Last week, there were more members of the American military deployed to quell the violence in Ferguson, Missouri, than deployed to Iraq to defeat the Islamic State. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon upped the number of guardsmen in the St. Louis suburb to 2,200 due to protests resulting from a St. Louis County grand jury’s failure to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown.
The situation in Ferguson has been the subject of intense attention. There have been constructive protests to express very real and very important tensions within the community.
There has also been senseless destruction, far too much of it that benefits no one. Businesses have been looted and burned, police cars set on fire. As part of that, video has surfaced of protesters burning an American flag. I believe that burning a flag as a part of protest is dumb, but it’s a first amendment right, and should not be banned. Protesters are and should be allowed to burn the flag. But understand that it’s really going to upset some people who care an awful lot for that flag.
To that end, some of the members of the Missouri National Guard went out in the street after the flag was burned seeking to recover the pieces of Old Glory. The soldiers were joined by St. Louis County police lieutenant Jerry Lohr, who was recently profiled by the New York Times for his ability to ease tensions and connect to the community.
Lohr is seen telling the protesters “Just so you guys know, the guards over here are looking for pieces of an American flag that got burned.”
The protesters seem affronted and ask why.
“Because it’s their flag,” Lohr responds.
These protesters don’t seem to like this answer.
“How is it their flag?” one asks. “Is it their property?”
“It’s a piece of cloth,” another says, mocking that they would care enough about it to retrieve it. “I appreciate you guys’ service, but it’s a piece of cloth.”
Those soldiers know it’s much more than that. Watch the exchange below.
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.
Former President George W. Bush is calling for an end to the partial government shutdown, which is about to hit the one-month mark and is currently the longest shutdown in US history.
In an appeal made on Instagram, the 43rd president called on "leaders on both sides to put politics aside, come together, and end this shutdown." The caption was posted with an image of him and former First Lady Laura Bush giving pizza to their Secret Service detail.
Staff Sgt. Daniel Christopher Evans was arrested on Jan. 29, 2018. (Photo courtesy of Wilmington Police Department, North Carolina.)
A special operations Marine is due in court on March 7 after being arrested last year for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend, Task & Purpose has learned.
Staff Sgt. Daniel Christopher Evans was arrested and charged with assault inflicting serious injury on July 29, 2018, according to Jennifer Dandron, a spokeswoman for police in Wilmington, North Carolina. Evans is currently assigned as a Critical Skills Operator with the 2nd Marine Raider Battalion at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, according to the Marine Corps Personnel Locator.
U.S. Army 1st Lt. Elyse Ping Medvigy conducts a call-for-fire during an artillery shoot south of Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Aug. 22, 2014. Medvigy, a fire support officer assigned to the 4th Infantry Division's Company D, 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, is the first female company fire support officer to serve in an infantry brigade combat team supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Whitney Houston (Photo by U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Whitney Houston)
Following Trump's inauguration, some supporters of ground combat integration assumed he would quickly move to reinstate a ban on women in jobs like the infantry. When this did not happen, advocates breathed a collective sigh of relief, and hundreds of qualified women charted a course in history by entering the newly opened occupational fields.
So earlier this week when the Wall Street Journal published an editorial against women in ground combat by conservative political commentator Heather Mac Donald, the inclination of many ground combat integration supporters was to dismiss it outright. But given Trump's proclivity to make knee jerk policy decisions in response to falling approval ratings and the court's tradition of deference to the military when it comes to policies affecting good order and discipline, it would be unwise to assume the 2016 lifting of the ban on women in ground combat is a done deal.