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Osama is dead, I don’t smoke, but in this case I might make an exception and smoke a cigar with some of my buddies who have also served throughout GWOT.

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OUT NOW!

Check it out: http://heroesfallenstudiosinc.webs.com/

All proceeds are going to go to:

Soldiers Angels

Wounded Warrior Project

The USO

and

Fischer House

On top of where everything is going to support, this project thus far is rather unique in that Clayton Murwin, the man who worked to put this together, worked very hard to find the comic book industry talent to work pro bono while also getting them in touch with OEF/OIF Veterans willing to tell their stories. I became involved through a chance encounter with one of the Vets involved, Victor Castro, through the IAVA Community of Veterans social network. Since then, I’ve worked with Valerie Finnigan who did the script, and finally the illustrators. Clayton was even kind enough to take a look at a few of my cartoons that I’d drawn on a my last deployment on the back of inventory sheets that were part of our units unofficial ‘morale file’ and asked if he could use some! Obviously, the coffee stains, smears, and dust weren’t acceptable for the final product; so I re penciled most of them and sent them to Clayton who in turn sent them to some real professionals in the comic book industry who know what they are doing with inks!

So, there you go folks! Finally, some real war comics based on real stories from real soldiers. Not the usual war comic that comes out these days, at least not anything like I’ve seen at my local comic shop!

Its been 10 years (01AUG00 or 02AUG00 depending on if you count leaving MEPS or entering the base for Basic Training as the start of a career) since I joined initially, and just about four since I got out (01JUL07…). Lets just say, I couldn’t help but laugh when I went to apply for my first job out of the military in 2008 and I actually had to answer this question (and did so truthfully, laughing). Perhaps I should really have lied, as the context obviously was more geared toward “Do you have an issue with Safety violations?”.  So, needless to say, the big box stores with their fancy online applications never called me back.  However, my present local employer (whom I filled out paper application did, and hired me on the spot after a 15 minute interview, my manager is a Vietnam Veteran…) did, so I ‘m glad I did answer truthfully.  While I didn’t operate out of up armored humvees (my outside the wire time was either Stryker or dismounted from Stryker), most GWOT vets have, so that is why I illustrated them here.  So here you are, a little tale of Veterans adjustment to civilian life, and the humor that accompanies it sometimes.

A special Christmas Tribute to the men of the US Air Force Tactical Air Control Party, especially those who are deployed across the globe and in Iraq and Afghanistan. Contrary to what was reported by Popular Mechanics in APR 2002 (http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/military_law/1281461.html?page=1), the USAF Combat Control Team does NOT control most of the airstrikes on the battlefield; its the Tactical Air Control Party that has, and its the primary mission of the TACP to coordinate and control Close Air Support with the US Army (and sometimes the US Marine Corps in conjunction with the USMC Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Companies, or ANGLICO’s). CCT does CAS as a secondary mission to their job as Air Traffic Controllers, and only claims to do CAS when its sexy and all over the news. They only want to work with the Special Operations community, and avoid working with the conventional US Army and US Marine Corps when possible. Meanwhile the USAF TACP is co-located with every US Army Active, Guard, and Reserve combat unit from Battalion through Corps, and because of that, the USAF TACP has supported US Army Ranger Regiments and Special Forces since the 1980’s. After all, the Army knows the TACP who live with, train with, and deploy with them; CCT only shows up for jumps and conflicts. When it comes to dealing with the US Army, face time in training counts more than the badges you wear on your chest (“Patchfinders!”), that and having the same patch that they do on your left shoulder helps…