Seven Fatal Words

11-9-2021

Seven Fatal Words

Ask any soldier and he’ll tell you that getting promoted places you on top of the world. It brings prestige, responsibility and a higher base pay. In some cases it causes a swollen head. During my active duty years (1967 – 1990) in the Army I seemed to step up rather quickly compared to others in my career field or in the army in general. Upon graduating from basic training I was automatically promoted to private second class. It didn’t make me a second class citizen, but meant I had risen above being just a private.

Upon graduating from my Motor Transport Operator advanced training I became a full-fledged, school trained army truck driver a 64 Bravo (64 Charlie & 88 Mike) and another automatic promotion to private first class, which came with the “mosquito wing” stripe for my uniform sleeve. I was so proud when I went to the tailor shop at Fort Ord, California to have my stripes sewed on.

I had to wait until the guy in front of me finished picking up his uniform with the very same stripe. WOW! Hey but he was quite a bit older than this 18 year old newbie to the army. He looked like he had already spent at least 18 years in the army. He was proud of his stripe and told me what he did to earn that stripe. While assigned as a first sergeant he took an opportunity to punch the battalion commander in the face and was busted down to the rank of a private first class. I made a mental note to myself not to ever do that.

I left Fort Ord for my first overseas assignment to Southeast Asia and ended up as a truck driver, a tractor-trailer driver hauling bombs, munitions and cargo in a transportation unit. In four months I was recognized for my duty by being promoted to a specialist fourth class, a bird on my sleeve and another pay raise.

While in Thailand I went before a battalion promotion board at a time when I hardly knew what it was. About a month later I was driving the company pass truck, a deuce and a half, taking guys on pass downtown and later picking them up before curfew. It was after 10 pm when I was called over to my platoon sergeant who then handed me a set of promotion orders to specialist five, a bird with an umbrella over him.

I was given specific instructions to be in the proper uniform at formation the next morning. That was going to be difficult because rank was sewed on to uniforms and sloppiness in sewing was not tolerated. I remembered we had a guy that came from Europe where they were using the army’s new pin on rank. He was a specialist five and I asked him for any extra pin ons he might have. After getting my uniform straight I went back to my platoon sergeant and asked if I was in the correct uniform?

When I departed Thailand I had a 2-year break-in-service where I joined an army reserve unit in my home town. As a specialist five I became the drivers licensing sergeant in a combat engineer unit. I didn’t stay long, before I decided to go active duty.

When I enlisted I had to lose a stripe, my umbrella. Once again I became a specialist fourth class with a bird on my sleeve. I was assigned to an infantry unit at Fort Lewis, Washington and immediately went on the first sergeants kitchen police duty roster, even though I was married, lived in base housing. I pulled KP under a specialist five cook who rode my back like a bucking horse. One day the first sergeant called me in and asked if I wanted to become an “acting jack” sergeant? It meant wearing the three stripes of a sergeant, but still getting paid as a specialist four. I said yes, because after all I had been a specialist five for 1 ½ years before my break in service. The army rates a sergeant higher than a specialist so I felt obligated to let the cook know I would no longer be on his KP detail. It felt great.

A short time later I went to the noncommissioned officers academy and then a unit promotion board before being promoted to sergeant. A position opened up in another infantry unit and I transferred over to become the assistant support platoon sergeant. While I was at my new unit I went to the basic noncommissioned officer educational school (B-NCOES) at the Holy Grail and home of army transportation – Fort Eustis in Virginia.

My next assignment was to Fort Davis in the Canal Zone in Panama. I became a squad leader and backup VIP driver. I had not been in country very long when I went before a promotion board on the same day and time that my family had flown to join me in Panama. I wasn’t very well prepared for the last minute board and told the board members why.

The army converted to centralized promotions and those who passed the promotion board now had to wait until their number was listed for promotion. It was over 1 year later before I was promoted to staff sergeant, 3 stripes up & 1 stripe under. By then I was working outside my career field as a military customs inspector, but the raise in pay helped.

