Boston College Military Appreciation Day October 27th

Good Afternoon,
I am reaching out to you on behalf of Boston College to inform you about our Military Appreciation Day on October 27th. We have pregame and postgame ceremonies dedicated to the military and both teams will be wearing special edition red, white and blue uniforms designed by Under Armor.
I have attached a copy of our group ticket sales flyer that has all of our ticket pricing and group benefits information. As members of the military, we are happy to offer your organization a $15 rate regardless of the size of your group.
Please feel free to use the flyer to spread the word about the day to anybody that may be interested in attending. It should be a great game and we would love to have as many military members in the stands as possible.
Please do not hesitate to contact me directly at 617-552-4057 or via email with any questions or concerns. I would be happy to help you in any way that I can. I look forward to booking your group for this game and hope to hear from you soon.
Thank you for your service to our country.
All the best,
Kyle
Kyle Scagnelli | Ticket Sales Representative| Boston College
office: 617-552-4057 | fax: 617-552-2525

“He Was A Hero.” RIP Glen Doherty

By Stephanie Ebbert, Peter Schworm and John R. Ellement, Globe Staff

Glen A. Doherty, a Winchester native who was a former Navy SEAL, was one of four Americans killed in Libya by a group of suspected Islamic terrorists, his sister said today.

Doherty was 42 years old and was working as a security contractor when he was killed with US Ambassador John Christopher Stevens in the American consulate in Benghazi late Tuesday during what officials believe may have been a coordinated terrorist attack.

“He was on security detail and he was protecting the ambassador and also helping the wounded’’ when he was killed, said his sister, Kate Quigley of Marblehead.

Quigley said her family grew up in Winchester and that her brother wanted a life “filled with adrenaline. … He was always an adventure seeker.’’

Doherty was co-author with Brandon Webb of the 2010 book, “Navy SEAL Sniper: An Intimate Look at the Sniper of the 21st Century.’’

“Glen Doherty was a true friend and I’ll miss him greatly,’’ Webb said on his Twitter account today.

In biographies posted by the publisher of the book, Doherty was described as a “combat-decorated SEAL who served the US Navy for nine years.’’ He was Webb’s shooting partner and was described as “an expert in SEAL combat tactics” who “has trained operators all over the world.’’

With pride in her voice, Quigley said that when he was a SEAL, Doherty was a sniper positioned on a rooftop when the US military rescued Army Private Jessica Lynch, who had been captured by Iraqi forces in 2003. Quigley also said her brother played a role in the breaching of palaces of former Iraqi leader Sadaam Hussein during the Iraq war.

Doherty was also an athletic trainer and a licensed pilot of both single- and multi-engine aircraft, according to his biographies posted on the Web.

“His fearlessness took many forms throughout his life, but was always at his core,” his family said in a statement released today.

Doherty graduated in 1988 from Winchester High School, where the yearbook listed him as a member of the varsity tennis and wrestling teams, School Superintendent William H. McAlduff Jr. said in a statement.

Judy Hession, Doherty’s 11th-grade English teacher, also said in the statement that “Glen was bursting with life. Every day his huge smile and his happy-go-lucky optimism filled my classroom. He got along with all types of people, was a class leader and, from the perspective of thirty years of teaching, one of my most memorable students.”

During his 20s, Doherty became a professional ski instructor in Utah, attended flight school in Arizona, but also promised himself that if he had not chosen a profession by the time he turned 30, he would join the Navy and become a SEAL.

“When he turned 30, he enlisted and became a Navy SEAL,’’ she said. “That’s how Glen did everything in his life.’’

Quigley said Glen was the middle of three children in her family. She described him as “one of the nicest, big-hearted people. One of the things that was so great about him is that he was always present. When you were in the room with him, you would be the most important person in the world. He was always present.”

Quigley said her brother left the service about four years ago and started working for a private company hired to provide security for American officials overseas.

“When he was in the field, his main mission was intelligence gathering,’’ Quigley said.

During his Navy career, Doherty served in Iraq and Afghanistan. While working for the private company, he spent time in those countries, as well as Israel and Kenya. She said that Doherty knew full well the risks he was taking both in the service and afterward.

“This is what he did for a living,’’ she said. “He always knew the dangers, but he never talked about it. … He’s been going overseas since 9/11 — and he’s always made it back.’’

Quigley said her brother had previously done a three-month stint in Libya and left his home in the San Diego area for Libya on Sept. 5.

“It wasn’t his favorite place,’’ Quigley said of Libya. “But he’d say, ‘The guys are good, the work is good.’ ”

Quigley said her family was officially notified around 5 p.m. Wednesday that he had been killed. She believes that the incident at the consulate was not a random act of a few people upset about an inflammatory movie about the Muslim prophet Mohammed.

“I never thought he’d be another victim of Sept. 11,’’ Quigley said.

“You have to understand. Glen was highly trained. He was the best of the best. He wouldn’t have gone down for some protest over a movie,’’ Quigley said. “This was serious, well-planned, well-executed. He was very good at what he did.’’

