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.

Operation Eagle Claw: 24/25 April 1980

I remember it, but was only 12 years old. Although, when I was a lieutenant at Lejeune our battalion CO organized a PME at the O Club with the senior Marine -53 pilot on the mission, and that was fascinating. He’s long since retired, of course, but as of 2006 he was working as a civilian at Quantico, if I remember correctly. The Iran hostage raid was the significant catalyst in the formation of a national coordinated special ops capability, resulting eventually in what we know today as SOCOM and all things thereunto belonging. If I may be so bold, […]

Tragic News from VMI

We reluctantly pass on this release from VMI: VMI Cadet Dies LEXINGTON, Va., April 22, 2014 – A Virginia Military Institute cadet died unexpectedly in Rockbridge County Tuesday evening. The body of Eric B. Alter, 22, of Centreville, Va., was found by Rockbridge County Sheriff’s deputies near Goshen. Local law enforcement and emergency agencies responded. He is survived by his parents, Bruce and Beth Alter of Centreville, and his sister, Betsy. Funeral arrangements are pending. The VMI Corps of Cadets was informed of Alter’s death early Tuesday evening. Counseling and pastoral care is available to cadets, faculty, and staff. “Our […]

(Speaking of Police and Soldiers…)

By way of WRSA, this from Herschel at The Captain’s Journal: The implications of this are perhaps enormous.  Quiet Man at WRSA points out that there are formal Army field manuals and doctrine and training documents for site exploitation, and remarks that “virtually everything they do will be ‘”joint” in the agency sense.”  Yes, and in the intra [sic, inter]-agency sense as well.  The military is looking more like law enforcement, and law enforcement is looking more like the military.  For those who have been watching, this is likely not accidental, and is an evolution that is at one and […]

Is This What 1860 Felt Like?

We’ve had some great posts and comments and counter-comments here in just the last little while– true unfettered rollicking debate. (And look, we don’t even need the Fairness Doctrine!) But it has me again asking the question I’ve asked myself over and over– Is this what 1860 felt like? Or 1775, for that matter. It would help to have statesmen in high office. Sadly, we have very few. THAT is what worries me most.

The Doolittle Raid

We missed it yesterday– fie on us– but the boys at XBRADTC were on it. The  surprise attack on the Japanese capitol shocked the Japanese, and gave an immense boost to American morale. Prior to the news of the daring raid, virtually everywhere the American public looked, doom and despair were to be found. It seemed the US might lose the war. The public was still steeled to fight on, but needed a sign that their faith in the war effort was well placed.

JHU’s Global Net Assessment

JDM shot this our way, remarking that we might find it both useful and interesting. He might just be right… Go take a look!

“Power” to the People??

Not if we don’t secure the damn grid. “El Magnifico” (who works in the critical infrastructure realm) tossed this my way with the comment, “You think the Russians and the Chinese already know about this? Or maybe al Qaeda? We’re one major event away from being sent back to the 19th Century!” Crain, the owner of a small tech firm in Raleigh, N.C., along with a research partner, found penetrating transmission systems used by dozens of utilities to be startlingly easy. After they shared their discovery with beleaguered utility security officials, the Homeland Security Department began sending alerts to power […]

“And Next Door at W&L…”

Thanks to the anonymous tipster who sent this in through the Contact Us function.

Another Sign That We’re Swirling Down the Toilet

That elected officials would give one minute’s serious thought to this.

Hell Yeah, Less Pay!

Someone needs a fucking piss-test. The end is near. I’m more and more convinced of it every day. He needs to get out of the E-Ring.