After Panama I went to Fort Carson, Colorado to a transportation unit and became an assistant platoon sergeant in a line platoon. At this time I had been receiving outstanding evaluations, and proficiency pay. I was again working outside my career field as a career counselor, so the army decided that I was among the upper percentage of transporters in my career field, so I would make an excellent army recruiter.

I didn’t stay in recruiting and after 8 months I received orders for attendance of the advanced noncommissioned officers education school (ANCOES) at Fort Eustis, Virginia. As I was preparing to leave recruiting I was notified that I had made the promotion list for sergeant first class, but had to wait for my number to be listed. That negated the ANCOES class, and I departed to become an army service school instructor at the motor transport operator course at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. I was promoted to sergeant first class, 3 stripes up & 2 stripes under while working as the course development noncommissioned officer. I was then moved over to the position of a module chief until I received orders to Europe.

When I arrived in Germany I was a newly promoted sergeant first class with 11 years of active duty. This was where I began as a platoon sergeant, supervising 32 truck drivers in a line haul transportation unit. The 3 years was broken up into various assignments, platoon sergeant, liaison noncommissioned officer and night operations sergeant at the battalion headquarters.

I then went to Fort Carson, Colorado where I became the support platoon sergeant in an armor unit. It was during this time that I was called into the battalion conference room after work to hear for the first time these fatal words – “You have been considered but not selected” for master sergeant. If that doesn’t hit you in the pit of your stomach, nothing will.

It had been my goal, as well as that of my peers to make first sergeant, command sergeant major and command sergeant major of the army. To make that happen one had to have “troop time” as a squad leader or platoon sergeant, so my goal became simply to get promoted.

It became a yearly thing to be called into the conference room to hear the sergeant major say – “You have been considered but not selected” for master sergeant. Each time I asked why?

I had an opportunity to become the first sergeant of a headquarters company, but it was offered to me just a couple of months before my final assignment to Japan. I would have replaced someone who went to Korea.

I was never told what I needed to do to change the outcome and even sent a letter to the promotion board with additional documents for my official file asking for reconsideration. The answer was nothing you have submitted has changed anything. After 10 years of being disappointed I submitted my retirement papers. One last slap in the face was when I was required to attend the senior leadership development course a few months before I was to retire. I became the course first sergeant for my class because I was the senior sergeant first class. As I returned to Colorado formalize my retirement Operation Desert Shield had activated and I fully suspected that I would be recalled to active duty to fill a position that might free up someone else to deploy with their unit.

But alas the war was over almost before it began. – I am the Real Truckmaster!

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Migration without Pesky Borders

11-8-2021

Migration without Pesky Borders

Misinformation is critical when it comes to Amnesty, Immigration or Invasion. America’s immigration laws provide for extensive background checks, criminal investigative reports that allow those being persecuted to seek out a safe haven in a country where carving out an American Dream is full of unlimited possibilities.  The embodiment of being welcomed to America can be seen with the Statue of Liberty in New York.

American politicians have long known the dangers of allowing unchecked entry into our country. Many have placated the American people with words and actions that resemble a loud banging on the skirts of Lady Liberty with border fencing that do not prevent wild animals, cattle, illegal immigrants or nefarious drug dealing thugs from sneaking across under the hours of darkness. Doing something about it is said to cost too much and do too little or we are told is demeaning to well-intentioned migrants seeking a better life for themselves and their families.

I ask why does the law-making body (Congress) not make adjustments in immigration laws or rewrite the law so that undocumented migration into this country is no longer a federal criminal offense or why does the President not sign such a bill into law to have it removed from the criminal statues? Are they not so smart as to realize that is the responsible thing to do if such errors already exist?

How can members of Congress who so quickly criticized former President Trump, look the other way as President Biden opened the southern border wide for undocumented and illegal immigrant crossings, while declaring legal immigrants and tourists coming in through every other port of entry be required to present documentation of up-to-date jabs before being allowed into our country?

