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10 Things you may NOT know about


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am a Coast Guard spouse. I live and breathe the Coast Guard. I know the unique and valuable service that the Coast Guard provides to our country. I hope that when you read this list, you are proud of who we are and what we do. I know I am. 1. The U.S. Coast Guard is a branch of the United States Armed Forces and the only military organization within the Department of Homeland Security.

THE u.s. COAST guard The military status of the Coast Guard is a much-talked-about and debated topic. The fact is, the U.S. Coast Guard proudly serves the United States of America as an Armed Force — at all times, during times of peace and times of war. 2. We deploy. I have stood on a pier and waved good-bye 15 times. I know that as the cutter moves toward the horizon, I will have to pick up the children and walk away. In that moment, I know that I have the ability to make the difference. I comfort, I reassure, I stand strong. There are many families like mine. Coast

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Guard members deploy to multiple locations, for varying lengths of time. Many of our members deploy multiple times per year. 3. The Coast Guard was the first afloat armed force. Predating the Navy and most other federal government organizations, the origins of the Coast Guard date back to 1790. From our earliest days as the Revenue-Marine and the Revenue Cutter Service — to today, as the United States Coast Guard, our service has always been Semper Paratus (Always Ready) to serve our nation. 4. The Coast Guard has served in all of our nation’s wars and conflicts. The Coast Guard has a long and distinguished history of service. Participating in the events that aided in the formation of our incredible nation, the Coast Guard’s versatile, unique abilities have been invaluable to our country for more than 220 years. 5. With approximately 42,000 active duty members, we are only slightly larger than the NYPD. When compared to other branches of the military, we may be small in numbers, but the Coast Guard faithfully stands the watch

and protects the 95,000 miles of U.S. coastline and beyond. 6. We serve all over the world. In addition to protecting the coastlines of the United States, our members serve in Iraq, Afghanistan, Japan, the Netherlands, the Arctic, the Antarctic, Bahrain ... and you’ll even find us in Kansas. 7. The Coast Guard serves in multiple ways. The Coast Guard is an incredible multi-mission military organization and federal law enforcement agency. Our missions include maritime security, drug interdiction, aid to navigation, search and rescue, preserving and protecting living marine resources, marine safety, defense, migrant interdiction, marine environment protection and ice operations. “We protect those on the Sea, We protect America from threats delivered by Sea, and We protect the Sea itself.” — Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr. 24th Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard 8. The Coast Guard saves a lot of lives. Annually our members respond to approximately 20,000 search and Coast guard, continued on Page 12

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The untold story of ‘Valley Forge’ By Elise Cooper Military Press


alley Forge” by Bob Drury and Tom Clavin allows readers to go back in time and journey with the American revolutionaries in their attempts to defeat the British. It delves into the Continental Army’s 6-month stay at Valley Forge, which enabled them to transform from undisciplined militiamen to a professional army. The authors delve into Baron von Steuben’s ability to use the knowledge he gained on the Prussian battlefields, drilling dedication, discipline and proficiency into the Colonial army. While George Washington’s aides were fighting the British, disease, starvation and the elements, he and Alexander Hamilton were combating those in the Continental Congress. His political enemies were calling for the

general to be replaced. They saw him as unqualified after the humiliating loss of Philadelphia. Yet, Washington is able to hang on, and after defeating the British at the Battle of Monmouth Court House, the momentum is never again with the Redcoats. The authors show how Washington emerged as fallible but indispensable — succeeding in the face of so many hardships. With extensive documents, they capture the iconic characters that instilled the energy needed to defeat the British empire leading to America’s independence. Elise Cooper: Why write about Valley Forge? Bob Drury: I have a son who is Franco-American. Six or seven years ago, he was very upset with my wife’s brother, who made a crack about the U.S. bailing out France in the two world wars. My son shot back, “If it weren’t for Marquis de Lafayette and the French Army, you would be Canada now and there would

Author Bob Drury takes readers to “Valley Forge” with coauthor Tom Clavin.

