By David J. Danelo
A occasionally harrowing, usually funny, and infrequently tragic examine the Marine Corps from the interior out in its fight with the insurgency in Iraq. Drawing from own event within the complicated, lethal clash at present being fought within the streets and again alleys of Iraqi cities and villages, Danelo specializes in the younger Marine leaders--corporals and sergeants--whose task it truly is to take even more youthful Marines into conflict, shut with and spoil an elusive enemy, and produce their boys again domestic back. unfortunately, there are losses, yet real to the Marine Corps spirit, they soldier on, incomes their blood stripes the single means they recognize how--the challenging way.
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Captain? General? The first time Amaya, Zmudzinski, and Soudan had younger Marines give them that look was during their years at Bangor, Washington. Nestled amidst cedars, pines, and Douglas firs, Naval Submarine Base Bangor was home to several Trident missile sub-marines that carried national strategic assets. Marines from security forces could neither confirm nor deny that they guarded those assets. They could also neither confirm nor deny that their routine was filled with long posts, frustrating superiors, and mundane Orderly tasks.
Corporal Zmudzinski, who would not be free to leave Bangor until the following September, felt left out. A few days later, Amaya and the other volunteers held a farewell party to say their goodbyes to Zmudzinski and the others they would leave behind. The party was at Dusty Soudan's apartment. Another Marine at the party who was angry at remaining behind was a corporal named Jason Howell. They drank a lot of beer and had themselves a good time. After all, they thought, we might never see each other again.
This represents strength and power and everything stereotypically military. However, as anyone who has endured the beach landings of World War II, the tundra of Korea, the fierce jungles of Vietnam, or the gritty desert fight in Iraq would affirm, war is anything but Orderly. Combat is filled with uncertainties, half-truths, bad information, changing directives from seemingly incompetent higher headquarters, and unexplained explosions. War is chaos, the ultimate form of Disorder. The culture of Disorder embraces this.