Shooting at a Recruiting Station

KATV, in Little Rock, brings us news of a horrific crime. Two soldiers, back from overseas deployments to either Iraq or Afghanistan *, were gunned down outside the Army Navy Career Center in West Little Rock, AR. The suspected shooter is in custody. One victim is dead, one is in serious condition.

Per the article, neither victim was a recruiter, but rather part of the HRAP, or Hometown Recruiter Assistance Program. HRAP takes a young soldier, and sends him to his hometown. He works with the local recruiters to tell his or her experiences to potential recruits, typically the soldiers friends and classmates. After all, who you gonna listen to, the recruiter, or your buddy who thinks the Army is the neatest thing since sliced bread?

During my time as a recruiter, I worked in one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in America (at that time, anyway). I never had any problems, but some of my co-workers did. More than one had a gun pulled on them. The only guy in my office who’d ever been shot, got shot at home.

I also worked with several HRAP’ers over the years. Some were great. Some were just looking to spend a little time at home. But I can tell you this, none of them expected to be gunned down in their hometown.

Given the immediate supposition on the political left that the murderer of Dr. Tiller, abortion doctor, is representative of everyone on the right, will they also make the supposition that the murderer of these young soldiers is an antiwar activist, and representative of their cause?

I’m told Arkansas has the death penalty. Here’s hoping they use it.

*Yahoo is reporting neither soldier had yet been deployed, which is more in line with the HRAP as I recall it. Most of the time, soldiers are sent to HRAP immediately after Initial Entry Training, while they still have close ties to the community.

Via: Ace

Update:

The Little Rock Police confirm that the shooter was  a Muslim convert. Islam is a disease.

Video Monday

We’re not going to get around to writing much today, so here’s some clips cribbed from Right Wing Video.

There’s some NSFW language, so turn the sound down.

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Stolen Valor, Escaped Mental Patient Edition

I’m not a Ranger, but Roger’s Rangers Standing Orders have been around the infantry for a long, long time. Here’s number Four:

4.  Tell the truth about what you see and what you do.  There is an army depending on us for correct information.  You can lie all you please when you tell other folks about the Rangers, but don’t never lie to a Ranger or officer.

And why is it you shouldn’t lie to a Ranger or an officer? Well, in this case, it is because there will almost certainly be someone to catch on  to the fact that you are not only a liar, but a criminal and a nutjob.  In this case it was phony vet “Rick Duncan” who wasn’t even a vet. And the guy calling him out is the outstanding TSO over at This Ain’t Hell.

…“Rick Duncan has been active in Colorado Veterans issues and politics forabout two years, thru an organization called Colorado Veterans Alliance (CVA). He introduces himself as a former Marine CPT, a Naval Academy Graduate and wounded & disabled veteran from an IED in Fallujah, Iraq….

Uh, no. Turns out he wasn’t any of those things.

…Yesterday, the FBI requested that we arrange a meeting with Mr. Duncan/Strandlof, and not alert him to the fact that the FBI wanted to question him. At the meeting, an FBI Special Agent identified himself, asked him if his name was Duncan or Strandlof, in which he answered “Both.” The FBI escorted him away for questioning, and later arrested him on an outstanding warrant in El Paso County…

Those two quotes are from the Colorado Veterans Alliance, an organization founded by “Rick Duncan”. Duncan was also closely aligned with the IVAW, or Iraq Veterans Against War. The IVAW seems to have had a couple problems vetting the veracity of its members and associates claims to service. Why am I not surprised.

I understand that there are veterans of Iraq (and Afghanistan) that served honorably and genuinely oppose the war. I’m OK with that. This is America, and we all are allowed to have our own stance on the issues of the day. But sometimes, organizations become so convinced of the righteousness of their cause that they ignore very clear warning signs emenating from obvious frauds becasue the words from those liars fits “the narrative” that they have a vested interest in promoting.

There’s one in every crowd.

Any time you get together a group of more than one soldier, there’s bound to be a joker in the crowd, what Uncle Jimbo over at Blackfive calls “Joe”- that guy, who, while he may be a stone cold warrior, can’t help but let a little fun creep in to the deadly serious business of soldiering.  As an NCO, these guys were often a pain in the ass, always pulling some stunt to either cause my hair to  turn gray or draw the unwanted attention of some higher authority. On the other hand,  they were indispensable, injecting a little reality into often surreal circumstances.

Beware some NSFW language. And a little bit of funneh.

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Stupid is as stupid does

Boredom, even in a combat zone, is a real problem in the service. In fact, especially in a combat zone. And while the Army and the rest of our services are highly trained and very competent, they are still mostly a collection of young men and women, who, not surprisingly, act like young men and women. I’m a little hesitant about posting this video, because some of the accidents are real, and people really were hurt, but the bad comes with the good. Not all the incidents are our troops. There’s a few from our allies, and even some showing our adversaries.

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Stolen Valor, Chutzpah Edition

Hey, if you are gonna impersonate a soldier, why be just a Corporal in the Rangers? Why not be a Major General in the Special Forces?

Seems he forgot to pin on his flaming douche.
Seems he forgot to pin on his flaming douche.

Go over to This Ain’t Hell and read the evidence for yourselves. For you Army guys in the crowd, let’s play “What’s wrong with the uniform…”

Do I have to tell you how much I hate people that lie about or inflate their service?