SSG Clinton Romesha To Receive Medal of Honor Today

For his actions at Combat Outpost Keating as recounted in Jake Tapper's excellent book, The Outpost, Staff Sergeant Clinton Romesha will receive the Medal of Honor at a White House ceremony scheduled for 1:30pm EST today.

The Army's official narrative:

At 6 a.m., Oct. 3, 2009, Combat Outpost Keating in Kamdesh District, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan, came under complex attack by an enemy force estimated at 400 fighters. The fighters occupied the high ground on all four sides of the combat outpost and initiated the attack with concentrated fire from B10 recoilless rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, known as RPGs, DSHKA heavy machine gun fire, mortars, and small-arms fire.

Staff Sgt. Clinton L. Romesha displayed extraordinary heroism through a day-long engagement in which he killed multiple enemy fighters, recovered fallen Soldiers, and led multiple recovery, resupply, and counterattack operations.

At initial contact, Romesha pushed to the Long Range Advanced Scout Surveillance vehicle battle position 1, or LRAS 1, under heavy enemy fire to ensure that the MK-19 automatic grenade launcher and Spc. Zachary S. Koppes were in the proper sector of fire and engaging enemy targets. After ensuring that Koppes was suppressing enemy activity in his sector, Romesha moved to the barracks and grabbed an MK-48 machine gun and an assistant gunner, Spc. Justin J. Gregory.

Moving through an open and uncovered avenue that was suppressed with a barrage of RPGs and small-arms fire, Romesha grabbed a limited amount of cover behind a generator and engaged a machine gun team that was on the high ground to the west. After destroying this team, he acquired an additional machine gun team that was firing an overwhelming amount of fire into the LRAS 2 from the switchbacks. As he was engaging, an RPG struck the generator and knocked him onto his assistant gunner. He quickly assessed Gregory and determined that he was fine. Not noticing his own wounds, Romesha re-engaged the enemy with his weapon system until an additional Soldier arrived to man the machine gun, at which point Romesha moved back through the open avenue to the barracks to assemble an additional team. Once at the barracks, Spc. Thomas C. Rasmussen noticed Romesha’s wounds and provided first aid.

Romesha assembled a five-man team and instructed them to load up on ammunition and crew-served weapons. While they were preparing, he again moved out to check on Koppes, grabbing the only accessible sniper rifle along the way, a Dragunov belonging to the Afghan National Army. Despite having only a basic knowledge with the foreign weapon, Romesha engaged multiple enemy positions on the north face, including a machine gun nest and sniper position. While continuing to expose himself to heavy enemy fire, Romesha engaged the enemy positions until they were no longer effective.

After engaging those targets, he moved back to the link up with his team. Enroute to that location, he saw three Taliban fighters who had breached the combat outpost’s outer perimeter and were moving toward the laundry trailer. With a sense of calmness that inspired his Soldiers, Romesha engaged and destroyed the three targets with the Dragunov rifle and moved to the tactical operations center to give 1st Lt. Andrew L. Bunderman a report confirming that enemy forces were indeed moving inside the wire.

Identifying the essential need for ammunition, Romesha planned and led a mission to secure the ammunition supply point. Under withering fire and multiple RPG strikes, Romesha pushed his team to secure the ammunition supply point. In an attempt to provide covering fire for his maneuvering forces, Romesha used an M-240B machine gun team to secure a stronghold at a sandbagged position. He then led the team to clear the area support group commander’s quarters, and once the building was clear, he solidified his position to provide multiple sectors of fire to suppress the high ground to the west and the south.

While an enemy fighter attempted to breach the wire near Romesha’s location, a member of his team was shot in the arm, so Romesha returned accurate M-4 fire and threw multiple hand grenades to destroy the enemy fighter. Romesha evacuated the casualty and returned to improve his position. In doing so, Romesha engaged targets and suppressed enemy forces to allow the remaining Soldiers at LRAS 2 and Truck 1 battle positions an opportunity to break contact back to friendly forces. Romesha coordinated and led his men to clear the ammunition supply point and then set up positions to secure it. Once the ammunition supply point was secure, Romesha determined that the entry control point was the next obstacle that needed to be reinforced, because it was the only remaining enemy avenue of approach to the tactical operations center and aid station from the northwest.

As 3rd Platoon provided a base of fire to cover the assault on the entry control point building, Romesha led his team to secure and reinforce the entry control point building using an M-203 and a squad automatic weapon. After the entry control point was secured, enemy fighters engaged with a new intensity, sending a barrage of RPGs and B10 rounds into the building. Romesha informed the tactical operations center that the rounds were originating from the village of Urmul and the Afghan National Police checkpoint directly to the front of the entry control point. Calling grid coordinates to the enemy locations, Romesha enabled the critical 120mm mortars and air support to drop in Urmul and the checkpoint. As a result, more than 30 enemy forces were destroyed and Romesha and his men were able to hold the entry control point. Romesha’s reporting and ability to direct air and indirect fire assets allowed friendly forces to gain and maintain this critical objective.

After receiving reports that there were still friendly forces at LRAS 2, Romesha provided an overwhelming amount of covering fire to allow Sgt. Bradley D. Larson, Spc. Ty Carter, and Pfc. Stephan L. Mace, who was seriously injured, to withdraw from a previously pinned down location. Once the three Soldiers arrived at the aid station, 3rd Platoon was instructed to maneuver and support Romesha’s next objective: to recover personnel killed in action at the LRAS 2 vehicle battle position. Due to heavy fire, 3rd Platoon was unable to maneuver, but Romesha decided to push anyway without the necessary suppressive and covering fire. Under overwhelming enemy small-arms fire and RPG fire, with little support or covering fire, Romesha’s team pushed through 100 meters of enemy fire with few covered positions along the way. Upon arriving at the objective, they evacuated the bodies of two American heroes, Sgt. Justin T. Gallegos and Sgt. Vernon W. Martin. This maneuver, with great risk to himself and his Soldiers, prevented the enemy fighters from taking the American bodies off the combat outpost.

Throughout the day, Romesha understood the risks he was taking, and he knowingly put his life in danger to save the lives of his Soldiers and repel a numerically superior enemy force. Romesha was personally responsible for killing more than 10 enemy fighters with either a Dragunov, an M-4 or an MK-48, and an estimated 30 anti-Afghanistan forces with indirect fire and air support. He also led his men in killing a minimum of five others beyond that. Romesha recovered his fallen Soldiers and preserved the lives of several more. His heroic actions allowed B Troop to reconsolidate on the combat outpost and enabled him to lead the counterattack that secured Combat Outpost Keating.

Well done, Sergeant Romesha, and God bless you.

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Comments

1 Not to be pedantic but it's the Medal Of Honor. Drop the "Congressional".

Posted by: Vic at February 11, 2013 10:30 AM (53z96)

2 Damn, what a kid.

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, Author of Amy Lynn available on KINDLE finally at February 11, 2013 10:31 AM (l86i3)

3 I'm pleased to meet any winner of the Medal of Honor.

Posted by: Barry Soetoro at February 11, 2013 10:32 AM (ypzqs)

4 SSG Romesha must have picked up the Quad Damage power-up.

Posted by: EC at February 11, 2013 10:34 AM (GQ8sn)

5 Posted by: Vic at February 11, 2013 10:30 AM (53z96)

That's not being pedantic. that's important.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at February 11, 2013 10:35 AM (GsoHv)

6 Bona fide badass.

Posted by: Insomniac at February 11, 2013 10:37 AM (DrWcr)

7 Wow, that thing reads like the transcript of a Call of Duty match. That guy is inhuman.

Posted by: TheCriminalBarrister at February 11, 2013 10:38 AM (wYa5u)

8 Hand SSG Romesha his wallet. It's the one that says

B A D

M O T H E R

F U C K E R

Posted by: Empire of Jeff at February 11, 2013 10:38 AM (APmL9)

9 God bless him. Glad to see the award wasn't posthumous.

Posted by: joncelli at February 11, 2013 10:39 AM (RD7QR)

10 Barack Obama is a stuttering clusterf*ck of a malignant traitor.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) Channelling Breitbart at February 11, 2013 10:39 AM (8y9MW)

11 TFG isn't worthy to lick SSG Romesha's dirt-and-blood stained boots. Let alone present him with the Medal of Honor.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) Channelling Breitbart at February 11, 2013 10:40 AM (8y9MW)

12 When I assumed the office, I directed that immediate changes be made in our policies in Afghanistan. I am pleased to note here today the important part those changes have made in our efforts. Corporal Romesh is an example of the types of successes my policies have enables.

I am sure that Corporal Romesh never thought that he would one day meet the first black President in the White House. But nonetheless, here he is. Congratulations Corporal.

Posted by: Barry Hessein O. at February 11, 2013 10:40 AM (eEfYn)

13 Chuck Norris just announced he's resigning and wants SSG Romesha to take his place.

Posted by: EC at February 11, 2013 10:40 AM (GQ8sn)

14 Dude's a frickin' action hero. John McClane got nuthin' on him.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) Channelling Breitbart at February 11, 2013 10:43 AM (8y9MW)

15 Badassery. He did it right.

Posted by: Brother Cavil, Keeper of Ampersands and Breitbart Login Spaces at February 11, 2013 10:44 AM (GBXon)

16 God bless you, SSG Romesha. You're a stone cold hero.

The only regret I have for you is that you'll be forced to receive your medal from our cowardly bastard of an unworthy Preezy. *spit!*

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Assault Hobbit at February 11, 2013 10:44 AM (4df7R)

17 There's nothing wrong with calling it "Congressional."

On another note, there's nothing wrong with calling SSG Romesha a "Medal of Honor winner."

Posted by: JohnW at February 11, 2013 10:44 AM (44oMx)

18 Thank you for your service Sgt.

Posted by: sven10077 at February 11, 2013 10:44 AM (LRFds)

19 ... and all of this was before lunch.

... and President Obama is working tirelessly to get Americans the jobs they need.

Yeah. right!

Posted by: Ultra Man at February 11, 2013 10:45 AM (e8kgV)

20 Posted by: EC at February 11, 2013 10:40 AM (GQ8sn)

That's a demotion.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at February 11, 2013 10:46 AM (GsoHv)

21 ... and President Obama is working tirelessly to get Americans the jobs they need.

Just let me make this drive. FORE!

Posted by: King Putt at February 11, 2013 10:46 AM (4df7R)

22 If a movie portrayed the events detailed above, you'd watch it and say "no effing way!" "No way that dude would still be alive".

God Bless Sgt. Romesha.

The only pity is from whom he will accept it.

Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at February 11, 2013 10:46 AM (piMMO)

23 I had an Operator I worked with once say... 'Heros are made when things go wrong.... when someone else screwed up'...

/Salute to this hero.....

