26 November 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!



The Soldiers of 10th Mountain Division celebrated Thanksgiving holiday at the TB Gamberi dining facility Nov. 26, 2015. The staff of TB Gamberi DFAC gave the Soldiers a special Thanksgiving holiday d├ęcor along with a top-notch six-course meal that consisted of traditional holiday feast and varieties of ambrosial irresistible desserts. Maj. Somnuk served the Soldiers. Photo by U.S. Army Maj. Asha Cooper.

Like all Americans, this year we will be giving thanks for our families, our freedoms, and the blessings of liberty that are secured by those who proudly wear our Nation's uniform. Across our country, thousands of families have an empty space at the table because a loved one is far away from home answering the call of duty. And although they are far away, they are in the forefront of our minds and prayers today.

Today, and every day, we thank those who fight for our freedom.

Wishing you and your families a happy and blessed Thanksgiving!

11 November 2015

Because of the Brave




To our Veterans past and present - you have served at home, and in far away lands. You have kept your fellow Americans safe and free at home, and you have freed millions throughout the world from tyranny. You represent the legacy of those throughout our nation's history who know the ugly of war, but who believe there are things even uglier than war. For you, the words DUTY, HONOR, COUNTRY are a way of life. Thank you for your courage and for your sacrifices. Thank you for your service. God bless you all, and God bless America.


"We believe in fighting to keep all people safe and free to be themselves, because it is the right thing to do."
- Linda Ferrara

10 November 2015

Happy 240th Birthday to the United States Marine Corps!




Here's health to you and to our Corps
Which we are proud to serve;
In many a strife we've fought for life
And have never lost our nerve.
If the Army and the Navy
Ever look on Heaven's scenes,
They will find the streets are guarded
By United States Marines.


Happy birthday to the United States Marine Corps!

09 November 2015

Well Done, We Love You


Captain Matthew Charles Ferrara
14 October 1983 - 9 November 2007


On November 9, 2007, 1st Platoon, Chosen Company, 2/503, 173rd ABCT, was ambushed by an overwhelming enemy force as they returned to Combat Outpost Bella following a meeting with tribal elders in the nearby village of Aranas.

Five Soldiers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team and one Marine from the Mountain Warfare Training Center were killed. Eight more paratroopers and 11 Afghan National Army soldiers were wounded. Despite the heavy casualties taken during the opening minutes of the ambush, with nearly every man either killed or wounded, the patrol was ultimately able to repel their attackers and call in support.

Ammunition was dropped to the survivors by the arriving Apache helicopters, and eight separate air crews subsequently conducted what was to become a combined 31-hour MEDEVAC and recovery mission involving multiple lifts.

Our love, thoughts, and prayers are with Matt's family and the families of his brothers-in-arms who gave their lives for each other, their loved ones, and their country on 9 November 2007. We will remember them always.


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Im Memoriam:


1st Lt. Matthew C. Ferrara, 24, of Torrance, Calif.
SGT Jeffrey S. Mersman, 23, of Parker, Kansas
SPC Sean K.A. Langevin, 23, of Walnut Creek, California
SPC Lester G. Roque, 23, of Torrance, California
PFC Joseph M. Lancour, 21, of Swartz Creek, Michigan
all of Chosen Company, 2-503rd PIR, 173rd ABCT, and
Marine Sgt. Phillip A. Bocks, 28, of Troy, Michigan


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With gratitude to the MEDEVAC crews for their professionalism, selfless service and dedication to duty during our Heroes' final hours and to the AH-64 crews not only for their protection, but whose gun cameras documented this mission.


Those who say that we're in a time when there are no heroes, they just don't know where to look.

- Ronald Reagan