be no United States.” A light bulb went off in my head to write about Lafayette and the Revolutionary War, but another author wrote it first, so we concentrated on Valley Forge, from August 1777 to July 1778. I spent time with a Valley Forge historian and realized there is so much we did not know about it, including that it was the turning point of the Revolution. EC: There are misconceptions about Valley Forge? BD: Most Americans think of the area as freezing and that Washington dealt with the coldest winter ever. Actually, the winter in Southeastern Pennsylvania was the mildest recorded in history. Many weeks the temperature was 40 degrees. Horses did not starve to death and the harvest of 1777 was one of the largest in decades. It was the civilian farmers that wanted to sell their items to the British who paid more for cattle, sheep, oats and corn, while the Continental Army’s script was worthless. EC: There were also black soldiers? BD: John Laurens was determined

to integrate the Continental Army with freed black men and slaves. There were 750 black soldiers who were paid the same as the white soldiers. This was the last time until the Korean War where black and white soldiers were not segregated but fought alongside each other. EC: George Washington had to battle many enemies? BD: It was the roughest winter of his life emotionally, physically and psychologically. He took the same risks as his troops and had to deal with the losses in New York, having Philadelphia captured, scattering those in Congress. It is amazing that he not only got through this but did so successfully. EC: He wanted to convert the ragtag troops to a fighting force to be reckoned with? BD: He knew he had to professionalize his army. Although he initially fought the British with speed and stealth, using guerrilla warfare, he needed a well-trained army. He valley Forge, continued on Page 11




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Foy brings new life to Salander ‘Girl in the Spider’s Web’ action-packed, if predictable By Jeri Jacquin Military Press

In theaters from director Fede Alvarez and Columbia Pictures is a continuing story of someone who finds herself “The Girl in the Spider’s Web.” Lisbeth Salander (Claire Foy) has once again become invisible, although wanted by the police. Making it her goal to stop innocent people from being hurt, she manages to do so while fading into the background … but not for long. She is approached by Frans Balder (Stephen Merchant), who created a program called Firewall when he was an NSA employee. This program has nuclear codes all over the world, and he now believes that he created a monster that everyone else wants to control. He asks Lisbeth to retrieve it so it can be destroyed. She agrees and gets inside the NSA’s computer as a horrified Edwin Neeham (Lakeith Stanfield), NSA security, looks on trying to stop it. He immediately locates where the hack has come from and

Claire Foy takes over as Lisbeth Salander in “The Girl in the Spider’s Web.”

leaves for Europe. Neeham isn’t the only one looking for Firewall as Lisbeth is attacked. She turns to Mikael Blomkvist (Sverrir Gudnason), the Millennium journalist, and even though their relationship turned rocky, she trusts him.

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Post-injury, Williams makes his mark

By Art Garcia Jr. Military Press


ike Williams’ journey to the NFL was a scary one. Suffering a neck injury during the opening game of his junior year at Clemson, his life flashed before his eyes when he faced the possibility of not only ever playing football again, but maybe not even being able to walk. Fortunately for Williams, X-rays on his neck revealed only a slight fracture — one that didn’t require surgery and would heal over time. Ranked one of the top receivers entering the 2017 NFL Draft, Williams’ dreams came true when the Chargers selected him No. 7 overall in the first round. MP reporter Art Garcia Jr. caught up with Williams to ask him a few questions following the Chargers victory over the Tennessee Titans in London. Art Garcia Jr.: What are your thoughts on the season so far? Mike Williams: I think it’s going pretty good — we’re sitting here at 5-2, and I don’t think we can be in a better position right now. We lost to two great teams (Chiefs and Rams), but we continue to come out here everyday and

Chargers receiver Mike Williams is enjoying being on the field after being plagued by injury.

fight to get better and we’re looking to get our record to 6-2 this weekend. AG: After missing most of your rookie season last year, how do you feel about your production this year?



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MW: I’m making some pretty good plays when my name is called. My main goal is to get better every week and to do anything I can to help the team get a win. Whether it’s blocking in the running game or making a play in the passing game, I’ll do whatever it takes to help get my team a win. AG: Aside from your health, what has been the biggest difference for you between your rookie season and this year? MW: The biggest difference for me is just being out there (on the field). The team brought me here to make plays, so just getting the opportunity to play the game that I love I’m making the most of the opportunities. AG: You were ranked one of the top three receivers entering the 2017 NFL Draft, did you have any idea the Chargers were interested in you? MW: No, because I didn’t have any contact with the Chargers in any of the pre draft activities, so it was pretty shocking when I got the call. AG: You were picked No. 7 overall in the draft. Did that surprise you or is that about where you expected to be selected? MW: Yeah, I just wanted to be with a team that wanted me, a team that believed in me and that I could get the job done. So whether it be (pick) seven or 20 something, it didn’t really matter because I got the opportunity to play the game I love in a great city, so I’m just thankful for that. AG: With all the high expectations on you last year for being a first round pick, how hard was it on you to miss most of the season because of an injury? MW: It was tough sitting out because I wasn’t able to show what I was capable of doing because of the injury. Being a

