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DOUG BRZAK: Music

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Doug Brzak
Lima Company is part of the 25th Marine Regiment, 3rd Battalion, located in Columbus, Ohio. The 3/25 has a history of servive that can be traced back to WWII, where they fought battles in Saipan, Tinian, Kwajalein Atoll, and Iwo Jima. In 1945, the regiment was deactivated and then reactivated as a Marine Corps Reserve Unit on July 1, 1962.
During Operation Desert Storm, the 3/25 was called to active duty, did not deploy to Southwest Asia, but found themselves supporting operations in Norway, Panama, and Honduras.
In 2004, the warning order was received that the Battalion would mobilize and deploy in support of Operation Iraqui Freedom.
During it's seven month deployment, Lima Company faced some of the fiercest fighting and was one of the hardest hit reserve units in the war.
In May of 2005, a firefight in Ubaydi, near the Syrian border, killed Cpl. Dustin A. Derga of Lima and a Marine from another company. Two days later, the same squad from Lima's 1st Platoon rolled over a roadside bomb in an Amtrack troop carrier. Four Marines died and nearly a dozen were wounded.
I had been working on a song to pay tribute to the 100,000-plus reservists who had walked away from their families, friend, and jobs, to face the unknown in the defense of our freedom here at home. I had read about Lima Company online and paid attention when one of the networks dedicated a special report about the Company on the evening news. The story highlighted the families left behind by the reservists and how especially hard things had been for Lima Company, with all the deaths and injuries.At the end of the story, the reporter looked directly into the camera and said, "It goes to show you, THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A WEEKEND WARRIOR!"
I called my producer to discuss the song I had been working on, THE RED, WHITE, and YOU. She told me if I was seeing my hook on the evening news, IT WAS PROBABLY TIME TO FINISH THE SONG! The song was completed in the next few weeks and recorded in June, 2005.
The 3rd Battalion rotated out of Iraq in late September of 2005, and was scheduled to deactivate in January, 2006. Forty-six Marines and two Navy Corpsman serving with the battalion made/paid the ultimate sacrifice to forward the cause of democracy.
In addition to tactical missions, the battalion exhibits superior community outreach by providing personnel to support countless community events, to include rendering final honors at funerals for ara Marine veterans, casualty assistance calls, color guards, and the annual Toys for Tots campaign.
In January of 2007, the Pentagon suspended the policy limiting the active duty of reservists to 24 months in Iraq or Afghanistan. Typically, the tour abroad would be for 18 months of fighting and six months of training. The new policy limits the length of tours to 12 months, the the number of tours remain unknown.
THE RED, WHITE AND YOU
Doug Brzak
A single-mom slips from her bunk and drops down to her knees
She asks for strength to face a day that holds no guarantees
She pictures someone with her son tucking him in bed
And longs for that day to come when she’ll be there instead

There’s no such thing as just a weekend warrior
With what they’re called to do
The life they’ve put on hold back home they now lay on the line
For the red, white and you

The youngest driver in the convoy just turned twenty-one
A wedding band on his left-hand flashes in the sun
This ain’t like the miles he logged when he worked for U.P.S.
He’ll call her later on to plan the honeymoon they missed

There’s no such thing as just a weekend warrior
With what they’re called to do
The life they’ve put on hold back home they now lay on the line
For the red, white and you

A teacher and a preacher’s son are standing guard tonight
A moonless sky is lit up by a distant firefight
They were total strangers before this all began
Now they’re brothers united defending our homeland

There’s no such thing as just a weekend warrior
With what they’re called to do
The life they’ve put on hold back home they now lay on the line
For the red, white and you

Yeah the life they put on hold back home they now lay on the line
For the red, white and you
The red, white and you

Doug Brzak
Farmington Hills, MI 48334
www.TheRedWhiteAndYou.com

douglasbrzak@gmail.com douglasbrzak@hotmail.com Cell 248