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.

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This Marine Has Grit

No commentary, the story says it all.

Stop the Maddness

Latest story from the Army Times regarding changes to the Army Uniform. Apparently the soldiers voted in favor of an Ike Jacket, when coupled with a Service Cap, soldiers will look like Ralph Kramden. I said it before bad idea. Suggestion either kill the Beret or keep it; but don’t differentiate ranks based on head gear. All are soldiers. If you kill the Beret then bring back the overseas cap; for a Service Cap is hard to take care of when wearing Class A on an Airplane. It gets crushed, it gets damaged. Lastly I hope the Army Uniform Board […]

Dear Air Force

Dear United States Air Force I would like to remind you that you took an oath to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States.”  Clearly someone forgot to tell OSI that was in their job description and the Commander must not have paid attention to his UCMJ class.


I have been involved in the intelligence business in the past. I have found over the years there are a number of Open Source publications that can tell you more than most intelligence analysis.  At the top of that list is the Economists, I would also add the following newspapers:  The Telegraph, The Guardian, and Asia Times.  Television news coverage the following are tops in my book:  BBC World; Al Jazeera, and Deutsch Welt (English).  Read “The Fog of Intelligence” from Tom Dispatch reprinted over at American Conservative. My own suspicion: you could get rid of most of the 17 […]

This Confirms My Belief the Army Wants No Part of the Middle East

Over at Defense One an article by General (retired) Gordon Sullivan and another one by the Commander of United States Army Europe Lieutenant General Ben Hodge make it clear the Army hopes that the Middle East will just go away.  This quote by General Sullivan say it all: 4. Rotational deployments to Europe, Asia, and other locations, and rotations to the National Training Center, need to be fully supported and, if possible, expanded because a smaller Army has to work harder at being a global presence. With fewer forward-based soldiers, rotational deployments and prepositioned weapons and stockpiles will be extremely important to U.S. national […]

On Russia in Syria

Frequent commentator John Minehan shared this with me over at his Linkedin account and with his permission I am posting it here. “The Russian adventure in Syria will probably have a happier outcome than our recent adventure in Iraq or our adventure in Vietnam or the USSR’s adventure in Afghanistan. Why? Because they set a limited, attainable goal (keep the Baathists in power) and they sided with one of two existing regional power blocks, here, the Shia forces aligned with Iran.  In this, they have acted more like Pres. George H.W. Bush in DESERT SHEILD/DESERT STORM than like  Pres. George W. […]

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 […]