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Veteran's Day 2012

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.  —  Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities English novelist  (1812 – 1870)

SSGT Cait on the job – DOVER AFB

My Best Girl Cait finished her six month deployment  at Mortuary Affairs, Dover AFB, DE  yesterday.

Today, Veteran’s Day, she is flying across the country back to Tucson to re-unite with her family and friends.  Since she is under orders, she will be in uniform.   It hasn’t been an easy six months but she knew it wouldn’t be.  I told her she was made of tough stuff and she would be the better for it.  I didn’t realize at the time that statement was made how correct it would prove to be.

In the course of the past 6 months, she has filmed over 150 Dignified Transfers at Dover.  Each one of the Fallen Heroes had a story and each and every one was different.   Cait and the other staff at Mortuary Affairs treated every arrival with the dignity and respect that they deserved.

On this Veteran’s Day every one of us need pause and remember the sacrifice these men and women made so we could enjoy our freedom.  Thank a Veteran. Fly your Flags.

 

 

A U.S. Army carry team transfers the remains of Army Spc. Ryan P. Jayne, of Campbell, N.Y., at Dover Air Force Base, Del., Nov. 6, 2012. Jayne was assigned to the 178th Engineer Battalion, 412th Theater Engineer Command, Oswego, N.Y.. (U.S. Air Force photo/Roland Balik)

At the same time, question our need to be in Afghanistan and Iraq today, right this minute.  Get really pissed that during the recent election process neither candidate chose to address our current deployments over seas.  And why not???????  Their handlers deemed it an issue that would not garner additional votes there by rendering it an issue unworthy of further discussion.   Tell that to the family of Army Spc. Ryan P. Jayne  that waited on the tarmac  at Dover for the Transfer case to be unloaded off the plane and placed in the van where Cait is sitting  — on Election Day 2012.

 

The video below is the last story Cait filed before her departure from Dover.   It is a compelling, compassionate story of brothers in arms and I hope it will move each you as it did me.  I challenge you to tweet this, share it on Facebook and via email with friends and family. The links to do so are at the end of the post.   Acknowledge our Veterans today.  You owe your freedom to them.

 

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4 comments to Veteran’s Day 2012

  • Thank You to all Veterans. What an honorable your daughter does in service to our Country. Please thank her on my behalf.

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    • Andrew

      Most folks are completely unaware of what goes on in Mortuary Affairs at Dover AFB. Please tweet, facebook and share this post on Veteran’s Day.

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  • Michael

    Andy, I know first hand what goes on there. They take their jobs very seriously. I was called on Christmas Day, several years ago. I was chosen to be an escort for one of 2 Soldiers killed in Iraq, from our Army Reserve unit. Upon reporting to Dover AFB, I was quickly filled in on how the process was and how to COMPLETELY complete my mission. They would not let my leave without fully understanding what was to happen and how to do it.

    As I look back at my 30 years of service, that mission was one of the most honorable missions I have or ever will complete in my lifetime. Let Cait know I fully appreciate here support and duty to our GREAT NATION.

    SFC Michael Barnett
    US Army, Retired

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    • Cait

      SFC Barnett– thank you for your long service to this great nation. I saw far too many of your fellow soldiers come through, and I thank you for taking one of them home. That’s a tough gig.

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