But.... why in the Holy F did we have a Position with High Ground surrounding it on FOUR Sides? The Command decision which put these brave men, in this position is so stupid, it deserves an Anti Medal....

Posted by: Romeo13 at February 11, 2013 10:46 AM (lZBBB)

24 He should give a speech similar to what Dr. Carson gave.

In all seriousness, well done and G-d bless you for your service.

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at February 11, 2013 10:46 AM (XkWWK)

25 Here's to the first "President Clinton", after we forget the memory of the other one

Posted by: boulder toilet hobo at February 11, 2013 10:47 AM (QTHTd)

26 Chuck Norris just announced he's resigning and wants SSG Romesha to take his place.
Posted by: EC at February 11, 2013 10:40 AM (GQ8sn)


When Chuck Norris says his prayers at night, he prays that he can be like SSG Romesha when he grows up.

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Assault Hobbit at February 11, 2013 10:47 AM (4df7R)

27 Posted by: JohnW at February 11, 2013 10:44 AM (44oMx)

Would you want to be linked to congress in any way?

And "winner" has connotations of a contest, which is unseemly.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at February 11, 2013 10:47 AM (GsoHv)

28 Hand SSG Romesha his wallet. It's the one that says

B A D

M O T H E R

F U C K E R
Posted by: Empire of Jeff at February 11, 2013 10:38 AM (APmL9)


Yep, hey, I never got a chance to thank you for your review. It was awesome.

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, Author of Amy Lynn available on KINDLE finally at February 11, 2013 10:47 AM (l86i3)

29 No. 12. My vote for thread winner. If I had a vote.

Posted by: Major Major Major at February 11, 2013 10:47 AM (Xv7f/)

30 But.... why in the Holy F did we have a Position with High Ground
surrounding it on FOUR Sides? The Command decision which put these brave
men, in this position is so stupid, it deserves an Anti Medal....


Wasn't Keating the outpost that eventually got overrun, the one we had to "withdraw" from?

Posted by: EC at February 11, 2013 10:48 AM (GQ8sn)

31 Posted by: Romeo13 at February 11, 2013 10:46 AM (lZBBB)

There is a lot of that in Afghanistan. In part because the place is so mountainous that it's tough to avoid, but also because command allows political and cultural considerations to trump tactics.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at February 11, 2013 10:49 AM (GsoHv)

32 Good.

Posted by: Truman North at February 11, 2013 10:49 AM (I2LwF)

33
But.... why in the Holy F did we have a Position with High Ground surrounding it on FOUR Sides? The Command decision which put these brave men, in this position is so stupid, it deserves an Anti Medal..

***

Yeah. That's the first thing that grabs ya.

Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at February 11, 2013 10:50 AM (piMMO)

34 Maybe the LAPD should ask SSG Romesha to track down the MSNBCerial Killer for them. You know, since SSG Romesha actually knows A) how to shoot, B) WHO to shoot, and C) how to make each shot count. Unlike the LAPD who are

BLAM BLAM BLAM BLAM! BLAMBLAMBLAM! BLAMBLAMBLAM BLAM!

trigger happy.

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Assault Hobbit at February 11, 2013 10:50 AM (4df7R)

35 Posted by: Barry Hessein O. at February 11, 2013 10:40 AM (eEfYn)

Dammit. Why do I think it will go exactly like that.

Me me me me.

Posted by: RWC at February 11, 2013 10:51 AM (fWAjv)

36 But.... why in the Holy F did we have a Position
with High Ground surrounding it on FOUR Sides? The Command decision
which put these brave men, in this position is so stupid, it deserves an
Anti Medal....

Posted by: Romeo13 at February 11, 2013 10:46 AM (lZBBB)

Yeah, I went 'WTF?! when I got to that description too.


Well deserved, SSG Romesha.......where do we find such men?


Posted by: Tami at February 11, 2013 10:51 AM (X6akg)

37 Tremendous honor of a lifetime- receiving the CMH
Major bummer - Obama presents it to you

Posted by: Jones in CO at February 11, 2013 10:51 AM (8sCoq)

38 BLAM BLAM BLAM BLAM! BLAMBLAMBLAM! BLAMBLAMBLAM BLAM! trigger happy.
Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Assault Hobbit at February 11, 2013 10:50 AM (4df7R)

Hey, that's more than seven shots! I thought nobody needed more than seven shots!

Posted by: Insomniac at February 11, 2013 10:52 AM (DrWcr)

39 Tremendous honor of a lifetime- receiving the CMH
Major bummer - Obama presents it to you



Caveat: TFG has to salute Romesha first.

Posted by: EC at February 11, 2013 10:52 AM (GQ8sn)

40 Hey, that's more than seven shots! I thought nobody needed more than seven shots!

There were two of them.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) Channelling Breitbart at February 11, 2013 10:53 AM (8y9MW)

41 I couldn't read that without a lump in my throat, and tears in my eyes. Call me a wuss.

Posted by: Skandia Recluse at February 11, 2013 10:53 AM (ShTWV)

42 17
..


On another note, there's nothing wrong with calling SSG Romesha a "Medal of Honor winner."

***

Well, there is. See if you can find any recipient of the MOH who said (or felt like) he "won" something.

Posted by: Anerways at February 11, 2013 10:53 AM (Xv7f/)

43 Dammit. Why do I think it will go exactly like that.

Because it has.

Will Mooch be there to roll her eyes and mutter about having to waste her afternoon on the ceremony? "All this for a hunk of metal on a ribbon."

Posted by: HeatherRadish™ needs a beer at February 11, 2013 10:54 AM (/kI1Q)

44 I couldn't read that without a lump in my throat, and tears in my eyes. Call me a wuss.

Wuss.

Completely unrelated, these allergies are killing me.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) Channelling Breitbart at February 11, 2013 10:54 AM (8y9MW)

45 Damn glad he's on our side.

Posted by: Roy at February 11, 2013 10:54 AM (VndSC)

46 There is a lot of that in Afghanistan. In part
because the place is so mountainous that it's tough to avoid, but also
because command allows political and cultural considerations to trump
tactics.


Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at February 11, 2013 10:49 AM (GsoHv)


There is an old saw out there about heros. They are made when somebody in command screws the pooch.

Posted by: Vic at February 11, 2013 10:54 AM (53z96)

47 Posted by: Barry Hessein O. at February 11, 2013 10:40 AM (eEfYn) Dammit. Why do I think it will go exactly like that. Me me me me.
Posted by: RWC


For me, the funniest part: "Congratulations Corporal."

Heh.

Posted by: Lurking Canuck at February 11, 2013 10:54 AM (NF2Bf)

48 Hey, that's more than seven shots! I thought nobody needed more than seven shots!
Posted by: Insomniac at February 11, 2013 10:52 AM (DrWcr)


Don't you know? Cops are SPECIAL. Civilians are the only ones who don't need more than seven shots.

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Assault Hobbit at February 11, 2013 10:54 AM (4df7R)

49 Will Mooch be there to roll her eyes and mutter about having to waste her afternoon on the ceremony? "All this for a hunk of metal on a ribbon."
Posted by: HeatherRadish™ needs a beer at February 11, 2013 10:54 AM (/kI1Q)

Just make sure there's plenty of food to keep her distracted.

Posted by: Insomniac at February 11, 2013 10:55 AM (DrWcr)

50 If a movie portrayed the events detailed above, you'd watch it and say "no e* way!" "No way that dude would still be alive".

That was my first response as well. How can this guy even be alive?


Posted by: pep at February 11, 2013 10:55 AM (YXmuI)

51 Actually this is quite an accomplishment considering the day to day disgust in dealing with the natives..

Posted by: Clemenza at February 11, 2013 10:55 AM (x59Gv)

52 Regarding the high ground question, from what I have seen of Afghanistan (and I have relations serving there right now) there are not that many places that don't have high ground on at least 2 sides. 4 is pretty much a "sitting duck" type location.

Posted by: navybrat at February 11, 2013 10:55 AM (Z4w7Z)

53

Audie Murphy. Audie fuckin Murphy.


The difference between Murphy and Romesha is....... not a damn thing.

What IS different is how we honor hero's today. Everybody at the time knew about Eddie Rickenbacker, Sgt York, Audie Murphy, Frank Luke, Richard Bong, John Basilone. Not only knew about them.... they were publicly celebrated in the press.

Today.... meh. Today's press treat them like some sort of embarrassment.

Pisses me off.

Posted by: fixerupper at February 11, 2013 10:56 AM (nELVU)

54 Too bad Senator Beatch won't let him bring his weapons when he accepts the medal.

Posted by: Roy at February 11, 2013 10:56 AM (VndSC)

55 SSgt Romesh's story sounds like something out of the Medal of Honor games, not real life. Hell, I don't think I've every been half as bad ass in any game.

Wow! And congratulations.

Posted by: Pluskat's Dog at February 11, 2013 10:56 AM (QSvuk)

56 Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at February 11, 2013 10:49 AM (GsoHv)

I can just hear it.... 'yes Infidel... the only place where you will not pollute Holy Islamic ground is right there, in that Valley, where we can sneak up and surround you at will... for that, is the Will of Allah"...

And a day long engagement... where they only talk about ONE Air strike? (whcih killed 30 enemy).... and some 120 fire???... and no intervention of outside forces?

It appears the US Army Firepower doctrine is dead... but I've known that for awhile...

Posted by: Romeo13 at February 11, 2013 10:56 AM (lZBBB)

57 Our gratitude can never match what these men risk and what they have lost. Thank God such men still exist in America today.

Posted by: Aaron at February 11, 2013 10:56 AM (Tlix5)

58 This is video game shit... Seriously.

What a warrior.

Posted by: Washington Nearsider at February 11, 2013 10:56 AM (fwARV)

59 Don't you know? Cops are SPECIAL. Civilians are the only ones who don't need more than seven shots.
Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Assault Hobbit at February 11, 2013 10:54 AM (4df7R)

And thats to kill unarmed civilians. Imagine if someone actually shot at them.

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, Author of Amy Lynn available on KINDLE finally at February 11, 2013 10:56 AM (l86i3)

60 You win the lotto, you earn the Medal of Honor.

Posted by: Bill R. at February 11, 2013 10:57 AM (QnRSM)

61 ....where do we find such men?

From the Army site: His fondest childhood memories are of spending time with his grandpa,
the late Aury Smith, a WWII veteran, on his small ranch in Vya, Nevada.
His grandpa told him to always do his best, and that the integrity of
the family name was Romesha’s legacy to be cherished.

Posted by: HeatherRadish™ needs a beer at February 11, 2013 10:57 AM (/kI1Q)

62 Today.... meh. Today's press treat them like some sort of embarrassment.Pisses me off.

It's not like they were involved with a murderand won a Superbowl. Sheesh!

