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  • Captains Uncourageous

    04/21/2014 5:14:13 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 4 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 4-21-2014 | Daren Jonescu
    If we are unable or unwilling to see and confront the extreme lack of character -- the dishonor -- in Captain Lee's behavior, on the grounds that "we weren't in his shoes," then we are only increasing the chances that our own response, should we ever find ourselves in similar shoes, will be as weak as his. If we rationalize his action, we are implicitly rationalizing our own. That, in fact, is likely the main reason we excuse shameful actions so easily today: we are hoping to excuse ourselves from scrutiny (including and especially self-scrutiny) regarding our own failures of...
  • Crew members: ‘Captain Phillips’ is one big lie

    10/13/2013 7:51:29 AM PDT · by Nachum · 48 replies
    NY Post ^ | 10/13/13 | Maureen Callahan
    It’s made for Hollywood: the story of an average American family man, captain of a cargo ship in dangerous waters, his vessel overtaken by armed Somali pirates demanding ransom, saving his crew by allowing himself to be removed from the boat and taken hostage. All of this is the basis for “Captain Phillips,” starring Tom Hanks as the titular, real-life hero. The only problem, say some members of the real Capt. Phillips’ crew, is none of it is true. Capt. Richard Phillips, they say, is no hero, and the film is one big lie. “Phillips wasn’t the big leader like...
  • A Remarkable Man Has Stepped Into the Clearing; Captain Carroll LeFon USN (Ret.) 1960-2012

    03/07/2012 5:38:24 PM PST · by LucyT · 12 replies
    U.S. Naval Institute ^ | March 7, 2012 | Staff
    As the sun’s rays broke over the top of the eastern hills this morning, the military blogging community was coming to grips with the loss of a truly remarkable man. Retired Navy Captain Carroll LeFon, who was known to thousands by his “nom de blog” of Neptunus Lex, died when his Israeli-built F-21 Kfir single-seat fighter aircraft crashed at NAS Fallon at around 0915 yesterday morning. The challenge in writing about such a man is that my command of the language to do justice to him is insufficient for the task, yet his mastery of words gave vivid understanding on...
  • Cruise disaster: Costa Concordia captain told to 'get back on board' by coast guard

    01/17/2012 1:45:30 PM PST · by mwilli20 · 23 replies
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 3:35PM GMT 17 Jan 2012 | Telegraph
    The Italian coast guard orders in vain the captain of the capsized Italian cruise ship to return on board to oversee the evacuation, according to a recording of the conversation released by a leading Italian newspaper...
  • Stricken cruise liner captain...appears in court

    01/17/2012 10:25:58 AM PST · by Razzz42 · 16 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | Last updated 17th January 2012 | By Lee Moran and Nick Pisa
    The publication of the transcripts by Il Fatto Quotidiano newspaper comes as it was revealed junior officers onboard led a 'mutiny' after the ship struck a reef and captain Francesco Schettino dithered in giving the order to abandon the stricken vessel. According to coastguards Schettino did not give the crucial instructions until 10.58pm on Friday night, more than one hour after the initial impact with the rocks, and so wasting valuable time that contributed to the loss of six lives. Officials say that during those chaotic minutes, the bungling skipper had tried to palm them off and minimise the dangerous...
  • Greece Releases 'Audacity of Hope' Captain

    07/05/2011 2:24:50 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 5/7/11 | Gavriel Queenann
    The captain of the US 'Audacity of Hope' arrested for violating a Greek ban on sailing to Gaza from its ports was freed on Tuesday, Reuters reports. Greek authorities last week banned ships destined for Gaza from leaving Greek ports "for their safety". American John Klusmire, 60, was charged during a hearing on Tuesday with breaching the ban and putting lives at risk after being intercepted last week at sea by the Hellenic Coast Guard. When ordered to return to port Klusmire, ferrying mostly American passengers, refused, leading to a two-hour stand off that ended when Greek commandos boarded his...
  • Baggy Pants Cause Plane's Evacuation, Jail Time

