Thank You, My Sheepdogs

Updated: February 16, 2012

By RU Rob

On February 11th I just happened to be inside of a jail.  That in itself really isn’t news.  But at about 6:30 in the evening, there was all of a sudden talk of Whitney Houston kicking the bucket.  The first question that popped into my very primitive head was, ”Did she over overdose?”  Honest question right?  I mean, she has been a known drug-addict for over 15 years.  The next question was, ”How freaking long are we going to have to be blasted with Whitney this and Whitney that? Why is the media going to waste valuable minutes of my day memorializing someone who has voluntarily flushed their life down the toilet when there are so many patriotic men and women who voluntarily give their life for this great country yet barely get a mention at the close of a news broadcast let alone a headline anywhere?”

Don’t get me wrong, I believe that Whitney Houston was a great singer at one point in her life.  If anyone ever lived overseas during the 1990’s and had the distinct pleasure of listening to or watching the Armed Forces Network (as if you had a choice) you were subject to Ms. Houston every night at midnight as they replayed her singing the Star Spangled Banner at the 1991 Super Bowl.  It was a moving rendition to say the least and in my opinion one of the best I have ever heard.  But that was before the nose candy really started taking effect on her.  That is all I am going to say…period… as I refuse to pay any unnecessary accolades to someone of her wealth who is a self-admitted drug-addict.

On February 11th at about the same time, a couple of thousand miles away, something else happened.  This is something that you won’t see on the mainstream media and will be lucky to read about on page seven of your local paper.  You see, SFC Billy Sutton, an American soldier, also died in Afghanistan.  It doesn’t matter how he died because it won’t be reported, but he died in service to our country and just like too many before him he will be laid to rest without the celebration of life that he deserves.  There will not be an 18,000-seat civic center with hundreds of security officers holding back the masses.  There will not be a miles-long funeral procession with wailing fans lined up 10 deep along the route. There will only be a small group of Veterans and family who recognize the importance of the life he led and the choices he made to make our country great. That small group of family and  teammates will describe him as “Patriotic” and “Unwavering” and will speak of his two combat tours in Iraq and how he volunteered to fill a critical position in Afghanistan when he made the ultimate sacrifice.

We all grumble about the unfairness that our brave Armed Forces don’t get the publicity they deserve, and we’re right. They don’t. All too often the heroics of our Armed Forces go unnoticed. It isn’t by design it’s by culture. In a country where every night on every major network there is a 30-minute show all about the gossip of who’s dating who and who’s cheating on who that there’s little room for the true heroes of today.  Ten long years ago when we first started losing our brothers and sisters, it was news. But soon the rest of the nation became numb to it and it was no longer classified as such, being pushed back from the front page to the obituaries section.

So on this day and for this week, when everyone else is celebrating the life of a crackhead, I am celebrating the lives of those lost.  The men and women who donned the uniform one last time and were laid to rest without the pomp and circumstance they so deserved.

Thank you my sheepdogs.




  1. KC Army Ret

    February 16, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    You are so on target. I’m sick to death how some poor douche bag celebrity snorts their brain to mush and it stays in the national lime light for months. Then every national news paper or TV station will run story after story depicting the tragic fucking story. boo fcking hoo. BUT, never will they mention the death of any service member or give any kind of accolades to those who have paid the ultimate price for serving our country. What’s really sad is even now you can’t go into a national chain store without seeing some crap about Michael Jackson, his greatest hits, t-shirts, or some other crap. HE WAS A CHILD MOLESTER, ok maybe not just like OJ didn’t commit murder.

  2. Rich Pfonner

    February 16, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    Great article. I have been saying the same thing the last couple of days. You did leave out one thing though; if you think like this you are a racist.

  3. Dale D

    February 17, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    I agree wholeheartedly with what you have said. What seriously pissed me off this week, Feb. 14th, Gov Chris Christie said he would lower the New Jersey and United States Flag to half-mast to honor the passing of “such a great American who gave so much”. Feel free to contact him with you displeasure. I know, personally, 37 people have written e-mails made phone calls(The swapped over to voice mail last night)and hand written letters calling for everything from his resignation to his public apology to living and at rest Veterans. Personally I would like to thank you for honoring the servicemen and women by having such an awesome post as this for us to look at.
    Thanks for being great at who you are,
    Sgt. Dale D.

  4. MH

    February 22, 2012 at 1:54 am


  5. Robert O'Connor

    February 23, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    I agree 100% that those who serve don’t get what they deserve in ways of being remembered. At the same time though, it gives me even more respect for them. They know they’re going into a job that might kill them, has no glory, and that they will only have a handful of people who will thank them for what they do. They are the reason that we are free and yet they are humble enough to accept the fact they will barely be recognized for it. They don’t need to be aired on tv, and they don’t need every tabloid to feature them and build their egos sky high. They already are greater and more deserving then anyone could ever make them out to be. The true character of a man is not what he does for those who give in return to him, but for those who do not. The Men and Women of our Armed Forces have more character then anyone else I know.

  6. Mr. Twisted

    February 23, 2012 at 1:35 pm


  7. jerry

    February 23, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    thank you service men and women, thank you all.

  8. Logan F. Crooks

    February 28, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    I have also thought this way for many years. Phenomenal article!

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