Trump Goes to Iraq

President Trump and the First Lady visited U.S. troops in Iraq on the day after Christmas.  Like Presidents Bush and Obama before him, he flew in unannounced.  Unlike the previous Presidents, the First Lady accompanied him.  Melania’s visit was a bold yet subtle statement of the safety and stability in the region.  She did not dodge sniper fire.

 

Meals Ready to Eat

Some are.  Some are not.  My personal favorite was Ham Slice.  The only piece of real meat in the US system. We have recipes.

JOHN WAYNE COFFEE

Take all the drink components.  Coffee, orange drink, creamer, sugar. Mix together. Can be served both hot and cold.  Drink.

SANDWICHES

Don’t get excited, there is no bread.  Every MRE comes with John Wayne Crackers.

John Wayne Crackers with Peanut Butter and Jelly spreads.  PBJ’s your mother wouldn’t feed to the dog.

With Menu 2, Tuna and Noodles you can make a tuna fish sandwich. Season to taste.

Menu 8 is the Ham Slice which makes an excellent ham sandwich if you slice it thin and use the Cheese Spread.

Menu 11, Chicken ala King makes a pretty good chicken salad sandwich.

That beats the ass off of our MRE’s.

SPAGHETTI

Menu 5, Spaghetti with meat and sauce.  Another favorite served both hot and cold.  It came with a tiny little bottle of Tabasco Sauce.  To this day, I put Tabasco in my spaghetti.

MRE’s come with heaters now.  Back in the day, we had to improvise.  I was in the Air Force.  If the F-16 was launching, I’d clamp a packet back where the exhaust would heat it up.  Distance to the exhaust took some experimentation. Too close and the meal would blow out the back or explode.  If the jet was broken and a  “-60” power unit was in use, you just clamp the packet with Vice-Grips and (with gloves) roast in the 60 exhaust.  Another option was to use the heater in the crew chief shack.  Just laid them on top.  When they puffed up, they fell out perfectly heated.

There were rumor of new menus.  Steak and Pancakes.  Ours were made in 1968 so no new menus for us.  However the Maple Bar was a doughy piece of delight that tasted like pancakes and syrup.  I’d save that to eat for breakfast when the sun came up.

 

BAD ONES

Menu 3, Beef Patty with Bean Component.  We never ate the Beef Patty.  It had ants in it.

Menu 4, Omelet with Ham.  The cats wouldn’t it this shit.  We force the Iraqi prisoners to eat it.

FINAL NOTE

Chief Killian said we HAD to eat the MRE’s because there would not be fast food in combat.  When we went to war in Desert Storm, Haji would bring 16 Pizza Hut Large Supremes right to the shelters of out F-117’s.

What was your favorite?  What did you refuse to eat.

 

 

 

 

 

HAPPY VETERANS DAY

But why today? Today marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One. At the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month, the guns fell silent.

Siege gun. Image living in the trenches that this fired on.

THE COST

A Truce was declared and that would lead to the end of the Great War. The war to end all wars. There were 20 million deaths and 21 million wounded. There 1.8 billion people on the planet in 1918. Between 1914 and 1918, 4.5% had been killed or horribly wounded. To put that in perspective, the United States has an unemployment rate of 4.5 percent. Look around you. Think of everyone you know that doesn’t have a job as dead.

For this reason, the politicians and most of the population called the Great War, “The war to end all wars”. It was that horrible.

THE RED POPPY

Gathering poppies.

The remembrance poppy was inspired by the World War I poem “In Flanders Fields”. Its opening lines refer to the many poppies that were the first flowers to grow in the churned-up earth of soldiers’ graves in Flanders, a region of Belgium.

 

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

But it wasn’t was it? World War One was followed by World war Two. That’s what we call them. The veterans of World War Two just called it, “The War”.

369th Infantry Regiment

“Don’t Tread On Me, God Damn, Lets Go”

The 369th Infantry Regiment was first black American infantry regiment to fight in World War I, the 369th spent more time in the trenches and under fire — 191 days — than any other U.S. unit. A National Guard regiment, the 369th recruited out of New York City in large numbers, and German soldiers who witnessed their battlefield prowess quickly dubbed them the Harlem Hellfighters.

TODAY

This country has been at war now for a record 17 years. The current casualty rate is lower that training casualties of the 1980’s. But for the young man, and now young woman today, a fire fight in Kandahar or Iraq is exactly the same for them as it was for their great-great grandfathers when they “went over the top” and charged artillery and massed machine guns fighting for maybe a mile of ground.

So wish everyone a Happy Veterans Day. Where the red poppies. Shake a vet’s hand and thank them for their service. But do so knowing that you will never……never know what it was to go through what they did.


And we did it for you.

 

HERE’S TWO MOVIES TO WATCH BEFORE YOUTUBE TAKES THEM DOWN

https://youtu.be/zsGD_At6QRg