Keith Nightingale

COL Nightingale is a retired Army Colonel who served two tours in Vietnam with Airborne and Ranger (American and Vietnamese) units. He commanded airborne battalions in both the 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment and the 82nd Airborne Division. He later commanded both the 1/75th Rangers and the 1st Ranger Training Brigade.

The Brussels bombing is a precursor for a Boston or Baltimore or fill in the blank city within our own borders.

Here are two images that depict far better than any writing what our Nation and our people are all about.

For those that did not know him, he was seen as just another of the dissipated old coots who populated the coast and added color to the population.

We win wars, battles and campaigns when we demonstrate a combination of discipline, responsibility, competence and attitude.

Universal to all combatants is utter exhaustion, sleep deprivation and the occasional ability to sleep in the worst of environments when the body said it had to.

Above all else, this image is of determination. They will persevere and they will prevail.