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  • fyrdawg

Twas the night before Christmas ....... USMC

This isn't my poem, but I think on this night it should be passed around to help us remember everyone who is out there on deployment and away from their homes and loved ones.

IT WAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS

HE LIVED ALL ALONE, IN A ONE BEDROOM HOUSE MADE OF PLASTER AND STONE. I HAD
COME DOWN THE CHIMNEY WITH PRESENTS TO GIVE, AND TO SEE JUST WHO IN THIS HOME
DID LIVE.

I LOOKED ALL ABOUT, A STRANGE SIGHT I DID SEE, NO TINSEL, NO PRESENTS, NOT EVEN
A TREE. NO STOCKING BY MANTLE, JUST BOOTS FILLED WITH SAND, ON THE WALL HUNG
PICTURES OF FAR DISTANT LANDS.

WITH MEDALS AND BADGES, AWARDS OF ALL KINDS, A SOBER THOUGHT CAME THROUGH MY
MIND. FOR THIS HOUSE WAS DIFFERENT, IT WAS DARK AND DREARY, I FOUND THE HOME
OF A UNITED STATES MARINE, ONCE I COULD SEE CLEARLY. THE MARINE LAY SLEEPING, SILENT,
ALONE, CURLED UP ON THE FLOOR IN THIS ONE BEDROOM HOME.

THE FACE WAS SO GENTLE, THE ROOM IN SUCH DISORDER, NOT HOW I PICTURED A UNITED
STATES MARINE.
WAS THIS THE HERO OF WHOM I'D JUST READ? CURLED UP ON A PONCHO, THE FLOOR FOR
A BED?

I REALIZED THE FAMILIES THAT I SAW THIS NIGHT, OWED THEIR LIVES TO THESE
MARINES WHO WERE WILLING TO FIGHT. SOON ROUND THE WORLD, THE CHILDREN WOULD
PLAY, AND GROWNUPS WOULD CELEBRATE A BRIGHT CHRISTMAS DAY.

THEY ALL ENJOYED FREEDOM EACH MONTH OF THE YEAR, BECAUSE OF THE MARINES, LIKE
THE ONE LYING HERE. I COULDN'T HELP WONDER HOW MANY LAY ALONE, ON A COLD
CHRISTMAS EVE IN A LAND FAR FROM HOME. THE VERY THOUGHT BROUGHT A TEAR TO MY
EYE, I DROPPED TO MY KNEES AND STARTED TO CRY.

THE MARINE AWAKENED AND I HEARD A ROUGH VOICE, "SANTA DON'T CRY, THIS LIFE IS
MY CHOICE; I FIGHT FOR FREEDOM, I DON'T ASK FOR MORE, MY LIFE IS MY GOD, MY
COUNTRY, MY CORPS." THE MARINE ROLLED OVER AND DRIFTED TO SLEEP, I COULDN'T
CONTROL IT, I CONTINUED TO WEEP.

I KEPT WATCH FOR HOURS, SO SILENT AND STILL AND WE BOTH SHIVERED FROM THE COLD
NIGHT'S CHILL. I DIDN'T WANT TO LEAVE ON THAT COLD, DARK, NIGHT, THIS GUARDIAN
OF HONOR SO WILLING TO FIGHT. THEN THE MARINE ROLLED OVER, WITH A VOICE SOFT
AND PURE, WHISPERED, "CARRY ON SANTA, IT'S CHRISTMAS DAY, ALL IS SECURE." ONE
LOOK AT MY WATCH, AND I KNEW HE WAS RIGHT. "MERRY CHRISTMAS MY FRIEND, AND TO
ALL A GOOD NIGHT."

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MILFur Wikifur page (additions, confirmations, fraud check)

Hi, I'm one of the colleagues (Admins) at Wikifur, and one of the pages I keep updated is the MILFur entry (http://en.wikifur.com/wiki/MILFurs).

This is a two-fold query/request/suggestion: If you are a MIL Fur, and you wish to list your service as one, you are more than welcome to add your entry to the article (without violating the DOD OPSEC rules).

Two: We have caught a couple... chaps admitting that some of the entries are fake. If anybody can confirm the entries (do not worry about the ones with the "YES" word under the "confirmed" box), it will be greatly appreciated.

That's is all. As you were, and thanks. =)
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  • fyrdawg

237 years of blood, sweat, tears and kicking ass.... OORAH!!!

Well folks it's November 10th yet again, and that means its the birthday of something very special to me.

