As we approach the most critical US Presidential election of our lifetimes, which is now only about a month out, I’d like to reflect on the new crop of military men and women who are also just a few weeks away from graduating, receiving commissions or being deployed in service to their country. Here is a very recent photo of Echo Company of the 2nd Marine Battalion which is only weeks away from becoming full-fledged grunts and are working on shooting skills at camp Pendleton as I write this.
The face of the young man at lower left is one of my sons, yet all of these young men are precisely the ones who will be called upon to do the dangerous work of clearing hostiles from houses in Aleppo in Syria if the next President decides to deploy troops there. If called upon, they will serve honorably. Please keep them in mind as you vote in 5 weeks, so that they may not die on our behalf for no just reason.
Look closely at these faces. Several of them, including the one at the lower left, grew up in the shadow of the same Colorado mountains as Mark “Oz” Geist and John “Tig” Tiegen of the Battle of Benghazi fame. These are the faces of the future Benghazis. Let’s make sure that their 3am phone calls do not go unanswered.