Quigley said her family knew what Doherty’s job was, and they accepted that one day they might hear that he had lost his life in some distant place. But, at the same time, their faith in his skill and his personality was strong.

“This is what he did for a living,’’ she said. “This is how Glen wanted to live. Sitting behind a desk just could never do. … He’s done this so many times. … And he always made it back, safe.’’

Quigley said her brother’s remains will be cremated, and the ashes will be sent to the West Coast “where he loved to be.’’ She said there will be a memorial service at the Arlington National Cemetery at some future date.

“He was amazing,’’ Quigley said. “He was a hero.’’

Obama Honors Memory of Libya Attack Victims

From the AP Wire Service.

By JIM KUHNHENN

Libya attack victims return home.

Libya attack victims return home.

ANDREWS AIR FORCE BASE, Md. (AP) — President Barack Obama on Friday honored the four Americans killed in an attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya, recalling their lives in deeply personal terms and declaring the United States will never pull back on its principles or ‘‘retreat from the world.’’

‘‘Their sacrifice will never be forgotten,’’ Obama said as four flag-draped cases rested near him. He had come to witness the return of those slain in the assault on the American diplomatic mission, including the U.S. ambassador, Chris Stevens.

In the heat of a presidential election year, the scene was a gripping reminder of the danger facing Americans in diplomatic and military service every day, and of the turmoil in an incendiary region of the world that continues to test Obama’s leadership.

Always in the background, campaign politics gave way to a sense of sheer loss. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s voice broke as she spoke before the president, and she appeared to be fighting tears as she listened to him.

‘‘They knew the danger, and they accepted it,’’ Obama said. ‘‘They didn’t simply embrace the American ideal. They lived it.’’

Americans Sean Smith, Glen A. Doherty and Tyrone S. Woods were also killed in a chaotic rush on the consulate.

Glen Doherty a Winchester Native and Former Navy SEAL, Killed In Libya Attack Returned To U.S.

Glen Doherty a Winchester Native and Former Navy SEAL, Killed In Libya Attack Returned To U.S.

Said Obama of all four men: ‘‘They embodied it: the courage, the hope and yes the idealism, that fundamental belief that we can leave this world a little bit better than before. That’s who they were, and that’s who we are. If we want to truly honor their memory, that’s who we must always be.’’

The presidential election, however, did not recede for the day. Less than two hours after the ceremony, Obama took his motorcade on an unscheduled trip to the Democratic Party headquarters to hold political meetings. In the evening, he planned to attend a previously arranged fundraiser in Washington.

The transfer of remains came three days after an attack on the consulate, one of a series of assaults on U.S. outposts in Muslim countries that U.S. officials blame on an anti-Muslim video made in the United States.

Clinton said the rage and violence aimed at American missions was prompted by ‘‘an awful Internet video that we had nothing to do with.’’

The president met privately with family members of the fallen before stepping into a cavernous hangar at this base he knows well, home to Air Force One. Emerging from a C-17 cargo plane, six Marines each carried the cases on top of stands before four waiting hearses, as a color guard led the somber procession.

Clinton and Obama both spoke of how the four men lived their lives — and how their mission would go on.

‘‘This work, and the men and women who risk their lives to do it, are at the heart of what makes America great and good,’’ Clinton said. ‘‘So we will wipe away our tears, stiffen our spines, and face the future undaunted.’’

Said Obama: ‘‘The United States of America will never retreat from the world. We will never stop working for the dignity and freedom that every person deserves.’’

Also attending the ceremony were Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta.

The searing images of burning flags, breached embassies and smoldering cars have shocked the nation.

The deaths on Tuesday, the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, and the anti-American sentiment behind them underscored a foreign policy paradox for Obama. Many of the protests in the Arab world were in countries that underwent Obama-backed revolutions during the Arab Spring.

‘‘The people Egypt, Libya, Yemen and Tunisia did not trade the tyranny of a dictator for the tyranny of the mob,’’ Clinton said. ‘‘Reasonable people and responsible leaders in these countries need to do everything they can to restore security and hold accountable those behind these violent acts.’’

Illustrating the volatility, Friday’s ceremony unfolded as a Marine rapid response team arrived in Yemen’s capital as protests erupted there.

In addition to Stevens, the ceremony also honored three other Americans killed in Benghazi — Smith, an Air Force veteran who worked as an information management specialist for the State Department; Doherty, a former Navy SEAL who worked for a private security firm and was protecting the consulate in Benghazi; and Woods, also a former Navy SEAL who had served protective duty in various U.S. posts.

 

War-Weary US Is Numbed to Drumbeat of Troop Deaths

War-Weary US Is Numbed to Drumbeat of Troop Deaths

By ROBERT BURNS AP National Security Writer                                                                 WASHINGTON September 10, 2012 (AP)

It was another week at war in Afghanistan, another string of American casualties, and another collective shrug by a nation weary of a faraway conflict whose hallmark is its grinding inconclusiveness.

After nearly 11 years, many by now have grown numb to the sting of losing soldiers like Pfc. Shane W. Cantu of Corunna, Mich. He died of shrapnel wounds in the remoteness of eastern Afghanistan, not far from the getaway route that Osama bin Laden took when U.S. forces invaded after Sept. 11, 2001, and began America’s longest war.

