In Memoriam: The 31 Heroes of EXTORTION 17

Monday, 06 August 2012, marks one year since the tragic downing  of EXTORTION 17 in Tangi, Afghanistan. The CH-47 "Chinook" was carrying some of this nation's bravest and most capable military personnel, most of whom were a part of their service's special operations community. One of the SEALs on board was my neighbor going back to 1999 when he and his young family first moved in across the street. He was a young Petty Officer 3rd Class with his whole career and his whole life ahead of him. My retirement ceremony after 24 years of service took place on September 7th 2001 at the base where he served. Just 4 days later, I was at the Veterans Administration Office completing some paperwork when someone burst into the room a group of us were in and said: "We are under attack. Planes have flown into the Twin Towers in New York City and there appear to be others that have been hijacked that are en route to Washington. Please go home for the day and drive carefully." I don't have to...(Read Full Post)