Never forget. READ THIS; strongly recommended.
From NPR, the almost definitive guide to the language of the troops.
Got to see a B-25 fly over the Pentagon this morning en route to Arlington. It was pretty neat. BTW– Any VMI airmen out there want to join us? WE NEED AN AIRMAN.
13 OCT 1775, the day the Navy was founded. It has been through a lot since then, and despite our leaders’ best efforts to the contrary, remains the preeminent sea power on the planet. Not that we do much now, except for the deployed folks. Sequestration has severely curtailed deployments and training, and even hit reserve support in a massive way. My hope is that this annual celebration of our Naval Heritage does not become simply a hashing over of decades-old accomplishments and lamentation of recent failures. We need to take a better look at our planning for the coming [...]
Nicholas Oresko, 96; tough old bastard. He died at 6:30 p.m. at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center of complications from surgery for a broken right femur, said John “Jack” Carbone, a family friend. That was the same leg injured by gunfire on Jan. 23, 1945, as he crawled from one enemy bunker to another. RIP, sir.
Being also the subject of the outstanding book, “Black Hawk Down,” this knock-down drag-out fight in the Somali capital saw some of the heaviest combat for US troops in years, and countless acts of heroism. Two soldiers from the famed “SFOD-D” were awarded Medals of Honor posthumously for a scarcely-believable act of courageous self-sacrifice. Our good friend and instructor John Murphy of FPF Training was there as a Marine sergeant on the J-2 staff. He relates his story about meeting one of those two soldiers: I “met” MSG Gordon about three weeks before he was killed in action. We were [...]
Like the old Canadian Ross rifle we had in our office at Camp Eggers, if these field guns could talk I bet they’d have a story to tell. In 2003 a British Colonel found two British WWI 18 pounder field guns hidden in the desert sand at an Iraqi Army base. The guns were taken back to Britain and BAE restored them back to “service condition”. NEAT-O.
October 11, 1784: Moroccan pirates seize the US-flagged merchant ship Betsey. July 25, 1785: Algerian pirates seize the first of two US-flagged merchantmen. The First Barbary War: 1801-1805. The US and Swedish navies defeat the navy and privateers of Pasha of Tripoli, an Ottoman governor of the region known as the Vilayet of Tripolitania. Of note is the invasion of enemy territory by Lieutenant Presley O’Bannon and 8 US Marines, along with 500 mercenaries, ending in the battle for and capture of the Tripolitan city of Derna. The Second Barbary War: 1815. While the US was engaged with war with [...]
As I was checking my email, I looked at my linkedIn discussions, a title hooked me in from the US Army Armor and Cavalry group. The discussion is about the “Myth of the Savior Generals” and the adoption of counter-insurgency tactics and how General Petraeus became that savior. As you dig deeper into the review of COL Gian Gentile’s book on his use of Counter-Insurgency doctrine: Then-Lt. Col. Gentile referred to FM 3-24 as a “superb piece of doctrinal writing”, and felt that its middle chapters were particularly useful for commanders in Iraq. However, he heaped scorn upon a section of the [...]
It seems today was another morning where I had spit out my coffee. I turned the news on, as this road to war with Syria, it seems the speed bumps are getting flattened by the POTUS’ steam roller. Although when I read that the Admiral Kuznetsov will be sailing for Tartus and becoming the flagship of the current naval task force, it put me at ease a little. The total of Russian ships on stations would be less than ten, although the sheer firepower will not the equal the USN’s it will be enough to cause the USN to take pause. [...]