLES UP ALERT! A Soldier’s Perspective Has Been Closed Down

~Snooper~

[UPDATE(S)] (another Milblogger has just shut down…From My Position…Chuck…

I received an email with the following attached:

Apparently, either a Moonbat lodged a complaint or some libtard in the military lodged a complaint. I have been reading their blog for quite some time and haven’t seen anything on there that shouldn’t have been. They were an absolutely trustworthy source of data and this is a travesty. So much for freedom of expression, eh? The following are some of the posts with the cease and desist orders…thank God for RSS feeds, eh? I will include he links just in case the can come back up…

It’s the Berkeley type of being under attack. It’s more like a political one that is delaying the best equipment from getting into the hands of the troops. Where are the candidates on this issue? […]

This is in regards to equipment not getting to the troops…remember the air-to-air refueling issues? Boeing got PO’d because they lost out and CONgress Critters got involved…democrat politicians with panties in wads…

I got this in my email and since I can’t find a link to the story, I’m going to reprint it here in its entirety. It’s a bit long, but what a great story. Here’s the teaser, with the story below the fold: […]

This is in regards to a story about now Chief Warrant Officer Fred White who was wounded in action as a Cavalry Scout in the Persian Gulf War, losing some fingers and eventually became a Warrant Officer and returned to duty flying Black Hawks…

This next one will be in its entirety…posted on 3/28/2008,

Cease and Desist

I’ve always found it interesting when told to cease and desist. I mean, the word desist means to cease. So, aren’t they really saying “cease and cease”. Seems redundant to me.

1SG Grisham,

After receiving numerous complaints to the Pentagon’s OPSEC Coordinating Authority on Nontraditional Media (I didn’t even know they existed), we have been directed to open an inquiry to your “military blog”, A Soldier’s Perspective (http://www.soldiersperspective.us). A cursory review of our database shows that you have not formally registered your site with our office. In view of this and the necessity to open an active review into the content on your site, you are hereby ordered to CEASE and DESIST all blogging until your review is complete.

Within the next 24 hours, you should receive information relating to the facts that have contributed to this decision. If you have any questions, you can contact our office at [contact information deleted – but confirmed as authentic].

I only reprinted the money part. The rest is standard “this is my mandate” crap. I spoke with Marcus about this and he received the same letter as a co-author. However, his directed that we have no contact with each other via email or other communication means until this is complete. I wonder why mine didn’t say that. Ladies and Gentlemen, this isn’t new. We’ve been threatened like this before. Rest assured that I will not back down while I still have the means to resist. We have done nothing wrong, violated no regulations, and spoke the truth at all times. Whoever is making this complaint will probably end up looking bad in the end. I guess we’ll know Monday or Tuesday what is going on. Since I got this late in the afternoon on Friday, I doubt they’re doing anything over the weekend. No one in my chain of command has ordered me to stop blogging and until they do, I won’t stop. I haven’t violated the new Army Regulation 530-1 and neither has any other blogger on this site. I guess no one was listening when General Caldwell was trying to convince the Army about the value of milbloggers. Don’t go writing your Congressman yet. Let’s see how this plays out and I promise that if things get ugly, I’ll be leading the charge to the halls of Congress. However, feel free to link to this post to raise awareness.

Consider it linked and the eFax Deluxe is ready and primed. Next up…

It’s Contagious I was reading 1SG Troy’s Military and Afghanistan Blog and found this little gem: Read more…or Read more right here…

Ucs News reports that Osama bin bin Laden is blocking access to millions of blogs on the grounds that they aren’t legitimate sources of news and information. Bin Laden is also clamping down on the numerous blogs posted be current and former Al-Qaeda members.

Ayman al-Zawahiri reports on the Official Al-Qaeda web site that the military intelligence wing of the terrorist organization is blocking “just about any site with the word ‘blog’ in its web address.” and shooting Al-Qaeda personnel that have their own blogs.

The issue of Al-Qaeda blogs has troubled bin laden and his organization for some time. With most Al-Qaeda members is faraway deployments facing stressful working conditions it’s no surprise that many have turned to blog posting to stay in touch with friends and family.

