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.

War What Is It Good For? It Allows the Army to Fight With the National Guard and Once Again Lose.

Aviation Restructuring Initiative or ARI is the Army’s program to right size it aviation assets.  It involves the getting rid of the OH58, replacing the Trainer at Fort Rucker with Lakota’s (which were bought for the Guard by General Coty), taking the AH64s out of the Guard, and transferring UH60A (the earliest model and most expensive to operate) to the Army Guard.  In order to accomplish this the Army is separating 350 Warrants Officers who OH58 pilots, has began the process of removing the OH58s out the active day formation, begun moving Lakota’s from the Guard and moving them to Fort […]

Interesting Course of Therapy

Very interesting story of the Army Lt who deserted, joined the Legion to overcome his demons.

Really, Really, Why do we need New Colored Boots and T Shirts

It is bad enough that the Army is once again changing it Camo Pattern, but apparently they are also going to change the color of the boots and t shirts.  I have a suggestion to the CSA, do not allow the Sergeant Major of the Army to have anything to do with uniforms, other than wearing his own.  The Army has spend more in changing its uniforms over the last twenty years and still no one is happy.  Changing uniforms cost money–real money–usually out of the soldiers pockets.  Think about the 2nd and 3rd order effects.

Book Review Sunday

Two books caught my interest today as I read the Washington-Post. The first book is “Knife Fights: A Memoir of Modern War in Theory and in Practice” by John Nagl.  I think this book will be a very interesting read.  The reviewer points out that John Nagl was sent to command a non-deploying tank battalion which essentially ruined his career.  That is true, it also ruined the career of his Brigade Commander, who won a Silver Star as an Armor Battalion Commander in OIF 1.  Both mens career ended because they went where the Army sent them, obeyed the orders […]

Saturday Shooting

My buddy Ed Bodling and I went to Elite Shooting sports yesterday.  I took my Model 1873 Colt Replica Peacemaker 71/2 barrels 45 LC, my M1, and Ed his two Walters PPK.  It was a blast.  The .45LC will drive tacks at 50 feet; and the two Walters shoot tight every time, but then again what do you expect from Germans nothing short of perfection.  Lastly we went to the 100 Yard Rifle Range and fired the M1 Garland each firing a clip at 25 and 100 Yards.  No adjustments needed on target and a joy to shoot.  If we […]

New Shooting Range Manassas Virginia

Over the weekend I visited Elite Shooting Sports twice.  It bills itself as the most modern indoor range in the US–I have no doubts.  It offers 25, 50, and 100 Yard indoor shooting lanes.  The targets mechanisms are state of the art, the range is well lit and sound proof.  When in the very large and spacious waiting area you hear nothing coming from the range!  Safety is paramount as everyone–that means everyone must attend their mandatory safety briefing.  A little pricey, but once you see the facility you will be sold.  Yearly membership is 350 but if you are a […]

Book Review: “No Man’s Land: Preparing for War and Peace in Post-9/11 America”

A great book review over at The New Republic on Elizabeth Samet’s No Man’s Land: Preparing for War and Peace in Post-9/11 America; I know from previous conversations with Mike Burke he was a colleague of hers at the United States Military Academy.  From the review I think this is a book worth reading.

Amateur Hour

Michael Hirsh 0ver Politico has a great article on Obama’s National Security Team and their amateurish approach to national security.  A couple of quotes stand out: Despite an NSC staff that’s grown from 50 under George H.W. Bush to more than 300 under Obama—in part because White House support and Homeland Security staffs have been folded into the NSC—“there is a sense that the NSC is run a little like beehive ball soccer, where everyone storms to wherever the ball is moving around the field,” according to another recently departed senior administration official. “They are managing by crisis rather than […]

Book Review of George Marshall: A Biography

Not sure if I shall bother reading this new biography of George Marshall, but here is a review of it in the New Republic.  Concluding paragraph says a lot about George Marshall the man: For a military man, Marshall’s heroism was peculiar. It did not arise from his conduct on the battlefield. It arose from his modesty, including “a modest daily schedule that often ended at three or four o’clock in the afternoon” and his avoidance “of lucrative corporate board memberships so commonly available to retired high military officers in our more avaricious times.” Most importantly, Marshall’s modesty flowed from […]

Life In the Royal Navy During World War I

Good article over at the Daily Telegraph on life aboard a Royal Navy Monitor during the Gallipoli campaign.