Why is it that Americans are not up in arms (figuratively or literally) over unconstitutional abuse of power by the President IN CONJUNCTION and with the approval of Congress without any challenges or ruling being declared by the SCOTUS as to the constitutionality of not enforcing national security of our nation or its citizens?

Are we simply skipping up the “yellow brick road” to our own demise? – I am the Real Truckmaster!

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Let Us Discuss Going Green

11-8-2021

Let Us Discuss Going Green

Remember when AOC began promoting her green new deal? There was all this talk about climate change and we had to do something to save the planet. She called for banning cow farts (barnyard gasses) and next came plant based burgers, more wind powered turbines and even electric vehicles. We all laughed and scoffed that these crazy notions were even being discussed on the floor of congress and over the airwaves and social media.

After the snookering of America in 2020 we got a new president (by hook or crook) and low and behold in 2021 a presidential mandate that ALL government vehicles become eVehicles within a very short time period. It seemed ridiculous and unachievable even a bit farfetched considering the number of government vehicles used by the US Postal Service as well as the Government Service Administration (GSA) that provides and allocates vehicles for the Department of Defense. And then there are tactical military vehicles and equipment designed for rugged combat conditions, helicopters, aircraft, hovercraft, ships, submarines, tanks, combat support vehicles and soooo much more.  

Have you taken a look at the new car ads for eVehicles? All the major car manufacturers have bought into this fantasy world, lock – stock & barrel. First it was Eldon Musk and his Tesla cars so futuristic and priced right out of the budget of Middle Americans. Then we began seeing charging stations popping up around the nation and 240 volt charging stations in family homes and garages, plus the supercharging stations that still takes an hour to charge a vehicle after a 200-300 mile range. There are options on eVehicles – fully electric, electric-hybrid, and plugin-electric-hybrid vehicles for every family’s fantasy and price range.

Manufacturers have been cranking out cars, trucks, buses and semis as well as every other known conveyance or mode of travel. So fast are they rolling off the assembly lines that somebody forgot to tell the computer chip companies, many of whom are now closed and shuttered because of the jab mandates coming out of the Oval Office? No pokey, no jobee and no chipeee!

Consumers are faced with phasing out the old family car for the soon to be mandated eVehicles and have to wait until somebody somewhere (maybe China) assembles a roadworthy computer chip for their desired ride. There are literally thousands of new eVehicles sitting in open storage lots unable to be sold or used without the chip. How is that Build Back Better working out for you Mr. President? Or maybe I should ask how is it working out for John Q. and Suzy Doe?

Did I mention the wind powered turbines – many of them can be seen standing idle or unserviceable and unable to be recycled because of the composition of the towers is non-recyclable?

American ingenuity can overcome most any problem or issue when given the freedom to explore options and possibilities, but tying both hands behind our proverbial back is akin to cheating don’t you think? I do and I’m the Real Truckmaster!

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“Bidencare” – Building Back Better

11-8-2021

“Bidencare” – Building Back Better

I’m tire of getting all the junk mail in my mail box and the spam emails and ads, so when I got an ad about “Bidencare” I thought it was a joke, right? Joe Biden cares?

Immediately my first thought – Afghanistan!

That’s when we saw Biden really care – he left US citizens there. His press secretary kept saying all Americans who wanted to leave are being taken out. I guess when the Taliban is your security force it gives a whole new meaning to “takeout”.

Back to “Bidencare”, the Affordable Care Act was called “Obamacare” because it was done under the Obama-Biden administration, yet it was supposed to be called “Clintoncare” because Hillary was supposed to have been elected president in 2008, and her booby-prize was Secretary of State. But what really takes the cake the ACA was in reality to be “Pelosicare” because Nancy worked real hard to make it happen, she’s the one who said we must pass it to know what’s in it as she locked the chamber doors to prevent GOP legislators from joining the Dems on the vote for the ACA.

Dems even attempted to call “Trumpcare” a scaled back ACA without the co-pay mandate before they killed it on the floor of congress.

See how everything that goes around – comes back around?

