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Curator’s Choice: OCT 2011.
His place shall never be with those cold and timid souls.
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.
—from the speech “Citizenship in a Republic” by Theodore Roosevelt, at the Sorbonne in Paris, France on 23 April 1910.
Leave no man be behind
Neither in the heaviest of firefights
Nor the wasteland of their own mind,
Fighting demons that lurk in dark corners
And follow, relentless.
Biting at heels and unguarded flanks,
fraying the edges sanity to ribbons
With needle sharp teeth
And vicious whispers.
A feast for doubt and despair
That weakens even the strongest.
For one cannot stand vigilant forever
When war is left behind
But the battlefield remains
In the heart and mind,
My head is bloody but unbowed.
If you ever want to know what a real hero looks like, this is it. His name is Ayyub Khalaf.
I’ve always maintained a long criticism of the Iraqi Police for their rampant corruption, unprofessional behavior, and lack of training. But this man is clearly an exception, and he performed with such valor and bravery that any US soldier would have been given a Medal of Honor had they done what he did.
While he was on duty during a religious pilgrimage, he observed a suicide bomber about to act. He threw his arms around the bomber, bear hugging him, just as the explosive device detonated. It killed himself as well as 5 other people. But by his action, sacrificing his life by absorbing the blast with his own body, he saved so any other innocent people.
May he rest in peace.
"If you can’t fly, Run. If you can’t run, Walk. If you can’t walk, Crawl. But, by all means keep moving." - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
[And in the immortal words of Captain Malcolm Reynolds, “If you can’t crawl, you find someone to carry you.”]
OEW’s WARRIOR INDOC REMINDER:
Warrior INDOC™ is a means by which OEW recruits and screens potential team members to don the mask during events and fill required operational positions. We are looking for highly motivated military veterans or current service members that wish to join us in our mission of Empowering Wounded Warriors™. This is not an opportunity for individuals who wish to showcase themselves. This is an opportunity for selfless, silent professionals with a desire to honor, empower, and motivate others.
Phase I deadline is 31 October.
Operation Enduring Warrior™ (OEW) is a veteran-operated non-profit organization with a mission to honor, empower, and motivate our nation’s Wounded Veterans. Our physical, mental, and emotional rehabilitative cycle is modeled to overcome adversity and hardship through innovation, teamwork, and perseverance, ultimately enabling Wounded Veterans’ lives to go in directions they once thought impossible.
We are a 100% volunteer organization composed of current and former members of the military. Athletes don the gas mask in order to demonstrate perseverance in the face of adversity and seemingly insurmountable odds, symbolizing the challenges that our Wounded Veterans face each day.
Operation Enduring Warrior will be holding its inaugural Warrior INDOC™ January 3-5, 2014 in the Ft. Bragg, NC area. Warrior INDOC is a means by which OEW recruits and screens potential team members to don the mask during events and fill required operational positions. We are looking for highly motivated military veterans or current service members that wish to join us in our mission of Empowering Wounded Warriors™. This is not an opportunity for individuals who wish to showcase themselves. This is an opportunity for selfless, silent professionals with a desire to honor, empower, and motivate others. Pure individual athleticism will not carry you through Warrior INDOC successfully. A commitment to the mission and the team must be clearly demonstrated as well.
Warrior INDOC will span a three-phase process outlined below.
It is required that you join the Operation Enduring Warrior Community Athlete (OCA) program prior to submitting a video. You can join the mission by visiting www.enduringwarrior.org.
Phase I: October 1 — October 31, 2013
Candidates must submit a 2-minute video telling us why you want to be a member of OEW. Post the video to YouTube and send the link to your video to firstname.lastname@example.org. In the email include your name, email address, branch of service, and phone number.
Please name your video as follows: OEW Warrior Indoc-Last Name.
Submissions will be screened and assessed by members of OEW. Those who are selected to move forward will be notified via email and announced on Facebook.
Phase II: November 1 — November 30, 2013
Candidates should demonstrate dedication to the mission by utilizing their community athlete Kintera page to raise awareness and funds in support of the OEW mission. As an
all-volunteer organization, we depend as much upon the dedication and time spent by our OCAs and supporters as we do on their monetary generosity. All administrative and leadership positions within the organization are filled by volunteers — running events in the gas mask is only 10% of what we do. Therefore, we are seeking those who wish to help grow the organization and take other responsibilities within the team, not just run events. We will evaluate and select candidates not solely upon how much money they can raise, but upon vision, dedication, and enthusiasm for the mission and the effort it requires to be successful.
Those candidates who are selected to move into the final phase of Warrior INDOC will be notified via email and announced on Facebook.
Phase III: January 3 — January 5, 2014
Candidates must arrive at the designated Ft Bragg rally point on Friday January 3rd, no later than 2100. Phase III of Warrior INDOC will commence at a time to be disclosed on January 4th. Candidates should not plan to leave Ft Bragg prior to 1800 on Sunday January 5th. It is strongly recommended that you stay until Monday if you are driving yourself a significant distance.
Members of OEW will base selection of new Athletes/Team Members based on their performance and attitude at Warrior INDOC. There is no guarantee that any candidates will be selected at the end of this Warrior INDOC.
Further details, including a gear list, will be provided to candidates who successfully move into Phase III.
Safety is paramount. A physical must be provided prior to reporting to INDOC in January and candidates will be required to sign a waiver in order to begin Phase III of INDOC.
Further details will be provided as the events progress.
All questions should be directed to email@example.com.
True soldier’s spirit, a warrior’s ethos unmarred.
[He looked around at every single one that stood in that room at his behest. At his brothers in arms who had fought alongside him, and his expression said, “this is yours as well.” And he looked at every family member of the fallen in turn and it was visible in his gaze; the pain on his face said, “they should be here, it never should have happened the way it did, they failed us all.” He shared his pain and he wasn’t ashamed of it.
He is, every inch of him, what an officer should be. The military, every branch of it, needs more like him.]
If one person fails, everyone fails.
U.S. Army soldiers assigned to Chaos Troop, 6th Squadron, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, cross a river while on an Afghan-led foot patrol near Combat Outpost Baraki-Barak in Logar province, Afghanistan. U.S. forces are working closely with Afghan National Army as they provide stability to the people of Logar province.
(Photo by Spc. Alexandra Campo, 13 MAY 2013.)
#Resilience and Determination#
What burden did you bear
With demand and weight so much
That human flesh alone
Could persevere, survive,