    06/16/2011 2:21:47 PM PDT · by rawhide · 61 replies · 1+ views
    nbcbayarea.com ^ | 6-16-11 | By RJ Middleton
    Entire plane evacuated for man's refusal to pull up his pants. He was flying home to attend best friend's funeralCan a baggy-pants fashion trend land you in jail and clear a plane before takeoff? It can in San Francisco International Airport. Deshon Marman, a 20-year-old football star from San Francisco's Bayview neighborhood, was asked to pull up his sagging pajama pants before his U.S. Airways flight home -- a flight to take him to his best friend's funeral. Marman's friend, David Henderson, was shot and killed on those same Bayview streets. Marman told his mother (see video) that he at...
  • Face of Defense: Former NCO, Now Captain, Helps Troops

    03/23/2011 4:32:08 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Army Pfc. Alyxandra McChesney
    CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE WARRIOR, Iraq, March 23, 2011 – Capt. Kim Walter knew she wasn’t going to get rich when she became the first woman in her family to join the Army. Army Capt. Kim Walter works on her daily reports at Contingency Operating Site Warrior in Kirkuk, Iraq, March 7, 2011. U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Alyxandra McChesney  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. “I didn’t join for the money, and I didn’t join for school,” said the operations officer serving here with the 1st Infantry Division’s 101st Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Advise and Assist Task Force. “I joined...
  • How Captain Elliot’s Party Boats Got an Obamacare Waiver

    11/15/2010 9:55:21 AM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies
    verum serum ^ | 11/15/10 | John
    Jim Hoft at Gateway Pundit noted over the weekend that buried deep on the HHS website is a list of over 100 companies/organizations that have been granted waivers from the new health care law. Some of the companies on the list are well know, e.g. Olive Garden and Cracker Barrel restaurants and CIGNA health insurance. Others on the list seem conspicuous because of their small size. For instance, how did a company called Captain Elliot’s Party Boats get a waiver for their 10 employees? It turns out Captain Elliot’s Party Boats is the name of a company in Freeport, Texas...
  • Japan releases Chinese captain

    09/24/2010 1:07:20 AM PDT · by Cardhu · 12 replies
    PressTV ^ | Sept 24th 2010 | Agenciesf
    Japanese prosecutors have released the Chinese captain of a fishing boat who was arrested in waters off disputed islands in the East Sea earlier in September. "We decided it was inappropriate to continue the investigation while keeping the suspect in custody any further, considering the future of the Japan-China relationship," an official from the Osaka prosecutors' office said at news conference on Friday afternoon. Japan arrested the 41-year-old Chinese fishing boat captain, Zhan Qixiong, on September 8 following the collision of his boat with two Japanese coast guard vessels. The collision occurred in the disputed islands in the East Sea....
  • Captain America and his Patriotic Duty

    05/20/2010 3:57:41 PM PDT · by conservativefunhouse · 2 replies · 259+ views
    The Conservative Fun House ^ | 5/20/2010 | James Wright
    Not so long ago, in an administration far, far away from reality -Vice President Joe Biden made the following declaration on paying taxes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCqgNWRjmAc Captain America obviously didn’t get the message. The 140 million dollar blockbuster has moved film production to London, England to avoid high taxation. Sure, some of the "Captain America" adaptation is literally set in London; for those scenes, that location makes perfect sense. But it also makes perfect sense for Captain America, once he's done fighting Nazis, to also show a little patriotism and film seems in his home country. But, as any American knows -...
  • Should commissioned officer servicewomen be capped at O-6?

    02/20/2010 5:06:02 AM PST · by myknowledge · 51 replies · 797+ views
    February 20, 2010 | myknowledge
    I was wondering, that few militaries (like the United States) have women officers at flag rank (O-7 through to O-10). In order to limit the number of women in the military, even in the commissioned officer ranks, I would suggest a capping, or 'glass ceiling' for officer servicewomen to O-6 (colonel or navy captain). Do you think imposing a 'glass ceiling' on servicewomen is 'sexist'? Is it 'unpatriotic'?
  • Marvel Comics: Captain America Says Tea Parties Are Dangerous and Racist

    02/09/2010 1:56:57 PM PST · by TitansAFC · 51 replies · 1,555+ views
    Publius Forum ^ | 2-9-10 | Warner Todd Huston
    Marvel Comic’s Captain America is the mightiest soldier with the super powerful secret soldier formula that makes him a super man. Sadly, this muscle bound hero that took on the whole Nazi army during WWII seems to be afraid of those American people who’ve joined the Tea Party movement. Not only is Cappy quaking in his little red booties, but he’s sure that the Tea Party folks are dangerous racists, too. Isn’t it wonderful that a decades old American comic book hero is now being used to turn readers against our very political system, being used to slander folks that...
  • Captain, family reflect on blessings

