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Check back this week to see the new and updated W.A.R. website!

We have huge news – we are going to be featured at the Bob Feist Invitational for a Fourth time!

If you haven’t heard of The Feist, we will make sure you have all the information, links, and videos to find out more about our biggest support of all time!

Signing off until Monday…. Sheri Smith, former CTI U.S. Navy and President of W.A.R.

Cowboy Auction Reno, NV

Warriors and Rodeo will be featured at the Reno Championship with The Bob Feist Invitational, again this year! Thanks to the generosity of the BFI and Heel-O-Matic Training Systems, W.A.R. will receive the funds raised by auctioning off another piece of their top-notch roping equipment. Head over for the Cowboy Auction, Sunday, June 20, 2021. Find more info on the flyer below and at their website www.bfiweek.com

W.A.R. Update

W.A.R. Update – between Covid restrictions and our president being diagnosed with a brain tumor and the following brain surgery, W.A.R. has experienced a decrease in events and fundraising. With a team of volunteers, we are excited to have our first in-person event back to be with the one and only @bobfeistinvitational and @heelomatictrainingsystems in Reno, Nevada. This is our fourth partnership with this generous organization and we are thankful to be a part of it. Check back daily for updates and information! http://www.warmissions.org #bobfeistinvitational #heelomatictrainingsystems https://bfiweek.com/ https://www.heelomatic.com/

April 20, 1953 Operation Little Switch

With the recent death of Joseph Stalin in March of 1953 Russian forces would sign an end to their participation in the Korean War. China and North Korea, while both still at war with American forces, would find themselves in a position where they could not keep up their current fighting and so for a moment the front was generally quiet. During this lull in the war, it was agreed upon that from April 20th to May 3rd  both North Korea and China would exchange sick and wounded POW’s with the United Nations, America included. This exchange would come to be known as Operation Little Switch. The United Nations received back 684 of its troops while the North Koreans received over 5,000 of their men, and about 500 civilians, along with 1,000 Chinese. The small number of UN forces released led to the United States accusing the communists of not releasing the proper amount of troops, and disagreements would continue over how troops were to be exchanged. 

In the end 149 Americans were released.

Author – Gabriel Smith

gabrielsmithpro@gmail.com

April 19, 1775 Lexington and Concord

This Day in History

April 19

Spring 1775.

Tensions are on the rise in the American Colonies. Events like the Boston Tea Party, a few years before, and the even more recent gathering of the Continental Congress, had been slowly widening the gap between Colonial and British, all the while closing the gap on war.

April 18, 1775

Under the command of Lt. Col., Francis Smith 700 British Regulars move towards a weapons cache which so-called American insurgents are hiding in Concord. Along with this, the British were on the hunt for two men known to be hiding in Lexington: John Hancock and Samuel Adams.

The British move out in the evening but are discovered by Colonial intelligence. Paul Revere and William Dawes embark on their famous journey to warn the militia of what is to come, Revere taking a shorter route by water while Dawes rides around the Boston Neck.

Their mission is a success, the militia is warned. The stage has been set for the start of the revolution.

April 19

5 am, roughly 50 men under the command of Captain John Parker amass on the Lexington green. The British, also in Lexington by this point, advance and Parker orders his men to retreat. Then a shot is fired, by whom is still unknown. The British follow this with a volley. Parker’s men make a brave stand but eventually losing about ten of their own and are forced to retreat.

The British continue onward to Concord. They are stopped short when some 200 of their men sent to capture a bridge meet a force of roughly 400 Colonials advancing upon them. These colonials, seeing smoke in Lexington, assumed the British are torching the town, and to quote Captain Isaac Davis who was a part of the Militia advance, “I haven’t a man afraid to go”.

The 200 British soldiers retreat to the opposite shore evidently intimidated by the opposition before them. Still the British open fire and kill several of the colonials including Isaac Davis. The Colonials reply with a volley of their own in what is now known as “the shot heard round the world”. The British retreat back towards Boston.

Parker and his men rejoin the fight firing one possibly two volleys from behind cover into the retreating British before disappearing. This would be the story of many attacks on the British during the long march back to Boston. For twelve miles the British fall back under heavy colonial fire, much of it coming from behind rocks and trees, the British forces making much easier targets then their foes. The colonial’s take about 100 causalities and drive the British back, while the British take a total of about 300 causalities and even after receiving reinforcements continue their retreat until they arrive in Boston.

In the end the Colonials are evidently victorious.

The first battle of the Revolutionary war is over and to the surprise of many the American’s have come out on top. The actions of bravery from men like Parker and Davis sets off the chain of events which will eventually lead to the forming of a new nation which will change the world, America.

Author – Gabriel Smith gabrielsmithpro@gmail.com Warriors and Rodeo Volunteer

CBP Saves Lost Horse

Taken from CBP Press Release, 7/20/2020

SAN DIEGO — U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Imperial Beach Station (IMB) discovered a missing horse in the Tijuana River Valley area on Wednesday.

On July 15, members of IMB’s All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Unit were in the Tijuana River National Estuary tracking a group of illegal border crossers.  Going through the marshy area, the agents discovered a horse tangled in thick brush and summoned for help.  A responding K-9 team and Horse Patrol agents joined the ATV team.  Working together, the group cleared a path to access the trapped horse, which appeared to be weak and in distress.

Once freed, agents checked the horse for visible injuries and noticed that he had markings matching Ollie, a local horse that had gone missing two months prior.  Agents assigned to the Horse Patrol Unit safely loaded Ollie into a trailer and transported him back to his local owners.

The owners, who had reported the horse missing in May, expressed their gratitude to the agents for ensuring Ollie’s safe return.

“I am proud of our agents’ work in recovering Ollie,” said Chief Patrol Agent Aaron M. Heitke.  “As public servants, Border Patrol agents regularly go above and beyond serving their community in many different ways.”

Ollie is now home safe and sound.

https://www.cbp.gov/newsroom/local-media-release/usbp-agents-rescue-citizen-s-missing-horse?_ga=2.150794422.165415012.1617502299-1549279915.1617502299

W.A.R. Bullfighting Team at PAFRA

W.A.R. is putting Operation Armor into action at the PAFRA (Professional Armed Forces Rodeo Association) October 15-17,2020. Our most talented bullfighters, military and first responders, will be protecting our active duty, veteran, and their family who ride bulls at the PAFRA Championship Event in Topeka, Kansas. If you are interested in being on this team, you must have registered with Warriors and Rodeo, via this website, qualify as one of our top bullfighters, and be an excellent representative of our organization and our country.

Email war@warriorsandrodeo.org with your biography, three videos, and an explanation of why you want to represent our organization and protect the bull riders at this great event. http://www.rodeopafra.com/

Pepper Stewart & W.A.R. at Mesquite Rodeo

Thank you Pepper Stewart for your donation of your suite to Warriors and Rodeo! We appreciate your generousity over the many years of your support. Patriotism is extremely important in our nation and you don’t just “talk the talk” but you also do something to honor our American Heroes.

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