first-round pick I had expectations for myself to come out here and make a lot of plays, but the back injury set me back a little bit. But now I feel a lot more healthy, and I’m showing everybody what I’m capable of doing by making plays out there. AG: Did you put any pressure on yourself or did you feel any outside pressure to prove you were worth being the seventh pick in the draft? MW: No, I didn’t feel any pressure. I was put in this position because of what I am capable of doing and the plays I made in college. There was no pressure — I know what I am capable of doing and everyone in this organization also knew what I am capable of doing and that’s why they took me so early. So it was just me focusing on getting healthy and making the plays I’m used to making. AG: How did it feel to finally get your first touchdown reception in the NFL after all you had been through? MW: Yeah, it was against Buffalo on a post route in the end zone where we got the look that we had been talking about all week in practice, and he (Philip Rivers) put the ball up where I could get it and I made a great catch. AG: I can’t imagine the feelings you had after catching your first touchdown pass and realizing all your hard work over the years finally paid off. Your thoughts? MW: It felt good. There was some contact and I made it between two defenders, so that felt good to show I can make catches in tight situations. The main thing was getting that first one, so now that it was out of the way all the Williams, continued on Page 13 •

Danis, two others get extensions on suspensions for UFC 229 brawl Dillon Danis and two other fighters involved in the brawl that followed the UFC 229 main event will be out of competition for a little while longer as they await further judgment. At a meeting of the Nevada Athletic Commission on Nov. 14, the committee ruled that Danis, Zubaira Tukhugov, and Abubakar Nurmagomedov will all receive extensions on their current suspensions pending a disciplinary hearing, which is expected to take place at a future NAC meeting in either December or January. The three men are associates of UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor, who also took part in the brawl after Nurmagomedov defeated McGregor by fourthround submission on Oct. 6 at UFC 229 in Las Vegas. Nurmagomedov and McGregor received extensions on temporary suspensions on Oct. 24 and they await further judgment at the next NAC meeting on Dec. 10. Danis, Tukhugov, and Abubakar

Khabib Nurmagomedov is held back outside of the cage after fighting Conor McGregor in a lightweight title mixed martial arts bout at UFC 229 in Las Vegas, Saturday, Oct. 6.

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the NAC agenda. Both were involved in the brawl, with Magomedov getting into an argument with Danis after the fight and then later entering the cage once McGregor began to trade punches with Nurmagomedov’s teammates. Magomedov was later detained by Las Vegas Metro police.

Emiragaev was one of the men in the cage who appeared to land a punch on McGregor. The cases of Magomedov and Emiragaev were not addressed. Danis was a central figure in the UFC 229 post-main event brawl. After Nurmagomedov defeated McGregor, the lightweight champ leapt over the cage to confront Danis, who was in McGregor’s corner, inciting a brawl that saw several figures become physically involved. Several witnesses claim that Danis was using anti-Muslim language to taunt Nurmagomedov, a claim that Danis has vehemently denied. Currently competing in the UFC’s featherweight division, Tukhugov has already felt some repercussions for his actions. He was removed from a bout at UFC Moncton, where he was supposed to fight McGregor teammate Artem Lobov, and UFC president Dana White vowed that anyone involved in the UFC 229 brawl would be released. As of today, Tukhugov is still on the UFC roster.

