Tuesday, March 24, 2009

LCol Mark Misener

I'm no longer surprised to see my buds from military college in the news anymore, they keep popping up here and there as today's field commanders. Lieutenant Colonel Mark Misener is a case in point, acting commander of 2 Mechanized Brigade Group, CFB Petawawa, addressed the media on March 21, 2009, on the subject of the deaths of four Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan. His photo was splashed on the front page of the Ottawa Citizen over the weekend.

But holy smokes has he matured! He looks as tough as nails, probably having been rotated in and out of Afghanistan since 2002 a half dozen times. Now it's been 20 years since I seen him, so I'm operating off of a different memory card, such as the time when he got breached for maiming a peacock at Roads, or when he got graunched in Christ-like fashion - his buds literally binded him to a wooden cross in a full state of crucifixion...lol, and many other stories that I shan't go into here.

In any event, if you're watching Mark, hats off to you and the buds for what your doing today. The whole country is proud of you guys. Keep up the good work.


Blogger Babbling Brooks said...

Speaking of breaches and peacocks, does the name Tom Allen mean anything to you?

"In that he did kill a wounded peacock, and cook it and eat it..."

LOL - memories!

11:20 a.m., March 24, 2009  
Blogger Beaverbrook said...

You bet, also of peacock fame. I don't think Mark ate his, just collapsed the long neck of one with his slingshot. I remember it went absolutely beserk running around literally dragging its head everywhere it went until someone put it out of its misery.

12:45 p.m., March 24, 2009  
Blogger Dave in Pa. said...

"...But holy smokes has he matured! He looks as tough as nails".

Indeed. He has, as they say, the look of a Warrior.

Here's my philosophical observation of that picture, which is well worth the proverbial thousand words.

In the photo, the perceptive viewer sees that the Soldier is the Weapon; the cannon is merely a tool of war. If people grasp that simple but profound truth, they will have attained some wisdom.

12:54 p.m., March 24, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ya . . I don't think his subordinates can misunderstand their commander's inner steel.

1:08 p.m., March 24, 2009  
Blogger holdfast said...


2:36 p.m., March 24, 2009  

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