To our brothers and sisters, sons and daughters at Creech Air Force Base,
This week, veterans of the U.S. wars in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan are arriving in Nevada to join protests outside Creech Air Force Base against Drone Warfare. We are not protesting against you, the airmen (and women) who are drone operators and support personnel.
We are reaching out to you because we understand the position you that you are in. We were once in that position ourselves, some of us quite recently. We know what it feels like to be caught up in strange and brutal wars not of our own making, and not clearly in the interests of our nation. We want to share some of our hard won truths, and to offer you our support.
It is not normal or healthy for human beings to kill other human beings. Many veterans continue to suffer from PTSD and “moral injury” for the rest of their lives. The suicide rate for active duty GI's and veterans is extremely high.
As veterans who have served in many wars and on many military bases, we have been educating ourselves about what goes on at Creech AFB. In 2005, Creech Air Force Base secretly became the first U.S. base in the country to carry out remotely controlled assassinations using the MQ-1 Predator drones. In 2006, the more advanced Reaper drones were added to its arsenal. Last year, in 2014, it was leaked that the CIA's drone assassination program, officially a separate operation from the Air Force's, has been piloted all along by Creech's super-secret Squadron 17. <Share>
Mar 4-6, 2015 - Shut Down Creech - Stop Drone Wars! A Convergence for Peace in the Nevada Desert
Mar 15 - Smedley's 5th Annual St. Patrick Peace Parade in Boston MA
Mar 15 - Deadline to Submit Zinn Fund Request for Proposal
Mar 18 - 21 - Spring Rising--An Antiwar Intervention in Washington DC
Mar 20-29, 2015 - SOAW Delegation to El Salvador
Apr 15 - Global Day of Action on Military Spending in Your City USA
Apr 15 – Apr 19 - Veteran Retreat for those Living With Post-Traumatic Stress in Rhinebeck, NY
Apr 16 – May 2, 2015 - VFP Vietnam Peace Tour
Apr 22 - 25 - SOAW Spring Days of Actions in Washington DC
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May 8 - 10 - UNAC National Conference: Stop the Wars at Home & Abroad in Seacaucus, NJ
Aug 5 - 9, 2015 - VFP National Convention in San Diego CA
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