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‘The defense policy of the United States is based on a simple premise: The United States does not start fights. We will never be an aggressor.’ Ronald Reagan 40th. U.S. President Served Jan. 20, 1981 – Jan. 20, 1989

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World events

• The migration of the ARPANET to TCP/IP is officially completed Jan. 1 (this is considered to be the beginning of the true Internet). • High-ranking Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie is arrested in Bolivia on Jan. 19. • First collection of 12 Swatch models is introduced March 1 in Zürich, Switzerland. • The 1983 United States embassy bomb-

ing in Beirut kills 63 people April 18. • Two separate research groups led by Robert Gallo and Luc Montagnier independently declared that a novel retrovirus may have been infecting people with HIV/ AIDS, and published their findings in the same issue of the journal Science on May 20. • Pioneer 10 passes the orbit of Neptune on June 13, becoming the first man-made object to leave the vicinity of the major planets of the Solar System. • The Orly Airport attack in Paris leaves eight dead and 55 injured July 15. • The lowest temperature on Earth is re-


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corded in Vostok Station, Antarctica with −128.6 °F on July 21. • Benigno Aquino, Jr., Philippines opposition leader, is assassinated Aug. 21 in Manila just as he returns from exile. • Korean Air Lines Flight 007 is shot down by Soviet Union Air Force Su-15 Flagon pilot Maj. Gennadi Osipovich near Moneron Island when the commercial aircraft enters Soviet airspace Sept. 1. All 269 on board are killed including U.S. Congressman Larry McDonald. • British entrepreneur Richard Noble sets a new land speed record of 633.468 mph on Oct. 4, driving Thrust2 at the Black Rock Desert, Nevada. • The Rangoon bombing kills South Korea’s Foreign Minister, Lee Bum Suk, and 21 others on Oct. 9. The perpetrators are believed to be North Koreans. • Simultaneous suicide truck-bombings

destroy both the French Army and United States Marine Corps barracks in Beirut on Oct. 23, killing 241 U.S. servicemen, 58 French paratroopers and 6 Lebanese civilians. • United States troops invade Grenada Oct. 25 at the behest of Eugenia Charles of Dominica, a member of the Organization of American States.

U.S. News

• Kilauea begins slowly erupting Jan. 3 on the Big Island of Hawaii and is still flowing as of 2018. • The automatic shut-down fails at Salem Nuclear Power Plant in New Jersey on Feb. 23. • The final episode of “M*A*S*H” airs Feb. 28, setting a new record for mostwatched television broadcast in American history. • President Ronald Reagan makes his initial proposal to develop technology to intercept enemy missiles March 23. The media dub this plan “Star Wars.” • Michael Jackson performs the dance move that will forever be known as the “moonwalk” at Motown 25 on March 25. • Minnesota’s largest retailer Target Corporation expands into California April 13, opening 11 stores. • “Return of the Jedi” opens in theatres May 25. • Sally Ride becomes the

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first American woman in space on June 18 aboard Space Shuttle Challenger on the STS-7 mission. • President Reagan announces Sept. 16 that the Global Positioning System (GPS) will be made available for civilian use. • The first Hooters restaurant is opened Oct. 4 in Clearwater, Florida. • President Reagan signs a bill Nov. 2 creating a federal holiday on the third Monday of every January to honor American civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. It is first observed in 1986. • Chrysler introduces the Dodge Caravan, the first “minivan” on Nov. 2. • Holiday classic “A Christmas Story” is released Nov. 18. • “The Day After” airs on ABC on Nov. 20. More than 100 million people, in nearly 39 million households, watched the program • Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video is aired Dec. 2 on MTV for the first time.

BORN THIS YEAR: Mila Kunis, actress (Aug. 14). Above left: Carrie Underwood, singer/songwriter (March 10); Taio Cruz, singer/songwriter (April 23); Aaron Rodgers, NFL quaterback (Dec. 2); Jonah Hill, actor (Dec. 20).

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Marines spend corps’ birthday helping tinian By Gunnery Sgt. T. T. Parish 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit


ORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS, Tinian — One look at Tinian told you all you needed to know — something very bad happened here. The trees shorn of all their leaves. Telephone poles everywhere like broken matchsticks. Trees, roots 12-feet wide, laying sideways, prostrate as if praying for mercy from Mother Nature. She tendered none, however, when the second largest storm to ever hit U.S. soil thundered across the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands like a steamroller late last month. Super Typhoon Yutu. Historic, devastating, dangerous. Tinian in November 2018 must look much like it did in July and August 1944 when the Marines landed here while hopping across the Pacific. It seems fitting, then, during the 243rd anniversary of America’s Corps, that Marine boots once again tread across the island under a tropical sun. These Marines, however, carry axes instead of M1 Garands. CamelBaks instead of metal canteens. Boonie covers, not steel helmets. Humvees and 7-tons instead of Sherman tanks. Ka-Bars have been replaced by … actually, the Ka-Bars are still here. Call in the Marines! It’s been said a thousand times if it’s been said once — Belleau Wood, Guadalcanal, Saipan, Ko-

