Shootings reported at Florida nightclub

Two people have been killed and up to 16 more injured after a shooting at a nightclub in the Florida city of Fort Myers, police say.

Officers are at the nightclub, which was reportedly hosting a party for teenagers. Victims have not been identified.

Police have detained one person of interest in connection with the shooting. Two other scenes are connected with this incident.

Buffalo Soldiers at Fort Myer

Arlington, Va

These were soldiers in African-American cavalry units formed in 1866.  From 1891 to 1894, the Buffalo Soldiers of Troop (Company) K of the 9th Cavalry Regiment were stationed at Fort Myer.  From 1931 to 1949, Buffalo Soldiers of the Machine Gun Troop of the 10'th Cavalry Regiment were at Fort Myer.

Getting pumped by The U.S. Army on Flickr.

A group of Soldiers get pumped for the camera before the Nov. 8th live broadcast of SportsNation. ESPN broadcasted SportsNation live from Whipple Field at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall on Nov. 8 at 5:00pm in celebration of Veterans Day. All Soldiers, family members, and workforce personnel were invited to attend and participate as audience members. Photo by SSG Dale Sweetnam

In the east the morning comes,
Hear the rattle of the drums
      Far away.
Now no time for grief’s pursuing,
Other work is for the doing,
      Here to-day.
He is sleeping, let him rest
With the flag across his breast.

Paul Laurence Dunbar, Dirge For A Soldier

All of my fellow army girlfriends/boyfriends out there!

My boyfriend is stationed at Fort Myer Virginia. 

I would LOVE to connect with more people from that area and especially the base as I have a 90% possibility of moving there in a month or so.

I would LOVE to talk to some! even Fort Belvior or Quantico just people in the same area and similar situation :)

2 dead, at least 14 injured in Fort Myers, Fla., nightclub shooting

“At least two people were killed and at least 14 injured in a shooting at a nightclub in Fort Myers, Fla., early on Monday, police said.

The shooting took place in the parking lot of Club Blu just after 12:30 a.m. ET and police found “several victims suffering from gunshot wounds,” the Fort Myers Police Department said in a statement.

Capt. Jim Mulligan of the Fort Myers Police Department told WINK-TV as many as 17 people have been shot. Injuries ranged from minor to life-threatening.

Three people have been detained for questioning, Mulligan said, and there are two crime scenes.The area has been “deemed safe,” but roads in the area will stay closed as the investigation continues.

In a statement, authorities said the Fort Myers police and the Lee County Sheriff’s Office were “actively canvassing the area looking for other persons who may be involved in this incident.

"Local television reported that the club was hosting a "teen night."The shooting comes six weeks after a massacre at a nightclub in the Florida city of Orlando, in which a lone gunman killed 49 people in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S.”


Newly Found Abraham Lincoln Note Makes First Book about Fort Myer Outstanding!

Writing a book is a challenging project … finding information about the topic is also challenging … finding something to make it special is a key factor, but when you find something that’s rare and undiscovered, it makes the book outstanding!

Little did I know when I began the research for my book about Fort Myer, Virginia that I would discover a rare find - a note from Abraham Lincoln, which may have been tucked away since General Joseph G. Totten read it some nearly 150 years ago … or where and how I found it!

The first book about this historic US Army Post with origins during the US Civil War when it was known as Fort Whipple, “Images of America - Fort Myer” was published in June 2011 and on page 15 is Lincoln’s note that I found in the National Archives in College Park, Maryland.

Words couldn’t express my amazement when I discovered it or where and how I discovered it!

My research at the Archives was confined to the floor dedicated to still photographs.  Yet as I meticulously explored the contents of every box I requested, sandwiched between two photographs was a sheet protector containing what I first thought was a blank piece of paper … until I turned it over.  At the top it read:

Executive Mansion - Washington

The date

May 13, 1863

As I continued to read, the note (which was re-written on the 14th) appointed William Whipple, older son of General Amiel Weeks Whipple to West Point.  Recognizing the relationship, it quickly went onto the scanner to be included in the book.  I didn’t realize until much later how rare a find it was since no one really knew about the note or even its existence!

General Whipple was the commander of the Defenses of Washington - they were comprised of 70 forts which ultimately surrounded Washington DC during the US Civil War.  He used Arlington House as his headquarters.  According to other accounts located during the research of the book, President Lincoln would drive over to have lunch with General Whipple and afterward wrap his arms around Whipple’s two sons as he got the briefing.  This note combined with the research established that Lincoln did visit Arlington House during the Civil War and a friendship developed between him and General Whipple.

What I found at the National Archives made the book “Images of America - Fort Myer” outstanding.

By John Michael