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NavyDoc's Inaugural Adventure W Pics

Posted on 02/04/2005 7:17:57 PM PST by NavyDoc

Hi! For those that don't know me, I met some Freepers on the side of Penn ave. during the inaugeral parade. They were very nice and were in sharp contrast to the unwashed protestors. A brief bio: Enlisted in the USMC as a 0311 back in 1986. Was a rifleman for a year then got an appointment to the Naval Academy. B.S. in English Lit. Naval Flight Officer (re: "Goose") for 5 years then a military scholarship to U. of Michigan in Ann Arbor for medical school. Now a staff anesthesiologist and pain management fellow at NNMC Bethesda and WRAMC here in DC area. I volunteered to provide medical support to the military mission to the inaugeral parade. I was medical officer in charge of Aide station #4, the first military aide station on the parade route. I was filling in for an Air Force Doc who came down ill so actually all my troops were Air Force Personell: 8 medics, 2 nurses, 1 senior NCO, and one admin type. We were stationed on the street, and had a small heated "shack" (for better words) to keeps supplies, put patients, and warm up once in a while. Mustered at WRAMC at 0100 and was posted on Penn Ave at zero-dark-thirty. Got to watch the sun rise just off the Capitol's left shoulder. Pretty early on the cops started to arrive. They were VOLUNTEERS from as far away as Oregon and Florida, and had come to support this inaugeration. They were fun to talk to and were very professional. They JOKED about being there to smash hippy heads!

They marched on line in a very professional manner... I weigh about 225, am 6' 1" and bench 315#. This guy made me feel small and HE was one of the smaller cops!!!!! Some of Virginia's finest ready for some fun! I liked the above image so I had to get a shot of me in the forground.. Ok, and now a pic of most of my posse: Having lots of fun, then enter the nasty, smelly protestors. THis one was actually fairly attractive and her sign reads,"The only Bush I trust is my own." She was behind alot of regular folks, but her sign struck me as funny...besides I am a sailor after all... There really weren't that many of them, but the ones that were there were a pain in the rear. Shouting epithets at me and my medics, spitting, throwing snowballs/fruit. Since I was there to be a doc, not a photographer, I was too busy to get pics of the really rowdy ones. That blather about "spporting the troops, but hating the war," is pure B.S.. At every chance, they laid as much venom and hate upon us as possible. After the CIC rode by they actually tride to rush the barricades, but were repelled by the police with batons and pepper spray. Of course lil ol' me was right in the middle. I treated a couple of cops for eye irritation and bruises. A few of the honor guard that lined the route for bruises (hit in the back of the head with an apple). Next few shots are of the CIC passing. They are bad shots, but I took them with my left hand as he approached, dropped my left and snapped up my right in a sharp and crisp salute as he drew abreast, and was unable to get any followup shots after he passed due to the above bruhaha.

Oh, did I forget THESE guys with their funny, long "suitcases?" Oh yes, the reason I am now a member of this site: there I was; tired, cold, hungry, my feet hurst, harrased by B.O. and patchatouli wearing idiots...walking up and down when I see some more fools waving signs...except on closer exam, THESE signs are supportive and instead of spitting, they are smiling. Instead of shouting obscenaties at me and my guys, these people are saying, thank you. ?????? I needed to have a closer look, and was thus taken into the fold! JCS marched by...very cool. My boys! Semper Fi!!!!

Well after running around all day, dealing with protestors, cold, and a wild horse. (Bucked his rider, got off the route, and was kicking people one block over), cold, sore feet, and one bruised hand (don't ask...facial piercings can hurt if ya smack 'em!). It's time to call it a day. After the last military person was cleared, we got to stand down, about 2100 that night. We retreated to a local watering hole, and I bought my posse many beers. Goodnight and God bless, Zack Kitchen, M.D. LCDR, MC, USN



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1 posted on 02/04/2005 7:17:57 PM PST by NavyDoc
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To: nutmeg; 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

ping


2 posted on 02/04/2005 7:19:09 PM PST by cyborg
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To: NavyDoc

Excellent pics! Welcome to FR.


