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Pope airman killed in Afghanistan

Posted October 1, 2010

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— An airman based at Pope Air Force Base died in Afghanistan on Wednesday, according to the Department of Defense.

Senior Airman Mark Forester, 29, of Tuscaloosa, Ala., was killed while conducting combat operations in the Uruzgan province. Additional details weren't provided.

Forester was assigned to the 21st Special Tactics Squadron.

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  • danielparrott Oct 1, 2010

    First, I would say thank you to any and all troops as well as their families who make sacrifices every day for our country.

    I don't have any political agenda here as I don't think much of any of our politicians.

    But I do feel the need to chime in here only because it's been mentioned that joining the miitary is voluntary. And while this is a true statement, where I have a real problem is in the fact that my 19 year old cousin is told he's not old enough or responsible enough to walk into a bar and buy himself a drink. And yet he's old enough and mature enough to make the decision to pickup a rifle and go fight for his country.

    Now I am in no way attempting to argue for lowering the drinking age here. If anything, maybe we should look at raising the age that you are allowed to enter the military. I know many will disagree with me but various 18-19 year olds have different maturity levels. I'm not sure all of them really know what they are getting themselves into when they sign

  • Adelinthe Oct 1, 2010

    What some of you don't understand is, our military is an all-voluntary military.

    Its members join because they want to, for a variety of reasons.

    They join for a max (to begin) of four years active service.

    They can re-enlist after that time or they can go to the reserves for an additional four years.

    This is their choice. They choose it because they believe in this country, they believe in what they're doing, they believe it needs to be done, and they believe they're the people who need to do it.

    If this isn't so, nowadays, there are many easy ways to get out of the service.

    So stop sullying their choices with your private agendas, especially on a news story where the loved ones of a lost service member might be reading what you write.

    God bless.

    RB

  • Adelinthe Oct 1, 2010

    smcallah - "Bring our boys home Mr. President, they can not quit like your staff!"

    "You really should not make comments like that. You are implying that some troops want to quit, and in effect, calling them cowards.

    They volunteered to join and this war has been going on for 9 years, so certainly anyone that joined in the last 9 years, which is most of the military, knew they were going to be doing this job in a war zone. They wouldn't have joined up if they wanted to quit.

    So please, in the future, do not compare our troops' jobs to the White House staff's jobs."

    AMEN, AND AMEN!!!

    Additionally, in 9 years, they've had the opportunity for discharge, and re-enlisted instead.

    So don't use news stories of grief and loss to tout your own personal agendas. It's shows a tremendous lack of compassion, understanding and class.

    God bless.

    RB

  • Adelinthe Oct 1, 2010

    Awww, praying for those who loved him.

    Praying for all our troops everywhere, and for those who love them here at home.

    God bless.

    RB

  • smcallah Oct 1, 2010

    "Bring our boys home Mr. President, they can not quit like your staff!"

    You really should not make comments like that. You are implying that some troops want to quit, and in effect, calling them cowards.

    They volunteered to join and this war has been going on for 9 years, so certainly anyone that joined in the last 9 years, which is most of the military, knew they were going to be doing this job in a war zone. They wouldn't have joined up if they wanted to quit.

    So please, in the future, do not compare our troops' jobs to the White House staff's jobs.

  • Eduardo1 Oct 1, 2010

    R I P

    Another brave young hero gone in the Obama war.

    Bring our boys home Mr. President, they can not quit like your staff!

  • wreckinstuff2000 Oct 1, 2010

    "Rest in Peace brother for you are a true patriot!"

    Amen to that.

  • Proud Black Constitutionalist Oct 1, 2010

    Rest in Peace brother for you are a true patriot!

  • BlahBlahBlahBlahBlah Oct 1, 2010

    Get our brave soldiers out of there!

    We do appreciate all of our soldiers so very much!

    Thank you.

  • GWALLY Oct 1, 2010

    Honorable young men doing an honorable service...rest in peace soldier...mission completed.

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