Prince Harry the JTAC

This was forwarded to me by the guy who let me crash at his place on Emerald Isle for two years, now a fellow ANGLICAN and JTAC, and mutual acquaintance of LtCol P. Looks like I’m in good company in this job. Prince Harry provided air support for UK troops I wish it were all as easy as they make it sound in the article. Then again, if you’re a Prince, maybe it is. Hey, I’ll bet he didn’t get “drop-blocked” by an RCT air officer just before he cleared an aircraft hot. I mean, who’s going to say no […]

Happy Birthday, USS JEFFERSON CITY (SSN759)

(Photo: USS JEFFERSON CITY Website) Ah, my first boat, that on which I qualified Submarines and on which I am a Plankowner. It was a cold, clear, blustery day at Pier 23 on Norfolk Naval Base. The crew was formed up in ranks at the back of a pavilion on the pier, when the wind really picked up. The tent posts at the front began to weaken and the lines securing the tent began to come undone. The SUBLANT Chief of Staff, a likeable man name CAPT Al Konetzni (Big Al, the Sailor’s Pal) came back and started grabbing guys […]

Britain's Prince Harry in Afghanistan

Good on him. I saw the interview on FOX news, and Prince Harry seems pretty motivated to be with his men on the front lines. LONDON (AP) — The secret is out: Prince Harry has been serving on the front line with his British army unit in one of Afghanistan’s most lawless and barren provinces. Harry is the first royal to serve in a combat zone since his uncle Prince Andrew flew helicopters during Britain’s war with Argentina over the Falkland Islands in 1982. British officials had hoped to keep the 23-year-old’s deployment secret until he had safely returned, but […]

Robots March Forward

UPDATE: This is the MULE from Lockheed (thanks, anonymous) Anyway, robots are robots. Here are some more: So does this put us one step closer to the Imperial Walker? Lockheed Martin MULE Program Completes Key Review, Begins Work on Final System Design DALLAS, TX, February 27th, 2008 — The Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] Multifunction Utility/Logistics and Equipment (MULE) vehicle program successfully completed its System Preliminary Design Review (PDR), signaling a new phase in the program’s development as part of the U.S. Army’s Future Combat Systems (FCS) modernization initiative. As a result of this recent review, Lockheed Martin will now begin […]

This War, 15 Years On

MMM reminds us it was 15 years ago that jihad hit America’s shores. The first World Trade Center attack killed a handful compared to 9/11, and should have woken up a nation. It did not. We have lived to regret our failure to heed the warning. Remember that day, and think hard about where it has lead us. The lessons have yet to be learned fully, I fear.

Infantry!

Cool video for all the elevenbees out there:

Stability Operations Now Part of Army’s Core Mission

While embracing reality, this move is likely to rankle some of the Army’s “old corps.” What I mean by that is that there is a sizeable chunk of the Army, especially in the combat arms branches, that think the mission of the infantry is only “to close with the enemy by means of fire and maneuver to defeat or capture him, or to repel his assault by fire, close combat, and counterattack.” Not included in that is building schools, policing foreign cities, monitoring infrastructure, training local security forces,etc. WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Feb. 25, 2008) — Soldiers have been in […]

Mickey Finns

So the other night, seeing as how there’s not a whole helluva lot of places close to NAVSTA Great Lakes to eat, we headed over to Mickey Finns Brewery in Libertyville. Great place. The Rye Stout was outstanding, the food great, and the atmosphere was a lot of fun. We didn’t stick around for the live band, but from the looks of the crowd, it was going to be a blast. So, if you are ever in the North Chicago area or you happen to be spending some time at Great Lakes, head on over to Libertyville and Mickey Finns […]

VMI Video Of The Day

Two minutes of fun, Institute-style, courtesy of He-Who-Must-Remain-Unnamed. Looks like some good NVG sweat party footage there in the last few seconds… RAH. VIRGINIA. MIL.

Bullshit Bingo!

Hey staff officers and anybody working at Brigade-level or above! Sick of buzzwords and meaningless phrases spouted off by self-important people seeking to prove their intellect? Stuck in a meeting observing this? Stand by, for Bullshit Bingo! This hearkens back to the larger “language” problem that the Army has. To wit: Military terminology is supposed to be succinct, clear, and easily understood by everyone. In other words, “attack” and “defend” have certain doctrinal definitions that are (or should be) easily comprehended by all soldiers. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to whip out the FM 101-5-1 and […]