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Thin Blue Line Shields of Strength Brighten Baton Rouge in Shooting’s Wake

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Thin Blue Line Shields of Strength Brighten Baton Rouge in Shooting’s Wake

Thin Blue Line Dog Tags Honor Baton Rouge Police Officers BATON ROUGE, La., Oct. 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — This week, a national water-ski jump champion from Texas and a retired Army colonel from Georgia partnered to honor the Baton Rouge law enforcement agencies that lost officers, and the families of the fallen, in the July 17 shooting in Baton Rouge. The Georgia-based nonprofit, Point 27, sponsored the gift of 1,650 Thin Blue Line silver scripture-inscribed Shields of Strength to the Baton Rouge Police Department and the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday, October 18. Fold Flag Pendant Necklaces Honor Gold Star Families of Fallen Officers Point 27 also gave Folded Flag Necklaces for the family members of the fallen officers and deputy. Kenny Vaughan, founder of the Beaumont-based company Shields of Strength, made the presentation at the Baton Rouge Police Station on behalf of U.S. Army Col. (Ret.) David Dodd, director of Point 27. The Thin Blue Line dog tags feature an American Flag on the front with one of the stripes a bright metallic blue line. The back of the dog tag is engraved with Matthew 5:9, “Blessed are the peacekeepers, for they will be called children of God.” The Folded Flag Necklaces are engraved with John 15:13: “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” Vaughan said his company designed the custom Thin Blue Line Shields of Strength in 2015. “We could have never imagined the attacks on police across the nation that would come in the months that have followed.” In a letter, which Vaughan read Tuesday, Dodd thanked the Baton Rouge officers and deputies “for their leadership, courage and perseverance in the face of great adversity.” Vaughan says, in 1996, his faith finally trumped his fear when he won the national water-ski jump championship. Later, he had the scriptures that were written on his ski-tow rope handles engraved on dog tags. Shields of Stength and Point 27 He founded Shields of Strength in 1998. Dodd commanded one of the first battalions deployed to Afghanistan following 9/11, equipping each of the soldiers in his command with a Shield of Strength. After his retirement, Dodd founded Point 27 with a mission to share God’s word with members of the military, veterans and first responders and others. In August, Point 27 with Shields of Strength honored the Dallas Police Department and families of the fallen officers from the July 7 police shooting in Dallas. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT MARCIA DAVIS 972-834-5898;...

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Troops and Veterans Must Do Their Duty: Vote

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Troops and Veterans Must Do Their Duty: Vote

Casting a Vote is a civic responsibility, and I believe every member of the armed forces and every Veteran should consider voting to be a personal duty. The oath we took when entering the military said, in part, “I … will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same.” Voting is an act of supporting the Constitution, and it is a means for service members and veterans to perform their duty. In the same oath, we pledged to obey the orders of the president of the United States. As the commander in chief, the president has the authority to commit U.S. forces to combat operations. Soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and military families have a personal stake in the competence, judgment and character of the commander in chief, and voting is the proper vehicle to voice their opinion and choice for civilian leadership. What’s at Stake Selecting a commander in chief has far-reaching implications for troops, including rules of engagement, funding for military benefits, disposition of captured terrorists, characterization of terrorist attacks against military personnel, treatment of deserters, and personnel policies. It also includes roles for women in combat, homosexual and transgender policies, and more. It is the commander in chief who nominates the secretary of defense, the secretaries of the military services, and other political appointees. It is through these appointees that the commander in chief’s policies are implemented across the Department of Defense. Just as important are the commander in chief’s selections for other key government agencies, including the State Department, CIA, FBI, NSA, Supreme Court and Department of Veterans Affairs. Each of these organizations deeply and directly impacts the lives of troops and military families. Federal, State, Local Elections In addition to voting for a presidential candidate this November, 33 senators, 435 congressmen, plus state and local officials will be on the ballot. Each of these officials will have an impact on troops and their families. Congress will approve the defense budget and VA funding. State and local officials govern schools, first responders and tax issues that directly impact military families. Military personnel have a responsibility to make informed decisions when selecting men and women for public office. Be an Informed Voter John F. Kennedy said, “The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all.” The Army defines duty as, “Accept responsibility for your own actions and those entrusted to your care.” Prior to voting, troops should educate themselves on the issues and the candidates. One valuable resource is GovTrack, a web-based tool that allows one to quickly see how incumbent congressmen and senators vote on issues such as VA funding, defense funding, funding for foreign aid, removal of sanctions against hostile governments, etc. Register to Vote. It’s Easy In order to vote, service members must register. It’s a very easy process. Simply complete the Federal Post Card Application using the FPCA online assistant, or pick up a hard-copy version from your Voting Assistance Officer or nearest U.S. Embassy or consular office. Double-check that your contact information is accurate in case your election office needs to reach you. ‘A Vote Is Like a Rifle’ Theodore Roosevelt said, “A vote is like a rifle: Its usefulness...

