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"stephen cheek" Discussed on This is War
"Tron to fight on a stairmaster. You're just flooded fields. And you got you got mud pass your ankles, you know, halfway up your shin. There is no cover. You're just an abandoned cleared out filled. There about ditches every fifty yards and you're trying to. Make your way to a ditch. And you're trying to high step it through this mud while you're being shot is just as miserable. The ambush dies off really fast. Only lasts a couple of minutes. So we're walking back to the base. This kid in front of me once COPA rack on it Nome on most of these guys. I just got attached to kilo once couple rack install stepped on a booby trap de right in front of me a member. Everybody wanted to rush tool right off the bat had to tell them. No. You don't wanna rush up to them because these little toe Popper ides's where everywhere a slowly workup Iraq in thal, and he's missing the bottom part of his right leg right off the bat part of his right arm. Barely hanging on his left legs barely hanging on a so I'm trying to put Turner kits on them. And normally goes like this suffering that much trauma. They lease be passed out. But Racquetball wasn't pastel. He sitting there screaming and the whole time while he's all screaming. His four is a Dr Pepper is the weirdest thing in the world. I guess it's just the. Trauma, put four five Turner kits on rack and bowl. The stop all of his bleeding is the whole time. He's yelling. He's like give me a f- Dr Pepper right now. You know, just Cussing at me screaming for Dr Pepper sitting there trying to tal- tone. Dude. There's we'll have a freaking Dr Pepper Mantelet. We're in the middle of Afghanstan. He's got blown up like there's no freaking Dr Pepper, so far some ever saw the dude in this last time I ever saw the only conversation we ever had was you know, I'm scared. He's about to be a triple amputation ease. Yelling at me for Dr Pepper on to some guys who keep in touch with them. And he's doing good Afghanistan was a completely different animal from Iraq. The enemy state to fight more often in the soldiers were more experienced on both sides working with the N A was a dicey proposition though, especially for cheek as an adviser. He had fought alongside some of the best the Anna had to offer but working with that army could still be something of a crap shoot. Not only. Do you have to train them in? In your life and their hands, and they don't speak your language, but you're also trying to keep the peace between the Afghan army and the marines. There are some guys in the Afghan army that they weren't the best. And I'm about to go do a mission with my buddy Jonathan's platoon. I think he was second platoon, and I had suspicion of this Afghan army platoon commander because normally I wouldn't tell anybody I would set up patrols, but as part of training them I had to start showing the platoon commander how to plan out patrols and patrol routes and everything and wants to started doing that always got ambushed. So I tell that marine platoon commander like, hey, I'm pretty sure my a platoon commanders Taliban. So we set up Trump we made up a fake patrol route. And he says we're going to actually go a different way and see if he said of ambush force and see if we can come in behind that Taliban and everything, and so I tell him this is the route that morning before we go to step out. I was like, hey, the marine Lieutenant changed up things and the platoon commander got very upset. Very mad at us that he was out of the loop that things got changed up. And sure enough man, we snuck up behind this ambush, the has four. So when we get back confront him. And he gets very mad. He pulls out a pistol. And he's pointed at me in the marine platoon commander some of the marines raise their rifles at him. And the other don't know go on what's going on. So a couple of them raise their rifles at the marines. And we're like this, you know, Mets can standoff everyone's got gun just pointed at each other. But some of the AMA knew that he was Taliban one of them snuck up behind him and hit him over the head knocked them out. We arrested them he know by that time to other a when they saw their own guys do that they put their weapons down. We told them. What was happening? I never had a problem. We all had a good working relationship. After that. We ended up finding out that he was high level Pakistan, Taliban that came over to Afghantistan to f- trait. The and they you know, I'd had other I'd been shot at multiple times. And you know, I'm cleared houses. And. Delusion stuff, but to be held up like that. No. I'd never had something like that happen. There's a little bit of fear. But the fear comes afterwards when you look back on like man at any point Tom that do could have shot me. But the same time your initial reactions just anger you like man this dude is going to try to shoot me. Like, this is messed up like, yeah. That's not a fun situation. Cheek was in Afghanistan again as part of his re up which was a combined effort to be able to earn a living again as the US economy collapsed in two thousand eight and to keep his marriage together the second aspect of that plan failed. And by two thousand twelve cheek was no longer married. In fact, he wasn't going to be marine much longer either. I was going to stay in and be a drill instructor. But in two thousand twelve a lot of marines weren't allowed to stay in the Marine Corps anymore. They just didn't let us reenlist solid known since I was eighteen a wanted to do at least for twenty years retire. It was tough at first. But then as soon as I got out and tasted freedom os. Okay. With. With it. My house over in Afghanistan applied to a college and and got accepted and big career change. So I went from eight years deployments. Marina intrigue to a mess. OC pastor now at a church here in Louisiana. So my my undergraduate degree was an Christian ministry. And honestly, my faith is what got me through five deployments to. I'd walked away from God. Especially during my first and second deployment trying to reconcile things and yet heavy into alcohol for a couple of months there. That's definite. What a held onto especially when I got out. And I see friends struggling a lost twenty seven friends close friends during those deployments. And I'm almost close to that number right now with how many friends have committed suicide from the marines as well. I really try to reach out to guys and let them know like there's more out there. There's no sense in it struggling with depression or PTSD, anxiety, suicidal thoughts. Like, you know, you have to be proud of your. Service. You have to appreciate what you did. But at the same time, we all knew it we're signing up for like I joined the marines to fight on join to protect America. You know? Yes. When I saw the twin towers and tenth grade get attacked, I was very angry about the same Thomas be realistic that people from Iraq weren't gonna come over here on big warships and invade America. And