Sunday, March 13, 2011
Ya know...when you see these types of events taking place inside a so-called war zone...then you have something other than a war going on. Full blown nation building? A relaxed view of the threat? But when you have Infantrymen running a half marathon instead of being out on patrol its worrying.
Maybe I'm making assumptions that I shouldn't...I know I took heat for the Officer that sponsored a men's water polo team for the ANA but this just doesn't feel right.
And here's the story....
Coalition forces double-time through Camp Bastion, Afghanistan3/13/2011 By Lance Cpl. Samantha H. Arrington , 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Fwd)
CAMP BASTION, Afghanistan — Lance Cpl. Richard J. Powell, an infantryman with 1st Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment, Marine Corps Reserve, took first place in a half marathon on Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, with a time of 1 hour, 22 minutes, March 13. Powell finished first out of more than 400 coalition troops and civilians who took part in the run.
Is this why we see the nonsense of controversies like 'only grunts' should have crossed rifles in their rank insignia? Do we have two wars going on? One where frontline personnel are actually carrying the burden while those in the rear have almost a stateside existence?
Yes I know this has been going on since warfare began but its NOT RIGHT, ITS UNSEEMLY and someone should find better stuff for a deployed USMC Rifleman to be doing...he can run half marathons in the states...NOT IN THE FUCKING WAR ZONE!