This is interesting

Pete Montes
Sat, 14 Jul 2001 07:53:18 -0500

<html><DIV>I useally dont send forwarded mail but this one struck a tone with me somewhere"</DIV>
<DIV>"Here's a great response to a letter in the San Diego paper complaining of USMC training exercises.The author of the complaint,Mrs.Harvey, clearly ruffled the a Captain's feathers but his response, while liberally laced with sarcasm, makes point after point about sacrifices of the military, and what we do.<BR>what&nbsp;we do."<BR>&nbsp; </DIV>
<DIV>2LT Montes</DIV>
<DIV>&gt; &gt; <BR>&gt; &gt; &gt; &gt;&nbsp; Responding to Maura Harvey's letter wondering if the Marine<BR>&gt; &gt;&nbsp; helicopter training flights that passed above her Del Mar home were<BR>&gt; &gt; simply<BR>&gt; &gt; to harass residents, I can say that, yes, our mission is to harass<BR>&gt; &gt; residents,<BR>&gt; &gt; specifically Mrs. Harvey.<BR>&gt; &gt;<BR>&gt; &gt;&nbsp; We do not train 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide freedom<BR>&gt; &gt;&nbsp; and security to all residents of the United States. We exist only to<BR>&gt; &gt;&nbsp; annoy the&nbsp; very people we are sworn to protect, against all enemies,<BR>&gt; &gt; foreign<BR>&gt; &gt; and domestic. We spend months and years overseas, away from our families<BR>&gt; &gt; and<BR>&gt; &gt; loved ones, in some cases making less than minimum wage, choosing to<BR>&gt; live<BR>&gt; &gt; a<BR>&gt; &gt; life in which many qualify for food stamps, just to have the chance, one<BR>&gt; &gt; day,<BR>&gt; &gt; to annoy people like Mrs. Harvey.<BR>&gt; &gt;<BR>&gt; &gt;&nbsp;&nbsp; There is no more sought-after position in the military than the Maura<BR>&gt; &gt;&nbsp;&nbsp; Harvey Annoyance Task Force. As a matter of fact, the Marines who<BR>&gt; &gt;&nbsp; spent Christmas dug into fighting positions in northern Kuwait and<BR>&gt; their<BR>&gt; &gt; brothers in the sky, braving anti-aircraft missiles and artillery, were<BR>&gt; &gt; just<BR>&gt; &gt; training to come back to the States and fly missions over Mrs. Harvey's<BR>&gt; &gt; house.&nbsp; It has nothing to do with the security of the nation.<BR>&gt; &gt;<BR>&gt; &gt; It has no impact on our ability to carry out missions in Africa, the<BR>&gt; &gt; Middle East and Eastern Europe, and it has no bearing on Mrs. Harvey's<BR>&gt; &gt; ability to enjoy "nature and peaceful, quiet living." The "strange,<BR>&gt; almost<BR>&gt; &gt;<BR>&gt; &gt; science fiction war scene" she described was put on solely to make noise<BR>&gt; &gt; and<BR>&gt; &gt; to destroy her "scenic view corridors" in Del Mar Terrace. It certainly<BR>&gt; &gt; was<BR>&gt; &gt; not valuable and necessary training to help sustain the lives of those<BR>&gt; who<BR>&gt; &gt;<BR>&gt; &gt; ensure this nation's freedom, should they ever be sent into harm's way<BR>&gt; to<BR>&gt; &gt; do<BR>&gt; &gt; just that.<BR>&gt; &gt;<BR>&gt; &gt; Next time, Mrs. Harvey may want to look upon those loud machines and<BR>&gt; &gt;&nbsp; think about the men and women, who fly, ride in, and maintain them.<BR>&gt; &gt; Ponder<BR>&gt; &gt; the sacrifices they make in providing this nation with the warm blanket<BR>&gt; of<BR>&gt; &gt;<BR>&gt; &gt; freedom we all enjoy.&nbsp; Maybe she might even imagine how much more<BR>&gt; &gt; disturbing<BR>&gt; &gt; it would be if she were not sure what country the helicopters were from,<BR>&gt; &gt; or<BR>&gt; &gt; whether they were going to attack her beautiful neighborhood. But she<BR>&gt; &gt; shouldn't worry too much about that, because we will not let it happen.<BR>&gt; &gt;<BR>&gt; &gt; Capt. JOHN F. PETERSON,<BR>&gt; &gt; USMC Pacific Beach<BR></DIV>
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