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http://www.news-press.com/story/opinion/contributors/2015/08/20/general-lee-portrait-needs-removed/32085673/

You cannot erase history by taking down a photo or denying deeply felt affiliation. You can also admire the dignity of a leader without believing in their cause. There are truly exceptions to this, but General Lee died as a patriot! Right?
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How would you react to seeing this in a barracks room vs your reaction to seeing this in a Family residence?
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Almost 30 days til school, hit the first 3 modules and creed. Have them down. Is it worth pushing to get the other modules down while I am ahead?
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Your unit is conducting a military ball. The senior leader says she wants 100 percent participation. The event is a formal and tickets are $20 to $40. You are new - brand new to the unit. You are an E-4 and don't have the money to attend until you are paid again. Can a supervisor force a subordinate to buy a ticket, have her dry clean her dress uniform, and attend the ball, and try to have a good time? Would she be treated differently if she respectfully refused?
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Given Obama's questionable actions on removing military Generals and Admirals, as well as the appointment of Loretta Lynch as his AG, ... could Trump (as elected President - c'mon, Libs, bear with me here) bring back or offer reinstatement of those military officers Obama fired and start removing those who supported Obama's failed administration? Doesn't the Cabinet serve at the pleasure of the President? Would love to hear from esteemed RP members who are barristers.
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So, what are some of the most absurd incidents you have witnessed of an individual or group of Soldiers being awarded the CAB?

During our Iraq deployment in 08-09, our Battery was attached to the TX NG. We were in the lead vehicle literally feet behind the trail vehicle of one of their convoys and we were sitting at the entrance to BIAP. Monitoring their radio frequency, we overheard their trail vic come up on the net and say they were receiving small arms fire. So, being RIGHT behind their bumper we looked around and saw nothing, heard nothing. I sent a message back to their TOC via MTS and stated in a professional way, that they were full of shnitzles. The whole truck was given CAB's. Ahhh, that feeling they must have had going home as heroes,,,
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In other words 26 years of service is actually 30 for an Academy Grad. Now this is an awesome deal if you went to an academy!

This also includes the Coast Guard Academy whose tag I did not include.

http://www.opm.gov/retirement-services/publications-forms/csrsfers-handbook/c022.pdf
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I once saw a guy claiming to be an Air Force Major. Almost believable, if he were indoors. But here is where he messed up:
-Pin on MAJ rank on the collar with Ssgt stripes sewn into the sleeve
-UCP patrol cap with no rank.
-ABU tiger-stripe uniform with sand tan boots on.
-Couldn't have been older than 25 (you know any 25 year old Majors?).

What have you seen, RallyPoint?
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For me it would have to be the old M163 SP Vulcan Air Defense Artillery Gatling gun. It was supposed to be used to shoot down aircraft (jets), however after three long years of manning this piece of equipment I came to believe that the only way you could actually bring down an enemy fighter jet was if the pilot saw you firing at him and he crashed while laughing his ass off at you. Please, lets not have any comments about 2nd Lieutenants, that one is just a given. Just kidding, you butter bars know I love ya.
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I enjoy one glass of quality bourbon a night to unwind - usually poured over a couple cold whiskey stones. Is enjoying one glass a day, 7 days a week too much?
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Was wondering if anyone is or was stationed there. A wing of the hospital is dedicated to my great uncle Rodney Conner I need to drive up there some time, I was just wondering if anyone knew if there was a plaque there in the hospital.
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I have a dilemma and I've been scratching up information from my personal NCOs and those around me to ease into how this should be handled and I've been told a couple things, but I figured I should drop a question to the masses because of your time in service and wisdom.

The most difficult part of this is that the NCO who made these comments is the PSG and did so in front of half the platoon. He's my PSG, which means any further moves could be career damaging...

—• Who should I talk to?
I went to an NCO I could trust and he suggested talking to our EO rep.

I went to the EO rep and he said that they don't have EO "set up" in our unit and BN doesn't either, so there hasn't been pressure to really step it up...?

I digress. I've been thinking about taking it to our 1SG on open door and asking for guidance, but I'm hesitant to mess intra-chain because, again- career path.

The things said were vile and extremely racial and sexist and this is far from the first time, but this past range was absolutely inexcusable; the foul spite that he's been vomiting from this nonsense dumpster as a "leader" is mind-boggling.

It was also suggested that I contact IG, because of the size of our unit, being one of the biggest in the Reserves.

