“I’m A Ranger, I DO NOT Fail”…. “Let Me Do My Job”
April 27, 2007
This is a video that every US Lawmaker needs to see and listen to. Contrary to what MoveOn and VoteVets and Oliver Stone would like to portray through their commercial, this Soldier, currently serving in Iraq, wants nothing more than to be able to complete the mission he’s been given, to ensure that his brothers and sisters have not died in vain. He only wishes to be able to come home proudly and say that he was able to complete his mission. He’s not a minority in that sentiment.
*Tissue Alert:* Parts of this video is quite emotional in nature. This right here is what I overwhelmingly hear from the “Boots On The Ground” that I have contact with. Special Thanks to the folks at Save The Soldiers for making this video.
I’ll end this post with the words of Tanker Brother’s very own Master Gunner, who says it so eloquently.
And The Army Goes Rolling Along….
Well, the talk about the â€œGreat Surge Of 2007â€ has died down a little, and now the big news is the extensions of Active-Duty military tours in Iraq from twelve to fifteen months.
Believe me, being on the ground, with a 9mm strapped to my hip, and dust on my boots, I have heard all manner of crying and whining. But I have also seen guys shrug, smile, and drive on with the mission.
I mean, seriouslyâ€¦ you would think it was the end of the world. The last thirty days have been rough. All the success weâ€™ve seen with â€œThe Rule Of Lawâ€ in Baghdad has been largely ignored in the media. Instead, they have zeroed in and adopted a strategy of dissecting the military with targeted attacks better than any insurgent could ever hope to.
Think of itâ€¦ in the past thirty days, weâ€™ve seen attacks in the media on â€œThe Surgeâ€, the failures at Walter Reed, the Pat Tillman story, ad nauseum. Itâ€™s getting so bad, Iâ€™m amazed at the thinly veiled hate by the mainstream press.
A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure to meet with one of our Tanker Brothers readers (and frequently a contributor), our very own ChrisG, down in the Green Zone. If you want to hear about the gross misreporting on the part of the media, feel free to drop him a line. Heâ€™s seen it first hand.
But I digressâ€¦
Thinking about the extensions, I think it will all work out in the end. We donâ€™t train pansies in the Army. We train Warriors. Sure, some guys and gals will whine and complain. Itâ€™s unavoidable. But guess what? They will get out. And â€œthe Army goes rolling alongâ€¦â€
Eventually, those who choose to get out instead of grind out fifteen month tours will be replaced by the up and coming leaders of tomorrowâ€™s Army. And the Army will be stronger for it, because the strong survive.
Iâ€™m not faulting anyone who chooses to get out. They have served their time, honorably, and in the end, decided a path that I cannot follow. That I will not follow.
I am committed to this fight, mind, body, and soul. â€œThick or thin, Iâ€™m in it to winâ€, Tanker Brothers and Sisters. On this, you have my solemn oath. Just the other day, I was sitting down, enjoying a quiet moment (and a damn fine cigar, Lynn) with my younger brother. Guess what the Junior Tanker Brother asked me?
â€œBroâ€¦ can you help me get my Reenlistment NCO off his ass so I can sign up for six more years?â€
â€œAnd the Army goes rolling alongâ€¦.â€