Bunker Mulligan "Let us endeavor so to live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry." ~Mark Twain

June 2, 2005

Stars & Stripes

Filed under: International,Military — Bunker @ 6:24 am

I really don’t understand why folks who dislike the military are often the same people who push for diversity. I can tell you from personal experience that the military is the most diverse group of people you will ever meet. We’ve got ‘em all. Including members of a royal family. From Nigeria. Capt. Wisdom Osagiede-Ogbewekon. He is in Iraq, working to help get their nascent government operating. As he has a perspective they can respect.

“I tell them, ‘Look at me. What does that tell you? I’m an African who is an officer in the most powerful army in the world,’” says Osagiede-Ogbewekon, a member of the active Guard and reserve. “I’m a very good example of what America is.”

(HT to Sarah)

June 1, 2005

Message from the Forgotten Front

Filed under: Military — Bunker @ 4:10 pm

Just received this from Birdie:

Well I just got back from another mission. I am really tired, wore out, and watched three of my buddies get blown up in the truck right behind me two days ago, so I am really not in the mood for anything. My buddies are fine, two of them are now in Germany, the other is still here with minor wounds. I will try to write more after I get some sleep.

No car bombs or suicide bombers in Afghanistan, just soldiers fighting jihadists. So our beloved media are uninterested.

May 31, 2005

A Brick Seems a Simple Thing

Filed under: Military,Society-Culture — Bunker @ 5:45 am

The folks at Texas A&M do this well. And Sarah writes about it in a touching and understanding way.

Memorial Day is not a somber holiday to me. It is a celebration of the things we have because of men and women like Captain Sean Sims. His son will have the knowledge that what his father did in Iraq was significant. We should share that significance and revel in it.

Memorial Day is for remembering. Remember the good done by the people we are honoring, not their deaths.

May 6, 2005

David H. Hackworth

Filed under: Military — Bunker @ 7:25 pm

Hack is gone.


May 2, 2005

Training Matters

Filed under: Military — Bunker @ 8:20 pm

Just returned from the tournament banquet. One of the guys had his two grown daughters with him, and they sat across from us at dinner. They were quite a contrast.

The older one is very flighty. She reminded me of Bette Midler, both in looks and some of the mannerisms that fit her “dingy” roles. She was complaining that she was full, but still begged Daddy to take her out for some lobster bisque.

The other is a former Marine. She was in the Gulf War in 1991, and is one of the Marines who ended up with some neurological problems. There is some question as to the cause, but a dozen of them came down with the same symptoms. Because of her medication, she was medically retired–she could no longer carry a weapon and couldn’t, therefore, be a Marine. She isn’t pleased about being out of the Corps, but is moving on in her life.

I was struck with the difference. Two girls reared by the same parents with such different outlooks on life. The younger one was definitely in charge. I asked, “Which one is the Marine?” The older one was insulted. “You have to ask?” No, but thought I should. I don’t want to stereotype.

Training. Boot Camp. Life Change.

Those of us with a military background often take that training for granted. Those without it sometimes don’t understand. Self-confidence is misdiagnosed as arrogance. Maybe there is some of that, too. When dealing with those who’ve not been through it, perhaps we get a bit arrogant.

This woman wasn’t arrogant, but she had little patience with Big Sister and her whining.

April 30, 2005

End of an Era

Filed under: Media,Military — Bunker @ 4:49 pm

For those of who don’t know, Wallace spent time in Vietnam back in the olden days. He is also friend and partner to Joe Galloway, co-author of We Were Soldiers Once…And Young. He maintains an archive of Joe’s photos from his time at Ia Drang–and many other places, as well as a site for Ia Drang veterans.

The military won in Vietnam, but America pulled out the final group on this day 30 years ago. Check Wallace’s post, as he has links to two other combat photographers. One may surprise you.

April 29, 2005

“Sergeant” Akbar

Filed under: Military — Bunker @ 5:48 am

The verdict is in, and the sentence has now been pronounced:

After seven hours of deliberation, a military panel sentenced Army Sgt. Hasan Akbar to death Thursday evening.

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