    11/25/2009 6:27:45 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 609+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | Tech. Sgt. Sonny Cohrs, USAF
    11/25/2009 - FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas (AFNS) -- Susan and Joseph Kosek are thankful for many things. This Thanksgiving they're especially thankful for tourniquets, helicopters, "battle buddies" and scores of doctors and medics across the globe. They're also thankful for the mine resistant ambush protected vehicle that absorbed most of the blast from a 35-pound improvised explosive device meant to kill their daughter. "Wendy called me a few hours after she was brought to the Green Zone and said, 'I want to talk to Dad,'" Mrs. Kosek said. "We didn't' know the extent of the injuries and neither did she."...
  • Tugboat captain indicted on pornography charges

    08/03/2009 1:55:44 PM PDT · by bintenn · 12 replies · 692+ views
    Commerical Appeal ^ | 8/3/2009 | Lawrence Buser
    Tugboat captain indicted on pornography charges By Lawrence Buser (Contact), Memphis Commercial Appeal Monday, August 3, 2009 A West Tennessee tugboat captain has been indicted on federal child pornography charges. Larry Dale Henry of Scotts Hill admitted taking sexually explicit photos of himself in his home last year standing over a sleeping 14-year-old girl, FBI agents said in court documents. Agents said Dale had the photos on his laptop computer and also had CDs and DVDs containing the photos aboard his tugboat, the Orleanian. The girl’s mother told agents she believes the photos were taken in January or February last...
  • Welcome Home Capt. Scott Speicher

    08/02/2009 10:40:18 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 2 replies · 328+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 08-02-09 | Scott Malensek
    The remains of Navy Captain Scott Speicher, a pilot who has been missing since being shot down during the 1991 Gulf War, have been positively identified. The Pentagon has released a statement: The Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP) has positively identified remains recovered in Iraq as those of Captain Michael Scott Speicher. Captain Speicher was shot down flying a combat mission in an F/A-18 Hornet over west-central Iraq on January 17th, 1991 during Operation Desert Storm. "Our thoughts and prayers are with Captain Speicher's family for the ultimate sacrifice he made for his country," said Ray Mabus, Secretary of...
  • Captain Robert Craig, Ocean City Beach Patrol, Maryland- "OC Family Grateful"

    05/25/2009 1:07:06 PM PDT · by real_patriotic_american · 2 replies · 624+ views
    The Dispatch (Maryland Coast Dispatch) ^ | May 25, 2009 | The Craig Family
    OC Family Grateful Editor: Saturday, April 25, 2009 was a beautiful day, and it was made even more wonderful by the outpouring of affection expressed toward Captain Robert S. Craig at his Beach Memorial Service. The Craig children and family appreciate all that was done to honor our “Pop,” a man so many in Ocean City have known and loved for so many years. The Beach Memorial was truly memorable and more special than we could have possibly imagined. We have many people to thank for their efforts in making it happen. We learned very quickly that organizing such an...
  • Ocean City Bids Farewell to OCBP Capt. Robert Craig

    05/12/2009 5:58:04 AM PDT · by real_patriotic_american · 31 replies · 730+ views
    Ocean City Today ^ | May 1, 2009 | (Non Listed)
    (At right) Flanked by friends and family members, a wreath is carried down the beach to be released into the ocean in memory of Craig, "founding father" of the Beach Patrol. Carrying the wreath is the current head of the organization, Capt. Butch Arbin, who is flanked by Craig's son, Robert Craig, and grandson, Christopher Craig. (Above) Sean Williams pushes a surf board, carrying the wreath and the ashes of Capt. Craig, toward a Coast Guard boat, which released the wreath farther from the shore.
  • Obama’s Order Not To Rescue Hostage Confirmed by National Security Advisor and Pentagon

