Day By Day

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  • formwiz

    Probably a Commander-in-Chief who will back them up.

    • Caved1ver01

      Damn straight. I unfortunately have a military retirement “Certificate of Appreciation” sporting Lord Zero the Uber Stupid’s signature.

      • MasterDiver

        Regrettably, so do I.
        And a Commission signed by Nixon!

        Zar Belk!

  • JTC

    Not sure what is on their list, but I know that they are on mine.

    • Swansonic

      I second that.

  • Too Tall

    Chris,

    Simple, powerful, patriotic.

    A classic.

    Somewhere, Bill Mauldin is smiling.

    • Deplorable B Woodman

      Amen.

  • Men like these, doing the things I once did yet today. Men willing to sign that blank check.

  • Epador

    Been there. Well drawn.

  • wermet

    Thankful that Obama is gone and Hillary is not in charge.
    Thankful for a patriotic president who honors God.

    • S'aaruuk

      Abso-fu**in-lutely!!!

    • Bill M

      I can second that!

      • JackDeth 72

        Hear Hear!

  • JackDeth 72

    Nicely done, Chris:

    Bringing back memories of long ago.

    Rhine Main Flight Line: Zero Dark Thirty.
    C-130D Model, T-56 Engine and Prop Change.
    Thanksgiving, 1973.

    RAF Mildenhall:
    12 Hour Shifts. 5 On- 2 Off, Thanksgiving, Christmas, 1974. And New Years: 1975.

    • MasterDiver

      When I was a young, single LT on Missile Combat crew, I usually offered to cover Holiday Alerts for the married crewmen (Yes, it was an ALL MALE force back then.)

      Zar Belk!

      • Gee Miller

        True grit…and a true heart.

      • JackDeth 72

        To quote a favorite line from ‘Apollo 13’:

        “And you sir, are a steely eyed Missile Man.”

        And were you assigned to any of the many silos around Little Rock, AFB and the Ouachita Mountains?

        • MasterDiver

          No, I was stationed at Minot AFB, 74-78. Some of our silos were so close to Canada you could spit over the border. However, our Squadron all decided to get mirrored sunglasses so we could all be “Steely-eyed SAC-Trained Killers”.

          • JackDeth 72

            “Well done, sir.”

            From a Old School TAC Trained Killer.

  • JSStryker

    I am thankful that men and women such as these stand in harm’s way so I can have a peaceful Thanksgiving.

    • JackDeth 72

      To quote ‘Men In Black’:

      “Your first, last and only defense against the scum of the universe.”

      • eon

        “People sleep soundly in their beds at night because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.”

        Thank you for your service, one and all.

        sincerely,

        eon

    • Ozymandius

      I couldn’t have said it better myself.

  • Stephanie Osborn

    Amen.

  • WayneM

    Excellent, Chris! Well drawn!!

  • John T. Block

    Indeed. Thank God America bas such men, and I thank all of you who’ve served…

  • Bill G

    Thank you, Chris, for speaking for so many of us.

  • JTPatriot

    I was in under Jimmy Carter, and I can tell you one thing for which they are thankful for, and that is that they now have a Commander-In-Chief who actually has a pair of balls. I was so happy when Reagan took over They must be happy that the Cocksucker-In-Chief is gone.

    I don’t know, maybe it is time for one last Surge – kill every radical in sight, no prisoners – and then pack it up and come home.

    • JSStryker

      Same JTP USN 1976-1982. Carter (a pox on his house).

    • MasterDiver

      ZAR BELK!

  • Reply to Jack Deth 72.

    Well, at RAF Mildenhall, you could always get a good breakfast at the Bird in Hand. I’m not normally into AF things, but that was the hardest working, under staffed, group of guys I have ever met. But, Alkhobar was far less civilized. Thanks guys. We all Appreciate you and what you are doing.

    • JackDeth 72

      Bird in Hand was good…. So was “The Hook & Bullet” (Fish and Gun Club).

      Will also give a shout out to the Food Service Crews at Home Station or unexpected guests on TDY or TAD.

      They understood what it was like to be working and away from home on the holidays. And always threw down to make the holiday meal special in variety of menu, size of portions and exceptional desserts!

  • Alex J

    I, for one, am grateful for those who serve our country’s flag. And to those who stand behind them. The wives, husbands and families of our Solders, Sailors, Marines, Coast Guards and especially the National Guards & Reserves.