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POINT 27 IMPACTS 2016 NATIONAL POLICE WEEK, WASHINGTON D.C.

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POINT 27 IMPACTS  2016 NATIONAL POLICE WEEK, WASHINGTON D.C.

Thin Blue Line In May, Point 27 gave 3,000 Thin Blue Line Shields of Strength dog tag necklaces for Police Officers and 600 Folded Flag Necklaces for Families of Fallen Officers who attended the National Police Week events in Washington D.C. The feedback from those who were strengthened and encouraged by the Shields of Strength continues to pour in. C.O.P.S. to Point 27: “You made a huge impact.” Chris Kahmke, a retired Law Enforcement Officer and current Director of Development for the nonprofit organization Concern of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) arranged for the distribution of the Thin Blue Line Shields to families who attended the National Police Week events in Washington DC.  Kahmke said that the necklaces meant a great deal to the family members of Fallen Officers. Kahmke said that every attendee at the C.O.P.S. conference that week was given a Thin Blue Line Dog Tag Necklace; and that the Folded Flag Necklaces will be presented to families attending the C.O.P.S. first-year survivor retreats.  In an email to Point 27, Kahmke wrote: “I want you to know, I saw child after child, spouses, co-workers wearing the necklaces throughout the conference. I have been approached by Chapter Presidents and Survivors asking who was behind this token of generosity. So on behalf of all our current and past survivors, thank you. You made a huge impact. You gave our survivors a daily reminder of their sacrifices, that they could wear in honor of their fallen officer(s).” National Police Week National Police Week is a collaborative effort of many organizations dedicated to honoring America’s law enforcement community. Principal organizers of National Police Week held in Washington DC, include the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, which sponsors the annual Candlelight Vigil at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial; the Fraternal Order of Police/Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary, which organizes the Peace Officers Memorial Day Service at the U.S. Capitol; and Concerns of Police Survivors, which holds the National Police Survivors’ Conference. Statistics show that, on average, one law enforcement officer is killed in the line of duty somewhere in the United States every 53 hours. Since the first known line-of-duty death in 1791, more than 19,000 U.S. law enforcement officers have made the ultimate sacrifice. Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall For attendees, one of the strongest centerpieces of Police Week is the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall in Washington D.C., that features the names of the nearly 19,000 Law Enforcement Officers who have been killed in the line of duty. The Memorial is designed with four bronze lions, two male and two female; each watching over a pair of lion cubs. Below each lion is carved a different quotation: “In valor there is hope,” from Tacitus “The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are as bold as a lion,” Proverbs 28:1 A quote from President George H.W. Bush, “Carved on these walls is the story of America, of a continuing quest to preserve both democracy and decency, and to protect a national treasure that we call the American dream.” The fourth quote is comprised of the words of a surviving widow of a Fallen Police Officer, Vivian Eney Cross. The quote reads: “It is not how these officers died that made them heroes, it is how they lived.” Point 27...

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Officer Will McGary and Thin Blue Line