    04/24/2009 3:55:12 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 62 replies · 3,109+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 04-24-09 | Alec Rawls
    Stung by the widely circulated “SEAL pals” account of what really happened in Somalia (discussed here last Friday), the Obama administration had National Security Advisor James L. Jones and a number of anonymous Pentagon sources give their side two days ago in a Washington Times exclusive. Their mission, according to reporter Bill Gertz, was: ... to dispel Internet reports that the military was delayed from taking action by indecision inside the White House. Clintonesque parsing of words is evident throughout the Jones-Pentagon account, amounting on more than one occasion to outright dishonesty. Yet the actual information they provide (as opposed...
  • 'No cowards': How ship's crew fought off attackers

    04/16/2009 9:30:41 AM PDT · by my_pointy_head_is_sharp · 10 replies · 1,088+ views
    McClatchy Newspapers via Yahoo ^ | April 14 2009 | Shashank Bengali
    MOMBASA, Kenya — As the Maersk Alabama plowed through the glassy waters of the Indian Ocean early last Wednesday, the cargo ship's 70-year-old electrician sat in the cafeteria with a cup of coffee, counting the minutes to breakfast. Suddenly, the ship's alarm sounded, shattering the morning calm. The electrician rose with a start. It was, he reckoned immediately, the scenario that he'd been warned about for four months, ever since he set off aboard the Alabama into the most dangerous waters in the world. Four Somali pirates had boarded the ship...
  • Report: Pirates were out of ammo, sought to trade captain

    04/13/2009 1:44:49 PM PDT · by Nachum · 56 replies · 2,560+ views
    McClatchy ^ | 4/13/09 | Nancy A. Youssef and Shashank Bengali
    MALINDI, Kenya — With Somali pirates pointing an automatic rifle at a hostage American ship captain, U.S. Navy sharpshooters opened fire Sunday, killing the pirates and ending an extraordinary five-day standoff that marked the first seizure of a U.S. vessel by pirates on the high seas in at least two centuries. Three pirates were killed, the Pentagon said. The captain, 53-year-old Richard Phillips of Underhill, Vt., was rescued unharmed and taken aboard a U.S. warship. A fourth pirate who'd surrendered earlier also was being detained and could face trial in the United States.
  • U.S. Navy rescues captain held by pirates

    04/12/2009 11:16:18 AM PDT · by Nachum · 84 replies · 4,065+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 4/12/09 | AP
    MOMBASA, Kenya - An American ship captain was freed unharmed Sunday in a swift firefight that killed three of the four Somali pirates who had been holding him for days in a lifeboat off the coast of Africa, the ship's owner said.
  • Memorial Service planned to honor Captain Robert S. Craig

    04/10/2009 4:24:09 PM PDT · by real_patriotic_american · 3 replies · 467+ views
    News Releases: from Public Relations Office, Town of Ocean City, MD. ^ | April 8, 2009 | Donna Abbott, P.R. Director, Town of Ocean City, MD.
    News Release: April 8, 2009 Memorial Service planned to honor Captain Robert S. Craig Ocean City, MD – A memorial service for Captain Robert (Bob) S. Craig will be held 3 p.m. Saturday, April 25 on the beach at North Division Street. Captain Craig passed away on Saturday, March 28 at the age of 90. Captain Craig joined the Ocean City Beach Patrol in 1935 and served as its captain from 1946 until retiring in 1987. Captain Craig is credited with building the Ocean City Beach Patrol into the professional organization it is known as today. When Captain Craig turned...
  • Longtime OCBP Captain, Bob Craig, dies (ROBERT CRAIG: 1918-2009)

    04/07/2009 2:36:23 PM PDT · by real_patriotic_american · 3 replies · 722+ views
    Ocean City Today ^ | April 3, 2009 | NANCY POWELL Associate Editor
    (April 3, 2009) The man who not only epitomized the Ocean City Beach Patrol, but also built it into a serious and professional organization, passed away Saturday. When Capt. Robert (Bob) S. Craig turned 90 last July, a competition, dinner and slide show honored him for his 52 years as a town employee and member of the Beach Patrol. Thousands knew Craig from his years guiding the Beach Patrol and taking it from a small, relatively unskilled group of young men to a large group of highly skilled young men and women. Capt. Butch Arbin, the current head of the...
  • OC Beach Patrol Icon Remembered