  • Jim Smith

    Nicely done, Chris. I have a certificate of appreciation from Pres. Richard M. Nixon. Spent Thanksgiving in 1968 and 1969 in Vietnam fighting the communist scum (and that job is never, ever done; generation after generation).

  • Deplorable B Woodman

    To all my brothers-in-arms still at the front lines, Happy Thanksgiving to a’y’all. Even if it is an MRE or a Tray Rats. There are many back here still thinking of you. A place will be set for you at my table, in your honor. Just in case you can show up.
    B Woodman
    SSG (Ret)
    (former) 31E30, Field Radio Repair
    “You Can Talk About Us, But You Can’t Talk Without Us”
    “Without Us, All You Got Is A 60 Ton Rolling Paperweight”

    • Ex-PH2

      Hwy! Woodman! You left out US GIRLS!!! You turkey-butt!

      Me – I’m just grateful to have a place in a truly free nation, best place in the world to be born.

      • Deplorable B Woodman

        Apologies, Ex, didn’t mean to exclude the Fairer Folk. I was reminiscing, and the units I was in were Signal and Signal Maintenance, in support of DATs (Dumb Ass Tankers), CDATs (Computerized DATs), Treadheads (tankers again), Arty (artillery), and Grunts (infantry). Very few, if any, women were in those types of units at that time.
        And if you’re ever over in my neck of Utah, feel free to notify me, and we’ll set that extra place for you.
        (Bows and kisses hand)

        I don’t know how long you’ve been a lurker at DBD, but welcome, and feel free to comment often. Drag some of the other TAH people over here, we’ll have a party riot.

  • GRUNT GI

    Love this.
    Well done.
    RED–Remember Everyone Deployed.

    • JackDeth 72

      Right up there with a 1970s SR-71 pilot doing photo recon over China, Sakalhin Island and the North/South Korean DMZ and Border.

      China launched a SAM Which the Black Bird easily outran while venting fuel to sky write “FU” in Morse Code as a backhanded salute.

      Good Times…. Good Times.

  • nonncom

    Best Thanksgiving I ever had was on the road on a runway at Corpus Christi NAS….had to work Thanksgiving day and the inspector left to have dinner with his family….when he returned he had a box with two plates of turkey and all the trimmings….my partner and I sat on the back of the truck and had the finest Thanksgiving dinner I can ever remember….Happy Thanksgiving to all, and thanks to the men and women of the services who provide the freedom to enjoy it….

    • MasterDiver

      Had a great one out on missile alert back in ’76. We were down in the hole, expecting the usual Foil-Pack extrusions when the site cook called down and we opened the blast door for him to bring in real roast turkey with all the trimmings. Happy Thanksgiving to all the Line Swine Missile crews at Minot AFB. Remember: Missile Men have more thrust, keep it up longer, and spend more time in the hole than anyone else in the Air Force!

      Zar Belk!

      • John D

        Back atcha! I remember those Thanksgiving turkeys well! Which squadron?

        John

        • MasterDiver

          742nd, but I pulled a lot of alerts at India and Juliet, as well as Mike and Lima (near beautiful downtown Bowbells!)

          Zar Belk!

  • Chuck Pelto

    RE: Thanksgiving

    I’m thankful that we’re fighting on THEIR land and not on ours. That their fields, herds and homes are at risk. Not ours.

    And somehow, after 28 years in the infantry and never having to fire a shot in anger, I feel like I should be there instead of here. I feel like a retired Dalmatian, chained to the firehouse while the sirens light off and the truck charges out the door.

  • Chuck R.

    SPEARHEAD Thanks from SFC(ret) 22 yrs. Desert Storm Vet. C co 122 MSB

  • Unca Walt

    Clearly, Chris…

    Your latest bell-ringing has resonated deeply into a whole bunch of us old GI’s. My family has always been volunteers, and the comments above have that golden thread of camaraderie and… that peculiar mutual warmth that is part of being a veteran.

    Thanks for the old, and new, guys.

  • War Pig

    Thank you, men and women of the US forces who so selflessly protect us.

    From a former Marine (Vietnam) and a retired Army (last hurrah was Desert Storm) dogface.

