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Marc Gonsalves

Posted on 2008.07.08 at 10:30
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When I was stationed at the 480th Intelligence Group attached to the 36th Tactical Intelligence Squadron at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia there was a young airman who showed up from Tech School who was assigned to our sister squadron, the 27th. Though I rarely interacted with him directly, you cannot be in a tactical environment holed away from the rest of the base because of your mission without knowing everything about everyone else around you. photogoot once quipped about us Imagery Analysts that we were ...the most incestuous, adulterous, tight-knit group... he'd ever run across. That being said, though he and I rarely talked, we were still a team. He preceded me to US Central Command during the Mogadishu conflict, but I lost contact with nearly everyone at Langley when I left for Korea.

I found today that that young man had been a hostage in Columbia since February 2003, and was rescued six days ago during a Colombian military rescue operation.

I'm not going to complain today. About anything.


glodowg at 2008-07-08 15:40 (UTC) (Link)
Did you know this man?

It definitely puts life and "crap" into perspective.
ehowton at 2008-07-08 15:44 (UTC) (Link)
Yes ma'am. And you're dead-on about perspective. I have nothing to complain about today.
galinda822 at 2008-07-08 15:51 (UTC) (Link)
Wow! I read about the rescue a couple days ago.

Fantastic plan for the day! We should all be exclaiming what we're happy about today instead.

ehowton at 2008-07-08 16:42 (UTC) (Link)
Excellent plan! I'm thankful I haven't been a Colombian captive for the last five and a half years. I'm also thankful I banned schpydurx from my journal so he can't discredit this entry by accusing either myself, photogoot or Marc Gonsalves of being Russian spies.
galinda822 at 2008-07-08 17:05 (UTC) (Link)
It's ALWAYS a good idea to ban him, IMHO!
glodowg at 2008-07-08 17:49 (UTC) (Link)
I banned schpydurx from my journal

All my wishes have come true!!!!

Edited at 2008-07-08 05:49 pm (UTC)
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2008-07-10 02:26 (UTC) (Link)
I banned him from my journal too!!!
ehowton at 2008-07-10 03:59 (UTC) (Link)
All the cool kids are doing it.
glodowg at 2008-07-11 15:48 (UTC) (Link)
My newest Hero
(Anonymous) at 2008-07-24 00:34 (UTC) (Link)

Kellie Here

Hey, I'm with you on this one. I remember Marc from Langley and had some interaction with him, but not a lot.

I PCSd to SOUTHCOM in 2002, so was shocked when I heard that he was part of the group that was kidnapped. I ran some interference between his mom and the J2 and the operations side of the house trying to help her out when she made one of many trips to Colombia to try to get him back. From 2002-2005 I saw his photo every day when I went to work as it was posted in the hallway as a remembrance.

I'm trying to get some contact information for him right now. If I get it, I'll pass it on to you.
ehowton at 2008-07-24 06:22 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Kellie Here

That's awesome, thanks! The J2 of USSOUTHCOM was at my reenlistment ceremony (as I was TDY when I re-upped). Thanks for the story and good to hear from you!
(Anonymous) at 2011-07-06 05:32 (UTC) (Link)

very informative

thanks for the interesting information
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