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US Defense chief lauds soldier in pink boxers

Discussion in 'Band of Glockers' started by CatsMeow, May 21, 2009.


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Thursday praised an Army soldier in eastern Afghanistan who drew media attention this month after rushing to defend his post from attack while wearing pink boxer shorts and flip-flops.

    In fact, Gates said he wants to meet the soldier and shake his hand the next time he visits Afghanistan.

    "Any soldier who goes into battle against the Taliban in pink boxers and flip-flops has a special kind of courage," Gates said in remarks prepared for a speech in New York.

    "I can only wonder about the impact on the Taliban. Just imagine seeing that: a guy in pink boxers and flip-flops has you in his cross-hairs. What an incredible innovation in psychological warfare," he said.

    Army Specialist Zachary Boyd, 19, of Fort Worth, Texas, rushed from his sleeping quarters on May 11 to join fellow platoon members at a base in Afghanistan's Kunar Province after the unit came under fire from Taliban positions.

    A news photographer was on hand to record the image of Boyd standing at a makeshift rampart in helmet, body armor, red T-shirt and boxers emblazoned with the message: "I love NY."

    When the image wound up on the front page of the New York Times, Boyd told his parents he might lose his job if President Barack Obama saw him out of uniform.

    "I can assure you that Specialist Boyd's job is very safe indeed," Gates said in the speech.

    The U.S. defense chief was scheduled to deliver the speech at New York's annual Salute to Freedom dinner in Manhattan.


    Oh well, you gotta do what you gotta do when you're under fire. At least he had his helmet and body armor. His heart was in the right place though his uniform was not.:rofl:
  2. horge

    horge -=-=-=-=- Lifetime Member

    Jan 22, 2004
    almost home

    :) :) :)
    Last edited: May 22, 2009

  3. edtf


    Oct 10, 2007
    geezzz so much for using camo - his red shirt would really stick out!!! What courage!! balls of steel!!!
  4. bikethief

    bikethief itchy trigger

    Wedgie Warfare.

    Ano kaya brand ng flip-flops? I can just hear him now: "This is SPARTAN!"

    (To our english speaking friends here, SPARTAN is a cheap, popular brand of flip-flops in our beautiful third world country. It is used as loungewear, beach attire, sportswear, work clothing and most importantly to discipline our nations out-of-control youth.)
  5. liveandletlive


    Oct 9, 2008
    Helmet, body armor, rifle... is that a water container on his left flank? Yup, he's got the bare essentials, he's good to go.

    A salute to you, sir. And be safe.
  6. edtf


    Oct 10, 2007
    looks like an ammo pouch