It’s possible that “Bidencare” is actually the jab mandates issued from the Oval Office, Delaware or wherever #46 happens to be. – I am the Real Truckmaster!

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Working My VA Claim of Exposure to Herbicides in Thailand

11-5-2021

UPDATE: 12-1-2021

Working MY VA Claim of Exposure to Herbicides in Thailand

I retired from 22 years active duty on 31 December 1990 and had a heart attack on 28 August 1998.

The VA announced that herbicides had been used in Thailand during the Vietnam War and recognized Ischemic Heart Disease as resulting from exposure to herbicides.

That’s when I filed my first AO claim online in September 2008 listing 25 ailments/injuries I had been treated for on active duty and IHD due to herbicide exposure during my tour in Thailand. I checked the box “have you been exposed to herbicides” it wanted to know where and when I was stationed in Vietnam. I used the entire block stating I was exposed in Thailand 1968 – 1970. The online form populated each listed item as coming from AO.

 My first C & P Exam was at Fitzsimmons VA Hospital in Denver. The doctor asked why I waited so long to file a claim for heart disease. I told him that I because was still working and there were so many veterans who needed to be treated I didn’t want to get in their way. I was then prodded and tested and in the end every item on my claim except one was denied because I hadn’t been assigned to Vietnam.

The one item approved as service connected was a procedure done at the Boise VA hospital a few weeks after leaving active duty in during my break in service in 1970 – 1971 that left scars that are unless painful they are rated at 0%. For a long time I didn’t even know or realize I was service connected or had a 0% rating, until I was invited to join the DAV in 2018 or 2019.

My problem after each denial letter was that I was so hopping mad that I could not even read through the entire letter. Later I would appeal the decision and submit new or relative information and it too would be denied as not being new or relative and once again I was too mad to read the denial letter.

At one point I asked a VA Certified Claims Agent to look at my appeal before I sent it back to the VA. He did and said as it was written I would never get it approved. I couldn’t understand why he would say that and once again I was pretty angry.

Someone online said to request my C-File from the VA. I didn’t even know what a C-File was, but I requested my VA Claims File several times but it never came until after I had contacted my congressman and his office received some documents from the VA. I contacted him again and got a few more documents.

When my C-File came it was in DVD format. Nobody had said what to do with the C-File after it arrived.

My C-File contained 176 pdf documents so I figured I would just print those 176 pages and go from there. What I hadn’t counted on was that each pdf document was either a single page or multiple page files. I ended up printing enough reams of paper to fill up an entire file cabinet of just over 1,000 pages. Not to mention the amount of ink cartridges I used.

It was quite a while before I began delving into the mess so I could organize the paper file by its corresponding number on the DVD. The pages and information were random, nothing was chronological or in date order and at first it was quite overwhelming.

Then I began reading each document for date of entry and for content. What I found was surprising as some info didn’t even pertain to me, but it was included in my C-File. I identified those documents and submitted a request for them to be removed from my C-File.

Then I paid attention to any medical sick call or treatment records of my time in service in Thailand because of the VA’s perimeter rule for Thailand Veterans I looked for records of treatment at bases I had not been assigned to, but rather was TDY while on convoys. This was documented proof that I had been seen and treated on a number of RTAFBs as an army truck driver and that I had to have crossed the perimeter to get to the aid station or clinic.

Additionally what I found in my C-File were VA educational and home loan documents and what I thought was everything I’d ever done with the VA (but I was wrong).

Over the course of several years and undergoing two separate C&P exams I had been granted a rating of 10% for tinnitus and 10% for arthritis of the lower back. There were still at least 20 items from my 2008 claim that had not been acted upon.

I submitted my last claim in 2014 including buddy statements by officers and enlisted from my unit in Thailand with photos and my own statement of being exposed while crossing the perimeter or while living at or near the perimeter in the billets of our camp only 10 feet from the perimeter. My heart doctor filled out a DBQ stating that it was more than likely that my heart disease was aggravated by military service. Yet my claim was denied in 2019 and even the buddy statements were not taken as credible by the judge.