3 posted on 02/04/2005 7:21:14 PM PST by silent_jonny
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To: NavyDoc

Thanks--


4 posted on 02/04/2005 7:23:52 PM PST by Mamzelle
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To: RaceBannon

I'm not sure, but I think you're in one of these pics.


5 posted on 02/04/2005 7:24:37 PM PST by silent_jonny
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To: NavyDoc

Thanks for the pics! Great job.

'specially the one with one of Minneapolis' finest!


6 posted on 02/04/2005 7:25:01 PM PST by ButThreeLeftsDo (When you're a target of Islam, every week is Islam Awareness Week.)
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To: NavyDoc
Cool pics and great commentary. Thanks for the report.

And thanks for serving, pass that on to your posse, too!

7 posted on 02/04/2005 7:25:18 PM PST by exnavy (lead, follow or get out of the way)
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To: NavyDoc
I've seen your preview a couple of days' ago, and this was a grand finale! Great pics!

Welcome to FreeRepublic and thank you for your service to our country and its people.

8 posted on 02/04/2005 7:26:28 PM PST by Rudder
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To: cyborg

Thanks for your service Doc. From a former AF Doc and Navy Intern (PNRMC) ... Welcome to F. R.


9 posted on 02/04/2005 7:26:36 PM PST by Froggie
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To: RaceBannon

PING


10 posted on 02/04/2005 7:27:15 PM PST by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (I served in Viet Nam Oct'68-Apr'69 I'm a war criminal, Hanoi Kerry is a hero AND a US Senator)
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To: silent_jonny; NavyDoc

Thanks!

Hey, Doc, great pics!


11 posted on 02/04/2005 7:27:55 PM PST by RaceBannon ((Prov 28:1 KJV) The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.)
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To: NavyDoc
Thanks for taking the time to share these wonderful pics and for the enjoyable on-the-scene report!
12 posted on 02/04/2005 7:28:08 PM PST by octobersky
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To: NavyDoc

Great photos and report, NavyDoc! Welcome to Free Republic


13 posted on 02/04/2005 7:29:36 PM PST by deadhead (God Bless Our Troops and Veterans)
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To: NavyDoc

Smack 'em one for me, NavyDoc!


14 posted on 02/04/2005 7:30:53 PM PST by GVnana (If I had a Buckhead moment would I know it?)
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To: NavyDoc

Excellent pictures, welcome aboard, and I have to say thank you.


15 posted on 02/04/2005 7:32:02 PM PST by bgnn32
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To: NavyDoc

Great pictures. I think you have the hang of it.


16 posted on 02/04/2005 7:34:50 PM PST by Bahbah
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To: NavyDoc

Welcome from this Navy vet. Great pictures and great dialogue. You are a freeper. Come on in.


17 posted on 02/04/2005 7:35:06 PM PST by groanup (http://www.fairtax.org)
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To: NavyDoc

Very cool!


18 posted on 02/04/2005 7:35:23 PM PST by TheBigB (Ask Fierce Allegiance about his suck emergencies!)
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To: NavyDoc

Thanks for the pics! :) Great job.

GO NAVY! (and Semper Fi)


19 posted on 02/04/2005 7:38:50 PM PST by exnavychick (There's too much youth; how about a fountain of smart?)
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To: NavyDoc

Great job you did at the Inaugural, and great pix. Welcome to FR. I love this kind of background info.


20 posted on 02/04/2005 7:39:01 PM PST by kitkat (Our 1776 patriots are proud of Pres. George Walker Bush)
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To: NavyDoc
What a BIO! Glad NavyDoc is on our side!
21 posted on 02/04/2005 7:39:03 PM PST by RAY (They that do right are all heroes!)
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To: NavyDoc

Most excellent. Welcome to Free Republic. Long may you enjoy.


22 posted on 02/04/2005 7:39:18 PM PST by Khurkris (That sound you hear coming from over the horizon...thats me laughing.)
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To: NavyDoc
Welcome NavyDoc! Great job and wonderful pics. Thanks for your service to the Pres and to our country.

