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mexicomaria

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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2012 12:45:13 PM

“I think there is one higher office than president and I would call that patriot.” Gary Hart

Please tell about your service to our Nation here. I want to know.

Thank you to each one of you.... thank you is such an inadequate word.

I pray we are never insensitive to how much you gave and how much you risked.
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01DuraMAX
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Message Posted: Mar 29, 2014 12:21:14 PM

Vietnam Veterans Day March 29th
Welcome Home Brothers and Sisters

[Edited by: 01DuraMAX at 3/29/2014 12:21:52 PM EST]
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Panama19
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2014 8:01:29 PM


Forwarded to me by a vet friend. I didn't know this existed. How wonderful.

This is incredible! The heart of the American people, represented by a cellular company, who would have ever thought it would be like this and not our own government making this kind of thing happen across the country? Had no idea this was in existence. How many of you have ever seen or heard anything about this beautiful Memorial?
God Bless America!!!

We can do things like this without the Government getting involved. Please send this on to all your friends especially Veterans and ask them if they knew about it. This seems a little like a commercial but it’s not and they deserve the credit they’re given. This is a story everyone needs to know; what and where it is! My hat is off to all the Motorcycle Jockeys that had a hand in bringing this to our attention.

The Middle East Memorial Wall

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Panama19
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2014 6:29:30 PM

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Oops. Repeat.



[Edited by: Panama19 at 1/17/2014 6:28:58 PM EST]
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01DuraMAX
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2014 11:50:17 AM

OK check this out, Can you contact your Representatives and get some Support??

Support Sgt Bowe Bergdahl
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maryanneusa
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2014 10:53:54 AM

MAX - hooah, thank you for that link
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01DuraMAX
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2014 10:48:23 AM

Hey Folks get this thread back on track and stop your politicing.

I fought for you
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TimEum
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2014 2:01:50 PM

A lie is when you know something is untrue but state it anyway.

The Bush/Cheney administration did not "lie" about the need for war with Iraq.

It is a fact that Sadam had used chemical weapons on his own people. It is a fact that all the other world intelligence agencies also believed Sadam had nuclear and chemical weapons and had the willingness to use them. Iraq had also provided safe harbor for terrorists and allowed them to operate within their borders. When Bush/Cheney cited these as reasons to invade -- they believed these facts to be true -- and so did the rest of the world. Iraq had shown that it was willing to use armed force against its neighbors such as Iran and Kuwait. It was believed they would do so again in the future.

It is not lying when you state things you believe are true.

Our troops fought brilliantly. Those who died or were wounded were dedicated to serving the United States. Our troops are still willing today to risk their lives to serve America.

I wish liberals would realize that soldiers believe that some things are worth dying for and that wars sometimes must be fought to preserve freedom and our way of life.

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Cliffisher
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2014 12:27:35 PM

"If this administration had taken that position on Iraq al-Qaeda would not have retaken Fallujah and Ramadi and we would not have wasted the blood of our soldiers bringing stability to the region."

You kind of skipped the part about the Bush/Cheney lies that led to the thousands of American troop deaths.

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Panama19
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2014 11:03:19 AM


jdhelm, "According to The Daily Telegraph, this agreement would allow both military trainers and U.S. special forces and air power to remain in Afghanistan until at least 2024. Top officials for both governments reportedly say they want to sign this pact before December"

If this administration had taken that position on Iraq al-Qaeda would not have retaken Fallujah and Ramadi and we would not have wasted the blood of our soldiers bringing stability to the region.

A stability that has now been squandered by our novice in charge.

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jdhelm
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2014 8:47:10 AM

"As far as McCain is concerned we should stay there for at least another ten years.

Enough already! "-yer a tad behind in yer news fact finding there. obama says - U.S. troops may stay in Afghanistan until 2024. That's 10 years later than when the U.S. has said it would hand over security to Kabul.

But the British newspaper "The Daily Telegraph" reports that the two governments are close to signing a deal that would allow thousands of U.S. troops to stay in Afghanistan for the long haul.

What for?

The reason we went into Afghanistan – Osama bin laden – is dead. The U.S. economy is collapsing under a mountain of debt. We are either unable and/or unwilling to fix our own financial problems.

So what exactly is the point of dumping billions of additional dollars, not to mention human treasure, into Afghanistan?

According to The Daily Telegraph, this agreement would allow both military trainers and U.S. special forces and air power to remain in Afghanistan until at least 2024. Top officials for both governments reportedly say they want to sign this pact before December.

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magpie2013
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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2014 7:03:06 PM

My cousins son is back in Irag, third tour. I am proud and yet very fearful of him not coming back. I feel the world is lucky to have these brave Women & Men. Yet I wish for this war or police action or whatever they want to call it to be over, I also know that if we are not there we would be somewhere else.
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Cliffisher
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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2014 1:05:41 PM

As far as McCain is concerned we should stay there for at least another ten years.

