The all-American team assembled of the military veterans is about to complete the grueling Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. The race across the Atlantic ocean that requires competitors to row across 3,000 miles of open ocean. Now, all-American team Fight Oar Die is just a few days from the finish line.
The base of followers keeping tabs on the journey includes plenty of people in Alabama. One team member, Bryan Knight, has family in Mobile, Alabama and the area was important to their qualifications. For a few weeks in September and October, the team used Mobile’s Buccaneer Yacht Club as the home base for their spaceship-like boat, the Woobie, while they handled some sea trials in Mobile Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.
Knight and his Fight Oar Die crew —Alex Evans, Beau Maier and Christopher Kuntz — are using their campaign to raise awareness of PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) and other post-combat difficulties that bother veterans, and to raise funds for treatment and research.
“Each stroke we row increases the momentum toward our ultimate mission of increasing awareness of and support for the cognitive, behavioral, and physical health of U.S. Military/Veteran personnel,” reads part of the mission statement on the team website.
Competition rules require teams to carry all their food and devices to supply drinking water on their journey. As they prepared their gear in Mobile, Alabam team members said they were packing the boat Woobie with 48 days of rations plus 12 days of emergency rations.
According to the race clock running at the official race website, Day 51 on the water started at about noon Friday. At 9:15 a.m. Central time Friday, the live race tracker put Fight Oar Die less than 186 nautical miles from the finish, running 20th out of 27 boats with a projected finish of 55 days and 11 minutes.
That would appear to be a solid performance. This year’s first finisher did it in 34 days 12 hours, and the leaderboard projects an 83-day finish for the boat currently running last.
An update posted Friday morning at the Fight Oar Die page on Facebook projected a late Monday finish for the team. Another update a few hours earlier said “With just over 200 miles left, our spirits are high. Bodies are broken (feeling every bit of my almost 50 years of living-Bryant), but this is a mental game. Just row, right? More whale sightings have kept us pleased.”
That’s a great and noble thing that guys from Fight Oar Die did for veterans and their community. Their story should act as inspiration for all of us.
Cuba claims US deploying Special Forces as part of ‘covert’ plan
U.S. Marines and other Special Operations troops are thought to have flown in from the US to Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and other Caribbean islands, Cuba believes. The US plans to use Venezuela’s humanitarian crisis as a reason for the intervention, Havana believes. Food is said to have been stockpiled in warehouses on Venezuela’s border with Colombia ahead of a humanitarian mission.
A Cuban government spokesman claimed Washington wants to ”forcibly establish a humanitarian corridor under international protection, invoking the obligation to protect civilians”.
US special envoy for Venezuela Elliott Abrams branded Cuba’s claim “a new lie”. Donald Trump has refused to rule out US military action in Venezuela and insisted “all options are on the tale”. Communist-run Cuba – along with Russia and China – has continued to back under-fire Venezuela president Nicolas Maduro.
Donald Trump has demanded president Maduro resigns and hands power to opposition leader Juan Guaido, the head of Venezuela’s National Assembly. A “Declaration of the Revolutionary Government” from Cuba alleged that recent events in Venezuela amounted to an attempted coup.
A Cuban government spokesman said: ”Between February 6 and 10 military transport aircraft have flown to the Rafael Miranda Airport of Puerto Rico, the San Isidro Air Base, in the Dominican Republic and to other strategically located Caribbean islands, probably without knowledge of the governments of those nations.
“These flights originated in American military installations from which units of Special Operations and Marine Corps operate, which are used for covert actions.”
Cuba claimed US sanctions are causing damage “1,000 times greater” than the aid it is trying to force on the country. The Dominican Republic’s Foreign Minister Miguel Vargas said no US military transport planes had landed in his country. He reiterated his government’s support for a peaceful solution to the Venezuelan crisis.
Venezuela is being rocked by a severe economic crisis with soaring inflation wreaking havoc on the livelihoods of residents. An estimated three million Venezuelans have fled to neighboring countries.
Communist-run Cuba has been a key backer of the Venezuelan government since the Bolivarian Revolution that began under former leader Hugo Chavez in 1998. Most Western and Latin American countries, including the UK, quickly recognized Guaido as Venezuela’s legitimate head of state.
They have pledged millions of dollars in humanitarian aid in support. Guaido said on Tuesday the aid would roll across the border on February 23 despite the Maduro government’s objections, setting up a possible flashpoint.
The Things Soldiers do That Command Hates
For all of you, who served, or plan to serve, here is some things that soldiers actually do and the command officers dislike that. Look, if you’re going to give 18-22 year young man unbridled power via rifles, heavy machine guns, high explosives, and shit and let them loose on a country there are going to be some… possible lines crossed that the senior enlisted and officer corps don’t really enjoy. A few things that rookie soldiers do during their time in that got us disgruntled looks will be listed below. Both in country and CONUS, they believe they had a great time.
Best not read on if you’re sensitive and you snitch on your friends like someone who needs stitches if you catch our drift. If you want to be on the good side with command, you might not want to do some of these things. But your command might be cool and love you if you do these things. It’s really a 50/50 toss up gents.
- Refer to a meeting with local tribal elders as “Happy Murder Time.”
- Date the Battalion Commander’s daughter.
- Use common sense and critical thinking skills to solve problems.
- Remind your platoon mates that snitches get stitches.
- Ask your Lt. why we can’t just smoke these detainees.
- Pass out drunk in the XO’s front yard…naked…again.
- Shit on the side of a house while the owner watches at 0300 while on patrol
- Steal the golf cart from hotel security at the Marine Corps ball and give Marines rides to and from the hotel to downtown San Diego
- Set a hotel on fire while at a birthday ball and subsequently get the entire battalion banned from Las Vegas.
- Get shit ass drunk the night before the battalion run
Some of these are real, some of these are fake. We’ll leave it up to you to figure out which ones are which, and you can leave us a comment of something you did that command hated. The inspiration for the article and some things from the list were “borrowed” from AmericanGrit blog.
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