Archive for April 18th, 2008

Ulster County – 3rd Annual Armed Forces Appreciation Day Poker Run
Who: American Legion Riders
When: Sunday, May 18,
Registration: 9-11am
Where: La Mirage Restaurant
Rte 9W
Port Ewin, NY
Donation: $20 per rider/$5 per passenger/$10 Music Only

Eric Benjamin 845-594-7172
Christine Weiner 845-834-6011

Flyer (doc)

Entertainment: Levon Helm (Grammy Award Winner) and his band

Lunch, Hors’Duerves, Cash Bar

Prizes for Best/Worst Hands

Commemorative Ride Pin

From The North:
N.Y. State Thruway Exit 19 Kingston; Go around traffic circle to exit marked Kingston Broadway route 28 (route 587 chandler drive). At traffic light make a left on Albany Ave., follow right on to 32 north (Exxon gas station), follow 32 north to route 9W south. Follow 9W from Kingston over the bridge to Port Ewen approx. 1.6 miles to La Mirage Steakhouse & Seafood on left.

From The South:
N.Y State Thruway exit 18 New Paltz. After toll make right onto route 299 east. Follow 5-10 minutes to left on route 9W north. Head north 10 minutes to La Mirage Steakhouse & Seafood.

Albany Area – 28th Annual Armed Forces Military Ball
Honoring our Blue Star Mothers

When: Saturday, May 10, 7pm-10pm
Where: The Italian American Community Center
257 Washington Ave. Ext.
Albany, NY 12205
Donation: $32 per person
Flyer (pdf)

Proceeds will go to:
Vet Care Inc./The Fisher House

Albany Area – Motorcycle Escort for WWII Vets on Patriot Flight 2008

Who: Rolling Thunder NY 5.
When: Saturday, April 26, 6:15am-8pm
Contact: Ron Lewis 518-542-9834
Where: Meet 6:15am at Brunswick WalMart Plaza
Leaving at 7am
760 Hoosick Road, Rte 7
Troy, NY 12180

Flyer (pdf)

Albany Area -Bowling Fund Raiser to send WWII Veterans to Washington to visit their memorial.

Sponsored by American Legion Post 1683 and Rolling Thunder NY 5.

When: Sunday, April 20, 6-8pm
Where: Spare Time Bowling 518-477-9306
570 Columbia Tpke
East Greenbush, NY 12061

Donation: $10.00 per person includes:
Bowling, Shoes, Music & Galactic Light Show

The Anti-RAND Report

Yesterday a huge RAND report, “Invisible Wounds of War“, was released which claims that 20% of our veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan will suffer PTSD or depression. Among other myths this report perpetuates is “With the increasing incidence of suicide and suicide attempts among returning veterans, concern about depression is also on the rise.” Undoubtedly deep in the report they will cite other smears about our troops such as their increased propensity for criminal activity.

Doom and Gloom, the one sure product of the unhinged left is in full production mode today as news outlets around the world will trumpet this supposed scientific analysis as another hidden cost of the War on Terror.

As an avid reader of milbloggers and having talked with returning veterans about their experiences over there and back home, I have a different take on this whole depression subject.

Many of our men and women have served multiple deployments. They have ridden the emotional roller coaster from elation at our swift victory to the agony of losing comrades in a violent insurgency to the hope and joy of seeing a New Iraq rising from the ashes. For most this will be the defining point of their lives. Nothing they had done before and nothing that they are likely to do in the future will ever match their commitment and contribution to a noble and just cause. They have given their all; their youth, their innocence and sometimes their lives.

A milblogger wrote a while ago:

The CENTAF Commander, Lieutenant General North, stopped by last week to chat with us. After walking around and talking to people in our office individually, he hosted an Airman’s call to speak to everyone. Of all the things he said during that Airman’s Call, one item stood out the most. He warned us that when we get back home we’re going to be bored, and maybe disappointed. Not with our families or friends, but with our jobs. He’s 100% right. How can anyone top this in a career? We’re building an Air Force from the bottom up, and we’re doing one hell of a job so far.

and again, quoting from his commander’s email home:

Besides the direct danger of this specific location, the mood of the place seemed to reflect the mood of all the Iraqi people during my first six months: despondent, dark, tired, sad. In May, people weren’t really thinking about the future, they were trying to survive day to day. Where I lived and worked, we often got attacked 3-6 times a day, 5-7 days a week… in June, Iraq appeared to be in trouble. Six months ago, in July, the school held their last graduation. I saw pictures of it yesterday, and almost nobody came even though the Prime Minister was the guest speaker. Yesterday, 30 December, was different.

Yesterday, the guest speaker was “only” a four star general, but the place was packed. the Cadets stood proud, they marched straight, the band planed loud, the crowd… yes, it was a very large crowd, cheered and threw candy. They cheered Iraqi celebratory chants and clapped and danced. When the ceremony finished, the crowd stormed the floor, much like when I graduated from the Air Force Academy. Families stormed the floor, mothers and fathers hugged their child who’d become a man, tears streaming down their cheeks. Yesterday, I saw a proud people!

You have no idea how proud I felt. We are making a difference!

