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—  GENERAL HENRY H. SHELTON —
— COMMANDER SOCOM —   CHAIRMAN OF THE JOINT CHIEFS  —  

IT WAS BREAKING NEWS — INSIDER:   President Clinton today chose Gen. Henry H. Shelton of the Army as his nominee to be the next Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Administration officials said, ending a months-long search that had stumbled over the Pentagon's response to the sexual conduct of its officers.

Confirmed by the Senate, General Shelton, who is the commander of the United States Special Operations Command at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida,  succeeded  Gen. John M. Shalikashvili as the senior military adviser to the President and the Secretary of Defense.

General Shelton, 55, a commander in the Persian Gulf war who also commanded the United States-led military operation in Haiti in 1994, would be the first commander of Special Operations to lead the Joint Chiefs, the nation's top military advisers. He would be the third Army general in a row to have the job, which has traditionally been rotated among the armed services.

President Clinton made the choice, following Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen's recommendation, after meeting this afternoon. We were friends of General Shelton at MacDill AFB, home of SOCOM.  We initiated a fare-well party to celebrate the appointment.

FAST FORWARD —   PART ONE  —  After a private reception at the home of  Richard  Leandri,  In Tampa Bay Florida where we presented him with a few  special gifts to take with him to Washington,  we had another scheme planned under secrecy, a few days later, being special ops people, we planned a surprise party at the Command.  

It was to be the biggest unannounced party,  we think under secrecy, planned for the celebration of his appointment, or it could be me and the crew being put in front of a firing squad or worse the security people.   Nevertheless, it worked, he really appreciated it, his staff really liked him and will miss him. 

A trait he established from the Vietnam days.  People I know served under him said he was a “Soldiers soldier”, the boss but he was one of us — right there —  

  • And we gave him and his staff a going away party, way unusual and beyond normal  — in the headquarters of SOCOM —  
  • Our Twenty Assorted Pizzas arrived by our crew from Papa John’s,  almost every kind on the menu.
  • Our team spies task involved infiltration of  all the pizza stores within two miles of the gates near Macdill ( Gen. Shelton loves his Pizza) and found out what be brand he liked by whom he ordered from for home delivery.   ( Thats classified information, but one store confirmed the name)  
  • The forty to fifty plus attendees officers, enlisted and civilians were sworn to secrecy… after all this was a Special Operation for a special person.  We got the data and confirmation.  And prepared a few unceremonious gifts for the trip.

The CB Rangers presented him with essentials he might need for a deployment into the dangerous Washington DC area.  It consisted of items of survival.

  • A certificate indicating he was not a foreign agent, in Washington anything in media possible by the opposition —   
  •  Army Issue Butt Pack In Kevlar  —  In DC covering ones posterior is essential  — 
  • A Can of Anti-Bullsh*t Politician Spray ( ABPS)  to clean the room after they leave  —  
  • Two rolls of Ultra Soft Camouflage G.I.paper —  Pentagon only uses lowest bidder grades  — 
  • His own personal Red tape ( Fifty Feet) since Congress has a bonanza of it and doesn’t share  —  
  • The heartfelt thanks of those who went into battle with this man, he is highly respected in military planning and  leadership, he leads “ From the front”   and earned the badge of Special Forces, the Ranger Badge and others.  
  • He is a  “ Snake eater”.  The nickname Snake Eater actually refers to a crew or man in Special Forces, because of intense conditions they hunt for their own food when out of rations and sometimes resort to eating, well, snakes. When properly cooked snakes taste like chicken. When hungry anything tastes like chicken.  Been there done that. Actually on the menu in some southern restaurants and canned rattlesnake meat is very edible.
  • And thats why he was chosen to go from Commander of SOCOM to Chairman of the Joint chiefs, appointed by President Clinton and praised by President George Bush — for a  new kind of war,  new kind of soldier  — A proven leader  — and he had the skills needed  — and appreciated by the men he led, prepared for a war on terrorism.
  • In the bottom Photos at the home of Richard Leandri the farewell dinner before leaving for Washington, see note —  But we were not quite done yet, our second plan the office party was yet to come.  It was quite an event and none of our crew were hanged or the firing squad  —  The General has a sense of humor  — And graciously went along with the roast.

