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I don't think anyone knew this about me, but I am a Veteran. I was in the Navy many moons ago. I never saw any real combat like our men and women today face, but I was in the first Gulf War. It was pretty neat in its own right. I was part of a helicopter squadron and before the war we provide anti-submarine surveillance and search-and-rescue. When we left for the Gulf we stripped out the sonar equipment and loaded up .50 cals in the doors. That was cool. During the war we would fill up the choppers with Navy SEALS and board suspicious ships, again that was pretty cool. I was a flight deck troubleshooter so I spent my time up on the flight deck, which is the most dangerous place in the world to work. You lived in constant fear of getting sucked into an intake, blown overboard, turned into mush by props, or being decapitated by a tail rotor. But that's what made it exciting. Our ship was the carrier John F. Kennedy, which was sadly decommissioned this year as the last diesel powered aircraft carrier. During the war we launched the first planes to drop bombs and our battle group started the war with the USS Missouri firing tomahawk missiles. The only other "action" we saw was when the JFK shot down a couple of Libyan Migs. Anyone remember Khadaffi's "line-of-death"? Well, we were zigzagging back forth over it when he launched a couple of fighters to take us on. We had the same thought; he's out of his friggin' mind. Anyway we launched our alert F-14 Fighters and the Migs were summarily shot down. Then we continued on to our next port call. That's the extent of my battle scars. But his blog is not about me it's about the men and women, who all through history, has fought to keep us safe and free. To those who guard our shores against all enemies, foreign and domestic. I thank each and every one of you for your service. I hope you all enjoy the video clips.

21 gun salute

USA

Marine Corps

I had the privilege of seeing these guys in person and they are every bit as good as people say they are. The videos don't quite do them justice so if you ever have a chance to see these guys in person, do it.

Silent drill team - Amateur video

Silent drill team - File video

You can't show the Silent Drill Team without these guys

Drum and Bugle Corps

Army

The video says it all.

Kicking butt

Navy

I have also seen both the Blue Angels and Air Force Thunderbirds in person and they flat out rock.

Blue Angels

Start of the first Gulf War 1991

Air Force

Air Force rockin' out

Fannation Veterans

I think these are Veterans; I searched for the most logical screen names and then based on some of the locations for people I see all the time. Some have not been active for a while. I hope I got everyone, if I did not, then I apologize. Thank you all for your service.

Brandon Schwartz

GreenBay Fan in Iraq 

BuckeyeInIraq  

Sailor in Iraq   

FinFanNIraq  

USAF-IRAQ

RayIraqPats

AuburnTiger-in-Iraq

Texans Fan in Iraq

SoonerinIraq  

DawgfanIraq

MoGoBearsIraq

IraqiLiberat0r

DesertStormVet

vietnamvet69

vietvet67

vietvet554

USAF 1093

Do_Work_Son

Larry B

[MOH] Coach

osu poo

NCshvDavid cherishes life

Hawkdriver13

Jericho

Hilbili

Skybill40

Thank you once again Veterans, you are all my heroes!

Bagpipes/tribute: - goosebumps

Points to Ponder

  • Nothing to ponder, but please take time to thank a Veteran.

Stay tuned for my power rankings on Tuesday.

Thanks for reading.

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