Thoughts?
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As a Recruiter I have had insight on the Army Branding, and marketing Team for USAREC. We are getting beat by the Marines when it comes to image. The patches make civilians ask what do you do in the Army, on the flip side when a civilian sees a Marine no questions needed to be asked, whats your thoughts
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RallyPoint seems to be a great place to share our stories and pictures. I have seen and responded to first and last pictures in uniform discussion which were focuses on each of us. I would like to see pictures of us with our comrades in arms. I hope you will join me in sharing pictures of yourself with others in uniform.
Three pictures of me with friends - Top winter at Grafenwoehr in 1982 (2) graduation day at West Point on May 28, 1980, (3) attending a post-graduation wedding in dress blues for the first time in June 1980 with my two best friends; (4) company formation at West Point in 1978
[Caveat - In the West Point Graduation picture the brand new 2LT in the middle is not making an obscene gesture. His middle finger has a band aid/surgical tape just below the tip of his finger. I can't remember if he was still wearing a splint or not that day.]
LTC Stephen C. MAJ (Join to see) SFC Joe S. Davis Jr., MSM, DSL SSG James J. Palmer IV aka "JP4" SPC (Join to see) SGM Barry Kindred SFC George Smith MAJ (Join to see) [~390226-sgt-david-reynolds] [~118487-po2-orlando-sims] [~756795-sgt-damaso-v-santana] [~757850-fn-george-woodruff] [~419769-cpl-robert-ray] [~339096-po3-steven Kaminski] [~32684-tsgt-craig-crews] [~6048-sgt-william-biggs] [~793208-capt-michael-w-langston-d-min]
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[Today's post is part 3 of a 4 part series, in the words of a PatientsLikeMe member diagnosed with cancer.]

For Jacquie, diagnosed with lung cancer, which soon turned into colon cancer in 2013, quitting has never been an option. After rigorous chemotherapy and the adoption of a new dog, Roman, Jacquie joined PatientsLikeMe this past September and has been sharing her positive, never-back-down attitude with the rest of the community. In her own words…

You’ve said in a recent forum post that you’re “a firm believer in keeping up a fight even in the face of adversity.” What keeps you going? And how would you encourage others in your situation to keep going?

“I am not a quitter, I never have been. Even given a diagnosis I may not live very long, I was sure to prove the doctors wrong. And yes, I am still here. I was ready to start living life again and then recently hit another bump in the road with a diagnosis of coronary artery disease. My cardiologist will decide whether to put in stents or do bypass surgery. Okay, whatever it takes. And now, I’m also supporting father – my best friend – through his first experience of chemo. After a bout of bad health, I took him over to my doctor and she diagnosed him with non-hodgkins follicular lymphoma stage 4. Since I’ve been through this, he is now my patient.

Some days I think my world is falling apart, but I still keep going. I think there is more work for me to do on this earth and God picked me to do it. I’m not a religious fanatic by any means but I have had a world of prayers around me. Everyone is different in how they handle traumatic and life-changing events. I try to tell people to find strength within, that there is light at the end of the tunnel. I see the beach at the end of mine and know I will get there someday soon. People need goals, baby steps – and remember that tomorrow is another day. Every morning and day is a gift that was not promised. Take that gift with gratitude. And spread it!
It doesn’t have to be a curse or a death sentence. It is an illness. You’ll have good days and bad days. If people find themselves depressed or anxious and unable to cope there is help. Find a support system, a therapist, a best friend, a forum like PatientsLikeMe. Surround yourself with positive people. You are a survivor and that is something to be very proud of. I have a group of friends and we call ourselves the Warrior Women. We are a tough group who’ve fought the beast and we are winning.”

To connect with other veterans and members like Jacquie, join PatientsLikeMe today at http://www.patientslikeme.com/join/rallypoint (it’s free)!
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Take a close look at the picture. Same "journalist".
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I bring up this question because my wife was treated very pourly by another spouse because of my rank! Here husband is a Major in the Marines and she has told others that is the reason she doesn't like my wife.

Why play the "Rank Card?" RP Members your thoughts?

Why is this still happening in our veteran and retirement community? I've always addressed service members here on RP by their rank initially out of respect for what they have accomplished and then I drop it and start addressing them by their first name as much as possible. Accordingly, RP allows you to highlight the name of another member, so your RP Connections will receive an email and the rank is required - got it!

I think once we leave the service there shouldn't be a stereotyping of rank or service - we should get along and respect each other as veterans and retirees that served a "common purpose!" Again, this just my opinion!

By thw way my wife has never played the "rank card" and never will!
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