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Troops Are Our National Treasure
11/17/2009 8:25:05 PM
Everyone here knows I hate our involvement in Afghanistan and Iraq. However, it isn't the troops fault. Therefore, I certainly agree that not only are they underpaid, but that they deserve every consideration we can give them. Here is a letter I ran across discussing troops' pay & raise, etc.



Military Pay ****

This is an Airman's response to Cindy Williams' editorial piece In the
Washington Times about MILITARY PAY, it should be printed in all newspapers
across America

Ms. Cindy Williams wrote a piece for the Washington Times, Denouncing
the pay raise(s) coming service members' way this year. Citing that she
stated 13% wage increase was more than they deserve.

This Cindy Williams is NOT the "Laverne & Shirley" Cindy Williams. She is a
Assistant Director for national Security in the Congressional Budget
Office....


A young airman from Hill AFB responds to her article below. He ought to
get a bonus for this.


"Ms Williams:

I just had the pleasure of reading your column, "Our GI's earn Enough" and
I am a bit confused. Frankly, I'm wondering where this vaunted overpayment
is going, because as far as I can tell, it disappears every month between
DFAS (The Defense Finance and Accounting Service) and my bank account.
Checking my latest earnings Statement I see that I make $1,117.80 before
taxes per month. After Taxes, I take home $874.20. When I run that through
the calculator, I come up with an annual salary of $13,413.60 before taxes,
and $10,490.40, after.

I work in the Air Force Network Control Center where I am part of the
team responsible for a 5,000 host computer network. I am involved with
infrastructure segments, specifically with Cisco Systems equipment. A quick
check under jobs for Network Technicians in the Washington, D.C. area
reveals a position in my career field, requires three years experience with
my job. Amazingly, this job does NOT pay $13,413.60 a year. No, this job is
being offered at $70,000 to $80,000 per annum........... I'm sure you can
draw the obvious conclusions.

Given the tenor of your column, I would assume that you NEVER had the
pleasure of serving your country in her armed forces. Before you take it
upon yourself to once more castigate congressional and DOD leadership for
attempting to get the families in the military's lowest pay brackets off of
WIC and food stamps, I suggest that you join a group of deploying soldiers
headed for AFGHANISTAN ; I leave the choice of service branch up to you.
Whatever choice you make, though, opt for the SIX month rotation: it will
guarantee you the longest possible time away from your family and friends,
thus giving you full "deployment experience."

As your group prepares to board the plane, make sure to note the
spouses and children who are saying good-bye to their loved ones. Also take
care to note that several families are still unsure of how they'll be able
to make ends meet while the primary breadwinner is gone, obviously they've
been squandering the "vast" piles of cash the Government has been giving
them.

Try to deploy over a major holiday; Christmas and Thanksgiving are
perennial favorites. And when you're actually over there, sitting in a
foxhole, shivering against the cold desert night; and the flight sergeant
tells you that there aren't enough people on shift to relieve you for chow,
remember this: trade whatever MRE (meal-ready- to-eat) you manage to get for
the tuna noodle casserole or cheese tortellini, and add Tabasco to
everything. This gives some flavor.

Talk to your loved ones as often as you are permitted; it won't nearly
be long enough or often enough, but take what you can get and be thankful
for it. You may have picked up on the fact that I disagree with most of the
points you present in your opened piece.

But, tomorrow from KABUL , I will defend to the death your right to say
it.

You see, I am an American fighting man, a guarantor of your First
Amendment rights and every other right you cherish. On a daily basis, my
brother and sister soldiers worldwide ensure that you and people like you
can thumb your collective nose at us, all on a salary that is nothing short
of pitiful and under conditions that would make most people cringe. We
hemorrhage our best and brightest into the private sector because we can't
offer the stability and pay of civilian companies.

And you, Ms. Williams, have the gall to say that we make more than we
deserve? You can kiss my royal red a**!!!

A1C Michael Bragg Hill AFB AFNCC


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