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 […]

This Day in History: Task Force Smith

Not a pretty story, not the greatest hour for American arms. http://www.aei.org/article/foreign-and-defense-policy/defense/the-lesson-of-task-force-smith/ The soldiers of Task Force Smith were the victims of a conscious policy, even if not stated openly, to be unready. When you hear people say, “No more Task Force Smiths!” understand that they mean no more being caught unready. Yet, readiness has a steep price tag and it has to be planned out and paid for up front. Don’t let anyone ever tell you otherwise. The cost of the alternative is even steeper.

RIP, Albert M. Orgain IV ’65

Sad news to pass on: Orgain, who graduated from Virginia Military Institute in 1965 and Washington and Lee University Law School, was awarded the Purple Heart and the Distinguished Flying Cross for actions during his service in Vietnam. RIP. (http://m.timesdispatch.com/news/plane-crash-victim-was-venerated-pilot-lawyer-from-goochland/article_a3892616-3916-5ffd-b8f3-8adb37454e57.html?mode=jqm)

Some Humor on an Otherwise Bleak Day.

Garry Owens to rescue and our Soldier of the Year.

Why We Should Not Act

I grew up in the background of the Iraq War.  Many people said then that it was the wrong war.  Truly it was the wrong war if we were going in there to take chemical weapons from a dictator.  The truth of the matter was that Saddam had nothing to do with Al-Qaeda and it’s attack on us.  Some said Bush wanted take out a man that had put a price on his father’s head. Our aims under George W. Bush were quite different.  What I think his vision for Iraq was very clear.  It was to establish a “City […]

70 Years Ago: “All of This Fire Coming up Towards Us”

Read about a real warrior. Jim was a private in the 101st Airborne, one of the paratroopers dropped behind German lines in the hours before the D-Day landings. “We wanted to get out of the plane quickly, because it was hitting the plane,” he says. “Planes were blowing up, and we wanted to get the hell out of there.” They were inviting targets as they drifted toward the ground and the enemy. Asked what was going through his mind as he slowly descended through the clouds into hostile territory, Jim says, “Fascination, because of all of this fire coming up […]

Taliban free US POW

In a statement, President Barack Obama said Bergdahl’s recovery “is a reminder of America’s unwavering commitment to leave no man or woman in uniform behind on the battlefield.” Ambassador Chris Stevens couldn’t be reached for comment.   Update: is SGT Bergdahl’s father collaborating with the Taliban?

Protecting the SPIDER: Our Identity

VMI is the mother to all her graduates.  No matter our experience, should you wear the ring and bear her diploma, you will forever hold an affection for her.  You will want to protect her, make safe that she continues to do for those that follow you what she did for you. The education that many of us received whilst attending VMI was hard gotten.  We had to earn it through blood, sweat, tears, and definitely no sleep.  I say Protecting the Spider, much like the gents at ESPN say Goodell protects the Shield.  General Peay for as much as […]

HEARD FROM TODAY: COL Paul Mele, VMI ’89

My BR– Watch and listen. Well done! Sometimes I wonder if the line from the Marines’ Hymn, “in ev’ry clime and place,” might not better describe the sons of the Virginia Military Institute.

How to Break An Officer-Bump

Young officers are like moldable clay; they take lessons to heart fast.  Some of them will be amazing, most will be good, and then you will have a lot of bad.  It is easy for them to become enraptured by their own image when they’re doing well; it is even easier for them to fall flat on their face.  How do I know this?  I’ve been there.  When a new officer comes into the FORCE/FLEET he needs to be embraced by the battalion and company level organizations he is a part of.  In the Army we tend to have a […]