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Letter from Officer Will McGary Memorial Foundation Mr. Dodd, sir, I am sorry it has taken me so long to get back to you. I received your note enclosed in the box of Shields of Strength necklaces. I would be honored to share what they mean to me and what I hope they will mean to those to whom we distribute them. First, please, let me thank YOU for your service to our country. I saw from your signature line that you are a retired US Army Colonel. I am proud to be affiliated with you, sir. If there was anything I ever wanted to do, it was to serve my country. I never got the opportunity to do so, but I am grateful to every one of you who did. Now about the Shields of Strength. I volunteer for the Officer Will McGary Memorial Foundation which was established in 2013 after the death of 26 year old Officer Will McGary while in the line of duty. Will’s mother is my best friend. I became very actively involved in the Foundation in early 2015. This past May, I accompanied the McGary family to Washington, D.C. to the annual fallen law enforcement officer’s candlelight vigil and visited the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall where we saw Will’s name inscribed for all of eternity along with the other brave officers who gave their lives. It was emotionally overwhelming and touching. We were registering for C.O.P.S. events that second day we were there when I was handed a thin blue line necklace. I have an instant attraction to anything bearing the American flag, so I was immediately drawn to the necklace. So many things about it grabbed my attention that I stood there for some time looking it over. First of all, it was a dog tag necklace. This, along with the flag, immediately paid homage, in my mind, to our US veteran heroes. The addition of the thin blue line in the flag reminded me that our law enforcement officers are all that stand between good people and the whims of a lawless society. Anyone stepping into the role of law enforcement officer is truly placing himself in harm’s way in this present world and that entitles him/her to great respect from the rest of us. Perhaps the most emotional part of this gift, to me, was when I turned it over and saw that beautiful verse, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.” My heart was truly touched by this. Amidst all the loss, the grieving families I was surrounded by, the pain I was bearing with my dearest friend of the loss of her only son, it was like a quiet reminder from heaven that Will died keeping the peace in the greatest country in the world. He was doing what he was passionate about doing when he was killed. He was protecting his fellow man and his fellow officers surrounding the scene of an accident when he was struck by an impaired driver. If it had not been Will that had been struck that night, it is unknown how many other lives may have been lost instead, and if I know Will, he would not have tolerated that. Will was an...

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M.O.M. Gives Shields of Strength

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M.O.M. Gives Shields of Strength

Ministering Our Military (M.O.M.) M.O.M.,  a military support group in Mount Pleasant, Texas will include over a thousand Shields of Strength, which Point 27 gave for inclusion in care packages the support group will send across the world to soldiers who will be separated from their families over the holidays. Prayer, Honor, Awareness The M.O.M. organization is an outreach to the country’s military service men and women. The group has set a mission to provide care packages to military members deployed or stationed in the U.S. and overseas, and has stated a commitment for: praying for the safety and well-being of military troops bringing community awareness to the sacrifices they are making to preserve freedom honoring Veterans for their military service. Marine Mother Kellye Cooper heads the East Texas M.O.M. group and spearheads the Mount Pleasant Carry The Load rallies. Cooper’s son serves in the U.S. Marines.   “As a small nonprofit, without Point 27 supporting M.O.M., we could never afford to give out the amount of Shield of Strength Dog Tags that we are giving to Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines. I honestly cannot put into words how this all makes me feel because I am truly overwhelmed at what Point 27 means for the Mission of MOM,” Cooper said.  “Sharing God’s Word with the men and women who are serving and sacrificing is the best Christmas gift we can...

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U.S. Army Ret. Col: 9/11 Was a Time of Intense Spiritual Warfare

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U.S. Army Ret. Col: 9/11 Was a Time of Intense Spiritual Warfare