    04/07/2009 5:29:24 AM PDT · by real_patriotic_american · 6 replies · 633+ views
    The Dispatch ^ | April 3, 2009 | By Shawn J. Soper, News Editor
    OCEAN CITY – Ocean City lost a treasured icon this week when Captain Robert S. Craig, who shepherded the Beach Patrol through decades of change and inspired his young charges for half a century passed away at the age of 90. Captain Craig, as he was known for decades not only by the thousands of lifeguards who worked with him and for him but also by the countless millions of local residents and visitors to the resort area, passed away last Saturday at the Coastal Hospice in Salisbury at the age of 90. A former schoolteacher and coach, Captain Craig...
  • ‘Honest Abe’ Served Nation as Captain Lincoln

    02/13/2009 3:02:09 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 434+ views
    ARLINGTON, Va., Feb. 13, 2009 – Many people know Abraham Lincoln as the 16th American president or the man who brought an end to slavery. But not many know of his military service. Abraham Lincoln, who is considered by many historians and political scientists to be the greatest U.S. president, was born 200 years ago yesterday in a one-room Kentucky log cabin. “Honest Abe” was the real thing -- a self-educated man of the people who rose to greatness, guiding the country through the long and bloody Civil War that marked his presidency. Many historians believe the outcome of the...
  • Howie Carr live thread Week of May 18, 2008

    05/18/2008 5:41:57 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 30 replies · 572+ views
    http://www.howiecarr.com ^ | 05/18/08 | raccoonradio
    Howie live thread starting off with his Sunday Herald column
  • Will Obama pull a "Captain Queeg"?

    03/19/2008 6:22:31 PM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies · 449+ views
    me ^ | 3-19-08 | self
    I wonder if anyone here imagines that Obama will do a Captain Queeg-like meltdown if the pressure grows? I would love to hear from others...
  • Why We Serve: Marine Captain Talks About Corps Pride

    03/14/2008 4:10:54 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 345+ views
    Why We Serve ^ | Fred W. Baker III
    WASHINGTON, March 14, 2008 – Marine Capt. John Sand knows what it takes to be a good college student: go to class, read the book, and take good notes. And, for him, first spend four years in the Marine Corps. Marine Capt. John Sand is telling his story to audiences around the country as part of the Defense Department’s “Why We Serve” public-outreach program. Defense Department photo  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. This realization came after Sand spent a few years as a not-so-good college student after high school, he said. “I had a 0.8 grade point average...
  • Why We Serve: Captain Helps Americans Relate to Troops

    03/07/2008 3:34:25 PM PST · by SandRat · 119+ views
    Why We Serve ^ | Jim Garamone
    WASHINGTON, March 7, 2008 – Air Force Capt. Edward V. Szczepanik thinks his experiences -- both good and bad -- can help the American people understand the challenges servicemembers face in the war on terror. Air Force Capt. Edward V. Szczepanik is one of 12 servicemembers who have deployed in the war on terror who are part of the Defense Department’s “Why We Serve” public-outreach program.  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The captain, a C-17 Globemaster III transport jet pilot based at McChord Air Force Base, Wash., is one of 12 servicemembers who have deployed in the war...
  • Face of Defense: Game Show Features Air Force Captain

    03/04/2008 5:01:39 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 214+ views
    Face of Defence ^ | Staff Sgt. Rhiannon Willard, USAF
    ELMENDORF AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska, March 4, 2008 – An Air Force fighter pilot assigned to 3rd Wing here will be among the contestants on the March 6 episode of “Jeopardy!” “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek and Air Force Capt. Timothy Bobinski, 19th Fighter Squadron chief of safety, pose on the set of “America's Favorite Quiz Show.” Bobinski was a contestant on an episode of the show taped in November. The episode is due to air March 6, 2008. Photo courtesy of Sony Pictures Television  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Capt. Timothy Bobinski, 19th Fighter Squadron chief of safety,...
  • Iraq soccer team returns without captain (a Sunni, because he feared for his life)

