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Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Chief Master Sergeant John Gebhardt, United States Air Force
by Cordeiro
Every now and then I find a story that reminds me of the high caliber people that make up the United States Armed Forces. Sadly, such stories are woefully under reported by a media whose goal seems to be undermining the troops and their mission at each and every opportunity.

Let me point you to this story about Chief Master Sergeant John Gebhardt. (HT Newsbusters) He’s the superintendent of the Air Force’s 22nd Wing Medical Group and was up until recently deployed to the Balad Air Base in the Land of Sand. This picture recently made the rounds of the internet and brought some well deserved praise to the Chief.

The family of the child held by the Chief was executed by Islamofacist Murdering Thugs. She was shot in the head, but somehow survived. She would often cry while being treated for her injuries at the US base. For whatever reason, the Chief was the only person who could comfort her. The pair evidently spent many nights sleeping in a chair.

I’ve spent many nights sleeping in a chair attempting to comfort either of my two children. It’s not the most comfortable thing to do. The kid gets more sleep than the adult. But I digress.

So, the next time you read some sensationalized MSM account about travesties committed by US troops in Iraq, first I want you to consider the source. Then I want you to remember guys like John Gebhardt. Then ask yourself why guys like John aren’t front page news.

You’ve got a lot to think about.

Thank you for your service, Chief. Thanks for reminding us that, even in the darkest corners of a war torn world, a light shines forth that darkness cannot extinguish.

Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.” – Luke 18:16

Here endeth the lesson.
3 Comment(s):
John Gebhardt - who is from the very small town in upstate NY...i.e., Jordan - has always shined and we (your friends from Jorday) are proud of you and everything that you have accomplished.
Being an Air Force mom, I appreciate any effort made to let people know that we have caring, compassionate people in our armed forces. I don't know if John is a father, grandfather or just loving human, but THANKS for taking the time to do what we have all been called to do - show God's loving kindness to the little ones.
AS an ex British soldier many years
past, this story brought a tear to me eye.
Well done John, good news always
beats bad news.
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