Posted by: Lurking Canuck at February 11, 2013 10:57 AM (NF2Bf)

63 I want a SSG Romesha action figure (with kung-fu grip)

Posted by: Jones in CO at February 11, 2013 10:59 AM (8sCoq)

64 But.... why in the Holy F did we have a Position
with High Ground surrounding it on FOUR Sides? The Command decision
which put these brave men, in this position is so stupid, it deserves an
Anti Medal....

Posted by: Romeo13 at February 11, 2013 10:46 AM (lZBBB)

Restrepo. It happens a lot over there. It's hard to avoid.

Posted by: Washington Nearsider at February 11, 2013 10:59 AM (fwARV)

65 It's not like they were involved with a murderand won a Superbowl. Sheesh!
Posted by: Lurking Canuck at February 11, 2013 10:57 AM (NF2Bf)


Absolutely! Those guys are the REAL warrior heroes.

[/sarc]

PISSES. ME. OFF.

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Assault Hobbit at February 11, 2013 10:59 AM (4df7R)

66 Tremendous honor of a lifetime- receiving the CMH
Major bummer - Obama presents it to you


Ya just have to remember that the MOH is being presented by the Office of The President of The United States of America on behalf of the People of The Unites States of American and not by the man.

Posted by: Nevergiveup at February 11, 2013 10:59 AM (9Bj8R)

67 It's an honor to share a country with such men.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy, who did not vote for this shit. at February 11, 2013 10:59 AM (+z4pE)

68 61 Ms Radish,

shorter answer..."not in Congress or the Oval Office"

Posted by: sven10077 at February 11, 2013 10:59 AM (LRFds)

69 somebody hit me with some knowledge


what is that gadget on The Man's helmet in that pic? First thing I thought was 'gopro camera mount'

Posted by: Jones in CO at February 11, 2013 11:00 AM (8sCoq)

70 what is that gadget on The Man's helmet in that pic? First thing I thought was 'gopro camera mount'
Posted by: Jones in CO at February 11, 2013 11:00 AM (8sCoq)

Night vision goggle lug.

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, Author of Amy Lynn available on KINDLE finally at February 11, 2013 11:00 AM (l86i3)

71 what is that gadget on The Man's helmet in that pic? First thing I thought was 'gopro camera mount'

I believe it's where he clips his NVG gear.

Posted by: EC at February 11, 2013 11:01 AM (GQ8sn)

72
That's where his NVGs mount.

Posted by: Bill R. at February 11, 2013 11:01 AM (QnRSM)

73 what is that gadget on The Man's helmet in that pic? First thing I thought was 'gopro camera mount'

Assault helmet!

Posted by: Lurking Canuck at February 11, 2013 11:01 AM (NF2Bf)

74 Romesha's actions sounds like that day should be a movie.

Yeah Romeo13, sounds like Keating was placed where World of Hurt would always fall on it.

Another guy I hope got a medal was the one unnamed dude who relieved Romesha of firing the Mk 48 machine gun. Without prompting or directing he too ran towards the sounds of battle.

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at February 11, 2013 11:01 AM (VpkjW)

75 >Ya just have to remember that the MOH is being
presented by the Office of The President of The United States of America
on behalf of the People of The Unites States of American and not by the
man.



Posted by: Nevergiveup at February 11, 2013 10:59 AM (9Bj8R)

True- bit if it was me, the photo I hang up at home has TFG photoshopped out

Posted by: Jones in CO at February 11, 2013 11:01 AM (8sCoq)

76 Well deserved. Not only were his actions heroic they were alsotactically impressive. Can never say enough about these men but you can remember them and repeat their stories. That said, I'd like to repeat one of my favorite citations regard to Lt Chontosh. In this case it was for the Navy Cross.John Wayne motherfucker.

For extraordinary heroism as Combined Anti-Armor Platoon Commander, Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM on 25 March 2003. While leading his platoon north on Highway I toward Ad Diwaniyah, First Lieutenant Chontosh's platoon moved into a coordinated ambush of mortars, rocket propelled grenades, and automatic weapons fire. With coalition tanks blocking the road ahead, he realized his platoon was caught in a kill zone. He had his driver move the vehicle through a breach along his flank, where he was immediately taken under fire from an entrenched machine gun. Without hesitation, First Lieutenant Chontosh ordered the driver to advance directly at the enemy position enabling his .50 caliber machine gunner to silence the enemy. He then directed his driver into the enemy trench, where he exited his vehicle and began to clear the trench with an M16A2 service rifle and 9 millimeter pistol. His ammunition depleted, First Lieutenant Chontosh, with complete disregard for his safety, twice picked up discarded enemy rifles and continued his ferocious attack. When a Marine following him found an enemy rocket propelled grenade launcher, First Lieutenant Chontosh used it to destroy yet another group of enemy soldiers. When his audacious attack ended, he had cleared over 200 meters of the enemy trench, killing more than 20 enemy soldiers and wounding several others. By his outstanding display of decisive leadership, unlimited courage in the face of heavy enemy fire, and utmost devotion to duty, First Lieutenant Chontosh reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.



Posted by: polynikes at February 11, 2013 11:01 AM (m2CN7)

77 And, as a side note: He's kinda cute.

Hubba hubba

Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at February 11, 2013 11:02 AM (piMMO)

78 True- bit if it was me, the photo I hang up at home has TFG photoshopped out

And photoshop in Kate Upton?

Posted by: Lurking Canuck at February 11, 2013 11:02 AM (NF2Bf)

79 >That's where his NVGs mount.



Posted by: Bill R. at February 11, 2013 11:01 AM (QnRSM)\
I loaned my "Big Book of Acronyms" to a guy who dropped it in a lake. WTF is NVG

Posted by: Jones in CO at February 11, 2013 11:03 AM (8sCoq)

80 oh Night Vision Gear

it flips up when not in use, right?

Posted by: Jones in CO at February 11, 2013 11:03 AM (8sCoq)

81 what is that gadget on The Man's helmet in that pic? First thing I thought was 'gopro camera mount'


Posted by: Jones in CO at February 11, 2013 11:00 AM (8sCoq)
NOG mount

Posted by: Washington Nearsider at February 11, 2013 11:03 AM (fwARV)

82 Night Vision Goggles

Posted by: Bill R. at February 11, 2013 11:03 AM (QnRSM)

83 And photoshop in Kate Upton?
Posted by: Lurking Canuck at February 11, 2013 11:02 AM (NF2Bf)


When she struggles to toss herself at his feet there will be no need for Photoshopping.

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, Author of Amy Lynn available on KINDLE finally at February 11, 2013 11:03 AM (l86i3)

84 I wonder if Romesha is interested in some Presidentin', because the Constitution is under complex attack by an enemy force that I'm inclined to think would be no match for him if we turned him loose.


That account of his actions really is awe inspiring.
There is just no other way to put it.

Posted by: ontherocks at February 11, 2013 11:03 AM (aZ6ew)

85 Night Vision Goggles or NVG or AN/PVS-7 to be really picky.

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at February 11, 2013 11:03 AM (VpkjW)

86 what is that gadget on The Man's helmet in that pic? First thing I thought was 'gopro camera mount' Posted by: Jones in CO at February 11, 2013 11:00 AM (8sCoq)
Pelosi tells me its an attachement for his bayonett.

Posted by: polynikes at February 11, 2013 11:04 AM (m2CN7)

87 True- bit if it was me, the photo I hang up at home has TFG photoshopped out
Posted by: Jones in CO at February 11, 2013 11:01 AM (8sCoq)


And replaced with a more suitable CiC, like George Washington, or possibly just an animate form of the Resolute Desk.

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Assault Hobbit at February 11, 2013 11:04 AM (4df7R)

88 These guys are always so humble it's probably a challenge just to show up and accept it.

Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at February 11, 2013 11:04 AM (piMMO)

89 Pelosi's visage, the only thing that would melt anyone's bayonet.

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at February 11, 2013 11:05 AM (VpkjW)

90 When she struggles to toss herself at his feet there will be no need for Photoshopping.

It's supposed to go around my neck! Oh, wait....uhhh...that's not regulat....

*passes out*

Posted by: Lurking Canuck at February 11, 2013 11:06 AM (NF2Bf)

91 poly

he's a unicorn?

Posted by: phoenixgirl at February 11, 2013 11:06 AM (GVxQo)

92 >And photoshop in Kate Upton?

Posted by: Lurking Canuck at February 11, 2013 11:02 AM (NF2Bf)


Yes. When SGT Jones in CO receives the CMH, it is from Kate Upton. Afterwards there is a big BBQ lunch in the back yard of the White House. Music by ZZTop. Kate whispers in my ear that she wants to have my babies.

Posted by: Jones in CO at February 11, 2013 11:06 AM (8sCoq)

93 Pelosi's visage, the only thing that would melt anyone's bayonet.

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at February 11, 2013 11:05 AM (VpkjW)


IYKWIMAITYD

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Assault Hobbit at February 11, 2013 11:06 AM (4df7R)

94 NVGs Night Vissions Goggles or "gear"


Posted by: sven10077 at February 11, 2013 11:07 AM (LRFds)

95 85 Ms Puma,

sometimes referred to ad NOD Night Observation Device is non official parlance....

Posted by: sven10077 at February 11, 2013 11:07 AM (LRFds)

96 I think the Sarge deserves his award. Too bad it has to be presented by such a worthless, America hating dirtbag.

Posted by: maddogg at February 11, 2013 11:08 AM (OlN4e)

97 So I sleep in one day, and wake up and find out the pope resigns. I mention my surprise of it it on FB, and it takes 2 minutes for a pope expert to tell me its been 600 years sine a pope resigned. Yes dumb ass, I read the article too.

Posted by: Whatev at February 11, 2013 11:08 AM (A7Wh1)

98
Posted by: Jones in CO at February 11, 2013 11:06 AM (8sCoq


Don't do anything to upset Justin Verlander. I want the Tigers to go all the way this year.

Posted by: Bill R. at February 11, 2013 11:08 AM (QnRSM)

99 Good Lord, I nearly shit my pants just reading that account, I can't imagine actually going through it!

Posted by: tsrblke (work) at February 11, 2013 11:10 AM (oG3dE)

100
I got tired just reading what Clinton Romesha did that day. That's one guy who would definitely survive a zombie apocalypse.

Posted by: JustLikeDavidHasselhoff at February 11, 2013 11:10 AM (3PHCO)

101 Was there a moment during the action when SSG 'Clint' said "Go ahead, goatfuckers- make my day."

Posted by: Jones in CO at February 11, 2013 11:10 AM (8sCoq)

102 Don't do anything to upset Justin Verlander. I want the Tigers to go all the way this year.
Posted by: Bill R. at February 11, 2013 11:08 AM (QnRSM)


IYKWIMAITYD

Okay, apparently that's going to be my running joke today.

