Guard unit deployed

Guard unit deployed

There are 826 comments on the The Morehead News story from May 6, 2009, titled Guard unit deployed. In it, The Morehead News reports that:

They serve on the front lines and they go willingly to fight for this country. They are the Kentucky National Guard.

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grateful

United States

#1 May 7, 2009
I think the guys who do this are real heros !

Since: Apr 09

United States

#2 May 7, 2009
Since when do chemical units serve on the front lines? A bit of exaggeration, don't you think?
simply me

Olive Hill, KY

#3 May 7, 2009
No, its not an exaggeration. They are not being deployed as a chemical unit, they are being deployed as FOB security at VBC (Victory Airforce Base). This FOB is where all the big wigs go, along with all the big name bands such as Toby Kieth, ect. I wont get into all the politics of that FOB but lets just say, I PERSONALLY know of many who just returned from that area, and to be stationed there for nearly a year, YES THAT IS A HERO!!!!!!!!!!
Yes

Maysville, KY

#4 May 7, 2009
Yes they are heros. They are in our thoughts everyday.
grateful

United States

#5 May 7, 2009
USMC-SGV wrote:
Since when do chemical units serve on the front lines? A bit of exaggeration, don't you think?
wow what a nice guy u are I thought usmc guys where alot more respectful . bet if you ask any of the children that just said goodbye to their daddys or mommys sunday they think they are heros for just getting on the bus

Since: Apr 09

United States

#6 May 7, 2009
grateful wrote:
<quoted text> wow what a nice guy u are I thought usmc guys where alot more respectful . bet if you ask any of the children that just said goodbye to their daddys or mommys sunday they think they are heros for just getting on the bus
Show me where I disrespected anyone? Show me where I said they were not heros? Please show me...DO NOT try to twist my words into something I did not say.

And for your information..It doesnt matter who I ask about who is what. If you knew how the military worked, then you would know exactly what I am speaking about.

A chemical unit deploying to Iraq these days and it being a National Guard unit are the facts..So when the article starts off with this crap about them 'serving on the front lines', it may offend those who truly are infantry and truly do serve in the front lines.

When me and my fellow Marines served on the front lines it was not from some base where stars come to visit and where all the luxuries of home exist.

You can call anyone you want a hero, that is your right. Serving in the military doesn't make you a hero, and this is what you do not get or understand.
simply me

Olive Hill, KY

#7 May 7, 2009
Where in my reply did I say they had the luxuries of home?????? A luxury I personally have at home is being able to go to bed and not have to worry about a mortor hitting my roof while I sleep, or im my kitchen eating. Obviously, you have not been to VBC or you would know it is a VERY DANGEROUS place to be in Iraq simply because that is where the high ranks are (both American and otherwise). And I also have the luxury to be able to go to sleep without someone having to watch over my front yard to make sure no one is out there trying to kill me just for being here. Wow, you really give your unit a good name don't you??? VBC is VERY MUCH so the front line.
National Gaurd Vet

Olive Hill, KY

#8 May 7, 2009
Heres to the Great Marine Hero.....
I just got back from Iraq, and the only place I saw with the luxuries of home was in Kuwait, which happened to be the only place I personally saw Marines. I was too busy to look for Marines once I was in Iraq because I was more worried about searching for IEDs, EFP, and airborne EFPs. As I was trying to escort anywhere from 30-130 semis from FOB to FOB hauling food, water, ammo, and other things that dont need mentioned on here, so that Marines could do their jobs. Was I on the front lines, YES. I was PAST the front lines. I was right out in the middle of everything going on. Did I like the things I did? NO. Did I do the things I needed to do, YES. I signed the dotted lines. I AM A NATIONAL GAURDMAN!!! Do I consider myself a hero, No. I dont. I am not a glory seeker like some Marines. But do I ever put down another uniformed soldier, no matter what rank, what branch or if they are a FOBBIT? NO, because to each thier own. The true heros are the family and spouses who stay behind supporting their service person, who I am sure they look at as THIER HERO.

You always see a day each year set aside for us Vets (Veterans Day) but I believe there should be a day set aside each year for those loved ones who stayed home and supported us and gave us reason to come home.

Since: Apr 09

United States

#9 May 7, 2009
simply me wrote:
Where in my reply did I say they had the luxuries of home?????? A luxury I personally have at home is being able to go to bed and not have to worry about a mortor hitting my roof while I sleep, or im my kitchen eating. Obviously, you have not been to VBC or you would know it is a VERY DANGEROUS place to be in Iraq simply because that is where the high ranks are (both American and otherwise). And I also have the luxury to be able to go to sleep without someone having to watch over my front yard to make sure no one is out there trying to kill me just for being here. Wow, you really give your unit a good name don't you??? VBC is VERY MUCH so the front line.
Yea, having phones, internet, video games, fast food, exchanges, hot/cold water, a rack each night, showers daily, etc etc is indeed the front lines..Who are you kidding..

How many KIA's have come from that base as a result of enemy fire? Since it is the front lines I am guessing what..a few hundred over the years..Please do tell since you are the expert.

And yes, I do give my unit and my branch an excellent name. Just because I have an opinion does not mean I am some bag of crap who is a disgrace.
Simply me

Olive Hill, KY

#10 May 7, 2009
By you stereo-typing National Gaurd you need to get your facts straight. Look at statistics and see that more National Gaurdmen have been to Iraq than ANY other branch. Yes, some may have the luxury of hot water and warm meals, but there are others who sit in COBs with no warm water, no electric, a shower maybe once a week, and their meals consist of cases of MREs for weeks on end.

