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I Walk From The Ashes...My Crucifix Warm on My Kevlar.
Catholic Vote.org ^ | 6/12/12 | Tom Crowe

Posted on 06/13/2012 6:49:26 AM PDT by marshmallow

Was thumbing through a news mag the other day—you know, the kind that still comes out on paper, because I’m old-fashioned like that sometimes—and happened upon an article on threats to national security. This picture was randomly used in it.

U.S. Army Pfc. Ryan Genaw, A Company, 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, observes a hill for a possible enemy threat in Kandarou, Afghanistan, July 25, 2009. Afghan national army soldiers and U.S. forces patrolled the area together looking for possible improvised explosive devices. Photo by Spc. Evan Marcy

Solid picture: the American fighting man scanning the hillsides of Afghanistan for hostiles. I was taking a closer look at the weapon, the scope, his gloves, and the overall evolution of the battle kit for our troops even since the invasion of Iraq in 2003, when something caught my eye. Something didn’t quite fit the pattern (such as it is) of the camouflage on his kevlar helmet, just above his name tag.

Here, let me blow it up and lighten the color of that area for you…

It might be a uniform violation (really not sure), but Pfc. Ryan Genaw has his priorities right.

I will love thee, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. (Psalm 18 KJV)

Reminds me of a song by one of my favorite bands, The Avett Brothers. A song called “In The Curve.” In sum, it’s sung from the perspective of a guy who is driving intoxicated, takes a curve too fast and… “I lost control in the curve / and a gas line broke in the wreck / I walked....

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1 posted on 06/13/2012 6:49:29 AM PDT by marshmallow
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2 posted on 06/13/2012 6:57:02 AM PDT by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com)
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To: marshmallow

OPSEC


3 posted on 06/13/2012 6:59:43 AM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (Must meditate on what Barack Obama/DNC wants YOU to do on Election Day. And then, do NOT do THAT!)
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Thanks for post!


4 posted on 06/13/2012 7:19:20 AM PDT by johngrace (I am a 1 John 4! Christian- declared at every Sunday Mass , Divine Mercy and Rosary prayers!)
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To: marshmallow
I like this in the article!

"Fitting, then, that he arms himself with the ultimate sign of the victory of life over death: the image of Christ crucified, the cross that stands revealed as the tree of life. Christ went to his death for all of us so that we might have everlasting life. Our soldiers put their lives on the line and accept the possibility of death so that we might live with the blessings of liberty.

“Greater love hath no man” applies most perfectly to the God-man who laid down his life for all mankind, but it also applies to all others who lay down their lives for their buddies, their families, their friends, and even the countless people they do not know but who live in liberty because of their sacrifices.

May the absurdity of the Cross of Christ—”a stumbling block to Jews and madness to Gentiles” (see: 1 Cor 1:18-25)—provide the spiritual strength for all of our fighting men and women to come through in health and endure the wounds—the ones we can see, but more especially the ones we cannot see that hurt even more and for a longer time."

5 posted on 06/13/2012 7:23:40 AM PDT by johngrace (I am a 1 John 4! Christian- declared at every Sunday Mass , Divine Mercy and Rosary prayers!)
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I second the OPSEC. I wish noncoms would crack the heck down on cameras in the squad. We don’t want this fine young soldier to run afoul of any enemies, either foriegn or domestic.


6 posted on 06/13/2012 7:28:18 AM PDT by jboot (Emperor: "How will this end?" Kosh: "In fire.")
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Me too, but this is one of the endless stream of pics tha come from DoD Image Gallery as PR. See defenseimagery.mil.


7 posted on 06/13/2012 7:42:03 AM PDT by Afterguard
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