"I AM THE INFANTRY!"
I am the Infantry--Queen of Battle! For two centuries I have kept our Nation safe, Purchasing freedom with my blood. To tyrants, I am the day of reckoning; to the oppressed, the hope for the future. Where the fighting is thick, there am I…I am the Infantry! FOLLOW ME!
I was there from the beginning, meeting the enemy face to face, will to will. My bleeding feet stained the snow at Valley Forge; my frozen hands pulled Washington across the Delaware. At Yorktown, the sunlight glinted from the sword and I, begrimed…Saw a Nation born. Hardship…And glory I have known. At New Orleans, I fought beyond the hostile hour, showed the fury of my long rifle…and came of age. I am the Infantry! FOLLOW ME!
Westward I pushed with wagon trains…moved an empire across the plains…extended freedom's borders and tamed the wild frontier. I am the Infantry! FOLLOW ME!
I was with Scott at Vera Cruz…hunted the guerilla in the mountain passes…and scaled the high plateau. The fighting was done when I ended my march many miles from the old Alamo.
From Bull Run to Appomattox, I fought and bled. Both Blue and Gray were my colors then. Two masters I served and united them strong…proved that this nation could right a wrong…and long endure. I am the Infantry! FOLLOW ME!
I led the charge up San Juan Hill…scaled the walls of old Tientsin…and stalked the Moro in the steaming jungle still…always the vanguard, I am the Infantry!
At Chateau-Thierry, first over the top, then I stood like a rock on the Marne. It was I who cracked the Hindenburg Line…in the Argonne, I broke the Kaiser's spine…and didn't come back 'till it was "over, over there." I am the Infantry! FOLLOW ME!
A generation older at Bataan, I briefly bowed, but then I vowed to return. Assaulted the African shore…learned my lesson the hard way in the desert sands…pressed my buttons into the beach at Anzio…and bounced into Rome with determination and resolve. I am the Infantry!
The English channel, stout beach defenses and the hedgerows could not hold me…I broke out at St. Lo, unbent the Bulge…vaulted the Rhine…and swarmed the Heartland. Hitler's dream and the Third Reich were dead.
In the Pacific, from island to island…hit the beaches and chopped through swamp and jungle…I set the Rising Sun. I am the Infantry!
In Korea, I gathered my strength around Pusan…swept across the frozen Han…outflanked the Reds at Inchon…and marched to the Yalu. FOLLOW ME!
In Vietnam, while others turned aside, I fought the longest fight, from the Central Highlands to the South China Sea I patrolled the jungle, the paddies and the sky in the bitter test that belongs to the Infantry. FOLLOW ME!
Around the world, I stand…ever forward. Over Lebanon's sands, my rifle steady aimed…and calm returned. At Berlin's gates, I scorned the Wall of Shame. I spanned the Caribbean in freedom's cause, answered humanity's call. I trod the streets of Santo Domingo to protect the innocent. In Grenada, I jumped at Salinas, and proclaimed freedom for all. My arms set a Panamanian dictator to flight and once more raised democracy's flag. In the Persian Gulf, I drew the line in the desert, called the tyrant's bluff and restored right and freedom in 100 hours. Duty called, I answered. I am the Infantry! FOLLOW ME!
My bayonet…on the wings of power… keeps the peace worldwide. And despots, falsely garbed in freedom's mantle, falter…hide. My ally in the paddies and the forest…I teach, I aid, I lead. FOLLOW ME!
Where brave men fight…there fight I. In freedom's cause…I live, I die. From Concord Bridge to Heartbreak Ridge, from the Arctic to the Mekong, to the Caribbean and on to the desert sands…the Queen of Battle!
Always ready…then, now, and forever.
I am the Infantry! FOLLOW ME!
-Creed of the United States Army Infantry Center, Fort Benning, Georgia.
A critical item for your Disaster Kit, First Aid Kit or Combat Lifesaver Bag is a bottle of Anti-Diarrheal pills to prevent individuals from becoming dehydrated due to sickness that is caused by waterborne viruses, bacteria and parasites. In addition to dehydration, the loss of fluids through diarrhea can cause electrolyte disturbances such as potassium deficiency and salt imbalances that can lead to death if untreated. The World Health Organization has identified diarrheal diseases as a leading cause of deaths globally for both adults and children. Stocking your medical kits or bugout bags with this critical item is extremely inexpensive. You can purchase 144 caplets at Walmart.com for under $9 by purchasing Equate Anti-Diarrheal Caplets. Equate's Anti-Diarrheal Caplets are a cost effective way to control the symptoms of diarrhea, compared to the complications this illness can cause.
