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(FREEPER) Afghanistan War Veteran Takes Fight to 7th US Congressional District Race
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Posted on 03/30/2012 12:40:30 PM PDT by kjenerette

Kicker

Afghanistan War Veteran Takes Fight to 7th Congressional District Race


South Carolina, Thursday, March 29, 2012 - On Thursday, Katherine Jenerette, a US Army Paratrooper and a former US Congressional Field Representative, who just returnedhome eleven weeks ago from a combat tour of duty in Afghanistan, announced her bid for the newly formed 7th District Congressional Seat.


 “I’m not the kind of person who sit’s on the sidelines when there’s a fight going on and work to be done for the people of our state, district and our country,” Jenerette said. “I’ve been places where you have to do a lot more than talk tough and whoever the people of this district decide to send to Washington had better be ready to hit the ground running and know when it’s time to dance and when it’s time to play hardball.”


Jenerette, a longtime Republican figure since her freshman college days at CCU is no stranger to hardball South Carolina politics; she nearly defeated long time State Senator Dick Elliot in 2004 when she beat him in Horry County but lost the seat in the western part of the district by a mere 1,800 votes out of over 30,500 cast in the election.


“That was a bare-knuckled-street-fight and I learned at a young age that getting into South Carolina politics is a lot like asking for trouble,” Jenerette laughed. “Since I’ve been in politics I’ve had people try to shake me down with threats of political scandals, got email threats warning me not to run for office and just a few months ago when a reporter asked me what its like to be serving as a female in the dirt and grime in one of the most dangerous places on earth – I thought she was talking about Horry County politics and she was really asking me about Afghanistan.”


Jenerette said the next election is shaping up to be a battleground with a lot of issues for the people of our district at every level of government and included things like the price of gas, taxes, jobs and the economy, healthcare, wars in the Middle East and issues all the way to the US Constitution itself.


“I don’t have to tell anybody in our district how messed up things are with Congress and the present administration and with our economy,” Jenerette said. “But, I’m not going to blow sunshine and claim that I’m going to reform Washington or put everybody back to work fifteen minutes after I’m elected. But, this much I can promise to the people of this district - I’ve got their back and I will fight for them and I will get things done as their Congressman. I will represent all of the people of this district from the small business owner in Florence, the family with four kids in Marlboro County, retired seniors in the South Strand, the biggest hotels and restaurants along the coast and I will serve all eight counties in the district. There is a lot of work to be done.”


Jenerette, from North Myrtle Beach, is a Captain in the US Army Reserve and was awarded the Combat Action Badge after an insurgent attack in Kandahar Province last fall. Jenerette has served two combat tours of duty; she joined the Army at 19-years old and after Iraq invaded Kuwait was deployed in Operation Desert Storm: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-wv6LAy-R8

 

Jenerette, who is married and has four children is a graduate Coastal Carolina University and holds a Masters Degree from USC – Columbia and was a college history instructor before she deployed to Afghanistan. She has served as a U.S. Congressional Field Representative for South Carolina’s First District, a North Myrtle Beach Planning Commissioner, CEO of the Myrtle Beach Area Hospitality Association and was a Candidate for US Congress in 2010. Katherine was recently named as one of THE 45 MOST ADMIRED REPUBLICAN WOMEN UNDER 45 by The Republican Security Council based in Washington, D.C: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.104023369696843.5156.101173139981866&type=1

She is presently a volunteer coach for the North Myrtle Beach High School Girl’s Track and Field Team and is active in regional veteran’s organizations and activities including support for Wounded Warriors projects.

Kicker



TOPICS: US: South Carolina; Your Opinion/Questions
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; congress; jenerette; kjenerette; southcarolina

1 posted on 03/30/2012 12:40:38 PM PDT by kjenerette
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To: kjenerette

btt


2 posted on 03/30/2012 12:45:25 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: kjenerette

Why can’t they be like her in CA?!?!

Looks like I have a new favorite Congressional candidate next to Allen West!


3 posted on 03/30/2012 12:46:38 PM PDT by InsidiousMongo
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To: kjenerette

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.


4 posted on 03/30/2012 12:48:41 PM PDT by Pining_4_TX ( The state is the great fiction by which everybody seeks to live at the expense of everybody else. ~)
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To: kjenerette

Wish I could vote for ya. ;o)


5 posted on 03/30/2012 12:49:14 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Pining_4_TX

You do realize you were addressing the candidate herself, don’t you?


6 posted on 03/30/2012 1:04:10 PM PDT by green iguana
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To: kjenerette

excellent news. good luck !

(funny how the conservative women are all hotties ;)


7 posted on 03/30/2012 1:07:42 PM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: kjenerette
"On Thursday, Katherine Jenerette, a US Army Paratrooper and a former US Congressional Field Representative"

Wow, did not realize that females could be paratroopers. That's a tough school My hats off to ya...
8 posted on 03/30/2012 1:07:55 PM PDT by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: kjenerette

Best of luck to you and fellow veterans running for office.


9 posted on 03/30/2012 1:16:23 PM PDT by 12Gauge687 (Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice)
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To: green iguana

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.