9/11 Terrorist Attack Thousands remember the moment the deadliest terrorist attack took place on American soil. That experience was no different for decorated U.S. Army (Ret) Col. David Dodd, who remembers it was a time of high spiritual warfare. On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, Dodd had no idea that he and his new command, the 86th Signal Battalion, would soon deploy to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, and later support Operation Iraqi Freedom, in America’s War on Terrorism. Shields of Strength Dog Tags Days before the deployment, Dodd’s sergeant major was in a Christian bookstore where he found some dog tags engraved with the scripture Joshua 1:9: “Be strong and courageous, do not be terrified or discouraged, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” “I thought that that dog tag would be something that would encourage our soldiers during deployment,” Dodd told CBN News. Dodd ordered 500 of them, one for every soldier under his command for that initial deployment to Afghanistan following 9/11, from Shields of Strength, a company founded by Kenny Vaughan. “Obviously, the Shields wouldn’t stop a bullet, and they weren’t good luck charms, but they were reminders of the power of God’s Word,” Dodd remembers. “My wife Sharon and I would pray for each of the soldiers in my command before we gave them the Shield of Strength and just before they boarded the transport for Afghanistan.” Dodd said it was one of the toughest experience but knew it was something he was called to do. Take Fight to Enemy…Pray “Everybody in that unit wanted to go forward and take the fight to the enemy and away from the United States,” he said. Dodd’s unit stayed until 2002 and, amazingly, there were no casualties. But he has not stopped praying for the military or the nation. “I believe there is a determined enemy. There is somebody who has declared war on us, still at war with us. They’re not going to stop fighting us. And for our nation to be safe and to be victorious we need to have God on our side and we need to turn to God and ask for his mercy, his protection, and his grace,” Dodd said. “I often pray 2 Chronicles 7:14,” he added. “That if we would humble ourselves and turn from our wicked way and pray and seek God’s face that he would forgive our sins and heal our land. It is my prayer still today that we would humble ourselves and seek God’s face.” Shields of Strength and Point 27 Dodd has shared more than 10,000 Shields of Strength with members of the military and U.S. and international leaders during his active military service. Now he is building up members of the military, veterans, and families of the fallen soldiers, first responders and families of fallen responders; through a nonprofit called Point 27. by:  Talia Wise Talia Wise serves as a multi-media producer for CBN News Newswatch, CBNNews.com and social media outlets. Prior to joining CBN News she worked for Fox Sports Florida producing and reporting. Talia attended Regent University where she earned a Master’s in Journalism and the University of Virginia. She lives in Newport News,...

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Thin Blue Line Shields of Strength

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Thin Blue Line Shields of Strength

Thin Blue Line A Thin Blue Line, comprised of men and women in blue uniforms, stands between good and evil. These brave souls enforce America’s laws and they provide order and security for America’s communities. They face danger on a daily basis, and sadly, many are injured and/or die in the line of duty. Long hours, violence, stress, and criticism challenge even the strongest. In light of demanding and relentless pressure, Law Enforcement Officers and their families need encouragement and support. Encouragement and Strength Point 27 is providing encouragement and strength by giving Police Officers and Deputies custom “Thin Blue Line” dog tags produced by Shield of Strength. The design is an American Flag with a thin blue line as the center strip. The back of the dog tag is engraved with Romans 5:9, “Blessed are the Peacemakers for they will be called the Sons of God.” These dog tags are a constant reminder of God’s Word and they hang just inches from the Police Officer’s heart. To honor family members of Fallen Officers, Point 27 gives Police and Sheriff Departments a Folded Flag Pendant necklace engraved with John 15:13, “Greater Love has no one than this: to down one’s life for a friend.” The pendant is a replica of a folded American Flag presented to family members during funeral service for a Fallen Officer. Point 27 wants to strengthen and encourage these special family members and to let them know we will not forget their Fallen Officer. National Police Week In mid-May, Point 27 gave 3,000 Thin Blue Line Shields of Strength to police officers and 600 Folded Flag Necklaces to Families of Fallen Officers during annual National Police Week 2016 held In Washington D.C. The several-day event honored police officers across the nation and recognized the sacrifices they and their families make every day, with special honor to the families that lost loved ones in the line of Police duty. No one knew then that the summer of 2016 would be one of the most dangerous and deadly periods on record for Police and Law Enforcement Officers. Dallas Police Ambush Following the murder of five Dallas Officers, Point 27 reached out to the Dallas Chief of Police to offer Thin Blue Line Shield of Strength Dog Tags for his officers and Folded Flag Necklaces for family members of the Fallen Officers. The officers ambushed on the night of July 7 were: Dallas Police Officers Lorne Ahrens, Michael Krol, Michael Smith and Patrick Zamarripa. The fifth officer killed was a Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Officer Brent Thompson. Point 27 sent Shields that were presented in a brief afternoon ceremony on July 29 at the main headquarters of the Dallas Police Station. The gift would be sufficient to provide every Dallas Police Officer with a Thin Blue Line Shield of Strength. For the families of the officers killed in the shooting, Point 27 sent 50 Folded Flag Necklaces, and offered more, if needed. DPD Executive Assistant Chief David Pughes received the Shields of Strength on behalf of Dallas Police Chief David Brown and the Dallas Police Department. His head bowed and eyes tearing, Officer Pughes listened to the words of a letter from Point 27 Director David Dodd: “Thank you for your leadership, courage and perseverance in the face...

