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.


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.

No Shit Sherlock

Blinding Flash of the Freaking Obvious by Donald Rumsfeld. “I’m not one who thinks that our particular template of democracy is appropriate for other countries at every moment of their histories,” Rumsfeld told the Times. “The idea that we could fashion a democracy in Iraq seemed to me unrealistic. I was concerned about it when I first heard those words.” Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/donald-rumsfeld-admits-that-expecting-a-democracy-in-iraq-was-unrealistic-2015-6#ixzz3cZ8t1nAE

Okay So It Not Military–But for JPP and I This is Important 611 at Manassas VA

I Am Confused

Over at USA Today there is an article on the Army’s new Combat Uniform.  It goes to great lengths to explain that Commanders will not be permitted to require their soldiers to buy the new uniform just to be “uniformed.”  I don’t worry about Commanders, I do worry about Command Sergeants Majors! Now I am also confused, given there isn’t much change in the uniform why do we need new T Shirts, Belts (particularly since they are hidden by the uniform), and boots that are a new shade of brown.  What shade brown is it “shit brown.” While this whole […]

New Russian Tank

I have read several articles on this particular vehicle.  The ones displayed at the VE Day Celebration in Moscow are clearly testing variants as one broke down in practice for the parade.  There is a three man crew all housed in the front of the tank, an automatic loader for the 125mm gun, plus a 30mm and 12.7mm gun mounted on the turret.  The 30mm is believed to be an anti aircraft gun and is controlled by what many believe is an autonomous radar. It is powered by a diesel engine mounted in the rear.  The chassie of the vehicle […]

John McDermott’s “And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda”

As I was sitting on the porch tonight listening to a variety of music, John McDermott’s “And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda” played.  Whilst not about American sacrifice in war, it is about war and the sacrifice the ANZACs made in World War I and in particular the during the ill fated misadventure hatched by the First Lord of the Admiralty, Winston S. Churchill–Gallipoli.  Anyway here are the words, copied from: And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda Cords When I was a young man I carried my pack And I lived the free life of a rover From the Murrays […]