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.

Sweet Briar College to Close

Sad news breaking today, if not from VMI proper than from the larger VMI sphere of influence, so to speak: Sweet Briar College was founded in 1901. The school’s current enrollment is 561 students. “This is a sad day for the entire Sweet Briar College community,” Paul G. Rice, SBC board chair, said in a statement posted on the school’s website. “The board closely examined the College’s financial situation and weighed it against our obligations to current and prospective students, parents, faculty and staff, alumnae, donors and friends. We voted to act now to cease academic operations responsibly, allowing us […]

“Correct, But Wish to Explain, Sir…”

WOW. This is spectacular. I have not seen a picture of the frozen member, only the special. I applaud that cadet.

To “Thank” or Not to Thank

I heard a good conversation with the author of this article, “Please don’t thank me for my service,” on WMAL yesterday. To these vets, thanking soldiers for their service symbolizes the ease of sending a volunteer army to wage war at great distance — physically, spiritually, economically. It raises questions of the meaning of patriotism, shared purpose and, pointedly, what you’re supposed to say to those who put their lives on the line and are uncomfortable about being thanked for it. Recommended reading. It provoked thought. What say you?

Double Deserter

Guilty, and guilty again. I wonder how much intel he gave up during his extended absences? Too bad he’s not facing harsher penalties.   (Thanks to USMC0802 for the link.)

Vigilant Jews Refuse to Lose!

Jerusalem mayor versus (would be) mensch-slayer! The stab victim was rushed to hospital but was not seriously hurt, medical officials said. Police said the suspect, an 18-year-old Palestinian, did not have authorization to reside in Israel. “My bodyguard took out his weapon and when he aimed at the terrorist, the terrorist dropped his knife and we immediately tackled him on the ground to make sure that he cannot continue with the terror attack,” Barkat told reporters shortly afterwards. Ah, and there’s this– Barkat, 55, served as an officer in the paratroopers’ brigade. AIR-BORNE, Mister Mayor.

Sunday Clean-Up: Links and Notes

One of the most enjoyable aspects of this activity is to get suggestions and links from all of you, on a wide variety of topics. These below have piled up over the week from some of our most loyal readers; apologies, because I’m just now getting to them. From George W ’64, a great little piece on when to get out. There’s a lot of practical wisdom packed in there. Highly recommended. From MDL, a disturbing article on a once-great military and erstwhile bulwark of the Atlantic alliance. No wonder they want to avoid a confrontation over Ukraine. This does […]

Snow-Day Saturday: Gear Reviews

We’re getting a good dump of snow here in Mosby’s Confederacy, might be as much as nine inches when it’s all done tonight. I, for one, love it. I’ve been out on the skis once already, straight out from the front door, and will go out again later. In the meantime, here are a couple of pieces of gear that I own and are of interest to the prepper/citizen-soldier. Astro Mini cell phone portable charger: This is a slick little thing that was recommended to me back in the fall (summer?). It has lived up to its billing and more. […]

“No Mere Collection of Psychopaths”

Many, many thanks to Mike B ’73 for tossing this through the transom– “What ISIS Really Wants“. There is much to read and absorb, and contemplate with sober realism. I find little to take issue with, and will say here that it is mercifully free of “Yes, but Bush” idiocies. I’ll offer you the final paragraph: Nor, in the case of the Islamic State, its religious or intellectual appeal. That the Islamic State holds the imminent fulfillment of prophecy as a matter of dogma at least tells us the mettle of our opponent. It is ready to cheer its own […]

Gun-Day Monday: Got Green-Tip? UPDATED

Might want to do an inventory and see how much M855 you have, and then place an order or two. THEY are at it again. NRA reports: It isn’t even the third week of February, and the BATFE has already taken three major executive actions on gun control. First, it was a major change to what activities constitute regulated “manufacturing” of firearms. Next, BATFE reversed a less than year old position on firing a shouldered “pistol.” Now, BATFE has released a “Framework for Determining Whether Certain Projectiles are ‘Primarily Intended for Sporting Purposes’ Within the Meaning of 18 U.S.C. 921(a)(17)(c)”, […]

The Wide, Wide World of MREs

Military rations from across the globe. Spain: Chicken and pasta instant soup; baked beans with sausages; sardines in vegetable oil; apricot cream; water purification tablets; solid fuel tablets; isotonic drink; chewing gum; matches; stove; papers napkins; toothpaste; hand disinfectant; chocolate with almonds; almond nougat; sesame bar; sweets and isoenergetic gel with vitamins … New Zealand: Creamy chicken and potatoes; Thai lamb curry; chocolate biscuits; Marmite; tomato ketchup; salt; pepper; sugar; tea; coffee; condensed milk; waterproof matches; chocolate drink; scouring pad; cheese; muesli; isotonic drink; bread; instant soup; plastic bag; peanuts and raisins; chewing gums; chocolate; napkins; onion flakes; sweets; instant noodles; muesli […]