    08/03/2007 1:30:51 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 363+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/3/07 | Kim Gamel and Sameer N. Yacoub - ap
    BAGHDAD - There were no cheering crowds or ticker tape parade Friday along the dangerous airport road to greet Iraq's Asian Cup soccer champs. And the team's captain, a Sunni who scored the winning goal, didn't even return because he feared for his life. But several hundred fans waved Iraqi flags and scuffled with police as they pushed through airport security to greet the country's soccer heroes as they stepped off a charter plane about 7 p.m. Police wielded truncheons against some in the crowd who were trying to touch goalkeeper Nour Sabri. He was hoisted onto the teammates' shoulders...
  • If I go back to Iraq anybody could kill me, says hero football captain

    07/30/2007 12:07:16 PM PDT · by Nachum · 34 replies · 1,353+ views
    Thisislonndon.co.uk ^ | 30.07.07 | staff
    The captain of Iraq's victorious football teams has said he will not return to his home country because he fears being killed. Younis Mahmoud scored the only goal of the game with a header in the 71st-minute to give win the Asia Cup for Iraq. But afterwards, the 24-year-old said he would not be returning to Iraq as he feared for his life if he went home to celebrate the victory.
  • 'Captain America' Jobless After Alleged Groping

    07/19/2007 1:28:03 PM PDT · by stainlessbanner · 12 replies · 567+ views
    local6 ^ | 19-july-2007
    The costume party caper in which police said a Melbourne doctor dressed as comic book superhero Captain America groped a woman at a city bar and battered her boyfriend has cost him his job, Local 6 News partner Florida Today reported.Raymond Douglas Adamcik, 54, was charged with misdemeanor battery, disorderly conduct, resisting an officer without violence and marijuana possession in connection with the April 21 incident at On Tap Sports Cafe and Lounge in Melbourne.Deborah Young, director of physician services for Melbourne Internal Medicine Associates, or MIMA, the group that oversaw Adamcik's practice in their Palm Bay facility since October...
  • USMA grad wants out of military

    07/17/2007 8:34:07 AM PDT · by T-Bird45 · 148 replies · 3,170+ views
    West Point — A 2004 West Point graduate who found God after graduation has turned to the courts to win approval for a conscientious objector discharge. Capt. Peter D. Brown, currently stationed at Camp Stryker in Iraq, has retained the help of the New York Civil Liberties Union to battle Uncle Sam. "Jesus taught that I should bless those who curse me and not fight back against evil with force," Brown wrote in court papers filed last week in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. "So instead of paying back others with force, I am supposed to love...
  • Identical Twins Pin on Captain’s Bars Together

    07/11/2007 5:36:06 PM PDT · by SandRat · 32 replies · 1,963+ views
    Defense News ^ | Spc. Shea Butler
    Identical twins Capt. Jordan Burfield (left), Company C, 1st Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division and Capt. Jonah Burfield, 47th Ordnance Company, 79th Ordnance Battalion, are reunited at the Al Faw Palace on Camp Victory in western Baghdad for their promotions to captain, July 1, 2007. This deployment has been the longest period of time the Lacrosse, Wis., natives have been separated. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Shea Butler U.S. Army Capt. Jordan Burfield U.S. Army Capt. Jonah Burfield Identical Twins Pin on Captain’s Bars Together By Spc. Shea Butler 7th Mobile Public Affairs...
  • Why We Serve: Army Captain Embraces Life, Military Service

    04/11/2007 5:39:25 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 316+ views
    Why We Serve ^ | Carmen L. Gleason
    WASHINGTON, April 11, 2007 – Much to her parent’s chagrin, when Jessica Murphy was in fourth grade she joined the boy’s flag football team. “I was a little 4-foot, 50-pound string bean,” she said. “I loved playing, but once I got to the age where the team started tackling, my mom made me quit.” The Milwaukee native said her can-do attitude and tendency to buck stereotypes carried through to her college years when, unbeknownst to her parents, she applied for and was awarded an ROTC scholarship. After earning a degree in political science from the University of Minnesota, Twin...
  • Captain Cook Is Scuppered By Book

    03/20/2007 5:28:36 PM PDT · by blam · 52 replies · 1,187+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 3-20-2007 | Nick Squires
    Captain Cook is scuppered by book By Nick Squires in Sydney Last Updated: 9:02am GMT 20/03/2007 The image of Captain Cook stepping onto the shores of Botany Bay has been a staple of British history books for generations but now it seems the explorer may have been beaten to Australia by the Portuguese, who arrived 250 years earlier. A new appraisal of 16th century maps offers evidence that a small Portuguese fleet charted much of Australia's coast as early as 1522. It has long been known that Cook was preceded by Dutch navigators, whose ships were wrecked on the coast...
  • Air Force captain honored during remembrance day parade

