WASHINGTON, DC – In a horrible reminder that freedom is not free, the U.S. Marine Corp has identified the four Marines who were killed in an Osprey crash in northern Norway on March 18.
The four Marines were identified as Capt. Matthew J. Tomkiewicz, 27, of Fort Wayne, Indiana; Capt. Ross A. Reynolds, 27, of Leominster, Massachusetts; Gunnery Sgt. James W. Speedy, 30, of Cambridge, Ohio and Cpl. Jacob M. Moore, 24, of Catlettsburg, Kentucky. All four Marines were assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 261.
The exact cause of the crash is unknown and is under investigation. Norwegian authorities led the recovery effort, with the assistance of the Marine Corps, according to American Military News.
“The pilots and crew were committed to accomplishing their mission and serving a cause greater than themselves.”
Here is a little more about the lost heroes:
Tomkiewicz served as an Osprey pilot with Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 261, Marine Aircraft Group 26, 2d Marine Aircraft Wing, which is stationed on Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina. His decorations include the National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.
Speedy served as an administrative specialist with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 261, Marine Aircraft Group 26, 2d Marine Aircraft Wing. His decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with two gold stars, the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, the Marine Corps Drill Instructor Ribbon, and multiple certificates and letters of appreciation.
Moore served as an MV-22B Osprey crew chief with Marine Medium
Tiltrotor Squadron 261, Marine Aircraft Group 26, 2d Marine Aircraft Wing. His decorations include the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.
All four Marines have been recovered from the crash site and are on their way back to their families in the United States.
Cederholm’s letter said that the lost Marines will not be forgotten:
“We will continue to execute the mission while keeping these Marines and their service on the forefront of our minds. We will never allow these Marines’ sacrifice to go unnoticed or unappreciated. Keep these Marines and their loved ones in your thoughts and prayers.”
Politico reporter destroyed after Veteran’s Day tweet about who the “real heroes” are (spoiler alert: not vets)
November 15, 2021
The following editorial is written by a former Chief of Police and current staff writer for Law Enforcement Today.
Thank you for your service, Politico! The risks you take on a daily basis in the cause of covering for Democrats, criminals such as those dispatched by Kyle Rittenhouse, and our bumbling boob of a president is legendary.
Furthermore, your odds of suffering from ailments such as carpal tunnel syndrome, Trump Derangement Syndrome, or having to submit to an anal-cranium retraction operation are higher than those of the average American. We applaud your bravery!
This past week, we celebrated our real heroes, those who have served in our military, who risked their lives defending the freedoms we (for now) enjoy. Among those freedoms is the First Amendment, which gives outlets such as Politico, CNN, and the other left-wing outlets the right to post dumb stuff.
Last week on Veteran’s Day, someone named Emma Dumain, a brave reporter from Politico posted a now-deleted tweet in which she espoused the bravery and sacrifice she—as a trusty cub reporter—had to make on Veteran’s Day as Congress took the day off to honor our veterans:
“Pour one out for the Congress reporters who have to work today even though Congressional offices are closed for Veterans Day and chances of a returned call or email are nil.”
Speaking of crazy… pic.twitter.com/i216j5w9Rw
— Freedom Variant (@UVIL1991) November 11, 2021
OMG! The humanity! You mean poor Emma had to actually work on Veterans Day, along with tens of millions of other Americans? Like police, firefighters, EMTs and hospital workers?
Like people who work at McDonalds? Walmart? Airports? Should we likewise “pour one out” for them as well?
Needless to say, poor Emma was lit up on Twitter:
— ThoughtCrime (@JamieJett6) November 11, 2021
Yeah, you've got it tough. 🤦♂️
The definition of Clueless. pic.twitter.com/T3CFmVVvlK
— Thomas Brandon 😁 (@THOMark77) November 11, 2021
OMG, you have to work on Veteran's Day like almost everyone else??? Sounds like you'll even have an easy day of it. Cry me a river!!! pic.twitter.com/EcONnkhqPO
— Georgia patriot gal (@sharonhg0) November 11, 2021
Afterward, Emma attempted to defend herself, which also didn’t go well, and she deleted that tweet as well:
“AND I deleted the tweet because the willful misunderstandings and whataboutisms were just not worth it to keep it up. For those TRULY offended, I’m sorry. For the trolls, see you next time.”
Once again, poor Emma, who has managed to survive in the swamp that is Washington, D.C., was lit up.
Thank you for your service.
— Max (@MaxNordau) November 11, 2021
Disgusting human ^^^
— Raheem ‘Dark MAGA’ Kassam (@RaheemKassam) November 11, 2021
OR you’re of the opinion that journalists are just SO important. Please.
— Howard (@Bossmustangfan) November 11, 2021
You write for your occupation. If your tweet was “misunderstood” as you say by the masses, it is probably time to find a new occupation.
— Todd Erzen’s Beard 🍊🇺🇸 (@todderzensbeard) November 11, 2021
“Journalism” is a mental disorder.
— Super Journalist (Ret) – JOURN-AL of Skrypton (@Magnum_CK) November 11, 2021
Just take your lumps and acknowledge it was a stupid thing to say.
— Katie (@katiehasedits) November 11, 2021
All of this served as a reminder of a CNN piece in 2018, unearthed after Dumain’s tweet went viral in which the network actually wrote the following:
We thank soldiers for their service because they devote themselves to protecting our freedoms, and we should. But we should also thank the media for the same reason—especially when the stakes have never been higher. [emphasis added]
— Christina Pushaw 🇺🇸 (@ChristinaPushaw) November 11, 2021
Elsewhere in the piece, the editorial actually says:
Journalists are uniquely qualified to perform that vital role of discovering truth and combating falsehood. [emphasis added]
This is the same network, by the way, that still claims former president Donald Trump colluded with the Russians, said the summer 2020 riots were “mostly peaceful” and thinks Joe Biden isn’t a cognitive mess.
This 2018 editorial is a reminder of the esteem in which the mainstream media holds itself. Despite the fact that CNN didn’t learn from their treatment in 2018 and now finds its prime-time lineup lucky to break one-million viewers, they still seem to believe they are the only thing standing between freedom and tyranny, the latter which they appear to favor.
As a piece in Town Hall noted, a number of liberal reporters seem to view themselves as being akin to first responders or in fact the same as those brave World War II heroes who stormed the beaches in Normandy on D-Day.
All one needs to do is look at the Washington Post and their motto — “Democracy Dies in Darkness.” This is the same outlet that calls Jan. 6 an “insurrection” and holds up George Floyd as a hero. That’s about all you need to know. Tone deaf? You decide.
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