Col. Raible's Commander's Guidance for Attack Pilots

We received this in an e-mail from a former Marine officer who we hold in very high esteem. It concerns LtCol Chris "Otis" Raible, Commanding Officer of Marine Attack Squadron VMA 211 (the Avengers) at Camp Bastion. LtCol Raible was one of two Marines killed when insurgents attacked the base in Helmand province recently (the same attack that destroyed a number of AV8B Harriers). Sgt. Bradley Atwell was also killed in the attack.

This is a copy of LtCol Raible's Commander's Guidance, and it's well written. We thought you might like to read it. Professional Hunger, Professional Focus, Attitude, Moral Courage.

The Yuma, AZ based squadron was the only Marine Harrier unit remaining in Afghanistan, having relocated to the British airfield Camp Bastion from the Kandahar Airfield earlier in the Summer as part of the drawdown and consolidation of USMC forces in CENTCOM. It is believed that a number of insurgents dressed in US Army uniforms penetrated the base perimeter in 3 prepared and rehearsed teams, attacking the airfield with small arms, RPGs and suicide vests.

LtCol Raible is survived by his wife and three children. His relatives described him as a Marine who was devoted ot his profession, who "lived it, breathed it and unfortunately died for it."

Swingin' Dick

Richard "Swingin' Dick" Kilgore is half of the most storied celebrity action figure team in the world (and the half that doesn't prefer BBWs). He believes in American Exceptionalism, America, holding the door for any woman (lady or whore) and the idea that you should be held accountable for what comes out of your fucking mouth. Swingin' Dick has been a warrior gyrovague for many years now and is, apparently, impossible to kill -- he once had a complete body transplant after an IED hit the gun truck in which he was riding. True story, one of the Cav guys mailed his head and arm home. Swingin' Dick comes from a long line of soldiers and LEOs (his Great Uncle commanded an Air Cav battalion in Vietnam and his many times removed great grandfather was one of the few original Burt Mossman era Arizona Rangers). Swingin' Dick detests Joy Behar and Chris Matthews almost as much as he enjoys traveling the world to crush crime vice and evil. He believes the opportunity to lead eeeelight team of Breach Bang Clear minions is the most improbably awesome thing an action figure has ever done and he's immensely proud of his perfect hair. Loyalty and respect should start from the top down.

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