10 posted on 03/30/2012 1:18:34 PM PDT by Pining_4_TX ( The state is the great fiction by which everybody seeks to live at the expense of everybody else. ~)
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To: kjenerette
Go git 'em, Kate ! !   :-)
11 posted on 03/30/2012 1:19:51 PM PDT by tomkat ( FU baraq !)
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To: kjenerette

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!


12 posted on 03/30/2012 1:25:12 PM PDT by jakerobins
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To: kjenerette

Thank you for your service to our Country and Nation. Good luck on your run!


13 posted on 03/30/2012 1:27:40 PM PDT by februus
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To: Pining_4_TX

Back Bencher here, banging shoe on desk while screaming “Hear....Hear.”


14 posted on 03/30/2012 1:31:19 PM PDT by diogenes ghost
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To: kjenerette

Good luck and thank you for your service in any event.


15 posted on 03/30/2012 1:31:30 PM PDT by wally_bert (It's sheer elegance in its simplicity! - The Middleman)
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To: green iguana; kjenerette

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!


16 posted on 03/30/2012 1:32:29 PM PDT by rlmorel (A knife in the chest from a unapologetic liberal is preferable to a knife in the back from a RINO.)
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To: diogenes ghost

Thanks. I’ve been expecting to have my head handed to me on a platter. ;-)


17 posted on 03/30/2012 1:36:01 PM PDT by Pining_4_TX ( The state is the great fiction by which everybody seeks to live at the expense of everybody else. ~)
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To: Pining_4_TX

Heh...


18 posted on 03/30/2012 2:01:48 PM PDT by rlmorel (A knife in the chest from a unapologetic liberal is preferable to a knife in the back from a RINO.)
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To: kjenerette

Thank you for your service, and best of luck.


19 posted on 03/30/2012 2:09:01 PM PDT by Qbert ("The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry" - William F. Buckley, Jr.)
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To: kjenerette

You ran a great close race and we were all pulling
for you. You can do it this time!
Thank you for your service.
Tet68.


20 posted on 03/30/2012 2:23:37 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Pining_4_TX; kjenerette
A female army paratrooper? Sorry, but this is not a good thing.

OCS, jump wings, two combat tours, and a C.A.B.

Soldiers like Katherine are A GOOD THING!!

DTogo, (male) Army Officer

21 posted on 03/30/2012 2:54:16 PM PDT by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: kjenerette

BUMP!!!


22 posted on 03/30/2012 4:37:34 PM PDT by JRios1968 (I'm guttery and trashy, with a hint of lemon. - Laz)
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To: kjenerette
Great!

TO ALL:
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.

23 posted on 03/30/2012 4:46:10 PM PDT by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: kjenerette

And put an announcement on the South Carolina Message Board:

http://www.freerepublic.com/perl/profiles?location=89


24 posted on 03/31/2012 8:28:43 AM PDT by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: kjenerette
Bttt.

5.56mm

25 posted on 03/31/2012 8:41:04 AM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: DTogo

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.


26 posted on 04/01/2012 5:38:31 AM PDT by BykrBayb (Somewhere, my flower is there. ~ Þ)
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To: kjenerette

Best of luck on your campaign. The people of the 7th district would be wise to choose you.


27 posted on 04/01/2012 5:39:57 AM PDT by BykrBayb (Somewhere, my flower is there. ~ Þ)
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To: Pining_4_TX; kjenerette; green iguana; Old Teufel Hunden; All
4 posted on Fri Mar 30 2012 14:48:41 GMT-0500 (Central Daylight Time) by Pining_4_TX: “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.”

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 military’s 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”

28 posted on 05/10/2012 5:17:37 AM PDT by darrellmaurina
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To: Pining_4_TX; kjenerette; 2nd amendment mama; green iguana; Old Teufel Hunden; All
Here's some more from CPT Jenerette’s background. I have no idea whether Congressional Candidate Katherine Jenerette is the best candidate for her district, but I do think CPT Jenerette is worthy of our support and encouragement as a soldier in the US Army.

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?

____

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2836152/posts?page=212#212

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! I’m 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 hero’s 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!
thanks! Katherine

29 posted on 05/10/2012 5:41:51 AM PDT by darrellmaurina
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To: mnehring

(puts head on desk)


30 posted on 05/10/2012 5:45:25 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you really want to annoy someone, point out something obvious that they are trying hard to ignore)
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To: AppyPappy; darrellmaurina; Pining_4_TX; green iguana; Old Teufel Hunden; 2nd amendment mama; ...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37M5gkyhvpY


31 posted on 05/12/2012 8:27:41 AM PDT by kjenerette (www.jenerette.com - U.S. Army Paratrooper - OEF - 2011-2012 Afghanistan)
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To: kjenerette
A "no mission too difficult, no sacrifice too great," bump.

5.56mm

32 posted on 05/12/2012 8:58:27 AM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: kjenerette

L O L !


33 posted on 05/12/2012 9:02:38 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: kjenerette

ROFL! You done good!


34 posted on 05/12/2012 12:49:17 PM PDT by BykrBayb (Somewhere, my flower is there. ~ Þ)
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