After waiting on the moving truck fro four hours and then finishing up at midnight with the unloading of boxes, one of my little ones complained about a bump behind her ear. Long story short I was looking for an emergency room at one in the morning. Found one and thought it would be painless until the stabbing victims and drunk drivers were wheeled in. Spending all night at the hospital and then catching a flight out at six am made for an interesting beginning of a trip. However those things wash away after a night like last night.

My in laws told us we were all going out to dinner. Simple enough but as we entered the restaurant the patriotic music was blaring and about 100 people were cheering. I figured man this place is awesome but with about four more steps I realized that it was a welcome home party for me. Ive never met these guys and they are welcoming me back like no other.

This just goes to show how an idiot at the Arizona Republic has no clue of force he is dealing with. More to follow but so far Arizona is looking strong with patriotism!!

Stay tuff!

Capt B


  1. Skipper, I think that there are a lot more patriots in the country than the MSM likes to admit.
    Today I was at the hospital with my wife and we were filling out forms..TRICARE, you know how it works..and when the clerk saw TRICARE she asked me what branch and I told her. And then she held out her hand and said, ” I want to thank you for your service to my country.” I damn near had tears in my eyes. Thanks for the update Skipper. I salute you sir.

  2. Yes we are out here strong in numbers and what I saw on Fox just a few minutes ago blew me away. It was an ad saying Thank You to the troops and showing,actually showing and telling of some of the acomplishments and good that is going on! It gave a web site to visit if you wanted to keep the ad alive,and that is my dilema at the moment…I missed seeing it….anyone else see this??? It aired on Brit Hume

  3. Capt B – neat story – HoRaaa and WELCOME HOME. A lot more of that goes on – at our recent national church meeting our committee that supports the military got an ovation just like the last three years (only one to have that happen). Its not for the committee – its just the assembly’s way of thanking the warriors.
    Semper Fi,

  4. The tide, I believe, turned sometime in Ronnie’s years. After weathering the late 60’s and 70’s, and all the pain the military went through, I was standing in line to buy donuts for my crew, when some guy and his wife came up. He noticed the uniform, although I am not sure he knew I was a Marine, and thanked me, and insisted on paying for my boxes of donuts. I was shocked, surprised, and humbled. Now those good folks, and we old military types are determined that no matter what, no one is going to dump on our kids who are serving.
    Yes skipper, the vast majority of Americans love the troops. Thank God.
    No matter what MSN says … loud and long and all the time … we stand together. We see it all over the milblogs, from those rough lookin guys on motorcycles who show up when Freddie and his nuts do to drown them out with Harleys, to GunnNutt and her buddies staring down Code Pink outside Walter Reed. All have one thing in common, they are not paid (Like Code Pink, and A.N.S.W.E.R.) they do it out of Love. They do it out of respect. May God continue to shed his light on America and Semper Fi brother.

  5. You deserve all that and more Capt B!!
    I personally feel that the troops are supported more than they know and/or realize. It’s horrible that our news media does not show that side of the story and continues to neglect the good things that have occured.

  6. This is just one more thing that the moonbats don’t get. They can’t understand why our fighting men and women will stand between evil and their country, for 300 million people they don’t know. It absolutely baffles their minds. Further, they don’t get why the majority of us “flag-waving Americans” will stand behind our military and support it in any way we can. They feign patriotism with an American flag flying from their home. We show it by supporting our military. You (and your comrades) personify it by serving your country in a time of war.
    Thank your for your service. Whenever I meet someone in the military (which is often, since I work on a Naval base) I try to let them know how much I appreciate their service.

  7. You’re in AZ? Did you get a chance to see Mrs. Diva again?
    I’m glad you had a great welcome home.
    Take it easy, Peasy!

  8. I saw that ad on Brit Hume last night. It was FANTASTIC and SOOOOOO long overdue. I agree with what everyone else said regarding our military. They were unfairly and unmercifully trashed 30 years ago. I was just a kid back then but I will never forget it. America’s brave volunteers stand between us and the terrorists who are hell bent destroying all things western. The least we can do is not only support and stand behind them— but also stand between the looney left and MSM who have no clue what is at stake. Gunn Nutt puts her beliefs into action every Friday night Walter Reed. We all do it in our own way. I truely believe the silent majority of this country are so grateful and so impressed by our military.
    On another note. I just read an amazing speech given by Brit Roger Scruton to a political party in Belgium in June. Anyone needing a reminder about why we are in Iraq and Afghanistan should read it. The title of the speech is “Immigration, Multiculturalism and the Need to Defend the Nation State”.
    Thanks again for all you do.

