Congressman Jack Kingston‘s (R-GA) website http://kingston.house.gov has a news press release entitled “KINGSTON CONTINUES WORK TO SHIELD TROOPS, AVERT SHUTDOWN” and is working on a resolution “Ensuring Pay for Our Military Act of 2011,” (HR 1297). Congressman Jack Kingston may be a strong supporter of military pay but he exhibits an interest in many cost cutting programs. Narrow scope leaves a job part done. Our military needs more than access to their more than well deserved wages.
Our Country is at War!
Seven important lessons need to be learned from the Romans about how to treat a military.
- Keep your military well fed.
- Pay your military in a timely manner.
- Give your military the best equipment and weapons of war.
- Educate and train your troops to use them more effectively than your enemies.
- Provide your military with the best intelligence, scientists, engineers and sappers.
- Provide the best medical and health care possible for your military.
- For past military service provide education benefits, healthcare, home loan benefits and monuments.
All too often our military rifle platoons and squads find themselves engaged in combat having inferior small arms fire power and, many times, going without the support of a strong weapons platoon equipped with M240 medium machine guns; M224 mortars; AT4-CS; FGM-148 Javelins; and M16A4 using M855 5.56X54mm and FN SCAR-H heavy assault rifle sections using 7.62X51mm NATO ammunition respectively with two rifle attached 40mm grenade launchers like the M203 or HK M320 40mm in each section for the high rough mountainous terrain where there is excellent ground cover easily adapted to camouflaged strong points.
Outside urban areas nonmechanized rifle platoons need to be weapons platoons with heavy assault rifle sections, a medium machine gun section, and a M224 or M252 mortar section. These platoon sections should have sniper teams to support it. Also in high mountainous areas beasts of burden could be used to carry mortar equipment, heavy machine guns & mounts, FGM-172 SRAW, Shoulder-launched Multipurpose Assault Weapon or SMAW MK-153, AT4-CS, FGM-148 Javelins, extra 60mm or 81mm mortar rounds, extra SMAW rockets; and extra machine gun, rifle, and sidearm ammunition.
Instead of the beasts of burden the future holds Squad Mission Support System or SMSS, the Multifunction Utility/Logistics and Equipment vehicle or MULE, and the CRUSHER unmanned ground combat vehicle.
Lightly armored HMMWV (High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle) or Humvee mechanized rifle and weapons platoons have vehicle mounted M2-BMG‘s or Mk 19 grenade launchers. Why shouldn”t our non-mechanized units deserve the same when in hostile terrain?