No commentary, I commend this article to each of our readers. The U.S. government lobotomized roughly 2,000 mentally ill veterans—and likely hundreds more—during and after World War II, according to a cache of forgotten memos, letters and government reports unearthed by The Wall Street Journal. Besieged by psychologically damaged troops returning from the battlefields of North Africa, Europe and the Pacific, the Veterans Administration performed the brain-altering operation on former servicemen it diagnosed as depressives, psychotics and schizophrenics, and occasionally on people identified as homosexuals.
This is pretty effing cool. Every September, the Estonian contingent of ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) holds a charity shoot aboard Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan. Taking place every Sunday during September, this is the second annual Charity Shoot. The purpose is to raise funds for a charity organization that takes care of Estonian soldiers wounded in Afghanistan. Open to personal deployed to Camp Leatherneck (both military and civilian), the shoot is managed by experienced NCOs of the Estonian Scouts light armored Infantry Battalion. This unit is similar to a Marine Light Armored Reconnaissance (LAR) Battalion or an Army Stryker Brigade. They [...]
Someone says so. WOW. Four-star grudge match! (If General Kelly retains Weirick as counsel, look out…)
I found this very interesting, taken from the VMI archives: Va Military Institute Lexington Oct 16th 1870 Dear Mother I expect you have been looking for a letter from me for some time and in fact I would have written but about the time I thought of writing the rains & the flood came on, destroying bridges canals, & cutting off communication generally. I suppose of course that you have all read full accounts of Gen Lee’s death in the papers. He died on the morning of the 12th at about half past nine. All business was suspended at once [...]
We are all very aware that there are duds in the ranks of the military—that has been a fact of life since the first military unit was formed. As the U S military prepares to go through a downsizing, I fear that the playing field will not always be level, that the military as an institution will take shortcuts to reduce the ranks and in the process put a black mark on an individual who is not deserving of such a black mark. This article from today’s Washington Post raises concerns. There was a time, when I first came in [...]
Never forget. READ THIS; strongly recommended.
What books are in your holiday reading list this year? For me, there are three books: Capability Maturity Model Institute for Development, version 1.3: because I’m a geek and it scares away small children at whichever gate I’m flying out of. Gotta get one’s geek on if one is fond of being left alone. Imager’s Battalion, by L.E. Modessitt, Jr: because the longer I’m around computer science, the more I believe it’s all magic. So, a book about magic and combat and damsels in distress is the perfect antidote after getting my holiday geek on. And lastly, Empire of [...]
This story needs to be entered into Lt Col P’s “Miracles of NYPD Marksmanship.” A mentally disturbed man is wandering through traffic outside New York’s Port Authority Bus Terminal. Naturally, the NYPD open fire. They miss the guy. However, the sidewalks being full of people, they manage to hit two female pedestrians, one of them already using a walker, which comes in handy when the coppers shoot you in the leg. So the DA charges the guy with assaulting the women The level of incompetence and lack of awareness tells me these NYPD clowns should be working for Chuck Hagel [...]
From NPR, the almost definitive guide to the language of the troops.
I heard today on local radio this morning that a fine organization was having some trouble raising the requisite funds this year to fulfill its promises. What stuck with me was, “$15 will guarantee a wreath.” There are several VMI men at Arlington. Need we say more? Give what you can.