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Point 27 Salutes Military Families

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Point 27 Salutes Military Families

Point 27 salutes Military Families; they are a National Treasure. Military families serve and sacrifice alongside the Warrior who wears the uniform. They carry such a heavy burden and they are often lost within the crowd of “normal” life. When the Warrior is deployed, they fear the worst and pray for the best. Often, neighbors, classmates, teachers, church friends, coaches, and extended family don’t understand, or even acknowledge what is going on in their world. However, these wonderful Americans contribute significantly to the National Defense and freedom all Americans enjoy. By supporting the Warrior so that he/she can focus on the mission, they increase the combat effectiveness of the force. When a Soldier is focused on family problems he is not focused on his combat mission. This lack of focus is dangerous for the Soldier and every member of his unit. When the Soldier knows that his family is doing well, his mind is free to focus 100% on his mission. This peace of mind increases the combat readiness of his unit, the Armed Forces, and it strengthens the Nation. Therefore, when you meet a military family member, thank them for their service, acknowledge their many sacrifices, and thank them for helping to defend the freedom you and your family enjoy. “No Man’s War,” is a window into the life of an army wife, Angela Rickets, who endured years of deployments. For a preview of her book and a glimpse into her life, read on…. http://www.npr.org/books/titles/331708186/no-mans-war-irreverent-confessions-of-an-infantry-wife?tab=excerpt#excerpt An Army Wife Charts Her Struggles In ‘No Man’s War’ Excerpt: No Man’s War Sometimes when you wake in the middle of the night it’s only for a slippery moment, a moment to re-cozy yourself, to remember with a flash of panic that forgotten appointment from the day before or to get up to potty. Potty is a word mothers begin using from the moment they give birth and never leaves their vocabulary until death. Sometimes what wakes you is a long-forgotten memory, the thing you tried to put behind you. Once or twice in a lifetime you wake up and just know it: You are dying, even though three hours ago you were watching Dexter and fluffing pillows on the couch and wiping down the kitchen countertops because you never know what the night will bring. And because a perfectly neat home masks the other mess that spins beyond control. I jerk awake and move the empty wine glass to see the time on the digital clock. Two something. I should remember the precise time on the clock, but I am a date person. Dates I remember; times, not so much. In the silent house with a staring cat and three sleeping children and again without a husband present, I struggle through sleepy, disoriented eyes to remember where I am. A sweet artificial stank hangs in the air; oh yeah, the Yankee Candle I blew out before I slammed the last gulp of wine. Nothing looks familiar as I go back and forth in my mind; which issue is more pressing, the crushing pain in my chest or where the hell I am? The glare of the streetlight shining into the window reminds me I’m home, home for now. This is our third house in less than two years, and it takes...

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Point 27 Salutes Master Sgt. Delorean Sheridan, awarded the Silver Star

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Point 27 Salutes Master Sgt. Delorean Sheridan, awarded the Silver Star

