I found this very interesting, taken from the VMI archives: Va Military Institute Lexington Oct 16th 1870 Dear Mother I expect you have been looking for a letter from me for some time and in fact I would have written but about the time I thought of writing the rains & the flood came on, destroying bridges canals, & cutting off communication generally. I suppose of course that you have all read full accounts of Gen Lee’s death in the papers. He died on the morning of the 12th at about half past nine. All business was suspended at once [...]
We are all very aware that there are duds in the ranks of the military—that has been a fact of life since the first military unit was formed. As the U S military prepares to go through a downsizing, I fear that the playing field will not always be level, that the military as an institution will take shortcuts to reduce the ranks and in the process put a black mark on an individual who is not deserving of such a black mark. This article from today’s Washington Post raises concerns. There was a time, when I first came in [...]
From NPR, the almost definitive guide to the language of the troops.
My good friend, Dr. Steve Newton (Ph.D History and retired Master Sergeant VaARNG) has written a provocative post over at his blog site the Delaware Libertarian. Please read his article and comment, this is worthy of a good discussion.
Over at the American Conservative a great article on whether we should keep or kill the A10 Warthog. As a grunt I support keeping the A10 but we are going to have to quickly find a replacement or upgrade its capabilities as it is a little long in the tooth.
An article in today’s Washington Post raises several interesting question caused me to wonder. As the size of the Army is reduced will the Army reduce the size of the incoming Class of the USMA? It is rumored that some in the Classes of 2014 and 2015 may not be commissioned because the Army has no spaces for them, is this right and proper? Or instead will the Army reduce the number of ROTC graduates who get commissioned and are selected for Active Duty rather than Reserve Component Duty. What will the impact be on OCS? The last question I [...]
Gun Week: I got two new guns this week; both special orders that I have waiting several months to receive. The first was a Third Model Dragoon. This adds to my American Cavalry Collection. The collection consist of 3rd Model Dragoon, 1860 Colt Army Revolver (modern build by Colt using the original tools and dies), Model 1873 Colt Army Revolver (Cavalry Model 7.5 inches), Sharps Cavalry Carbine, and Model 1860 Cavalry Saber aka as the wrist breaker. The Model 1873 and the Sharp’s both fire modern cartridges so I have had the chance to shoot them. Model 1873 is incredibly [...]
Stray Shots From Around the Web. I took three days of leave this week, I was suppose to go to Pennsylvania on some personnel business, however my wife’s mother is ill so instead I put her on an airplane. So I have had time to wander the web so to speak in the morning and find some interesting articles as I drink coffee and eat breakfast while I take care of our eleven cats (yes I said eleven we are the crazy cat people at the end of the cul du sac) and two dogs. Item 1: Our USAF Missile [...]
I haven’t done this in awhile, but scattering of articles gathered from across the Internet on all things military. Item 1: This just proves that most in the Army are ham fisted when it comes to anything to do with dealing with Congress or the media. An email sent to two people dealing with the opening of roles for women, is then forwarded to every Public Affairs Officer in TRADOC. Did not the recipient before he hit send think about what he was doing? Does it pass the Washington Post test (in this case the Politico test), will it stay [...]
Slater asked: “Does Dave Diles [VMI Athletic Director] fire Sparky [Sparky Woods, head coach of VMI football]?” Townie76 says: “Firing Sparky is not the answer. This is really about supply and demand. There is a finite supply of good college eligible football players and there is increased demand. When Div 1 and 1a were created in the 70s there were 75 schools 1A and 100 schools 1AA. Today if you look at there are 125 in what was div 1a and 143 what was div1aa. While it would be nice to say we can compete with USMA, USNA, or AFA [...]