About LTCOL P

LTCOL P hails from the star city of the south, Roanoke, Virginia. A 1989 graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, he is an artillery officer in the United States Marine Corps, with time in both the active and reserve sides. He served in Iraq in 2004. COL P came to OPFOR as a guest blogger, but has now joined the team full time. He also runs Rule 308, where he denounces gun control and other aspects of socialism, and proclaims the greatness of the United States.

Firearms Friday: 1851 VMI Cadet Musket for Auction

WOW. This is one of the 500 initial production muskets, manufactured during 1851, that were sent to the Virginia Military Institute for issue to the cadets. The musket has matching 1851 dates on the lock and barrel tang… $6795. I hope a deep-pocketed alumnus can buy it.  

“Where is the Case for Co – Ed Ground Combat?”

The Center for Military Readiness published this earlier in the month. I just saw it today, courtesy of the Krampus. I recommend you read the exec summary at the very least. Here’s a little snippet: In the 155 mm Artillery Lift and Carry, a test simulating ordnance stowing, volunteers had to pick up a 95 lb. artillery round and carry it 50 meters in under 2 minutes. Noted the report, “Less than 1% of men, compared to 28.2% of women, could not complete the 155 mm artillery round lift and carry in the allotted time.” If trainees had to “shoulder […]

NATO Intercepting Russian Aircraft…

… In large numbers. This, today: NATO intercepted at least 19 Russian aircraft flying far outside Russia’s airspace today, worrying the organization’s officials. “These sizable Russian flights represent an unusual level of air activity over European airspace,” NATO said in a statement released this afternoon. The Russian fighter jets and bombers were seen flying in three different regions. The intercepts came a week after widespread reports that a Russian submarine may have been spotted off the coast of Sweden. This, yesterday: According to the Latvian military, on Oct. 28, the German Air Force Eurofighter jets on QRA (Quick Reaction Alert) […]

Happy Birthday, Royal Marines!

Per Mare, Per Terram! (Some great photos and tributes there, be sure to look at them all.) 350 years old. Here’s to you!

As Goes Camp Leatherneck…

Submitted without comment. This too. Both are worth reading. What say you?

Beirut, Thirty-One Years Ago

Thirty-one years ago, TODAY. As of early September, Marine security guards are again manning Post One in Beirut. From their perch in the lobby they screen building visitors and, most importantly, safeguard classified information for the first time since the 1980s. The post holds profound significance for Marines young and old. The embassy there was bombed in 1983 and again in 1984. But the most vicious attack occurred in October 1983 when a suicide bomber in an explosive-laden truck destroyed the Marine Corps barracks at the Beirut airport killing 220 Marines, 18 sailors and three soldiers. Official investigations would later […]

STAND WITH CANADA

WE STAND WITH CANADA. The fight goes on. It knows no boundaries or borders. We’d best understand it and get ready for it here. Of particular note to this blog and much of its readership– the soldier who was on guard at the War Memorial and subsequently killed, was a reservist, a citizen-soldier. One of us. Here’s his regiment. I served in Kabul with several Canadians. Good men, all. They stood with us. We stand with them.

Dunford Takes Charge (via Duffel Blog)

Just a little humor for a Monday. (Yes, it appeared Friday but I didn’t have the chance to post it until now.) The video, titled “Marines peeing on navy pilot” has already gone viral, prompting a sharp rebuke from Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel… But seriously– welcome back General, and congratulations. What took you so long??

Doctor LBL’94, Paging Doctor LBL’94…

Based on the untoward happenings in Dallas, et al., what analysis and commentary can you provide? What do we need to know that is either not being reported at all, or perhaps isn’t being well reported? I say this not out of alarm or panic, but to set out some facts and place them in context.

The WMDs in Iraq

Op-For stalwart George W. wrote in suggesting this for a post, a major story that’s been overshadowed by the Ebola fiasco– “Report: U.S. kept secret its chemical weapons finds in Iraq.” What say we? Does anyone have first knowledge or experience?