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.

Beirut, Thirty-One Years Ago

Thirty-one years ago, TODAY. As of early September, Marine security guards are again manning Post One in Beirut. From their perch in the lobby they screen building visitors and, most importantly, safeguard classified information for the first time since the 1980s. The post holds profound significance for Marines young and old. The embassy there was bombed in 1983 and again in 1984. But the most vicious attack occurred in October 1983 when a suicide bomber in an explosive-laden truck destroyed the Marine Corps barracks at the Beirut airport killing 220 Marines, 18 sailors and three soldiers. Official investigations would later […]

STAND WITH CANADA

WE STAND WITH CANADA. The fight goes on. It knows no boundaries or borders. We’d best understand it and get ready for it here. Of particular note to this blog and much of its readership– the soldier who was on guard at the War Memorial and subsequently killed, was a reservist, a citizen-soldier. One of us. Here’s his regiment. I served in Kabul with several Canadians. Good men, all. They stood with us. We stand with them.

Dunford Takes Charge (via Duffel Blog)

Just a little humor for a Monday. (Yes, it appeared Friday but I didn’t have the chance to post it until now.) The video, titled “Marines peeing on navy pilot” has already gone viral, prompting a sharp rebuke from Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel… But seriously– welcome back General, and congratulations. What took you so long??

Doctor LBL’94, Paging Doctor LBL’94…

Based on the untoward happenings in Dallas, et al., what analysis and commentary can you provide? What do we need to know that is either not being reported at all, or perhaps isn’t being well reported? I say this not out of alarm or panic, but to set out some facts and place them in context.

The WMDs in Iraq

Op-For stalwart George W. wrote in suggesting this for a post, a major story that’s been overshadowed by the Ebola fiasco– “Report: U.S. kept secret its chemical weapons finds in Iraq.” What say we? Does anyone have first knowledge or experience?

“White Shroud” Hunting ISIS?

More than interesting. Inferences to be drawn: they make do with second-rate or third-rate gear and still score kills; they have steeled their hearts for the task at hand; ISIS (or whatever they call themselves) *can* be surprised and given an unexpected bloody nose. And they do it without airstrikes. Not a war-winning organization, and might just end up being another skid mark on the road of war, but this shows that some people just won’t lie down and die. Just imagine what they could do if a task-organized liaison element joined them to align efforts, provide some log support, […]

Gun-Day Monday: “Shoot the Heaviest Rifle Round”

MDL passed this on.  You need to read the whole thing. I can’t extract just one or two passages to quote, you need to read it all. The money quote is at the end, and it puts it all in context. Question for the readership– what says your experience?

CMC Under Fire…

U N B E L I E V A B L E . At issue is whether Amos attended basic Marine officer training in 1972 as he said in the career service record he provided Congress four years ago [emphasis added] upon his confirmation as the service’s 35th commandant. Amos was a Navy pilot and lieutenant junior grade who cross-decked to Marine Corps aviation and bypassed The Basic School, a rite of passage for all Marine officers. The Corps says its top officer did complete TBS – five years later than claimed and via correspondence course. Fellow Marine and loyal reader […]

“The Islamic State’s Anbar Offensive and Abu Umar al-Shishani”

“Al-Shishani.” Shishani—born Tarkhan Batirashvili—is a young field commander, just twenty-eight years old. As his names suggests, he is of Chechen origin and was born in Georgia’s Pankisi Valley. He served in an intelligence unit in the Georgian army, and the Wall Street Journal reports in a profile of the young militant that in the 2008 conflict with Russia he “was near the front line, spying on Russian tank columns and relaying their coordinates to Georgian artillery units.” However, in 2010 Shishani was diagnosed with tuberculosis and ultimately discharged from military service. The Journal’s profile of Shishani noted that after being […]

Ebola and the Southern Border

Commander US Southern Command, on the subject: Those looking for good news on the fight against Ebola will not find much encouragement from Marine Corps Gen. John F. Kelly, the commander of the U.S. Southern Command. As Jim Garamone of Department of Defense News reports, Kelly told an audience at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday that, if the disease reaches Central America, “it’s literally, ‘Katie bar the door,’ and there will be mass migration into the United States.” He also said with certainty that “there is no way we can keep Ebola [contained] in West Africa.” “Mass migration” is a […]