Double Deserter

Guilty, and guilty again. I wonder how much intel he gave up during his extended absences? Too bad he’s not facing harsher penalties.   (Thanks to USMC0802 for the link.)

Sunday Clean-Up: Links and Notes

One of the most enjoyable aspects of this activity is to get suggestions and links from all of you, on a wide variety of topics. These below have piled up over the week from some of our most loyal readers; apologies, because I’m just now getting to them. From George W ’64, a great little piece on when to get out. There’s a lot of practical wisdom packed in there. Highly recommended. From MDL, a disturbing article on a once-great military and erstwhile bulwark of the Atlantic alliance. No wonder they want to avoid a confrontation over Ukraine. This does […]

Fish rot from the head: Senior Officers Behaving Badly

Earlier today Townie directed us to an article praising Commandant of the Marine Corps General Dunford. It was good to see the general performing the physical fitness test. From the looks of things, being a leader AND a flag officer are becoming mutually exclusive. From XBradTC: If naval officers were guilty of bribery or other misconduct, by all means, haul them in front of a court martial or a federal court. But do not allow the process to become the punishment, particularly when that process is fouling the duties of others with no direct connection to the scandal. [emphasis added by author] […]

Never a Dull Moment at Camp Lejeune

Well now, this isn’t something you see every day. And stranger still, she’s been arrested.   (Thanks to USMC0802 for the tip.)

Gun-Day Sunday: Old Rifle and In Defense of Snipers

This Old Gun.  “Who owned it? A luckless hunter or miner? Maybe an outlaw on the run? And how on earth did it get there?” Smearing Snipers: What Many Americans Don’t Get about Our Warrior Elite. About ten years ago, an employer of mine had an odd request: I needed to delete an aspect of my military career from my professional biography because it might “offend” a potential client or partner. Recon Marine, infantry Marine, service-disabled veteran . . . those were a boon. But “Scout Sniper,” one of the greatest accomplishments I had as a Marine — that had […]

Zero for Twenty-nine

Thanks to USMC0802 who sent this in– *** The Marine Corps spokesperson, Captain Maureen Krebs, told the Free Beacon that the two officers, “did not meet the standards required of them on day one in order to continue on with the course.” Fifteen male officers also did not meet the standards. Of the 118 officers who began the course, 101 proceeded to the second day.   *** Doesn’t make them bad people or bad officers. But it doesn’t happen by accident. May the Corps hold the line here. The Marines have pledged to be the most ready when the Nation is […]

New Campaign, and not a dime

I have donated to VMI Alumni agencies in the past.  And I’m pretty sure I will continue this next year, the Keydet Club will continue to receive my hard earned dollars.  I will not donate a dime to the general fund until he is gone.  But nice little video from the Foundation.

Happy Birthday, Marines!

This is GREAT: http://www.marines.mil/News/MarinesTV.aspx?videoid=368823&videotag=Latest%20Videos&videopage=2&ccenabled=false Watch the whole thing, but stand by for what you will see at 9:25.* It will motivate the hell out of you. Can you imagine any other Service chief doing that??   * I gotta get me one of them mameluke beer tap pulls!

Happy Birthday, Royal Marines!

Per Mare, Per Terram! (Some great photos and tributes there, be sure to look at them all.) 350 years old. Here’s to you!

As Goes Camp Leatherneck…

Submitted without comment. This too. Both are worth reading. What say you?