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Old 11-16-2010, 11:52 AM
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Was gonna post this in the Michael Vick thread but this young man deserves his own thread...

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Old 11-16-2010, 12:19 PM
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I am very glad you did not put this man in a thread about Vick. This young man is a hero and a great example for youth everywhere. Vick is in no way a good role model.. way to go Staff Sgt..

There is no doubt many acts of bravery occur like this everyday from our men and women in uniform overseas, Thank you all for doing what not everyone would do..

Question, I have very, very limited military training but at night I thought it was a big NO NO to walk on a ridgeline as any moon at all will Silhouette your body against the sky and give away your exact position?? Just curious if any of our military people could comment..
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Old 11-16-2010, 12:37 PM
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I am very glad you did not put this man in a thread about Vick. This young man is a hero and a great example for youth everywhere. Vick is in no way a good role model.. way to go Staff Sgt..
Agree. Just to clarify, my point would've been to show how warped our society has become about who we look to as role models and "celebrities"...
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Old 11-16-2010, 12:58 PM
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I thought it was a big NO NO to walk on a ridgeline as any moon at all will Silhouette your body against the sky and give away your exact position?? Just curious if any of our military people could comment..
True enough (and mistakes happen) but these guys probably had many other things to consider also such as: a route that is clear of mines, alternatives may have been worse in other regards, radio communications, fire support, etc.

Maybe the top of the rigeline means near the top or means they were crossing it from time to time . Whatever - no doubt as they were returning they figured for whatever reasons this was either an unlikely area of enemy approach, or otherwise the best (possible most direct and that was important) choice. A good deal of training in small unit infantry tactics involves indentifying both most likely and least likely avenues of enemy approach.

I saw htis trooper interviewed and he was very adamant that he was just doing his duty and that he was trained to do and no more or less than anyone else in his squad. A lesson in courage and humility for us all.
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Very sad, over 1000 people have looked at the post about Vick is back and a little over 100 have looked at this post about a true american hero..
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Originally Posted by kone View Post
Was gonna post this in the Michael Vick thread but this young man deserves his own thread...

http://us.cnn.com/2010/POLITICS/11/1...ex.html?hpt=T1
Hate I missed it earlier. It is crazy how Sports figures get the Title hero for hitting a game winner Homerun, TD pass,KOing someone. 911 should of put a stop to stupid talk like that.Thanks for not putting it in the Vick thread
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