A Marine with Combat Logistics Battalion 31 helps a Tinian child into a flak jacket and helmet after a ceremony marking the end of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit’s mission as part of the U.S. Defense Support of Civil Authorities relief efforts on Tinian, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands on Nov. 14. | Photo By Lance Cpl. Hannah Hall

rea, Khe Sanh, Desert Storm, Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom. Countless Devil Dogs have solidified the Corps’ reputation as America’s 911-Break-Glass-in-Case-ofEmergency-Get-‘er-Done force since we first raised a toast inside Tun Tavern on Nov. 10, 1775. This year, for the Marines and sailors of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and Combat Logistics Battalion

31, it was a plastic water bottle filled with MRE Powdered Drink Mix on a far-flung island in the Marianas. Marines know how to fight. The old bumper sticker is correct — Marines, when it absolutely has to be destroyed overnight. But the reverse is also true. After all, “No Better Friend” comes before “No Worse Enemy.”

Marines know how to build (and clear). And build and clear they did. In earnest. Take that, Mother Nature. Tinian and its people will recover, with the help of a Few Good Men (and Women). The 31st MEU Unit and CLB-31 aren’t forward-deployed in Okinawa, Japan for nothing, after all, as America’s premier Crisis-Response Force. The Marines landed here Oct. 29 with a small advance team to assess urgent needs of local and CNMI officials and the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency. Water, route clearance, schools, the Tinian officials said. Yutu wiped out Tinian’s power grid, disabled municipal water, turned some roads into impassable labyrinths. So, the Marines went to work, leading a multiservice contingent to attack, not an enemy hurling grenades, but the wrath of Yutu and the tableau of devastation she left in her wake. Marines, Sailors, Airmen, chainsaws, Humvees, axes and water-purification systems, all running at a cyclic rate. Within 48-hours, these Marines and their partners, Seabees with Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 1 and the U.S. Air Force’s 36th Civil Engineering Squadron, had gained a foothold here, diesel fumes trailing crisscrossing military vehicles carrying gloved Marines, Sailors and Airmen to one of a dozen sites littered with broken buildings and tree branches snapped like twigs. But the vanguard — Forward Command Element in military lingo — foretold of a greater wave of military might to add muscle to the DOD’s Defense Support of Civil Authorities’ mission here. The USS Ashland, one of the navy vessels belonging to the Wasp Expeditionary Strike Group, arrived Nov. 3 with some 180 additional Marines and Sailors to supercharge the relief efforts with their fleet of heavy vehicles Tinian, continued on Page 12

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CBD OIL: JUST DON’T DO IT WHILE SERVING By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Zack Thomas USS George Washington Public Affairs

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) — The military is a drug-free zone, and requires all those in uniform to adhere to that standard. One way to ensure you’re adhering to that policy is to be aware of what you’re putting into your body by reading labels prior to consumption. Cannabidiol (CBD) is a chemical compound that belongs to the class of plant chemicals called cannabinoids. CBD can be found in everyday items such as gummies, syrups, teas, topical lotions and creams, and is prohibited for use by service members according to Department of Defense Instruction (DoDI) 1010.01. “CBD comes from any of your cannabis products”, said Chief Hospital Corpsman John Watkins, the drug and alcohol program advisor aboard USS George Washington. “The most common is gummies, body oils and other things that are used for consumption.

You can even use it as a syrup or dry it into a powder and put it into something like a casserole.” According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, CBD is a controlled substance under Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act. Since it’s a controlled substance, it cannot be used in any products, including dietary supplements, foods, and vape oils (oils intended for inhalation). “By federal law there is no purpose to cannabidiol,” Watkins said. “The acceptance of it by society is viewed more as recreational use than medical use, and is still illegal by federal law.” If a service member is exposed to CBD they should know that they have options to help themselves at their command. “If a service member ever thinks that they have been exposed to CBD, they should come in and see the DAPA or the chaplain at the beginning of the next day,” said Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Chamu Chimhau, one of George Washington’s departmental DAPAs. “If a member self-refers or is referred to the DAPA by their chain of command, they

can get assistance, but if a service member comes in to work and finds out they have a urinalysis in the morning and didn’t say anything to anyone, we aren’t able to help you without you going up [for non-judicial punishment].” The Navy has a zero-tolerance policy on drug abuse as outlined in Operational Navy Instruction 5350.4D. Service members can be subject to punishment under the Uniformed Code of Military

Justice for using any form of illegal substance. “For service members it’s a careerender, and it can cost you a lot of money in retirement,” Watkins said. “If you choose to use CBD, you will take responsibility for that decision because you control what goes into your body. We signed a contract for the military to stay drug free and that is what we should do.”