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Assault Hobbit at February 11, 2013 11:10 AM (4df7R)

103 I would like to be on his paintball team.

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, Author of Amy Lynn available on KINDLE finally at February 11, 2013 11:10 AM (l86i3)

104 >Don't do anything to upset Justin Verlander. I want the Tigers to go all the way this year.

Posted by: Bill R. at February 11, 2013 11:08 AM (QnRSM)

I don't know what this means

Posted by: Jones in CO at February 11, 2013 11:11 AM (8sCoq)

105 Audie Murphy. Tony Stein. Sylvester Antolak. Jack Lummus. Dick O'Kane. Stanley Adams. John McGinty.

Stand tall in their company, SSgt Romesha. You earned it. You belong there.

Posted by: wolfwalker at February 11, 2013 11:12 AM (QfzaP)

106

This is not a movie, nor a tv show.

A real hero.

God Bless.

I wish I knew him, personally.

Posted by: beach drizzle at February 11, 2013 11:12 AM (LpQbZ)

107 I would like to be on his paintball team.
Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, Author of Amy Lynn available on KINDLE finally at February 11, 2013 11:10 AM (l86i3) /i]

I sure as hell wouldn't want to be on the OTHER guy's paintball team.

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Assault Hobbit at February 11, 2013 11:12 AM (4df7R)

108 I would like to be on his paintball team.


Heh...that reminds me of the Superbowl Volkswagon ad with the kid rounding up his hardcore buddies.

Posted by: EC at February 11, 2013 11:12 AM (GQ8sn)

109 It's not like they were involved with a murderand won a Superbowl. Sheesh!

Where ARE our priorities?!

(Funniest thing I read on Twitter this morning was speculation that Benedict would talk about God less in the last two weeks of his career than Ray Lewis did in the last two weeks of his.)

Posted by: HeatherRadish™ needs a beer at February 11, 2013 11:12 AM (/kI1Q)

110 TFG will give him the stealth bird nose scratch.



Posted by: eleven at February 11, 2013 11:12 AM (KXm42)

111 The folks who make decisions to put an operating base in a bowl/funnel for enemy fire are the same type of people who loudly proclaim "what difference does it make" when asked about things such as how our ambassador was killed in Libya. "It happens a lot over there" isn't an explanation.

Posted by: ejo at February 11, 2013 11:13 AM (GXvSO)

112 Scene I'd LOVE to see...
Prezzy: Sgt. Romesha, is there anything you'd like to say???

Sgt. Romesha: Yes, Mr. President, while I was there taking fire.... which Golf Course were you playing?'

Posted by: Romeo13 at February 11, 2013 11:13 AM (lZBBB)

113 (Funniest thing I read on Twitter this morning was speculation that Benedict would talk about God less in the last two weeks of his career than Ray Lewis did in the last two weeks of his.)
Posted by: HeatherRadish™ needs a beer at February 11, 2013 11:12 AM (/kI1Q)


It's funny b/c it's TRUE.

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Assault Hobbit at February 11, 2013 11:13 AM (4df7R)

114 Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at February 11, 2013 10:47 AM (GsoHv)

Winner has historical, martial connotations that have nothing to do with contests or sweepstakes.

Posted by: JohnW at February 11, 2013 11:13 AM (44oMx)

115 Sgt. Romesha: Yes, Mr. President, while I was there taking fire.... which Golf Course were you playing?'


Heh...

"Mr. President, would you like to go skeet shooting with me?"

Posted by: EC at February 11, 2013 11:14 AM (GQ8sn)

116
1 American Soldier > 400 goatfuckers.

Sounds about right.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy, who did not vote for this shit. at February 11, 2013 11:14 AM (+z4pE)

117 "Mr. President, would you like to go skeet shooting with me?"
Posted by: EC at February 11, 2013 11:14 AM (GQ8sn)


Or even, "Mr. President, I hear you like skeet shooting. What's your score?"

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Assault Hobbit at February 11, 2013 11:14 AM (4df7R)

118
Posted by: Jones in CO at February 11, 2013 11:11 AM (8sCoq)


He's the star pitcher for the Detroit Tigers and is dating Kate Upton. He's alreadywon the Cy Young and has two no hitters so far.

Posted by: Bill R. at February 11, 2013 11:15 AM (QnRSM)

119 Or even, "Mr. President, I hear you like skeet shooting. What's your score?"


And then SSG giggling.

Posted by: EC at February 11, 2013 11:15 AM (GQ8sn)

120 >> I got tired just reading what Clinton Romesha did that day. That's one guy who would definitely survive a zombie apocalypse.

I was going to excerpt it, but it's damned near impossible to do.

Posted by: Andy at February 11, 2013 11:15 AM (xjvLO)

121 And then SSG giggling.
Posted by: EC at February 11, 2013 11:15 AM (GQ8sn)


Yes, please!

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Assault Hobbit at February 11, 2013 11:15 AM (4df7R)

122 He's the star pitcher for the Detroit Tigers and is dating Kate Upton.

He is also a bastard.

Posted by: EC at February 11, 2013 11:15 AM (GQ8sn)

123 I like the part where he gets his kill on, soaks up an RPG round, then runs in to the TOC to tell the 1LT, who is the only officer mentioned in the account, "Oh hey, sir. Just FYI, we've got fuckin' rug merchants in the wire and I'll be running out now to put a halt to their bullshit. And I was thinkin' after that I'd call for fire on these dicks at the top of the hill, hooah?"

"Sounds good, Sergeant. I'll be out in a couple of minutes - these ramen noodles are taking forever to cook!"

"Stove ain't turned on, sir."

"Oh... thanks Sergeant Romesha."

Posted by: Empire of Jeff at February 11, 2013 11:16 AM (APmL9)

124 Romeo13, kinda like Robin Olds meeting with President Johnson. Olds told LBJ to 'get us out of this GD war!' LBJ then asked how. Olds said 'by winning it!'

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at February 11, 2013 11:16 AM (VpkjW)

125 The folks who make decisions to put an operating base in a bowl/funnel for enemy fire....

Yeah I noticed that too and I'm not exactly Joe tactics. Why would you set up camp surrounded on all sides?

Posted by: eleven at February 11, 2013 11:16 AM (KXm42)

126 Heh...

"Mr. President, would you like to go skeet shooting with me?"


Posted by: EC at February 11, 2013 11:14 AM (GQ8sn)

Yeah... I've got this invitation to go shooting with Dick Cheney...

Posted by: Romeo13 at February 11, 2013 11:16 AM (lZBBB)

127 The folks who make decisions to put an operating base in a bowl/funnel for enemy fire are the same type of people who loudly proclaim "what difference does it make" when asked about things such as how our ambassador was killed in Libya. "It happens a lot over there" isn't an explanation.

***

I'm not sure it's the thread for it, but I was sitting at a drive-through about an hour ago, listening to KT McFarland layout the events as we now know them. I cried. I have never before felt so completely betrayed by my country that they would turn their backs as Americans were being slaughtered.

I contend that there was never supposed to be any survivors to tell the tale.

Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at February 11, 2013 11:16 AM (piMMO)

128 "Sounds good, Sergeant. I'll be out in a couple of minutes - these ramen noodles are taking forever to cook!"
"Stove ain't turned on, sir."
"Oh... thanks Sergeant Romesha."

Posted by: Empire of Jeff at February 11, 2013 11:16 AM (APmL9)


EOJ - bringing the funny before noon as always.

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Assault Hobbit at February 11, 2013 11:17 AM (4df7R)

129 Just read the description of SSG Romesha's deeds. Outstanding!

Exit question: what genius established a combat outpost surrounded by high ground on all sides?

Posted by: Jones in CO at February 11, 2013 11:17 AM (8sCoq)

130 Exit question: what genius established a combat outpost surrounded by high ground on all sides?


Prolly some Westpointer.

Posted by: EC at February 11, 2013 11:18 AM (GQ8sn)

131 Damn. Amazing.

Was there a weapon at that outpost he didn't use?

The goatfucker savages he was fighting should probably be thankful that there wasn't a spare battleship laying around.

Posted by: Hollowpoint at February 11, 2013 11:18 AM (SY2Kh)

132 Combat Outpost Keating is a fucking kill box. What military genius thought that this was defensible position?

Aces high, SSG Clinton Romesha!

Posted by: Fritz at February 11, 2013 11:19 AM (WM+rJ)

133 Exit question: what genius established a combat outpost surrounded by high ground on all sides?
Posted by: Jones in CO at February 11, 2013 11:17 AM (8sCoq)


I'm just going to blame Bammy. In the end, it all goes back to the lily-livered coward in the Oval Office.

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Assault Hobbit at February 11, 2013 11:19 AM (4df7R)

134 Kate whispers in my ear that she wants to have my horsebabies.

Edited for compliance with the Style Guide.

Posted by: Brother Cavil, Keeper of Ampersands and Breitbart Login Spaces at February 11, 2013 11:20 AM (GBXon)

135 The goatfucker savages he was fighting should probably be thankful that there wasn't a spare battleship laying around.


***

Or ninja stars, or nunchucks or a baseball bat....

Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at February 11, 2013 11:20 AM (piMMO)

136 Was there a weapon at that outpost he didn't use?

They had to edit out the part where he bludgeoned a handful of jihadis to death with his massive brass balls.

Posted by: Brother Cavil, Keeper of Ampersands and Breitbart Login Spaces at February 11, 2013 11:21 AM (GBXon)

137 EoJ's little diss at officers has way too much truth to it.

Lt. "Hey I don't have maps on my scope."

Me "On the way."

Look at scope, see maps is selected. Adjust intensity on maps. Maps appear.

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at February 11, 2013 11:21 AM (VpkjW)

138 They had to edit out the part where he bludgeoned a handful of jihadis to death with his massive brass balls.
Posted by: Brother Cavil, Keeper of Ampersands and Breitbart Login Spaces at February 11, 2013 11:21 AM (GBXon)
LOL

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, Author of Amy Lynn available on KINDLE finally at February 11, 2013 11:21 AM (l86i3)

139 "...Richard Bong, John Basilone. Not only knew about them.... they were publicly celebrated in the press. Today.... meh. Today's press treat them like some sort of embarrassment.Pisses me off."
Posted by: fixerupper at February 11, 2013 10:56 AM (nELVU)

Funny you should bring up Richard 'Dick' Bong, since so few know about him. My late Stepfather was a Chief Petty Officer on the aircraft carrierUSS Beleau Wood in the Pacific during WWII, and once met Dick Bong, Ace of Aces,after a tactical briefing of some sort, where Bong was giving a lecture to the ship's pilots. He said Bong was a very serious, very intense guy, completely focused on his work. Everyone held him in awe.

