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I originally wrote this essay in 2003 during the first Gulf War. It was published in WorldNetDaily.Com’s book We Support You ! Love America. That book was compiled out of poems, essays etc. written by people all over the country. The book was a work of laove and admiration for the members of our armed services. 14 years later, this essay still very accurately portrays my love and admiration for those who defend our country. With tensions rising between our country and places like Iran, and North Korea,this essay was brought to my mind. Now seems a perfect time to reshare its insights.
America is, as you know, a great nation. Unfortunately, the responsibilities of a great and free nation fall upon its people. No one knows this better than those of you who are away from us battling our enemies. I for one sent you off with great regret. Your sacrifices are as great as our nation itself. I only wish they were unnecessary.
Unfortunately in our imperfect world logic, diplomacy, and decency sometimes fail. At these times a nation must call on its best to come to its defense.
America is blessed to have outstanding young people willing to ensure its security. This is a very nervous time for your fellow Americans. Only their knowledge of the bravery,ability, and perseverance of those at the ready to defend them that allows them to sleep well at night.
The American fighting men and women are the best, most intelligent warriors the world has ever known. You are not only an heir to this legend. Daily as you go about the defense of our great nation and the safety of the world, you are writing the next chapters of that legend.
You have already given much, and your countrymen are very grateful. I regret that we will be calling on you to give even more. I have no doubt you will do so generously.
The fight ahead will not be easy. Your country needs you more than you know. The challenge ahead is surpassed only by your ability to best it. May God watch over you, guide your steps, and return you safely to us.
MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) — The Navy has issued an order to account for Navy personnel and their families within a defined geographic area of interest near Boston, according to a Navy message released April 16.
NAVADMIN 100/13 requires commanders to conduct a personnel accountability muster of all Navy personnel in the following counties of the states listed below:
Connecticut: Fairfield, Hartford, Litchfield, Middlesex, New Haven, New London, Tolland and Windham.
Massachusetts: Barnstable, Berkshire, Bristol, Dukes, Essex, Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire, Middlesex, Nantucket, Norfolk, Plymouth, Suffolk, Worcester.
Maine: Androscoggin, Aroostook, Cumberland, Franklin, Hancock, Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Oxford, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Sagadahoc, Somerset, Waldo, Washington, York.
New Hampshire: Belknap, Carroll, Cheshire, Coos, Grafton, Hillsborough, Merrimack, Rockingham, Strafford, Sullivan.
Rhode Island: Bristol, Kent, Newport, Providence, Washington.
This order includes active and Reserve component Sailors, Navy government service employees and family members.
Commanding officers are responsible for ensuring the muster is entered in the Navy Family Accountably and Assessment System (NFASS) at https://navyfamily.navy.mil.
If NFAAS is not available, commands are to report the status of personnel affected to the affected region operations center or direct chain of command.
Individuals who are unable to contact their command should log on to NFAAS and muster on the Navy Family Member’s section. Impacted personnel unable to contact their command or the NFAAS website can call the NFASS Help Desk at (866) 946-9183.
Navy personnel and families who are severely impacted may log into NFAAS at https://navyfamily.navy.mil to update contact information and complete a needs assessment survey at their earliest convenience. Affected personnel can contact the Navy Personnel Command (NPC) Emergency Coordination Center (ECC) at (877) 414-5358 for further assistance once their needs assessment survey is submitted.
NFAAS standardizes a method for the Navy to account, manage, and monitor the recovery process for personnel and their families affected and/or scattered by a wide-spread catastrophic event.
For more information read the NAVADMIN 100/13 at www.npc.navy.mil.
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