My Certified Claims Agent said my claim should go to the Court of Veterans Appeals Claims (CAVC) in Washington DC and that I should get a VA Certified Attorney to represent me.

I obtained a VA list of Certified Attorneys/Law Firms in my area and sent my denial letter to a couple of agencies, spoke to one representative and the rest did not respond. I even contacted a prominent firm online that has successfully represented Thailand Veterans, but was told they would not take my case to the CAVC.

After I regained my composure I decided to self-represent at the CAVC. The form was easy to download and complete. I went through my denial letter, point by point with documented evidence of my herbicide exposure.

The CAVC required the VA to provide me with an RBA (Record before the Agency) of EVERY DOCUMENT used to make their decision on my claim. The RBA was the only documentation that the CAVC would use in my appeal. I could introduce nothing that wasn’t in the RBA. In time I received first a blank DVD from the VA. I notified them the DVD was blank I promptly received another DVD that contained so much more documentation than my original C-File.

But what I found most pertinent was an error in the denial letter by the VA. They stated that I had not proven how or where I had been exposed to herbicides. That if I had been exposed it was minimal exposure, not like an MP walking the perimeter. Hidden deep in the denial letter were instructions for a C&P examiner which said “the VA conceded this veteran was exposed to herbicides during his tour in Thailand”.

I asked the CAVC judge how it could be that as the duties of an army truck driver after crossing the perimeter that took me to areas on RTAFBs where herbicide spraying had occurred and I was only minimally exposed or not at all, yet instructions to the C&P examiner said otherwise? The CAVC judge sent my claim back to the VBA on remand because of that inconsistency.

I then contacted a VA Certified Claims Agent to handle my appeal on remand. After several months of working my claim as of 29 October 2021 the BVA judge made a ruling to grant my claim for heart disease as service connected. I am now waiting on VA scheduling for a C&P exam to determine level of disability and rating.

There is a new problem we must encounter and that is the fact that the VBA now relies on the GPO to print all letters and documents of ratings, appointments and scheduling. This is just another cog in the mechanism of VA document processing. I’m surprised that there is no process of system duplication whereby the VA cannot electronically transmit letters and documentation directly to veterans using email and posting the same documents on the VA.GOV website where veterans can check the status of their claims and see the latest documents?

In my claim it states my claim has been granted and states to see claim document for more information. The only problem is there is no claim document showing!

Updated: I received an email concerning an upcoming C & P Exam to be scheduled. The VA advises to bring NOTHING to the exam as the examiner will only use what’s already in your file. The VA says to upload any new information pertaining to the portion of your claim to be examined. – I am the Real Truckmaster!

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We Were Not Created to Live in Fear

11-4-2021

We Were Not Created to Live in Fear

After several conversations with family and friends I feel compelled to tell everyone that God created man in his image and said to go forth and multiply and have dominion over the earth. I find nowhere in scripture where God said to live in a perpetual state of fear.

When God sent angels to deliver messages to men and women in the bible, the first thing they said was “fear not” and Jesus told his disciples to fear not for I am with you always. I’m not a bible scholar so I don’t know how many times in the bible we are told not to be afraid, but it must be a lot.

We are told that we are fearfully and wonderfully made in the image of our creator and contrary to popular belief God has never made a mistake when he created you or me. Whether it is humans or animals God created them male and female, not the 57 + genders that is being forced down our throats.

We must not be dissuaded or allow ourselves to accept the constant fear of dying from a virus that has swept across the globe primarily because of the internet. The SARS virus has been around for a very long time and it always plays out in the end. What is different about the C19 China virus is that man decided to manipulate this virus for nefarious purposes.

What began as experiments in high level labs here in the US a few short years ago was turned loose on the world stage in a place called Wuhan, China. Whether an accident or an act of biological warfare does not matter, but the media enhanced scare around the globe have many fearful of dying from exposure to the virus.

We should never allow ourselves to be cornered into an “isolation box” or separated from family and friends over what might happen. We should use common sense in everything we do and remain committed to living our life the way God intended – giving all honor, glory and power to him.

