New Market, From the Air

AirLand battle? My Brother Rat Rader, Major, USAF retired and fellow member of Mad-Dog Delta Company, flew over the reenactment and took some photos. That’s pretty neat. Speaking of the USAF and VMI, this was seen at the Pentagon visitor lot on 14 May… anyone know him?

New Market: 150 Years Ago, Today

Remember them! I hope you get to attend a graveside remembrance for one of the cadets who fought there. TANGO-76 and I will, so more to follow!  

VMI / Marine Corps Greatness

VMI has taken it on the chin in the news lately, so it’s about damn time for a remembrance of the greatness of the Old Corps. Math Lady and I spent the past weekend in Norfolk at my sister’s wedding. We spent a good part of one afternoon at the Botanical Gardens and of course we got to see Sir Moses Ezekiel’s Vista Statuary: And on the drive back to NoVA we stopped to pay respects to these two Virginia gentlemen at their final earthly abode:  

RIP, Walter R. Walsh: Marine, FBI Agent, Gunfighter

Oh, and an Olympian too– Dead at age 106. Quite the man. May squadrons of angels sing him to his rest.

Operation Eagle Claw: 24/25 April 1980

I remember it, but was only 12 years old. Although, when I was a lieutenant at Lejeune our battalion CO organized a PME at the O Club with the senior Marine -53 pilot on the mission, and that was fascinating. He’s long since retired, of course, but as of 2006 he was working as a civilian at Quantico, if I remember correctly. The Iran hostage raid was the significant catalyst in the formation of a national coordinated special ops capability, resulting eventually in what we know today as SOCOM and all things thereunto belonging. If I may be so bold, […]

Power for Power’s Sake

Thank you to Mike Burke for his comment that brought up the concept of power. America’s Legal, Expert and Coercive Powers are out of balance – beyond that which can be explained by which Personality is in vogue. Lawmakers out in the west are meeting to address a symptom of these phenomena.   Symptomatic of the growth of Coercive Power is the number of government agencies that have their own police forces, and the ever-growing up-gunning of LEO. Serving a warrant is now an operation not unlike arresting an AQI operative in Fallujah.   In response to this destabilizing trend, […]

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 […]

“And Next Door at W&L…”

Thanks to the anonymous tipster who sent this in through the Contact Us function.

April 15, 1945

Randall’s attention was drawn to something else,  the like of which he had never seen. Emerging from the huts was a shuffling  group of figures, some of whom were dressed in rags, while others were naked.  Their bodies were skeletal, their skin yellow. Rising from them was a hubbub of  noise, as they pleaded for the SAS men to help them.    

In-Stride Book Review: Michael Collins and the Anglo-Irish War

I’m knee-deep in this book and am having a hard time putting it down. It is precisely what I thought it would be– an objective look at who Collins was (but not a biography), what he did and how he did it. And it is fascinating. The book is (attention VMI Warrior) mercifully free of any attachment to or bias against the central figure; I have yet to get the sense that he author cares one way or the other about Ireland’s struggle against the British. The author– a long serving intelligence officer– does however, have a clear professional regard […]