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.

Blind Hog Finds an Acorn

While I generally find William Lind a horse rear end, he nevertheless is capable at times of great insight, his comment on the Officer Corps I think hits the nail on the head particularly in the Army. At Boyd’s next level, the mental, our officers are not professionals. They are merely craftsman. They have learned what they do on a monkey-see, monkey-do basis and know no more. What defines a professional—historically there were only three professions, law, medicine, and theology—is that he has read, studied, and knows the literature of his field. The vast majority of our officers read no […]

Someone Save the Army From Itself!!!!!

Here we are an Army that is too broke to send units to the National Training Center, but now we are going to get a new PT uniform.  Please save the Army from the SMA and his uniform foolish.  First Tattoos, second a new field uniform, and now this.  When will the foolishness end.

The Great War In Modern Memory Begins

From the New Yorker a wonderful essay on the war poets and World War I.

The Army Could F^&K Up a Nocturnal Emission in a House of Ill Repute

The Army has been getting slapped stupid for giving “notices of separation” to Captains and Majors who are currently serving in Afghanistan and other hot spots (no I am not talking about German, Korea, or Italy!).  According to today’s Washington Post the Army said they had no choice.  According to the Stars and Stripes the number in Afghanistan was 48 and deployed (not specifically identified) was 87. This tells me that HRC and the Army G1 have inserted their head where the light don’t shine.  They should have known who was deployed in Hot Spots and worked it so they […]

Respect for Our Fallen

Not a country fan, but I love this song by Trace Adkins. 

General Peay Must Go; 2014 Edition

  Dear Fellow Alumni: On July 5, 2013, I published on OP-FOR.com, a post which was entitled, General Peay Must Go. A number of alumni, to include several of my own Brother Rats took issue with the points I raised. The primary focus of that letter was the resignation of members of the English Department and the refocusing of the English curriculum from Literature to Rhetoric. I stand by those earlier remarks. One of the other allegations that I touched on but did not highlight because of the sensitivity of an ongoing investigation regarding a Sexual Assault of a Female […]

Story on Rape of Cadet by Post Policeman

From the Lexington News Gazette: “Cadet Claims Policeman Assaulted Her By Roberta Anderson A Virginia Military Institute cadet has filed a discrimination complaint with the U.S. Department of Education for Civil Rights alleging she was sexually assaulted by a Virginia Military Institute post policeman. In the complaint filed June 12, the cadet alleges she was strip-searched by a male officer without a female officer being present. She further states that she was “made to feel that she had to [submit to the search].” The incident occurred on March 5. According to a source close to the woman, the strip search […]

What Say Yeah, Should Our Military Leaders Swing From The Yardarm?

Interesting piece core at Best Defense. 

Some Humor on an Otherwise Bleak Day.

Garry Owens to rescue and our Soldier of the Year.

Well Done

I usually have very little good to say about the USAF, but today I want to say they did it right.  Over at Tom Rick’s Best Defense a great piece about the proper farewell Iian Military Working Dog received.