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Laughs Out of turn

A group of expectant fathers sat nervously in the hall. A nurse beckoned to one of them and said, “Congratulations, you have a son!” Another man dropped his magazine, jumped up and said, “Hey, what’s the idea? I got here two hours before he did!”

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Two bees ran into each other. The first bee asked the other how things were going. “Really bad,” said the second bee. “The weather has been really wet and damp and there aren’t any flowers or pollen, so I can’t make any honey.” “No problem,” said the first bee. “Just fly down five blocks and turn left. Keep going until you see all the cars. There’s a Bar Mitzvah going on and there are all kinds of fresh flowers and fruit.”

“Thanks for the tip,” said the second bee, asked the first bee. “That’s my yarmulke,” said the second and he flew away. A few hours later, the two bees ran into each other again. The bee. “I didn’t want them to think I was a wasp.” first bee asked, “How’d it go?” “Great!” said the second bee. “It was everything you said it would be.” What are you drawing? “Uh, what’s that thing on your head?” A kindergarten teacher was observing her classroom of children while they drew. She would occasionally walk around to see each child’s artwork. As she got to one little girl who was working diligently, she asked what the drawing was. The girl replied, “I’m drawing God.” The teacher paused and said, “but no one knows what God looks like.” Without missing a beat, or looking up from her drawing the girl replied, “They will in a minute.”

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co-pilot asked what he said to her that finally convinced her to move from her seat. He said, “I told her the first class section wasn’t going to New York.”


A sister and brother are talking to each other when the little boy gets up and walks over to his Grandpa and says, “Grandpa, please make a frog noise.” The Grandpa says, “No.” The little boy goes on, “Please .. please make a frog noise.” The Grandpa says, “No, now go play.” The little boy then says to his sister, “Go tell Grandpa to make a frog noise.” So the little girl goes to her Grandpa and says, “Please make a frog noise.” The Grandpa says, “I just told your brother ‘no’ and I’m telling you ‘no’.” The little girl says, “Please ... please Grandpa make a frog noise.” The Grandpa says, “Why do you want me to make a frog noise?” The little girl replied, “Because mommy said when you croak we can go to Disney World!”

On a plane bound for New York the flight attendant approached a blonde sitting in the first class section and requested that she move to coach since she did not have a first class ticket. The blonde replied, “I’m blonde; I’m beautiful; I’m going to New York; and I’m not moving.” Not wanting to argue with a customer, New to the priesthood the flight attendant asked the co-pilot to A newly ordained priest, nervous about speak with her. He went to talk with the hearing confessions, finally asks an older woman, asking her to please move out of priest to observe how he does and give the first class section. some tips. After listening in on the second Again, the blonde replied, “I’m blonde; confession, the older priest suggested that I’m beautiful; I’m going to New York, and the younger man fold his arms, maybe rub I’m not moving.” his chin with one hand while saying phrasThe co-pilot returned to the cockpit and es like “I see” or “I understand” or “Yes, my asked the captain what he should do. The child. Go on”. captain said, “I’m married to a blonde, and The young priest puts the suggestions I know how to handle this.” into practice and later tells the older priest He went to the first class section and how much it has helped getting more inwhispered in the blonde’s ear. She imme- formation from his flock. diately jumped up and ran to the coach “You’ve done well,” said the older man. section mumbling to herself, “Why didn’t “Isn’t that much better than slapping your someone just say so?” knee and yelling ‘No way! What happened Surprised, the flight attendant and the next?’” •

