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Thanks where it belongs

Date Posted: 2001-08-09

I would like to take a moment to publicly recognize a few certain individuals, of the United States Armed Forces. The \"true\" leaders, whom all too often go unnoticed. Not just the people that do their job, but the men and women that go out of their way to try to maintain an adequate and peaceful living environment for the soldiers, and their families, as well as the Okinawans\', here on the island.

We all know of the many whom have been forced to come here, thousands of miles away from anything familiar, and yet, a certain few still manage to do their jobs to the best of their ability, and serve their tour in an honorable way and without causing trouble, so they can eventually return home.

There is a definite lack of compassion and morals, in the ranks here on Okinawa, that is ten times greater than I have experienced elsewhere. Though service men and women are taught to be fearless and tough, eventually everyone needs someone. In a place like this, friendship, as well as quality leadership, are necessities in order to avoid pure insanity. I mean, after all, we\'re all on the same side, right?

There is one more person that I would like to show appreciation and admiration toward. A man willing to go to great lengths to not only do his job in the service, but to also do it better than anyone; an individual with full devotion, initiative, and compassion for helping anyone whom needs it. This rare and true leader often goes unnoticed, therefore, I would like to give special thanks to Sergeant \"Boz\" of the United States Marine Corps.

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