My daughter is a USN officer on the Austin (LPD). She loves her career. You sound like you like your's.

Stay safe. Thanks again!
23 posted on 02/04/2005 7:40:02 PM PST by JSteff
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To: NavyDoc

Hey Doc. I'm glad you're here.

Thanks for all you do.


24 posted on 02/04/2005 7:40:39 PM PST by alnick
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To: NavyDoc

WELCOME TO FREE REPUBLIC!
Great pictures. You have my gratitide for serving our country.


25 posted on 02/04/2005 7:40:50 PM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: NavyDoc

You make me proud, Doc.


26 posted on 02/04/2005 7:41:31 PM PST by submarinerswife
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To: NavyDoc
Semper Fi! We're glad to have you here.

Mind if I ask, out of curiousity, what your callsign was when you were an NFO? And were you in F-14s?

27 posted on 02/04/2005 7:42:13 PM PST by Mr. Silverback (A woman needs abortion like a fish needs a bicycle.)
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To: NavyDoc

Good job


28 posted on 02/04/2005 7:42:24 PM PST by woofie
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To: NavyDoc

Oh, and I hope my Air Force brothers and sisters treated you well...


29 posted on 02/04/2005 7:44:40 PM PST by Mr. Silverback (A woman needs abortion like a fish needs a bicycle.)
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To: silent_jonny

LOL!
Hey it was for my memoirs!!!



Ok, ok, mom got a few pics too!


30 posted on 02/04/2005 7:48:06 PM PST by NavyDoc
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To: NavyDoc; grellis

Wow, NavyDoc, your pics and story are great!

Welcome to Free Republic

(grellis.. you gotta see this)


31 posted on 02/04/2005 7:49:32 PM PST by backinthefold (Did any one else just want to get up and smack Pelosi, or was it just me?)
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To: NavyDoc

Welcome, NavyDoc....great pictures..and a fine essay.


32 posted on 02/04/2005 7:50:23 PM PST by joyce11111
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To: NavyDoc
Now THAT is how a newby is supposed to do his first post!

Welcome aboard....Semper Fi.....God bless you and your
brothers for your service.... past, present, and future.

33 posted on 02/04/2005 7:50:32 PM PST by Optimist (I think I'm beginning to see a pattern here.)
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To: NavyDoc

Welcome to Free Republic. Very interesting bio, I'm about to be an Air Force Doc... graduating in May from med school then it looks like I'm off to MGH for surgery residency (I've been on deferrment since completing AFROTC in undergrad) Great pics from the big day, you've found a great group of people here and I'm sure you'll feel right at home.


34 posted on 02/04/2005 7:51:03 PM PST by glocker23 (Live Free Or Die)
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To: NavyDoc

Thanks for your service and the pictures. Welcome to Free Republic.


35 posted on 02/04/2005 7:53:20 PM PST by RightWingMama
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To: Mr. Silverback

Fighter pilots may make movies, but bomber pilots make history!
A-6 initially, but ended up in the P3C Orion.

Callsign: Mellow.


36 posted on 02/04/2005 7:54:01 PM PST by NavyDoc
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To: NavyDoc
Thanks for the report. Have I said it yet today?... I hate leftists.

There,now I feel better.

37 posted on 02/04/2005 7:54:02 PM PST by Diva Betsy Ross (Just say no to the ACLU!)
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To: NavyDoc

Great post! Thanks for your service and welcome to Free Republic!


38 posted on 02/04/2005 7:54:14 PM PST by Rummyfan
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To: glocker23

Cool, wich school are you at? 19 years in uniform and not a SECOND regretted!
Congrats.
Z


39 posted on 02/04/2005 7:55:15 PM PST by NavyDoc
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To: NavyDoc

Thank you for your service. Don't be a stranger.


40 posted on 02/04/2005 7:55:32 PM PST by investigateworld (Babies= A sure sign He hasn't given up on mankind!)
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To: NavyDoc

Hey, my brother is a doc at Bethesda also. He got out of Annapolis in '00 and Case Western last year. He's going into flight surgery next year. Freepmail me if you know him!


