Posted on Sep 14, 2014
TSgt Joshua Copeland
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I have had the privilege of meeting a few over the years.

COL Glenn Fraizer (Bataan Death March POW)
Mr. Joe Galloway (War Correspondent made famous in We Were Soldiers.
Maj Gen Ed Mechenbier (Hanoi Hilton POW)
COL Danny McKnight (Blackhawk down)

Each of them has given back more then we could ever say thank you enough for.
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TSgt Joshua Copeland. I have met many heros . . . men . . . women . . . children . . . some in uniform . . . some in western attire . . . some dressed to blend in with the indigenous population . . . far too many with severe wounds, amputations, burns, and/or other life threatening injuries. They share the common thread they took huge risks with their lives and personal well being . . . in defense of lives, territorial integrity, freedom, and rule of law . . . for the sake of their country, their troops, their civilians . . . allied countries, allied troops, allied civilians . . . paramilitary resistance fighters . . . and otherwise helpless, needy, and defenseless people. Some were heavily armed, armored, and moved in large groups . . . others moved quietly in small teams through the jungle, forest, mountains, rain and/or snow . . . yet others walked in silent isolation alone at night down dangerous foreign streets, paths, parkways, and alleys. They all share the common thread of acting entirely selflessly . . . consistent with the principles of loyalty, humanity, and compassion . . . very very few sought or even thought about any award and/or public acknowledgement of their actions . . . they only sought to do the right thing at the right time . . . without regard for what their actions would cost them and their families in the end. These are my heros . . . and there are far too many dead over far too many decades. Warmest Regards, Sandy

p.s. I have a special place in my heart for POWs who were faithful while enduring most inhumane treatment . . .

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=irMa2eO41Z4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xj88Wspkn1s
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MAJ Joseph Parker
MAJ Joseph Parker
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Sandy, your praise embarrasses me. Thank you.
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MAJ Joseph Parker
MAJ Joseph Parker
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LTC Curlee and MCPO Treants: Gentlemen. A professional acknowledgement to you both in way only we can understand. Thank you.
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SCPO Senior Enlisted Leader
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1LT (Join to see) As always you have expressed exactly what many of us feel and what everyone should. Your insight and contributions are always spot on and many times can bring a topic which is getting ready to derail and set it straight.

MAJ Joseph Parker I could not agree more. I can only hope one day to cross paths with her in DC.
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MAJ Joseph Parker
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SCPO Gosnell: And a professional nod to you, too Senior Chief. Ah, the stories that could be told about the brilliant work in the Navy Yard, but never will except among a select few. I hope you do get the honor and privilege of meeting Sandy. I honestly wish I could say more about her in an open forum.
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CW5 Sam R. Baker
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There are those on RP whom with a sense of humor will respond, yes I have, "SEE em every day when I look in the mirror"...................smiling aren't you?
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SGT William Howell
SGT William Howell
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Yes sir, I want nothing to do with the guy looking for that next medal.
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SPC(P) Jay Heenan
SPC(P) Jay Heenan
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Aw SGT William Howell, CW5 Sam R. Baker is a flight guy...of course they just hand out that rank to 'those guys'. LOL, just kidding sir. Could be that I am just a butt hurt because the Army wouldn't give me a age waiver to fly rotary wing.
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CW5 Sam R. Baker
CW5 Sam R. Baker
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I have assisted a couple of guys requiring age waivers. The Army is just being difficult on the draw down about them right now. If this was 2002, different story.
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SGT William Howell
SGT William Howell
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I looked at the Warrant Officers program. It was easier to go OCS than Warrant.
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LTC Stephen C.
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TSgt Joshua Copeland, my list:

1. COL Ola Lee Mize, USA, Medal of Honor recepient (Korea)
2. MAJ Ralph "Pappy" Shelton, USA, (trained the Bolivian Rangers that captured and killed Che Guevara)
3. Col. George "Bud" Day, USAF, Medal of Honor recepient (Vietnam)
4. COL Aaron Bank, USA, Father/Founder of Special Forces

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COL Senior Strategic Cyber Planner
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COL Puckett is a Ranger God! http://ralphpuckett.com/biography/
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TSgt Joshua Copeland
TSgt Joshua Copeland
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LTC Curlee, I think you are meaning to tag my brother from another mother MSGT Joshua Copeland, not me TSGT Joshua Copeland.
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LTC Stephen C.
LTC Stephen C.
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TSgt Joshua Copeland, you are correct, and thanks for pointing it out to me. Lo siento mucho and it's now corrected!
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TSgt Joshua Copeland
TSgt Joshua Copeland
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No problemo Senor! When I was still in, we used to get each other's official AF emails! Glad I never got a set of orders for the "other" Joshua Copeland!
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