Once again, the Navy reserve has allowed New England Patriots long snapper Joe Cardona to reschedule his drill weekend so that he can play in the pinnacle event of professional football. LT.JG Joseph D. Cardona graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2015 and is assigned to a reserve unit at the Navy Operational Support Center in Newport, Rhode Island. He will play in Super Bowl 52 on Feb. 4, when his team takes on the Philadelphia Eagles. As a reservist, Cardona's Navy commitment includes one weekend of inactive-duty training per month, but he was able to reschedule his drill weekend for February because it conflicted with the Super Bowl, said Navy Cmdr. Doug Gabos, a spokesman for Navy Reserve Force. This will be the second year in a row that Cardona has received permission to drill on a different weekend in order to play in the big game. The Navy allowed him to play in last year's Super Bowl, in which the Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons.
Prior to the 2017 game, Cardona made clear that he does not take his reserve duties lightly.
"I didn't go to the Naval Academy expecting to play in the NFL," Cardona told Yahoo Sports in 2017. "That wasn't my focus."
Despite having to drive a total of two hours to his job at the Naval Preparatory Academy in Newport and back, Cardona always managed to arrive on time for both his Navy duties and Patriots' practices in the evening, Yahoo reported.
The only "ex" Marines were dishonorably discharged or dead.
I believe you are thinking of Donnerboy, he served in the Marines.
Now I try to understand why, in some people, the brain degenerates...
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Does Terri Shaivo serve as a case study? What happened to her brain was so bizarre.
"What happened to her brain was so bizarre."
No, it was the result of a medical condition and it was very sad but what happened to the Republican Party in their attempts to make partisan points over her condition was truly bizarre. We had the Senate Majority Leader diagnosing her by looking at her image on TV. That was a sad moment for America and especially revealing about just how far Republicans will go to use invalids to score cheap political points.
"The only "ex" Marines were dishonorably discharged or dead."
I'm going through a Joint Staff Course at the moment that contains a number of Marine FGOs. On Day one each service is given the chance to ask odd questions or basically pick on the other services. One of the questions that came up was the difference between an Ex-Marine and a former Marine. It was explained that an Ex-Marine is a service member who had in some way disgraced themselves or the Marine Corps. I think that Bruce's statement in #2 might have been construed by Marines and former Marines as leaning in that direction.
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