Fall in, at ease, rest. Good afternoon! I am in a damned good mood! While I didn’t kill a buck last week, I did fill the freezer with tender doe meat – Yum! For those of you that haven’t had venison – you really don’t know what you are missing.
Well, this weekend you get another 3-day. It’s about time for some of you to go ahead and fuck up again, so let’s try to temper our tempers and dumb shit switches so we can get through this weekend without a trip to pick your sorry asses up from the PMO and drive you to see the CSM – neither of which is fun for me – and I promise it won’t be fun for you.
That being said, this holiday marks the birth of one of the greatest men that the United States has had the fortune to call one of our own. He was neither a politician nor an athlete. He was the son of a Preacher man and his father beat him regularly to “make something of him.” But his father didn’t just make him tough. He made him resilient. He led from the front. He wouldn’t stand being called “boy” as a black man in the South – nor would he go to the back door to be served at stores.
MLK Jr. took after his father in many ways. He led from the front, and in spite of the very real racism and discrimination of the day, held his head high, and refused to be dominated – while refusing to be violent. King was a leader because he had a *dream* – an *idea* – a *belief* that he wanted to come true. He was willing to take risks that others would not, and bring to the consciousness of America; the injustices that black Americans lived with every day.
King was not without flaws, and who of us are? Not all of King’s ideas were great – again, whose are? But King’s belief in the righteousness of his cause, became arguably the biggest catalyst in the making the United States a more perfect union, preventing a brewing race war, and ensuring that all men are not only created equal, but are equal under the eyes of the law.
Most of you don’t need to be lectured to about the way we work in the military. Most of our fellow citizens don’t understand what we do, much less the fact that we only see shades of green. However, I wanted to remind you, and hopefully some of our readers, that while our nation has a past, and some of it is bad – we also have a future, because good men knew how to lead from the front. That leadership was not done to burn neighborhood groceries, attack people that look different, or ambush cops. That leadership was meant to unite a nation – in King’s words – “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” Isn’t that what real Americans want for all of their kids?
Anyway, the usual admonitions apply:
Roll in fire teams.
PMCS your kit, your car and your dick.
Strippers are Dependas in disguise.
Don’t operate any machinery at all drunk – even a blender – Right Meach? How is your hand anyway?
Don’t beat your wife or kick your dog. Beat your kids if they need it – but don’t leave marks.
Platoon Sergeants – take charge – I got a mean shit on deck. GTFO.