    11/13/2006 4:03:17 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 475+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Tech. Sgt. Scott Wakefield
    11/12/2006 - LONDON (AFPN) -- The Royal Air Force Habbaniya Association honored Air Force Capt. Jutta Cortes by obtaining "exceptional permission" for her to march in the annual Remembrance Day Parade near the Cenotaph in London. Captain Cortes earned the honor after she responded to a special request from the association's honorary secretary, Dr. Christopher Morris. Last year, Dr. Morris read an article in an American military publication about Captain Cortes' unit training Iraqi police forces at what used to be RAF Habbaniya. After a few weeks of research, Dr. Morris contacted Captain Cortes requesting that she perform a traditional...
  • 'Scapegoat' captain of USS Cole lashes out

    08/31/2006 7:25:33 PM PDT · by Marius3188 · 207 replies · 3,640+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 30 Aug 2006 | Francis Harris
    The captain of the USS Cole, who saved his ship from sinking after an al-Qa'eda suicide attack by speedboat, has lashed out at senior Pentagon staff blocking his promotion because of allegations that he could have done more to protect the ship. Commander Kirk Lippold, who now serves behind a desk at the Pentagon, accused the head of the navy, Admiral Mike Mullen, and the navy secretary of "over-riding the judgment" of officers who had recommended his promotion. He complained he was the only officer being held to account for the attack in Aden harbour six years ago. The Cole...
  • Matt’s gone but legacy lives on

    08/23/2006 6:06:13 AM PDT · by Panerai · 11 replies · 680+ views
    The Boston Herald ^ | 08/23/2006 | Howie Carr
    As far as the Mass. Turnpike goes, it’s “Fat Matt Who?” When it comes to turning someone into a non-person, the old Soviet Union had nothing on the modern Pike. All up and down the hack highway, Fat Matt’s name (and it was everywhere) has been either painted over or covered up with a piece of adhesive plastic. You’ll find more Pilgrim hats with Indian arrows through them on the Pike than signs with Fat Matt’s name. When you’re out, you’re out. Unfortunately, it’s going to be a lot more difficult to pry Fat Matt’s hacks out of the public...
  • First Vietnamese-American to Serve as a Military Advisor to the New Iraqi Army

    07/18/2006 4:46:37 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 1,180+ views
    PRWEB ^ | Jul 8, 2006
    (PRWEB) July 8, 2006 -- As Independence weekend celebrations spread throughout the United States, V.I.P. Promotions Founder/CEO Tommy Nero interviewed U.S. Army Captain James Van Thach while he was spending his July 4th, weekend deployed to Baghdad, Iraq on his first overseas tour of duty. "It's so unusual these days, Captain Thach, to find young people even thinking about devoting their lives to something greater than themselves May I ask why you volunteered to join the Infantry after finishing Touro Law School?" "Mr. Nero, there are higher callings in life than just focusing on building a very comfortable lifestyle for...
  • Marine captain leaves no man behind, earns Silver Star (Awarded not earned!)

    02/09/2006 5:01:43 PM PST · by SandRat · 94 replies · 2,383+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Feb 9, 2006 | Lance Cpl. Patrick J. Floto
    MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (Feb. 8, 2006) -- While fencing in high school and college, every elegant move made by Capt. Brain R. von Kraus was well thought out, even in the most heated duels. These same swift, but calculated decisions were made on Jan. 25, 2004 during an ambush where then 1st Lt. Von Kraus displayed exceptional bravery as he dismounted his vehicle and entered the enemy kill zone to aid his stricken Marines. For these actions, von Kraus was awarded the Silver Star here Feb. 8 by Maj. Gen. Richard F. Natonski, commanding general of the...
  • Prince Andrew Honors U.S. Navy Captain (OBE)

