The guest speaker at yesterday's winging ceremony, CAPT Timothy McGuire (see "What I did today") brought up a piece of news from the middle east that I have not seen on any of the major outlets. CAPT McGuire told us about Lt. Col. Chris Raible, the commanding officer of Marine Attack Squadron 211 (the only squadron of Harriers in Afghanistan). On Saturday, Sept. 15th, insurgents breeched the defenses at Camp Bastion, the main strategic NATO base in southwestern Afghanistan. You can read a story about the "incident" here http://deepbluehorizon.blogspot.com/...illed-and.html . What you won't read in this story is that when the attack began, Lt Col Raible was in the mess tent having dinner. When he heard the explosions, he leapt up, grabbed his sidearm, and rushed into the thick of the battle. He was able to organize the chaos, and successfully repel the insurgents, although we lost six aircraft (the worst loss of aircraft on a marine base since WWII). Lt Col Raible was a pilot, not a foot soldier, and yet, his marine training, and his sense of duty lead him to charge into the fray, armed with nothing but handgun, and take command. Lt Col Raible paid with his life.