Skip to comments.(FREEPER) Afghanistan War Veteran Takes Fight to 7th US Congressional District Race
Posted on 03/30/2012 12:40:30 PM PDT by kjenerette
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Why can’t they be like her in CA?!?!
Looks like I have a new favorite Congressional candidate next to Allen West!
A female army paratrooper? Sorry, but this is not a good thing. Her campaign for office is not the issue, but conservatives have to make up their minds about whether they will stick to their basic principles on the military or not.
Wish I could vote for ya. ;o)
You do realize you were addressing the candidate herself, don’t you?
excellent news. good luck !
(funny how the conservative women are all hotties ;)
Best of luck to you and fellow veterans running for office.
I do now. ;-) Yes, I figured that out.
But my position remains the same. One of the main goals of liberalism is to obliterate the distinctions between male and female. Women should have very limited roles in the military, and I stick by that. I find it puzzling when conservatives seem to support the feminist liberal view of women when it suits them.
Good Luck on the campagign. It’s going to be a tough fight with SC dirty politics as usual....With alternatives like(Andre Bauer/Carol Campbell III) I would vote in a second were I to live in the 7th district!
Thank you for your service to our Country and Nation. Good luck on your run!
Back Bencher here, banging shoe on desk while screaming “Hear....Hear.”
Good luck and thank you for your service in any event.
Too funny...on another thread, kristinn was being dressed down by a freeper for posting something “non-news” in the News section...
As for the substance of his unfortunate post, as a conservative, I can disagree with the concept of women in combat in general (as it has nothing whatsoever to do with respect) but can at the same time admire and respect a woman who has done it operating under whatever rules are in place that allowed it.
Acknowledging and appreciating that someone has excelled at something doesn’t mean I cannot disagree with an overarching concept. But let’s not make this thread about women in combat. In this case, I hope her actual combat experience has given her tools to engage in political combat with people in this country in government who do not have our best interests at heart.
That said, I wish the candidate all possible success, and will be watching the campaign from afar, and contributing as well. Freepers who run for office generally have my support, and Freepers who write books have a leg up in getting me to read their offerings!
Thanks. I’ve been expecting to have my head handed to me on a platter. ;-)
Thank you for your service, and best of luck.
You ran a great close race and we were all pulling
for you. You can do it this time!
Thank you for your service.
OCS, jump wings, two combat tours, and a C.A.B.
Soldiers like Katherine are A GOOD THING!!
DTogo, (male) Army Officer
NOW IS THE TIME TO BE FIGHTING FOR CONSERVATIVE/TEA PARTY NOMINEES IN YOUR DISTRICT!
Don't let the GOP establishment pols stick you with a Mini-Romney candidate this summer.
And put an announcement on the South Carolina Message Board:
I agree with you, as does my husband, retired Army Infantry. I’ve noticed the men who spent the most time serving with women in the military tend to have the highest regard for them.
Best of luck on your campaign. The people of the 7th district would be wise to choose you.
10 posted on Fri Mar 30 2012 15:18:34 GMT-0500 (Central Daylight Time) by Pining_4_TX: “One of the main goals of liberalism is to obliterate the distinctions between male and female. Women should have very limited roles in the military, and I stick by that. I find it puzzling when conservatives seem to support the feminist liberal view of women when it suits them.”
I found this thread when I learned that CPT Jenerette was a Freeper running for office with Tea Party backing: http://freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2881856/posts, post 36.
Yes, you're right that FReepers need to decide whether its a violation of “basic principles on the military” for women to serve as commissioned officers doing CIVIL AFFAIRS work in the United States Army. That's CPT Jenerette’s MOS as a reserve officer.
We're not talking infantry here. CPT Jenerette has received some pretty tough military training so she can effectively do public affairs and civil affairs work if attacked.
I have zero problems with women in civil affairs or public affairs. If you do, that's your choice. I respect people's right to oppose women in the military but that's not my position, and it has not been the position of the United States military for over seven decades. As far as I can tell, CPT Jenerette is doing things that women were allowed to do in the Army even before World War II broke out.
Based on what I see in her Free Republic profile, it looks like she's chosen non-combat MOSes but has been trained to deal with the reality that we no longer have front lines and there's a good chance that anyone in Iraq or Afghanistan, no matter what their MOS, will need to be able to defend themselves and their unit.
Yes, she has a combat action badge, and if you're going to do two tours of duty in a combat zone, getting attacked sooner or later is a significant possibility.
From her FR profile page: “Katherine is a Commissioned Officer serving in the U.S. Army Reserve and an Army Paratrooper and is currently assigned to the U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne) at Fort Bragg, N.C. Jenerette is a CA Team Leader and is part of the militarys highly specialized Civil Affairs teams which forms the nucleus of the Army's Civil-Military operations expertise for both Army Special Operations (SOF) and conventional forces. In January 2009, Katherine completed the US Army Combat Life Saver Course as part of pre-deployment training and is a graduate of the U.S. Army's Airborne school at Ft. Benning, Georgia, the Mobilization Civil Affairs Course (MCAC) at Ft. Bragg, NC and the Military Police Corps BOLC III Leadership Course at Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri.”
Based on her awards and decoration, it appears her previous MOS was in Army Public Affairs, or at least she was working as a military journalist: “AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
US Army Airborne Parachutist Badge US Army Commendation Medal Army Achievement Medal NCO Professional Development Ribbon ARMY Service Ribbon National Defense Service Medal SWA Service Ribbon Marksman M-16 Marksmanship Qualification Badge U. S. Army Europe, “Military Journalist of the Year” 1989 and 1990 U.S. Army 2nd Runner-up, “Military Print Journalist of the Year” 1990 U.S. Army Europe, “Editor, 1st Place Magazine” 1990 NCAA Big South All Conference Runner 1994 Marshall Cavendish Scholarship (American Library Association), first alternate 1997”
Also, a clarification on my last post: my point was that women have been able to do civil affairs and public affairs work since before World War II, not that women could go to jump school and take military police training during World War II. Based on what I've read of the situation in World War II, women nurses and other women serving in the military often got additional training through informal channels from experienced combat veterans with whom they were serving, or learned the hard way if their units were attacked. Under current conditions with no front lines, even civilians serving as embedded reporters are seeking out training so they can survive if their units are attacked, so why shouldn't we give military women the training they need to survive?
Thank you for the really kind comments! I finally got home from Afghanistan less than two weeks ago after serving most of my tour with the ‘MSH’ 5th Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment - Shah Wali Kot and the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division Task Force Arctic Wolves in the Horn of Panjwai in one of the most volatile districts in Kandahar Province, known as the birthplace of the Taliban. And I thought South Carolina politics was rough! My ‘Soccer Mom’ husband and four kids met me at the Myrtle Beach airport along with members of the Coastal Carolina Bluestar Mothers, the Patriot Riders, and the Little River Veterans Welcome Home Center who were there with American flags and banners. It was great! Im so happy and thankful to be back home. Please understand that I am not any kind of hero; believe me there are so many real heros still in Afghanistan - all kinds of young American guys and gals putting it on the line each and every day in every province over there. Just remember them they are still at war far away from home! Here is a more current picture of me. I was just a kid Lieutenant in the old one that you used! Thanks!
(puts head on desk)
L O L !
ROFL! You done good!
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