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SERGEANT TONY, IS IT TIME FOR ME TO REENLIST? — (Or, do I owe you money?) — Accounting

Jul. 31st 2007

Theresa Andreuccetti, FIRST SERGEANT (7 YEARS): (First Enlistment: September 1999) (Enlistment status: One Year Tour of Duty, renewal date: January 1, 2008)

Ron Ayotte, GUNNERY SERGEANT (5 YEARS): (First Enlistment: October 2001) (Enlistment status: Three Month Enlistment, renewal date: July 1, 2007)

Hank Hill, GUNNERY SERGEANT (5 YEARS): (First Enlistment: January 14, 2002) (Enlistment status: SIX Month Enlistment, renewal date: January 1, 2008)

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BATTALION NEWS —

Jul. 27th 2007

BATTALION NEWS
We rejoice with CORPORAL Matt Greene and his wife in the birth of their firstborn. Molly Jane Green arrived on Wednesday, MY birthday!! Thank you for that wonderful gift Matt! Congratulations!

We also offer our heartfelt condolences to Private Jessica deGraffenreid (evening Boot Camper) in the loss of her mother. Jessica has returned to Maryland to take care of family business and we trust will hopefully return to Memphis at some point in the near future. God’s blessings on you and your family, Jessica.

TRIATHLON TRAINING
We’ll begin a new session of tri training this Saturday at 8 AM at THE UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS. We’ll meet in the parking lot on Zach Curlin across the street from the parking garage (“Mt. Fuji” for you Boot Camp vets!) Bring bike, helmet, and running shoes. We’ll run AND bike!

Don’t forget …
Your homework assignment this weekend is one hour of CONTINUOUS cardio!

Have a GREAT weekend everyone!

Tony

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MEEEE!! — Weekly Newsletter

Jul. 25th 2007

This will be short cuz I got LOTS of birthday to celebrate!

Thank you to those of you who’ve already showered me with much deserved cash and prizes! If YOU haven’t taken advantage of this special day to lavish me with presents and such, there’s still time!!! Don’t delay!

My birthday got off to a questionable start this morning at 0530 with about 60+ Boot Campers all wearing BLACK! And someone(s) brought black balloons, which helped to make yours truly feel “happy!” But things fell apart completely when these off key clowns attempted to sing “Happy Birthday.” (A Russian funeral dirge sung in the middle of a Moscow winter would have sounded more festive!) Thanks guys! It was sublime!

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MY FIRST TRIATHLON — Life Lessons Learned

Jul. 25th 2007

(Originally posted on May 18th, 2007)

Remember the last time you learned a “life lesson?”

When we were kids we learned those life lessons everyday. You know the ones I mean, “dirt … bad, ice cream … good,” “cute little dogs will bite,” “cats don’t fetch,” “kissing dogs good, kissing girls better.”

At 24, I ran my first triathlon. I was a rather studly Marine type guy and thought the swim, bike, run thing would be fun. I thought that I’d sort of accumulated most of all the “life lesson” thingies already.

I was wrong.

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MY NEPHEW, JEFF LUDLOW, IN IRAQ — SERIOUS THOUGHTS

Jul. 21st 2007

This is an unpublished article written last week by a military corespondent. It will appear in several publications, but you get it first.

Compassion from a Combat Medic to an Iraqi Child
By 2nd Lt. Liz Lopez

The most important quality a combat medic can possess is compassion. By the very nature of their jobs, these men and women not only witness, but participate in some of combat’s most heart-wrenching stories. But, a patient’s well-being is always foremost in their concern.

Late on the day of June 21, the normally quiet Yusufiyah Aid Station suddenly erupted into chaos as eight casualties from a nearby mortar attach were brought in.

Among the wounded were seven Iraqi children ranging in age from three to twelve.

That evening, Sgt. William Ludlow of Fort Smith, Ark., a combat medic from Company C, 210th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), was responsible for the care of a six-year-old girl named Tebarek.

