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.

“Pressure Grows on Marines…”

“Pressure Grows on Marines to Consider Lowering Combat Standards for Women.” We report, you decide. I predict General Dunford– who is no “Pontius Pilot“– will stand firm. We can’t afford not to. Question for the American People: Do you want the Marines to be ready when the Nation is least ready? READY, not just willing? Because combat is not for the faint of heart; when it comes we will need forces ready for the challenge, and there won’t be time to re-tool. If your answer is “Yes,” let the Commandant train, organize and equip us for combat. On a related […]

Heard From Today: John Noonan VMI ’03

Well now! They may have been mocked at the time, but the views Mitt Romney articulated on the campaign trail in 2012 about foreign affairs are now considered not just clear-sighted but clairvoyant. He said that the U.S. withdrawal from Iraq was a mistake; that Vladimir Putin was a major threat; and that radical Islam was on the ascent. Romney detailed many of these ideas in a wide-ranging address on foreign policy at the Virginia Military Institute. That speech was crafted in part by John Noonan, who was recently tapped to be Jeb Bush’s national-security adviser. Sounds like a sharp […]

ISIS Strikes In Afghanistan

Breaking this morning: Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN): A suicide bomber on a motorbike blew himself up in front of the Kabul Bank in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, early Saturday, a local government spokesman said. Terror group ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack. The explosion killed at least 33 people and wounded more than 100 others, said public health spokesman Najibullah Kamawal. Interestingly, the Taliban disavowed it. Not good news.

Weapons Wednesday: FPF Training’s New Offerings

Those who have been around this place for a while know my affinity for John R. Murphy and FPF Training. (If not, check the archives.) It’s worth noting that John has recently revamped his offerings and his site, with what appear to be distinct upgrades to both. Two things caught my eye. The first is the “Pistol vs Rifle” class– This four hour seminar deals with the tactical problems faced by an armed citizen confronted with a criminal armed with a rifle. Topics will be: – Ballistic Disadvantage – Movement and Cover – Marksmanship at Distance – AK Pick up […]

“Huge Paratrooper Jump Today [sic] Over Bragg”

Not today, but rather yesterday, 13 April. Still, highly motivating: More than 2,100 American and British paratroopers will jump into Fort Bragg, North Carolina, on Monday for the start of a massive exercise that marks the next step forward in a unique relationship between the two nations’ airborne units. The Combined Joint Operational Access Exercise is the largest U.S.-U.K. bilateral airborne training operation to take place on Fort Bragg in the last 20 years. It will feature paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team and about 900 paratroopers from the United Kingdom’s 3rd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment, […]

“May I Kiss You?”

More politically correct idiocy corroding the once-great American armed forces, courtesy of our loyal harbinger of doom, USMC0802: An issue that could “dramatically affect” the mission of the United States Armed Forces is telling soldiers when it is okay to kiss a girl. The Air Force is the latest branch to employ the services of Mike Domitrz, a speaker and author known for his “May I Kiss You?” training session, to teach service members about consent and sexual assault prevention. I’m sorry to see that Marines were involved too. To what end? How does this make our forces more ready […]

More Untoward Goings-On

Ragnar Lothbrok and Parker Longbaugh and USMC0802 have recently sent me a raft of depressing links to evidence of the continuing decline in the state of VMI and the Department of Defense. The items on VMI I cannot bring myself to post, I’m sorry to say– call me a coward– but I will put up the one from USMC0802: Just as we have seen with African-Americans, women, and the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, an important piece of the equal rights fight in the United States is allowing people who were previously denied access to the military in — […]

Marine Corps PFT Humor

THIS is great: “THREE pull-ups! Hah hah haaaa…” I’m still laughing.

“1,100-Mile Trek Through Six Countries”

This is a great story. “These things were banging around in my mind,” General Hodges said, just as a three-month deployment of American troops in the Baltics and Poland, part of a continuing series of joint training exercises known as Atlantic Resolve, was coming to an end. Normally, the American equipment would be loaded aboard rail cars and shipped in the dead of night while the soldiers flew back to their base in Germany. But General Hodges thought, this time, they would drive the 120 armored vehicles, one lumbering mile after another, accompanied by more than 500 American troops. Good […]

A Note On Ammo

I came across this yesterday: “I hear that small arms ammunition in South Africa has practically disappeared from the store shelves. Either people are wisely stocking up, or some arm of the government has decided to cut off the supply. “In that regard, I advise you to keep your own stocks in good shape. Our enemies may not be able to abrogate the constitution just yet, but there are economic and political means by which they may dry up our ammunition supply.” Now, this wasn’t published in recent weeks amid the M855 issue. It was published in September, 1993. How […]