Rule 5 Blogging: Band of Sisters

It’s the weekend and time, once again, for THE FIRST STREET JOURNAL’S version of Rule 5 Blogging. Robert Stacy McCain described Rule 5 as putting pictures of pretty women somewhat déshabillé, but, on this site, our Rule 5 Blogging doesn’t put up pictures of Bar Refeali in her summer clothes, but women, in full military gear, serving their countries in the armed forces. The terribly sexist authors on this site celebrate strong women, women who can take care of themselves and take care of others, women who have been willing to put their lives on the line in some not-so-friendly places, women who truly do have the “We can do it!” attitude.

U.S. Army Sgt. Jennifer Peters provides security for her fellow soldiers during a military operations on urban terrain exercise as part of mobilization training at Fort Dix, N.J., on Jan. 10, 2008. Peters and soldiers from the 186th Military Police Company, Iowa Army National Guard, are receiving training from the 72nd Field Artillery Brigade for their upcoming deployment. DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Russell Lee Klika, U.S. Army. (Released)

All being briefed for the same mission

A US army officer sits in an armoured vehicle in Tarmiyah, north of Baghdad, on April 12, 2009. Violence in Iraq “remains at 2003 lows” and a 2011 deadline for a US troop exit will be met, top US army commander in Iraq General Ray Odierno said on April 12, but he warned flexibility on some interim drawdowns may be needed. (Photo: Ali Yussef/AFP/Getty Images)

Both of my daughters are home for Christmas; many other soldiers are not. They are out, in the field, away from their families, doing the hard work of keeping Americans free, and helping the formerly oppressed peoples in Iraq and Afghanistan to find the blessings of freedom.