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Well guys, I don't know if this is an appropriat place to post this...but, a few nights ago my truck was hit by a fairly large IED. I was only knocked silly for a few moments (the armor on my 1114 saved my life), but my driver Spc Weber got med-evaced to Bilod for possible internal head wounds. My gunner (Sgt Massey) didn't make it. He was one of the greatest soldiers I have ever had the pleasure of serving with, and one of my best friends. My life will never be the same without him. He was also a devoted father of three young children, and if you would keep them in your prayers.

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Originally posted by Ghost Rider Ghost Rider wrote:

Well guys, I don't know if this is an appropriate place to post this...but, a few nights ago my truck was hit by a fairly large IED. I was only knocked silly for a few moments (the armor on my 1114 saved my life), but my driver Spc Weber got med-evaced to Bilod for possible internal head wounds. My gunner (Sgt Massey) didn't make it. He was one of the greatest soldiers I have ever had the pleasure of serving with, and one of my best friends. My life will never be the same without him. He was also a devoted father of three young children, and if you would keep them in your prayers.

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It most certainly is appropriate and I'm terribly sorry for the loss of your friend. 

 

I'm terribly sorry to hear that he didn't make it, but I'm grateful you did, my friend.

Rest in Peace Sgt Massey.

 

Prayers sent and Godspeed.

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Proverbs 3:5-6 (New American Standard Bible)

  Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. 
    In all your ways acknowledge Him,And He will make your paths straight.
 
What you and your men are doing is important. Sgt Massey served a Great Nation that will always be in his debt.
Thank you for your work, and sacrifice. I am sorry that you lost your friend. I wished I could have served in his place.
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Ghost Rider,

I'm very sorry to hear about the loss of your friend, Sgt Massey.  Words are inadequate to express my condolences, my gratitude to you and your fellow servicemen, and my admiration to all of you for your many sacrifices for our Nation.  I will be praying for Sgt Massey's family, as well as all of you in harms way.



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I'm with you on that one,couldn't have put it better myself! One at a time doesn't seem to be working. They are like roaches, come out mostly at night and when you stomp one it seems like two more take his place. A lot of them are either overly brave or extremely stupid, they try to go toe to toe with us using small arms (mostly AKs). Armored gun trucks with various crew served against small arms. They have even tried to overrun a couple of our gun trucks with a platoon sized element. Only to realize how much lead a .50cal and a 240B will throw at you. Not to mention M4s and SAWs out the windows. And when the air support shows up the game is over. The IEDs are our biggest threat and if we get the MRAPs to replace the 1114s the threat will go down tremendously.

For all of you who say you support the troops...you should be proud(not to toot my own horn) because we kick major a*@ when the time comes. I wouldn't want to go against us. This truely is the greatest army that has ever walked the planet!

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Good Morning from Tall Afar!!

I haven't had much time to get on here lately with my mission cycle, RIPTOA, packing, etc. I was deeply saddened to hear of the loss of SGT Massey. It is an all too familiar story over here. Ghost Rider and his fellow soldiers definitely have the exposure to the IED threat. As a sniper, the most dangerous part of my job here is the ride to and from the AO. I blame the liberal media for this-their spin has led to us riding up and down MSRs laden with IEDs like strafe-targets instead of doing our JOB-locating, closing with, and destroying the enemy. My company has been lucky-only 3 IED encounters resulting in 3 WIA (all gunners). I want to say thanks to all of you for your support! The magazines and "stuff" you sent was greatly appreciated! I will be getting on the freedom bird in 4 days and a wakeup. I will pass the contact info of those who offered to give soldiers a hand over to our replacements-F Company LRS from Ft. Bragg. I am killing time by shooting alot with the ODA SOTIC guys. They have SR25s and a Mark 12 which are new systems to me and I have been learning those weapons. For you old guys like me, you'll be pleased to know that their old M21 (modified M14) is outperforming all the new stuff. The Mark 12 has a Leupold MR/T 3x9x36 with M3 turrets, my first experience with it. The SR25s have Mark 4 6x with the old style M3 turrets and USMC football mildot reticle. I will be hanging out in Red Oak, Texas for a few weeks beginning in late August to visit old friends and fly some general aviation airplanes-I fly the CAF's Corsair based at the Lancaster airport on the airshow circuit. I will be looking for a place to shoot my Barrett M99 while I am there-anybody have a suggestion? I would also enjoy meeting you locals over at the Boxcar for an optic AAR!!(or whatever-lingerie night there was always a unique experience). I'll shoot for one more post before we head out! Take care and thanks again!

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Hey, Chris, have a safe trip home!

 

As an avid airshow attendee, I'm almost positive I've seen your Corsair demo at a couple airshows!

 

In fact, I just checked with an old program from the Alliance Airshow in Ft. Worth, and I'm positive I've seen your performance!  I thought your name sounded familiar!  Not only have I seen you perform, I particularly remember thinking what a good demo you did, friend!  The F4U Corsair has been one of my favorite WWII era birds, ever since I was a kid watching Baah Baah Blacksheep on TV.



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Originally posted by Chris8541 Chris8541 wrote:

Good Morning from Tall Afar!! 

I will be hanging out in Red Oak, Texas for a few weeks beginning in late August to visit old friends and fly some general aviation airplanes-I fly the CAF's Corsair based at the Lancaster airport on the airshow circuit. I will be looking for a place to shoot my Barrett M99 while I am there-anybody have a suggestion? I would also enjoy meeting you locals over at the Boxcar for an optic AAR!!(or whatever-lingerie night there was always a unique experience). I'll shoot for one more post before we head out! Take care and thanks again!

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I know a guy that flies some sort of old Russian jet that he keeps at the Lancaster airport.  The Corsair is my favorite plane (you lucky dog).  I have a fondness for the Mustang too because my grandma worked on the assembly line.

 

We're not too proud of it but, Dave and I have spent many nights at the Boxcar LOL.

 

Stop in around closin' time when you get back and we'll take you up on the Boxcar offer for an optic AAR.  I don't think they have lingerie night any more though.

 

We've got a great place (over in the Cedar Hill area) to shoot, in fact we filmed this video there.

 

We can also run out to Tac-Pro and shoot with Bill Davidson.

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Oh yea, the BOXCAR!  I remember going on Karaoke night and everybody was singing country songs ranging from Johnny Cash to George Strait.  After a few cold ones I walk over to the DJ booth to look at the play list, and see Megadeth "Symphony of Destruction".  Man, I had that crowd clapping and wanting more before the night was through.

 

What a great time!!

 

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I feel a rant coming on, but I don't think it's appropriate to post here, I'll be in the Almost Anything Goes area.  God Speed my friend.
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Hey Gentlemen!!!

I finally made it home!!! Everything is good and I am starting to requalify to get back in the cockpit at work soon. I will make a trip to Texas next week and hope to do some LR shooting out there. Again, thanks to all for your support while we were deployed!!

Semper Fi!!!
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good to have you back home safe again & wellcome home

 

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Glad your back safely, Chris!!

 

Thanks for all you've done.

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Thanks for Your SERVICE !!!

 

 



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SGT Chris Avery,

 

Glad to hear that you made it back.

 

Now that you've returned, can you advise me of a 'follow-on addressee' in Iraq to which I can continue sending copies of the various magazines; e.g., 'Guns & Ammo', etc.?

 

My son helps me stuff the envelopes and it's pretty important that we 'keep the momentum of this effort going'.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  Chris - This is Hoss - I am flying Eagles in New Orleans - let me know if you check this forum still and I will post squadron ops number/contact info -- great to hear news from you -  can't wait to talk  - God bless - Hoss

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