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FReeper Canteen ~ Hall of Heroes: Lt Col Anthony Henderson ~ January 21, 2013
Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | StarCMC

Posted on 01/20/2013 5:04:22 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska

 

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~ Hall of Heroes ~

Anthony Henderson

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For Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Henderson, it was a lifetime of service and professional development in the U.S. Marine Corps that prepared him to command 1,200 Marines in southern Afghanistan and engage in the most vicious combat fighting he had ever seen.

"Your preparations for those types of moments span your entire career," said Henderson. "At 18 years of education and training, it's what prepared me to listen and learn."

Just two months into his deployment in southern Helmand Province, Henderson, who was the Commander of 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Division, was tasked to devise a combat plan to overrun a historic Taliban stronghold in the Gamshir area known as the Jugroom Fort. Jugroom Fort was a 19th century British fort, built out of mud, which spanned five kilometers and was surrounded by tunnels, machine-gun bunkers, minefield and IEDs. It was typically defended by 200-400 Taliban fighters at any given point in time.

"It was a very complex attack. We had forces moving by land and air - plus we were coordinating with the British forces," said Henderson.

The mission began on April 28, 2008, and for the next month, there were several sustained battles as the ISAF forces slowly closed in on the area. The major combat operation commenced on May 28, 2008. Henderson led his Battalion to the southern end of Fort Jugroom, while still keeping his eye on the overall battle plan.

As Henderson's Battalion approached the Fort, the enemy began firing on the rear echelon trucks, essentially closing them in between the Fort and enemy fire. Henderson decided to push his men into the interior area of the Fort to engage directly with the enemy.

"Marines had to physically get the Taliban out of the Fort and it was the most vicious fighting I had ever seen," reflected Henderson. "The enemy had defensive positions in and outside the Fort, and grenades and rocket fire were exchanged between 10, 20 and 30 meters."

"There were fighters and Marines all over the place. The enemy was around everyone and everyone was around the enemy."

At this point, Henderson's men and the other one thousand Marines fighting at Fort Jugroom had been awake for two whole days with temperatures reaching 110 degrees. With 3-4-foot wheat fields surrounding the Fort, Henderson knew that fighting into the night would be dangerous - from the threat of enemy attacks and the heat.

"I grew up on a farm and I knew that wheat fields collect extreme heat. I had to make a decision that would result in the least amount of casualties," reflected Henderson.

As the firefight subsided, the Marines retreated to nearby shelter. However, the next day, intelligence reports indicated that the enemy was packing up and heading toward the Pakistani border. It became a major victory for the ISAF forces and Henderson's Marines.

"We spent the next two weeks clearing the Fort and the surrounding villages where the Taliban had stocked weapons and ammunition," said Henderson. "For them, Jugroom was the final defense and there was nothing left to defend." Henderson's tour in Afghanistan lasted six more months after the battle for Jugroom Fort. Two years later, he is stationed with the Joint Chiefs Regional Operations Staff in Washington, D.C., and Henderson can only wish to be back in Afghanistan.

"It's humbling and fulfilling to lead Marines," reflected Henderson. "I have a constant yearning to be back there and amongst them."

More good stuff....

 

Awarded: The Bronze Star with ‘Valor’

PDF Right click to download this hero's story.

Interview:

September 01, 2010 - Pentagon Channel (1.8 MB)

 

     

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To: Kathy in Alaska
Called the mainland and was asked to call back in an hour so I have a bit of time on my hands.

Highly doubtful that any of the boats can be salvaged now. Yesterday they were afloat but today they're foundered and if the shoals were deep enough they would be sunk. Last year something like this happened but the CG responded right away and towed the sail boat off the rocks and remoored it. What's going on with the Harbor teams today, I just don't know.

This wind has taken all the warmth out of the air and I'm freezing........
21 posted on 01/20/2013 5:57:04 PM PST by BIGLOOK (Keelhaul the usual suspects!)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

Hi Everybody!

We went to the Dog park today and Linda had a BLAST!
She likes the the BIG Doggies!

((((HUGS)))


22 posted on 01/20/2013 5:57:41 PM PST by left that other site (Worry is the darkroom that developes negatives.)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

Me and Mrs Al Baby will be cruising to your wonderful state in May on board the Grand Princess I know not the best way to See the Real alaska but we enjoy ship life Round trip out of the Golden Gate


23 posted on 01/20/2013 6:01:25 PM PST by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: al baby

You are gonna be amazed.


24 posted on 01/20/2013 6:05:12 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: All

Col Anthony M. Henderson Special Assistant to the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff
for Warrior and Family Support

Colonel Anthony M. Henderson was born on September 6, 1966 in Washington, D.C. He attended elementary through high school in the Washington D.C. and Maryland public school systems. He graduated from Southern University and A&M College, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in 1989 with a B.A. in History and 1993 with a Juris Doctorate in Law (cum laude). He is a licensed attorney in the State of Louisiana.


25 posted on 01/20/2013 6:18:32 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: ConorMacNessa

Good evening, Mac...*HUGS*...I love the picture of the older Marine...very distinguished!

Hope you had a nice relaxing day. Your blood pressure should be down as the Ravens are really taking it to the Patriots.


