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Three Navy SEALs, Matthew McCabe, Petty Officer Jonathan Keefe & Petty Officer Julio Huertas all face criminal charges for allegedly punching Ahmed Hashim Abed while he was being detained. (Abed was the ringleader of the Iraqi terrorists that ambushed Blackwater employees, murdered them, dragged their bodies through the streets, burned them and then hung them from a bridge).
On December 7, the three SEALs are set to go before a Judge and plead not guilty. This first court appearance is only the arraignment and the actual trial is set to be sometime in January.
A Protest is being Organized to support the SEALs and send the message that Americans are tired of our military being expected to fight a politically correct war, that we are weary of our troops having to face criminal charges for doing their job.
Date: Monday, December 7, 2009
Time: 8:00am – 6:00pm
Location: Outside Main Gate of Naval Station Norfolk
City/Town: Norfolk, VA
XEROX IS DOING SOMETHING COOL
If you go to this web site, www.LetsSayThanks.com, you can pick out a thank you card and Xerox will print it and send it to a service person who is currently serving in Iraq . You can’t pick out who gets it, but it will go to a member of the armed services..
How AMAZING it would be if we could get everyone we know to send one!!! It is FREE and only takes a second.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if our service men and women received a bunch of these? Whether you are for or against the war, our soldiers need to know we are behind them.
This takes just 10 seconds and it’s a wonderful way to say thank you. Please take the time, and then pass it on to others. We can never say enough thank you’s.
Soldier to Receive Silver Star for Valor Under Fire
416th Engineering Command
Story by Capt. Corey Schultz
Posted: 06.06.2009 07:21
On June 6, the 65th anniversary of D-Day, Spc. David Hutchinson will become only the fifth Army Reserve Soldier to receive the Silver Star. While deployed to Afghanistan with the 420th Engineering Brigade, Hutchinson attacked and destroyed an enemy machine gun nest, an act of valor that was instrumental in saving the lives of 16 fellow Soldiers.
On the morning of May 21, 2008, 17 Army Reserve Soldiers of the 420th Engineer Brigade Personal Security Detail were traveling through the mountains of Afghanistan in a convoy of four Humvees. Hutchinson rode in the third Humvee, manning a MK-19 40 mm grenade launcher.
About 20 enemy insurgents attacked in a coordinated ambush from fortified fighting positions no more than 70 meters away. They fired multiple RPGs immediately followed by small arms: AK-47s, AK-74s, sniper rifles – and a PKM machine gun.
The enemy boldly attempted to destroy the convoy with RPGs, even moving from cover to engage the convoy. The 420th Eng. Bde. Soldiers immediately returned fire.
The enemy had fire superiority – until Hutchinson engaged the machine gun nest with devastating firepower, destroying it. Hutchinson’s fire was so effective in disrupting the enemy’s efforts that the enemy concentrated their attack on him and his MK-19.
Hutchinson held his position under intense fire, continuing to place fire on the remaining enemy in total disregard of his own peril. Other Soldiers later counted over 100 bullet holes in the turret of his Humvee.
Hutchinson expended an entire ammo can, destroying the machine gun position and killing five enemy before he was seriously wounded by fire from a RPG. Shrapnel hit his right leg and caused him to collapse into the crew compartment.
Even after collapsing from his wounds, Hutchinson saw that his first sergeant was severely injured, with gaping shrapnel wounds to the face and head. Despite his own serious wounds, Hutchinson calmly administered first aid to the other Soldier, controlling the bleeding as the convoy moved out of the kill zone.
When the medevac arrived, Hutchinson refused to be carried out and despite his serious wounds insisted the single litter be used for the first sergeant. This freed other Soldiers to provide security and reduced the time the medevac spent on the ground.
Hutchinson’s actions were without a doubt the primary disruptor of the enemy. His actions contributed to the safety of 17 Soldiers and showed extraordinary courage, loyalty and selfless service under fire.
Hutchinson was born in Humble, Texas, and graduated Brenham High School in 2005. He enlisted in the Army Reserve in December 2005 and is currently assigned to the 420th Engineer Brigade. In his civilian occupation he works for AT&T as a retail sales associate. In addition to the Silver Star, Hutchison has been awarded the Purple Heart, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, Global War on Terrorism and Combat Action Badge.
The Silver Star is awarded to a person who, while serving in any capacity with the U.S. Army, is cited for gallantry in action against an enemy of the United States while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force, or while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party. The required gallantry, while of a lesser degree than that required for the Distinguished Service Cross, must nevertheless have been performed with marked distinction
An A-10 pilot in Afghanistan used flares, infrared cameras, his 30-millimeter gun, some quick thinking and his huge brass balls to save the lives of a German reconstruction team in Afghanistan two years ago. On July 11,
Capt. Brian Erickson was awarded a much-deserved Distinguished Flying Cross.
It happened like this: On Oct. 16, 2006, Erickson and a wingman were called in to help six German soldiers pinned down by insurgents firing rockets, machine guns and small-arms. As Captain Erickson flew his A-10 deep into the moonless valley, the only light on the ground was from insurgent weapons-fire,” the Air Force reported.