I have it from a good source that NOBODY is getting out of life alive. Death has a 100% mortality rate and there are no survivors.

Live as if there is no tomorrow.

If you had only one thing to do in this lifetime it would be to humble yourself before God and ask for forgiveness of your sin and ask Jesus to come into your heart.

Then when death comes knocking, eternity is just one last breath away. Heaven or Hell, the choice is yours to make? Don’t let them ask – did he live, but let them shout – HE LIVED FOR JESUS! – I am the Real Truckmaster!

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When Oh When Lord?

11-2-2021

When Oh When Lord?

I look at the world we live in today in 2021 and it’s safe to say that this world seems to be going to hell in a handbasket (so to speak) or as Hillary put it “A Basket of Deplorables”.

If you start your day watching national news outlets it’s easy to become discouraged or distraught over the state of our nation or the international community as a whole as the China Virus scare continues to intensify. Nations have closed their borders not wanting to spread the virus, but here in the US our president has ordered the southern border opened wide in spite of the virus.

We have nobody but ourselves to blame. When God sent a warrior with the specific purpose to stop evil and become God’s sword against the Spirit of Political Correctness we as a nation laughed. When the flaming arrows and darts were flying, we may have even launched a few ourselves.

Was God surprised?

Not hardly.

Throughout the history of mankind when God spoke to a man, he listened and said “Yes Lord, I am”.

Other men mocked and made fun of or laughed. They thought it was foolishness.

We are not the first nation whose leader has dived headfirst into the role of playing god. Nor will we be the last. We might however be the last generation of Americans who shunned God, questioned his decisions and banished him from the public square. We are now using the China Virus as a means to an end – the end of freedom.

I am reminded of the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the Old Testament.

Daniel 3: 16-18

16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter.

17 If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.

18 But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.

Individually and collectively we are at a point in our lives where either we trust God or we trust government (man) to rescue us. We have been herded like sheep to the slaughter. Isolate – Social Distance – Mask up – Vaccinate – and wait for the “all clear” to be sounded.

It’s never going to.

Instead of worrying about “what if” we are going to die from the virus, maybe we should be celebrating the abundant life we have been given by Almighty God.

In case you have been paying too much attention to all those commercials about looking and feeling younger, less wrinkles and softer looking skin or the tonic that adds years onto your life (they don’t), I have GREAT NEWS for you.

Nobody gets out of here alive. There are no U-Hauls behind the funeral car. Your bank account doesn’t transfer over to a heavenly savings and loan account. God uses gold to pave the streets of heaven but you may find yourselves among the fire and brimstone crew.

Joshua 24:15

And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the LORD, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”

I have made up my mind, have you?

I WILL TRUST IN GOD. – I am the Real Truckmaster!

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Being A Good Religious Person Won’t Get You Into Heaven

10-31-2021

Being A Good Religious Person Won’t Get You Into Heaven

Catholics and Christians alike have been dumping on President Biden for his stance on……well everything, including abortion. It was reported that Biden was refused being given the sacrament because of his pro-abortion stance. Most recently Biden met with the Pope at the Vatican. The headlines stated they were the most important Catholics in the world (or something to that effect).

I saw a recent article about a “one world religion” church for Christians, Muslims and other religions being planned or built in Abu Dubai which fits into the One World Government being prepared to control the entire economies of the world.

Well this brings up some very good questions and some very interesting answers.

  • How many “good works” will get you into heaven?
  • Will there be heavenly “subdivisions” (Catholics, Presbyterians, Mormons, Amish, or Pentecostals)?
  • What about other religions or no religious preference?
  • What does the bible say is the way to the father in heaven?

Jesus said that salvation (forgiveness of sin) is a gift from God, lest any man boast.

Ephesians 8-10

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Jesus also said that in his father’s house there are many rooms prepared for his followers.

John 14: 1-4

14 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God[a]; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.”

Jesus even said the road to heaven is narrow and few will find it, while the road to the abyss is wide and many will choose it.

