Posted on Oct 13, 2016
SGT Ben Keen
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I am speaking tonight at an event and I'm looking for some input from fellow service members. A lot has gone on over the 15 years of war, but the question I have is what defines our service? Is it the wars? Is it things like PTS and TBI? Is it the brother/sisterhood that stems from war? I'm hoping to share different points of view with the audience so feel free to add your thoughts.
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Cpl Justin Goolsby
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For me, it's the Brotherhood. Feeling like you're a part of something bigger than yourself is a very humbling experience. Feeling like you are a part of history as you carry on the customs and courtesies of those who came before us. Becoming a Marine was the best thing I've done in my life and every day I put that uniform on was a blessing.
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LCpl Gary Kain
LCpl Gary Kain
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Almost exactly my first thoughts, although the historic aspect, carrying on with customs and traditions as old as our country itself takes priority with me. The brotherhood part is as strong. Does it seem to you that it's hard to recall the tedious BS that you used to hate about the service, yet you remember vividly your comrades and the times you had with them?
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Cpl Justin Goolsby
Cpl Justin Goolsby
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Well I remember both the BS and the good stuff, the difference being that I can now laugh about the BS and look at the good stuff with fond memories. Especially with some of my friends still serving, I like to mess with them when they're at all hands safety briefs.
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CSM Michael J. Uhlig
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You could fill hours just talking about DUTY.

While we receive and have the duty to follow orders from those in our chain of command, we fight and sacrifice for those on left and right. It is with that duty that we fulfill our obligation as Soldiers to the chain of command and also to our fellow service members.
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SGT Ben Keen
SGT Ben Keen
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That is very true CSM Michael J. Uhlig, hours could be filled. Sadly, we only got about 30 minutes but I am getting some great input here from people like you and others that is making my job of coming up with what to say, a lot easier.
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CPL Shawn Penrod
CPL Shawn Penrod
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True that CSM but everyone we have had problems with we trained. Our Government has gradually Screwed us in the way. Of now We who was number one power who nobody would fuck with to the terrorist attack on the towers. When Reagan was President everyone was scared of him. I feel that are chain of command if you served need to remember there oath. Cause soon or not to far away what we saw in Iraq and Afghanistan, Slowly but it's coming here if somebody doesn't say enough is enough. I'm talking for start is all active soldiers and call back everyone who served to do there part. I'm not a militia guy or any radical hatemongers I'm just an American Soldier who is seeing that our Government isn't here for the people there here for themselves and that's it. Hell VA Hospital doing the same. Get you in to be counted so they can get money and kick you out the next day. Copy this and post it if you want. I Am and will always be a Specialist Penrod 82nd Airborne Combat Engineer,. Till I am dust
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SFC James J. Palmer IV aka "JP4"
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I cannot speak for others but I can speak for me. Here is what has defined my service or yielded me an enjoyable career thus far.

1. Taking care of people
2. Being efficient at my job/completing the mission
3. Giving others something they can take away into their next duty station or into the civilian sector if they so choose.

JP
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Capt Marty Hogan
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SFC James J. Palmer IV aka "JP4" Spot on James- spot on
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