Archive for Friday, April 7, 2006

Soldiers sent off to war

April 7, 2006


— Pfc. Richard A. Faith Jr., of Ozawkie, on Thursday held his almost 1-year-old twins - one under each arm - as he talked with family and friends.

"They were born on my first combat tour," said Faith, 30, who returned from Iraq in November and now is headed there again.

"I'm going to take care of the rookies" when he returns to the war, he said.

Faith was one of about 200 soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 108th Aviation of the Kansas National Guard, who participated in a departure ceremony at the Kansas Expocentre.

The soldiers will train at Fort Hood, Texas, for several months and then head to Iraq for approximately one year.

More than 1,000 people attended the ceremony, including Gov. Kathleen Sebelius and Maj. Gen. Tod Bunting, the adjutant general of Kansas.

Eighteen people from northeast Kansas came to support Staff Sgt. Tim Sullivan, of Pomona.

"We're very sad to see him go, but very proud that he is representing our family and our country," said his sister, Becky Twedt, of Lawrence. Also on hand were his wife, Sherry, daughter Kelsey, 13, and son Shawn, 11.

Kelsey said she was going to miss her father "a lot" and looked forward to communicating with him through e-mails and Web cam.

Don Hill, of Pomona, was saying goodbye to Spc. Jacob McDougal, who is married to his granddaughter. "He has been a blessing to the family," Hill said.

The 1st Battalion, 108th Aviation is headquartered in Topeka with companies there and Salina, plus Austin, Texas, and Boone, Iowa. It is an air assault helicopter unit, flying UH-60 Black Hawks.

The unit will provide air support for ground forces and help transport troops and equipment.

Sebelius noted that she was piloted across northeast Kansas last month by a helicopter from the unit to survey storm damage in Lawrence.

Through wars and disasters "the people of Kansas have called you for your help, and you have responded without hesitation," Sebelius told the unit. She vowed that the state would help the soldiers' families while they were gone.

Ramona Miller, of Topeka, has said goodbye to her husband, Staff Sgt. John Miller, before - he served in Bosnia in 2003. But she said this time was tougher for her and their 11-year-old son, Scott.

"We've tried to ignore it this time, but now it is hitting us in the face," she said.


christie 9 years, 7 months ago

Off to la-la land seeking Weapons of Mass Decption. And now we hear that Bush authorized the leak of the CIA agent Valarie Plume. And still, people are willing to follow the lying orders from the Commander in Chump.

Where is the outrage. This is the scariest part of all, that Joe Citizen just stands by, idly watching, as our Freedoms are taken away in order to 'Protect Us' from what??? A bunch of rag-tag terrorists who should have been destroyed years ago. Yet our soldiers are diverted to protect Haliburton instead.

November 2008, the END OF AN ERROR.

wonderhorse 9 years, 7 months ago

Soldiers go to war--that is what soldiers do. Saddam had WMD, we know that because he used them. Where did they go? Outrage? Don't sign up.

Todd 9 years, 7 months ago

Soldiers follow orders, politicians lie, and wannabes post on message boards.

christie 9 years, 7 months ago

So Todd, when are you signing up?

Wonderhorse... when Iran and Iraq were at war, who supplied the technology for these WMD's??? Who shook hands with Saddam to seal the deal? It was Rumsfeld. Who fired missles from ships in the Gulf to kill off thousands of Iranians, mostly teenagers to help defend Iraq? Look past the lying eyes of Bush and the truth will be revealed.

Saddam HAD them, but the inspectors found NONE prior to the invasion, and for their efforts to report it, their spouses were exposed as CIA agents. Oh by the way, after how many years and thousands of dead and wounded, there still are none found.

wonderhorse 9 years, 7 months ago

One could hide WMD's in KS with a reasonable chance of them not being found. Iraq is a big country. Of course inspectors didn't find them. But why aren't there certifications of destruction/use? We (the USA) and the Soviets had to document our destruction of nuclear arms (considered to be WMD's)--where are Iraq's documentation? Please stay on track.

christie 9 years, 7 months ago

Court papers filed by the prosecutor in the CIA leak case against I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby said Bush authorized Libby to disclose information from a classified prewar intelligence report. The court papers say Libby's boss, advised him that the president had authorized Libby to leak the information to the press in striking back at administration critic Joseph Wilson.