Matthew 7:13-14

13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

It may surprise you that there will be no Amish, Catholic, Mormon, Pentecostal, Presbyterian, Muslim, Islamic, or any religious sections in heaven. It is a fact that the only ones allowed in heaven will be those who have become born again.

John 3:1-8

3 Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus[a] by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him.” Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again[b] he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.[c] Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You[d] must be born again.’ The wind[e] blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

When Jesus commissioned his disciples to go preach the gospel unto the ends of the earth,

Mark 16:15-16

15 And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. 16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.

We see evidence that some made it to the Europe, the Far East, Africa and other parts of the world as demonstrated by their belief in doing good deeds or making merit in hopes of a better life after reincarnation. Religion often takes bits and pieces of the bible, mix it with manmade rules and tradition to pass it off as gospel coming straight from God.

The bible tells us not to judge others or we will be judged by the same measure.

Matthew 7:1-2

7 “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.

We are told to discern everything in light of the Word of God.

Romans 12:2

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

The Ten Commandments are not suggestions should you choose to do them or not. It is impossible to obey God and please man by disobeying even one commandment. God calls it sin and the penalty for sin is death. Without salvation through the blood of Jesus, death is an eternal spiritual death where separation from God has no comparison.

  1. Have no other gods before God
  2. Do not worship things instead of God
  3. Do not take the name of the Lord your God in vain
  4. Remember the Sabbath day, keep it holy
  5. Honor your father and your mother
  6. Do not kill
  7. Do not commit adultery
  8. Do not steal
  9. Do not speak falsely against your neighbor
  10. Do not keep your eyes on anything your neighbor has

Luke 10:27

He (Jesus) answered: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’.”

How can you love your neighbor as yourself when you don’t even like yourself?

Exodus 15:26

He (God) said, “If you listen carefully to the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord, who heals you.”

In the world we live in there are those who believe that it is their right to do what makes them feel good even when it contradicts the Word of God. When churches stop preaching hell fire and brimstone and use catchy words and phrases that are pleasing to the ears of man, so that none be offended they not only offend God, but become enemies of God.

John 14: 6

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Think of a world lost and without anything good. The reign of terror by ISIS, Islamic extremists and even political parties in our own country pale in comparison to what eternity will be like without God, for only God is good – All the time!

The remedy is simple – humble yourself before God, submit to his will for your life. Ask him to forgive your sins. Turn from your wicked ways. Declare Jesus is the Son of God, born of a virgin, died for your sins and raised again on the third day.

Then make a public declaration of faith by becoming baptized in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Find a bible believing church that preaches the bible – cover to cover and ask God to guide and strengthen you as you commit to telling others about God’s saving grace. – I am the Real Truckmaster!

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Tribute to David Arthur Dick (DAD)

10-28-2021

Tribute to David Arthur Dick (DAD)

2-19-47 – 5-4-21

As I write this I’m still in a state of shock yet I feel compelled to tell you about my friend Dave.

I first met Dave Dick in Colorado Springs at the very first 519th Transportation Association, Thailand reunion. He was the guy who for the next several years became our “official” photographer. He would drive or fly out from back east (Ohio & later Pennsylvania), rent a car and go into the mountains taking pictures. Quite often I would get a phone call and we’d talk for an hour or so about the reunion or the next one coming up.

Dave went with the 519th Transportation Battalion from Ft Meade, Maryland to Camp Charn Sinthope in Phanom Sarakham, Thailand in 1966 and became the battalion photographer under LTC Harry Fred Middleton. They had both finished their tours in Thailand before I arrived in 1968, and it was a treat to have Fred as one of our guest speakers that first reunion and his photographer (Dave) doing his thing.

Before he retired from his city job in 2005 Dave told of the time of his horseback riding accident that broke his leg and put him on crutches for a time. He came into the office on crutches and someone yelled, “Look there’s broke Dick” or something to that effect. I smile when I think of that story.

