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    Default To Afghanistan.....

    In 4 weeks or so, our son Ben will be off to the sandbox again. This will be his 3rd tour but this time he will be flying his Blackhawk. His duty will focus on the exodus home for our soldiers. Bringing the small camps into a larger one. Moving equipment/supplies and soldiers into a staging area for the trip back to America. He is pumped up and can't wait to go. Currently in Kansas with his family at his in laws until this weekend , then they come home to Michigan.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chas View Post
    Airborne!
    All The Way

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    Tell Ben thank you so much for serving!

    What does a Taliban bad guy say when a Blackhawk pops up over the top of a hill with door gunners firing?

    "Uh-oh"

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    Thanks for the update, Chas. All the best to Ben and the family.

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    Good luck to Ben and thank him for his service. We have a good friend who works as a civilian with the Army Corps of Engineers that is going back over about the same time. I'm glad that Ben will be there to protect him.

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    Default Thanks guys....

    Lookin forward to their arrival this weekend. Our grandson is growing up so fast it's amazing.
    As his parents we will go thru mental hell until he is safe at home again. Knowing his attitude and skill set makes it better, its difficult still.
    So many soldiers are there waiting to come home and I am sure that the thump of his chopper approaching will be a most welcome sound.. homeward bound!
    Again thank you for your continued support of my son and our nations soldiers.

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    My future son-in- law ( marriage is next month) is a young airborne ranger Captain at Ft. Riley. We are wondering when the next deployment will happen. Good luck to your Son.
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    For those who weren't on jump status, my Airborne All the way might have sounded odd. To be honest, I don't know if the tradition still exists.

    "Airborne All The Way"
    By: Unknown Author

    What separates them from the rest
    These men with silver wings
    Troopers from the sky above
    In whom devotion springs
    What spirit so unites them
    In brotherhood they say
    Their answer loud and clear,
    "Airborne All The Way"

    These are the men of danger
    As in open door they stand
    With static line above them
    And ripcord in their hand
    While earthbound they are falling
    A silent prayer they say
    "Lord be with us forever,
    Airborne All The Way"

    One day they'll make their final jump
    Saint Mike will tap them out
    The good Lord will be waiting
    He knows what they are about
    And answering in cadence,
    He'll hear the troopers say
    "We're glad to be aboard, Sir,
    Airborne All The Way"


    AIRBORNE / ALL THE WAY
    GRADUATION DAY / THE BEGINNING

    A CLASS OF NEW TROOPERS…ALL STAND ABREAST
    JUMP WINGS PROUDLY…UPON OUR CHEST
    MAN TO MAN…ALL DOWN THE LINE
    STANDING STRAIGHT…AND TALL AND FINE

    WE MADE THE JUMPS…AND WE QUALIFIED
    TO WEAR THE BADGE…OF COURAGE AND PRIDE
    JUMP SCHOOL FINALLY…CAME TO AN END
    NOW WE JOIN…THE RANKS OF MEN

    OTHERS WILL FOLLOW…AS WE BEFORE
    TO EARN THE RIGHT…TO STAND IN THE DOOR
    TO MAKE THE JUMP…TO FEEL THE BLAST
    TO ABSORB THE SHOCK…AIRBORNE AT LAST

    WEEKS OF TRAINING…PUSH-UPS AND SWEAT
    PROUD TO BE…A JUMP SCHOOL VET
    AN EXPERIENCE OF A LIFETIME…WE LEAVE BEHIND
    AS WE NOW MOVE ON…TO STATION ASSIGNED

    THERE WE'LL SERVE…THERE WE'LL TRAIN
    AND THERE WE'LL JUMP…AGAIN AND AGAIN
    MAN TO MAN…ALL DOWN THE LINE
    STANDING STRAIGHT…AND TALL AND FINE

    MEN OF VALOR…MEN OF STRENGTH
    THE BADGE OF HONOR…IS OUR DEFENSE
    GUTS AND GLORY…WE ARE TOLD
    BUT COURAGE AND HONOR…IS OUR GOAL

    TO SERVE OUR COUNTRY…IN PEACE AND WAR
    ALWAYS READY…TO STAND IN THE DOOR
    TO MAKE THE JUMP…TO KEEP MEN FREE
    THAT IS THE GLORY…THAT'S MEANT TO BE
    AIRBORNE AT LAST…AIRBORNE AT LAST

    Author: John David Correll
    My Beginning / August 1948

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    Default Still a tradition kpic.....

    Your reply was perfect and made me smile that someone here knew and understood what I was saying.

    Every time we passed through the gates at Ft.Bragg, the guards would always salute my son and say it and Ben always replied.
    Very cool.
    Did you know that the 82nd Airborne was named All Americans by General George Patton himself?
    We are so very proud of our son and the man he has become.

    Hooahh!
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    I wasn't sure if it was or not; times change. When I earned the right to wear those silver wings; I was quite proud to join an elite fraternity.

    Yes, I knew Patton named the 82nd. The Nazis named them, devils in baggy pants. I enjoy history and the internet is a great resource. Although I have learned by being there, the internet is not always entirely accurate.

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    Default the party is over

    My son is home with his wife and new baby preparing for his next tour.
    To the handful of supporters he has here, thank you so much for your time to make a note here. He read it and it made him smile as I expected.
    Take care y'all.
    Charlie and Theresa
    "Every man dies, not every man really lives......."

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    Default At Bagram....

    He is in place and contributing to the effort.
    7 hours flying is the daily norm I guess but he is loving every minute of it. His bunk is less than a mile from his aircraft and he likes the setup. No photos yet and communication is limited. 12 days to get a package to him. Homeward bound in May at this point.
    Airborne
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    Default Back in America. .......

    Ben did a year in Afghanistan logging just under 500 hours as pilot in charge. He was kept busy and had little down time. What little time he had was spent online with his wife and son.
    He is currently setting up house in Elpaso at Ft.Bliss.
    2 tours of Iraq and one in Afghanistan.
    My son bleeds red white and blue!
    Photos to follow....... Chas
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hib Halverson View Post
    Tell Ben thank you so much for serving!

    What does a Taliban bad guy say when a Blackhawk pops up over the top of a hill with door gunners firing?

    "Uh-oh"
    Hib, how do you empty out a Taliban bingo hall???????
    Call "B-52"

    Charlie & Theresa, tell your son I said "Thanks for serving, and WELCOME HOME BROTHER"!
    Gotta be damn proud of that young'n.

    Andy

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    Quote Originally Posted by navy2kcoupe View Post
    Hib, how do you empty out a Taliban bingo hall???????
    Call "B-52"



    Chas-Bro..

    Thank Ben for what he is doing please. I am glad he is back home with his family, safe and sound..
    If he ever goes through Germany and needs anything, you know how to get me.


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