Bottom row — 

  • First Picture On Left Is Richard Leandri And General Shelton
  • Second Picture Is Wife Carolyn And Friend  —
  • Third Picture From The Left Is Robin Moore, Elie Scarfone, Myself And My Wife Dolly
  • Fourth —   I Had A Half Hour To Prepare Notes For The Occassion  At Richards House —  


Robert Lowell Moore Jr. (October 31, 1925 – February 21, 2008) was an American writer who wrote The Green Berets, The French Connection:  A True Account of Cops, Narcotics, and International Conspiracy, and with Xaviera Hollander and Yvonne Dunleavy, The Happy Hooker: My Own Story.  He also passed Green Beret Training to write with more accuracy as to what these men have to do.  He became one.

Moore also co-authored the lyrics for the "Ballad of the Green Berets", which was one of the major hit songs of 1966. The song was also featured in the 1968 film The Green Berets, based on Moore's book, which starred John Wayne. A new edition of The Green Berets was published in April 2007, and his last book, Wars of the Green Berets, co-authored with Col. Mike 'Doc' Lennon, was released in June 2007.


Lyrics  — The Ballad Of The Green Beret  —  

Fighting soldiers from the sky, Fearless men who jump and die
Men who mean just what they say, The brave men of the Green Beret — 

Silver wings upon their chest, These are men, America's best
One hundred men will test today, But only three win the Green Beret  —  

Trained to live off nature's land, Trained in combat, hand-to-hand
Men who fight by night and day, Courage take from the Green Berets  —  

Silver wings upon their chest, These are men, America's best
One hundred men will test today, But only three win the Green Beret  — 

Back at home, a young wife waits, Her Green Beret has met his fate
He has died for those oppressed, Leaving her his last request  —  

Put silver wings on my son's chest, Make him one of America's best
He'll be a man they'll test one day. Have him win the Green Beret  — 


At the time of his death, Moore was residing in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, home to Fort Campbell and the 5th Special Forces Group, where he was working on his memoirs and three other books.




GENERAL TOMMY FRANKS 


Tommy Ray Franks is a retired general in the United States Army. His last army post was as the Commander of the United States Central Command, overseeing United States military operations in a 25-country region, including the Middle East. 


DOLLY JACOBSON, GEN. TOMMY FRANKS, MRS.FRANKS,  AL JACOBSON
MEMORIAL FOUNDATION BENEFIT FOR CENTCOM 
 
Led the initial US war efforts in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom
Under General Norman Schwartzkoph  — 

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LT. COL BRUCE . P CRANDALL

Medal Of Honor Recipient


AL JACOBSON,  ELLIE SCARFONE,  BRUCE CRANDALL
MEDAL OF HONOR WINNER LTC CRANDALL WAS PORTRAYED IN MEL GIBSON MOVIE
“ WE WERE SOLDIERS” BY 

The story of Lt.  Col. Bruce P. Crandall, U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War...  LZ X-RAY
He would later receive the Medal of Honor due to his heroic actions during the Battle of La Drang
AKA  KNOWN AS  —   THE VALLEY OF DEATH

Sky Soldiers by Larry Selman - Valor Galleries

 

BRUCE:  I know you can do it Mr. President, it’s just a clip...





ARMY GENERAL DAVID H. PETRAEUS

COMMANDER USCENTCOM, DIRECTOR OF THE CIA 


AL JACOBSON, GENERAL PETRAEUS , USCENTCOM, DIRECTOR OF THE CIA, 
AT DINNER GETS TAPPED FOR THE SURGE DEPLOYMENT —

David Howell Petraeus is a retired United States Army general and public official. He served as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency from September 6, 2011, until his resignation on November 9, 2012.  Prior to his assuming the directorship of the CIA, Petraeus served 37 years in the United States Army.

The retired four-star Army general, served in the military for nearly four decades, eventually becoming the most famous and revered member of the armed forces during the war on terror and the war in Iraq. Known for developing a new theory of counter-insurgency, which emphasized winning the support of civilians rather than seizing territory, Petraeus was placed in charge of all troops in Iraq by President George W. Bush in 2007 and oversaw the so-called surge of forces meant to turn around a faltering war effort. 

