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.

The Great Train Beat-Down

This story, I tell you, is truly inspiring. I turn (improbably for me) to the NYT— Alek Skarlatos, a specialist in the National Guard from Oregon vacationing in Europe with a friend in the Air Force, Airman First Class Spencer Stone and another American, Anthony Sadler, looked up and saw the gunman. Mr. Skarlatos, who was returning from a deployment in Afghanistan, looked over at the powerfully built Mr. Stone, a martial arts enthusiast. “Let’s go, go!” he shouted. Mr. Stone went after the heavily armed gunman and, with his friends, pounded him to the floor of the train carriage…. […]

Don’t Worry, Europe– We’ll Keep Defending You

Off-duty American servicemen subdue Moose-Limb loon bent on murder and mayhem. AMERICA, F YEAH.  

A *Fifth* Star for ’87!

Thanks to MSS3 ’87, we learned that Colonel Lapthe C. Flora, of the Virginia National Guard and the VMI Class of ’87, has been nominated and confirmed for the rank of Brigadier General.  He is the fifth member of ’87 to pin on stars. COL (P) Flora ’87 is, I hasten to add, one of my fellow Roanokers, part of the sizable contingent in that class from the Star City and environs. Look him up and read about him, he has a tremendous story. Also from MSS3’87, a running count of the classes in recent memory with the most stars– […]

I Wonder What Patton and Marshall Would Say?

USMC0802 tossed this (angrily) our way: “The Army’s Confederate Cowardice,” wherein an Army captain and lawyer shares his opinions on Army base names. I’ll not quote from his little article, you can read it yourselves, but I will float two three questions of my own. Does “military mediocrity” appear anywhere in his OERs? What would Generals Patton and Marshall, neither of them being mediocrities, say to him? Or, indeed, General Ridgway, who spent a good deal of time at (dare I say the name??) Fort Bragg?

The Last Raid on Japan

Add this to the list of things we ever knew: What did the U.S. do between the second atomic bomb on Nagasaki on 9 August 1945, and the Japanese capitulation on 15 August? Answer: We started bombing the living shit out of them, again. And as it turned out, that last raid, 70 years ago today, with the promise of more to come, might have contributed greatly to the decision to capitulate. Thanks to the Roanoke Times, we have the amazing tale of one pilot who flew on that raid, Dallas Bowman. “Oddly enough, it was Bowman’s first — and […]

FOR SALE: Chesty Puller’s Home in Virginia

Yep, the Saluda home of the greatest Marine that ever lived, LtGen Lewis Burwell “Chesty” Puller, VMI 1921– for sale. Great little town and county, too. Sure would be nice if some VMI Marine bought it.

“8 Big Changes That Have Improved Load-Bearing Combat Gear”

“That ‘GIO Pattern’ web equipment of belt and pouches had been developed in the early 1960s and universally condemned thereafter. The design was such that loads were unbalanced, the load capacity was inadequate, the webbing itself inflexible. Because it was absorbent, it often froze. In the Falklands War it proved exasperatingly uncomfortable and quite useless for its task. We deserved better from twenty years of peacetime research and development.“ Take That Hill! Royal Marines in the Falklands War, by Nick Vaux, Major-General Royal Marines Commando Forces [emphasis added] So, I thought of that quote above, clearly remembered from my last […]

“That Went Well”

Or not. The Pentagon has been slowly recruiting and training rebels to fight against the Islamic State in Syria. A contingent of U.S.-trained rebels was recently taken prisoner very shortly after entering the country, and the wheels continue to fall off the rebel trainee program… I have no comment. But you may add your own.

Weapons Wednesday: Good Deal on S&W M&P 9mm

We have zero financial interest here, but we’d like to point out that AIM Surplus is offering LEO trade-in M&P 9mm pistols for $350. That ain’t bad at all. Might want to take advantage of it.

“Middle Eastern Men” vs American Military Families?

Looks like it, here on U.S. soil. The [FBI] alert says Middle Eastern men are approaching families of U.S. military members at their homes in Colorado and Wyoming [emphasis added]. It mentions Greeley, Colorado, and Cheyenne, Wyoming, as the specific areas. There is a straightforward two-step plan military families can implement to solve this menace, should they be faced with it. The tools and the training are readily available in most American states. (Step Two involves calling 911.)