And lets get our facts straight about another point also. I am not critisizing the Marines, I am critisizing your ignorantance of the Iraqi conditions and your lack of knowledge toward other service men and other branches.

And since you want to talk opinions, I will give you mine. I think, IM MY OPINION, you are a disgrace to any Military uniform for your lack of respect toward American Iraq Vets period.
grateful

United States

#11 May 9, 2009
Simply me wrote:
By you stereo-typing National Gaurd you need to get your facts straight. Look at statistics and see that more National Gaurdmen have been to Iraq than ANY other branch. Yes, some may have the luxury of hot water and warm meals, but there are others who sit in COBs with no warm water, no electric, a shower maybe once a week, and their meals consist of cases of MREs for weeks on end.
And lets get our facts straight about another point also. I am not critisizing the Marines, I am critisizing your ignorantance of the Iraqi conditions and your lack of knowledge toward other service men and other branches.
And since you want to talk opinions, I will give you mine. I think, IM MY OPINION, you are a disgrace to any Military uniform for your lack of respect toward American Iraq Vets period.
amen! couldnt have said it better
wondering

United States

#12 May 9, 2009
Is Stephen Klee getting deployed?
fred

Cedar Knolls, NJ

#13 May 10, 2009
wondering wrote:
Is Stephen Klee getting deployed?
yes
wondering

Fitzgerald, GA

#14 May 10, 2009
fred wrote:
<quoted text>
yes
hip hip hooray!!!!!

Since: May 09

Centreville, MD

#15 May 10, 2009
u know they r all hreos but y do they talk bout all the national gaurd my brother is home now on his RR and not one thing has been said bout him going and being a hero and he is 82nd airborne infantry. they r all heros in my eyes but dont make it seem like some r more then others
stuck in iraq

Satellite Provider

#16 May 10, 2009
simply me wrote:
No, its not an exaggeration. They are not being deployed as a chemical unit, they are being deployed as FOB security at VBC (Victory Airforce Base). This FOB is where all the big wigs go, along with all the big name bands such as Toby Kieth, ect. I wont get into all the politics of that FOB but lets just say, I PERSONALLY know of many who just returned from that area, and to be stationed there for nearly a year, YES THAT IS A HERO!!!!!!!!!!
ahhhhh, vbc stands for victory base complex... im sitting right in the middle of it... not victory air force base ??? there is an airforce base within the vbc... it's name is sather. it is located at b.i.a.p (baghdad international airport)... vbc is not a f.o.b (forward operating base)... it is just what it's name implys...a base complex.... all the big wigs do come thru here...(something to do with being able to land at the airbase, and getting to bunk up in saddams palace, would be my guess)... i cant wait till i run into a fellow kentuckian !!! glad to hear there coming.
Simply me

Olive Hill, KY

#17 May 10, 2009
Sorry about the wrong name there. I was just meaning everyone over there was heroes and should be treated as such. Didn't mean any disrespect on the Compands name. Thank you for your service "stuck in Iraq" and God Speed.
GoodHunting

AOL

#18 May 10, 2009
I hope they get lots of kills! It's a fact, to win a war killing is a necessary thing.

Good Hunting!
Nam6970

Waterloo, IA

#19 May 10, 2009
Yo jarhead....
I was in an Army aviation unit assigned to I corps. I corps was the a/o closest to the DMZ (a joke)and was run by the USMC.
There were no front lines, it was a hodge podge of friendly and enemy activities.
If you were lucky to be assigned to a large base there was a feeling of "safety" of being attacked. But just like the 250'x250' fire support bases they did come under rocket, mortar, sapper etc. attack.
If you have ever been deployed you should know once you roll/walk/run/deploy through the gate you are in go-mer land.
No front lines. Death is a 360deg. possibility.
Be safe troopers in your deployment. Listen to those that went before you. The life you save just might be your own.
For those family and friends on the home front do not be overly worried most will return unscathed.
Stay busy and keep in touch with your support system.
Can anyone tell me when boobie traps became IEDs?
Peace
ratttlecattle

Eddyville, KY

#20 May 10, 2009
Nam6970 wrote:
Yo jarhead....
I was in an Army aviation unit assigned to I corps. I corps was the a/o closest to the DMZ (a joke)and was run by the USMC.
There were no front lines, it was a hodge podge of friendly and enemy activities.
If you were lucky to be assigned to a large base there was a feeling of "safety" of being attacked. But just like the 250'x250' fire support bases they did come under rocket, mortar, sapper etc. attack.
If you have ever been deployed you should know once you roll/walk/run/deploy through the gate you are in go-mer land.
No front lines. Death is a 360deg. possibility.
Be safe troopers in your deployment. Listen to those that went before you. The life you save just might be your own.
For those family and friends on the home front do not be overly worried most will return unscathed.
Stay busy and keep in touch with your support system.
Can anyone tell me when boobie traps became IEDs?
Peace
NAM 6970 forgot to tell you.......WE LOST THAT WAR just like we are gonna lose this one.

Maybe we can put HOLLYWOOD in charge of this war, Rambo and John Wayne can WOOOOP Imaginary AZZ and bring in a win for AMERICA.

Just for laughs , watch that old movie " The Green Berets" with John Wayne.

Then compare it to the REALITY of americans crawling away with their panties around their ankles in a cloud of total humiliation.

Too bad the american people never learned from their total defeat and humiliation during that war, now they will have to repeat history.

General Giap was quoted " our countrymen should be patient and simply wait for the americans to defeat themselves"

He knew americans have no heart or will to win a war they started on lies

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