Dave had a special place in my heart as we shared our Thailand and 519th bond. I often joked about bringing the USARSUPTHAI reunion out to his place in Linesville, Pennsylvania so he could show off his extensive gun collection.

Dave’s last reunion was in 2014 where his old running buddies came for their first reunion. The last conversation I had with him earlier this year was when he asked to be taken off our email list which I figured it was for health reasons.

I’ve thought about Dave often these past months, but I never thought I would come across his obituary. It was Dave who brought me a framed picture of the riderless horse from Fred Middleton’s funeral in 2003 at Arlington.

Dave often played taps at Veteran’s funerals. Today I salute our “Tiger”! – I am the Real Truckmaster!

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Lovers of Darkness

10-24-2021

Lovers of Darkness

When God speaks the devil trembles in fear because he knows the Creator of the Universe is all powerful and that his reign is only but a whisper and it is Satan’s intent to take God’s creation down with him.

We know that everything happens in its season and according to God’s plan. Nothing surprises God.

God created man so he could walk, talk and have fellowship with his creation. Throughout history man has rebelled against the will and purpose of God while blaming others. When Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden God gave hard work to man and hard labor to women, and then expelled them from the garden. God placed angels to guard the entrance.

In the time of Noah the wickedness of man was great and God brought the waters to flood over the face of the earth killing every living creature, except those with Noah and his family in the Ark. God made a rainbow as a sign of the covenant between himself and mankind that he would never again destroy mankind with water.

In the days of Sodom and Gomorrah once again the wickedness of man was great and God destroyed those cities with fire and brimstone after saving Abraham pleaded with God to spare Lot, his wife and two daughters, but as Lot was leaving the city his wife turned to look back and turned into a pillar of salt.

In the days of Moses God led the people of Israel through the Red Sea and into the desert all the while they complained and wanted to turn back to the land where they had been in slavery. God provided food by day and light by night yet because they didn’t trust God, he prolonged their journey until the elders who complained were all dead and didn’t enter the promised land.

Reprobate Minds Lacking Self Control

God gave them over to a reprobate mind. A thought is repeated here that has already been hinted, and is often taught in the Scriptures. The man who turns from the truth will be allowed to have his way, will fall deeper and deeper into error, and will reap all the evil consequences of loving darkness rather than light.

Romans 1:18 – 32

18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.

21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.

24 Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25 They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.

26 Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. 27 In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.

28 Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. 29 They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; 31 they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. 32 Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.

Since the creation of this nation man has sought freedom to worship God without restriction and in the course of 245 years God has made the land plentiful and prospered our people. Every time that trouble has raised its ugly head, God has provided us strength and perseverance to overcome even the greatest of obstacles.

Throughout my lifetime America has turned its back on God. We have removed him from the public square, our classrooms, and the marketplace and even from our family life. We wonder why the world has turned upside down and getting worse day after day.

Christians have earnestly prayed asking God for relief from the evil that has befallen our nation, but when God answers those prayers we collectively say “Not that way Lord, not him!” For the past 5 years we have resisted what God is doing in our midst. We rationalize our stubbornness as though we are more knowledgeable than the one who created us.

This has gone on to the point where God has turned our nation over to what we wanted and now we don’t like it one bit. However we refuse to take a knee, repent of our wicked ways and seek the face of Almighty God for his guidance. I believe God has blinded our spiritual eyes so we cannot see the truth, nor would we recognize it.

There have been 46 men selected to lead this nation. All were imperfect and sinful men. Each put their stamp on the presidency during the time they were entrusted with it. Some died in office. Many disgraced the office, dishonored the nation and God. America fought for the right for self-destruction and what we are seeing today are the fruits of their labor as God honors their decision. America has become a lover of darkness and hater of the truth. America needs a savior. America needs Jesus. He alone can save us from ourselves and from our sin.

This may very well be my final political blog to my readers as I stand back, fall to my knees and beseech Almighty God to forgive my sins, and the sins of our people, our nation and its leaders.

I ask God to spare us certain destruction from without and from within. I ask God to heal our land. – I am the Real Truckmaster!

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