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LCpl Mike Jernigan "You know it's never going to be easy...but you do it anyway."
Sgt Tim C "Warriors are sheepdogs.  They are forgotten about until the wolves come."
MSgt Ishmael C   "We've got to stick together and fight for our lives..."
Sgt Scott Montoya "War stamped on my soul that there's true evil in the world."
Col Michael Yunck   Commented a surgeon, "He's going to lose his leg because he was too compassionate."
Sgt Frank Cardamone   "I always kept my country out in front of me."
LtCol Hans Heinz, Sr. "You need warriors...and you need somebody to defend this country..."
Sgt Bobby E "One of the worst things you can do in war is let down a friend."
LCpl Chris Johnson "I was willing to make the sacrifice - the ultimate sacrifice..."
2ndLt Ilario Pantano "Some people are meant to call 911; some people are meant to be 911."
Col James D. McGinley "More than courage, more than ferocity, it is determination that distinguishes a Warrior."
1stSgt Irwin H "People go about their daily lives not wanting to identify the dark clouds..."
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  • LCpl Mike Jernigan LCpl Mike Jernigan
    "You know it's never going to be easy...but you do it anyway."
  • Sgt Tim C Sgt Tim C
    "Warriors are sheepdogs.  They are forgotten about until the wolves come."
  • MSgt Ishmael C MSgt Ishmael C
      "We've got to stick together and fight for our lives..."

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Developing leaders with a sound understanding of international realities and the ethical conduct of statecraft.

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IWP teaches the use of the various instruments of power.

As Theodore Roosevelt observed, "To educate a man in mind but not in morals is to educate a menace to society."

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To fill a major national need for professional education in statecraft and national security affairs.

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The LOOC Foundation

The LOOC Foundation

Lives Out Of Combat

People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf - George Orwell

They will never forget and we must always remember their sacrifices and courage.

by Rebecca Hagelin,

The LOOC Foundation has created a feature-length documentary and a beautiful hardbound portrait book called Warriors …In Their Own Words. As the title indicates, the book and DVD are a compilation of sentiments from men and women in uniform about what their service means to them and what they believe it means to the world. These works contain snapshots of insight from service personnel in every American military branch, and even testimonials from servicemen in the United Kingdom. Many of the men and women interviewed are currently serving in Iraq or Afghanistan, while others recall their service in World War II, Korea or Vietnam.

Watching the documentary evokes a spectrum of emotions, from awe for what these men and women are willing to endure in the name of freedom to humbled thankfulness for their sacrifices. The portrait book drives home the timelessness of our need for warriors by opening with historical figures from the Peloponnesian War (431-422 BC), the Battle of Hastings (1066) and the French and Indian War (1731-1795).

The Warriors project is to show that our men and women in uniform – our warriors – hear a calling. They believe in the validity of their mission, and they know the difference they make in the world is palpable. They have volunteered to serve a higher purpose than themselves. As Colonel James D. McGinley of the Marine Corps states: “Those who have never worn the Cloth of our Nation may call it the military, but those in uniform will always say The Service.”

Our warriors understand that America has a special calling to promote freedom and democracy. In the words of one Marine, “the United States is a beacon of light, whether we want to admit it or not.” America’s strength is further echoed in the confidence with which one soldier speaks of his calling: “There’s no danger abroad that our troops can’t handle.”

Warriors also acknowledge personal betterment as an incentive to serve. One naval officer describes the personal fulfillment that his service has given him: “There’s nothing better than knowing that you have served your country and answered your calling.”

Another Marine attests to the sensation of a calling: “I felt it was my duty to do something. Because I can, I need to. Because there are so many who can’t and want to …” As one airman describes it, his calling comes from a sense of duty: “It was just something that you needed to do, and you did it because it was expected.”

All of the warriors interviewed communicate their belief that, at its core, the mission of their calling is to defend America and freedom, both here and abroad.

The calling to spread freedom and champion democracy did not originate with President Bush, or even with our Founding Fathers. The mission of democracy is much older than that, as Warriors reminds us through its selection of the famed funeral oration given by Pericles in commemoration of fallen Athenian soldiers for its foreword:

“Our form of government does not enter into rivalry with the institutions of others. Our government does not copy our neighbors’, but is an example to them. It is true that we are called a democracy, for the administration is in the hands of the many and not of the few. But while there exists equal justice to all and alike in their private disputes, the claim of excellence is also recognized; and when a citizen is in any way distinguished, he is preferred to the public service, not as a matter of privilege, but as the reward of merit.”

Everything that is at stake now -- in Iraq and Afghanistan, in the threats posed by Iran and North Korea, in the insolence demonstrated by Russia in its invasion of Georgia -- is the same “everything” that has always been at stake for as long as men have made war. Our Declaration of Independence cites freedom as an unalienable right, not just for Americans but for all human beings. Our way of life, our very right to exist, is the “everything” for which our service men and women are willing to give so much of themselves. They fight to defend America’s freedoms, and they fight to grant the gift of freedom worldwide.


Posted On
May 17, 2010
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0 RE: The LOOC Foundation
This could be a pragmatic approach selecting individuals tested under extremes not experienced by most politicians. Surely you would get a philosophy more reflective of our founders than the effete, condescending, politically correct, socialist view that is bankrupting and destroying our country.

One marketing suggestion - I would redo the photos above in terms of dress and poses to reflect a more mainstream look. Don't give the liberal elite something to snipe at.

Jim Morris


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