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mand of the troops himself, turning the tide to a victory. EC: Baron von Steuben was instrumental? BD: He taught the troops how to march in formation. He would sleep, eat and lived with the men he drilled and drilled. He taught them how to read the terrain, use the quickstep and if retreat was necessary, it had to be orderly. He never tolerated mistakes, yet the men loved him. He instilled discipline while at Valley Forge and taught them how to become a professional army who worked together. EC: The British were also war criminals? BD: The British born Capt. John Simcoe’s green-coated Queen’s American Rangers were brutal, who earned the description of “partisan hunters.” They rarely

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and construction equipment, elbow grease and determination. “Give me five good days,” said the 31st MEU and Task Force-West commander, U.S. Marine Col. Robert Brodie. Five days? Maybe with one arm tied behind our back, the Marines, Sailors and Airmen must have thought. They completed four 16-hour days — clearing roads and schools of debris; pumping, purifying and distributing 20,000 gallons of water to thirsty families; building more than 140 Federal Emergency Management Agencyprovided tents — then dropped the mic as if asking, What’s next, Sir? Well, the Marine Corps wouldn’t be the Marine Corps without a party to celebrate a job well done. And what Marine doesn’t shed a tear on Nov. 10, the birthday of their Beloved Corps? And what better place to raise a glass than at the forward edge of the nation’s defense, on a historic battle field with their Navy and Air Force partners? So, celebrate they did, not as warriors toting guns, but as servants carrying axes and chainsaws with callused hands, sweaty brows and dirty fingernails. Handin-hand with their friends, the residents of Tinian, they paused Nov. 10 to honor the legacy of the Corps and Marines present and past, including the 326 Marines, sailors and soldiers lost securing this quaint island during WWII, establishing a vital airfield that eventually helped end that bloody war. “Anchors Aweigh” and the

“Marines’ Hymn” rang beautifully across the Veteran’s memorial at sunset on the Corps’ 243rd anniversary, a fitting symphony to herald the longstanding IndoPacific-based Navy-Marine Corps Crisis Response Force team. The partnership continues, as it did during WWII, as the 31st MEU hands control of the DSCA mission here to the Seabees of NMCB-1 — after the battle, in August 1944, the Seabees built four of the busiest runways in the world at Tinian’s north end, directly across from another landmark, the island of Saipan. And now, Nov. 14, with a handshake and friendly smiles, the Marines leave behind their mark, most visibly at the Veteran’s memorial park, where a Tinian artist painted the logos of both the 31st MEU and NMCB-1. Some of the Marine Corps spirit will undoubtedly remain as Tinians look back and recall the year Yutu tried, and failed, to dash the Hafa Adai spirit of these Northern Mariana Islanders, according to Brodie. “This storm is historic — it had devastating effects on this island — but the people of Tinian are resilient and we’re glad to lend a hand to help them get back on their feet.” Their mark will remain, also, in the coming years as Tinian’s children learn and grow under the shade of a thousand palm trees regrown since Oct. 25. Many of these children, it must be said, will end up wearing the same uniform as the Marines, Sailors and Airmen who helped restore a sense of normalcy here during the past few weeks — Tinian is, after all, American soil.


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(Synnove Lund), deputy director of the Swedish Secret Service, to discover who the men are with the spider tattoos. She has her own agenda keeping an eye on Neeham who she believes is also looking for Lisbeth. With the cat and mouse happening between she, the spider tattoo goons and Neeham, there is one person she never expected to see. Someone from her past who has picked up the mantel of a father who is responsible for how Lisbeth came to be — Camilla (Sylvia Hoeks). Lisbeth Salander makes no exceptions for evil! Foy as Salander gives a stoic performance in the role of a character that doesn’t show much emotion. Everything that she shares emotionally is all in her eyes. With every plan you can see the wheels turning and jumping the track whenever she needs to change gears. This is a far cry from her comfy life in the highly successful series “The Crown,” but that’s the point of growing as an actress — bowl cut your hair and don’t be afraid to jump on a motorcycle. Merchant as Balder is a man clearly afraid that those who have Firewall are going to use it to harm more than protect. Balder’s role might not be a big one, but it sets the story up for his castmate. Convery as August is a young boy who is as smart as his father but that doesn’t mean his fate isn’t being determined but someone smart but psychotic. This character is like Lisbeth in that he keeps his emotions in check trusting that he will get home to his mother. Stanfield as Neeham panics when he sees Firewall has been hacked and knows the only thing he can do is find out who took it and why. Neeham’s character is just as determined as Lisbeth, but he has one obstacle. Lund as Grane is the SAPO and has already threatened Neeham with deportation if he tries to interfere with the investigation but trust goes only so far. Gudnason as Blomkvist is thrilled to hear from Lisbeth because his feelings for her haven’t changed. At the same time, the journalist in him sees the potential of cracking open the mystery of what is happening by following Lisbeth forward. Hoeks as Camilla is the sister none of us wants to deal with. The history that Camilla and Lisbeth share is of two survivors of an abusive father — one turns to trying to save others while the other turns to destruction. Hoeks is completely disturbing in her portrayal

