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.

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.

Salaries At the Institute

According to the Richmond Times Dispatch, VMI along with UVA and VA Tech’s salaries are out of line with their peer institutions. VMI’s resident flack provided this answer to the Times Dispatch, None of the schools fits easily into the “cookie cutter” cohort used to make the comparisons, VMI spokesman Stewart MacInnis said in an interview. “The report’s trying to fit everybody into a certain hole. And we don’t fit more than others don’t fit.” The U.S. military academies are the only applicable comparison for VMI, which is the smallest of the state’s 15 four-year schools, with 1,700 cadets “who […]

SMA Leads By Example

SMA Chandler practicing what he preaches…

Townie 76 in Charlottesville

First time in five years in uniform, not bad!


Loyal OP-For readers and contributors, Bob Morris VMI Class of 79 is putting on a concert at the National Theater in Richmond Virginia on October 5 to honor those wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Ian Anderson and Jetro Tull will be the headline group the VMI Commanders opening the concert.TULL_VMIAA_20140730_V4

BullNav, JPP, and Townie76

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 […]