Posted by: troyriser at February 11, 2013 11:21 AM (vtiE6)

140 They had to edit out the part where he bludgeoned a handful of jihadis to death with his massive brass balls.

***

giggle giggle giggle giggle giggle giggle

Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at February 11, 2013 11:21 AM (piMMO)

141 The goatfucker savages he was fighting should probably be thankful that there wasn't a spare battleship laying around.
*** Or ninja stars, or nunchucks or a baseball bat....


Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at February 11, 2013 11:20 AM (piMMO)



Or a Super Soaker, NERF football, feather pillow....

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Assault Hobbit at February 11, 2013 11:22 AM (4df7R)

142 Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Assault Hobbit at February 11, 2013 11:19 AM (4df7R)

Actualy.... hate to say it... but this IS on Bush.... he is the one who changed the training from Big Battle, to AnitInsurgency....ie.... away from War Fighting and towards 'winnning hearts and minds'...

Posted by: Romeo13 at February 11, 2013 11:22 AM (lZBBB)

143 Was there a weapon at that outpost he didn't use?

Phased plasma rifle in the 40 watt range.

Posted by: Schwalbe: The Me-262© at February 11, 2013 11:22 AM (UU0OF)

144 He's the star pitcher for the Detroit Tigers and is dating Kate Upton. He's alreadywon the Cy Young and has two no hitters so far.

How in the flying fuck do you pitch two no hitters when all of the blood in your body has flowed into your Century Boner?

Posted by: Lurking Canuck at February 11, 2013 11:23 AM (NF2Bf)

145 Actualy.... hate to say it... but this IS on Bush.... he is the one who changed the training from Big Battle, to AnitInsurgency....ie.... away from War Fighting and towards 'winnning hearts and minds'...
Posted by: Romeo13 at February 11, 2013 11:22 AM (lZBBB)


Oh, I didn't say Dubya didn't hold some of the blame. But at this point in time I'm choosing to pin every single failure in everything, public and private, on Obammy. The left has done it for years with our guys, so I'm just following their lead.

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Assault Hobbit at February 11, 2013 11:24 AM (4df7R)

146 I knew it.

From Wiki:

As a result of the battle, COP Keating was partially overrun and nearly completely destroyed.[1][6]:531-41Observation Post ("OP") Fritsche was attacked simultaneously, limiting available support from that position.[7]
The Coalition forces withdrew from the base shortly after the battle. A
deliberate withdrawal had been planned some time before the battle
began, and the closing was part of a wider effort by the top commander
in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal, to cede remote outposts and consolidate troops in more populated areas to better protect Afghan civilians.[8]
The Americans "declared the outpost closed and departed — so quickly
that they did not carry out all of their stored ammunition. The
outpost’s depot was promptly looted by the insurgents and bombed by
American planes in an effort to destroy the lethal munitions left
behind."[2]

Posted by: EC at February 11, 2013 11:24 AM (GQ8sn)

147 Or a Super Soaker, NERF football, feather pillow...


***

Imagine what Sgt. MacGyver could have done with a piece of chewing gum, a paperclip, and some chili pepper.

Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at February 11, 2013 11:24 AM (piMMO)

148 Hi All,

Well done, Clinton Romesha.

In a related note I was reading the AP news story about Navy Seal Chris Kyle's funeral this morning. The comments made by people were revolting, I wont even repeat them here.

I am glad to see thousands turning out to honor Mr. Kyle.






Posted by: Judge_Roy_bean at February 11, 2013 11:24 AM (cCxiu)

149 >once met Dick Bong, Ace of Aces,


How awesome is it that America had a CMH recipient named Dick Bong


he was a P-38 pilot- killed in a postwar plane crash as a test pilot

Posted by: Jones in CO at February 11, 2013 11:24 AM (8sCoq)

150 How in the flying fuck do you pitch two no hitters when all of the blood in your body has flowed into your Century Boner?


***

A satisfied man with no other distractions in front of him.

Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at February 11, 2013 11:25 AM (piMMO)

151 Imagine what Sgt. MacGyver could have done with a piece of chewing gum, a paperclip, and some chili pepper.
Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at February 11, 2013 11:24 AM (piMMO)


The stories told about him by the filthy jihadis would be EPIC.

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Assault Hobbit at February 11, 2013 11:26 AM (4df7R)

152 Jones in CO. Richard Bong was killed while testing the P-80 Shooting Star. At least he made it home. US Ace #2 Tommy McGuire did a rookie mistake in combat and was killed.

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at February 11, 2013 11:26 AM (VpkjW)

153 The stories told about him by the filthy jihadis would be EPIC.

***

I bet!

Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at February 11, 2013 11:27 AM (piMMO)

154 I stand in awe of men like this one!

Posted by: Hrothgar at February 11, 2013 11:27 AM (Cnqmv)

155 Of course one of the ironies is, there is not a Bong AFB. But in NJ is McGuire AFB.

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at February 11, 2013 11:27 AM (VpkjW)

156 Actualy.... hate to say it... but this IS on Bush.... he is the one who changed the training from Big Battle, to AnitInsurgency....ie.... away from War Fighting and towards 'winnning hearts and minds'...
Posted by: Romeo13 at February 11, 2013 11:22 AM (lZBBB)

There is no big battle to fight after you have won the war. You have to fight the insurgency. Unfortunately the only thing Bush or Obama nowcould doin Afghanistan to win the hearts and mindswas to marry the Chief Taliban's daughter.

Posted by: polynikes at February 11, 2013 11:28 AM (m2CN7)

157 Folks, if you're looking to toast SSG Romesha using Maker's Mark bourbon, make sure you've got some laid by. According to the sidebar article they have to reduce the alcohol content by volume by 3% just to keep up production at a sufficient level to meet demand.

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Assault Hobbit at February 11, 2013 11:28 AM (4df7R)

158 64 But.... why in the Holy F did we have a Position
with High Ground surrounding it on FOUR Sides?

Posted by: Romeo13 at February 11, 2013 10:46 AM (lZBBB)



Pffffttt....no problem.

Posted by: Dien Bien Phu at February 11, 2013 11:28 AM (zSvSG)

159 Exit question: what genius established a combat outpost surrounded by high ground on all sides?


Posted by: Jones in CO at February 11, 2013 11:17 AM (8sCoq)

They're damned near impossible to avoid in Afghanistan. Restrepo is another famous one.

What happens in a lot of cases is that the Army puts a pin on a map and says 'take and hold'. So they do.

Posted by: Washington Nearsider at February 11, 2013 11:28 AM (fwARV)

160

Was there a weapon at that outpost he didn't use?


-----

Note to Janet Napolitano.

He didnt use fucking SCISSORS!!!!

Posted by: fixerupper at February 11, 2013 11:29 AM (nELVU)

161 158 64 But.... why in the Holy F did we have a Position
with High Ground surrounding it on FOUR Sides?

Posted by: Romeo13 at February 11, 2013 10:46 AM (lZBBB)


Tac Air and C-130's. Suck it, Charlie.

Posted by: Khe Sahn/MAG-12 at February 11, 2013 11:30 AM (zSvSG)

162 I hold my manhood cheap.

Posted by: toby928© throws his 2 cents in at February 11, 2013 11:30 AM (evdj2)

163 Note to Janet Napolitano.He didnt use fucking SCISSORS!!!!
Posted by: fixerupper at February 11, 2013 11:29 AM (nELVU)


Which isn't to say he couldn't have done some serious damage with a set of pinking shears and a pair of elementary school safety scissors. The guy's a bona fide action hero.

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Assault Hobbit at February 11, 2013 11:30 AM (4df7R)

164 Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch not required.

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at February 11, 2013 11:31 AM (VpkjW)

165 Folks, if you're looking to toast SSG Romesha using Maker's Mark
bourbon, make sure you've got some laid by. According to the sidebar
article they have to reduce the alcohol content by volume by 3% just to
keep up production at a sufficient level to meet demand.


This vexes me. As a fan of their product, I am upset but happy to hear they are doing well around the world. It will mean I just have to drink more.

Posted by: EC at February 11, 2013 11:31 AM (GQ8sn)

166 > According to the sidebar article they have to reduce the alcohol
content by volume by 3% just to keep up production at a sufficient level
to meet demand.


I'm just a caveman- your modern world frightens and confuses me- but I do know this: this is a bad business decision

Posted by: Jones in CO at February 11, 2013 11:31 AM (8sCoq)

167 Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch not required.

Three is the number.

Posted by: EC at February 11, 2013 11:32 AM (GQ8sn)

168 Posted by: Romeo13 at February 11, 2013 11:22 AM (lZBBB)

Unfortunately....yes.

It is the mission of the United States Armed Forces to kill people and take their land.

It is the mission of the United States Department of State to make the survivors like us.

Anything else just confuses things.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at February 11, 2013 11:32 AM (GsoHv)

169 Tac Air and C-130's. Suck it, Charlie.


Posted by: Khe Sahn/MAG-12 at February 11, 2013 11:30 AM (zSvSG)


Which were apparently mostly unavailable.... it only talks about ONE airstrike, and some 120 motars, in a DAY long engagement...

You are correct.... this should have been a bloodbath for those who surrounded this place.... apparently, it was not...

Posted by: Romeo13 at February 11, 2013 11:32 AM (lZBBB)

170 161 158 64 But.... why in the Holy F did we have a Position
with High Ground surrounding it on FOUR Sides?

Posted by: Romeo13 at February 11, 2013 10:46 AM (lZBBB)



Tac Air and C-130's. Suck it, Charlie.

Posted by: Khe Sahn/MAG-12 at February 11, 2013 11:30 AM (zSvSG)



Ahem.....

Posted by: B-52s at six fuckin' miles up at February 11, 2013 11:32 AM (zSvSG)

171 The AoS HQ header and Mencken's quote have seldom seen a more appropriate placement than above this story.


I'd love to have heard a soundtrack for this story with mortars, automatic weapons fire, RPG and small arms all sporadically cracking against the background din of one set of enormous brass balls clanging nonstop.

Posted by: ontherocks at February 11, 2013 11:33 AM (aZ6ew)

172 I especially admire the gallows humor. From Tapper's book:

Romesha ran up to the vehicle under enemy fire.

“This doesn’t look good,” Romesha said. “We’re all going to die.”

He laughed — he had a pretty dark sense of humor, Romesha. “You okay?”

Posted by: JPS at February 11, 2013 11:33 AM (3cq87)

173 Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch not required.
Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at February 11, 2013 11:31 AM (VpkjW)


The killer bunny took one look at SSG Romesha, piddled on a rock in sheer terror, and moved to a convent.

