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Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Sgt. Myla Maravillosa

The Anchoress writes about the death of Sgt. Myla Maravillosa in Iraq. She is the second woman in the military to be killed there, and she was also considering entering a religious order. As The Anchoress writes, apparently she felt called to a life of service. At her funeral:
Brig. Gen. Gregory Schumacher, commander of the Military Intelligence Readiness Command, flew in from Washington to speak.

“She approached everything she did with a positive spirit,” he said. “She was a servant of God, her country, her fellow man.”

He described Maravillosa as “a young woman who cared for the downtrodden,” adding that she “left joy in the hearts of all those she came in contact with.”
The Anchoress is right. Our military is filled with really fine people dedicated to the service of others and risking their lives in that service. Check out some of the thankfully living military guys and gals in my links for a little down-to-earth inspiration. Kevin of Strategy Revolutions is a fine, fine man, and Minh-Duc of State Of Flux is a striking pleasure and inspiration. Tom Carter and Nato have not blogged for a while and I pray for them both every week. Even those who have left the service bear the marks of it on their character, and they are no marks of Cain. See Tommy of Striving For Average, Beth of My Vast Right Wing Conspiracy and Florida Cracker.

One of the deepest, most passionate grudges I bear against the American media is that they will not tell the tale of the American soldier today. They are determined to eliminate any pride in or understanding of what these men and women do and the values for which they risk their lives. Judging by my experience, one of the finest characteristics many of our military men and women share that the MSM utterly lacks is a sense of wry humor and irony. The toxic, awed gravity with which those in the press write about their own high mission and noble goals stand in striking contrast to the understated calm with which the "baby-killers" approach their lives and their goals. In Georgia, we call the second attitude sane humility.

thanks for the kind words. I am doubly fortunate that when I got out of the service, I went to work in a field and for a company where around 80% of my coworkers are former Military. Maybe it's not a tremendously diverse background, but it isn't one you could call sheltered either. Although the Marines are still Marines. If there is one consistent thing that tends to run through military personnel (there always that one guy that's the exception) it's responsibility and accountability for what you do and the expectation for others to be the same.
It might be that the "responsibility and accountability" factor is what so offends the mainstream media. I don't know.

But they do find the military culture offensive and they are trying to expunge it from our public culture.
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