Special Christmas goodies for the Paladins from our Special Friends at Planet Tool & Engineering in MO. Thank you guys!!!
We Mourn the loss of three American EOD Heroes who gave their ALL for their Country in 2012. RIP men.
Combined Joint Task Force Paladin
COL Leo B, CSM Mike W and all Paladins (third generation for AaSP)
Our first picture of our new Paladin team! Our contact, CSM Mike W, is on far right. They are enjoying our latest shipment - Gourmet Coffee, convenient Cup Soups and Tea Stix for water bottles! Good luck guys!!!!
You've heard about "Hurt Locker." While being a Hollywood movie and dramatization, you can imagine it's not far from the truth as what the brave men and women of our armed forces have to contend with. Well, we have such units under our care.
We are proud and honored to support the brave men and women of CJTF Paladin. Their job carries the ultimate danger as they seek out, identify, defuse and destroy enemy munitions, IEDs and bombs of every description that would maim or kill innocent civilians and our warriors.
Our support not only includes care cartons of typical (and not so typical) food, snacks and personal care products, but also microwaves, exercise weights and entertainment amenities and yes ... even dart boards, all as part of our Operation Paladin.
This is our third leadership turn with the Paladins. To read official press release of the latest Transfer of Authority from 52d EOD Grp to 71st EOD Grp CLICK HERE. The accomplishments of the unit are extremely impressive!
See below for support with our first leadership of CJTF Paladin under COL Bert G and more recently under COL Tom L and CSM Robert H.
If you'd like to help too, please let us know!
Shout Out from COL Ges, who arrived home after commanding CJTF Paladin in AFG. COL G, now CO of the 72nd FA Bde at Fort Dix, NJ, with two of his staff NCOs, provided a shout out to Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon on Friday, July 16, 2010. For video of shout out see below. For more info on the Change of Command ceremony, CLICK HERE.
Paladin leadership pose for photo op in front of a backdrop of magnificent mountains.
Paladin soldiers set to destroy a Taliban cave in AFG (note detonation cords in picture).
The Meaning of Being a Paladin
Protect the innocent, uphold the law. These are the basic tenets and the core definition of a paladin as they follow a straight and all-too-narrow path in the course of their adventuring lives. Defending truth and justice against the endless attempts of evil to subvert or destroy them, the paladin stands at the gate, holding the bridge… and none shall pass.
From the demon hunter who traverses the land protecting his people from the incursions of evil outsiders to the revolutionary who fights the worldly evil rooting in the heart of a tyrannical government, paladins are driven by a desire to set things right, and make sure that the things that are right stay that way. A squire looks upon the day on which he will receive his spurs, a knight errant trusts in his fellows' hospitality to support his patrols of the land, penitents are willing to lay down their lives to atone for a darkened past as much as crusaders do for their faith in a cause. Paladins take their first step in a road full of hardships for a variety of reasons, and they try their hardest to remain on that road, taking no detours and no shortcuts, for doing so would betray the ideals they took arms to defend in the first place.
It is very easy to heed the call of evil and stray from the true path of good; a broken promise, an obscured truth, a misdeed ignored… paladins will have none of these. They are prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice if that is what it takes to make the world safe for others, and hold true to their honor and their mission, regardless of personal consequences.
Clerics spread the words of the gods; paladins act upon them. Fighters fight for money, glory or fame; paladins fight for the greater good. Wizards and sorcerers seek knowledge and power; paladins seek truth and peace. Rogues live for themselves; paladins die for others. While others become heroes out of necessity or circumstance, paladins do so because it is in their job description.