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Assault Hobbit at February 11, 2013 11:33 AM (4df7R)

174 According to the sidebar article they have to reduce the alcohol
content by volume by 3% just to keep up production at a sufficient level
to meet demand.


Yeah, saw that. I drink quite a lot of Makers Mark, or at least I used to.

I've never noticed any shortage, though they did jack up the price on it recently. Oh well, guess I'll just have to stick with Bulleit instead.

Posted by: Hollowpoint at February 11, 2013 11:36 AM (SY2Kh)

175 Posted by: B-52s at six fuckin' miles up at February 11, 2013 11:32 AM (zSvSG)

Uh.... Big Buff.... I know we called you out.... but current ROEs won't allow us to use you for tactical support unless we are 100% sure there are no civilians in the area.... RTB at this time...

Posted by: Romeo13 at February 11, 2013 11:36 AM (lZBBB)

176 Posted by: Hollowpoint at February 11, 2013 11:36 AM (SY2Kh)

Oh, the horror!

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at February 11, 2013 11:36 AM (GsoHv)

177 Which were apparently mostly unavailable.... it only talks about ONE airstrike, and some 120 motars, in a DAY long engagement...

One airstrike and four deuce in a deep shit situation?

Sounds like someone didn't manage their air assets very well.

Posted by: 98ZJUSMC Waiting for the Sun at February 11, 2013 11:37 AM (zSvSG)

178
Posted by: Lurking Canuck at February 11, 2013 11:23 AM (NF2Bf)


I believe they were both pre Kate Upton. When he got rocked so bad in the All Star game, he had just started dating her. Is there a connection? Who knows.

Posted by: Bill R. at February 11, 2013 11:37 AM (QnRSM)

179 I hope the army let him sleep for a week after that day.

Posted by: EC at February 11, 2013 11:38 AM (GQ8sn)

180 Romesha is a soldier for legends.

but why would we build a base surrounded by high ground on four sides?

Posted by: weo at February 11, 2013 11:39 AM (9JrlY)

181 OT, from NYPost and Esquire, an interview with the Seal who killed OBL
Members of SEAL Team 6 understood there was a great chance they’d die or be captured in this harrowing mission.
The Pentagon even developed a plan if the SEALs were approached by Pakistani forces, who were not told of the mission.
“We would surrender. The original plan was to have Vice President Biden fly to Islamabad and negotiate our release with Pakistan's president,” the shooter said.
“This is hearsay, but I understand Obama said, 'Hell no. My guys are not surrendering. What do we need to rain hell on the Pakistani military?' That was the one time in my life I was thinking, I am f--king voting for this guy. I had a picture of him lying in bed at night, thinking, 'You're not fucking with my guys.’ Like, he's thinking about us.”


wow. How to square that with Benghazi

Posted by: thunderb at February 11, 2013 11:39 AM (Dnbau)

182 http://www.army.mil/article/95790/COP_Keating__The_Battle_Begins/

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at February 11, 2013 11:39 AM (VpkjW)

183 Posted by: Bill R. at February 11, 2013 11:37 AM (QnRSM)


Why do I suddenly get a flash of a very frustrated Kate Upton.... ala 'Nuke Laloush' from Bull Durham?

Posted by: Romeo13 at February 11, 2013 11:40 AM (lZBBB)

184 what is that gadget on The Man's helmet in that pic?

Posted by: Jones in CO at February 11, 2013 11:00 AM (8sCoq)

Don't listen to anyone else.

That's an attachment point for the sling to hold his balls off the ground.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at February 11, 2013 11:41 AM (GsoHv)

185 “We would surrender. The original plan was to have Vice President Biden fly to Islamabad and negotiate our release with Pakistan's president,” the shooter said.

“This is hearsay, but I understand Obama said, 'Hell no. My guys are not surrendering. What do we need to rain hell on the Pakistani military?' That was the one time in my life I was thinking, I am f--king voting for this guy. I had a picture of him lying in bed at night, thinking, 'You're not fucking with my guys.’ Like, he's thinking about us.”


Yeeeeeah, I respect this man for his service and what he did in killing Bin Laden. But anyone who believes that Obama would say that, and certainly that Obama would say that for any reason other than his own benefit, is not acquainted with the hard reality of what a shitsucker our Preezy is.

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Assault Hobbit at February 11, 2013 11:41 AM (4df7R)

186 175 Posted by: B-52s at six fuckin' miles up at February 11, 2013 11:32 AM (zSvSG)

Uh.... Big Buff.... I know we called you out.... but current ROEs won't allow us to use you for tactical support unless we are 100% sure there are no civilians in the area.... RTB at this time...
Posted by: Romeo13 at February 11, 2013 11:36 AM (lZBBB)


Referencing Khe Sahn, not the sand box. I would like to believe that a B-52 could loiter for hours with a belly load of incredibly precise ordinance for just such situations, nowadays.

Posted by: 98ZJUSMC Waiting for the Sun at February 11, 2013 11:41 AM (zSvSG)

187 wow. How to square that with Benghazi


Keep in mind it's the MFM telling us that.

Posted by: EC at February 11, 2013 11:42 AM (GQ8sn)

188 [iKeep in mind it's the MFM telling us that.
Posted by: EC at February 11, 2013 11:42 AM (GQ8sn)

And that it's hearsay. Who heard and who said?

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Assault Hobbit at February 11, 2013 11:42 AM (4df7R)

189 OT, but WTH just happened to Major Garrett?

He just tweeted this:

The fuck I am. That is shirty business what you did. Fix it. I'm not fucking kidding.

Somebody is pissed!

Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at February 11, 2013 11:42 AM (piMMO)

190
The Pentagon even developed a plan if the SEALs were approached by Pakistani forces, who were not told of the mission.
“We would surrender. The original plan was to have Vice President Biden fly to Islamabad and negotiate our release with Pakistan's president,” the shooter said.
“This is hearsay, but I understand Obama said, 'Hell no. My guys are not surrendering. What do we need to rain hell on the Pakistani military?' That was the one time in my life I was thinking, I am f--king voting for this guy. I had a picture of him lying in bed at night, thinking, 'You're not fucking with my guys.’ Like, he's thinking about us.”


"This is heresay" is the operative sentence in that quote. I wouldn't put it past TFG to issue propaganda to them.

I don't trust him.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy, who did not vote for this shit. at February 11, 2013 11:43 AM (+z4pE)

191 well, remember that OBL was killed before Benghazi. Wonder if he still feels that way

Posted by: thunderb at February 11, 2013 11:43 AM (Dnbau)

192 Completely OT: anyone know anything about a group called YPO (Young Presidents Organization)? They may be my next client.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) Channelling Breitbart at February 11, 2013 11:44 AM (8y9MW)

193 well, remember that OBL was killed before Benghazi. Wonder if he still feels that way


It wouldn't surprise me one bit if TFG was the one that suggested they surrender.

Posted by: EC at February 11, 2013 11:44 AM (GQ8sn)

194 “This is hearsay, but I understand Obama said, 'Hell no. My guys are not
surrendering. What do we need to rain hell on the Pakistani military?'"





'Hearsay' being the operative word there.



Posted by: Tami at February 11, 2013 11:45 AM (X6akg)

195 "This is heresay" is the operative sentence in that quote. I wouldn't put it past TFG to issue propaganda to them.

I don't trust him.

***

Ditto

Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at February 11, 2013 11:45 AM (piMMO)

196 please never let it happen that our service members have to rely on the wit and wisdom of Joe Biden to negotiate for their lives and their freedom

Posted by: thunderb at February 11, 2013 11:46 AM (Dnbau)

197 It wouldn't surprise me one bit if TFG was the one that suggested they surrender.
Posted by: EC at February 11, 2013 11:44 AM (GQ8sn)


Exactly. And then one of the go-betweens, realizing the negative motivation such an order would give, turned it around and said, "Um, yeah, the President says there's no way he wants you to surrender. Just... he's thinking of you. If we have to rain hell on the Paki military, we'll do it."

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Assault Hobbit at February 11, 2013 11:46 AM (4df7R)

198 Somebody is pissed!

Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at February 11, 2013 11:42 AM (piMMO)


about what? any clue?

Posted by: jwb7605 (Let It Burn) at February 11, 2013 11:47 AM (Qxe/p)

199 please never let it happen that our service members have to rely on the wit and wisdom of Joe Biden to negotiate for their lives and their freedom
Posted by: thunderb at February 11, 2013 11:46 AM (Dnbau)


You'd do better to equip them all with emergency cyanide capsules.

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Assault Hobbit at February 11, 2013 11:47 AM (4df7R)

200 Posted by: 98ZJUSMC Waiting for the Sun at February 11, 2013 11:41 AM (zSvSG)

Understood... just pointing out how times, have changed...

Posted by: Romeo13 at February 11, 2013 11:48 AM (lZBBB)

201 189
OT, but WTH just happened to Major Garrett?



He just tweeted this:



The fuck I am. That is shirty business what you did. Fix it. I'm not fucking kidding.



Somebody is pissed!

Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at February 11, 2013 11:42 AM (piMMO)


I can't find that tweet on his timeline. @MajorCBS, right?

Posted by: Tami at February 11, 2013 11:48 AM (X6akg)

202 Rambo lives.

Posted by: Berserker at February 11, 2013 11:48 AM (FMbng)

203 wonder if the white house gave the OK for this story, they had to have, becuase it provides nice cover for the Benghazi shit. "Lool look, Navy Seals, the one's that killed OBL love the JEF, he has their backs!!!!111"

I am sure thats it

Posted by: thunderb at February 11, 2013 11:48 AM (Dnbau)

204 Quick Bing sez YPO is a business execs' organization. Not what I expected with a name like that, but there it is. Beyond that, got nothin'.

Posted by: Brother Cavil, Keeper of Ampersands and Breitbart Login Spaces at February 11, 2013 11:48 AM (GBXon)

205 The fuck I am. That is shirty business what you did. Fix it. I'm not fucking kidding.
Somebody is pissed!

Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at February 11, 2013 11:42 AM (piMMO)


ZOIKS! WTH? I've never heard (okay, read) such strident terms from Major Garret. WTH?

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Assault Hobbit at February 11, 2013 11:48 AM (4df7R)

206 #201 Twitchy says he deleted it, but not before they caught it.

Posted by: Miss Marple at February 11, 2013 11:49 AM (GoIUi)

207 Quick Bing sez YPO is a business execs' organization. Not what I
expected with a name like that, but there it is. Beyond that, got
nothin'.


Yeah. My company set up a phone interview tomorrow, hopefully I'll get better notes before then.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) Channelling Breitbart at February 11, 2013 11:49 AM (8y9MW)

208
Exactly. And then one of the go-betweens, realizing the negative motivation such an order would give, turned it around and said, "Um, yeah, the President says there's no way he wants you to surrender. Just... he's thinking of you. If we have to rain hell on the Paki military, we'll do it."

