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Looking at America through my eyes, from when I was very young through my later years. I will define the two Americas I see.

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And the confirmations begin

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And the confirmations beginToday is the second day of the Senate Confirmation Hearings for President Elect Donald J. Trump’s cabinet.  I probably will not be able to watch all of the hearings for…Continue

Something is very wrong

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More and more I am becoming disillusioned about the Democratic Party and many Independents and Republicans who support the election of Hillary Clinton, regardless of what she has done that is clearly…Continue

It is up to us

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Now What?

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What Now? When…Continue

God heard my Prayer today

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God heard my prayer todayNow I know God hears my prayer’s every day, but today, I really felt he was paying attention to me as I said a prayer for my son who is in serious harm’s way right now, you…Continue

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Comment by Milton F Gregory Jr on July 17, 2010 at 12:47pm
Army CasualtiesPosted by TSGT Uvin a. Clough Jr., USAF, on July 17, 2010

at 7:22am in Gregory's Two Americas

PLEASE! ! ! TAKE TIME TO SAY A PRAYER AND PASS THIS ON.


DOD Identifies Army Casualties

The Department of Defense announced today the death of eight soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Pvt. Brandon M. King, 23, of Tallahassee, Fla.

He died July 14 at Combat Outpost Nolen, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit with small arms fire. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.

For more information related to this release, the media may contact the Fort Campbell public affairs office at 270-798-3025

Killed were:

Spc. Chase Stanley, 21, of Napa, Calif.

Spc. Jesse D. Reed, 26, of Orefield, Penn.

Spc. Matthew J. Johnson, 21, of Maplewood, Minn.

Sgt. Zachary M. Fisher, 24, of Ballwin, Mo.

They died July 14 at Zabul Province, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked their military vehicle with an improvised explosive device. They were assigned to the 27th Engineer Battalion (Combat Airborne), 20th Engineer Brigade (Combat), Fort Bragg, N.C.

For more information, the media may contact the 18th Airborne Corps public affairs office at 910-396-5600 or 910-396-5620.

They died July 13 in Kandahar City, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked their unit with rifle, rocket propelled grenade, and small arms fire.

Killed were:

1st Lt. Christopher S. Goeke, 23,of Minn.

Staff Sgt. Christopher T. Stout, 34, of Worthville, Ky.

Staff Sgt. Sheldon L. Tate, 27, of Hinesville, Ga.

1st Lt. Goeke and Staff Sgt. Stout were assigned to 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.

Staff Sgt. Tate was assigned to the 782nd Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.

For more information, the media may contact the 82nd Airborne Division public affairs office at 910-432-0661 or 910-432-0662.
Comment by Milton F Gregory Jr on July 17, 2010 at 12:41pm
Army CasualtiesPosted by TSGT Uvin a. Clough Jr., USAF, R on July 17, 2010 at 7:22am in Gregory's Two Americas
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PLEASE! ! ! TAKE TIME TO SAY A PRAYER AND PASS THIS ON.


DOD Identifies Army Casualties

The Department of Defense announced today the death of eight soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Pvt. Brandon M. King, 23, of Tallahassee, Fla.

He died July 14 at Combat Outpost Nolen, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit with small arms fire. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.

For more information related to this release, the media may contact the Fort Campbell public affairs office at 270-798-3025 Killed were:

Spc. Chase Stanley, 21, of Napa, Calif.

Spc. Jesse D. Reed, 26, of Orefield, Penn.

Spc. Matthew J. Johnson, 21, of Maplewood, Minn.

Sgt. Zachary M. Fisher, 24, of Ballwin, Mo.

They died July 14 at Zabul Province, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked their military vehicle with an improvised explosive device. They were assigned to the 27th Engineer Battalion (Combat Airborne), 20th Engineer Brigade (Combat), Fort Bragg, N.C.

For more information, the media may contact the 18th Airborne Corps public affairs office at 910-396-5600 or 910-396-5620.