In 2010, President Barack Obama, who had ordered a surge of troops in Afghanistan—a move opposed by then Vice-President Joe Biden—appointed General Petraeus the commander of forces in that country. Petraeus retired from the military the following year, and went on to serve as Obama’s CIA director. 

SIDEBAR: He resigned from that post in 2012, after providing some  “ need to know”  classified information to his biographer, Paula Broadwell, with whom he was having an affair.   Paula Dean Broadwell is an American writer, academic and former military officer.  She served in the US Army on active and reserve duty for over 20 years, including time as a military school undergraduate, with experience in over 70 countries.  

Even though she had a clearance, she was an officer in the military and frankly much worse was going on involving incidents at Macdill AFB.  A compromise took place,  Petraeus later pleaded guilty to one count of mishandling classified data and is today still involved for his commentary in many circles as a valued participant in the war against terrorism. No harm took place over the data, never saw daylight and was a breech caused by another incident at Macdill which had bigger repercussions,  the press just ran with.  I was there.



MARINE GENERAL PETER PACE, 
16TH CHAIRMAN OF THE JOINT CHIEFS


RETIRED GENERAL PETER PACE, 16TH CHAIRMAN OF THE JOINT CHIEFS 
OF STAFF WITH HIS WIFE LYNN, AL JACOBSON AND DOLLY JACOBSON 
CELEBRATING THE MARINE CORPS BIRTHDAY

General Pace became the 6th Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on 1 October 2001, the first Marine to hold that position. Once again, he found himself serving with General Richard B. Myers, USAF, who became the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on the same day. Just three weeks earlier, on 11 September 2001, al-Qaeda operatives had launched multiple terrorist attacks against the United States, striking the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. 

Coalition forces launched military operations against al-Qaeda and Taliban targets in Afghanistan on 7 October, toppling the radical Islamist regime three months later. As the administration shifted its attention to other nations that supported terrorism, the Secretary of Defense, Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Combatant Commands prepared for a strike against Iraq and its impact upon the nation’s global defense posture. While the Joint Chiefs evaluated US Central Command’s evolving operations plan, late changes in force composition complicated the pre-invasion buildup. 

This required that Generals Myers and Pace seek Secretary Rumsfeld’s approval for hundreds of individual deployment orders. To remedy this situation and facilitate the anticipated redeployment of forces following the war, the Joint Staff J-8 began transitioning from the Timed Phased Force and Deployment Data System to a new Global Force Management System.  

SIDEBAR:  And as most  agreed Rumsfeld should have been thrown out, as all knew he was a stand up comic , not a military man and was not liked by the military.

Coalition forces launched Operation IRAQI FREEDOM on 19 March 2003, occupied Baghdad on 9 April, and heard President Bush declare an end to major combat operations on 1 May. 

SIDEBAR:   OOOPs a little too early George, about fourteen years later, we were still banging heads with them in the middle east in Afganistan.





FOUR STAR ARMY GENERAL SCHWARTZKOPH 
 (1934–2012)


SPORTING CLAYS WITH “ THE BEAR”  FOUR STAR GENERAL SCHWARTZKOPH  
WHOM I  HAVE THE DEEPEST RESPECT FOR HIS LEADERSHIP GUIDANCE , 
MOTIVATION AND ESPECIALLY HIS SHOOTING ABILITY
…BEAT US EVERY TIME

H. Norman Schwarzkopf Jr. was a United States Army general. While serving as the commander of United States Central Command, ( CENTCOM)he led all coalition forces in the Gulf War.  Born in Trenton, New Jersey, Schwarzkopf grew up in the United States and destroyed Saddam Hussein's Army.

SIDEBAR:  He once responded to a Reporter who asked him during a briefing on TV he was giving,   “ If he would tell us what he thought about Saddam Hussain ?

“ As far as Saddam Hussein being a great military strategist, he is neither a strategist, nor is he schooled in the operational arts, nor is he a tactician, nor is he a General, nor is he a soldier.  Other than that, he's a great military man, I want you to know that  —

SIDEBAR:  The war’s outcome had never been in question, but the rapidity of the Iraqi military’s defeat stunned the world. “Stormin’ Norman,” as the media had begun calling him, was given most of the credit for the coalition victory.

     

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