26 posted on 01/20/2013 6:27:22 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: ConorMacNessa
Thanks, Mac, for the Missing Man Setting as we remember those who have given their all that we may gather safe and secure.
27 posted on 01/20/2013 6:31:33 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: BIGLOOK

Find your socks, and, gasp, maybe long pants.

Too bad about the boats...


28 posted on 01/20/2013 6:38:17 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: Kathy in Alaska

Freep mail me to be on or off the Daily Bread ping list


Open Arms

January 21, 2013

At the funeral of former US First Lady Betty Ford, her son Steven said, “She was the one with the love and the comfort, and she was the first one there to put her arms around you. Nineteen years ago when I went through my alcoholism, my mother . . . gave me one of the greatest gifts, and that was how to surrender to God, and to accept the grace of God in my life. And truly in her arms I felt like the prodigal son coming home, and I felt God’s love through her. And that was a good gift.”

Jesus’ parable about a young man who asked for and squandered his inheritance and then in humiliation returned home leaves us amazed at his father’s response: “When he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him” (Luke 15:20). Instead of a lecture or punishment, the father expressed love and forgiveness by giving him a party. Why? Because “this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found” (v.24).

Steven Ford concluded his tribute with the words, “Thank you, Mom, for loving us, loving your husband, loving us kids, loving the nation, with the heart of God.”

May God enable us to open our arms to others, just as His are open wide to all who turn to Him.

Lord, help me be kind and forgiving—
Your loving forgiveness You’ve shown
To me for the sins I’ve committed;
Lord, grant me a love like Your own. —Anon.
Forgiven sinners know love and show love.

Read: Luke 15:11-24

When he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him. —Luke 15:20
Bible in a Year:
Exodus 1-3; Matthew 14:1-21


29 posted on 01/20/2013 6:49:42 PM PST by The Mayor ("If you can't make them see the light, let them feel the heat" — Ronald Reagan)
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To: left that other site

Good evening, ML...((HUGS))

Was she not impressed the last time she went?

Glad she loved it, and got to run with the BIG doggies.


30 posted on 01/20/2013 6:51:33 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: Kathy in Alaska

She ran with the greyhounds, and then played with a couple of German Shepherds.

The bigger, the better!

She has no use for Doxies or Jacks, and pesters them, which turns into a fight.

I am glad they have a different park for the little dogs.

I like little Dogs, but Linda doesn’t.


31 posted on 01/20/2013 7:01:14 PM PST by left that other site (Worry is the darkroom that developes negatives.)
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To: BIGLOOK

Wow...and Hilo has that big breakwater. Whenever I am on the Big Island, I stay in Kailua Kona, but always make the drive to Hilo. I LOVE the 4 Mile Coastal Bypass with the Tropical Botanical garden.

Sorry you are having unpleasant weather there. Still, rotten weather in Hilo is better than rotten weather in Boston!


32 posted on 01/20/2013 7:08:35 PM PST by left that other site (Worry is the darkroom that developes negatives.)
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To: al baby

What are your ports-of-call? Is it an Inside Passage cruise?

You should enjoy the scenery no matter where you go.


33 posted on 01/20/2013 7:13:06 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: Kathy in Alaska
I'm back - enough football for one day. Hard to believe that in two short weeks I'll be football-deprived for another six or seven months.



Keep Faith with the Fallen of Benghazi! Let the Obama Regime, for once, tell the Truth!

Fiat Justitia, Ruat Coelum!

Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

34 posted on 01/20/2013 7:22:06 PM PST by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: Kathy in Alaska; StarCMC; y'all; laurenmarlowe; MS.BEHAVIN; mylife; NYTexan; TASMANIANRED; ...

Great read, Galz!
So many wonderful heroes to be proud of!
Evenin' Night Owls!
Hope all of you are braced for the new week!
As for the events in DC tomorrow...
...they shall be ignored at MY house!
((((hugs))))

35 posted on 01/20/2013 7:23:31 PM PST by LUV W (All my heroes wear camos!)
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To: The Mayor

Good evening, Mayor, and thanks for today’s sustenance for body and soul.

Hope you had a relaxing weekend and are ready to take on the new week.


36 posted on 01/20/2013 7:24:26 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: LUV W
Good evening, Luv!

*HUGS*

Events tomorrow in D.C.? I hadn't heard. I guess I'm really out of it!



Keep Faith with the Fallen of Benghazi! Let the Obama Regime, for once, tell the Truth!

Fiat Justitia, Ruat Coelum!

Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

37 posted on 01/20/2013 7:27:00 PM PST by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: LUV W

My vacuum cleaner croaked.

So i will redeem the time tomorrow by cleaning the wall-to-wall by hand.

One shed fur at a time.

And it will be more edifying than watching you-know-who do you-know-what.


38 posted on 01/20/2013 7:29:09 PM PST by left that other site (Worry is the darkroom that developes negatives.)
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To: ConorMacNessa

When is the Pro Bowl....that’s always good for a few laughs?

Did you get a good dinner?


39 posted on 01/20/2013 7:40:33 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: Kathy in Alaska
Pro Bowl is next Sunday. They used to have it after the Super Bowl, but finally wised up. I never watch it.

Burgers for dinner tonight - with a nice Cabernet.



Keep Faith with the Fallen of Benghazi! Let the Obama Regime, for once, tell the Truth!

Fiat Justitia, Ruat Coelum!

Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

40 posted on 01/20/2013 8:03:01 PM PST by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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