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George W. Bush and the Fort Hood Shooting

February 7, 2010

This Bush/Obama/Fort Hood story is something that should be sent to every voter in the U.S.

Bush went to visit the wounded; Obama went for a photo-op

When George W. Bush heard about the Fort Hood shootings, he got in his car without any escort, apparently they did not have time to react, and drove to Fort Hood.  He was stopped at the gate and the guard could not believe who he had just stopped.  Bush only asked for directions to the hospital then drove on.  The gate guard called that “The president is at Fort Hood and driving to the hospital.”   The base went bananas looking for Obama.  When they found it was Bush they immediately offered him an escort and Bush simply told them he was there to visit the wounded and the dependents of the dead.  

He stayed at Fort Hood for over six hours and was finally asked to leave by a message from the White House.

Obama flew in days later and held a “photo session” in a gym and did not even go to the hospital.  All this was picked up from two soldiers here who happened to be at Fort Hood when it happened.

Class shows up…

The doctor had the TV on in his office when news of the military base shootings came on.  The husband of one of his employees was stationed there.  He called her into his office and as he told her what had happened, she got a text message from her husband saying, “I am okay.”  Her cell phone rang right after she read the message.  It was an ER nurse, “I’m the one who just sent you a text, not your husband.  I thought it would be comforting, but I was mistaken in doing so.  I am sorry to tell you this, but your husband has been shot four times and he is in surgery.”

The soldier’s wife left Southern Clinic in Dothan and drove all night to Fort Hood. When she arrived, she found out her husband was out of surgery and would be OK.  She rushed to his room and found that he already had visitors there to comfort him. He was just waking up and found his wife and the visitors by his side. The nurse took this picture.

What?  No news crews and cameras?  This is how people with class respond and pay respect to those in uniform.

Military Records Request – search aid

December 23, 2009

For anyone that does family history or genealogy work the following information will be useful at some point in your information searches. Hope you can out this to good use, and happy hunting.

DD Form 214, Discharge Papers and Separation Documents

corner of dd-214A Report of Separation is generally issued when a service member performs active duty or at least 90 consecutive days of active duty training. The Report of Separation contains information normally needed to verify military service for benefits, retirement, employment, and membership in veterans’ organizations. Information shown on the Report of Separation may include the service member’s:

  • Date and place of entry into active duty
  • Home address at time of entry
  • Date and place of release from active duty
  • Home address after separation
  • Last duty assignment and rank
  • Military job specialty
  • Military education
  • Decorations, medals, badges, citations, and campaign awards
  • Total creditable service
  • Foreign service credited
  • Separation information (type of separation, character of service, authority and reason for separation, separation and reenlistment eligibility codes)

The report of separation form issued in most recent years is the DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty. Before January 1, 1950, several similar forms were used by the military services, including the WD AGO 53, WD AGO 55, WD AGO 53-55, NAVPERS 553, NAVMC 78PD, and the NAVCG 553.

To get copies of DD Form 214, Discharge Papers or Separation Documents:


December 7, 2009

‘If the enemy is in range, so are you.’

– Infantry Journal
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‘It is generally inadvisable to eject directly over the area you just bombed.’

– U.S. Air Force Manual
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‘Whoever said the pen is mightier than the sword obviously never encountered automatic weapons.’

– General Mac Arthur
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‘You, you, and you .. Panic. The rest of you, come with me.’

– U.S. Marine Corps Gunnery SGT.
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‘Tracers work both ways.’

– U.S. Army Ordnance
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‘Five second fuses only last three seconds.’

– Infantry Journal

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‘Any ship can be a minesweeper. Once.’

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‘Never tell the Platoon Sergeant you have nothing to do.’ – Unknown Marine Recruit

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‘If you see a bomb technician running, follow him.’

– USAF Ammo Troop

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‘Though I Fly Through the Valley of Death , I Shall Fear No Evil. For I am at 80,000 Feet and Climbing.’

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‘You’ve never been lost until you’ve been lost at Mach 3.’

– Paul F. Crickmore (test pilot)

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‘The only time you have too much fuel is when you’re on fire.’

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‘If the wings are traveling faster than the fuselage, it’s probably a helicopter — and therefore, unsafe.’

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‘When one engine fails on a twin-engine airplane you always have enough power left to get you to the scene of the crash.’

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‘Even with ammunition, the USAF is just another expensive flying club.’

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‘What is the similarity between air traffic controllers and pilots? If a pilot screws up, the pilot dies; If ATC screws up, … The pilot dies.’

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‘Never trade luck for skill.’

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The three most common expressions (or famous last words) in aviation are: ‘Why is it doing that?’, ‘Where are we?’ And ‘Oh S…!’

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‘Airspeed, altitude and brains. Two are always needed to successfully complete the flight.’

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‘Mankind has a perfect record in aviation; we never left one up there!’

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‘Flying the airplane is more important than radioing your plight to a person on the ground incapable of understanding or doing anything about it.’

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‘The Piper Cub is the safest airplane in the world; it can just barely kill you.’

– Attributed to Max Stanley (Northrop test pilot)

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‘There is no reason to fly through a thunderstorm in peacetime.’

– Sign over squadron OPS desk at Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ, 1970

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‘If something hasn’t broken on your helicopter, it’s about to.’

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‘You know that your landing gear is up and locked when it takes full power to taxi to the terminal.’

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As the test pilot climbs out of the experimental aircraft, having torn off the wings and tail in the crash landing, the crash truck arrives, the rescuer sees a bloodied pilot and asks ‘What happened?’.
The pilot’s reply: ‘I don’t know, I just got here myself!’

– Attributed to Ray Crandell (Lockheed test pilot)

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