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 [...]
I will not even b-e-g-i-n to describe the conversation thread that started with a legitimate topic and ended with the use of the word, “spirochete,” but those of you who know me know that anything is possible. (And usually not in the good way.) Suffice it to say that no sooner had the word floated out of my mouth that co-worker and fellow Marine, Wang, had found this online: E N J O Y. Tax-payer funded. And good animation, too.
Have you seen this– “Senior Navy civilians investigated in alleged scheme to defraud military for $1.6 million”? Federal authorities are investigating three senior Navy intelligence officials as part of a probe into an alleged contracting scheme that charged the military $1.6 million for homemade firearm silencers that cost only $8,000 to manufacture, court records show. The three civilian officials, who oversee highly classified programs, arranged for a hot-rod auto mechanic in California to build a specially ordered batch of unmarked and untraceable rifle silencers and sell them to the Navy at more than 200 times what they cost to manufacture, [...]
The Navy/Marine Corps team (among other elements of the US military, of course) is haze-gray and underway to the PI: The U.S. Marine commander on the ground in the Philippines called Tuesday for more ships, supplies and troops to cope with the vast devastation caused by super Typhoon Haiyan in what was shaping up as the biggest relief effort ever undertaken by the U.S. military in the Pacific. The aircraft carrier USS George Washington and its battle group were expected to arrive in Philippine waters Wednesday. However, Marine Brig. Gen. Paul Kennedy said his more immediate need was for amphibious [...]
Jim Simons ’78 posted a comment a few days ago skewering the Navy’s “aquaflage” uniforms, and wishing he could post a photo of real Navy working uniforms, as in his father aboard a destroyer in WWII. I told him to email it to me, and I’d post it. It turns out that the story he attached fits Veterans Day and Founders Day both. Photo of crewmen aboard the USS Izard (DD-589) circa-1945 attached.* BTW…. VMI boasts not one, but two sons of men who served aboard the USS Izard. In what some might call an odd coincidence, but which I prefer [...]
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 [...]
The Beast, which is rapidly becoming my favorite on-line news source, has a great story about the 5 Billion wasted on the Universal Camouflage Pattern only to replaced less than ten years later with not one but three Multi-Cam versions of a field uniform. I have to wonder if the real waste is every service having their own field or as the navy calls them “Aquaflage” uniforms? I know the USMC is very proud of their service to our nation, as they should be, and part of that pride is a unique MARPAT uniform. I have never met a Marine [...]
Apparently the Admiral did not know to hold the counterfeit chips and play the real ones. It would also appear it has cost him a one grade demolition–I suspect it is the beginning of his problems.
So the SEALS conduct a raid into Somalia and Delta captures a bad guy in Libya. Can someone tell me why we know this and why more and more details are being discussed about these actions every day? And why has nothing been written about the action the 3d Ranger Battalion got into on Saturday night in which a number of Rangers were killed and wounded? As a Submariner, I learned early on that our strength lay in our silence. It is the Silent Service for a reason. If the bad guys know capabilities, operating patterns, limitations, etc., then they [...]
Seems the shutdown is going to cancel Navy Reserve drill this weekend. I don’t get to go to Florida this month, which is Ok since it is kind of nice right now up here in Michigan. But I miss a month with my folks, and we do have things to do, believe it or not. Of course it all ain’t roses for the Active Component. Navy Times is reporting that folks won’t be advanced, boards won’t meet, and special pays won’t go out. All I can do it wait at this point. Texts and emails have been sent. My CMC [...]