started battle over here. I joined the marines to fight I trained, and I wanted that training to be tested because I wanted to know if I could handle it when I was over there fault for the guys to the right into the left of me known was going to north Augusta, South Carolina and killing Stephen sheiks family, and I've fought so my brother and my sister or kids later down the road one half to fight you do it. And then you go back into the shadows. We're not owed anything, I don't see any point. And dwelling all my past services in the past. I keep the memories of all my friends that died I keep those memories alive. But the best years still ahead of me. I'm not gonna live another sixty years ago when an reminisce on the days of when I was twenty two years old. That's a sad life to live because I've met so many guys that moved forward and done even better and greater things with their life. To people often. Join the military to get a sense of being part of something larger than themselves. But it is the attitude of service the spirit of excellence that makes up that something larger Stephen cheek is working on his doctorate of ministry and continuing to strive to stay part of something bigger to strive for personal excellence and to serve something larger. Next
"stephen cheek" Discussed on This is War
"Yeah. Guy turned around and the front of his face was missing all had was the bottom part of jaw. And this guy was so on drugs. He took a knee reloaded is a K took three steps before he dropped. And we're like wait thought we're fighting zombies when you join the marines specifically because you want to train and have that training tested. You do your best to prepare. So you can live up to the expectations. You set yourself during the eight years, he fought as a marine infantryman Stephen cheek used every inch of that training in more because for him there had to be a life after the war that he could be proud of his well, Jeremy's only nineteen years old and one of my good friends and see pitcher in the inside of his helmet of Helmand his wife on new they'd been together since high school a manages hit me right in the gut. I'll say he can't he can't die. What is true bravery? What makes a hero a hero tested by the worries of what's happening at home, thousands of miles away and the reality of what you're facing here. And now when your life is in danger every second and it's either killed or be killed and original podcast from incongruity media. This is Anthony Russo. And this. Is war? Sometimes you get an idea that you just can't shake for twelve year old Stephen cheek that idea was that he would be the first person in his family to join the military, and he would become a marine infantryman that was in the late nineties after the September eleventh attacks he was only more convinced that he needed to join fight his parents at signed him up for early entry. But his joining wasn't something. They were thrilled about or took lightly, especially as the war in Iraq started up it became the dominant theme in the cheek household, especially once I joined we as a family, sit there and watch. I remember the six o'clock news that before it became a twenty four hour news cycle. They would talk about the number of wounded and killed in action throughout the week. And sometimes they post the names on the little banner at the bottom. I don't know a lot of mixed emotions of being able to go. Join and I was nervous that the war was gonna be over very quickly. And I was going to miss out. I think my family was nervous at. The same time hoping that the war would be over very quickly. So I would miss L, but they knew my mom was made up and nothing was going to keep me from, you know, joining cheek attended his high school graduation only because his parents insisted in his head. He already was in Paris island. He trained in his spare time for his career on the ground with marines and showed up to boot camp ready for whatever they were going to throw at him. But bootcamp during wartime isn't at all what he expected and it built him up in ways he hadn't counted on. I think my experience boot count was different than maybe those a couple years before me some of my drill. Instructors had just come off. Deployments me. No. They saw the seriousness of what war was like. And so David they were more geared towards teaching us and stead of just, you know, the whole kind of harass and your break you down build you up. We still had that aspect of it. But there was more of a teaching that came along with it because they knew exactly where they were sending us. Fairly soon. Upon graduation, the marines all about history, and they're teaching you to the history of the Marine Corps. You know, you're about to play a part in that there's a war going on. And you're training for that. You know? Yeah. No one's going to probably actually remember your name, but you're going to be going down in history and phase at the Marine Corps. And this very exciting thing to think about understanding his place as part of marine history would turn out to be a huge motivator for cheek throughout boot camp. The fact that he was part of something special never was far from his thoughts. He and the rest of the recruits have been kept up to date, and what the marines were doing in the second battle of flu show, which kicked off right around the time. He got to bootcamp mostly they were worried that they would miss the war. But by the time, they got their chance. It was clear that the war was by no means over in influenza when they started opening back up the city to everybody a lot of insurgents came in and occupied the city again and due to the unit before us. Not patrolling the streets that wasn't that that security presence. So then surgency built up again when my unit took over psych, we stirred up the hornet's nest again and after a couple of weeks of observe in our tactics, and how we would patrol they began to really unleash things on us Faluja, a very very crowded area. It's not like a city that you would see in the US with him to these massive skyscrapers or anything. But since it's so condensed the streets are narrow and everything we knew something was about to happen. When we go into a heavily populated area and see that that whole area has been cleared out. And so we knew right off the bat to expect something we didn't know whether to expect an ID or an ambush, so you become super vigilant even more than what you already were. We start looking more towards the ground honestly, just expecting. And so when the machine gun bursts rips off, then you like all right? Well, it's machine gun fire. And I thought my head. As relief. Like, all right. I don't have to watch my feet anymore. Like, I gotta fight enchants. I can't I can't fight back with an eighty. But if there's some insurgent punk that shoot nut me, then you know, I got a fighting chance with this one people are yelling back and forth at each other trying to locate the fire and not specific since by the time. We located the fire and returned fire.