Florida sculptor Gregory Marra sculpted a statue of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. And the Patriot Guard are escorting it along the final North Texas leg.
I have no desire to swindle folks out of money (as a blogger, I’m busy swindling you out of your time.) But even if I did, I would not cheat SEALs. One of them could get ideas. Former SEAL Jason Mullaney was ordered Monday to face trial on 30 felony charges, including grand theft and fraud. He’s pleaded not guilty but remains jailed and faces up to 34 years in state prison if convicted. . .
The Military Channel has a special called An Officer and a Movie. And I just watched one of the current features, The Green Berets, starring John Wayne. Guess what car popped up? You bet, the world’s most beautiful car, none other than the Citroen DS:
Joining Lou Diamond Phillips, the host, was Green Beret Major Rusty Bradley, a veteran of 5 tours in Afghanistan. He speaks of his admiration for current and past Green Berets.
As for the movie, I’d never seen it. And the fact that it was put out in 1968 speaks volumes about John Wayne. Of course, the other actors pale in comparison to the Duke, but Bruce Cabot’s Colonel tricked me. I just imagined the casting director grabbed some grizzled Colonel to cameo the role.
Aldo Ray was good as Sergeant Muldoon. Bet you did not know Mr. Ray was both a frogman (SEAL) and a Berkeley grad: Aldo DaRe was born in the borough of Pen Argyl, in Northampton County, Pennsylvania on 25 September 1926. He attended the University of California at Berkeley, served as a US Navy frogman during WWII and saw action on Iwo Jima. You know what this means, right? Jokes about Berkeley grads will no longer be tolerated.
I work with a Senior Chief and she mentioned that her son, all of nine years old, is a John Wayne fan. Yes, Senior is married to a Master Chief, but has done nothing to encourage the young American to pursue his cinematic hero. This fact alone has given me faith in the world. Carry on, Generation Z. . .
Why is the Navy poisoning Sailors assigned to the Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL Command on the Naval Amphibious Base Coronado with lead, cadmium and beryllium? Stupid question, a more pertinent one would be: what is the Navy going to do about it?
I’m on record how I feel about SEAL movies: that is, we should not be putting these guys in the limelight. Come December of this year, the SEAL Team Six movie should hit theaters.
The trailer for a controversial new Hollywood film about the hunt for Osama bin Laden was released, offering the first glimpse of the project that was made with high-level cooperation from the Pentagon and the CIA.
Zero Dark Thirty, directed by the Oscar-winner Kathyrn Bigelow, is still in production but has already provoked anger among. . .
Ach, Kathyrn Bigelow? Did she not direct Hurt Locker? Although I enjoyed seeing the movie, I knew it was an utter work of fiction. Ask any EOD tech and you will get snorted at. Yeah, we’re all cowboys like that, an Army Sapper told me sarcastically.
I’ll take cowboy over baby-killer. . .
Do you want to travel to exotic lands, meet new and interesting locals, and then kill them? Are you a minority?
Of course, if you want to do the above (with the locals), I imagine that makes you a minority. But the minority the Navy is looking for is those of the racial variety:
Those minority communities of Detroit, Miami and the area from Atlanta to North Carolina’s Research Triangle are the Navy’s latest hopes to find and recruit young men with diversified backgrounds and the physical stamina and desire to undergo the famously rigorous training it takes to become a Navy SEAL.
The force today is about 85 percent white, much higher than the Navy overall, so the Coronado, Calif.-based Naval Special Warfare Command wants to broaden the look of the community and draw in men of different ethnicities and races that more reflect U.S. society. Doing so, officials have said, would enable its forces to blend into foreign places where they may operate and help build relationships with allies.
The diversity effort, part of a June 22 request for proposals issued by NSWC, extends to the community of SWCCs, the special warfare combatant-craft crewmen who man gunboats and operate with SEALs.
BUD/S is the hardest training the Navy can throw at a recruit. We had better not water it down just to get Sailors of a certain look. It’ll get people killed. . .
You can’t paint a state with the misdeeds of a couple of its citizens, but this does not make me smile favorable upon the Granite State:
For the second time in two months, a New Hampshire monument honoring a fallen Navy SEAL has been vandalized.
A porcelain picture of Navy Senior Chief Information Systems Technician (SEAL) Daniel Healy on the Exeter monument has been smashed to pieces. The image was recently replaced.
When I go camping, and it has been some years, I wear a pair of Navy coveralls. When I was doing this training evolution with the SEALs, I also wore them. They were easy to get into and comfortable. Unfortunately, when I was wandering around in the dark, I ran into a metal post sticking out of the ground. And it sliced through my coveralls and then my knee. One of the SEALs saw what happened and he ran his bare finger up and down the bloody wound and told me I would be alright. I shudder now at the thought.
But still, I need new coveralls. Let’s see, here is a pair that has muscles stitched in to them:
Hey, it even has a medal! I wonder if comes in extra-large?
When I was deployed to the Middle East, I met an officer who had washed out of BUDs (SEAL training.) He had gotten injured and had to find another officer community.
Long story short: he and I were chatting and he asked me where I went to school. I told him Cal and he responded that he had too. I thought he was joking, but he assured me he had indeed gone to Berkeley. A SEAL wannabe at Bezerkeley. I love it.
Here is a woman who met her husband, a future SEAL, at Berkeley. In philosophy class:
We met my freshman year of college at UC Berkeley. Through my Philosophy class, I was introduced to one of his teammates and quickly fell in “like” with the guy. Because I ate in the same dining commons as my Navy SEAL and his entire team, I came to know each and every one of the athletes. He was the first guy to walk over and introduce himself. We dated other people over the years, but became close friends and spent a good deal of time together, cultivating a unique platonic relationship.
Yes, Berkeley and the military, we are like two peas in the pod!
There is talk of making the USS Ponce a sort of SEAL super-ship. Where the very special operator types, the extremely special warriors, camp out waiting for wabbits:
The Pentagon is rushing to send a large floating base for commando teams to the Middle East as tensions rise with Iran, al-Qaeda in Yemen and Somali pirates, among other threats.
In response to requests from U.S. Central Command, which oversees military operations in the Middle East, the Navy is converting an aging warship it had planned to decommission into a makeshift staging base for the commandos.
Unofficially dubbed a “mothership,” the floating base could accommodate smaller high-speed boats and helicopters commonly used by Navy SEALs, procurement documents show.
The USS Ponce (LPD-15) was scheduled to be mothballed, to be sent up to Philly to be part of the ghost fleet. Its namesake is Ponce de Leon; its long life makes sense, no?