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.

“Ponder … Why?”

From last week, our pal CDR Sal nails it again– http://cdrsalamander.blogspot.com/2014/07/diversity-thursday_17.html?m=1 Does this sort of activity help or hinder readiness? Readiness is, after all, the only thing that matters. Why, indeed?

New Discrimination Policy at VMI

This came in through the transom like a bayoneted can of shaving cream at midnight, from an anonymous source… http://www.vmi.edu/Content.aspx?id=10737429937 Please look, review and comment.

Gun-Day Monday: Slow-Fire and Dust Covers

We were chatting amicably amongst ourselves, as we are wont to do, and DaveO asked this Just a thought: how has warfare changed with the capability to spray a lot of lead downrange, and would returning to bolt or lever action heavier caliber rifles/carbines improve our combat capability? I’d say he’s on to something. What say you?? From John Farnam’s Quips comes this today, (http://defense-training.com/dti/no-excuse-zone/) containing the great and true line, “True enlightenment always involves failure and correction.” How often does your range time involve failure and correction?

“Do-It-Yourself War”

Very interesting, instructive, and strongly recommended : http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2014/07/11/ukraine_s_do_it_yourself_war Coming soon to a “theater” near you??

Red VMI Comforters

RF wrote in: Does anyone know the manufacturer of our Red Comforters from the early 70s? I have a brother rat who is looking… my son took mine to VMI for his cadetship and it didn’t make it back home… Not just from the 70s on, I got mine in August of ’85. And I was wondering the same thing! Does anyone know??

This Day in History: Task Force Smith

Not a pretty story, not the greatest hour for American arms. http://www.aei.org/article/foreign-and-defense-policy/defense/the-lesson-of-task-force-smith/ The soldiers of Task Force Smith were the victims of a conscious policy, even if not stated openly, to be unready. When you hear people say, “No more Task Force Smiths!” understand that they mean no more being caught unready. Yet, readiness has a steep price tag and it has to be planned out and paid for up front. Don’t let anyone ever tell you otherwise. The cost of the alternative is even steeper.

WWI: And So It Began

One hundred years ago today. I remember as a 3rd Classman taking a class on the Cold War from a visiting professor– his name escapes me at the moment. One of the first things he told us, and this has stuck with me, was that it was World War One that brought on the world as we knew it in 1987, that ┬áthe Great War shattered the old order.   (http://m.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2014/06/28/the-assassination-of-archduke-franz-ferdinand-and-the-drumbeats-of-war/)

RIP, Albert M. Orgain IV ’65

Sad news to pass on: Orgain, who graduated from Virginia Military Institute in 1965 and Washington and Lee University Law School, was awarded the Purple Heart and the Distinguished Flying Cross for actions during his service in Vietnam. RIP. (http://m.timesdispatch.com/news/plane-crash-victim-was-venerated-pilot-lawyer-from-goochland/article_a3892616-3916-5ffd-b8f3-8adb37454e57.html?mode=jqm)

Offensive? No, Just Idiotic

I D I O C Y. The last sentence being the winner.

Day By Day: 2014-2015 Support Drive

I *know* we have Day by Day readers here; I’ve been a fan for years. Chris Muir, the author, has decreed the opening of his support drive– the strip is almost 100% reader supported– so go here, scroll down and show some love. (Yes, I’ve given. Based on the zestiness I see, I might have to give again! Who’d want to see an Op-For strip on DBD??)