So as you go about your daily routines please take a second and think about Marines who are stationed or deployed all over the world, and wish them a happy birthday . My beloved Corps is 237 years old today, and one thing that I have always loved about my Corps is the sense of history and the brotherhood that ties all Marines, past, present and future together.

So join me as I lift a glass in honor of my fellow jar heads.

Here's to the those who were, those who are and those who will be
Here's to the scarlet and gold, the USMC

Semper-Fi Devil Dogs

Fyr
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Just some thoughts

Hi there I am just a civilian.I am looking at the military from the outside as a civilian in just wanted other peoples opinions.    I have a question but I wanted to hear from people actually in the military not just hearing from civilian politicians on CNN.  

I got a question here.  So its been a year since our president Barack Obama ended the  " Don't ask don't tell" policy.  I remember the "special interest groups" and certain politicians that did not want gays and lesbians openly serving in the military said it would "weaken" our military and also cause "distractions".  Since the policy ended at least as a civilian watching the news I have not heard of one problem not even ONE since allowing openly gays in the military.  

What have the rest of you seen or experenced?  

(no subject)

Update on things...

 I graduated BCT in July, now stationed in Ft Sam Houston for Whiskey training. I've gotten my EMT certification and have about 6 weeks left until I graduate. After that, I am slated to be stationed at Ft Campbell in the 101st with an expected overseas deployment very soon thereafter. 

Ive been meaning to update you guys but I haven't really used live journal in any regularity since 2007, I'm mainly on Twitter and FA. If you want to talk to me or keep in touch just look me up there, my screen name is BrutusDBernard.
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Navy Horror Story

Okay, true story.

I was in the US Navy, and my ship, the USS Reuben James, had pulled into port in Lumut, Malaysia. It was sometime around January/February, which is when the Giant Malaysian Honeybees will swarm and move from their summer/fall hives to their winter/spring hives.

We were due to get underway the next day, shortly before noon, so the engineers were all up and working through the night, making sure everything was ready to go. The diesels were running, the blowers were operating, and everything was running smoothly. So the watchstanders would spare each other out, and the relieved watch would hit the messdecks for some coffee, midrats and the Late Night Movie.

Well, just before dawn, a swarm of Malaysian bees took off to find a new home. They have to move fast, because if they're out and about any longer than noon, they'll overheat and die. So the scouts had found a nice, dark, sheltered spot for the hive to roost for the day. The swarm settled in, and all was well with the world.

"Helen...Helen......Helen..." THUNDERCLAP "I've missed you Trevor..." Trevor screams (The movie ends and the engineers all head to their duty stations to prepare to start the gas turbine engines.)

It's about an hour after dawn. Everyone has had breakfast, we're all getting ready to get underway. The command is given, and 8000 PSI of start-air flows through the turbines, getting things started. The blades of the turbines start to turn, and a few moments later, fuel starts to spray.

Suddenly, in their dark, safe and secure cave, the hive experiences something disturbing. Air begins to rush in to the cave entrance. The bees flash in alarm, and several bees get sucked off the group.

The turbines puff, and there's a short break in the suction as the fuel catches, and then they take off. The break in suction is enough to let half the swarm of bees take off and make a break for the mouth of the cave, which has suddenly turned out to be the air intakes for the gas turbine engines. Half the hive makes it, the other half....does not. And that half contained the Queen.

The engines are now getting up to full, startup speed, and they're getting hot? A small portion of bees manage to survive, but most get toasted, and a mixture of mostly dead bees starts to pour out of the ventilation ports inside the engine room.

All over a host of sleep-deprived, caffeinated engineers who've just got back from watching their favorite horror movie.

In Central Control Station, Cheng and the DCA hear someone scream over the 5MC, "Bees! There's fucking BEES all over Aux 2!" Someone in Aux-1 calls out the same on the Bitch Box, that bees are pouring out of the ventilation shafts. "HOLY SHIT," someone yells. "IT'S CANDYMAN! THE FUCKING CANDYMAN IS IN HERE!"

In the end, once everyone stopped freaking out, the bees all ended up dying once the day got hot. The survivors overheated and flopped down on the deck of the O2, all around the stacks and CIWS platform, and my antenna mounts. They would puke up their load of honey before dying, which attracted Giant Asian Wasps by the dozens. By the time we got underway, the tiny corpses had all been picked up and carried off by the wasps.

The engineers put "Candyman" on the shelf for the rest of the deployment.

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  • fyrdawg

Semper-Fi

To all those sheep dogs who can't be home this Christmas, and to those that will never go home again.

Thanks...........

Semper-Fi

Fyr
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