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Posted on Sun, May 26, 2013 09:03

"SCUD alarm, SCUD alarm, SCUD alarm!" I yelled into the microphone.  "Don masks and gloves and take cover!"

 

As an Air Force Officer who served in Operation Desert Storm I was responsible for the operation of a command and control center that warned 6,000 people of incoming SCUD missiles randomly launched from Saddam Hussein's Iraq.  During this particular alarm, we were warned that we were in the "cone."  "Cones" were a 100 mile guess of where the deadly Al Hussein missile might hit.

 

It was February 25th, 8 days into the war.  It wasn't my first SCUD alarm.  Many were launched at or near my base.  It is one, however, I will remember.  As I continued to yell those words into the microphone, I knew there was only 2 minutes before impact.  People ran like roaches seeking bomb shelters.  And we waited.  And we waited. Seconds seemed like hours. As the time approached, I looked at the countdown clock. I held my breath.  

 

Impact. But it wasn't us.  It landed 55 miles west of us.  The intelligence report told us it was in Dahran, Saudi Arabia.  That day 28 of my fellow soldiers lost their lives to a random missile.  Those are 28 lives who ceased to see their spouses, kids, parents, and family. 

 

Memorial Day is a remembrance of our fallen soldiers. I want to recognize those 28.  May you be with God.



**My top strength is"learning." So, my blogs are learning-focused. ~Orlando

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Posted on Mon, May 27, 2013 23:22

Orlando~

Thank you for your post and service to our country.  It’s so hard to even fathom the sacrifice and bravery it takes to fight in a war! 

 

Today was a solemn day for me….remembering the fallen that sacrificed everything for us….but also remembering that we still have brave men and women, fighting and dying in Afghanistan today!

 



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Posted on Sun, May 26, 2013 17:19

Thank you for the post, Orlando.  A very good reminder indeed.  And thank you for your service to our great country.



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Posted on Sun, May 26, 2013 12:52

Thank you for this posting Orlando.  It made me go and look up the meaning of Memorial Day in the US, its roots, ect.  As a Canadian I did not realize that Americans recognize members of the forces on two different days.  Veterans Day in November to commemorate all those who have served as well as those who lost their lives, and Memorial Day for those who made the ultimate sacrifice.  In Canada we recognize all veterans on November 11th.


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Posted on Sun, May 26, 2013 10:08

Orlando, THANK YOU!

 

 

 

Thanks for:

 

having the courage to face an enemy that most of us would not dare to.

 

loving enough to be willing to risk your life so that the rest of us are safe.

 

being a shinning example to those who go through life oblivious of what goes on around them.

 

for the strength to share your experience so the rest of us can understand.

 

 

 

Memorial Day is just a reminder. We should thank and pray for all our military personnel, active and retired.

 

 

 

GOD BLESS YOU ALL

 

 


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