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 [...]
COL Lapthe Flora– a Roanoker, no less– from the remarkable VMI class of ’87.
Mid-air collision, one pilot ejects but is rescued. Now, there’s at least one VMI grad flying F-16s in the DC Air Guard but I don’t think he was involved. My question for all of the Air Force folk out there– How easily does that plane get replaced? And wher does it come from?
Now this is a fine story! “It feels really weird to say my mom is in Afghanistan,” Capt. Nance [VMI '06] said.” I bet. But the family that slays together, stays together! Good luck to all of them.
Having served in the National Guard in Virginia I well know of the problems with holding people accountable for their actions. In one unit I served, we had a Master Sergeant who we had credible evidence that he was a member of the Klan, yet we could not get rid of him. When I tried to get rid of him because of his P3 profile arguing that in a Light Infantry Unit he could not do his job I was told to rewrite the NCOER, I refused and it was rewritten by the Battalion Commander. The NCO would be alive [...]
I am really going to piss some people off with my comments today; so be it! It appears that Congress has knuckled under to the most ruthless lobbying organization in our nation, the National Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS) and are going to approve a provision that the Chief of the National Guard Bureau become a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. A lesser known provision calls for the Army and Air Force to appoint National Guard Officers as the Commander of Army North and Air Force North; both of which are currently commanded by a Lieutenant [...]
Five Year men are a reality at VMI; for those who are not graduates they are Cadets who for academic, disciplinary, or other reasons do not graduate with their class and end up graduating with a class who matriculated after they did. This article in the RTD gives new meaning to the term Five Year Man. Not sure I could do what these three have done!
From today’s Sacramento Bee allegations of fraud and impropriety within the California Army National Guard. http://www.sacbee.com/2010/10/10/3093093/massive-guard-fraud-alleged.html. I have to wonder whether the United States Property and Financial Officer (USPFO)was doing his job. The USPFO as it called in the Guard is a National Guard Officer in a Title 10 status who is responsible for the accountability of all Federal Property and Funds in each State National Guard.
Great news out of the Old Dominion– “The best part: Everyone came back. No Virginia Guard members were killed or injured during the 229th’s tour, Lt. Scott Campbell said. “”It’s like a miracle. It’s like a blessing to have him back,” said Jessica Downing of Roanoke, who’d come to greet her nephew, Cpl. David Downing, a 24-year-old who has twice interrupted studies at Virginia Military Institute to deploy overseas. “The 229th is based in Virginia Beach, and most of the unit’s members ended their deployment there Thursday. But 37 reservists from Western Virginia rode to Patrick Henry, where they walked [...]
I suppose you could say it was the thought that counted. Except thoughts don’t cut it. “The 1,200 National Guard troops President Obama is dispatching to the U.S.-Mexico border will provide intelligence, reconnaissance and other “back office” support, but one thing they won’t be doing is helping a beleaguered Border Patrol and local law enforcement nab illegal immigrants and smugglers flowing into Arizona. “Speaking at a press conference in the White House East Room Thursday, the president said the Guard won’t be on the front lines but will be offering vital support roles. “”What we find is, is that National [...]