We are all very aware that there are duds in the ranks of the military—that has been a fact of life since the first military unit was formed. As the U S military prepares to go through a downsizing, I fear that the playing field will not always be level, that the military as an institution will take shortcuts to reduce the ranks and in the process put a black mark on an individual who is not deserving of such a black mark. This article from today’s Washington Post raises concerns. There was a time, when I first came in [...]
From NPR, the almost definitive guide to the language of the troops.
There’s a lot to be thankful for these days. This will be my second thanksgiving in a row away from my family since I entered active service, I suppose that’s something to be expected. Although I will not be home, I am in Alabama for the Thanksgiving weekend being hosted by some of my extended family: ROLL TIDE! The President’s 2013 Thanksgiving Day Proclaimation: Thanksgiving offers each of us the chance to count our many blessings — the freedoms we enjoy, the time we spend with loved ones, the brave men and women who defend our Nation at home and [...]
Stray Shots From Around the Web. I took three days of leave this week, I was suppose to go to Pennsylvania on some personnel business, however my wife’s mother is ill so instead I put her on an airplane. So I have had time to wander the web so to speak in the morning and find some interesting articles as I drink coffee and eat breakfast while I take care of our eleven cats (yes I said eleven we are the crazy cat people at the end of the cul du sac) and two dogs. Item 1: Our USAF Missile [...]
But $8.5 trillion disappears? Time for tar and feathers, at the least.
For those who have been following there is an unfolding scandal involving contracts to service ships in the Pacific. Up until yesterday it was low level malfeasance; involving mid grade officers and a member of NCIS. According to the Washington Post two Admirals, one a Vice Admiral and the Director of Naval Intelligence, and a Rear Admiral the Director of Operations for Naval Intelligence have been removed from their post and their access to classified information curtailed. It is my humble opinion that the two are about to go down hard. I suspect someone lower in this whole bribery scandal flipped [...]
Those of you that attended VMI during the first decade of the 21st century remember when Cell Phones first became a class privilege which is somehow credited by some to the current Commandant of Cadet Life. Really? Cell Phones were an improvement to the life of your average cadet? When I was a rat and also 4/c we were not allowed the use of cell phones, if you were lucky your dyke allowed you to keep it in your room. Many PTs were marched by class due to General Committee send ups courtesy of the 3/c GC patrol. For a [...]
James C. Bennett and Michael J. Lotus present a potential future of a fundamentally transformed United States of America. From the fragmented communities dominated by land-owners and farmers (America 1.0) through the post-Civil War urbanization and industrialization (America 2.0) to America 3.0: [T]he liberal-progressive or “Blue State” social model has reached its natural limits. Even as it continues to try to expand, it is now dying out before our eyes. We are now living in the closing years of the 20th Century “legacy state.” Even so, it has taken the shock of the current Great Recession to make people see the need [...]
he Army will have to move into an “extreme tiered readiness model” as it struggles to train and equip soldiers amid the ongoing fiscal crisis, the service’s top officer said Wednesday. “A very small portion of forces will be ready” as the Army deals with the fallout of sequestration, the recent government shutdown and the ongoing budget battle, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno said in an interview with This week in Defense News. More Here: Tiered Readiness and two Brigades ready. He’s certainly doing very well on the PR front. It is that time of year with [...]
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 [...]