The Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) is a series of annual bilateral military exercises. A CARAT exercise between the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps and Royal Thai Navy and Marine Corps began May 17 with opening ceremonies in Sattahip. CARAT consists of a series of bilateral military exercises between the U.S. Navy and the armed forces of Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand.
Any military writer worth his or her salt would do well to be covering these exercises as they take place in Thailand. During the training, Sailors and Marines from the United States and Thailand train on maritime interception Operations, riverine, amphibious and undersea warfare operations, diving and salvage operations, naval gunnery and maneuvering events, along with disaster response exercises.
Marine Staff Sgt. Michael Ladler and Royal Thai marine Lt. Khongcharoen Metha participate in a simulated amphibious assault conducted with Royal Thai and U.S. Marines for Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training Thailand 2012. CARAT is a series of bilateral exercises held annually in Southeast Asia to strengthen relationships and enhance force readiness. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Aaron Glover)
NRA’s Life of Duty’s Memorial Day post is a great way to prepare yourself to remember what Memorial Day is all about; remembering those no longer with us that have served our country.
We’ll have several articles posted over the course of the day tomorrow. Please remember to check back as we honor our nation’s heroes of the past.
Over 30 years of service!! Well done, Marine. I salute you.
The Legion of Merit Medal is awarded to Col. Kenneth D. Enzor by Maj. Gen. Michael G. Dana, the commanding general of 2nd Marine Logistics Group, during his retirement ceremony aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., May 23, 2012. Enzor began his military career in 1974 when he enlisted in the U.S. Army. He commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps in 1982. His other decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal and the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal.What began as a conversation with a high school friend more than 30 years ago culminated with nearly four decades of military service, drawing to a close in a ceremony in front of 2nd Marine Logistics Group Headquarters aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., May 23.
Looking at this well-focused, professionally captured photo of a CH-47′s glowing rotors, one may think that our choppers have accented lighting on their blades.
In reality, what is happening is sand being scraped against the titanium and steel blades. As the sand particles are basically scraped and shattered they create mini-sparks.
This photo by Army Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod is perhaps the best photo of the effect I’ve seen.
Dust lights up the rotors of a CH-47 Chinook helicopter as paratroopers with 3rd Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment load for an air assault mission near Combat Outpost Ab Band May 23, 2012, Ghazni Province, Afghanistan. The unit is part of the 82nd Airborne Divisionâs 1st Brigade Combat Team, which deployed to the area in March to help bring security to the areas along the countryâs main road between Kabul and Kandahar. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod)
I received an email this morning from the Association of American Railroads (AAR) to let me know the freight rail industry is actively looking for and recruiting veterans to work for one of the many railroads that make up the Association. If you’re a vet looking for work or a new career, check out some of these stats AAR passed along.
- The nation’s freight railroads have an almost 200 year commitment to the nation’s service men and women. Between 20-25 percent of current employees are veterans.
- Today, we continue this tradition by especially targeting veterans as we plan to hire more than 15,000 new employees, approximately 3,000 of whom are expected to be veterans.
- GI Jobs ranked four freight railroad companies in the top twenty of its 2011 “Military Friendly Employers” list.
- With an average annual salary and benefit package of $107,000, veterans who join the freight rail industry can expect a well-paid job—and one that can never be shipped overseas.
ABC News recently aired a story on the industry as well.
You can find more information, including how to get a job in the freight rail industry, from the following sources.
Freight Rail Jobs Portal: http://www.aar.org/jobs.aspx
Veterans Working in the Industry: http://www.aar.org/military-faces.aspx
AAR on Facebook: www.facebook.com/freightrail
AAR on Twitter: AAR_FreightRail
Memorial Day weekend is upon us. The irony of this weekend meant to honor those who have given their lives fighting for this country is that it is also the most deadly weekend of the year. Americans across the country are in a rush to begin their summer vacations. Recently graduated teenagers are flexing their driving muscles for the first time traveling long distances. Alcohol is a major contributing factor for those same students.
College students are heading home and others are heading to their first semester.
Meanwhile, our nation continues to suffer the consequences of sending troops into harm’s way. This year is on pace to be the deadliest year for troops in Afghanistan ever. These are the heroes this weekend is meant to honor.
Photographs of the fallen Paratroopers of 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division rest at the base of the “One Panther” Global War on Terrorism memorial following a ceremony honoring Memorial Day May 24, 2012.
I received an email today from Liberty Creek Wines about a great new promotion they are running.
Stocking up on wine for Memorial Day weekend? NOW through July, purchases of Liberty Creek Wines will support US Troops via care packages from Operation Gratitude. Called “Tunes for Troops,” this new program will bring music downloads to service men and women overseas, providing the comfort and entertainment of music on the front lines.
Liberty Creek Vineyards is donating $15,000 to support this Spring/Summer Care Package Drive. Additionally, specially tagged bottles of Liberty Creek Wines contain codes that consumers can enter online at libertycreekwine.com to help contribute an additional $10,000.
