A peaceful walkout by our students and an awesome poem written by one of my students who just completed her high school math.
17 by Angel Camargo © 2018
Another day, another face
Another name, another place.
Not all heroes wear capes.
Some are just simple and brave.
Many lives lost and many more graves.
Lives taken at such a young age;
all because of anger and rage.
Slack Security and lack of purity
Lack of love and lack of letting go of a grudge
But who are we to judge.
A topic that is pushed aside that doesn’t get budged
No one really talks about the blood that was splattered
by the innocent. It’s a “touchy topic” so I’ve been told
But how long are we going to withhold?
How long are we going to wait?
How many more lives will they take?
How many more have to die?
How many times do we have to cry?
To really see that the problem lies in our own hands.
All for what?
To hold a piece of metal with a trigger
But see freedom is much bigger
Freedom to bear arms?
What about the freedom to live ?
Something that these people won’t be able to do.
They’re not different they’re human just like me and you.
They don’t get to love or experience life.
They were killed but not with a knife.
With a gun,maybe the last word they heard was,
I think we’ve had enough
No more guns…
No more violence…
Hear the World
Heal the World...
This poem is dedicated to the students and staff of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida who were executed by a mad man. You will stand in our hearts forever and may you also forever rest in peace.
Martin Duque Anguiano
The speech that rekindled loyalty and arguably won the US Civil War... Was not the Gettysburg address, it was the speech that Colonel Chamberlain gave to a large group of deserters that had been given to him the day before the biggest battle of the entire war. He desperately needed them to join his Northern Maine regiment for the upcoming battle.
...in that battle many historians agree that it was Colonel Chamberlain’s holding of Little Round Top that won the day, and was the turning point in the whole war, in favor of the North.
Colonel Chamberlain approached all of the deserters just after they arrived, and spoke to them together, as a group:
"I’ve been ordered to take you men with me, I’m told that if you (laughs quietly) don’t come I can shoot you. Well, you know I won’t do that. Maybe somebody else will, but I won’t, so that’s that. Here’s the situation, the Whole Reb army is up that road aways waiting for us, so this is no time for an argument like this, I tell you. We could surely use you fellas, we’re now well below half strength.
Whether you fight or not, that’s up to you, whether you come along is... well, your coming.
You know who we are and what we are doing here, but if you are going to fight alongside us there are a few things I want you to know.
This regiment was formed last summer, in Maine.
There were a thousand of us then, there are less than 300 of us now.
All of us volunteered to fight for the Union, just as you have
Some came mainly because we were bored at home, thought this looked like it might be fun
Some came because we were ashamed not to
Many of came because it was the right thing to do
And all of us have seen men die
This is a different kind of army
If you look back through history you will see men fighting for pay, for women, for some other kind of loot
They fight for land, power, because a king leads them, or just because they like killing
But we are here for something new, this has not happened much, in the history of the world
We are an army out to set other men free
America should be free ground, all of it, not divided by a line between slave states and free – all the way from here to the Pacific Ocean
No man has to bow. No man born to royalty
Here we judge you by what you do, not by who your father was
Here you can be something
Here is the place to build a home
But it’s not the land, there’s always more land
It’s the idea that we all have value – you and me
What we are fighting for, in the end, we’re fighting for each other
Sorry, I didn’t mean to preach
You go ahead and you talk for awhile
If you choose to join us and you want your muskets back you can have them – nothing more will be said by anyone anywhere
If you choose not to join us well then you can come along under guard and when this is all over I will do what I can to ensure you get a fair trial, but for now we’re moving out
Gentlemen, I think if we lose this fight we lose the war, so if you choose to join us I will be personally very grateful."
114 out of 120 deserters joined with the regiment immediately, with another 4 joined up later."
Within every organization there are personal leaders that can bring an significant impact on the operations and performance of personnel at the right time and place. As a teacher I believe that I am a personal leader in my organization who works collaboratively with others to improve learning for all students.
This summer I had the opportunity to study leadership at the Army War College walk the battlefield of Gettysburg to study leadership and I was part of the Colonel Chamberlain Group. I walked the hills of the little round tree and stood on the same terrain defended by the Maine regiment. As an African American with maybe an understandable right to hate Confederate statues this trip and analysis of leadership realizes that it was the events of this war good and bad that remains in the history books as lessons learned that helped train thousands of Army and Marine officers for hundreds of years.
What is Goulash?
While on field exercises in the Marine Corps during the 70’s we would often make a goulash that was a mixture of several different MCI (C-rations) meal selections. As a logistics specialist I would grab the case of B-2 Unit box and stash it. But the beef w/spiced sauce was also excellent. You needed your P-38 (always attached to your dog tags) can opener and some Tabasco sauce (always in the pack with chewing tobacco). Basic tricks of the trade while on maneuvers in the field.
This is the official Quartermaster’s description of C-Rations used in Vietnam
“The Meal, Combat, Individual, is designed for issue as the tactical situation dictates, either in individual units as a meal or in multiples of three as a complete ration. Its characteristics emphasize utility, flexibility of use, and more variety of food components that were included in the Ration, Combat, Individual (C-Ration) which it replaces. Twelve different menus are included in the specification.
Each menu contains: one canned meat item; one canned fruit, bread or dessert item; one B unit; an accessory packet containing cigarettes, matches, chewing gum, toilet paper, coffee, cream, sugar, and salt; and a spoon. Four can openers are provided in each case of 12 meals. Although the meat item can be eaten cold, it is more palatable when heated.
Each complete meal contains approximately 1200 calories. The daily ration of 3 meals provides approximately 3600 calories.”
Well I never ate a full day of c-rats because I didn’t like all of the meals. We use to barter and trade to make deals to get what everyone wanted. I loved the canned fruits but too much of it would get you diarrhea. Beans and wieners could be eaten warm or cold. The roll of toilet paper in the accessory kit was useless. By 1976 there were no cigarettes in the MCI accessory pack as shown below. We use to chew tobacco to compensate for the c-rats which was worst than smoking. I don’t know what was worst the smell of chewing tobacco or the smell of the morning waste and kerosene downwind from the camp site.
As a logistics officer I was well equipped to have superior knowledge about food and supplies. As a young lieutenant in the field we were randomly given a case of rations. The real secret was knowing that the new C-rations had a variety of menus and each of the three units had different meals. If you was aware of this you could always make sure you got your favorite meals. Below are the meal selections and I always made sure to get the B-2 unit?
What were your favorites? What were some of the goulash that you made that you loved?
Dr. Jordan B smith jr.
I attended the U. S. Naval Academy from 1972-1976 earning a B.S. in Mathematics. Served 20 years both active and reserve in the US Marines. Veteran of the Desert Shield/Storm. I earned a MAED and Ed D. specializing in curriculum and instruction from the University of Phoenix in 2015. I graduated from CBC High School in Clayton, MO in 1972.