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Wed Jan 13, 2021, 09:28 PM

'It hasn't been a good deployment' Mom describes her National Guard son's experience protecting DC

https://www.localmemphis.com/mobile/article/news/national/national-guard-us-capitol-mom-deployment-troop/65-c90329a9-bb5a-4f2f-a43c-372176499a28

WASHINGTON, D.C., USA Among the men and women now serving on the front lines to protect the Nation's Capital is a Maryland National Guard member who saw combat in Afghanistan.

He also works as a police officer and has a wife and young son waiting for him to come home.

Years after fighting in the Middle East, his current deployment has him stationed at the US Capitol.

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"I just got off the phone with him and he said some of the young men that hes with dont have enough money to buy some extra gear they might have so theyre wearing three pairs of extra socks to keep their feet warm," his mother said on Wednesday. "He went online today to order some more gear from Amazon that hes going to have delivered to my nephew who lives in DC and then my nephew is going to walk over some of the stuff.

Much more at link. NG says it cannot take donations. WTAF?

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Reply 'It hasn't been a good deployment' Mom describes her National Guard son's experience protecting DC (Original post)
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Response to SheltieLover (Original post)

Wed Jan 13, 2021, 09:39 PM

1. More underpaid public servants? Possibly. But they signed up,

do get paid, and deployment to protect their nation from RW authoritarian takeover is a great honor and service they can be proud of for the rest of their lives.

I doubt most would want their moms taking public comments they meant to be private. Sadly ignoble.

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Response to Hortensis (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 13, 2021, 09:44 PM

3. I see their conditions as dump's parting shot to disparage our nation

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Response to SheltieLover (Reply #3)

Wed Jan 13, 2021, 09:47 PM

6. NG are DC or state troops, not federal.

Their conditions are the responsibility of DC or the states.

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Response to former9thward (Reply #6)

Wed Jan 13, 2021, 09:48 PM

7. Ok

International disgrace.


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Response to SheltieLover (Reply #3)

Wed Jan 13, 2021, 09:53 PM

8. :) We all know his great regard for those who serve.

I see those marble floors that drain away their body heat (how long could they technically lie there before temps dropped to critical levels?) as something the architect would do all over again. After all, he was asked to create impressively handsome halls, not the field barracks they apparently occasionally serve as.

"Some people are saying that we sleep in our barracks. While not untrue, soldiers in the Army can sleep pretty much anywhere. If we are in the field, we sleep in holes, tents, cots, vehicles, aircraft, or wherever seems good for some shuteye. I fell asleep in a wall locker once in training." E.J. Hirsch

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Response to SheltieLover (Original post)

Wed Jan 13, 2021, 09:42 PM

2. Wealthiest, most powerful nation on the planet.

And here we are.

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Response to NoRoadUntravelled (Reply #2)

Wed Jan 13, 2021, 09:44 PM

4. Fking international disgrace, as no doubt intended!

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Response to SheltieLover (Reply #4)

Wed Jan 13, 2021, 09:46 PM

5. For certain. nt

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Response to SheltieLover (Original post)

Wed Jan 13, 2021, 10:15 PM

9. I'm a bit skeptical of her claims.

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Response to uncle ray (Reply #9)

Thu Jan 14, 2021, 12:13 AM

11. Take it with a 50 lb block of salt

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Response to SheltieLover (Original post)

Thu Jan 14, 2021, 12:00 AM

10. Folks need to remember NG troops are part time soldiers.

Its very understandable that many can be hurting for bucks. Some may be working at lower paying jobs with families to take care of. I know they signed up, and all that, but until you get up higher in rank you really have to budget.

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Response to SheltieLover (Original post)

Thu Jan 14, 2021, 12:40 AM

12. My brother was USMC active duty

and got crap boots in the mid 90's -- still the same stuff from Vietnam although materials in boots were generations better by then. The only thing he wanted for his birthday after graduating boot camp and starting SOI was a pair of boots.

Its certainly possible that a NG unit which hasn't seen an active deployment may have crap or missing gear.

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