The LEGO War in the Pacific video below is a great resource to use during professional development sessions to highlight fire and maneuver. From a learning perspective it is always good to use visual resources to reinforce a teaching topic such as fire and maneuver, movement techniques and security by showing a nontraditional video. For those World War II battle rifle collectors listen for the M1 Garand's "metallic ping" of the magazine being ejected. Also, look for the Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR) suppressing the Japanese soldiers during the U.S. assault. The Japanese Arisaka bolt action rifles are having a hard time keeping up.
Palmetto State Armory is selling Federal's 5.56 NATO Bulk Packs for $169, Federal American Eagle 5.56x45mm NATO 55gr FMJ 420rds On Stripper Clips XM193LC1. At $0.40 a round, this deal is hard to pass on. This ammunition is ready to go with 420 rounds of M193 5.56 NATO 55gr ammunition loaded on stripper clips, ready to go in cardboard silencers, ammo can and includes magazine adapter (see pictures below loading USGI and MAGPUL mags). This ammunition is prepared for an all in one grab-and-go solution that is set up for fast reload of USGI hi-capacity magazines. The included ammo can makes this a great item to put directly into storage for future use. This product has decreased in price significantly from what they were selling for last year. Keep stocking up!!!
Don't be one of those friends who say they wish they would have bought this ammunition when prices were low. You know who you are!
In addition to your designated marksman's woodland camouflage sniper veil, purchase a USGI Individual Camouflage Cover White Pattern (NSN 8415-01-280-5234) veil for winter concealment. Sniper veils are a see through material that can be draped over the body for a quick concealment system to break up the shooters shape/silhouette. The pictured sniper veil is a 60"x90" piece of white mesh material that can be cut into smaller pieces for different camouflage applications and can be purchased for under $8 on Ebay and Amazon.com (see link below). This material is also excellent for camouflaging equipment left at a rally point. Buy the material pattern that best matches the vegetation and the season you'll be operating within.
If you're looking for a quality knife for $12 consider purchasing Mora's Companion #11863 Carbon Steel Knife that is manufactured in Sweden. This knife was brought to my attention by a friend, who highly recommends this knife due to its durability under heavy use with the non-edge side of the knife being used as a FireSteele striker to start fires. The knife's weight of 2.7oz is light for a quality 4" blade with a 8-1/2" overall length. Cut and paste the following description into Ebay's search engine to find this knife being offered by Oak Cutlery, MORA OF SWEDEN 11863 (840MG) COMPANION MG CARBON STEEL BLADE KNIFE.
When planning to conduct live-fire exercises and other range operations this summer, everyone should train lifesaving first aid procedures such as treating an "Open/Sucking Chest Wound" that may be needed for gunshot wounds. It is always best to be prepared, due to accidents happening at anytime. If it was not for trained medics General David Petraeus could have lost his life when he was accidentally shot in the chest in 1991 during a live-fire exercise at Fort Campbell, KY. General Petraeus was observing the exercise as the unit's battalion commander, when a soldier tripped and discharged his weapon in an unsafe direction during a live-fire. If it was not for medics on the range, America would have lost one of its greatest military leaders.
As part of your first aid kit and range bag you should carry a pair of "Chest Seal Dressings" so you're able to seal both the entry and exit wounds. If no Chest Seal is available, individuals can use the sterile packaging material from an Israeli bandage or field dressing to cover the wound and seal with tape (ensure at least 2 inches of plastic material extends all the way around the wound to ensure closure). See the H&H Medical video below for more information about treating this type of injury.
Prayer to Saint Michael the Archangel
Palmetto State Armory is offering a great ammunition package that includes a Brick of CCI 22LR (500rds) and 2 boxes of MAGTECH 45ACP for $79.99. This is a really good value for a $35 brick of CCI 22LR when you consider 2 boxes of MAGTECH 45ACP 230gr cost $44. In the Midwest CCI is tough to get unless you purchase on gunbroker.com at a premium. CCI standard velocity runs well in 22LR conversions for both Glocks and ARs. When available, continue to purchase 500rd bricks of 22LR due to most vendors limiting the amount of 22 ammo you can purchase.
While at PSA's site buy some extra AR-15 30rd magazines for $7.99.
Carry "H and H Compressed Gauze" in your range bags and trauma kits to control severe bleeding/ hemorrhaging resulting from gunshot wounds and other severe injuries. H and H Compressed Gauze (NSN 6510-01-503-2117) is a highly compact 4.5" x 4.1 yards 6 ply cotton gauze roll that requires little space in your trauma kits. This gauze is a standard issue component in military Combat Lifesaver (CLS) bags and Improved First Aid Kits (IFAKs) due to ease of storage. Watch the video below for a tutorial on packing a gunshot wound with this gauze. This item can be used as a standalone item or in conjunction with other bandages. See Amazon.com link below to purchase.