The Grey Ghost

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The Grey Ghost
Dispatches from the War on Terrorism
By P. T. Brent, 9/24/2004 12:49:21 AM

“We have done so much with so little, for so long; we now feel we can do everything with nothing.” Ref: USMC’s tight budget (Col. J.R. Bates, USMC)
While Corporate America is jetting from one mega deal to the next board meeting, The U.S. Marines have adopted the Corporate Jet into the war on terrorism. Considerably a leaner & meaner model, the Marines have taken a tornado damaged G4 and for a third the cost of the new executive version converted it into a working member of the Corps’ air power. This G4 based in Hawaii has none of the luxurious amenities of its counterparts. Marines have pallets of supplies and gear aboard and communication systems for war fighting. No luxuries, they even bring their own personal water and chow. The pace aboard is 24/7 and would wear out the toughest of Fortune Five Hundred executives. They land in far off climes and exit with helmets, flak jackets, and weapons at the ready. All this capability is at a fraction of the cost of a Corporate G4 model. The Grey Ghost bears little resemblance to the famous civil war general John Mosley. Continue reading

Beans, Bullets and Bandages and the Red Ball Express

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Beans, Bullets and Bandages and the Red Ball Express
Dispatches from the War on Terrorism
By P. T. Brent, 9/17/2004 9:24:25 AM

In WWII the army was re-supplied by the “Red Ball Express” a euphemism for a transportation convoy company that kept the troops supplied with the essentials to life in combat, such as beans, bullets and bandages. Continue reading

Interview with U.S. Marine General Jerry McAbee

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Interview with U.S. Marine General Jerry McAbee
Combat Notebook: Dispatches from the War on Terrorism
By P. T. Brent, 5/28/2004 11:38:04 AM

“For those who have fought for it, life has a special flavor the protected will never know”
A few words written by an anonymous Marine, taken from a now famous combat ration box in Vietnam …. and now echoed by the U.S. Marines in Afghanistan fighting a global war on terrorism. We are visiting the Marines arriving in AFG theater (Marine Expeditionary Unit) comprised of a fleet of Navy ships, aircraft, and a battalion over 1,000 U.S. Marines. Continue reading

Atrocities Incredulous

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Atrocities Incredulous
Dispatches from the War on Terrorism
By P. T. Brent, 8/13/2004 12:01:14 AM

One Navy Corpsman said he cannot understand the coalition forces standard of: “Shock and Awe.” He stated that since we were kids the good guys always gave the other guys a chance to drop their guns and raise their hands. Why … why this display of might in Baghdad? All over the world a minority, albeit vocal group, are creating discord over “Bush’s war.” Perhaps they have a point. Clearly, in retrospect the Vietnam protestors were on target with their cry of an unjust war. Continue reading

Our Texas Air Force

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Our Texas Air Force
Combat Notebook: Dispatches from the War on Terrorism
By P. T. Brent, 5/21/2004 1:39:22 AM

Ground control to U.S. Air Force Hercules C 130

Sir: Condition Red … the field is under attack again

Ground control: Advise taxi to bunker and evacuate the aircraft.

tex-air-forceCaptain: Request 14 right for take off

Tower: alfa, bravo, delta and fox trot sectors all under fire.

Co Pilot…. Sir, tracer rounds at delta end of field Continue reading

Iwo Jima Revisited on 60th Anniversary

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Iwo Jima Revisited on 60th Anniversary
By P. T. Brent, 4/6/2005 9:45:20 PM
Dateline: Iwo Jima, Japan 11 March 2005
Sixty years has done little to diminish the visceral memories of both the Japanese and U.S. Marine survivors visiting for this 60th anniversary of the battle to the few living survivors. It is the last journey for many of these brave Marines who traveled far and long to have one last look on a battlefield, which has not changed since 1945. The rusted detritus of a violence, tanks, cannons, mortars, bayonets and personal effects still stand silent sentinels, untouched by time, to one of war’s most horrific battle sites. Continue reading

One Billion Barrels of Oil

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One Billion Barrels of Oil
Combat Notebook: Dispatches from the War on Terrorism
By P. T. Brent, 6/18/2004 4:28:25 AM

We and our military know full well the price and the bad news. Here is the potential good news.
If ancient history repeats itself, Iraq, with good fortunate, can become the Renaissance of the Middle East. Continue reading

Interview with a Maui Marine

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Interview with Maui Marine Ernest Hoopii
Combat Notebook: Dispatches from the War on Terrorism
By P. T. Brent, 6/3/2004 12:50:44 AM

Afghanistan … Meet First Sergeant Ernest Hoopii United States Marine Corps, a career Marine from Maui. Back during high school years on Oahu, his pals at Mid Pacific use to call him “ Hoop” as he demonstrated his athletic prowess at volley ball, track, and of course hoops. Continue reading