This is not one of my normal blog posts. Typically I would rant or write about non-sense that no one should even really care about. Today is a little bit different. During my time in the military I met a lot of guys who would do anything for you; die for you if they had to. Guys who knew what Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage was. I spent 20 months of my life over seas fighting alongside a lot of individuals that I consider brothers. At home we drank together, trained together, fought each other, and were each others wing-man when we needed to be. Over seas we were all business no matter what the mission was. 10 degrees or 145 degrees, it didn't matter because we were all dealing with it together. When the rockets or mortars were falling we were all in the bunker bull-shitting trying to keep our minds off of the rounds. When the Afghan's or Iraqis didn't know what we were saying then we were talking shit to each other. We had a brotherhood unlike anything you may be able to have with kin. This year a brother of mine died in Afghanistan due to small-arms fire. Sgt. Keith T. Buzinski died fighting for his country. It was said that while he was home on leave he talked about how he wanted to get back to his brothers over seas. This video was created in memory for "Buzz" who died in Logar Province, Afghanistan on April 7, 2011. Remembering is the only thing I can do now. Think about the soldiers who are over there fighting right now. The ones who have to be away from there families for months or a year at a time. Thank a VET or a soldier, and remember what many have sacrificed so that you can sit at home and watch your favorite reality shows or movies. Many sacrifice a little but some have sacrificed a lot. Rest in peace "Buzz." RAKKASAN!
During my Iraq deployment we also lost a soldier by the name of 2LT Tracy Lynn Alger. She was the first one to parish on our 14 month deployment to Iraq. Here is her tribute.