color: SOME SOLDIER'S MOM: Ummmm... We Were Here First

Sunday, July 08, 2007

Ummmm... We Were Here First

I get email... and it seems Maj. Gen. Lynch of the 3ID has ruffled a few feathers of a unit in his AO that would like to remind him that they have been there fighting the fight for quite some time...

Lynch said this week:

The lack of Iraqi security forces remains a pressing issue for Maj Gen Lynch. There is "a significant shortage of Iraqi security forces," particularly police, he said. The Arab Jabour region has essentially been ignored by the Iraqi government and Coalition forces for the past three years, and the local police collapsed. The rebuilding of the local security forces and the movement of federal security forces into the region will take time.
So, this soldier says this:
[T]here is one concern that I've got that is REALLY bothering my guys. I would never ask this as a personal favor, but for the sake of every member of [my] Troop, 1/40th Cavalry I really wish someone would set the record straight about these 2nd BDE, 3ID... who have shown up in our area as a part of the overly publicized Marne Torch operation. It's no secret that we... have been [here] the last 9 months and we've got over 30 purple hearts and 2 KIA to show for it as well as -- and this is just my platoon -- having covered 731 kilometers completely dismounted. Now, if these 3ID guys showed up in an area their Commanding General claims has had "zero American presence" since the beginning of the war, how did we accumulate those hard statistics? Never mind the multiple dozens of detainees we've brought in and caches destroyed. Never mind the absolutely priceless intel we've gathered only to hand over to the big bad 3ID...

All I'm saying is that with all these NYTimes and Washington Post headlines about The Marne Thunder rolling into town, it's a disgrace to my men and the other men in this unit who have been here fighting, sometimes for our lives, in this area for almost a year already. Unsupported by vehicles. Unsupported by 120mm SABOT and HEAT rounds. Unsupported by aircraft unless we're in contact. Unsupported by anyone but ourselves.

Sorry to dump all that on you like this, but, as you can tell, it's a rather bitter point of contention between us and them as well as the press for ignoring us.

So, here you have it. I know the goal is the same... but let's give credit where is credit is due. So here's a big


for the 1/40 CAV... for gittin' 'er done before the New Guys In Town... and for taking the fight to the enemy.... for putting it on the line every day and in every way.

A BIG THANKS to this unit (and you know who you are) for the work you do.


At 7/08/2007 3:45 PM , Blogger MaryAnn said...

For many months now I've seen enough of those 25th Infantry patches around here to know these guys have been doing some hard and dirty work.

So a big HOOAH, thank you, and stay safe from me, too.

At 7/09/2007 12:34 PM , Blogger Soldier's Dad said...

A big Hooah to the 1/40th as well.

In fairness to General Lynch, all the Generals are trying to reset the "egg timer" that the politico's have placed on the 'surge' to June 15th, rather than Jan 15th.

At 7/09/2007 5:49 PM , Anonymous Mrs G said...

I agree whole heartily (even though my hubby's working with the 3ID. And as MaryAnn has stated there have been plenty of these guys coming thru Germany, and they're not there for a picnic, (beer perhaps if Doc allows).

This almost sounds like a "cover my ass" statement from a stressed General whose pressed to accomplish a mission in a insane timeframe thanks to democrats pushing for a withdrawl and republicans jumping ship. But what do I know.

Hooah to the 1/40 Cav! Thank You and come home safe.

At 7/09/2007 8:32 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I sincerely hope the guys from Tropic Lightning don't blame the MEN of 3ID. "They" didn't say it, MG Lynch said it. Yeah, he's their leader, but the men he leads HAVE been fighting. Many are on their THIRD full deployment to Iraq. To blame them for the poor choice of words of MG Lynch is kind of well, a cheap shot. Yes, the 3ID has tanks and bradleys, but those things just make attractive targets for EFP's, so I wouldn't complain about the big guns showing up. Every time one of those show up, 3 or 5 troops get smeared all over the remains of the beast. BTW, my son is an infantryman.

At 7/09/2007 9:00 PM , Blogger Some Soldier's Mom said...

Anonymous, My son -- and "Our Guys" -- are all 3ID... infantry as well. But I have to say that the missive here was sanitized; they were not particularly complimentary of those making the choices for the soldiers of 3ID in their AO -- they would never blame the soldiers whom they fight with shoulder to shoulder. There were lessons learned in the previous 9 months that some in 3ID in this AO apparently decided they needed to re-learn: the HARD way. They complained not of this particular statement of MG Lynch, but rather the miltary Pub Aff machine and the media (old and new) ignoring the accomplishments and sacrifices of this unit -- and others -- generally.

At 7/10/2007 12:52 AM , Blogger Outlaw 13 said...

I understand fully the frustrations of the guys in 1/40 CAV. That was 1 ACB's battlespace (airspace as it were)as well, and some of us view with considerable amusement the comments of some members of 3ID since their arrival to the AO.

I'm glad they're here...we were apparently doing such a miserable maybe they can win the war so we can go home.


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