41 posted on 02/04/2005 7:56:38 PM PST by Flightdeck (Liberals see Saddam's mass graves as half full. I prefer to see them as half empty.)
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To: NavyDoc

Hey, doc . . . Nice pics and great story of perseverance and personal achievement! Congratulations and welcome to FR!!!


42 posted on 02/04/2005 7:58:25 PM PST by LibWhacker
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To: NavyDoc

Thanks for the pictures and for your service. I enjoyed your bio; my brother is one of the military docs on the White House Medical Unit. God bless.


43 posted on 02/04/2005 7:58:28 PM PST by bella1 (red county, blue state)
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To: Diva Betsy Ross

The funny thing is, if you look at the pics, most of my medics were female. A few were black females.
Now, we did not get into a political discussion when we started. All business. All professional 100%. However, simply based on demographics, one could assume that they were democrats. After all of the fuss, venom, and hate directed at them by the leftists, they were talking like Rush Limbaugh by the end of the day!
They were amazed that the red cross armband did not save them from being called babykillers. Their political awakening was amazing to watch.
The protestors did more harm to their side than good. They really showed the truth of their beliefs, and the hollowness of the "support the troops but hate the war," rhetoric.


44 posted on 02/04/2005 8:01:00 PM PST by NavyDoc
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To: Flightdeck

I haven't met him. Sounds like he is an intern at present. I get tired just thinking about my intern year. Bully for him!
Where is he going? I reccomend P3's as the flight doc gets to see alot of the world. The carrier based flight docs kinda get stuck onboard the carrier. (Not that that is a BAD thing! ;-) )


45 posted on 02/04/2005 8:03:34 PM PST by NavyDoc
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To: Bahbah

Thanks Bahbah...see I may be all thumbs with this here computer thingy but I think I caught on to HTML right quick.....thanks for all the coaching.


46 posted on 02/04/2005 8:08:52 PM PST by NavyDoc
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To: NavyDoc

Hi Doc,
Thank You for your service. My third cousin is a Navy Doc.
based almost 1 mile down the street from me at the
San Diego Navy Hospital and Medical Center. He was also attached to the 1st Marine Div. and slogged into Bagdad in the first part of the war. He is a Buckeye.

My dad was an HM1 with the 1st Marine Div. in the Korean War. at the frozen Chosin and Inchon Landing.
Simper Fi


47 posted on 02/04/2005 8:12:44 PM PST by SoCalPol (Hey Chirac, Call Germany Next Time. They Know The Way To Paris)
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To: NavyDoc
I was once a young idealistic Democrat. I was even a social worker for some years. I changed my tune after I watched the bold face lying of the Anita Hill hearings. I continued in Social work for years after that. Then I gave up.

But one thing.. I would never, ever have been disrespectful to our military or to anyone who provides law enforcement for us. The liberals today are plain crazy and rabid-they will drive rational people away by the hundreds each time they are shown with their hatred of America.

And that is exactly what it is. It burns me that they choose to take it out on the troops and spit on them as they do. Someday one of these smelly,ugly idiots is going to harass the wrong guy- at the wrong time.

I extend my apology for all of the freaks out there. I hope the good folks you worked with know- The silent majority supports America.

BTW-that lefty girl.. you could do better than that!!! The lefty gals have nothing on all of the cute freeper gals you will meet around here! ;}

Welcome to FR-again!

48 posted on 02/04/2005 8:13:42 PM PST by Diva Betsy Ross (Just say no to the ACLU!)
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To: SoCalPol

SoCalPol
Thanks! Sounds like your cousin is a great guy.................for a BUCKEYE!

GO BLUE!
;-)


49 posted on 02/04/2005 8:16:23 PM PST by NavyDoc
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To: NavyDoc

Welcome from a fellow 0311 Marine turned Naval Officer (Chaplain Corps).


50 posted on 02/04/2005 8:18:25 PM PST by bethelgrad (for God, country, the Marine Corps, and now the Navy Chaplain Corps OOH RAH!)
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