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.

Stray Voltage

This article makes an argument that with more people going to college the intelligences of military officers has declined.  The title of the article put one off; however upon reflection there is something to be said for the argument. I think this makes an argument that anyone commissioned in the Armed Forces should have hard major whether it is a liberal arts, social-science, or STEM related. I have run into too many officers whose major was recreational sports, communications, adventure education, bakery science, bowling industry management, diving business and technology, and my favorite family science. How do you create a […]

So Tell Me Again Why the USAF Want to Retire the Warthog?

This says it all on why we need the A-10.

Dear Sergeant Major of the Army

It was recently reported in Army Times (a journal not necessarily know for accuracy!) that the new Sergeant Major of the Army (SMA) Dailey wants to bring back the Ike Jacket.  Please read my Dear Sergeant Major Daily Letter below and you will know where I stand. Sergeant Major of the Army Dailey: I appreciate your desire to leave an indelible mark on the United States Army but I don’t think you want to be the SMA that gives us the Ike Jacket. I am a retired Colonel, which means I have an opinion and it probably stinks just like […]

Congress at Work

(Snark Alert) It is quite gratifying to see politicians denounce the cuts to the Army which will take the end strength from 490K to 450K, yet do nothing to solve the underlying reason for these cuts sequestration. In his confirmation to be Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and current Marine Corps Commandant General Joseph Dunford pleaded with the members of the Senate Armed Services Committee to put the Department of Defense on a sustainable and predictable budget glide path and to not play games by moving extra money into Overseas Contingency Operations account. He agreed with Senator Claire […]

This Is Nothing New

This article is spot on; but it is not something new speaking from 39 years in Uniform, as a Retiree and as an Army Civilian.  When I was Commanding a Basic Training Company the Drill Sergeants came to me and asked me not to discharge a soldier.  He came to us weighting 240 lbs (this is 1977) he could barely do ten pushups, he struggled on his run, but the DS said he has grit and that he would make it. At the end of the cycle he still couldn’t pass the PT test but he had improved, he was down to […]


Will Southern Europe once again lead Europe and the world to a World War? The Greek financial crisis coupled with the flood of refugees fleeing the Middle East to Southern Europe, to include Greece is pitting Northern Europe (the Europe North of the Alps) against Southern Europe (those countries South of the Alps and Pyrenees and lying along the Mediterranean). While at this point it is economic warfare, when will it become more? Greece is an Orthodox country it has more in common with Orthodox Russia and the Orthodox Slavs than it does with Protestant and Roman Catholic Europe. Will […]

Army BG List Confirmed

Breakdown of New Army BGs by Branch, and the winner is Infantry with 8. Armor—4, Signal—2, Chemical—1, MI—2, Artillery—2, Finance—1, Aviation—2, SF—1, Strategic Plans—1, ORSA—1, Engineer—3, Logistics—3, MP—2, Duckhunters—1, Acquisition—2. Dead Man Walking Combat Arms Branch—Duck Hunters. While the number of SF Officers is only 1, there were a number of Officers who have served in or are serving in JSOC positions. Breakdown by source of commission: USMA—12, ROTC—24, OCS—1. Two VMI graduates on the list: Colonel (Promotable) PAUL H. PARDEW ‘89 Colonel (Promotable) THOMAS A. PUGH ‘90

Next Commandant of the USMC

I think this appointment is a surprise.  I have known Lieutenant General Neller since he was a Brigadier General and was assigned to EUCOM as the Deputy J3 designate.  I had to brief him a number of times, he asks hard questions and is appreciate of hard work.  He is a warrior.  He was affectionately known to us as “Smiling Bob” because he never smiled!  On top of everything else he is a graduate of The University (for the uninitiated that is The University of Virginia.)

Happy Birthday Army

On this day in 1775 the United States Army founded, though Pat Lang at Sic Semper Tyrannis argues it should actually be on the date of the founding of Massachusetts Militia, see this article at the Center for Military History.

Last True Son of a Confederate Veteran Dies in Georgia

Over at the Atlanta Journal Constitution the report of the death of the last Son of a Confederate Veteran in Georgia.