  • Spin Drift

    “From this day to the ending of the world,
    But we in it shall be remembered-
    We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
    For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
    Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile,
    This day shall gentle his condition;
    And gentlemen in England now-a-bed
    Shall think themselves accurs’d they were not here,
    And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
    That fought with us upon Saint Crispin’s day.”
    ― William Shakespeare, Henry V

    • Deplorable B Woodman

      Damned dust allergies, affecting my eyes. I haven’t been this mopey for a long time. For all its griefs and aggravations, DAMNED, I miss “the life”.

  • War Pig

    And a special shout out to all the loved ones back at home, who suffer almost as much. It ain’t easy being a GI family. Children, parents, siblings deployed. Also, to the cops, firefighters and all others who must be prepared to risk life and limb to protect the American People.

    Here’s the prayer we say every feast. Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, all of them.

    Oh, Heavenly Father,
    We thank Thee for food and remember the hungry.
    We thank Thee for health and remember the sick.
    We thank Thee for friends and remember the friendless.
    We thank Thee for freedom and remember the enslaved.
    We thank Thee for family and remember those who have none.
    We thank Thee for safety and remember those both close to home and far afield who are protecting us from harm.
    May these remembrances stir us to service,
    That Thy gifts to us may be used for others.
    Amen.

  • JTC

    Wonder how many involved with the “celebrity” insanity took their turn on watch.

    Was a time that many did the latter proudly and then went on to the former.

    Old home boy (raised in Pahokee like me) was one of those and went to his reward yesterday. I didn’t know him as he had long since gone by my time, but I bought insurance from his cousin Frank Tillis, went to school with Frank Jr. and Tommy Tillis, and grew up around the corner from his aunt and Uncle Wiley who gave him his first guitar. A few years ago a few of my customers in Sebring discovered they were classmates, one was the former county appraiser and hosted the 50th class reunion at his ranch that Mel attended, the other a retired bank clerk from Bank of Pahokee which was the longest continuously operating bank in Palm Beach County until it gave up and closed like the rest of the formerly proud little town on Lake Okeechobee that now looks like a bombed-out Syrian village.

    Don’t know what ever happened to people like Mel who were proud Americans first, and thankful for the opportunity that gave them to attain “celebrity” later, but they like all current and former service members deserve our thanks for putting everything at risk so that we can sit down with our family this Thursday, in spite of everything still the envy of freedom loving people everywhere. Prayers that our current “culture” and crop of “leaders” are not successful in destroying that.

  • Gee Miller

    I am a never-served guy; been a few places on my own and ALWAYS had the most respect for those who put their ass on the line for others or for themselves to keep right from being wrong.
    I was in Afghanistan in the ’70s, heard Nixon resign in Kabul on the BBC …I know the Taliban and how hard those Kush foothills can be.
    To ALL a happy Thanksgiving; to those serving thank you for my awesome country and the history you are a major part of.

    Gee M, the Not-A-Hippy.
    Same to you, Chris.

  • JJ

    Too Tall said it best. Simple, powerful, patriotic. Bill Mauldin certainly is smiling down on you, Chris. Well done!

  • Interventor

    Thankful for such stepping up, as I stepped down.

  • NotYetInACamp

    Much.
    And that there are those on the home front fighting the enemies within, and fighting those undermining us from the outside. And the many that have done / do both.

  • gruundehn

    I am thankful for the children (in comparison to me) who have stepped up to take my place and more. And I am thankful that they do not have to go through the abuse I got when coming home from SEA.

    USAF 1967-87
    Shot at March 1970

  • Kafiroon

    A great, heartfelt Thank You to all that have served.
    Most have served under those that do not appreciate your sacrifice and I fear for those serving now without the best weapons that could be provided.
    Thanks Chris and all my prayers for those still serving in any capacity.

  • Kinnison

    At our house on Thankgiving and Christmas we set an extra place setting, with a rose, a candle, lemon and salt on a small plate for the guys who never made it home.

  • cz93x62

    To expand upon Too Tall’s reference to Bill Mauldin…….he has been smiling since DBD came on stream.

  • Sarthurk

    My daughters husband is in Qatar. I wonder how safe that is ? He’s in a USAF location that is “pretty” safe? It bothers me to no end. Hopefully, he’ll back at “undisclosed” AFB in February.

    I wish all US Military all over the world, a safe and comfortable
    Thanksgiving.

  • Rocky

    Spent my first “over there” Thanksgiving in Thailand, ’69. Many more over the twenty years active duty, USAF. THANK YOU to all my brothers and sisters who have “taken my place on the wall”!! –Spooky 03