IIRC, to surrender is a violation of The Oath, which would be about right coming from TFG. He has no notion of honor, or respect, or valor.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy, who did not vote for this shit. at February 11, 2013 11:49 AM (+z4pE)

209 Is YPO is like the Billionaire Boys Club?

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at February 11, 2013 11:49 AM (VpkjW)

210 I just read this post.

Jesus F. Christ.

You read stuff like that, and then when your wife asks, "How was work?" or "So, what did YOU do today?", you feel ashamed to answer.

He deserves a lot more than a Medal of Honor for his actions, that's for sure...

Posted by: Tex's Assaultin' Batteries at February 11, 2013 11:50 AM (wtvvX)

211 I mean the timing is too coincidental. The White House OK'd the story, shaped it, and handed it to Esquire, just as the Benghazi shit hits the fan

Posted by: thunderb at February 11, 2013 11:50 AM (Dnbau)

212 Major Garret got the wrong coffee this morning.

Posted by: EC at February 11, 2013 11:50 AM (GQ8sn)

213 I can't find that tweet on his timeline. @MajorCBS, right?


Posted by: Tami at February 11, 2013 11:48 AM (X6akg)


Although, he could have deleted it in the time it took me to look for it. But this is his last tweet:
@MajorCBS




Hagel Senate Armed Services Cmte vote Tuesday and look for full Senate vote Thursday.


The tweet before that is Feb. 8th.

Posted by: Tami at February 11, 2013 11:50 AM (X6akg)

214 Well, who at CBS would be doing something to get him that pissed?

Posted by: Miss Marple at February 11, 2013 11:50 AM (GoIUi)

215 AllenG: According to (font of unassailable wisdom) Wikipedia:

The Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) is a global network of young chief executives. With approximately 20,000 members in more than 100 countries, YPO and its graduate organization, WPO (World Presidents’ Organization) share a founding mission: Better Leaders Through Education and Idea Exchange.

It appears to have been founded back in 1950, so it's been around a while.

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Assault Hobbit at February 11, 2013 11:51 AM (4df7R)

216 >>>But anyone who believes that Obama would say that, and
certainly that Obama would say that for any reason other than his own
benefit, is not acquainted with the hard reality of what a shitsucker
our Preezy is.<<<

You have the temerity to question an ass-kickin' community organizer from the South Side of Chicago? Ballsy.

Posted by: Fritz at February 11, 2013 11:51 AM (WM+rJ)

217 Is YPO is like the Billionaire Boys Club?

IDK.

Apparently it's a "World-wide network of CEOs" or some-such.

The big deal is that their corporate address puts them about half as far away from my house as my current client.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) Channelling Breitbart at February 11, 2013 11:52 AM (8y9MW)

218 Tremendous honor of a lifetime- receiving the CMH Major bummer - Obama presents it to you

Solution - send the Medal to a delousing station before putting it on.

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at February 11, 2013 11:52 AM (zF6Iw)

219 Well, who at CBS would be doing something to get him that pissed?
Posted by: Miss Marple at February 11, 2013 11:50 AM (GoIUi)


Would it have to be someone at CBS? Could he have been addressing the comment to someone outside of his organization?

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Assault Hobbit at February 11, 2013 11:52 AM (4df7R)

220 I had a picture of him lying in bed at night, thinking, 'You're not fucking with my guys.’ Like, he's thinking about us.”

Hmmm, very convenient story especially after the Panetta 'he didn't give a rat's ass cuz its after 5 O'Clock and I aint workin no overtime' testimony last week.

Posted by: Schwalbe: The Me-262© at February 11, 2013 11:53 AM (UU0OF)

221 The original plan was to have Vice President Biden fly to Islamabad and negotiate our release with Pakistan's president

The concept of Slow Joe negotiating with anybody for anything is completely nuts.

Posted by: Ian S. at February 11, 2013 11:54 AM (B/VB5)

222 Major Garret got the wrong coffee this morning.


Same here. How does she even find coffee that bad? I think it's like recycled coffee brand coffee.

Posted by: eleven at February 11, 2013 11:54 AM (KXm42)

223 I can't find that tweet on his timeline. @MajorCBS, right?

***

I tried to retweet it but he deleted it almost immediately.

It looks like Twitchy capped it.

No idea who the target was.

Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at February 11, 2013 11:54 AM (piMMO)

224 >Well, who at CBS would be doing something to get him that pissed?

Posted by: Miss Marple at February 11, 2013 11:50 AM (GoIUi)


someone wondered if Major meant that as a DM, but tweeted it accidentally

the intertubes R forever

Posted by: Jones in CO at February 11, 2013 11:54 AM (8sCoq)

225 too much starch in his shorts/shirts?......

Posted by: phoenixgirl at February 11, 2013 11:54 AM (GVxQo)

226 You have the temerity to question an ass-kickin' community organizer from the South Side of Chicago? Ballsy.
Posted by: Fritz at February 11, 2013 11:51 AM (WM+rJ)


This is where Matt Lauer starts wailing, "The President has to provide PROOF!?!?!"

Yeah. Yeah he does. Because he's a lying cocksucker.

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Assault Hobbit at February 11, 2013 11:55 AM (4df7R)

227 >>>But anyone who believes that Obama would say that, and

certainly that Obama would say that for any reason other than his own

benefit, is not acquainted with the hard reality of what a shitsucker

our Preezy is.<<<

I can believe he said it, but I can't believe TFG meant the Seals when he said "My guys." IYKWIM.

Posted by: HeatherRadish™ needs a beer at February 11, 2013 11:56 AM (/kI1Q)

228
SSG Clinton Romesha, permanent mancard awardedwith gilded edges and clusters. Ceremonial only, as he's getting the real thing.


From an old WWII story, aCO's remark: "If I'd had a thousand like him, the war would have been over a lot sooner."

Posted by: Meremortal, watching it burn at February 11, 2013 11:56 AM (1Y+hH)

229 TWITTER
Shirty Business.

Posted by: Demotivator Cat at February 11, 2013 11:58 AM (UypUQ)

230 >SSG Clinton Romesha, permanent mancard awardedwith gilded edges and clusters. Ceremonial only, as he's getting the real thing.


With platinum BALLS device

Posted by: Jones in CO at February 11, 2013 11:58 AM (8sCoq)

231 206
#201 Twitchy says he deleted it, but not before they caught it.


Posted by: Miss Marple at February 11, 2013 11:49 AM (GoIUi)

I tried to retweet it but he deleted it almost immediately.



It looks like Twitchy capped it.



No idea who the target was.

Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at February 11, 2013 11:54 AM (piMMO)



Damn, that Twitchy is fast! Sound like a DM that he forgot to DM.

Posted by: Tami at February 11, 2013 12:00 PM (X6akg)

232 Tremendous honor of a lifetime- receiving the CMH

Major bummer - Obama presents it to you

Solution - send the Medal to a delousing station before putting it on.
Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at February 11, 2013 11:52 AM (zF6Iw)


This reminds me -- I'm sure it was discussed here, but since I didn't have a chance to comment on it at the time, I'll do so now.

The marines who marched in Obama's inauguration parade this year? The bolts were removed from their rifles.

There's how much he respects "his guys."

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Assault Hobbit at February 11, 2013 12:00 PM (4df7R)

233
With platinum BALLS device

"...this qualifies the bearer to receive free drinks anywhere in the civilized world in perpetuity, and other perks too numerous to list."

Posted by: BackwardsBoy, who did not vote for this shit. at February 11, 2013 12:01 PM (+z4pE)

234 The marines who marched in Obama's inauguration parade this year? The bolts were removed from their rifles.

There's how much he respects "his guys."
Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Assault Hobbit at February 11, 2013 12:00 PM (4df7R)


He learned a little somthin from Anwar Sadat.

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, Author of Amy Lynn available on KINDLE finally at February 11, 2013 12:01 PM (l86i3)

235 New tweet from Garrett:

Monday before SOTU is always slow. Pity. I was speaking to @JOSreports. He knows why. I hear S#%* is REALLY hitting the fan in Damascus.

Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at February 11, 2013 12:01 PM (piMMO)

236
OK, what's a DM?

Sorry, I'm not a Twit.

Posted by: Meremortal, watching it burn at February 11, 2013 12:01 PM (1Y+hH)

237 Posted by: Meremortal, watching it burn at February 11, 2013 12:01 PM (1Y+hH)

Direct message I think. It's kind of like accidently sending a personal E-mail to all.

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, Author of Amy Lynn available on KINDLE finally at February 11, 2013 12:03 PM (l86i3)

238 OK, what's a DM?Sorry, I'm not a Twit.
Posted by: Meremortal, watching it burn at February 11, 2013 12:01 PM (1Y+hH)


Direct Message. It's like a private message between Twitter accounts. The same thing that got Weiner into trouble for flashing his weiner.

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Assault Hobbit at February 11, 2013 12:03 PM (4df7R)

239 The concept of Slow Joe negotiating with anybody for anything is completely nuts.

You'd be surprised what he'll do for a Klondike bar.

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at February 11, 2013 12:03 PM (zF6Iw)

240 :::192 Completely OT: anyone know anything about a group called YPO (Young Presidents Organization)? They may be my next client.:::

Yes. They have more money than God.

My battalion task force was tasked to put on a live fire demonstration for them in 1996 at Fort Carson on the Table VI gunnery range. The ammo budget just to practice for the event was bigger than we saw in a regular year.

We had crunchies assaulting an objective, doing a body breach of a triple-strand concertina wire obstacle, Bradleys in support launching TOW2Bs and firing up everything in sight with 300 rounds of 25mm HE and 800 rounds of 7.62mm coax PER VEHICLE, Abrams tanks blasting shit apart with 105mm, including one that fired in mid air while launching over a berm...

You ever play with those green army men when you were a kid, and you line up hundreds of them and start wasting shit? It was like THAT, only with real people and guns.

We did that every day, for an entire week, just to practice for the demonstration. The YPO came in on 5 Blackhawks, they all had personalized flight suits, and they ate that shit UP. Pete Coors was one of them. We set up a small arms range and let them fire 25mm off the Brads and Coors got to fire up some tank rounds.

THAT'S the kind of stroke the YPO has. I've never picked up so much fuckin brass.

Two weeks after we got back from the field, after recovery ops and inspections, we had final formation for the battalion in the motor pool and Coors beer trucks just started a-rollin' in the gate, where they commenced to unloading enough kegs to get 1,500 soldiers drunk, as a personal thank you from Pete Coors.

I have no complaints about the YPO.


Posted by: Empire of Jeff at February 11, 2013 12:04 PM (APmL9)

241 SO,

the Obama ball washing article in Esquire with the tongue bath from the Seal who killed OBL?

