The latest pictures from Ferguson, Missouri in the wake of the shooting Michael Brown look like they are from a war zone, not the USA- What do you mean that was in Ferguson MO ?! And they aren’t even pictures of Detroit! (Anyone see those old spoof movies that always made fun of Detroit?)
Anyway, we thought these captions would be more appropriate. Not taking sides here, just saying, WTF is going on in Ferguson?
The after effects of a suicide bomber in southern Gaza… oh wait, that’s Missouri.
Armored SWAT vehicles are now being used by Iraqi Police to fight ISIS in Fallujah… just kidding, that’s Ferguson, MO.
A terrorist bomb destroys a store in the south of Kabul… my bad, that was actually in Ferguson, Missouri.
Led By A Lion T-Shirt and Once More Unto The Breach T-Shirt
Led By A Lion T-Shirt and Once More Unto The Breach T-Shirt . Two fantastic new Military Quote T-Shirt designs from Vision-Strike-Wear.com. Wear your attitude with these two new designs with quotes from Henry V and Alexander the Great.
Led By A Lion T-Shirt
“I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion.”
Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more;
Or close the wall up with our English dead.
In peace there’s nothing so becomes a man
As modest stillness and humility:
But when the blast of war blows in our ears,
Then imitate the action of the tiger;
Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood,
Disguise fair nature with hard-favour’d rage;
Then lend the eye a terrible aspect;
Let pry through the portage of the head
Like the brass cannon; let the brow o’erwhelm it.
Comprised of two military branches, Army and Air Force, the National Guard, is certainly a reserve military force to be reckoned with. It’s state militia units are federally recognized as part of the United States’ armed forces, whether active or inactive. Citizen soldiers make up the National Guard, working civilian jobs part time and serving in the military part time as well.
Since its inception in 1636, the National Guard has been and will always be ready to mobilize its units for active duty to supplement regular armed forces during times of war or for national emergency as declared by Congress, the President or the Secretary of Defense.
National Guardsmen, Penn Station, New York City
There is claim that the National Guard is older than our nation itself, with over three and a half centuries of service. Our modern-day units that can are direct descendants from the Massachusetts Bay Colony Regiments formed 375 years ago, are the 101st Field Artillery Regiment, the 182nd Infantry Regiment, the 101st Engineer Battalion and the 181st Infantry.
National Guardsman of the 1st Battalion, 151st Infantry Regiment in Parun, Afghanistan
It is also accredited with having served in the Mexican-American War, the beginning of the American Civil War and the Spanish-American War. During World War I, the National Guard made up to 40% of the U.S. combat divisions in France and 19 divisions in WWII.
More recently, we have seen our National Guard’s service men and women deploy to aid in Operation Desert Storm, with over 63,000 members mobilized. They were also there to assist with peace-keeping operations in places like Somalia, Haiti, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bosnia and Kosovo as well as the handling of natural disasters (Hurricane Katrina), strikes, riots and other such massive events.
Guard’s men and women traditionally serve “One Weekend a Month, Two Weeks a Year” although certain units can serve more frequently depending on the demand of the task at hand. Pilots, navigators and aircrewmen are typical examples of those who are full time service members. A significant number of these also serve full time in AGR (Active Guard and Reserve) or ART (Air Reserve Technician or Army Reserve Technician).
Picture the “head honcho” of an organization and what comes to mind are boardrooms, power and wealth; an individual at the top of his or her game.
But where did the word “honcho” originate? While the word is often mistakenly believed to have Spanish origins, it actually traces its roots to American soldiers who fought in the Pacific during World War II.
The Oxford English Dictionary defines a “honcho” as “[o]riginally, the leader of a small group or squad; hence, anyone in charge in any situation; the ‘boss’.” Merriam-Webster goes a bit further into the etymology of the word, noting that it comes from the Japanese word “han” (which means squad) and chō (which is defined as head or chief). According to the book Fighting Talk: The Military Origins of Everyday Words and Phrases, the Japanese army would call squad leaders or sergeants in the army “hon-cho.”
