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article imageOp-Ed: Allen West — An American Patriot

By Burton Wiborg     Nov 22, 2012 in Politics
Though straight-forward and rough around the edges, Lt. Col. and Congressman Allen West lives for patriotism and defending the Constitution of the United States.
Allen West has fought the good fight. He has dedicated his life for the good of this country and deserves some recognition for it.
Born February 7, 1961, Allen Bernard West was born in Atlanta, Georgia to Herman and Elizabeth West. His father and older brother were both military officers, his father serving in World War ll and his brother in the Vietnam War, while his mother was a civilian employee of the United States Marine Corps.
Although West's parents were registered Democrats, they raised him to be conservative-minded, and to 'scorn the thought of a handout' he claims. His upbringing would be the result of his life long devotion to the preservation of liberty and freedom.
Throughout his life West has been actively engaged in military service for his country. On November 1, 1983, he entered active duty in the U.S. Army at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, where he attended Field Artillery Officer Basic Course. He then went to Fort Benning, Georgia for airborne training. His first assignment was an airborne infantry company fire support team leader and battalion training officer in the 325 Airborne Battalion Combat Team. He was promoted to Captain in 1987 and attended the Field Artillery Officer Advanced Course.
After his training, West commanded Bravo Battery in the 1st Infantry Division, 6th Field Artillery Regiment and was a Battalion Task Force fire support officer for 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment. During his 1st Infantry assignment he was deployed to Kuwait for Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm.
After West's tour in the Middle East, he served as an ROTC instructor at Kansas State University from 1991 to 1994. West was assigned to the 2nd Infantry Division Support Command in January 1995 as the Assistant Operations/Combat Plans Officer. He was promoted to Major during that time and selected for attendance to the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College where he graduated in 1997. Later he became the Operations Officer of the 18th Field Artillery Brigade, then an assignment as the Executive Officer of the 1st Battalion, 377th Field Artillery Regiment. After completing these assignments, West was assigned to the II Marine Expeditionary Force in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, chosen to serve as an Army exchange officer to this headquarters from 1999 to 2002.
West’s high point in his career was as Battalion Commander of the 2nd Battalion 20th Field Artillery, 4th Infantry Division starting on June 6, 2002.
Although West has served his country with dedication and honor, charges were brought on him while serving in Iraq in 2003. While trying to gain information from an Iraqi police officer about an ambush directed on his unit, West was cited with assault and fined $5,000. and retired with full benefits. When asked if he would do it again, West replied, "If it's about the lives of my soldiers at stake, I'd go through hell with a gasoline can."
In the 2010 elections, West won the election bid for Florida's 22nd Congressional District but lost his reelection bid in 2012 to Patrick Murphy.
West's controversial views have both won him support on one side of the isle while inflaming the other side. He has been called a conservative icon and been recommended for Vice President and even President by members of the conservative movement.
Remarks made by West have infuriated the liberal community calling President Obama an "abject failure" and Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz "the most vile, unprofessional, and despicable member of the US House of Representatives".
While West has strong commentary on what is wrong with this country, he does have the courage and backbone to stand behind his beliefs, no matter where the chips may fall.
This country could use more people like Allen West, who will stand up for freedom and liberty, unwavering in his doctrine to preserve the Constitution of the United States. Because if more people like West don't heed the call and protect the very intention this nation was built upon by our forefathers, the last chance will be gone.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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