Written by Phil Bronstein, former editor of the SF Chronicle, known prog, ex-husband of Sharon Stone, and victim of Komodo Dragon bite received during a tour of the SF zoo (maroon). Not exactly an investigative reporter with deep roots in the military or intel communities.

And yet he has the interview with the Seal who killed OBL. Why that reporter, why now? The White House had to approve it. Not only approve it, they had to hand it on a silver platter to Bronstein and Esquire.

Splains the story. Flattering BS story spoon fed to Bronstein triggered to be released as soon as Benghazi hit the fan. And everybody will believe it, and we will be hearing what a badass the JEF is for the rest of the month.

This Esquire story will be used to rebutt the truth of an uninvolved and uncaring CiC

Posted by: thunderb at February 11, 2013 12:04 PM (Dnbau)

242 From an old WWII story, aCO's remark: "If I'd had a thousand like him, the war would have been over a lot sooner."

At the Atlanta premiere of Gone With the Wind, Margaret Mitchell saw all the actors who were playing Confederate wounded at the railroad station and whispered to Clark Gable, "My God, if we'd had as many soldiers as that, we'd have won the war!"

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at February 11, 2013 12:06 PM (zF6Iw)

243 This Esquire story will be used to rebutt the truth of an uninvolved and uncaring CiC
Posted by: thunderb at February 11, 2013 12:04 PM (Dnbau)

Obama may be an idiot but those around him play the LIVs like a fiddle.

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, Author of Amy Lynn available on KINDLE finally at February 11, 2013 12:07 PM (l86i3)

244 Oh, and my pleasure, OSP. You're a talented dude.

Posted by: Empire of Jeff at February 11, 2013 12:09 PM (APmL9)

245 Along with the Medal, I plan to present him with a Barack Obama Seal Team 6 Action Figure.

Posted by: PresiDebt Milquetoast at February 11, 2013 12:10 PM (wAQA5)

246 Thanks guys, re the DM question.

Posted by: Meremortal, watching it burn at February 11, 2013 12:11 PM (1Y+hH)

247 the JEF is repulsive, how loathsome, what a coward

Posted by: thunderb at February 11, 2013 12:11 PM (Dnbau)

248
"I was surrounded by a band of crazed skeet intent on murdering everyone, and I picked them off one by one singlehanded ... eventually.

"It was even more harrowing than the time I took out bin Laden personally, displaying the great courageand resolvethat is uncommon in others but routine for me.

"But enough about you, Romesha. Let's talk about me."

Posted by: Barack Hussein Obama at February 11, 2013 12:12 PM (IDSI7)

249 Color me skeptical that the interviewee for the Esquire interview really is The Shooter.

I'm willing to be convinced he is, but I don't automatically buy that.

Posted by: JPS at February 11, 2013 12:14 PM (3cq87)

250 Am I the only one who wishes TFG had to throw a live grenade? Given his girly throwing ability, he'd be hosed.

Posted by: Jay Guevara at February 11, 2013 12:16 PM (IDSI7)

251 Yes. They have more money than God.


Well that sounds like an awesome client.

On the flip side, it would severely curtail my Horde time.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) Channelling Breitbart at February 11, 2013 12:18 PM (8y9MW)

252 Jake Tapper is appearing here at our book festival, and signing his book. It's a free event.

I've already bought one copy and sent to our son, but I'd love to buy another, and as he's signing it, whisper, "What do you really think about the SCOAMF?"

We watched Tapper's interview with SSG Romesha the other night, and I had tears running down my cheeks. What an incredible human being.

Posted by: Jane D'oh at February 11, 2013 12:19 PM (UOM48)

253 "The fighters occupied the high ground on all four sides of the combat outpost..."


Cripes. My military experience rivals that of Obama in its total nullity, but even I know that you don't establish a position in a bowl surrounded by high ground on 4 sides, unless you hold the high ground, too.


I see I'm far from the first commenter to notice this, too. IMHO, whoever ordered this camp to be so established should be court-martialled.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at February 11, 2013 12:21 PM (673KB)

254 Greetings:

And it only took those well-paid brainiacs in the Pentagon a little over three years to get the award approved. You go guys, and gals, and whatever.

Posted by: 11B40 at February 11, 2013 12:24 PM (LguDf)

255
From an old WWII story, aCO's remark: "If I'd had a thousand like him, the war would have been over a lot sooner."



___ ____ _____ ____ _ __
___ ____ ____ ___ ___ _ __

In the case above that remark was made about my father by his CO. My dad was dating my Mom at the time and Mom's father had gone to the CO to check out this 'Italian kid' who was dating his Texan daughter. This was just after the war, dad was being trained on a new tank in case they had to go after Hirohito.

Posted by: Meremortal, watching it burn at February 11, 2013 12:24 PM (1Y+hH)

256 SSG Romesha had to have special uniforms made.
Because he was born with 8 balls.
True Fact.

Posted by: Roland THTG at February 11, 2013 12:25 PM (QM5S2)

257 Jay Guevara:

"Am I the only one who wishes TFG had to throw a live grenade? Given his girly throwing ability, he'd be hosed."

Nah. You're in a walled pit. You really just have to get it to the other side of the wall, and get down.

I admit, I can't throw for shit. This event was the one thing I flubbed in Basic. On my second try, the sergeant actually waited a beat to watch the grenade land, then got down with me, looking disgusted.

BOOM!

He jerked his thumb in the you-passed direction. "By the way, that sucked," he said drily.

Posted by: JPS at February 11, 2013 12:26 PM (3cq87)

258 This Esquire story will be used to rebutt the truth of an uninvolved and uncaring CiC

Posted by: thunderb at February 11, 2013 12:04 PM (Dnbau)


In other words, disinformation, exactly like the photo purporting to show Obama shooting skeet.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at February 11, 2013 12:26 PM (673KB)

259 Jay Guevara:

Ah. You meant real-world.

Posted by: JPS at February 11, 2013 12:28 PM (3cq87)

260 OOh-Rah Soldier! Best regards and a snappy salute for you!

Posted by: CrotchetyOldJarhead at February 11, 2013 12:30 PM (W7MBd)

261 Congratulations, Sergeant. You're a better man than I, and I'm not afraid to admit it. I'd like to think the President will come to the same conclusion.

Color me skeptical.

Posted by: Brian Kotowski at February 11, 2013 12:31 PM (lGur9)

262 Bronsteins other writing recently have been to say journalist military embeds are a bad idea, Wiki leaks of USArmy intel is a good thing, and star fucking interviews of Robin Williams and Sean Penn.

Sure, hes the logical choice to interview the Seal who killed OBL. Its a natural. Why, I am sure he found the Seal himself, and published with out the White House's permission. Sure

Posted by: thunderb at February 11, 2013 12:32 PM (Dnbau)

263 ROMESHA: American Hero Thank you!

Posted by: P. Aaron at February 11, 2013 12:39 PM (AUMNX)

264
God Bless him.
I'm so sorry he has to serve under the current C.I.C.

Posted by: wheatie at February 11, 2013 12:40 PM (w27/Q)

265
Jay Guevara:

Ah. You meant real-world.Posted by: JPS at February 11, 2013 12:28 PM (3cq87)


Yep.

Posted by: Jay Guevara at February 11, 2013 12:52 PM (IDSI7)

266 Wow. Thousands of people lining up outside Cowboy Stadium in Dallas for Chris Kyle's funeral.

No mention of him, or condolences to his family by the SCOAMF?

Posted by: Jane D'oh at February 11, 2013 12:55 PM (UOM48)

267
I read "Oupost" and it seems like he was just one of the few guys who actually engaged in infantry combat with the enemy as opposed to hunkering under cover. Brave, sure, but MOH-worthy?

Posted by: ZZ at February 11, 2013 01:50 PM (zMza3)

268 " The fighters occupied the high ground on all four sides of the combat outpost..."

I didn't place the outpost there by myself.

Posted by: Barry at February 11, 2013 01:55 PM (inIJ7)

269 When I get a bit worried for the future of America, I take a break and think upon men such as this. The SCOAMF may be around for a few more yrs, but we got SSG Romesha & many others like him. We win.

Posted by: Jrr at February 11, 2013 02:41 PM (BdVar)

270 "But.... why in the Holy F did we have a Position with High Ground surrounding it on FOUR Sides? The Command decision which put these brave men, in this position is so stupid, it deserves an Anti Medal.".................
I saw Tapper's interview with Romesha. He said his first day there he was like WTF are we doing in this position. The official line is they said that it was there because that's where all the roads intersect the village. Who knows if that's the real reason though.

Posted by: Minnfidel at February 11, 2013 02:54 PM (tAT6S)

271 As an erstwhile--40+ years ago--Infantry lieutenant, I hope the good Sergeant leaves the Army. I can't imagine telling a MOH noncom what to do about anything. It's not that I--up to general officers--salute him, it's just that....
I dunno. What do you do with these guys?
"Sergeant Romesha. The platoon area is not ready for inspection." Naw. Can't see saying it.
Sheesh.

Posted by: Richard Aubrey at February 11, 2013 02:58 PM (MQcrX)

272 Even us liberal lurkers salute him. Thats one combatrun. With a Dragunov, lol. All respect.

Posted by: Fnord at February 11, 2013 03:40 PM (hoJnS)

273 Thanks to SSG Romesha for his service. TV was on and I caught the start of Barky's statements at the ceremony and just about raged out. Partly I suppose I am predisposed to take everything he says in a bad light but from "welcome to the WH on behalf of Michelle and myself" and then lauding himself for sending letters to fallen soldiers and then using this ceremony to talk about a fallen hero (the media will drop everything anytime you want to talk Barry, you could have given the fallen hero a presidential thank-you speech of his own) grrrrrr. I didn't hear any more, would not surprise me if the JEF botched the name or rank of Romesha. Hell it would not surprise me if he had the speech for the last MOH recipient on his prompter and was just reading that.

I'm SO ANGRY at all the moochers and white guilters who re-elected this POS. I can forgive them for not looking past the MBM lies in 2008 but not for ignoring the truth right in front of their eyes.

Posted by: PaleRide at February 11, 2013 03:45 PM (dkExz)

274
I saw the interview on tv last night and was touched deeply by the courage and love shown for his fellow soldiers. Congratulations S.Sgt Roniesha and may you find joy in being with your family again. God bless you.
Ironically, this is also the day of honoring Chris Kyle, where the POTUS should be

Posted by: DEE at February 11, 2013 04:35 PM (ji0rH)

275 Thank you SSG Romesha - its not enough - but anything I could say would be inadequate.

Posted by: An Observation at February 11, 2013 07:03 PM (ylhEn)






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