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Month: April, 2015

A Vivid Memory, Iraq 2003

The middle east is truthfully a beautiful country. I’ve seen some great professional photos of places like Afghanistan and Iraq that are just so peaceful looking. It really makes you feel so sad to know that ISIS, Taliban, and Al Qaeda are ripping it all up.

The Rubbish

There are many summer months in Baghdad, Iraq when you look up into the sky and all you see is a solid light blue.  From one side of the horizon to the other, whether you turn your head all the way left or all the way right: light blue all around.  There is not a single cloud of any sort, nor a trace of one trying to form.

Occasionally there will be smoke or something in the sky, for various reasons.  And of course, there is that bright, burning sun rolling around up there.  But no clouds.

When I think about this, a very vivid and simple memory comes to mind.  It’s a memory of when I was 19, during my first summer in Iraq, in 2003.  I was reading a field manual on land navigation (I loved everything army at the time, and mostly still do), and discovered a couple of fascinating ways how you can determine, when you’re…

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In a new bill that is being introduced, US immigrants would be citizens after joining the military.

I think this would be an outstanding thing and I am mostly for it. However, there are flaws in this plan because you have to acknowledge who these immigrants are. Some of them come from a gang culture and they can’t get out of that mentally. It’s important to recognize an episode of the Gangland television show that discusses a FBI investigation into the gang cultures of the military. There have also been stories from veterans who worked side-by-side with these people and couldn’t stand working with them. I have also roamed around on various forums, read books, and been on military bases before where I actually paid witness to the issue of it.

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Lest We Forget

Veteran to Republicans: “Don’t you dare thank me for my military service.”

This veteran has every right to say this because a lot of evidence over the past few decades clearly indicates that the Republicans are the ones responsible for the struggles of veterans and every American out there.

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From February 2015. American veterans are beyond frustrated with our so-called representatives in congress, especially those who call themselves Republican. B8yE11ECQAAfBAp

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College Fraternity Harasses Veterans, Urinates On Flag, During Retreat at Florida Resort…

So much disrespect. I hope this fraternity gets some kind of disciplinary action. You don’t target veterans because you don’t always know what they’ve had to endure and you don’t urinate on a flag like that either. Especially when we should all know that it means something to someone.

Judge shields evidence in Fort Riley bomb plot case

The threat of homegrown terrorism is great and I sincerely hope nobody gets hurt in these.

Fighting the Good Fight

Well, I figured that since everything is straight in my life I can post almost anything on WordPress. I take pride in who I am and what I do because well, I’ve come a long way in life if you ask me. There’s been some adversities, excitement, and all that good stuff because what is life without it? Pretty boring if you ask me. Pretty boring if you lack a sense of meaningful purpose or just the simple directions to go forward with whatever you want to do with your life. We cannot lie to ourselves that we’re indecisive as human beings but that can’t always be so and a wise man once proved that when he had said that “you either fight for something or you will fall for anything.” A great quote. A quote that draws me to make this little post because I do have something to fight for and I will never fall for trivial things. My fight is the future. The goals I have made for myself aren’t going to be easy but I am confident. If you don’t want to hear a rambling story or whatever you could call it then don’t bother reading on but if you are curious… I advise you to read on.

Essentially, I have always switched motives in how I act around people and to satisfy my goals. People have heard me say crazy things over the years where I wanted to be an astronaut, a screenwriter, a spy, and a cowboy. Not all at once of course. Now you’d hear me singing a different tune about how the rest of my life is going to go and I think it’s an outstanding plan because if one lacks a sense of direction why not go into the United States Army? It certainly will give you the skills to survive that shark tank called life once you retire from that great institution. However, I do have a sense of direction so I guess that won’t fully ever apply to me considering my whole life has been laid out, plain and simple. Naturally, not everyone approves of my decision to become what is consistently called a “baby killer” or “american imperialist grunt” if you’re anti-american. There are also those people who fear for my life because people in the military obviously stand the chance of getting KIA (Killed In Action) but I am not afraid to die for this great country of ours. An opportunity that I may receive despite my MOS (Military Occupational Specialty) or job in the Army would have nothing to do with combat aside from investigating the violations of the Rules of Engagement. The MOS I dream of is a 27A (Alpha) but people better refer to them as the JAG Corps Attorneys.  Yeah, I am aware it may not sound too exciting like being a tanker, infantryman, or special forces soldier in the Army but who cares? I want to spend a large majority of my life in the Army and maybe become the Judge Advocate General of the Army which requires me to become a Lieutenant General (3 stars). The best way to enjoy life is by doing what you love. You do what puts you above the rest of the flock of sheep and stand out as an outstanding citizen.

US Army JAG (Judge Advocate General's Corps)

US Army JAG (Judge Advocate General’s Corps)

How do I want to get there? That’s a common question everyone asks me and I give them the exact same response every single time and it gets a lot of adoration from my peers, my teachers, and even people who are in the military already and have gone pretty far in the ranks. I tell them that I want to go into the US Military Academy at West Point and acquire a commission as a second lieutenant and then head out to law school so I can immediately become a first lieutenant. Sounds pretty fun, huh? Yeah it is but it won’t be easy and it’s going to require a lot of my sweat, blood, and tears but when I look back several years later I’ll acknowledge that it paid off.

What am I doing right now to get ready for becoming a leader in the greatest Army on the planet? I decided to become a cadet in the Military Explorers program in my city which follows the Army way of doing things. This is a program that has given me some great tools that have benefited me in school, at home, and definitely put me in the mindset for signing on the dotted line to pay back my country. This is a program that I’ve lead a successful career in to the point I am now a Cadet Sergeant and now I am already preparing to become a Cadet Staff Sergeant in a couple weeks. This all took me a lot of sweat, tears, and personal time to do and it proved to be worth it.

Cadet Corporal Miller being promoted to Cadet Sergeant.

Cadet Corporal Miller being promoted to Cadet Sergeant.

Well, that’s it. That’s my story for today. You get up, fight the good fight, and never lose sight of what is important. Otherwise you will lose yourself and you will become irrelevant to people who cared about you and tried to help you become successful. Now on to some of the pictures of me being an awesome Cadet Sergeant:

C/CPL Miller of the United States Military Explorers

C/CPL Miller of the United States Military Explorers

Part of my squad from the tactical road march I mentioned earlier.

Part of my squad from the tactical road march I mentioned earlier.

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Me with an actual M16 rifle.

Me with an actual M16 rifle.

Me moving out on a field training exercise. My job was leading a small squad of cadets in an offensive on an opposing squad.

Me moving out on a field training exercise. My job was leading a small squad of cadets in an offensive on an opposing squad.

My squad and my commandant (the guy with the camo helmet smiling)

My squad and my commandant (the guy with the camo helmet smiling)

I was the California flag during a color guard at a Veteran's Day Parade

I was the California flag during a color guard at a Veteran’s Day Parade

Me back when I was a Cadet Corporal

Me back when I was a Cadet Corporal