Please take a moment out of your busy day to say a prayer, take a moment of silence, or use whatever form of contemplation you practice to have a private thought for the 10 brave warriors that perished in the crash of a Blackhawk in Iraq.
The soldiers had just been picked up after a mission when the chopper apparently suffered a mechanical and went down claiming the lives of all aboard. This is especially painful because many of the victims were to rotate home in a month or so, and they were all from Schofield Barracks. The base, the local community, and the entire state is reeling from the loss. Many families are on hold for good or bad news, and my thoughts are with them either way.
Remember please that whether or not one agrees with the politics, that the fallen were doing what they chose to do...defending our freedoms and our way of life.
There will be 20 boots, 10 M-4s, and 10 helmets empty at the next roll call.