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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Why Emergency Plans are Necessary

There is a great story over at the Daily Kos about the actions taken by the Vice Chairman of the Federal Reserve Roger Fergerson’s actions on September 11, 2001.  His actions not only preserved the United States Economy but most probably stabilized the world economy. While they had no plan for something like 9-11; they had a plan for Y2K.  As a result of that plan there were redundancies within the IT and communications networks of the Federal Reserve.  From this plan, Ferguson was able to call audibles and move out to protect our economy. This is a reminder to […]

Clinton Review Henry Kissinger’s World Order

I have always admired Henry Kissinger as someone who understood power politics.  He wrote his dissertation on Metternich and Congress of Vienna, and in his new book according to Hillary Clinton’s review he takes a long view of what is happening and puts the events of today into the historical context of a particular region or country.  Here is the review from the Washington Post.

Death of a Cadet

From this week’s News Gazette, a newspaper known to be friendly to the establishment of Rockbridge County, Washington and Lee, and VMI.  This story begs more questions than it answers. I just read the account in the Rockbridge Advocate.  I have to wonder why VMI allowed the Cadet to go retrieve the gun from his truck without sending an Official of the Institute.  Was it because he was to be commissioned, was it a breach, was it a belief he would do what is right.  I don’t know, but what I do know it is tragic.  I have to wonder […]

Idiots Walking

As I watched various college football games last night it dawned on me that those sitting in the stands were unaware that the world they know is slowly disintegrating. When the history of 2014 is written a hundred years hence (provided of course there are any humans left) instead of a historian calling his work Sleepwalkers a historian in 2114 will entitled it Idiots Walking.  Why do you ask, for it is clear that the current administration and much of the world does not understand the dangerous games being played out in the Ukraine and the Middle East.  Too many, […]

Blind Hog Finds an Acorn

While I generally find William Lind a horse rear end, he nevertheless is capable at times of great insight, his comment on the Officer Corps I think hits the nail on the head particularly in the Army. At Boyd’s next level, the mental, our officers are not professionals. They are merely craftsman. They have learned what they do on a monkey-see, monkey-do basis and know no more. What defines a professional—historically there were only three professions, law, medicine, and theology—is that he has read, studied, and knows the literature of his field. The vast majority of our officers read no […]

Someone Save the Army From Itself!!!!!

Here we are an Army that is too broke to send units to the National Training Center, but now we are going to get a new PT uniform.  Please save the Army from the SMA and his uniform foolish.  First Tattoos, second a new field uniform, and now this.  When will the foolishness end.

The Great War In Modern Memory Begins

From the New Yorker a wonderful essay on the war poets and World War I.

The Army Could F^&K Up a Nocturnal Emission in a House of Ill Repute

The Army has been getting slapped stupid for giving “notices of separation” to Captains and Majors who are currently serving in Afghanistan and other hot spots (no I am not talking about German, Korea, or Italy!).  According to today’s Washington Post the Army said they had no choice.  According to the Stars and Stripes the number in Afghanistan was 48 and deployed (not specifically identified) was 87. This tells me that HRC and the Army G1 have inserted their head where the light don’t shine.  They should have known who was deployed in Hot Spots and worked it so they […]

Respect for Our Fallen

Not a country fan, but I love this song by Trace Adkins.