Army Ranger killed on 14th deployment...

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  1. Sandbar

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    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    I was sitting with my friend this afternoon as this story was broadcast on Fox. We were working on a project. My friend is a Marine vet who served in Desert Storm.


    We both didn't know how to take this. First, he gave his life serving the United States. But he also had a family to watch out for and take care of. Two kids and a wife? And he's going for his 14th deployment. I don't know what to think about that.
     
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    This Ranger was a member of an HONORABLE profession - please do not forget that. This was his job and his calling. He put his life on the line far too many times. His country asked more than we should have from him. He, surely, is not the only soldier who put his duty and country ahead of his family. Salute him, don't judge him.
    RIP
     
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    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    I almost got heated there, with that comment JAM, but I realized, you haven't even served, so I'll take the comment for what it's worth...nothing.

    He more than did his duty. There's no shortage of support. He has a duty to his family and children as well. I will not take away the sacrifice he gave, but I wonder, out loud, how much his family must have missed.
     
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    By way of explanation, it's important to note that those 14 deployments averaged 30 days each in length. From a family standpoint, regułar Army soldiers with three or four deployments have been gone much, much longer. Something to consider.

    That fact does not in any way diminish his service or sacrifice. I agree with your rebuttal.
     
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    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    Thanks for the explanation Scout. That does shed more light on the sacrifice of families.
     
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    OK folks- this post is about the death of an honorable soldier who did more than his duty, as have tens of thousands of others of all branches. Keep this on target.
     
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    That you should even question this soldiers devotion to his family is disappointing (and offensive)- especially since you are one who has served. I thought this country had left that nastiness behind in Vietnam. Let's go forward supporting soldiers and their families who make and have made the sacrifice. I admire this soldier's duty to serve his country honorable. I prefer to think that his love for country. mission and fellow soldiers is parallel to his love and devotion to his young wife and fatherless children.
     
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    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    JAM it's pretty clear that your missing the point. Perhaps if you were away from your family for a long period of time, or if you had someone in your family currently serving, you would understand that the concern is not ever only with the person in uniform, but also with their family. It's often that family that keeps people going.

    You're the child of a parent who served, and the parent of a child who wanted to serve, and while neither of us have served in Afghanistan, please don't make the mistake of somehow believing your "service" and my "service" with respect to the military are anything close to similar.


    This thread is about the Ranger who died after fourteen. My comments were beyond the fact that he gave his life serving, it's about the ones he left behind. It may also be good to remember two other service members died with him.
     
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    Last warning- DO NOT POST ON THIS THREAD if you are directing your comments at another poster.
     
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    That's a good point. We haven't said anything about it yet, but one of the three who perished was a 24-year-old female lieutenant. She was a National Guard MSC officer who was part of the fledgling plan to assign women to USASOC units for the purpose of frisking/interrogating women in a strict Muslim environment. I'm sure there will be some debate over that choice now.
     

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