and scenes with Foy are intense. Other cast include Carlotta von Falkenhayn as a young Camilla, Vicky Krieps as Erika Berger, Cameron Britton as Plague, Andreia Pelic as Maria and Mikael Persbrandt as Zalachenko. Let me first get this out of the way, the Noomi Rapace is my Lisbeth Salander and in 2008 when “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” was released I could not have been more thrilled with the film. This was followed months later with “The Girl Who Played With Fire” and then “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest.” These were the best three films I have ever seen and all released in one year — proving that it is possible to make stunning films without two and three year gaps. In 2011, the remake hit the theaters with Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig in “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” and as much as I enjoy these two actors, I wasn’t thrilled with the film. I don’t mind saying it either — there was absolutely no reason to remake it and I could not get behind the choice for Lisbeth Salander. The choice of Claire Foy as the new Lisbeth Salander has one thing in her favor — this isn’t a remake. Instead, it’s actually more of an explanation of where this character came from and how the past is never far behind any of us. Foy captures bits of the 2009 Salander, but clearly makes her own mark as well. As for the film, I enjoyed it but also have to say that the plot was fairly straightforward and slightly predictable. I feel as if I’ve seen these plot points before in other films and wished there was more umph to it. The action is definitely something I would expect to see in the Millennium series, and the film lives up to that most certainly. Understand that with the death of series creator Steig Larsson in 2004, the characters are picked up by David Lagercrantz. This is his first novel taking over the series, and it was released in 2015. It is not an easy thing to bring in another writer to keep a series going because, and let’s be honest, they aren’t Larsson. That being said, Lagercrantz manages to keep Lisbeth Salander alive by bringing her past forward for us all to understand. He also seemed to take great care in being true to the complexities created by Larsson For those who love the Millennium series, this new story and film is interesting and full of action. Foy gives Salander new life and if they plan to continue the films, keeps the stories fresh and the fan base will stay true. In the end — the past never forgets!

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rest of the touchdown passes would become kind of routine. AG: Last question, while at Clemson you played at Memorial Stadium which seats some 81,500 fans — the 16th largest seating capacity in college football. Is it tough to go from playing in front of massive crowd to now playing in front of a much smaller crowd at the Stub Hub Center where the majority of the seats so far have been filled by fans of your opponents? MW: It isn’t tough, it’s just different when you’re coming to the stadium and notice your opponents have more fans than you do, but that’s going to change once we start winning because everyone always hops on the bandwagon. So that’s going change and we just need to go out there and take control of the things we can control — we can’t control who shows up out there in the stands, we can only control what we do out on the field. By the numbers Oh what a difference a year makes. Per the NFL Network, the Chargers have made significant improvements over the past year. Through the first nine games, the team has a better W-L record: 7-2 versus 3-6; a higher PPG average: 26.7 versus 18.6 and a higher turnover differential: +6 versus a +1 last season. However, the team has allowed more PPG this season, 20.7, compared to the 19.1 it averaged last season. The Endzone: Williams’ neck injury occurred when a shove from a defensive back pushed him into a collision with the bottom of the field goal post. The four-yard touchdown catch was his second reception of the season and turned out to be his last catch of the 2015 season. Entering week 11, the Chargers are riding a six-game winning streak and currently have the third-best record in the AFC at 7-2. The team ranks 8th in total offense, 7th in rushing and 13th in passing. Defensively, the team ranks 14th in total defense and 17th against the run and pass, respectively. Following their 25-17 victory over the Seahawks in week nine, the NFL named defensive back Desmond King the AFC Defensive Player of the Week. It was King’s third interception since week six and his 42-yard return for a touchdown was his second career interception return for a touchdown. The weekly accolade given out by the NFL was a career first for King.


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