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+ Sorry I am late on getting this out to you. I was in the hospital for two days last week. I had black stools, and they had to go into my stomach and take out four polyps. After they did that my stools returned to a beautiful brown. (I know much more than you really needed to know. )

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Military news…

Veterans who are not American citizens will have their US military service considered before being deported
Veterans who are not American citizens and are detained by law enforcement officials will now have their U.S. military service considered before they are deported.

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Marine veteran Trevor Reed says recovery is going well after his release from Russia

Marine veteran Trevor Reed told CNN that in the 48 days since his release from Russian prison things have gone well — he’s gaining weight back and getting into the physical shape he was in before he was detained.


Retired Army officer shakes things up in Nevada GOP contest crucial to Senate control

A Nevada Republican with a political pedigree and the backing from former President Donald Trump and the GOP establishment is facing a surprisingly strong primary challenge from retired Army captain and Purple Heart recipient Sam Brown.


Senate panel approves $45 billion increase to White House’s defense budget
Senators and committee staff attributed more than half of the funding increase to historic inflation that has been teetering between 7% and 8%. The remainder of the increase accounts for additional funding for security aid to Ukraine.

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Austin says he’s confident public support for Ukraine aid will continue despite soaring gas prices and tanking stock market

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Thursday said he believes the citizens of NATO countries will continue to support spending billions of dollars on military aid for Ukraine.

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US officials believe NATO will admit Finland and Sweden into alliance as Russia wages war in Ukraine

The historically neutral countries of Finland and Sweden are close to becoming members of NATO as Russia wages war in Ukraine and the alliance looks to bolster its defenses, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said.

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US and Asian allies prepare missile defense drill to counter North Korean launches the U.S., South Korea and Japan are rehearsing their ballistic missile defense this summer following a record number of demonstrations by North Korea this year of its missile capability.
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And above all…never, ever, give up!

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Fear is Something Many Soldiers Have to Face Every Day.

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Stolen valor, the term for when civilians pretend that they served in the military, isn’t always bad, at least when it takes down racist dirt bags. Specifically, one Army veteran-turned-FBI-informant named Joseph Moore won the trust of a Ku Klux Klan cell in Florida by coming up with fake war stories and pinning false medals to his hat.

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All U.S. service members, even if they are fully vaccinated, now have to wear masks indoors if they are in an area where COVID-19 is raging. Many troops thought the pandemic was over, but now it’s back to the mask, and just in time for the hottest month of the year.

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The Afghan Air Force is already falling apart, despite President Joe Biden’s claims that the U.S. would make sure the Afghans could maintain it. You need spare parts and bombs to keep an air force running, and Afghanistan is zero on both.

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The Navy has charged a sailor with starting a fire in July 2020 that destroyed the USS Bonhomme Richard, an amphibious assault ship that became engulfed by an inferno for days as the ship was docked in San Diego, California. The ship cost $1.2 billion to build, but it only took a few days for it to burn beyond repair.

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“We have to be honest with the American people, who pay for this – not only in money but also in blood and treasure.” That’s from John Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, who took reporters through all the mistakes the U.S. made in Afghanistan over the past 20 years. The result: a resurgent Taliban and little to show for the thousands of Coalition and Afghan troops and citizens who died there.

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‘You’re gonna keep your A-10 Warthogs and you’re gonna like it,’ is essentially what Senators said to the Air Force after it tried to cut 42 A-10 attack planes from its fleet in its fiscal year 2022 budget proposal, reports yours truly in this piece. The A-10 is a legendary attack plane that has saved the bacon of countless ground troops over the past 45 years, but it is getting older and Air Force officials worry it’s not up to face China in a big war.
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Here may be the last excerpt for a while. Time to send the book off to the publisher.

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F.E.A.R

(1) Forget Everything and Run, or

(2) Face Everything and Rise.

The choice is yours

Fear is one of the inevitable things a soldiers must face. I faced it a few times. The worst time was when I was on a plane ready to fly to the Bay of Pigs. I was ready to serve my country, but not knowing what was going to happen caused the fear.

In the dictionary fear is described as:

  1. A distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil or pain.
  2. Concern or anxiety.
  3. To be worried or afraid.
  4. Reverential awe, especially towards God.

All of us on that plane tried to hide our fear. We were supposed to be men/women. We were not supposed to think about what might happen to us. In reality we all thought about not returning home. We thought about loved ones. We thought about the unknown we were facing.