Point 27 salutes Air Force Master Sergeant Delorean Sheridan who was awarded the Silver Star Medal for his heroic actions while fighting terrorist in Afghanistan. His actions saved the lives of other members of the Armed Forces. He is an American hero, role model, selfless servant, Warrior, Father, Husband, Leader, and friend. Read about his incredible acts of valor, courage, and selflessness. By Jennifer H. Svan Stars and Stripes Published: June 12, 2014 Air Force Master Sgt. Delorean Sheridan was awarded the Silver Star for his actions in Afghanistan on March 11, 2013. Sheridan, a combat controller with the 21st Special Tactics Squadron at Pope Army Airfield N.C., helped thwart an inside attack at a small compound in Wardak Province that could have killed scores of U.S. and Afghan forces. COURTESY U.S. AIR FORCE Silver Star When the shooting started, it didn’t take long for then-Tech. Sgt. Delorean Sheridan to sort out what was happening. Puffs of smoke, followed by the sound of gunfire. Bullets striking, men to his right and left falling. His quick and courageous reaction to an insider attack — an ambush from close range that wounded many and could have killed scores — earned the Air Force special tactics airman a Silver Star, the U.S. military’s third highest award for bravery in combat. The events of March 11, 2013, unfolded inside a small forward operating base in Afghanistan’s Wardak province, where Sheridan, an Air Force combat controller on his sixth deployment, was part of a team of Green Berets and Afghan forces. That morning, the group huddled together while standing in a gravel lot, the base’s motor pool area, discussing the day’s mission. The U.S. soldiers took turns briefing their Afghan counterparts, a mix of Afghan Special Forces and Afghan National Police members. They were almost done when gunfire rang out. At an awards ceremony in January at Pope Field, N.C., where now-Master Sgt. Sheridan is assigned to the 21st Special Tactics Squadron, he recalled seeing puffs of smoke before he heard the machine gunfire. “Initially, everyone starts to look to see what’s going on,” Sheridan recalled in a phone interview in May. “We’re accustomed to shooting, so our first instinct is, ‘OK, what is the person shooting at?’ I turned and looked back and I saw this guy shooting at me and the light bulbs hit: It’s some guy trying to kill us.” The shooter was an Afghan National Police officer — or a man posing as one — attacking with a truck-mounted machine gun from about 25 feet away. The gunman, described as being new to the police force, was sitting by himself in a truck parked somewhere behind the huddled men. Sometime during the U.S. soldiers’ briefing, he slipped unnoticed out the driver’s side door, climbed up onto the truck’s bed and began shooting. At about the same time, heavy machine gunfire erupted from just outside the base, where 15 to 20 men were shooting as part of a coordinated attack. “The way our base was set up, there was a compound directly adjacent to our exterior wall with a window that could look into our motor pool,” Sheridan said. “From there, people were shooting also. Later on we found out there were people maneuvering around the compound trying to get a...

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Special Operations Medic of the Year, CPL Bryan Anderson, 3/75 Ranger Regiment

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Cpl. Bryan Anderson, Bravo Company, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, was named the 2014 U.S. Army Special Operations Command Medic of the Year, during a June 25, 2014, ceremony at Fort Benning, Ga. Point 27 salutes Corporal Bryan Anderson, Bravo Company, 3/75 Ranger Regiment for being selected as the Special Operations Medic of the Year. His acts of courage and selfless service epitomize the words spoken by Jesus and recorded in Mark 10:45, “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve and to give His life as a ransom for many.” Corporal Anderson risked his life to provide medical care, so others might live. He is a selfless servant, a true inspiration, and a positive role model. We thank God for him and the Rangers he serves. Point 27 would also like to thank Prince Avenue Baptist Church for providing Shields of Strength to the members of 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. Pastor Bill Ricketts and Associate Pastor Jerry Haas lead the Prince Avenue congregation in continual pray for the Rangers and Family Members of 3/75 as they courageously defend the freedom all Americans enjoy. Prince Avenue has dedicated the financial resources to ensure all current and new members of 3/75 have God’s Word engraved on a dog tag to wear alongside their Army issued Identification Tag (dog tags). These special dog tags are called Shields of Strength and they are engraved with Joshua 1:9 which says, “Be strong and courageous, do not be terrified or discouraged, because the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” God’s Word provides comfort and strength to these brave men as they fight in harsh, unfamiliar, and dangerous locations globally. They are true American Heroes, and Point 27 thanks them for their selfless service, courage, and their many sacrifices. We pray they feel the presence of The Lord as they face, and defeat, evil. Ranger named Special Operations Medic of the Year. By: Sgt. 1st Class Michael R. Noggle July 3, 2014 FORT BENNING, Ga., (July 2, 2014) — On Oct. 5, 2013, Rangers from B Company, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, were a month in to their 18th battalion deployment, since 2001, to Afghanistan. Their mission was to conduct a helicopter infiltration to capture or kill a known Taliban high profile attack coordinator. Serving as the platoon medic for more than two years, Cpl. Bryan Anderson had conducted numerous operations with the men he called his brothers. Upon reaching the location of the enemy compound, a suicide vest was initiated. Anderson, around 300 meters away from the objective due to the enemy retreating, heard an explosion and the call on the radio. “Hey! We need doc!” Anderson joined the Army in 2010, on a Ranger contract to serve as a medic. After going to college in Arizona to study emergency response operations, he felt it was the path he was chosen for. Always wanting to be a firefighter, Anderson said of being a platoon medic, “I know I will never have a better job than the one I have right now, being a platoon medic with the other Rangers I serve with.” After joining the 1st Platoon, he deployed to Afghanistan for the first time in 2012. Having a few eventful missions with...

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