I have had strep throat again. It’s difficult to manage streptococci bacterium in your throat while being a stay at home dad and that is what I plan to bitch about on this blog today.
The me a few years ago would of just kicked my ass. The truth is it has been a rough week. A brutally rough week. I do not even know where to begin. We lost a soldier, or sailor and for the third time this year we lost a non Special Operations soldier outside of Mosul. I will run down the list of those who those who passed here in a little bit. Former General Mattis is the only senate confirmed seat out of all of the fifty eight jobs in pentagon. Not because these positions are being blocked, because they are putting forth the wrong type of people. Financial people, not intelligence and defense people, sadly not that I’ve ever worked with the individual but H. R. McMaster is the new national security advisor not because he wanted to, because he could not tell POTUS no under direct order.
President Trump is a busy man, Retired General Mattis (Secretary Of Defense, just feels weird saying it that way) has just been “handling it” depending on how you look at it Mad Dog has lived up to the title we had back in the early days “secretary of war”. With war comes casualties. With war comes casualties, my father an officer in Vietnam told me about the acceptable loss rate is twenty percent. The brain trust at the pentagon takes your mission and force size, as long as you do not loose more than twenty percent. I never believed it until a friend of mine in my unit who went on to work for the agency and higher things, taught me to question everything. Having an acceptable loss rate, as a medic, when they preach no man left behind. Seems a bit Oxymoronic does it not? I will go into more detail in a later blog on the anniversary of his death, but two F-16 pilots came to our aide low on fuel when we when one of the birds in our ship were shot down in Iraq. We were in open desert, we had an AH-6 and two F-16’s low on fuel, they traded gun runs while stripped the shot down bird to keep the AH-6 flying for as long as possible. The F-16 was shot down on his way out toward Jordan. The story the Air Force says is that there were no signs of life although the gentleman who turned over his Tags to the US Mil this year and lead the to his remains there was signs of chute in a tree and a reserve, protocol, so you can get to the ground. No Man Left Behind. Acceptable loss I suppose, not to me, not to his wife, his daughter,
Twenty eight April we lost two Rangers from the Seventy Fifth Ranger Regiment and another was wounded. The two Rangers were killed Sgt. Cameron H. Thomas, 23, of Kettering, Sgt. Joshua P. Rodgers, 22. This was in the area of where the GBU/43 was dropped. A reporter asked Secdef Mattis if this was apart of a mission to get an accurate count of the total IS killed? he replied, Let me stop you right there, to imply waisting soldiers time counting bodies in tunnels while two of our own are own have passed and another wounded. Two days later just outside Mosul Iraq, 1st Lt. Weston C. Lee, 25 he was assigned to 1st Battalion, 325th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
Then out of left field news broke of a sailor died in Somalia, at first I thought it was a misrepresented article. Then it made sense, we found the head of the piracy and we went in to cut the head of the piracy operation. They have cost multi millions approaching a billions for companies to negotiate for human life. If it be an american cargo ship, well they saw what happened when they messed with CPT Phillips crew, or they attempt to board a Naval vessel, accidentally; sometimes piracy knows no bounds. A raid is not with our risk, you could raid a kindergarten classroom and one of them have the golden bb that gets someone on the team. Sadly thus appears to be the situation here. Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator Kyle Milliken, 38, was killed during an operation against al-Shabaab on May 5 in a remote area approximately 40 miles west of Mogadishu. Chief Milliken was the first casualty since 1993 and the battle “Gothic Serpent”
While death is painful for everyone in its wake, the raids are a needed evil to let the world know that we are not a country that will roll over and play dead against the axis of its evils. to those who have passed may god see the operations conductions as servitude to the protection of the country that we all love. Please Rest In Peace, knee’s in the breeze, Long Live the Brother Hood, Rangers Lead The Way!