About Townie 76

Townie 76, aka COL Hank, was born in Lexington Virginia and graduated VMI in 1976. He entered the Army in November 1976 as an Armor Officer. He left the Army in 1984 and joined the Virginia Army National Guard where he remained until 1998 when he returned to Active Duty as a Title 10 Active Guard and Reserve Officer. He retired from the Army on 31 July 2006 and was recalled to active duty the next day where he is now beginning his third year as a recalled retiree. COL Hank has served in various Command and Staff assignments in his thirty two years of service, to include assignment in Korea, Germany, Kosovo, Iraq, and Kuwait. COL Hank finally retired from the Army in July 2009. He now works for the Department of the Army in the Pentagon as a Department of the Army Civilian.

Some Thoughts on Russia, Realism, and our National Security

Putin’s move into Syria is old-fashioned great-power politics. (Yes, people do that in the 21st century.) There is a domestic benefit to him, but he is not externalizing his problems at home. Russian domestic and international policies have always been inextricably linked. Russia feels strong at home when it is strong abroad — this is Putin’s plea to his propagandized population — and the Russian people buy it, at least for now. Russia is a great power and derives its self-worth from that. What else is there? When is the last time you bought a Russian product that wasn’t petroleum? […]

Death of a Great Army Leader and Strategist

It was announced that General John R. Galvin died this past Friday in Jonesboro, Georgia.  The New York Times Obituary gives him just credit for helping end the Cold War and providing a steady hand in the tumultuous days after the fall of the Berlin Wall. I had the pleasure of serving with General Galvin when he was the Commander of the 24th Infantry Division at Fort Stewart Georgia.  I remember him inspecting our field site during and exercise and the quiet leadership he exerted as he pointed out areas where we could improve.  The best part of his visit […]

This Should Cause Some VMI Alumni to Have Apoplexy

There is a coterie of VMI Alumni who despise Josiah Bunting.  His comments posted over at Tom Ricks site will cause them great irritation.  It would be interesting to ask the current Superintendent (I have seen the wizard) if he agrees with Si Bunting.

Lying as a Strategic Business Plan

It would seem that Volkswagen decided that Lying and Cheating about its emissions test was a good business strategy.  A business strategy that would result in increased sales, that would guarantee it was the world’s largest automaker. Like anytime someone lies or cheats in the end the truth comes out. Volkswagen may have to declare bankruptcy, may go out of business, doubtful, most likely they will reorganize as a new corporation. It is shame they can’t be drummed out.

Obama As A Grand Strategists

Over at Tom Dispatch is an article that argues that President Obama is a Grand Strategists on par with Elihu Root and Zbigniew Brzezinski.  Proactive thesis from a Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin at Madison (also known as People’s Republic of Madison) which I have serious qualms regarding its validity. Please read in all of it before going high and to the right.

Stray Voltage September 15 2015

Stray Voltage Without commenting on the merits of the USMC study of Women in Combat, the actions of publicly being critical of the study by the Secretary of the Navy are unforgivable. He has squandered what ever trust he might have had from the leadership of the Navy and USMC. He should do the honorable thing—resign; unfortunately he is a political hack and will simply continue spouting nonsense. Hey Air Force if you are worried that an 18 year old enlisted airman can’t be trusted with to be a pilot, let me offer you a suggestion, why not enlist them, […]

VMI’s 2014 Salaries

Over at the Richmond Times Dispatch you can find Virginia State Salaries for 2014.  I of course pulled the VMI Salaries what I found interesting is that there are 54 Administrative-Lecture or Administrative-Professor positions, or what really is the great Smith Hall Bureaucracy. I did not include the Professional-Lecture which adds even more.  Even more interesting is that on the lower end of the scale, whomever has those positions is not getting a living wage and most likely is working a 2nd or 3rd job or they are summer help. Not sure what they all do, perhaps Slater can enlighten […]

General Dempsey, Coach K on Leadership

Good article over at Anglican Ink about what makes a good leader.

The Army Has a Credibility Problem

This story from the Washington Post says that the Army has a credibility problem.  Comments?

What Ike Jacket and a Service Cap Looks Like

According to Army Times the new SMA Dailey poll has found overwhelming support for outfitting the  Army with an Ike Jacket and for E7 and above the Army Service Cap. If that happens then our Senior NCOs and Officers will look like this fellow.  Even the USAF will be more military looking!  Somebody please get the SMA out of the fashion business.