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Bouhammer’s Note- I spent a large majority of my Infantry career as a mortar maggot (nickname for mortarman) so these guys are near and dear to my heart. I also not only served in the sister unit of this BN on airborne status but I have also worked with some of these soldiers as a DOD Contractor a couple of years ago on a trip back to Alaska.
Around 3 1/2 years ago I wrote about a brave bunch of Airborne Paratroopers who fought with honor and courage on July 4th, 2009.
Both were about that day in July when two young PFCs who were not even old enough to drink made the ultimate sacrifice on a day when most are popping open beers and throwing ribs on the BBQ.
As I mention in the second post, PFC Casillas’s mom reached out to me and gave me a lot more information about her son. I was then and still am in awe of her bravery in reaching out to me and letting me know so many personal things.
Well now, my good friend Wendy has let me know about the video below that was made about this attack specifically and talks a lot about these two young mortarmen. Please take the time to watch this video and learn more about what all these brave men went through on July 4th, 2009. This isn’t hollywood or some made-for-tv movie, this is the real deal. This is what .45% have been going through.
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I wonder at what point did OPSEC get thrown in the trash in the interest of political fodder. Our fathers and grandfathers who have fought before us must be having fits or turning over in their graves for those who have left us.
We might as well be yelling to the enemy that they should attack now because we are the at the lowest level of combat readiness in two years.
That is the tagline for the Infantry Mortarmen which I spent almost my entire 22 years in the Army doing. So needless to say, this video strikes close to home and I love watching young “mortar maggots” in action.
This is just a sliver of the type of jobs our brave warfighters are doing downrange.
I just wrote about this over at youserved.com but I wanted to share this video here also. This is something that every American must watch. This is not a political endorsement or something based on unfounded facts. These are the professional warfighters and intelligence officials that our country has depended on for years to keep us all safe, even when we didn’t know about it. They know what they are talking about.
As the Danger Room stated, this is a rare video of the preparations and eventual attack that the Taliban released of an attack on the FOB in Khost Province, Afghanistan on June 1, 2012.
I have really struggled over the last day or two if I was going to write about this and re-post it here. The last thing I want to do is spread their I/O message, but then I also realized it is important for the American people to see what we are up against over there. These are not a bunch of lice-filled beard, cave-dwellings idiots. These guys train, rehearse, plan contingencies, and then execute a mission not much different than we do. As you will see in this video, they even have a sand-table and perform what we call in the army a ROC-Drill.
These are not people that are going to leave before December 31, 2014 or just lay down their weapons and join the Afghan Government, so if anyone thinks otherwise they are ignorant.
Either we execute this war properly and with extreme prejudice to kill these bastards and win or we quit and leave now.
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