Today I just want to give a brief homage to the men and women who are part of the force protection forces around the world. Their job is often difficult, and made even more so by the amount of terrain they must cover globally. Think about it. The bad guys love anniversaries. This means that things like September 11, 2014, are known as potential target dates for them. Sounds simple enough, except for one little issue. When does September 11th begin, when you are concerned with force protection around the globe. For the planners in Washington, this means that starting on September 10th, they need to keep their guard up, and this remains in place until the sun sets on September 11, 2014, which for those in Washington is sometime on September 12th, talk about your long day. This dynamic comes up in my book as well, where the bad guys, (in my case the Gomers), follow the twilight line around the globe to spread their havoc. These global issues mean that for someone trying to run an operation that spans the planet, the sun literally never sets nor does it rise. Just a little food for thought, and the real reason that the people running the communications centers, and other facilities dedicated to force protection, win huge awards from me. ~ Michael S. Pauley
Michael S. Pauley is a Navy brat and an old soldier who served in all three components of the United States Army. Living in Lexington, South Carolina, Michael is now a practicing attorney and member of the United States Naval Institute and the American Legion, Post 154, Tybee Island, Georgia.