VMI Needs to be Left of Bang

What does that mean? It does not mean it needs to control the narrative, but that is an added plus. VMI is out there to teach young ladies and young gentlemen to be leaders in this harsh world. If VMI cannot be left of the bang, how can it teach cadets to be leaders that can analyze situations in a way that they identify solutions and stay a step ahead. That is what being left of bang is: a step ahead. The reason why I said it did not mean to control the narrative was specifically because of what occurred […]

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

Interesting piece core at Best Defense. 

Deserters: CPL Wassef Ali Hassoun surfaces.

Marine Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun, who has been declared a deserter on two separate occasions a decade ago, has turned himself in to U.S. custody and will face charges, the Marines confirmed. The 34-year-old arrived in Norfolk, Va., on Sunday and is scheduled to go Monday to Camp Lejeune, N.C., where his case will be adjudicated, according to a Marine spokesman. He had been in the Middle East, the spokesman said. I must say summer is a crazy time of year.  Bring one home and another wants to come back.  Should he be found guilty, he faces a maximum penalty […]

Book Review: “Virginia’s Ring” Round 2

After having been badgered by LinkedIn to purchase Lynn Seldon ’83s book, it was supposed to be a signed copy, I suppose.  Didn’t receive one of those from Amazon.  You can read Townie76′s review here. Like many before me I read “The Lords of Discipline” before attending VMI.  That was not the only Pat Conroy book that I’ve read.  He wrote several novels that are attached to the Citadel, he was a great high school basketball player and wrote a book about his experience as a Citadel basketball player titled: “My Losing Season,” and another book titled “South of Broad.” […]

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.

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 […]

TAPS: Ericsson Davis ’10

I think I’ve written too many of these in the past year, or it just feels that way. This afternoon I was informed by a fellow alumnus that is in my unit a fellow Blood and Guts Golf Company alumnus had passed away.  I did not know Ericsson Davis well, but I knew him.  Golf Company was always very close, we all knew each other.  So this one, it hits the bone. Ericsson was a Third Classmen when yours truly was a rat.  I can tell you a few things from that perspective.  He maintained a quiet outward demeanor, but […]

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 […]

New Market at Arlington

http://vmitownie76.com/2014/05/16/new-market-at-arlington/

Un Fucking Believable!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

A former contributor of this web site posted posted this on his facebook page, I thought it was a joke, but apparently it is true, over at the Air Force Times.  My only comment Un Fucking Believable.