  9. Captain-
    California is just a state away… We are cheering here for you too! Can you hear it? Hope your little one is all good.
    Semper gratus!

  10. A well deserved welcome.
    I urge everyone that read Captain B, whenever out and you see a young man or young woman walking tall, to shake his or her hand and thank them. Whenever possible, buy an adult beverage for them… least we can do.

  11. Capt B, you deserve that welcome home and we are so glad that you are home safe and sound. The fight goes on and I will continue to support our troops wherever and however I can…
    My utmost gratitude and praise for a job well done!

  12. You’re in AZ? I thought you were moving to DC… And we just missed each other! I moved from AZ to San Diego last week. πŸ™

  13. Sure hope your little girl is feeling better, Capt B! The welcome home party is WELL deserved! I know a lot of you guys and gals read Capt B’s blog, so please know that we thank all of you, as well, for your dedication to our country and our military. I try to thank everyone I see in uniform…the response is always surprise and humble appreciation!

  14. Moving sucks, but spending the night in the ER with your child sucks ass.
    Welcome home parties, however, TOTALLY RAWK! Especially surprise ones. Too cool.

  15. Have you considered going on tour? You know…sorta like the Rolling Stones??? πŸ™‚ We could use a Captain B party here in Michigan!

  16. I hope the celebrations never end for you and your fellow warriors. You deserve a lot of welcome home parties!
    I think Blonde has a great idea… only 49 more states?
    Semper Gratus!

  17. What a wonderful welcome. And to one who really deserves it. I check your blog every day for an update. Your words keep me sane. Blessings to you and for all the good work you have done, and continue to do.

  18. Let me begin by saying Welcome Home Brother!! I am so very proud of you and your fellow troops and the exemplary job you folks have done and continue to do. We, as a nation, should thank God that we have the quality of personell deployed that we do. I am a daily reader of your blog but didn’t want to overload your resourses so I have only commented a few times. I do want to tell you I have linked your new site also and i hope you get many readers and supporters from there. Again ….welcome home!!

  19. I, too, have seen the ad put out by Move America Forward and it rocked. I wish they’d air it more often though!
    Capt B, hope your little one is doing better! And what fun, your surprise welcome home party had to bring a smile to your face…and is well deserved.
    Thanks for all you continue to do.
    Semper Gratus!

  20. CPT B,
    Just an Army Redleg with a FNG Marine brother(in-law) that just graduated, but I wanted to say thanks for your blog. It’s a good one. PCS’n sucks, hang in there.
    Also thought I’d mention Bangor, Maine. They were there in force to greet us when we got back VERY early in the morning. Not 100% sure, but I’ve read/heard that they are there greeting every flight. God Bless you, and thank you to the volunteers that were/are there. From a simple soldier that never expected a greeting; I remember it still.
    Oh yeah, GO ARMY, Beat Navy (sorry dude, had to)

  21. Patriotism is infectious! Let’s keep it going & support our troops! Welcome home mighty Marine!

  22. Hey Capt,
    Glad you got the welcome home party. You deserve it!
    Hope your little one’s doing well.
    Take care and write more. I’ve got adult ADD. You’re losing my attention! ha

  23. I know a soldier who was a recruiter for 4 years in the Sacramento, CA area. I kept telling him that most Americans supported our military, and while he never disagreed with me, he didn’t believe me, either. When he arrived in Kuwait last January, another soldier took him to a tent and told him if he needed anything, he could get it there. There was a huge Army tent, filled floor to ceiling and wall-to-wall with stuff grateful Americans had sent over to make our men and women more comfortable. Jason said his jaw dropped and it was all he could do to maintain his composure. I actually, at age 41, was able to use the phrase, “See? I told you so!!!” We love you guys and girls!!!!

  24. He’s doing good-just busy as heck with the new job and location. Heard from him this afternoon. Hopefully a NSN update soon. πŸ™‚

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