The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics - / Bruce Tins­ley

Are we com­ing or go­ing in Afghanistan? Is Iraq on the mend? As pun­dits and politi­cians blovi­ate upon such ques­tions, we of­fer an un­tram­meled In­side the Belt­way mil­i­tary ap­pre­ci­a­tion mo­ment. It’s ev­i­dence that no mat­ter what is hap­pen­ing, well, in­side the Belt­way, the U.S. mil­i­tary con­tin­ues to do the heavy lift­ing. Dog in­cluded. Con­sider this high-fly­ing his­toric para­chute mo­ment — a re­cent tan­dem air­borne jump from 12,500 feet above Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., by U.S. Army Sgt. Chris Lalonde; his mil­i­tary work­ing dog, Sgt. Maj. Fasco; and civil­ian jump­mas­ter Kirby Ro­driguez. The three-way jump from that alti­tude was a first.

Yes, this fab­u­lous Ger­man shep­herd jumped out of a CH-

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