They died July 13 in Kandahar City, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked their unit with rifle, rocket propelled grenade, and small arms fire.
Killed were:

1st Lt. Christopher S. Goeke, 23,of Minn.

Staff Sgt. Christopher T. Stout, 34, of Worthville, Ky.

Staff Sgt. Sheldon L. Tate, 27, of Hinesville, Ga.

1st Lt. Goeke and Staff Sgt. Stout were assigned to 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.

Staff Sgt. Tate was assigned to the 782nd Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.

For more information, the media may contact the 82nd Airborne Division public affairs office at 910-432-0661 or 910-432-0662.
Comment by Milton F Gregory Jr on July 13, 2010 at 5:32pm
Annie, I am ashamed to say I forgot to add that we also are a military family and I spent all 20 plus years in the intelligence community with the highest clearances as well. I cannot comment on what your husband may or may not know as I served long ago and got out in 1983, I can say that as far as I know nothing like that existed then. By the way, my son was addicted to alcohol, and that is what took his life. I suppose in a way, he also took his own life. God is a forgiving God and I am certain that your son and mine are both together. Another one of the doves (We called them "The Father Son and Holy Ghost".

Comment by Milton F Gregory Jr on July 13, 2010 at 5:21pm
Annie, I hope you will read "When We Said Goodbye, God Said Hello (He Brought Us 3 White Doves Tease Our Pain). Every word is true, and the pictures of the doves are the actual doves My Wife and I, and our son (before he passed on to God's hands) got to experience, it made his passing, not only for us, but for him. He only enjoyed them a few days, but his face told us all we needed to know. God Bless you and I am so sorry for your loss. Our experience is no where near as painful as yours must have been, but maybe what you read, again, every word true, you'll gain a little peace, I pray that you do. You and your family will be in our prayers.

Comment by Annie Connors-Maloney on July 13, 2010 at 3:36pm
I'm sorry that there is no way to leave a comment on your blog entries.

I, too, had a son that died. He was 32. It was the year that the Iraq War started and my husband was deployed. He was Colonel in the Marine Corp, Special Operations when the joined the other Navy Seals, etc. The Marine Corp used to be seperate. He was one of the first COs in that unit to go to Afghanistan, and then to Iraq. So he was away when our son committed suicide. Matt was a strong conservative because he could be no other way, I suppose with a father in the military and a mother like me. But, he was a drug addict, and he never had an opportunity to come around to the otherside of this addiction, which my husband always said was a government plot to reduce America to stages of drug addiction. He said he had inside information and he did have the highest clearance (so high he could enter the White House with just his ID) so I wouldn't be surprised. He was not one to go in for conspiracy theories, but I just don't know.

My husband was promoted to Brig. Gen., and his last service because a General in the Marine Corp must retire when they reach 40 years of service, was in Afghanistan, though he served many deployments, and because of his rank his were usually longer, I can't remember now how many. He died of a massive heart attack only a few months after his retirement. I knew he would. He was a military man from the hear. He used to say I love three things, God, my family and my country. He had a beautiful funeral at Arlington, a caisson, they performed the flag ceremony which I will explain below, and I and my children walked behind the casket. It made me very proud. It was five years ago, and I still don't believe that he is really dead, it just seems like another deployment.

I thank my God in Heaven that I was a military wife, and understand about war. I also thank Him that I grew up in a conservative home where my forbears on my father's side (which include John Adams, John Quincy Adams, and Samuel Adams) were often discussed and the true meaning of the constitution and the American Revolution were taught. I appreciate this blog very much.

The flag of the United States draped over the casket is meticulously folded 13 times by a total of 6 honor guards, 3 on each side of the casket. The following information describes the symbolic meaning for each fold of the flag. It is important to note that the thirteen-fold procedure was a common practice long before the creation of a ceremonial assignation of "meaning" to each of the steps. Such symbolism has been mistakenly attributed to have an integral part in the origins of the thirteen-fold procedure. In truth, it evolved as a means of providing religious significance to the ceremony and its participants, and is often requested to be read alongside the folding of the flag at funerals.

