Wes Hinkley was my friend... He joined the Army right out of high school. Once he had put several years in, he came back and went to college. When finished, he re-entered the service. He met his wife while stationed in Texas. They married and had a young son. This was his second trip to Iraq. Somebody shot him...we don't know why...but we, his friends and family, are devastated by the loss. I just believed he deserved more than a canned note letting everyone know if his death.
The Sentinel offers Wesley Hinkley's 1993 high school senior photo here. And the Sentinel reports, "During his high school years, Hinkley was a member of the chess club, Boiling Springs High School Principal Joe Mancuso said. He served in the Army, returned to Shippensburg University, where he was a history major and a member of the university's Army ROTC program, and then returned to the Army as an officer, Gene Mizdail, recruiting operations officer with the Shippensburg University Army ROTC, said."
Meanwhile DoD issued the following Wednesday:
The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of two soldiers who were supporting Operation New Dawn. They died April 2 of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their position with indirect fire in Babil, Iraq.
Staff Sgt. Quadi S. Hudgins, 26, of New Orleans, La.
Sgt. Christian A. S. Garcia, 30, of Goodyear, Ariz.
They were assigned to the Maintenance Troop, Regimental Support Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Hood, Texas.
Paul Purpura (Times-Picayune) notes, "Hudgins had a penchant for boxing, which he said stemmed from the fights he was involved in on the way to and from high school, in a neighborhood he called 'highly territorial,' according to a March 2010 interview published in the Fort Hood Sentinel, an Army publication."
Hudgins pictured above with friend from his Facebook page. 26-year-old Hudgins liked The Boondocks, Family Guy and South Park; Dan Brown novels and the film 300; Michael Jackson and Eminem according to his Facebook page. He started serving in the Army in July 2009. This was his second deployment to Iraq.
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From United National Antiwar Committee:
Call to Action
And Request for Endorsement
April 9, 2011
New York & San Francisco
United National Antiwar Committee
WHO ARE THE WARMAKERS?
THEY are the government, corporate, and financial powers that wage war, ravage the environment and the economy and trample on our democratic rights and liberties.
WHO ARE THE PEACEMAKERS?
WE are the vast majority of humanity who want peace, a healthy planet and a society that prioritizes human needs, democracy and civil liberties for all.
The Warmakers spend trillions of dollars yearly on endless wars in pursuit of global domination and profit while murdering millions of innocent people, installing corrupt and hated governments and funding occupations that displace millions from their homelands – trampling on the right of oppressed people to self-determination.
THEY send our youth – victims of the economic draft – to fight over the very fossil fuels whose unrestrained use threatens the future of the planet while corrupt and virtually unregulated oil giants dump billions of gallons of death into our rivers and oceans.
THEY wage a fake “war on terrorism” at home – the new McCarthyism – that promotes racism and Islamophobia aimed at destroying civil liberties and democratic rights.
THEY grant repeated and untold trillions in bailouts to banks, corporations and financial institutions while breaking unions, robbing pensions, destroying jobs, foreclosing homes, de-funding education and vital social services and are once again threatening Social Security and Medicare.
THEY offer no solutions to the current crises other than more of the same.
THE PEACEMAKERS DEMAND a better world. Only a massive, united, inclusive and independent movement has the power to bring it into being.
WE DEMAND Bring
WE DEMAND trillions for jobs, education, social services, an end to all foreclosures, quality single-payer healthcare for all, a massive conversion to sustainable and planet-saving energy systems and public transportation and reparations to the victims of U.S. terror at home and abroad.
WE DEMAND an end to FBI raids on antiwar, social justice, and international solidarity activists, an end to the racist persecution and prosecutions that ravage Muslim communities, an end to police terror in Black, Latino and Native American communities, full rights and legality for immigrants and an end to all efforts to repress and punish Wikileaks and its contributors and founders.
WE DEMAND the immediate end to torture, rendition, secret trials, drone bombings and death squads.
WE ARE DEDICATED TO A WORLD
OF PEACE AND JUSTICE.
All Out April 9, 2011
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