The first published references to the word came in 1947, when New Zealand-born journalist James M. Bertram used it in his book The Shadow Of A War: A New Zealander in the Far East, 1939-1946. (“But here comes the hancho,” wrote Bertram. “This boat must be finished to-night.”) While Bertram’s memoir was written in 1947, there are several indications that the word “honcho” had been used by soldiers and other military personnel for years before that.
Ernest O. Norquist was an army medic during the Battle of Bataan in the spring of 1942. Norquist was one of the thousands of American and Filipino prisoners of war that were forced to take part in the Bataan Death March.
He kept a diary throughout his time as a prisoner of war, recording his days on “scraps of paper, candy and cigarette wrappers, whatever he could find,” as his son John (a former mayor of Milwaukee), noted in the foreword of the published version of his father’s diary, which was released in 1989.* The elder Norquist made frequent references to the “honchos” that ran the prison camp in his diary. In his entry on July 2, 1945, Norquist wrote:
“When the galley ‘honcho’ comes around to us and asks ‘soupu joto?’ (‘The soup is good?’), you have to answer ‘Hai’ (‘yes’) or get whacked. The soups lately are usually a semi-nauseating mixture of green-stems and fish scraps — boiled!”
On Aug. 13, 1945, Norquist noted: “A job honcho says he is tired of the war and thinks it will be over in six months. (I should hope so.)” And, in fact, the war did end mere weeks after Norquist wrote that entry.
It was just five years later that the United States became involved in what’s widely referred to as “America’s forgotten war” — the Korean War.
During the Korean conflict, American troops frequently used the word honcho in two different ways, both of which signified being a “boss” or “leader.” Eric H. Vieler was a rifle platoon leader who served in Korea during the later portion of the war. In his memoir of his time stationed in Korea, Destination Evil: Remembering the Korean War, Vieler recalled that each unit had members of the Korean Service Corps fighting alongside them. The KSC was a auxiliary civilian formation put together by the South Korean Army that was meant to provide laborers to both the Korean Army and American forces.
“A KSC detail usually had a ‘honcho,’ a Korean corporal who supposedly had some knowledge of English, oversaw the KSCs and served as a link between them and us. They were good, valuable workers doing all kinds of heavy-duty manual labor, to include evacuation of our wounded…. They could carry heavy loads on their backs that would have given any one of us trouble.”
In addition to referring to the Korean corporals they served with as honchos, the military would also use the term when discussing the established Soviet pilots who unofficially flew North Korean fighter jets during the war. “Air Force pilots called the Russians ‘honchos,’ their Chinese and North Korean acolytes ‘tyros,'” noted David Sears in his book, Such Men As These: The Story of the Navy Pilots Who Flew the Deadly Skies.
The word honcho didn’t pick up steam among American civilians until the mid-1960s.
On Jan. 3, 1964, Senator Barry Goldwater of Arizona declared that he would be running against President Lyndon B. Johnson later that year. In his delightfully titled article “Honcho, Hooch, and Hooch Honcho,” Gordon B. Chamberlain notes that Goldwater was asked about his campaign director, Denison Kitchel, during the press conference. From a New York Times article published the next day:
“Q: Kitchell [sic] is the top man then?
A: Kitchell — is — we call him the honcho out here — he’s the head honcho.”
Both the words “honcho” and the “head honcho” began to enter the mainstream slowly thereafter. And today, the word “honcho” has morphed into a favorite of headlinewriterseverywhere.
*After the war, Norquist became a Presbyterian minister and was extensively involved in the civil rights movement. The story of the preservation of Norquist’s wartime diary is fascinating in its own right. Norquist was held in two prison camps, one in what was then-known as the Philippine Islands and one in Japan. Before leaving the Philippines, Norquist buried his diary in a waterproof container that was later found by a Filipino family and returned to the U.S. Army, which eventually sent it to Norquist’s home. In fact, this portion of Norquist’s diary returned to the United States before Norquist himself did.