Enough already!
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I75at7AM
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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2014 8:07:38 AM

Here is a happy New Year greeting!!
(be sure to watch YouTube video)

Hey......I thought we had removed all combat troops from Afghanistan last year...........did 0bama lie to us again?

[Edited by: I75at7AM at 1/3/2014 8:07:35 AM EST]
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01DuraMAX
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Message Posted: Dec 24, 2013 11:50:21 AM

Merry Christmas to all!!!
Thanks for the post Panama I saw Bob Hope in Subic Bay 1964.
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daylily2009
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2013 9:55:00 AM

A Merry Christmas to every person that has served this country!!
Veterans and their supporters back home!
Gods richest blessing to all!!
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Panama19
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2013 9:01:24 AM


I saw him in Da Nang, Christmas 1970.

Bob Hope Christmas

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Panama19
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2013 8:58:11 AM


TimEum, thank you for your service and for that of your family! It is an honor to have met you.

I was named for an uncle (to keep the name alive in the family) who went in before the first wave on Omaha Beach to blow up the landing defenses. But he survived front line combat all the way to Paris, and we served in Viet Nam at the same time but in different locations.

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maryanneusa
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2013 6:44:11 AM

Those two sites were great Panama, thank you for sharing them. I saw on the news that the USAF band was supposed to only be expected to get 1000 hits. The news reported that 2 days ago, it had over 1,000,000 hits and still going strong.

Merry Christmas
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Tru2psu2
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2013 5:07:00 AM

Thank you for your service and our freedom!
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TimEum
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2013 2:00:33 AM

My dad's oldest brother was a 1LT in Korea whose last act was calling in artillery onto his position which was being overrun. He was given the Silver Star and buried in the National Memorial Cemetary of the Pacific (Punch Bowl, Hawaii). I was born shortly afterwards and named after him. My dad was a career Air Force officer, one of those who spent time in Titan silos with one of those keys that he and another officer had to turn simultaneously to launch an ICBM at our enemies. I served in the Army and Army Reserves first in Air Defense Artillery and then in Missile Maintenance/Logistics and am now drawing Army retirement pay. I still work as a Department of Defense civilian in the Missile Defense Agency. My youngest daughter graduated from West Point in 2003, served as a Patriot battery commander in Korea, served as an Intelligence officer in Afghanistan, and is now a Major serving as an instructor at West Point.
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EZExit
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2013 1:49:12 AM

Great videos, Panama, the Air Force Christmas and the Food City one too. I got misty on those as well.
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Panama19
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2013 1:44:48 AM


Did you see this one?

Brilliant manoeuver

Kind of like arming hippies and then being surprised at the results, isn't it?

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Panama19
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2013 1:10:45 AM


jdhelm, "i ran into a rare person today, a vet who actually still supports bho"

There's a lot of traumatic brain injury from the IEDs.

Don't think too harshly of him.

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jdhelm
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2013 7:14:46 PM

i ran into a rare person today, a vet who actually still supports bho. uffda
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ministorage
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Message Posted: Dec 8, 2013 5:40:45 PM

Panama,

Thank you for both of those links. Wow.
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AnotherOne
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Message Posted: Dec 8, 2013 5:25:23 PM


Panama, now you have gone and done it.

I am sitting with tears streaming down my cheeks after watching your "Wordless Food City Salute".

Ya big galoot!

lol

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Panama19
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Message Posted: Dec 8, 2013 5:18:47 PM


mexicomaria, "Panama, I hope you do not mind but I stole your flash mob for a Christmas Music site here"

Feel free. I got it from a veterans discussion site.

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mexicomaria
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Message Posted: Dec 8, 2013 2:02:03 PM

Panama, I hope you do not mind but I stole your flash mob for a Christmas Music site here.
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jdhelm
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Message Posted: Dec 8, 2013 1:09:55 PM

and the USAF band and singers, wow, just wow. great links amidst all the stupid petty garbage that goes on in the politics forum.

thanks so very much for sharing, it's just great to see the 2 links you posted.

danke und frohliche Weinachten
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jdhelm
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Message Posted: Dec 8, 2013 1:01:01 PM

panama, hey man, thanks for that "wordless" link, brought tears and pride and a lump in my throat.

hooah
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flyboyUT
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Message Posted: Dec 8, 2013 12:33:44 PM

Pan - your wordless link was outstanding. Made my eyes get moist....
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mexicomaria
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Message Posted: Dec 8, 2013 12:25:20 PM

Beautiful, Panama....
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Cliffisher
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Message Posted: Dec 8, 2013 10:42:47 AM

Thanks Panama, that was great.
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Panama19
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2013 11:25:55 PM


Flash mob - Air Force style
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Panama19
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2013 12:26:40 AM


Wordless speech
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flyboyUT
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2013 11:52:29 AM

This was one that we liked in the sixties.
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maryanneusa
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2013 9:40:27 AM

Maria, I don't mean for this link to hijack your thread topic, but this seems like a place to post this news item, as it is about our elderly veterans.

here is a link that shows just one of the many scams of fund raisers for our US Vets

The title of this news story is: The ugly business of stealing money meant for vets.