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THE SECRET — WEEKLY NEWSLETTER 7/18/2007

Jul. 18th 2007

Birds of a feather flock together.

Like attracts like.

What you sow, you reap.

What you put out you get back.

What comes around goes around.

You’ve heard these things before.

A few months ago there was a stir caused by the publication of a book called The Secret. Queen Oprah Winfry put her royal seal upon it, devoting an entire show to it, and the book flew off the shelves. (Whenever Her Royal Highness endorses anything it instantly becomes successful. Without Oprah, Bob Greene would be an unknown personal trainer working with pampered Chicago housewives. How ’bout someone inviting Oprah to visit USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP?! I promise not to move to Chicago when she tries to lure me away!)

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NESSUN DORMA — WEEKLY NEWSLETTER

Jul. 11th 2007

He was an ordinary average guy. (My apologies to Joe Walsh)

Chubby and unassuming, with crooked teeth and a soft cherub-like appearance, probably in his late 30’s.

His body language gave the impression that he probably lacked self confidence. Shoulders rounded, he hardly stood up straight. He looked like someone who’d been bullied as a kid and still bore the results of that mistreatment decades later, withdrawn and shy.

He was unknown but to a handful of people, family mostly.

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SERGEANT TONY, DO I OWE YOU MONEY? — Accounting

Jul. 11th 2007

RANK STRUCTURE!!!
• Recruit: first month of Boot Camp!
• Private: one month in The Battalion.
• Private First Class (PFC): 6 months of uninterrupted participation in USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP (or at least 6 months of paying your Drill Instructor!)
• Lance Corporal: 1 year of uninterrupted action.
• CORPORAL: 2 years!
• SERGEANT: 3 years of uninterrupted “combat” in Boot Camp.
• STAFF SERGEANT: 4 years!
• GUNNERY SERGEANT: 5 years of uninterrupted service!
• MASTER SERGEANT: 6 years of continuous service!
• FIRST SERGEANT: 7 years of service!
• SERGEANT MAJOR: 8 years of service! Life-time membership earned!

Theresa Andreuccetti, FIRST SERGEANT (7 YEARS): (First Enlistment: September 1999) (Enlistment status: One Year Tour of Duty, renewal date: January 1, 2008)

Ron Ayotte, GUNNERY SERGEANT (5 YEARS): (First Enlistment: October 2001) (Enlistment status: Three Month Enlistment, renewal date: July 1, 2007)

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SERGEANT TONY LUDLOW ON TLC’s “HONEY WE’RE KILLING THE KIDS”

Jul. 9th 2007

DID YOU SEE SERGEANT TONY ON TLC WEDNESDAY NIGHT, JULY 4?
Many of you will remember that last October I went to Nashville to be part of a TLC network show called “Honey, We’re Killing the Kids.” I played the part of the exercise/drill instructor/drill sergeant working with an out of control family. It may be rebroadcast at some point and we can all enjoy making fun of my national TV debut! If you see an episode on the TLC schedule called “Growing Pains,” that features parents Ray and Patty in Nashville, that’ll be the one!

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“WHAT WE OBTAIN TOO CHEAP … — Weekly Newsletter

Jul. 6th 2007

I arrived at Marine Corps Boot Camp at Parris Island, SC as an 18 year old recruit on a crowded bus at 2 AM. The Greyhound was full of recruits like me, all headed to the same place.

Hours earlier we’d converged on the airport in Charleston, SC from all over the country.
All of us were terrified young men from all walks of life and from every imaginable background. There were farm boys from “the middle of nowhere” Alabama and “Southies,” Irish lads from south Boston. There were some pseudo-tough “gangstas” from Detroit and New York City. There was even a guy from New Hampshire who’dflunked out of an Ivy League college. One blond haired dude was a surfing champion from Miami.

The only thing that we all had in common that night was our desire to become Marines. Not soldiers, not seamen, not airmen, but Marines!

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