Gens Mattis and Dunford make a boy’s Make-A-Wish dream come true

There’s an old saying among members of the Corps;

Marines have a soft-spot for kids and dogs.

Possibly best exemplifying such would be the examples set by the Secretary of State Gen. James “Chaos” Mattis, USMC (Retired), and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph “Fighting Joe” Dunford, USMC.

The duo greeted North Carolinian Cooper Smith, 16, to the Pentagon, making his wish come true to visit the headquarters of the American armed forces.

In a press release from the Department of Defense;

“The people I met were fantastic and seemed to really care about the country,” Smith said. “I wanted to see how the Pentagon works and see how each single factor plays into each other. I thought things would be more independent, but I saw how each [service branch] relies on each other.”

His admiration for the military comes from his recognition of the service and sacrifice of the nation’s men and women in uniform, he said.



Even though young Cooper wouldn’t be medically qualified to serve once he becomes of age, he’s making his own quiet heroism felt back home (emphasis mine);

He volunteers at several organizations in North Carolina, including the Ronald McDonald House and Brenner’s Children’s Hospital, and he initiated a project that secures used books, toys, and games for a school in near Winston-Salem, North Carolina, with a high percentage of students from low-income families. He donated bags of books and games to begin the initiative, and so far, the project has accumulated several truckloads of donations to help the school.

According to the National Institute of Health’s official website, Smith lives with “Neurofibromatosis type 1 [which] is a condition characterized by changes in skin coloring (pigmentation) and the growth of tumors along nerves in the skin, brain, and other parts of the body.”

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Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, hands a signed hat to Cooper Smith during an official visit coordinated through the Make-A-Wish Foundation at the Pentagon, April 2, 2018. DoD photo.

Despite Pentagon denial, Afghan boy rape known of for years

1355749273_1989_mullahAs the old saying goes, “what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive.” The guys with all the shiny stuff on their collars at the Pentagon just may have that adage picking at the proverbial scabs on their collective consciences about now. Especially in light of a number of Marines and soldiers recently accusing the brass of attempting to cover up an open secret in the Afghanistan theater of operations. And the accusation that the open secret is in so many words, American troops are directed to look the other way when Afghan men rape boys, even if the rape is taking place on an American military installation.  Continue reading “Despite Pentagon denial, Afghan boy rape known of for years”

Obama’s military; troop strength and military pay facing even more slashing

U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Ryan Pettit (left) and Cpl. Matthew Miller with 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment open fire on the enemy during an operation in the Helmand province of Afghanistan on July 3, 2009. Flickr.com photo sharing (Google Image labeled authorized for reuse).
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Ryan Pettit  and Cpl. Matthew Miller with 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment open fire on the enemy during an operation in the Helmand province of Afghanistan on July 3, 2009.
Flickr.com photo sharing (Google Image labeled authorized for reuse).

Despite many Libertarian-leaning Republicans as well as more than a few in the Tea Party who embrace a non-interventionist sentiment, even those who seek a smaller federal government are admitting that an eviscerated Armed Forces is sorely in need of rebuilding. As reported by the government oriented The Hill news portal on April 5, 2015, two of the most prominent voices to keep America free of foreign military entanglements have come to realize the Pentagon is past due beefing up.

Continue reading “Obama’s military; troop strength and military pay facing even more slashing”