That which was worthy of their death did not die, nor can it die. And we who remain must have sufficient strength to endure misfortune and continue their purpose, leaving the rest to God.
there are several of you who may want to start your paperwork for leave because in a few days you'll probably want to make the trip...
We don't have a lot of info. Guards were probably aircrew - Marines riding in back on a training mission.
"The crash occurred at 8:08 PM last night in the Santa Rosa Sound. The UH-60 that crashed was the lead helicopter of a two ship formation. The mishap location is East of the Navarre Beach bridge. It is not a remote nor dissolute location. The latest theory regarding the mishap is that the UH-60 was flying too low heading East along the Santa Rosa Sound when it may have clipped the bridge that goes between Navarre and Navarre Beach, which made it flip in midair and pancake into the water of the Sound. The Sound is quite shallow so the recovery effort should be quite easy, but unfortunately the manner in the way the UH-60 hit water more than likely there will be no survivors. It is likely a matter of pilot error, and I suspect not fog as is suggested. The fog did not roll in until later in the night. Map of the earth flying at night can be very disorienting." ~John
The Special Operations Training Course (STC) is six weeks of unhindered, realistic, challenging basic and intermediate Special Operations Forces (SOF) war fighting skills training. During STC the Special Operations Capabilities Specialists will also attend Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE) training along with a MARSOF Level 1 Course specific to their MOS: Explosive Ordnance Disposal (6 weeks), Communications (12 weeks), Intelligence (4–6 weeks), Joint Terminal Attack Controller (4 weeks), Multi-Purpose Canine (10 weeks).
One of the devastating comms I got from those currently reeling: ".. like a bomb went off in our hearts."
... from one of the many I sent: "we don't live in life like normal people we live in relentless carnage."
That's about the sum every which way round. Words are anemic and vain. Let's just hold onto each to the other. We are here at our stations, listening to Mark Levin - the closest thing we have to a support system - carrying on through. We've got superskype ready to go live - in an hour or so - and are rigging up major numbers of phones and live messaging...
Hang on tight.