By PETE YOST, Associated Press Writer

So... I mean what more do you want? These are COURT documents, saying the president authorized Libby to LEAK information from CLASSIFIED reports to STRIKE BACK at Joseph Wilson. These were not De-Classified reports. The prosecution asserts CLASSIFIED.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 9 years, 7 months ago

Saddam had the holy grail and the fountain of youth, too. The fact that no one has found them proves it.

christie 9 years, 7 months ago

I guess now the question is if the information was declassisfied at the time, who authorized it, and when did the president know it was declassified.

The bigger question is does the president know the difference.

Either way, I can't believe that the religious right is A-O-K with the president outing a CIA agent. It proves that you'll stop at nothing to get your way. The religious right is a very dangerious entity with the ability to cause harm to the State and get away with it. Very dangerous indeed.

The CIA has ways of taking care of itself, and I suspect when the truth is finally revealed, the guilty parties won't be around too long to enjoy their spoils of war.

I hope every soldier put into the terrible position of fighting for Halibuton comes back safe.

wonderhorse 9 years, 7 months ago

"I hope every soldier put into the terrible position of fighting for Halibuton comes back safe."

No soldiers fight for "Halibuton". Soldiers, for various reasons, sign up to fight for the United States of America. They are required to give an oath to that. Can you understand that?

wonderhorse 9 years, 7 months ago


None of us are, but it is not a just repub situation.

wonderhorse 9 years, 7 months ago

I'll try again. None of us are, but it is not just a repub situation.

Think I got it right this time.

badger 9 years, 7 months ago


I cannot believe you. This is the most appalling, disgusting display I have seen, even out of you all.

Not one message of support. Not one sincere wish that these troops come home safely. Just the same petty BS wrangling over the same tired arguments you've all been making for months. Seventy posts and not even the ones who say they SUPPORT the blasted war could stop scoring points off one another and high-fiving themselves like a bunch of lockerroom heroes on Homecoming Night long enough to wish these soldiers well.

Did you stop to think that maybe these troops might read what you're saying? That their families might? How do you think it would make them feel, as they watch loved ones ship out, to see you using their deployment as yet another excuse to fight your stupid, petty little battles with each other?

I wish these soldiers a safe and honorable tour, and offer my sincere hopes that they come home soon to their families.

As for the rest of you, I just wish you had some class that wasn't low.

badger 9 years, 7 months ago

Oh, sorry, I should have added, "Except for 75x55, who devoted an ENTIRE three sentences to the matter before using that position as a platform to attack opponents of the war, then leaped into the fray having made the necessary token observance."

I didn't count it as particularly sincere, given that you didn't even wait for a separate post to start swinging, sparky.

Lepanto1571 9 years, 7 months ago

Observer says: "I'm thru for night, have very low tolerance for determined, self directed ignorance."

Then how in the name of God do you live with yourself man?

Sounds like quite a heroic struggle! I knew you were a religious ascetic! (That's means something like a self-flagellating hermit, Obtuse). Read your Duh-vinci Hoax, that'll tell you everything you need to know.

Lepanto1571 9 years, 7 months ago

Obstipation: "yes lepy, I have a very low eolerance for religious nut cases. that's what wrong in the world, from the middle east to the middle west. religious fundies are the worst. Like you."

Now that's the obstetrics we all know and love.

I have very low "eolerance" for you and that's "what" wrong wiff you 2.

ergelshnardlipfwerb glinknicknerdoofel.

Lepanto1571 9 years, 7 months ago

obtrude: "Course thats usual fundie response. No brains required."

Yes, we're all not capable of articulating such precise, cogent and rational responses as your worldview of secular nothingness has provided you.

badger 9 years, 7 months ago

conservativeman -

Time and place, good sir, time and place.

This was neither.

There are far better places for spouting off about one's political agenda than a place where we should either be wishing our soldiers well or shutting the hell up.

75x55: Efficiency is what has given us reality television. It's hardly a harbinger of etiquette or decency.

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