    02/01/2006 3:22:45 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 607+ views
    Navy NewsStand ^ | Jan 31, 2006 | Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class (AW/SW) Carolla Bennett
    MANAMA, Bahrain (NNS) -- England’s Prince Andrew awarded Capt. John Peterson the Honorary Order of the British Empire (OBE) during an investiture ceremony Jan. 25 at the British Embassy in Manama, Bahrain. Peterson, chief of staff for Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, was given the prestigious award for his leadership of coalition forces, which included a large number of Royal Navy sailors and marines, in the campaign to secure Iraqi oil assets during the onset of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. Prince Andrew, who is the Duke of York, knight commander and aide-de-camp to Queen Elizabeth II, congratulated Peterson...
  • Christmas from the ends of the earth

    12/23/2005 3:16:26 PM PST · by SuzyQ2 · 2 replies · 544+ views
    NavySEALs.com ^ | December 23, 2005 | W. Thomas Smith, Jr.
    Like Temple, Lou, Murph, others, I too have my own memories of Christmas in uniform. My recollections go back to a time close to when Lou was a captain aboard a carrier in the Indian Ocean. I was a Marine corporal on Okinawa, sitting on my rack in a dingy squad bay, listening over-and-over to a cassette tape of Christmas wishes from family and friends, eating some chocolate-chip cookies Mom had made for me, looking at family pictures, and doing what all American soldiers and sailors have been doing during the month of December since 1775 – dreaming of home.
  • Marine Receives Navy Cross for Heroism in Iraq

    11/14/2005 1:47:52 PM PST · by thefactor · 24 replies · 1,157+ views
    Meet Brian Chontosh. Churchville-Chili Central School class of 1991. Proud graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology. Husband and about-to-be father. First lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. And a genuine hero. The secretary of the Navy said so yesterday. At 29 Palms in California Brian Chontosh was presented with the Navy Cross, the second highest award for combat bravery the United States can bestow. That's a big deal. But you won't see it on the network news tonight, and all you read in Brian's hometown newspaper was two paragraphs of nothing. Instead, it was more blather about some...
  • A dramatic toast to the President

    10/17/2005 8:37:08 AM PDT · by SuzyQ2 · 3 replies · 867+ views
    World Defense Review ^ | October 17, 2005 | W. Thomas Smith, Jr.
    Like the exploits of 21st-century special operators – including U.S. Navy SEALs, Army Delta soldiers, Force Recon Marines, Air Force commandos, and CIA paramilitary operatives – stories of men like Ortiz are rarely gleaned from books, newspapers, and magazines. Their incredibly dangerous work often goes unseen and is thankless.
  • A rite of passage unlike any other

    10/10/2005 7:14:41 AM PDT · by Sailor6468 · 2 replies · 985+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | October 10, 2005 | W. Thomas Smith, Jr.
    Recruit Daniel Murphy, who in college was a 325-pound offensive lineman protecting quarterbacks and opening holes for running backs, lost 100 pounds to join the U.S. Marines, the military's swift-moving, expeditionary shock troops.
  • Captain Re-Enlists Brother in Afghanistan

    08/11/2005 4:57:22 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 279+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Aug 11, 2005 | Army Pfc. Mike Pryor
    BAGRAM AIRFIELD, AFGHANISTAN, Aug. 11, 2005 — When Sgt. 1st Class Cliff Burgoyne decided to re-enlist in the Army, he needed an officer from his unit to swear him in. Luckily, his brother was available. Burgoyne, 39, from Slidell, La., is currently deployed to Afghanistan as the scout platoon sergeant with 1st Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division. His brother, Capt. Jeffrey T. Burgoyne, 34, is the commander of the battalion's B Company. The captain re-enlisted his brother in front of a crowd of paratroopers during a short ceremony outside the battalion's tents here July 28. “It made...
  • Army: Captain won't be charged in deaths

    06/17/2005 6:42:03 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 540+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 6/17/05 | Angela K. Brown - AP
    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - An Army captain investigated for allegedly ordering his troops to kill suspected Iraqi insurgents in retaliation for a deadly U.S. base attack will not be prosecuted, Army officials said Friday. A prosecutor last month said he submitted three pages of possible charges against Capt. Matthew Cunningham, including solicitation of murder and involuntary manslaughter, and was waiting on his superiors to file charges. But 10 days later, Staff Sgt. Shane Werst, one of Cunningham's subordinates who shot an Iraqi during a raid, was acquitted of murder. Lt. Col. Jonathan Withington, a 4th Infantry Division spokesman, said...