The first fold of the flag is a symbol of life.
The second fold of the flag is a symbol of the people's belief in the eternal life.
The third fold of the flag is made in honor and remembrance of the Veteran departing ranks who gave a portion of life for the defense of the country to attain peace throughout the world.
The fourth fold of the flag represents the people's weaker nature. For as American citizens trusting in God, it is to Him the people turn to in times of peace as well as in times of war for His divine guidance.
The fifth fold of the flag is a tribute to the country, for in the words of Stephen Decauter, “Our country, in dealing with the other countries, may she always be right, but it is still our country, right or wrong."
The sixth fold of the flag is for where people's hearts lie. It is with hearts that people pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
The seventh fold of the flag is a tribute to the Armed Forces, for it is through them that the people protect the country and flag against all enemies, whether they be found within or without the boundaries of the Republic.
The eighth fold of the flag is a tribute to the one who entered into the valley of the shadow of death, that people might see the light of day, and to honor one's mother, for whom it flies on Mother’s Day.
The ninth fold of the flag is a tribute to womanhood, for it has been through their faith, love, loyalty and devotion the character of the men and women who have made the country great molded.
The tenth fold of the flag is a tribute to father, for he too, has given his sons and daughters for the defense of the country since he or she was first born.
The eleventh fold of the flag, in the eyes of Hebrew citizens, represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon and glorifies, in their eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
The twelfth fold of the flag, in the eyes of a Christian citizen, represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in their eyes, God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.
Upon the thirteenth and final fold of the flag, the stars are uppermost in remembrance of the United States' national motto, “In God We Trust.”

The flag of the United States is presented to the next-of-kin. Thereafter, an honor guard representing one of the five branches of the United States Armed Forces will present the flag to the next-of-kin by kneeling in front of the recipient, holding the folded flag waist high with the straight edge facing the recipient, while leaning toward the recipient. Depending on the service of the selected honor guard chosen to present the flag to the next-of-kin, each of the five military branches uses slightly different wording.

An honor guard representing the United States Army would present the flag to the next-of-kin by saying:

“ As a representative of the United States Army, it is my high privilege to present you this flag. Let it be a symbol of the grateful appreciation this nation feels for the distinguished service rendered to our country and our flag by your loved one. ”

An honor guard representing the United States Navy would present the flag to the next-of-kin by saying:

“ On behalf of the President of the United States and the Chief of Naval Operations, please accept this flag as a symbol of our appreciation for your loved one's service to this Country and a grateful Navy. ”

An honor guard representing the United States Marine Corps would present the flag to the next-of-kin by saying:

“ On behalf of the President of the United States, the Commandant of the Marine Corps, and a grateful nation, please accept this flag as a symbol of our appreciation for your loved one's service to Country and Corps. ”

An honor guard representing the United States Air Force would present the flag to the next-of-kin by saying:
“ On behalf of the President of the United States, the Department of the Air Force, and a grateful nation, this flag is offered in memory of the honorable and faithful service performed by your loved one. ”

An honor guard representing the United States Coast Guard would present the flag to the next-of-kin by saying:

“ On behalf of the President of the United States, the Commandant of the Coast Guard, and a grateful nation, please accept this flag as a symbol of our appreciation for your loved one's service to Country and the Coast Guard.
Comment by Steve Jones on July 13, 2010 at 10:49am
God bless you wendy, I am sure there are many, many true Americans out there that feel just as you do
Comment by Milton F Gregory Jr on July 13, 2010 at 10:47am
Thank you Paul for your kind words, and I am honored to be your friend as well. And Wendy, I am proud to call you friend and proud to know that we stand for the same thing, an end to blind hate. It is up to you and I to change that, and all those like us who agree that Together we stand and devided we will without question fall. I count you as a friend and proud of you for being strong for America. God Bless you and your family. Your friend, standing with you, Milt



