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Saturday, March 26, 2005

Raven 42

Sgt. Leigh Ann HesterThis is amazing.

Whatever your views about the Iraq War and the GWOT, if you're an American, you need to read about this. About fifty different superlatives run through my mind, but none of them are adequate. I suppose if I had to pick one, it would be "professionalism" — said very softly, reverently, in simple and grateful awe.

Accurate (but wholly inadequate) official photo caption:

"In this image made available 23 March 2005, Sgt. Leigh Ann Hester, team leader, 4th Platoon, 617th Military Police Company, 503rd MP Battalion, 18th MP Brigade, stands in front of a captured weapons cache after her squad repelled an insurgent attack on a Coalition supply convoy March 20 about 18 miles southeast of Baghdad. (AFP/US Army-HO)"  More pix here, but by all means read the whole story.


UPDATE (Sat Mar 26 @ 3:20am): More here, here, here, here, here, and here (CBS News video linked from right-hand column).

Sgt. Hester in CBS News interview

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(1) Wallace-Midland, Texas made the following comment | Mar 26, 2005 11:05:42 AM | Permalink

Professionalism is right! The words dedicated, bright and patriotic also come to mind.

Many of us old timers, hard core guys from the Vietnam era, had serious doubts about the advisability of an all volunteer army when it came to pass. And it took some years for it to fully take root....but work it does. I have visited with many of the young troops at Ft. Hood and elsewhere over the last several years and I am amazed at their virtues.

(2) Stephen M. St. Onge made the following comment | Mar 27, 2005 12:09:23 AM | Permalink

      I wonder how the Arab press will handle this?  To be beaten is bad enough, but to be beaten by people you outnumber so badly is worse.  And to have the victors include women combatants sounds like total humiliation!



(3) Pat made the following comment | Mar 28, 2005 4:26:23 PM | Permalink

I had the opportunity to serve in Bosnia (I'm a civilian and 57 years old), and lived with the military at a base camp. Impressed with these young people is an understatement. They just took the hardship in stride and took pride in what they were doing. And don't let anyone tell you differently, most of the females are pretty tough cookies.

God bless 'em all!

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