It is hard to face fear. John Wayne said, ” Courage is being scared and saddling up anyway.” This is the man who played the parts of heroes all his life. Many of his films were military films.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt once said, “We have nothing to fear, but fear itself.”

Fear isn’t something that is a cowardly act. It is an honest reaction to what is happening around you.

I have faced my own fears. I was within hours of death when I was rushed to the hospital in and ambulance and had quadruple by-pass surgery on my heart.

When you see a car coming at you, head on, while driving on a highway, You don’t act in a cowardly manner, you react. You take action to save your own life.

If you feel you were fearful too often while you served, don’t let that give you a feeling of failure on your part. It is just an honest feeling that often brings out the best in people.

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Never face fear alone!

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Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all….never, ever, give up!

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Soldier Did The Delivery of wife’s Baby in Car

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+ Here is a warm fuzzy story about a soldier who delivered his own baby. 

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Soldier Delivered Daughter at Fort Drum Gates After Base Hospital Turned Wife Away

When Brittany Kennedy showed up at the hospital in labor last Monday night, she was told she wasn’t dilated enough to have her baby and was sent back home to the Fort Drum Army base.

Less than an hour later, her husband—U.S. Army Sgt. Preston Kennedy — delivered their baby girl in the couple’s car at a Fort Drum entrance gate. The couple’s other four children remained in the back seat of their Dodge Durango – one of them fast asleep during the whole event.

“I still can hardly believe it,’ Brittany Kennedy, 29, said this weekend. “I had a baby inside a car! And I’m so proud of my husband – the first time we had a child he nearly passed out in the delivery room.”

Brittany Kennedy wasn’t due to have her baby until Jan. 25, but her labor pains started Monday, Jan 8. By late afternoon, the couple decided to go to the hospital. They got their other four children into the car, and made the 25-minute drive to Watertown.

At the hospital, Brittany Kennedy said she was examined, but sent home because her labor hadn’t progressed enough. She said she questioned the decision, but decided the experts knew best. She said she had had four children already, and felt like she knew her body.

“As we started to drive back, I had a feeling we weren’t going to make it home before the baby came,” she said. “But Preston assured me I was probably just nervous and disappointed.”

The couple, who are from Texas originally, stopped at a Taco Bell drive-thru in Watertown to get their other four children some food.

As they got back on the highway, Brittany Kennedy remembers the pain intensifying. She pushed her seat back, and her young son placed his small hand on her forehead to comfort her. As they drove, she told her husband she felt the urge to push.

“I told her no – don’t push, just breathe – until we can at least get home,” said Preston Kennedy, 29. “I was driving, and then all of a sudden I heard a pop and her water broke. We made it to the Fort Drum gates, and I pulled over and stopped the car.”

He called out to the soldier at the gate to call an ambulance. Then he got in the front seat and propped one of his wife’s legs on the dashboard radio and the other on the car door.

“I’m thinking ‘oh my God, not right now,’ ” Preston Kennedy said. “I was really nervous, but I knew I had to stay calm. I could see the baby’s head crowning, and then it was coming out in my palm. And then she was out – and crying!”

Looking back, he said he acted instinctively.

“I’ve been in the delivery room for our four other children,” he said. “And when you are in the military, you learn to handle stressful situations calmly and with poise. So that really helped me.”

At some point during the whirlwind delivery, Preston Kennedy called his platoon sergeant Justin Foster. When he told him he was at the gate delivering his baby, Foster at first didn’t believe him, but he quickly realized it was true.

“I could hear his wife screaming in pain,” Foster recalled, and just a few seconds later he heard the baby start to cry. He told Preston to wrap the baby up in something warm, and turn up the heat while waiting for the ambulance. (The high that day was only 36 degrees.)

Preston Kennedy said another solider who had come by during the delivery offered his coat to wrap the baby in. Within a few minutes, the Fort Drum ambulance and fire department were there.

Brittany Kennedy returned to the hospital and this time was admitted. She stayed until Wednesday morning.

Bella was six pounds, 13 ounces and 18 inches long. She joins Preston Jr., 2; Paytin, 6; Kianna, 8 and Ananda, 10, at home.

Preston, who is a field artillery tactical database systems specialist with the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, is now at home helping his wife. When the 1st Brigade posted his successful delivery on their Facebook page, congratulatory messages came in from everywhere.

“The whole thing just happened so fast,” Preston Kennedy told Syracuse.com. “It’is still hard for me to believe I actually delivered my own baby– and in my car!”

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Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…..never, ever, give up!