My son and I along with Mary, who took care of my son for several years while I lived in Ethiopia, are pictured above. She was as much a part of our family as any of us and we loved her very much. It was painful to leave her behind when we left for my next assignment. She wanted so much to be an American and we did all we could to help her, the laws there were very strict and we never heard from her after leaving. We wrote many times and only received one letter back, the war was very bad and we pray nothing bad happened to her, she was a Christian and loved life and God, and she loved our family as we did her.
Comment by wendy on July 13, 2010 at 9:07am
I stand with all who want a true America, I can't stand what they are doing to us, making us hate and fight one another, it's not right, and they will pay. There is no room for racist people in our country. If they don't like the way we are, they should leave, we were doing just find without them, we were growing, but what they are doing is dividing us. My husband is white, my grandbaby is white, I will shoot anyone who hurts them, I love them. No more hate. This is my home and I will fight for it.
Comment by Milton F Gregory Jr on July 12, 2010 at 1:02pm
Well stated my friend, very well stated! YBIC.... Milt

Comment by Milton F Gregory Jr on July 12, 2010 at 12:28pm
Yup, since I wrote that piece I have learned a lot about what a "Progressive" is and so many I believed in have failed my belief system. I am learning that finding true Christian Conservatives are far more difficult than I thought, but as I believe in our creator, I know that there are good people that we can believe and trust, just difficult to separate the bad from the good, but with a little effort, it can happen. I trust in God, and believe he blessed this great country of ours and not to turn it over to those like this sitting President. I'll continue my quest to find those I will vote for, and help others to do the same, but I'll never give in and never give up. Good to have friends like you on my side (our side) as we will do this together as "We The People"! YBIC...Milt
 

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God heard my Prayer today

Started by Milton F Gregory Jr Oct 19, 2015. 0 Replies

God heard my prayer todayNow I know God hears my prayer’s every day, but today, I really felt he was paying attention to me as I said a prayer for my son who is in serious harm’s way right now, you know, that part of the world where everyone is demonstrating with violence all around. No sooner than I finished my prayer, a simple prayer, that went something like this:“Dear Lord, I know you hear from me every day and I am always asking for so many things related to our troops, my son, and my…Continue

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Ten Commandments of Human Relations

The fundamental issue in human ethical behavior is summarized by Jesus in what we have come to call "The Golden Rule." Jesus put it this way:

So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets (Matthew 7:12 TNIV).

It asks us to test our treatment of others by putting ourselves in their place. Treat others the way you would want them to treat you in the same or similar circumstance.

Somebody took that principle and translated it into Ten Commandments of Human Relations. You may have seen this anonymous piece, for it circulates in a variety of settings. In case you have missed it, I am reproducing it here.

Speak to people. There is nothing as nice as a cheerful word of greeting.

Smile at people. It takes 72 muscles to frown, only 14 to smile.

Call people by name. It is music to anyone’s ears to hear the sound of his or her name.

Be friendly and helpful.

Be cordial. Speak and act as if everything you do is genuinely a pleasure. If it isn’t, learn to make it so.

Be genuinely interested in people. You can like almost anyone, if you try.

Be generous with praise, cautious with criticism.

Be considerate of the feelings of others. There are usually three sides to a controversy — yours, the other fellow’s, and the correct one.

Be alert to serve. What counts most in life is what you do for others.

Live with a good sense of humor, a generous dose of patience, and a dash of humility appropriate to being human.

Made in God’s image, all of us have something to be valued!

The great challenge in human experience is not work skills, but people skills. That is, research has shown that the majority of people who fail in their vocation do so because they cannot get along with people.

You might think through the meaning of these ten common-sense ideas for your own workplace and personal activity. But what about the larger setting for your daily life? These principles work everywhere you go, for they are about showing respect to the people you meet in all those places.

Made in God’s image, all of us have something to be valued, affirmed, and acknowledged by others. But let it begin with us to acknowledge it in them. As the cycle of giving and receiving enlarges, the human community comes alive.

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