That in a nutshell describes the troops feelings. They ARE making a difference. They can see the evidence all around them in Iraq. Michael Yon, in his new book “Moment of Truth in Iraq“, hits the same message in the last two pages

We can win this war. And if we do it will be a victory of the same magnitude as the fall of the Soviet Union. It will not be a victory for the Republican Party. It will not be a victory for America and Great Britain and others “against” Iraq. It will be a victory for freedom and justice. It will be a victory for Iraqis and for the world, and only then will it be a victory for us.

This book covered a time in which our men and women in Iraq changed the course of history. They did it against the odds, contrary to all expectations. The American combat soldier is responsible for this historic achievement. There are those who fought. And there are those who didn’t. Our soldiers often said, “The military is at war, America is at the mall.” It has been our soldiers’ choice, but they saw it as their duty.

They have been fighting for two nations, one of which didn’t seem to notice. The Iraqis noticed.

So, when we want to go looking for the “root causes” of depression among our returning troops lets take a closer look at those who have contributed the most to it. Look at the “Pinch” Sulzbergers, the Nancy Pelosis, the Harry Reids, the Jack Murthas, the entire media ‘elite’ establishment who were so invested in defeat that they wittingly or unwittingly aided and abetted the terrorists attempting to prevent our troops from achieving this victory.

Our troops know what they have sacrificed for our future, they also know the scope of their achievements. They know that they have made a difference. But the willful silence of the media and the carping defeatism of the domestic insurgency seeks to rob them of any acknowledgment of their success.

Hey, RAND, you want to help fix depression among veterans? Examine the people on the home front who have been working to instill it in them!

Dan Maloney

Troop Scoop 4/17/2008

Troop Scoop



Posted: 17 Apr 2008 09:04 PM CDT

Dear Interested Readers,
We’re taken on a mission, through pics, to ensure security for the Tafi Qada.  After finally feeling secure and free of AQI threat, an informant led the way to a huge weapon cache.  A water treatment facility is completed in N. Hargawi, making local citizens very happy.  We finish out with our photo gallery.

Multi-National Corps – Iraq
Public Affairs Office, Camp Victory
APO AE 09342

April 18, 2008

Gunslinger Shorebreak helps ensure security


Spc. Joshua Oden, erects an antenna, April 12, which enhances his unit’s ability to effectively communicate during Op Gunslinger Shorebreak I, a mission focused on securing the Taji Qada, northwest of Baghdad.  Oden is an infantryman assigned to 27th Inf Regt “Wolfhounds,” 2nd Stryker BCT “Warrior,” 25th ID.


Pfc. Timothy Smith, provides security for his platoon.Joanna16

Spc. Michael Weber, works with his fellow Soldiers, April 12 to provide a safe and secure Iraq.Joanna17

Staff Sgt. Joseph Brown, plays soccer with an Iraqi child.Joanna18

Cpl. Michael Murray, overlooks a courtyard, after ensuring the building was secure.-30-

Informant leads MND-C Soldiers to weapons cache

BAGHDAD – A tip from an informant led IA soldiers and 3rd BCT, 101st Abn Div (AASLT)  Soldiers to a weapons cache in Shubayshen Village, south of Baghdad, April 16.
Finding the cache, the Soldiers spent several hours digging up the munitions, which consisted of approx. 600 tank rounds.
First Sgt. Roy Bruce, senior enlisted member of 3rd BCT, said positions established in the area with Op Marne Piledriver emboldened the informant to come forward.  “The informant told us that AQI emplaced this cache last year and that he finally felt safe enough due to IA presence to reveal the cache,” said 1st Lt. Bo Alf, 3rd BCT.  “The informant, his family and neighbors told us of the false promises of al-Qaeda and how they want to return to the fold of the GoI.”
Marne Piledriver is an ongoing MND-Center op focused on capacity-building projects throughout the area of ops of 3rd BCT.  During the op, Iraqi SF are taking the lead in targeting remaining insurgent pockets with the help of CF.


First Lt. Casey Zimmerman, with Co. C, 3-187th Inf. Regt., digs alongside IA soldiers.-30-

Work completed on North Hargawi water treatment facility

BAGHDAD – In ongoing efforts to restore essential services throughout the Mahmudiyah Qada, a water treatment facility project was completed in North Hargawi, April 13.
In addition to supplying potable water to Iraqis who live in the area, the project also provided temporary employment for former SoI who refurbished the facility.
“The people are very happy,” said 1st Lt. Halmonde Charles, Co B, 3rd Bn, 187th Inf Regt, 101st Abn Div (Air Assault). “They were using water out of the canal for everything – farming, cooking, showers – so it’s good to have safe water now.”


Up on the Rooftop


PFC Jared Bottorff and Sgt. Robert Johnson, both assigned to Lightning Troop, 3rd Sqdrn, 3rd Armored Cav Regt, track a sniper as he moves from rooftop to rooftop in western Mosul, Apr. 10, 2008.


Pump it Up


US Army Lt. Col. David Davidson looks at a broken water pump while inspecting a water access point near Al raoud, Apr. 10, 2008.  Davidson is assigned to the 25th ID’s Stryker BCT.


Car Guys


US Army Spc. Harmon asks an Iraqi mechanic what parts he needs to fix an inoperable vehicle at COP Power in Mosul, April 2, 2008.  Harmon is assigned to the 4th ID’s 1st Bn, 8th Inf. Regt, 3rd Bde.