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14 Years Ago Today

14 Years Ago Today I was driving to my PT (Physical Training) formation on Fort Lewis in Washington State.  I had listened to the radio on my way into work every day.  Every day but this day.  On September 10, 2001, I had installed a new CD player in my older car and was enjoying some music on my way into work.  It was a typical Washington September day.  The sun was out with a slight chill to the air and everything was primed for a “good day”.

That suddenly came to a screeching halt as I walked up to my company’s barracks as I went to check in on my soldiers.  There was a heavy sense of panic going on when one of my soldiers frantically  came up to me and said; “Sergeant, PT has been cancelled, get to the IOF.”  Still not hearing the news, I asked my soldier what was going on.  He said; “We are under attack on the east coast.”

Without getting into the nuts and bolts of what my job at the time entailed, we’ll leave it that I was in the Intelligence field.  Yes, I know, Military Intelligence is an oxymoron.  I have heard it all.  My heart was set on being an 11B, but my brother, who was one, made me promise to avoid that route.  I had to honor my big brothers request, so I opted for what I felt was a promising route for post-military life.

Almost everything that we had focused on at the time was linear military v. military formations where lines were drawn in the proverbial sand and each side wore a specific uniform.  Though the asymmetric warfare that was about to come was not a new concept for US forces, it was not the norm, especially for my unit, which had prepared for threats in the Pacific region.

During the next few months a lot had changed.  America was at war in Afghanistan and the military was buzzing with transformations.  I was stop-lossed for the first of two times in October 2001 and the end game for this fight was nowhere in sight.

Emotional may not be the best word to describe every time I hear or see a recap of the events of this day.  Emotional, maybe in the sense that I get pissed off.  Pissed off that someone had the gall to come to our front door and mess with my family.  I swore two oaths of office and have spent the past 17+ years protecting and serving those who I have sworn to protect.  It becomes personal when someone gets in the way of your duties and though there was noting personally that I could have done that day, you still feel like you have somehow failed.

Though the atrocities of September 11, 2001 scarred this great land, it did, at least for a short while, do something for our country that has since fleeted away.  A sense of Patriotism.  American flags were flown proudly everywhere.  Soldiers and First Resonders were thanked and deemed heroes.  People were proud to support the Troops, Fire Fighters and Police Officers.  The American people had realized their vulnerabilities and appreciated their safety net.

So I have to ask; “What happened?”  Where has all of the support gone?  Have Americans become tired of supporting?  Has the country been so blinded by the mainstream media’s arrogant agenda that we have forgotten what happened 14 Years Ago Today unless they want you to remember once a year for ratings?  Is there so much hatred of our fellow countrymen that the terrorists do not have to attack us  at home anymore because we are doing it ourselves?  I love this country, I always have and I always will.  I am however, embarrassed and disgusted with how My Fellow Americans are acting.

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Regardless of Race, Religion, Age, Gender, Sexual Preference or Political Beliefs, it is time that we need to STAND UP UNITED on our own accord before it takes another Emotionally Significant Event like 9/11 to force us to.

I’ll leave you with the song that my Basic Training Drill Sergeants had us wake up to every single morning.  We need more of this today, now more than ever.

Double D Armory, LTD & Centennial Gun Club Giveaway

The following is a Press Release from Double D Armory:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  – AUG 16, 2015

Greenwood Village, CO – Double D Armory, LTD, the leading manufacturer of precision AR-15 rifles is partnering with Centennial Gun Club to give away a truly unique DDA, MODEL: SST, 9-11 Commemorative Rifle. The Commemorative Rifle will go to one lucky winner and 100% of the proceeds will go to support a great cause, “Hope For The Warriors”.

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When I found out about the non-profit, “Hope For The Warriors” and what they do to help our veterans who have sacrificed so much, I felt we had to do something. So, we went to work to create a one-of-a-kind custom patterned rifle. We wanted it to be something that would surely stand out, to honor those who have sacrificed for our freedom, and to give the winner something to be proud of. Our designer came up with something quite  unique and incredibly awesome looking! — J. Delgado, CEO of Double D Armory, LTD.

The Double D Armory, Model: SST AR-15 is a tribute to 9-11 and is a unique Commemorative, One-of-a-kind, Limited Edition Rifle. This drawing will be held on September 12, 2015 at Centennial Gun Club’s 2nd Annual Firearms Festival–an event you don’t want to miss! The winner doesn’t have to be present to win.

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“We are excited to team up with Double D Armory and “Hope for the Warriors” to remember and honor those who sacrificed so much, if not all, in the 9-11-01 terrorist attacks and those veterans who have also selflessly sacrificed.  Jay builds a great rifle, it is our number 1 selling rifle at CGC, and the one-of-a-kind patriotic design for this giveaway is just awesome!  We will announce the winner of this pro-America, commemorative gun at our 2nd annual Firearms Festival on September 12th. It will be fantastic to give a big check to Hope for the Warriors-who so competently and tirelessly help our veterans and their families.”  — Paul Stanley, General Manager at Centennial Gun Club.

“Hope For The Warriors” is a great charity that provides a tremendous amount of support to our war-fighters. They provide support in areas of  Career Transition & EducationClinical Health & Wellness plus an awesome Sports & Recreation program.

“When Double D Armory contacted us and asked if we would like to be a part of this, we were all over it. For Double D Armory and Centennial Gun Club to come together like this speaks wonders about these two awesome organizations. This is going to be one event we can’t miss, and I personally will be flying out to be part of this. I really hope the community comes together on this and helps them reach their goal.” –Chris Sharon – Hope For The Warriors, Director, Outdoors Adventures.

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This is such a great cause and hopefully this fundraiser reaches it’s goal. With 100% of the proceeds going to “Hope For The Warriors”, it’s going to support a great charity.

Entries for the drawing will be accepted beginning August 17, 2015 with the lucky winner of the rifle to be selected on September 12, 2015. The winner will be announced on both companies’ social media websites and the winner will also be notified by email. The lucky winner will win a SST Precision- Made Modern Sporting Rifle, finished in a Mil-Spec Hard Coat Anodized Camouflage Finish! This finish is unique! It is a Military Specification Type III Hard Coat Anodizing (not a paint or water transfer dip process). This unique finish is applied to last a lifetime!

Double D Armory has been back-ordered since the introduction of our product and is nearly impossible to find at local dealers. Therefore, this giveaway offers an all the more unique opportunity for the lucky winner to obtain a highly sought-after firearm.

Want to do your part in helping our War-Fighters and enter your chance to WIN a One-Of-A- Kind Commemorative Rifle? You can go to a page set up by “Hope For The Warriors” to donate and be entered to win this awesome rifle! Click Here

You can also find more about this rifle and giveaway on Double D Armory, LTD website found “HERE”