We All Have bad Moments in Serving. We Do Not Need to Face Them Alone

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A short bit of news sn then a story or two from my service time.

It’s time the US military finally bans troops from joining extremist groups.

The Air Force may change its height standard to hire more enlisted aviators.
The Air Force may soon change its outdated height requirements to hire more career enlisted aviators, particularly women.
Marine Corps releases pregnant Marine physical training handbook.

DARPA is developing an air-launched drone missile that fires air-to-air missiles.

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I have hundreds of stories from my days in the military. What follows is just one of them that will be in my upcoming book, Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of life.

While in basic training I was doing my firing range testing. This 18 year old kid have never held a rifle before. The loud noise of all those rifles going off were deafening.

It was my turn to shoot. The instructor showed me how to get down on the ground and wrap my arm around the sling. He then spread my feet behind me, and said, “Open fire!”

I started shooting, and the targets were falling down. I didn’t miss one of them. The instructor was amazed and said, “Didn’t you tell me you had never held a rifle before?”

“Yes sir,”I said.

He had me step back to let the next group of men to fire. This went on for a while, and finally everyone had had a chance to shoot.

The Head sergeant then read of the names of those who was able to shot in the second round, and he had the rest go to another range. I was one of those who stayed. I couldn’t believe it. I was able to be in the second round of shooting?

They moved the targets back another 50 yards, and we commenced to shot again. I hit every target. I was getting used to my rifle. At the end of the second round, they called out the group for the third round. I was chosen again!!

The third round was much harder, they put the target at 100 yards.

My instructor then told me about “kentucky windage.” That is where you aim a little high to allow the wind to bring down your bullet.

I missed one target there, but I had enough to make it to the final round.

The final round was 150 yards. That is one and a half football fields.

Again my instructor showed me how to allow for a little more windage. there were on six of us shooting now.

I only missed two shots the whole round. They gathered us together to let us know how the last group did.

They named one guy that won the whole thing. He had only missed one the whole day.

To my shock they named me second. I had only missed three all day.

They told me I was an expert shooter, and this was from a kid that had never held a rifle before.

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Time to check in….

How are you doing? Do you remember your basic training days. Was it a good experience?

Did you get some troubled times during basic? How about the rest of your time in the service? Not so good?

Not to worry my friend. There are over 11,500 fellow veterans here who have your back.

If you are overwhelmed with nightmares and painful memories, GET HELP!!

Here is a toll free number to call 24/7.

It has highly qualified counselors there to help you. They will not hang up until they know you are OK.

Do not try to take on this world alone!!!

1-800-273-8255 Option # 1

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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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The Inauguration Went Very Smoothly. Now what Happens?

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Well, the inauguration is over and there weren’t any problems. I guess having over 25,000 plus troops there made a difference. .

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More military news:

White man who killed newly commissioned Black Army lieutenant sentenced to life in prison.

One of the original members of Delta Force has died at 80.

Army cav scout arrested for allegedly plotting with ISIS to ambush fellow soldiers.

Air traffic controller at Kirtland Air Force base credited with saving lives of Osprey crew.

Navy to name ship after Medal of Honor recipient Robert Simanek.

He fell on a grenade to save his friends.

Trump to leave office with vastly more troops in DC than in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria combined.

America’s oldest living Marine, a trailblazer for women in the service, has died at 107.

Three militants killed in New Year’s Day airstrikes on al-Shabaab compounds.

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I have been mentioning to you for the last couple weeks that the format for this site will be changed by the 1st of February. I think you will like it even more than what you see now.

I will still have up to date military news, but then I will switch to talking about you and your needs.

The reason the site is doing so well is that so many of you are Subscribing. Let me show you an example.

On New Year’s Day there were 10,639 subscribers. This morning there are 11, 020. An awesome increase of almost 400 in just 20 days. That means people like what is being said, I am sure you will like it even more under the new format.

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I was amazed how calm the inauguration was this morning. Now we will see what happened in the 50 state capitals of our country.

I live in Salem, Oregon, which is the capital of Oregon. Haven’t heard of any problems yet.

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Checking in with you! Are you holding up OK?

Do you wish things were different in your life? Have the days gone the wrong way for you?

Fear not! There are over 11,025 fellow veterans here who have your back.

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However, if the road is too rough for you right now, GET HELP!!

Here is a toll free number to call that has highly qualified counselors to help you. They will not hang up on you until they know you are OK. All of this is free.

1-800-273-8255 Option # 1

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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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Many Things Are Happening to Our Troops These, Days and Much of It is Not Good

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Much news today about the military. A sad note is that one of the people killed at the National Capitol rioting was a veteran. She was in the USAF and had in 14 years.

Here are only the headlines for the rest of our military:

An Air Force F-16 just fired off a pair of swarming munitions for the first time

Two-star Air Force general demoted to colonel for affair with subordinate

Feds charge retired Air Force officer for allegedly taking part in the Capitol Hill insurrection

The Capitol Hill insurrection reveals veterans are at war against themselves

Florida men arrested for stealing remains of deceased veterans for religious rituals

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I am very proud that I served my country. I am very proud of you for serving your country. It is a honor to protect our country from the enemy.

When I see ll the terrible rioting and discourse, it breaks my heart that our country is under siege. If only those rioters could spend a few weeks in countries that have dictators. They may love their country a little more.

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I do not agree with the rioting that happened against our national Capitol. As a matter of fact, I am 100% against it. It was wrong and had other nations looking at us in disgust.

We have to move on. I do not care what side you were on about the results of our election. We have to move on, and regroup. Things will work out to the good eventually. We just need to be patient.

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How did you do during thee rioting at our Capitol. I sat there almost in tears, to see people breaking windows, and stealing things.

Are you doing OK? Have you taken one day at a time and survived? If not GET HELP!!

Also, there are over 10,900 fellow veterans on this site who have your back.

Here is a Toll free number to call. Even the counseling is free.

Do not take on this crazy world alone!

!-800-273-8255 Option # 1

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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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