• June 4, 2009
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A Birthday Hijack

Heck, no! This was not written by Mike. Knowing him, after reading this, he’ll have devised several ways to take me out and make it look like an accident. Heehee.

America’s 1st Sgt.

Al Asad, May 2009

1st Sgt with one of his ninjas, Karmah, Iraq 2007-2008

SedonaTwo dorks.

Guess which one is America’s 1st Sgt??? Yeah, that’s a tough one. Ethan felt your arrival was exceedingly delayed. We had roastbeef to eat and dessert with frosting for crying outloud and you were holding things up!

Nascent Burke annihilation indoctrination. Toe curling!

If you are sensing any kind of EMF distrubance to your major household appliances or electronics or perhaps a fluctuation in barometric pressure, it’s probably because ALMOST 40 years ago, America’s 1st Sgt. blew into the world and the Lord Almighty looked down at his new creation and saw that it was good– a little swaggery, possibly incorrigible, but nonetheless good. Then I hear He shut it down for the night so as not to push his luck.

First time I met Mike was through words. He was looking out for his ‘ninjas’ he calls them, doing what he could to get moral support for them on a difficult deployment. I picked his post at AnyMarine because well– Please. After reading here for the last two months, do you really have to ask?

First thing that came to mind when I read his post was “oh man, this guy is a character.” Still, I looked some more since his was the first one I found. Eventually, I came back to his post and noticed that he was from the same area and battalion my own Marine husband had been billeted in the early 80s. Done deal.

I fired off a letter, called him a character and he answered via email with this as the first few lines:

Thanks for the letter! Me a character? I know not of what you speak. You asked for it now!

Everytime I feel like slamming my head in a car door over something he inevitably says due to his, “I Can’t Help Myself” genome embedded deeply in his Y chromosome which, under any electron microscope, would clearly be camo-colored and emblazoned with the Eagle, Anchor and Globe; I just think of that first email from this cocky, insensitive-acting to keep his street cred, hard working, clearly dedicated, hilarious man-child and remind myself:

I TOTALLY asked for it.

What does my husband think of all this? Tony says he’s just glad I have a brother around to draw some of his fire now and again. *shrug-grin-shrug*

I know not of what he speaks!

Happy Birthday, Mike! Glad you were born, brother. Now quit rolling your eyes. ‘Sides, this post will be morphing for the next few days, I think. I’d wait ’til everyone weighed in, THEN roll them.

-Hope, Tony & the Kiddos,including your brownie troll.

Anyone with a story or photographic evidence, feel free to hit me via email and I’ll add it to this post.
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  1. Top,
    Let me be the first to say “Happy Birthday” now get back to work there’s a war on.
    When you get back to the “world” get ahold of me and I’ll help you get a restraining order against Hope.

  2. I am well known for singing this song ala Marilyn Monroe. So, picture me in a dress cut down to there and a soft sultry voice:

    Happy… birthday to you,
    Happy birthday to you,
    Happy birthday Mr. 1st Sgt.
    Happy birthday to you!!


    Now get back to it!

  3. Mike,

    For your birthday, you are hereby awarded a lifetime “you may slay any dragon that looms in my presence” pass. That’s right, I’m bestowing upon your snarling self the responsibility you once asked for.

    Now, hop to it.

  4. Happy Birthday, Devil Dog. But don’t be mad at Hope. Man you would have to look long and hard around this world to find a better adopted family that her and her mini ninjas.

  5. Happy Birthday for Seattle Washington. Thank you for you service and yes your sacrifices and misery endured in that heat. I cannot begin to fathom how you manage to get by day to day. Remember, not a day goes by that you and your comrades are forgotten! Keep on keeping on and thank you for the courage and committement to serve the USA and all who live here.
    Connie Van Houten
    and hubby Vern
    Soldiers’ Angels

  6. Happy birthday to you!
    Happy birthday to you!
    Happy birthday dear Mike!
    Happy birthday to you!

    Just be thankful I wasn’t really singing. You would be begging me to stop :-). Thank you for all you do for us. I can’t thank you enough for all you do. You maybe away from home, but it is still your birthday and you aren’t forgotten. Happy birthday and thank you!


  7. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! You big softy. May Cthulhu and the Great Old Ones bring bright blessings to you, may you live to see the first FIST go into hyperspace, and may you live long and prosper. My big scifi nerd buddy.

    Stay safe, friend, and celebrate a little. It’s ok, it’s your birthday….you’re gonna party like it’s your birf-day….

  8. What? No naked in the bathtub photos? We’ve been robbed. Duped. Snubbed.

    Oh heck…Happy Birthday anywho. Have an extra scoop of ice cream and send me the bill (via Hope).

    Many thanks for all you have given and done on behalf of our great nation.

    P. S. My brother’s an attorney if you need more help with that restraining ordered offered by CI-Roller Dude. 🙂

  9. LOL! Thanks everyone. I was bracing myself for just this kind of possibility. I am penciling in Hope for a punch in the liver on my return.

    I am also told it was nearly much worse, so I am grateful. Especially thankful that the pictures are not as compromising as they could have been. Of course, my SgtMaj just had to e-mail the whole BATTALION that it was my birthday.

    Today so far my day has been great. It’s an off day on my PT schedule so I slept in. Currently I am polishing off a pan of brownies courtesy of Janna. There is kind of a war on so I will have to get back to work shortly. Stupid bad guys! Don’t they know who I am?

    Cheesecake tonight with dinner? It’s my b-day why not? Funny that I can have this choice in a war zone.

    Thanks gang!

  10. Yes,
    Contrary to public believe and rumor (most started by the 1stSgt), he was
    actually born of mortal woman on the 4th of June. He did not just appear in
    full combat gear with sharp objects in his hands.
    Remember to say Happy birthday to the legend in his own mind!

    SgtMaj W. C. Baldwin

  11. Happy Birthday to you,
    Happy Birthday to you,
    Happy Birthday dear HERO,
    Happy Birthday to yooouuuuu!!!

    Just be glad you can’t hear me singing to my computer!

    God bless you
    Angel from Ohio

  12. Happy Birthday dude! I would suggest to you that any form of CAKE you get in a war zone is less an anomaly than being allowed to slay any dragons in the Anndi household.

    Seriously…that’s a rare gift. Honor it and use it wisely.

  13. Happy Birthday, 1st Sgt! After glancing through all the comments left by well-wishers I’m not sure what else to say other than enjoy your day and try not to party too hard out there in the Sandbox.

  14. A little “Angel” mentioned it was your Birthday so had to stop and wish you a very Happy Birthday!!

    Thank you very much for your service, it truly means a great deal…
    You may be a character, but I’m a Brat! :0P
    Yooperbrat (Another Soldiers Angel)

  15. Sorry all, River City has been in affect all day.

    Thanks again for all the well wishing. I will post a birthday after action tomorrow with pictures, villagers, a whole cast of characters, and a megaphone.

    Suffice it to say for the moment that Hope started a fire back here. You’d think that in a combat zone people would have something better to do. I’m still putting out fires today.

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