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Simple thought...

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

If you change nothing, nothing changes!- Anon

  
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JUNA89 5/7/2013 9:05PM

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BECCAZEN7 5/7/2013 8:37PM

    emoticon True that!
Becca
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EMMACORY 5/7/2013 7:40PM

    Right on! emoticon

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DIANITAH 5/7/2013 7:22PM

    Amen!

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My brother, my hero...

Monday, May 06, 2013


My hero and brother, Raymond Alexander Frank, has been heavy on my heart and mind this week, perhaps it's because Saturday, May 11th, would've been his birthday or perhaps its just me missing him! He was a wonderful human being and a true hero in every sense of the word!! Here's the story that appeared when he was inducted into the Aviation Hall of Fame!

CW4 Raymond A. Frank epitomized the spirit of the Army Aviation Warrant Officer. Enlisting in the Army at the age of 17, he served three tours in RVN both as a ground combatant and helicopter door gunner. Attending flight school in 1974, CW4 Frank served in a wide variety of assignments including pilot, instructor pilot, standardization instructor, maintenance officer, and operations officer. His special place in the annals of Army Aviation, however, was earned as a result of his skill and enthusiasm as a pilot and his indomitable spirit as a patriot, one for whom duty, honor and country were a way of life and not merely a slogan.

He was one of the first to become an instructor in air-to-air tactics and his contributions in the development for future Comanche ACM capabilities continue to shape both hardware and doctrine.

In 1990, CW4 Frank received a Broken Wing Award as a result of his superb handling of a night mission mechanical failure in an MH-60. His skill and composure saved the lives of eight soldiers; however, he was left with severely fractured vertebrae and a shattered knee. Overcoming the medical odds that he would never fly again, CW4 Frank was assigned as a Night Stalker in TF 160 in 1990. During this period he achieved full mission qualification, Standardization Instructor Pilot and Joint Mission Planner status. In August 1993, CW4 Frank deployed to Somalia with Joint Task Force Ranger.

CW4 Frank deployed as a member of a Flight Lead crew whose responsibility it was to plan and lead special operations combat assaults. He conducted seven highly successful assaults; many during daylight, deep in enemy-territory. He provided great leadership to the aviators and was particularly respected for his advice on the employment of armed and assault helicopters in an urban environment. When his teammate was shot down, he was called for assistance.

While providing protective fires, his aircraft was hit by an RPG. Realizing that the tail rotor had separated, he autorotated to a safe landing in the city. Surviving the crash with tremendous injury to his back he egressed from the helicopter and assumed a fighting position in the urban downtown sprawl of Mogadishu known as the Black Sea. He was killed in action on October 3, 1993 while defending his fellow Night Stalkers and ground force members of TF Ranger in the vicinity of his crashed MH-60 SOF assault helicopter. One member, CW3 Michael Durant, was taken POW and eventually released. CW4 Frank received the Silver Star for his gallantry at the crash site.

The most deserving recognition for Ray Frank is to be memorialized as a member of the AAAA Hall of Fame. For truly in death, he will continue to serve as an inspiration to all Army aviators well into the 21st century.





  
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DEEEBEE 5/8/2013 11:26PM

    You can be so proud of your brother. He was a hero in every way. I am very sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing the story when he was inducted into the Aviation Hall of Fame.

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ONEKIDSMOM 5/7/2013 7:54AM

    What a loving tribute to a fallen hero! Your family has given much. Blessings on you and may the fond memories comfort you when you think of him. emoticon

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NANCYPAT1 5/6/2013 5:29PM

    Bless your hero and prayers for you too.

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IDLETYME 5/6/2013 1:56PM

    That's wonderful. What nice memories you have and thank you for sharing them with us! emoticon emoticon

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OAKBORN 5/6/2013 12:54PM

    Thanks for sharing his story! Army Strong! He sounds like an amazing person. emoticon

I am so sorry for your loss of him far too soon!



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CIROHIO 5/6/2013 8:59AM

    God Bless your brother, yes he surely was a true Hero. Honey I am sorry for your loss!
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RASPBERRY56 5/6/2013 8:51AM

    Bless your brother for his devoted service, and my condolences to you........

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What matters?

Sunday, May 05, 2013

You know, all that really matters is that the people you love are happy and healthy. Everything else is just sprinkles on the sundae. -Paul Walker

  
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BECCAZEN7 5/5/2013 9:23PM

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DOTTIEJANE1 5/5/2013 10:04AM

    SO very true thanks for getting my week off on the right track. Have an emoticon week .

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TONYA46 5/5/2013 9:14AM

    Hello Diva,

What a wonderful analogy.....I couldn't agree more with this statement........THANKS for getting my Sunday started......

Happy Sunday!!!

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Shared via another Sparker!!

Saturday, May 04, 2013

Read this one a fellow sparkers blog this morning!!! It's so true.....

So for all of us who did reminders/motivation read on:

One step.
One minute.
One mile.
One workout.
One choice.
One bite.
One meal.
One hour.
One day.
One week.
One pound.

As long as you're moving forward, you will eventually reach the top.

  
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DEEEBEE 5/6/2013 12:32AM

    Yes! One step leads to another and then to another....

DeAnne, Missourians Team

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Zig Ziglar

Friday, May 03, 2013

"People often say that motivation doesn't last. Neither does bathing--that's why we recommend it daily."- Zig Ziglar

What's your motivation for today? Whatever it is have a great day!

  
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AMARILYNH 5/4/2013 6:58PM

    I LOVE Zig's work!! We quote him around our house all the time. And our daughter (who got very tired of his words when she was a teen) is quoting him to our grandsons now!!

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PATSYB7 5/4/2013 5:40AM

    My motivation? I don't want to end up like my dear mil. She didn't take care of herself and her "golden years" are not fun. I want to live a long, healthy life. Fitness is my goal for body and mind.

Thanks for the great quote--I find Spark people and my Fitbit to be very motivating! Have a great day and keep up the good work!
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FEMISLIM 5/3/2013 4:34PM

    Great and so right!

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COOP9002 5/3/2013 9:15AM

    Well said.

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SLIMMERJESSE 5/3/2013 8:41AM

    Great reminder, thanks!

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IDLETYME 5/3/2013 8:38AM

    Keep warm - it's 39 degrees here - Brrr!!!

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BECCAZEN7 5/3/2013 8:38AM

    sleep, coffee, spark rally, spark pals - in that order:)


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DARJR50 5/3/2013 7:00AM

  leave it to Ziggy

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