Al-Qaeda in Iraq, decimated by suicide attacks and the loss of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, suffered many security leaks due to My spaces pages. According to a search of My Space in 2005 over 125 Al-Qaeda in Iraq members maintained My Space pages and regularly blogged about ongoing operations.

I thought it was funny.

Me too when I first read it…The Charges up next…

The Charges I got the MFR (memorandum for record) on the reasons for why I have been told to stop blogging. Before I get started, let me state that I am no longer blogging. Instead, ASP is now an online eZine and write articles in a journalistic capacity. Read more…or Read more right hereThe “complaints” registered against me as potentially violating military regulations as well “good order and discipline within the Army” are as follows “in no particular order of merit”:

* failure of an active duty Soldier to register any and all online communications with his commanding officer and forwarded to this office for tracking.

* wearing the uniform of a United States Army Soldier at unofficial military functions giving the appearance of acceptance and support by such (did a lawyer write this?).

* speaking on behalf of the United States Army while conducting telephonic, radio, and online interviews with various traditional and nontraditional media outlets without proper authorization or credentials.

* disrespect to military officers, military civilians, and duly elected members of the Congress of the United States.

* interfering in ongoing joint investigations into international fraud by the Departments of State and Justice.

* publicly threatening civilians and citizens of friendly nations with whom the United States is an ally as a member of the United States Army.

There were a few others, but these were the meat and bones accusations. Naturally, this is a very skewed view of the realities of what we do here at ASP. Either someone is looking to pin on a second star or we have some really big morons in places of power. Oh, wait, this isn’t a blog – it’s a journalistic endeavor. Let me do this correctly…

Mr. Grisham minimized the impact of threats against him by saying that “someone is looking to pin on a second star or we have some really big morons in places of power.”

“I’m just waiting to see where this is going,” Grisham added. “I’m 100% positive that I will come out of this on top and a lot of people in high places will owe me coins of achievement for having proven them wrong. That is the only apology from the Pentagon I will accept. And they need to be in those nice plastic cases, too!”

A Soldier’s Perspective will definitely be following this story closely since it impacts us directly. Stay tuned.

Just say the word…HOOAH??

Don’t Panic

I want to thank everyone for their support as we negotiate our issues with Big Brother. However, I want to ask that people be level headed for now. We’re still in the preliminary stages trying to figure out what’s going on. I’m communicating personally with the office and trying to get them to be specific about what rules I’ve specifically violated on which specific posts.

I would also ask that no one cast stones yet. I don’t believe that a particular group is responsible for this. I’m quite certain that people like CF and others are innocent and I ask that you please don’t blame them (unless we find out otherwise). Liberals are people too. They just have their head screwed on wrong when it comes to military and national defense issues. ;o)

I will tell you that the conversations are heated and I won’t back down until I’m even partially convinced I’ve done something wrong. There are a couple of sayings we have in the military: “Pick your battles” and “Do what your rank can handle”. I’ve never been good at that first one. To me, there are no degrees of wrong – there is just wrong. But, I know what my rank can handle and I won’t do anything to jeopardize that. Thanks again for the support. I’m hanging in there.


And then, the last post before the “MEMO”…

My Two Cents

Well, you’ve all heard what is going on from CJ. I got a letter very similar to the one he received, and I’ve followed the instructions in it..so far. I haven’t contacted CJ directly so I’m following the demands made upon me…kinda.

I’m not real sure what drew the attention to CJ and I. I’ve been kinda quiet for a few months for some personal reasons so I know I didn’t do anything to get the guy looking to pin on the 3rd star mad. Unless he is mad I haven’t been writing. I really don’t know.

Since I can’t talk to CJ directly, I need someone to tell him to keep his head up. I’m not sweating this whole thing so neither should he. I’m sure we’ll pull through this just fine. I do pay attention to the posts and I haven’t seen him post anything that he shouldn’t have. Well, except for the LOLcats that aren’t even close to the funniest ones out there. Not posting the funniest is a crime in and of itself, by the way.

Back to the topic. Yes, I am okay. No, I haven’t been busted down. And yes, we will find out the real reason we are being targeted.

All we need now is the rest of the story…