Cantu was 10 back then.

Nearly every day the Pentagon posts another formulaic death notice, each one brief and unadorned, revealing the barest of facts — name, age and military unit — but no words that might capture the meaning of the loss.

Cantu, who joined the Italy-based 173rd Airborne Brigade on Sept. 11 last year and went to Afghanistan last month, was among five U.S. deaths announced this past week, as the Democrats and Republicans wrapped up back-to-back presidential nominating conventions.

American troops are still dying in Afghanistan at a pace that doesn’t often register beyond their hometowns. So far this year, it’s 31 a month on average, or one per day. National attention is drawn, briefly, to grim and arbitrary milestones such as the 1,000th and 2,000th war deaths. But days, weeks and months pass with little focus by the general public or its political leaders on the individuals behind the statistics.

Each week at war has a certain sameness for those not fighting it, yet every week brings distinct pain and sorrow to the families who learn that their son or daughter, brother or sister, father or mother was killed or wounded.

Pfc. Shane W. Cantu of Corunna, Mich. Cantu, who, coincidentally, joined his Italy-based Army unit on Sept. 11 last year and deployed to Afghanistan this summer, was among five U.S. deaths announced this past week. He was just 10 when al-Qaida terrorists attacked on Sept. 11, 2001. American troops are still dying in Afghanistan with a regularity that does not always register beyond their hometowns. (AP Photo/U.S. Department of the Army)

He would have turned 21 next month.

His roommate in Afghanistan, Pfc. Cameron Richards, 23, remembers Cantu as a larger-than-life figure, a guy with an infectious smile who took pride in whipping up spaghetti, tacos and other dinners on his portable skillet. It was a knack he attributed to having grown up with five sisters with whom he shared family meal duties.

“He was the type of person you wanted to be around every day,” Richards said in a telephone interview Friday from the brigade’s headquarters in Italy, where he returned after being wounded by shrapnel from a hand grenade two weeks before Cantu was killed.

“When he was in the room you knew he was in the room. He’d be the loudest one laughing,” he added. “He impacted everybody.”

As the war drags on, it remains a faraway puzzle for many Americans. Max Boot, a military historian and defense analyst at the Council on Foreign Relations, has called Afghanistan the “Who Cares?” war. “Few, it seems, do, except for service personnel and their families,” he wrote recently. “It is almost as if the war isn’t happening at all.”

One measure of how far the war has receded into the background in America is the fact that it was not even mentioned by Mitt Romney in his speech last week accepting the Republican presidential nomination. President Barack Obama has pledged to end the main U.S. combat role in Afghanistan by the end of 2014, but current plans call for some thousands of U.S. troops to remain long after that to train Afghans and hunt terrorists.

The war remains at the forefront, naturally, for members of the military such as Marine Lt. Gen. John Kelly, whose son, 2nd Lt. Robert M. Kelly, was killed by a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan in November 2010.

An Army carry team moves a transfer case containing the remains of Pfc. Shane W. Cantu. Rest in Peace Brother.

“Only a tiny fraction of American families fear all day and every day a knock at the door that will shatter their lives,” Kelly said.

That knock came this past week for more families, including that of Jeremie S. Border, a 28-year-old Army Special Forces staff sergeant from Mesquite, Texas. His alma mater, McMurry University, said he graduated in 2006 with degrees in sociology and communications. He played four seasons for the school’s football team, whose players will wear a helmet decal bearing his uniform number, 28, for the remainder of this season.

The Pentagon said Tuesday that he was killed by small arms fire last Saturday, along with Army Staff Sgt. Jonathan P. Schmidt, 28, of Petersburg, Va., a graduate of Thomas Dale High School outside Richmond. Schmidt was an explosive ordnance disposal expert assigned to a unit based at Fort Bragg, N.C. The Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer reported that he joined the Army in 2003 and is survived by his wife and one son.

Marine Lance Cpl. Alec R. Terwiske, 21, of Dubois, Ind., was killed in combat last Monday in Helmand province. He was a reservist with a tank battalion based at Fort Knox, Ky., but in Afghanistan he was assigned to a combat engineer battalion. The Pentagon provided no details about the circumstances of his death.

Army Spc. Kyle R. Rookey, 23, of Oswego, N.Y., died last Sunday in Jalalabad in eastern Afghanistan in a noncombat incident. As is standard with noncombat deaths the Pentagon offered no other details pending an investigation. Rookey is survived by his wife, Victoria, and a daughter, Flora, according to a report by CNYCentral.com in Syracuse, which said Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered that flags at all state buildings fly at half-staff Friday in Rookey’s honor.

We live in a country that boast of its freedom,

and I wonder how many realize the cost of it all.

Every Veteran that has given his time, knows the cost of it all,

and will never forget those left behind.

Every breath I take I know I live on God’s grace and favor,

I will never take for granted this freedom so dear, 

In my heart, my life, I will never forget those left behind.

We will never forget you.