I won't copy and paste the item, but please read it and make yourself aware of the theft that goes on, where this contributed money was meant for our vets.
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jdhelm
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2013 9:10:18 AM

hooah
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I75at7AM
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2013 12:18:22 AM

Honoring..........
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maryanneusa
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2013 10:26:30 AM

That's a great song. We played this one, my 1st of 3 tours.
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mexicomaria
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2013 9:28:50 AM

My brother, who served in Viet Nam, said one of the helicopter pilots who dropped them would play this song..>>>LOUD as they flew off ... I actually cry when I listen to this symphony now....Beethoven Symphony no.5



[Edited by: mexicomaria at 11/14/2013 9:34:00 AM EST]
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mexicomaria
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2013 9:27:43 AM

Thank you for your service.
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teacher_tim
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2013 4:14:48 PM

Send a holiday card to a service member or veteran through the RedCross. Here's the link to the address and info.

Deadline to postmark it is December 5th.
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sgm4law
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2013 3:39:40 PM

Thank you, veterans, for your service.
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ropegun11
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2013 8:16:24 AM

...Good morning buddies, I just wanted to take a moment to wish all of you a very happy Veterans' Day and to thank all of you who served (& your families) for your service. :)
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maryanneusa
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Message Posted: Nov 10, 2013 6:46:31 PM

A POEM WORTH READING

He was getting old and paunchy
And his hair was falling fast,
And he sat around the Legion,
Telling stories of the past.

Of a war that he once fought in
And the deeds that he had done,
In his exploits with his buddies;
They were heroes, every one.

And 'tho sometimes to his neighbors
His tales became a joke,
All his buddies listened quietly
For they knew where of he spoke

But we'll hear his tales no longer,
For ol' Joe has passed away,
And the world's a little poorer
For a Veteran died today.

He won't be mourned by many,
Just his children and his wife.
For he lived an ordinary,
Very quiet sort of life.

He held a job and raised a family,
Going quietly on his way;
And the world won't note his passing,
'Tho a Veteran died today.

When politicians leave this earth,
Their bodies lie in state,
While thousands note their passing,
And proclaim that they were great.

Papers tell of their life stories
From the time that they were young,
But the passing of a Veteran
Goes unnoticed, and unsung.

Is the greatest contribution
To the welfare of our land,
Some jerk who breaks his promise
And cons his fellow man?

Or the ordinary fellow
Who in times of war and strife,
Goes off to serve his country
And offers up his life?

The politician's stipend
And the style in which he lives,
Are often disproportionate,
To the service that he gives.

While the ordinary Veteran,
Who offered up his all,
Is paid off with a medal
And perhaps a pension, small.

It is not the politicians
With their compromise and ploys,
Who won for us the freedom
That our country now enjoys.

Should you find yourself in danger,
With your enemies at hand,
Would you really want some cop-out,
With his ever-waffling stand?

Or would you want a Veteran
His home, his country, his kin,
Just a common Veteran,
Who would fight until the end.

He was just a common Veteran,
And his ranks are growing thin,
But his presence should remind us
We may need his likes again.

For when countries are in conflict,
We find the Veteran's part,
Is to clean up all the troubles
That the politicians start.

If we cannot do him honor
While he's here to hear the praise,
Then at least let's give him homage
At the ending of his days.

Perhaps just a simple headline
In the paper that might say:
"OUR COUNTRY IS IN MOURNING,
A VETERAN DIED TODAY."


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mweyant
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Message Posted: Nov 9, 2013 7:38:33 AM

Before You Go

There is also a Vietnam War version at this site.

Thank you, Veterans, of all conflicts. We so treasure your service.

[Edited by: mweyant at 11/9/2013 7:38:19 AM EST]
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mexicomaria
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Message Posted: Nov 8, 2013 1:52:01 PM

We remember the Veteran on Veteran's Day.

Thank you for your service.
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jdhelm
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2013 7:57:23 AM

hooah
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Panama19
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Message Posted: Oct 22, 2013 7:10:54 PM


Just like under Carter - Obama gives us a hollowed out military force.

But this time we are still at war.

Army chief: Just 2 brigades combat-ready

"Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno revealed this week that just two Army brigades are combat-ready, with budget cuts hampering the military's ability to train its own troops.

That doesn't count brigades in Afghanistan, but Odierno noted those aren't really combat-ready either, since they're deployed for 'training and advising only.'

He said that after the sequester kicked in, 'we had to stop training basically' in the last six months of the year. He said the recently passed stopgap funding bill has further reduced the Army's ability to train, and warned that the recurring budget battles in Washington could have serious consequences for America's fighting force.

Odierno said the goal is to beef up the number of combat-ready brigades to seven by June, but voiced doubt as to whether that could happen"

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