“I initially had my infrared sensor on to pinpoint the location of the insurgents,” said Captain Erickson. “The problem with using the infrared is every time an RPG went off the glow impeded my ability to navigate the dark canyon. The whole screen would go white and I couldn’t see outside my cockpit. The only solution was to turn the screens off.”
His wingman climbed high to use his own infrared camera pod to try to spot the bad guys. Meanwhile Erickson, all but blind after turning off his sensors, “continued his low-level runs while illuminating the area with pyrotechnic self-protection flares in order to uncover the enemy location.”
“After we located where we thought the insurgents were, I had my wingman light-up the area with his targeting pod,” Erickson said. …
In a single-pass, Captain Erickson employed 240 30-mm rounds from the aircraft’s GAU-8 cannon. This completely halted the enemy’s fire.
Two hundred rounds from an A-10’s tank-killing gun? I’ll bet it “halted” the insurgents. More likely, it turned them into pink grease.
Well done, Captain.
(Photo: Air Force)
Aces High celebrates D-Day American paratroopers
Sainte-Mère-Église, Normandy, France
30th MAY – 7th JUNE 2009
To help commemorate the 65th anniversary of D-Day Aces High be exhibiting at Airborne Museum, Sainte-Mère-Église. If you are visiting Normandy to take part in the celebrations, be sure to visit their display at the Airborne Museum in this historic location where US paratroopers of the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions landed during the early hours of D-Day.
Also, in commemoration of the 65th Anniversay of D-Day and to honour the men of the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions, Aces High have released a new print by Richard Taylor. Entitled “Ste Mère-Église”, Richard’s detailed new drawing depicts the link-up between paratroops of the 82nd and a Sherman Firefly tank of an unidentified armoured unit. Also depicted is the famous parachute of one of the 82nd troopers who got caught on the church steeple.
BAND OF BROTHERS at the UK Gallery
In 1942, the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment was created at Camp Toccoa, Georgia, to train an elite Airborne Regiment who would bravely jump behind enemy lines as part of the Allied invasion of occupied Europe. During the early hours of D-Day 6th June 1944 these paratroopers spearheaded the attack on Normandy, with Easy Company of the 101st Airborne Division playing a vital role in this advance. Fighting throughout Normandy, Easy Company were then assigned to Holland to support the British forces in Arnhem as part of Operation Market Garden. Several months later the entire 101st Airborne Division fought in freezing conditions in Belgium during the Battle of the Bulge before finally advancing to Berchtesgaden to capture Hitler’s Eagles Nest.
Aces High UK will be joined for a special event on the 20th and 21st of June by the following veterans of Easy Company, 101st Airborne Division:
Corporal HERB ‘Jr’ SUERTH – 18 year old Herb Suerth enlisted as a volunteer for the Reserve Engineer Corps in November 1942, but after a change of heart in 1944 he was assigned to 101st Airborne Division, beginning the parachute school training in August that year. After final combat training in Holland, Herb was trucked into Bastogne in December 1944 during the Battle of the Bulge, also fighting in Foy. In January 1945 Herb was wounded by the artillery fire and his legs were severely injured but ultimately saved. As a result of these injuries Herb was shipped back to the US during April 1945.
Sergeant AMOS ‘Buck’ TAYLOR – Having worked in a factory making Sherman Tanks, Buck aided the war effort even further by becoming a Paratrooper and enlisted in July 1942 before being assigned to 3rd Platoon upon his arrival at Toccoa. When jumping into Europe on D-Day he was 2nd Squad Leader but having scattered on the jump, it was not until several days later that he joined up with the rest of the company, just prior to the attack on Carentan during which he was made 3rd Platoon Sergeant. At the Battle of the Bulge, when advancing from Bastogne to Foy, Buck was badly injured when shot in the leg which saw the end of his war spending 11months in hospital.
Colonel ED SHAMES – Enlisting in September 1942 at the age of 19, Ed Shames was to become one of the most respected officers in the 101st Airborne Division. A stickler for detail, he always got the job done, and brought his men home. Originally assigned to I Company in the 3rd Battalion of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment he was transferred to Headquarters Company receiving a battlefield commission during the taking of Carentan in Normandy. He joined Easy Company in July 1944 as a 2nd Lieutenant prior to
Operation Market Garden and the Battle of the Bulge.
Sergeant PAUL ROGERS – Aged 24, Paul Rogers volunteered to be a Paratrooper in 1942 and soon found himself at Toccoa training under Colonel Sink. When jumping into Europe on D-Day, Paul lost most of his equipment, including his rifle, and his parachute snagged on trees from which he had to cut himself loose; he later found out he had landed eight miles from the intended drop zone. With the 3rd Battalion he fought throughout Normandy but was injured when jumping into Holland as part of Operation Market Garden and subsequently spent four weeks in hospital. Upon rejoining the platoon he stayed with them all the way through to Hitler’s Eagles Nest in Berchtesgaden.
For further details, visit the Aces High website: www.aceshigh-uk.com