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.

New Shooting Range Manassas Virginia

Over the weekend I visited Elite Shooting Sports twice.  It bills itself as the most modern indoor range in the US–I have no doubts.  It offers 25, 50, and 100 Yard indoor shooting lanes.  The targets mechanisms are state of the art, the range is well lit and sound proof.  When in the very large and spacious waiting area you hear nothing coming from the range!  Safety is paramount as everyone–that means everyone must attend their mandatory safety briefing.  A little pricey, but once you see the facility you will be sold.  Yearly membership is 350 but if you are a […]

Book Review: “No Man’s Land: Preparing for War and Peace in Post-9/11 America”

A great book review over at The New Republic on Elizabeth Samet’s No Man’s Land: Preparing for War and Peace in Post-9/11 America; I know from previous conversations with Mike Burke he was a colleague of hers at the United States Military Academy.  From the review I think this is a book worth reading.

Amateur Hour

Michael Hirsh 0ver Politico has a great article on Obama’s National Security Team and their amateurish approach to national security.  A couple of quotes stand out: Despite an NSC staff that’s grown from 50 under George H.W. Bush to more than 300 under Obama—in part because White House support and Homeland Security staffs have been folded into the NSC—“there is a sense that the NSC is run a little like beehive ball soccer, where everyone storms to wherever the ball is moving around the field,” according to another recently departed senior administration official. “They are managing by crisis rather than […]

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!

JETHRO TULL HELPING THE HEROES

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