- The $15k is the monetary donation from Liberty Creek to Operation Gratitude and up to an additional $10k will be given at the end of the program for music download purchases.
- Operation Gratitude will use the additional 10k to purchase cards.
We all know that troops can’t have alcohol overseas while deployed, but they love their music and can have that. So here is a way to stock your wine cabinets up and help get some music our fighting men and women. I have never had their wine or know anything about it, but hey if you are looking to pick some up this weekend or whenever through July and aren’t sure which brand to get, why not give this a try?
Bravo to Liberty Creek Vineyards for doing this.
I will be the first to admit I am not a big fan of Carl Prine or his writings. I don’t get a good vibe from him and even though he was cordial when we met at the 2012 Milblog Conference, he stuck out like a turd floating in a punchbowl in his “almost” white suit he wore the whole time. Even the MSM people didn’t look as stuck-up and arrogant.
Anyway, He did say (really type) one thing that I thought was hilarious in my my humble opinion, was the best thing said at the Conference (not counting comments made by Jimbo Hanson). On Friday night at the awards ceremony, Carl was in the back of the room by the door live-blogging away about the awards being presented. In that live blog he typed the following when You Served Blog and Radio show received the two awards we were given. By the way, 2020 refers to the time we were presented the award (it is military time which translates to 8:20 PM)
2020: Best Veteran Blog, You Served!!!
Somewhere in the world, Mike Yon poops himself.
You Served is also the USAA milblog of the month for May.
Yon poops himself again.
Since Prine is a self-professed friend of Yon and really likes him, I assume he knows him and what his reactions would be pretty well.
This just makes me chuckle every time I read it.
Obviously, this week I’m focusing on many different areas. My wife commented that I should publish some of my own photos, so I am. But, what does this have to do with anything? Nothing.
Remember Crystal Pepsi? To some, it was a disaster. To me, I loved it. I was stationed at Ft. Irwin when this came out in the 90′s and I liked it. I guess the typical consumer didn’t because it didn’t last long.
I took this picture at the Dr. Pepper Museum in Waco, Texas. If you haven’t been there, you should check it out if you’re nearby. Texas and Dr. Pepper are nearly synonymous with each other. At the museum, you can purchase hot Dr. Pepper which is awesome on a cold day. I never thought I’d like it, but I tried anyway and was impressed.
So, today’s post is more of a discussion topic. What is your favorite soft drink? What soda did you like (or not) that is no longer made? What is your fondest memory of that soda?
Personally, I’m a HUGE Big Red fan. Next is Diet Dr. Pepper for me. I love Big Red so much, I only allow myself about two bottles per month. Otherwise, I’d drink so much that I’d balloon to about 400 pounds. Growing up, I would always come to Texas during the summers to work on the family farm. While we were out in the fields, my Mawmaw would come out in the Chevy pick-up truck with a cooler full of “sodie water” and water. I would dig into the cooler and pull out a Big Red and chug it down. When we would take a truckload of grains to the granary, my Pawpaw would always buy me a glass bottle of Dr. Pepper. I remember having to drink it right then and there because they wanted the bottle back to recycle.
Sgt John Peck is one of only five surviving quadruple amputees from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. His injuries were caused by an IED blast while deployed to Afghanistan after he had already deployed to Iraq and received a Purple Heart. His injuries have presented a multitude of difficulties living every day life that most of us take for granted, like driving a vehicle.
Thanks to the Semper Fi Fund and the VA, Sgt Peck won’t have to worry about that any longer. On 18 April, Sgt Peck received a specially adapted Chevy Silverado that will help him maintain his independance and mobility. The Semper Fi Fund has been by the Peck family’s side after being injured during his first deploy in 2007 and through the injuries that led to his amputations.
Sgt Peck’s road to this point has not been an easy one. He has survived 27 surgeries, received 41 pints of red blood cells, 35 unites of plasma, and 5 unites of platelets. His mother even organized a blood drive to help replenish all the stock used to help keep her son alive.
Here are some shots of Sgt Peck and his new truck. You will see from his expression that his sense of humor is as strong as ever and the dark times he’s gone through haven’t kept him down. See the Lake County News-Sun article from 7 Jan 2011 linked below for some of the struggles Peck has fought through.
The full album can be found on You Served’s Facebook page.
Give a damn about your troops. Don’t just say it. Stop griping about the little crap in your life. There is so much being done by our military for your benefit, and nobody understands its extent unless they see it themselves or a loved one goes through it. Put your little differences aside and care about someone else besides yourself. – Sgt John Peck
You can read more about Sgt Peck’s injuries and recovery from the following sources:
Susan Katz Keating
Lake County News-Sun (7 Jan 2011)
Lake County News-Sun (4 May 2011)
Fox 6 Now (video)
You Served would like to thank Semper Fi Fund for allowing us to republish their photographs.