Basic Training in the Military Can be Very Tough and Yet Very Rewarding.

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Military news…

Russian strike on Ukraine’s Odesa badly damages landmark Orthodox cathedral; 1 dead, many wounded

Four children were among those wounded in the blasts, which severely damaged 25 landmarks across the city, including the historic Transfiguration Cathedral.

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WWII veteran and legendary singer Tony Bennett dies at 96
Before Tony Bennett had an impressive singing career, he served his country in WWII.

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North Korea fires 2 short-range ballistic missiles after US submarine arrives in South Korea

North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles into its eastern sea, according to South Korea’s military, adding to a recent streak in weapons testing that is apparently in protest of the U.S. sending major naval assets to South Korea in a show of force.

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Moscow, Crimea hit by Ukrainian drones while Russian forces bombard Ukraine’s south

Russian authorities accused Ukraine of launching a drone attack on Moscow early Monday that saw one of the aircraft fall near the Defense Ministry’s main headquarters, while the Russian military unleashed new strikes on port infrastructure in southern Ukraine.

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US Sending More Warships, Marines to Gulf to Counter Iran’s Efforts to Seize Commercial Ships

The U.S. is sending additional warships and thousands of Marines to the Middle East to increase security after attempts to seize commercial ships there.

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Many of us have stories about our drill sergeants in basic training. I am no different.

I enlisted in 1959, and was sent to Ft Ord California, which is now closed. I enlisted with two buddies and we were in Basic together.

My first adventure with my drill Sgt, Sgt MacDonald was in the first week. He came barking into our barracks yelling us to attention. He was looking possessed! He stop in front of every soldier and screamed. He tore beds apart. He called guys names.

After he left we all felt dumbfounded.

That was just the beginning. He marched us and marched us for hours. He sent many guys to KP, and clean-up duty.

My personal dealing with him was brutal at first. He ordered me out of the barracks one night, and told me to dig a hole. When I was done, he threw a cigarette in it and told me to cover it up. When I was finished he told me to dig it up again.

I never got angry our upset. I knew he was just training me to be tough.

He sent me to KP more times than I can remember.

Towards the end of basic. He let up a little. Then he even named me soldier of the month. Later he nominated me for the honor guard.

I finally asked him why he was treating me so good. He said, “You never once looked upset or angry. I like that in a good soldier.”

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I am in the process of interviewing a submariner. Not just any submariner, but a nuclear submariner. Incredible interview. This should be enough to buy my upcoming book, Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the trenches of life.

I also talked to a Vietnam veteran who is deciding if he will allow me to interview him. He has an amazing story. (He had a bayonet go through both legs in an one on one fight.

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Ukraine’s counteroffensive stalled by array of Russian mines.

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I am in the process of interviewing a submariner. Not just any submariner, but a nuclear submariner. Incredible interview. This should be enough to buy my upcoming book, Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the trenches of life.

I also talked to a Vietnam veteran who is deciding if he will allow me to interview him. He has an amazing story. (He had a bayonet go through both legs in an one on one fight.

Keep coming back to find what new interviews I may be having.

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Military news…

VA burial benefits for military spouses and children could become permanent under proposed bill
Burial benefits for family members who die before service members could be extended permanently under new legislation introduced by a bipartisan group of senators.

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Senate passes measure that would keep president from pulling out of NATO without approval

The move coincides with alliance skeptic Donald Trump’s front-runner status as the Republican presidential nominee in 2024.

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North Korean nuclear attack would ‘end’ communist regime, Yoon says at US submarine

South Korea’s leader boarded a nuclear-capable U.S. ballistic missile submarine this week to warn that a nuclear attack by North Korea “would lead to the end of the regime.”

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Ukraine’s counteroffensive stalled by array of Russian mines
Due to the risk, Ukraine has slowed its advance so infantry can clear the path for Western-supplied tanks.

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US submarine’s visit to peninsula may warrant nuclear response, North Korea warns

The USS Kentucky’s arrival Tuesday in Busan could trigger Pyongyang’s preemptive nuclear strike policy, Defense Minister Kang Sun-nam said in the state-run Korean Central News Agency on Thursday.

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I am hearing too much about aircraft crashing and killing the soldiers inside. There needs to be a much stricter maintenance done on the aircraft. Most reports say there was a faulty part for the cause. They need to do a complete check up everyday before take off. Too much work? You are saving lives when you do.

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I have a friend who served in Vietnam. He was wounded and refuses to get the Purple Heart. I have talked to him many times, and he still refuses to get it. He says there were too many generals that just had a hang nail so they could get theirs.

In my opinion, that has nothing to do with my friend. He was really wounded and deserves it.

Still working on it.

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I am in the process of interviewing a submariner. Not just any submariner, but a nuclear submariner. Incredible interview. This should be enough to buy my upcoming book, Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the trenches of life.

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I also talked to a Vietnam veteran who is deciding if he will allow me to interview him. He has an amazing story. (He had a bayonet go through both legs in an one on one fight.

Keep coming back to find what new interviews I may be having.

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Gen. CQ Brown, nominee for Joint Chiefs chairman, vows to keep politics out of military.

 

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Military news…

 

Gen. CQ Brown, nominee for Joint Chiefs chairman, vows to keep politics out of military
Brown, who is nominated to replace Army Gen. Mark Milley as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that he would set a “personal example” of being apolitical and would pass on that expectation throughout the force.

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Navy cargo ship runs aground in Bahrain
No one onboard the USNS Alan Shepard was hurt in the incident.

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US soldier facing military disciplinary actions flees to North Korea while touring a border village
Two U.S. officials said the soldier detained was Pvt. 2nd Class Travis King, who had just been released from a South Korean prison where he’d been held on assault charges and was facing additional military disciplinary actions in the United States.

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Ukraine’s counteroffensive ‘slow’ and ‘steady’ but not a failure, Milley says

Ukraine’s military is a few weeks into the counteroffensive and top Pentagon leaders have said progress is coming slowly due partly to complex minefields Ukrainian troops are finding along the battle lines.

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Nuclear-capable submarine makes rare stop in South Korea, ignoring North’s warnings

The USS Kentucky sailed into South Korea’s largest port on Tuesday.

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If you are battling mentally, but you are losing, GET HELP!!

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1-800-273-8255…texting 838255.

_________________________________________________________

Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up.

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