Thursday, February 19, 2015

Friday, February 13, 2015

Over at Blackfive,Free Short Story available until Sunday

Friend Laughing Wolf over at Blackfive is offering a free Kindle version of his latest short story, the link to his offer is  HERE


Thursday, January 08, 2015

Thoughts and Prayers

Thoughts and prayers go out to Chris, the founder of the Wednesday Hero blogposts
at the loss of his mother on January 4th.

My deepest sympathy to him and to all his family.

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Happy New Year!

How beautiful the turning of the year!A moment artificial yet profound:Point upon an arbitrary chartPassing like a breath upon the heart,Yearning with anticipation wound,New hope new harbored in old-fashioned cheer.Even when the boundary line is clear,We recognize the oneness of the ground.Years, like circles, do not end or startExcept we lay across their truth our art,Adjusting dates as they go round and roundRevolving to a tune long sung and dear.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Wreaths Across America 2014

On Saturday, Dec.13, my husband and I were privileged to volunteer to help lay wreaths at
 Arlington National Cemetery as part of Wreaths Across America


It was an uplifting, awe-inspiring, and humbling experience. They had estimated 25,000 volunteers, but I think the number of people who showed up exceeded that! Their goal this year was to cover every headstone in the cemetery, and they achieved that goal. It was breathtaking to see the endless rows of the graves of our fallen heroes with the wreaths on them.

The link to my Flickr album of the pictures we took is  HERE  

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Wednesday Hero (On Hiatus)


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Per Chris , the founder of the Wednesday Hero Posts ,
the Wednesday Hero posts will be on hiatus for awhile.

I thank Chris for the many years of Wednesday Hero posts, and look forward to their return!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Wednesday Hero


Cpt. Nathan J. Nylander
Cpt. Nathan J. Nylander
 35 years old fromHockley, Texas
 438th Expeditionary Wing 
 Jan. 23, 1976 - Apr. 27, 2011 
  U.S. Air Force

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Army Award) (Posthumously) to Captain Nathan J. Nylander, United States Air Force, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in connection with ground combat operations as an Advisor, NATO Air Training Command-Afghanistan/438th Air Expeditionary Wing, NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan and Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM on 27 April 2011.

 On the morning of 27 April, an assailant opened fire upon United States personnel shooting seven U.S. Air Force Airmen and one American civilian contractor. Despite an extremely uncertain tactical situation, and with disregard for his own safety, Captain Nylander went to the Air Command and Control Center (ACCC), Afghan Air Force (AAF) Headquarters in response to the shooting. He responded when the gunman began shooting as he was with four other Airmen and eight Afghan personnel in a conference room adjoining the ACCC. Captain Nylander could have exited the building to safety, but chose instead to return and assist his fellow Airmen. Captain Nylander then engaged the gunman, wounding the assailant and when he remained on the floor motionless, Captain Nylander approached the other rooms. The gunman arose and went into a room across the hall from the conference room. When the gunman re-emerged into the hallway, Captain Nylander engaged the assailant again and during this exchange of gunfire, Captain Nylander sustained wounds to his left and right thighs. Although seriously wounded and bleeding heavily, he continued to engage the gunman until his weapon jammed. When he attempted to exit the rear entrance of the AAF Headquarters, he was killed by the gunman. Captain Nylander's brave actions degraded the gunman's capability and likely prevented further loss of life, including that of other U.S. personnel who remained in the AAF Headquarters. By his bold initiative, undaunted courage, and complete dedication to duty, Captain Nylander gallantly gave his life for his country and reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan and Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan, and the United States Air Force. NARRATIVE TO ACCOMPANY AWARD: Captain Nathan J. Nylander, United States Air Force, distinguished himself by gallantry performed with marked distinction as an Advisor and member of the NATO Air Training Command-Afghanistan/438th Air Expeditionary Wing, NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan and Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan during OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM. On the morning of 27 April 2011, a renegade Afghan Air Force officer entered the Air Command and Control Center (ACCC), Afghan Air Force (AAF) Headquarters and opened fire with a 9-mm. pistol, shooting seven U.S. Air Force Airmen and one American civilian contractor. When the gunman began shooting, Captain Nylander was with four other Airmen and eight Afghan personnel in a conference room adjoining the ACCC. At the sound of the gunshots, he moved toward the door between the AAAC and the conference room. With Captain Bradley and Captain Cheslak providing cover, Captain Nylander evacuated the conference room. After exiting the conference room, he could have continued to safety, but chose instead to return and assist his fellow Airmen. He took up a firing position next to Captain Bradley in the hallway when the gunman emerged from the ACCC. Captain Bradley and Captain Nylander engaged the gunman with their 9-mm. pistols, wounding him at least once and possibly twice. When the gunman remained on the floor and did not move, Captain Bradley made eye contact with Captain Nylander, gave him a signal to withdraw, and then exited the building. Although the tactical situation was extremely uncertain, Captain Nylander chose to remain in the building and did not withdraw. While Captain Nylander was likely in the conference room or ACCC, the gunman got up and went into a room across the hall from the conference room. When the gunman re-emerged into the hallway, Captain Nylander engaged the gunman again with his 9-mm.. During this exchange, Captain Nylander was shot in the left thigh and sustained a grazing wound to his right thigh. Bleeding from his wounds, Captain Nylander began to move toward the rear entrance of the AAF Headquarters. Although seriously wounded and bleeding heavily, Captain Nylander continued to engage the gunman until his 9-mm. jammed. He cleared two rounds from his weapon and the final round was found jammed in the chamber. When Captain Nylander attempted to exit the rear entrance of the AAF Headquarters, he was killed by the gunman. Of his own volition, Captain Nylander chose to return to an extremely dangerous and unknown tactical situation and engage an attacker who had taken the lives of eight fellow Americans. After an initial exchange of gunfire, Captain Nylander again chose to stay, with the likely intent of aiding the fallen. Captain Nylander's brave actions degraded the gunman's capability and likely prevented further loss of life, including that of other U.S. personnel who remained in the AAF Headquarters. His distinct gallantry while engaged with a hostile attacker, exemplifies loyalty, selfless service, and personal courage. By his bold initiative, undaunted courage, and complete dedication to duty, Captain Nylander gallantly gave his life for his country and reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan and Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan, and the United States Air Force.
You can read more  here


 These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives just so that we may get to enjoy our freedom. For that I am proud to call them Hero.

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 Wounded Warrior Project - Because So Many Have Come Back With Injuries, Seen And Unseen

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