Saturday, September 30, 2006

Maggie's Favorite Army Guy

Major General Rick Lynch! I am still not over him leaving Baghdad. But he is still making news and people still come to my blog because they Google his name. Maybe someday he will visit the blog and find out I am his biggest fan, lol.

Marne 6 Sends
The CG Announces Marne Week Celebration
Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch 3rd Inf. Div. Commanding General
"Ours will be the family focused division. November gives us two great reasons to celebrate. You know that families will gather to give thanks for all the blessings of life on Thanksgiving Day. But did you know that our division was born in November? It was November of 1917. The doughboys of what would be known as the Marne Division formed to answer their call to duty in World War I. We are 89 years old. And it’s time to throw a birthday party to recognize our history of service to our nation during Marne Week.The 3rd Infantry Division has one of the most successful combat records of any U.S. Army division. It has paid a high price for this distinction, suffering nearly 35,000 wartime casualties. Fifty-one members of the 3rd Infantry Division have been awarded the Medal of Honor while serving our nation. I am proud to announce that we’re holding Marne Week Nov. 20 –22. Whether you are a Soldier, a family member, or a veteran, you are invited. Mark your calendars and let’s get ready for a fun-filled week. There will be sporting events for the very young and older alike. Athletic events are great for building esprit de corps and fitness. It will start with a division run on Monday. The streets around Fort Stewart will be filled with thousands of Dogface Soldiers singing cadence at the tops of their lungs. It will be a magnificent sight, the result of many years of fitness training and camaraderie. Marne Week will have a party atmosphere with fun and entertainment for all. So, if you are a participant or a supporter, you’ll find that our sporting events will be very rewarding.
The shooting in Marne Week will be of dodgeballs, basketballs and skeet. There will be a Golf Scramble, combatives, softball, tug-of-war, push ball, a stretcher run, chariot races and a one-mile family fun run — just to name a few of the sporting events planned.On Wednesday we’ll recognize all our champions with an awards presentation. And since it’s a big week nationally for football, it’s fitting that we hold our flag football championship. A special guest will be on hand to present a trophy to the Flag Football champion, and the game itself will represent this fine American tradition.Throughout the week there will be a parade and concert to thrill audiences with brilliant sights and sounds. If you have a skill as a musician you may even be able to join our division band or find a venue to share your gift. This is also a week without school and that means that our children can enjoy time with their Soldiers. We’re planning a carnival and opportunities for Soldiers to show their loved ones a little of the Army that they’d otherwise not see.Military equipment will be on display for families. It will be educational for all and personally rewarding to Soldiers. You’ll be able to show your loved ones the equipment we train with all the time and meet the men and women you work with.As three days of celebration comes to a close, we’ll enter the most festive season of the year. Food, relaxation, and a well-deserved break are the rewards of hard work and exceptional training. We train hard and it’s time to play hard. We’ll celebrate Marne Week in a safe, healthy, and family-friendly atmosphere. Rock of the Marne!"

I expect one of my regulars will email me and let me know what the phrase "Marne 6 Sends" means. LOL
Have I mentioned how much I miss him on Thursday mornings?


Anonymous said...

MARNE 6 may be a call sign used at the end of message traffic. Example:
Happy Birthday to the US Navy.
A simple example to be sure but I'm sure you get the idea.

bjbarron said...

Marne 6 is the call sign of the 3rd Inf, Div Commanding General, in this case Maj. Gen Rick Lynch.

He's used it before...

BostonMaggie said...

Thanks for the links!

Maggie said...

Hi there Boston Maggie. I am the Maggie you refer to when people google you. . .I lost my son in the Beirut massacre of 83--still hard to accept after all these years! Semper Fi! Enjoy life Maggie, it's a gift.

BostonMaggie said...

Hi Maggie, I am afraid that I don't know exactly what you are referring to vis-a-vis Google.

Thank you for raising such a son. Thank you for the sacrifice you have made.

You are right, life is a gift.