Today I honor the men of the 1st Brigade Combat Team of the 82nd Airborne Division of the U.S. Army who have sacrificed their lives while doing their duty. For them, and all of their comrades in arms, I ask God to bless them and keep them.
To Lt. Winston Elliott IV, platoon leader in the 1st BCT of the 82nd Airborne, I offer these words: Strength & Honor, my son. We await the safe return of you and your men.
Today is an appropriate time to review the mission of those who serve in the U.S. military. We should also remember the responsibility of citizens to hold accountable those elected to public office who determine where and when our soldiers are asked to fight. We are ultimately responsible for the decisions which put our soldiers in harms way. [Read more...]