Troops At Border, Home by Christmas?

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Mission Accomplished: Troops At US-Mexico Border Should Be Home By Christmas


It seems like only yesterday that 5,800 active-duty service members were racing to the Southwest border to stop a migrant caravan from entering the United States, but it was about three weeks ago, right before the midterm elections.

Now, their mission presumably on the verge of being accomplished, the troops are finally coming home — and just in time for Christmas.

That’s according to Army Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Buchanan, the commander of U.S. Army North, who is helming the operation from San Antonio, Texas. “Our end date right now is 15 December, and I’ve got no indications from anybody that we’ll go beyond that,” Buchanan told Politico on Nov. 19.

San Antonio is a fitting locale for mission headquarters. In 1836, the city saw Mexican forces under the command of President General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna lay waste to a ragtag outfit of Texians in the infamous Battle of the Alamo.

Fortunately, this time it didn’t come to that. Instead, the invading force — approximately 7,000 refugees advancing by foot from the depths of Central America — opted for one of the oldest plays in the book: the switcharoo.

No sooner had the bulk of Buchanan’s army arrived in Texas to bolster the Border Patrol agents and National Guard units holding the line along the Rio Grande Valley than the caravan changed course, swerving toward the California border.

Thousands of Immigrants already at border. 

Thousands of asylum-seekers have already started to arrive in Tijuana, prompting hundreds of locals to spill into the streets with chants of “Mexico first!” One 62-year-old protester told National Public Radio, “We want the caravan to go; they are invading us.”

Tijuana borders San Diego, where many of the refugees hope to go. However, of the 5,800 active duty soldiers and Marines currently deployed to the border, only 1,300 are in California. And based on Buchanan’s comments, it seems they, too, may be preparing to decamp soon.

According to Politico, the general explained that “the troop deployment should start falling rapidly as engineer and logistics troops … wind down their mission of building base camps and fortifying ports of entry for the Border Patrol.”

Buchanan also clarified why the Pentagon had declined a request from the Department of Homeland Security to back up its personnel if shit went down at the border.

“That is a law enforcement task, and the secretary of defense does not have the authority to approve that inside the homeland,” he said.

U.S. Army North and the Office of the Secretary of Defense did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


Be Thankful for Your Freedoms Given to you by the Military

It is Memorial Day, and I am so thankful for the sacrifice that the men and women have gone through to make my world free, and so wonderful.

I am a veteran myself. I served in Korea. I know the trials service men and women go through.

The loneliness of being away from home. The unknown factors of each day. But I am proud that I took the step and enlisted. It helped me be  a better man today.

My son is also in the military. He is a career soldier. He served two tours in Iraq, and is now a full Bird Colonial. I am extremely proud of him.

I would be very wrong if I didn’t mention that I have other family members that have served in the military. My brother was in the National Guard, and two of my uncles were in WWII. They both were wounded in the battle.

Think about what we wouldn’t have if it wasn’t for the efforts of  the people went that extra mile to serve their country. Thank someone you know right now that served.


One of the sad parts of the military is that the suicide rate is extremely high in the military. I mentioned some reason that may be a problem in my introduction. Too many hours alone, and facing fear each day.

My quest is that I be able to reach out to the service men and women through my book, “Signs of Hope: Ways to Survive in an Unfriendly World.” By being there and knowing what they go through I think the book may enlighten them and hopefully give them hope.

If you some good connections in the military that could help me set-up a signing on a base somewhere. I would be more than happy to hold one, and give a portion to a fund that supports the families of the fallen soldiers who took their own lives.


You can check the book out first by going to the top of this page and clicking on “Bookstore.” When you do, there is a description there plus a picture of the cover. If you need some endorsements, there is also a tab that says “endorsements,” at the top of this page. There are endorsements there from all over the United States.

I hope you at least check the book out. I think it can be a life changer for many.