Corporal [sic] Hassoun Gets His (First) Day in Court

ETP0802 sent this along and wondered aloud, “Will be interesting to see how touchy/feely this one goes…” Any bets?  

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 […]

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.” […]

Yes, We Love Us Some General Dunford

It’s about damn time. (Not just for me to post it, but for it to happen.) He’s a Marine’s Marine, but don’t take my word for it. Here’s another Marine’s Marine– “Retired Sgt. Maj. Carlton Kent, who served as the 16th sergeant major of the Marine Corps, said Dunford would prioritize Marines and their families and excel in relating to troops in all ranks. ‘He’s the damn epitome of a Marine leader,’ Kent said.”

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 […]

VMI / Marine Corps Greatness

VMI has taken it on the chin in the news lately, so it’s about damn time for a remembrance of the greatness of the Old Corps. Math Lady and I spent the past weekend in Norfolk at my sister’s wedding. We spent a good part of one afternoon at the Botanical Gardens and of course we got to see Sir Moses Ezekiel’s Vista Statuary: And on the drive back to NoVA we stopped to pay respects to these two Virginia gentlemen at their final earthly abode:  

RIP, Walter R. Walsh: Marine, FBI Agent, Gunfighter

Oh, and an Olympian too– Dead at age 106. Quite the man. May squadrons of angels sing him to his rest.

Hell Yeah, Less Pay!

Someone needs a fucking piss-test. The end is near. I’m more and more convinced of it every day. He needs to get out of the E-Ring.

RIP, Gen Mundy, Part II

A fine eulogy in National Review: I should note that I knew General Mundy fairly well. Indeed, we were on a first-name basis: He called me “Mac” and I called him “General.” He served as Marine commandant at a particularly difficult time. First, the Cold War had ended and part of an alleged “peace dividend” involved substantial reductions in the force structure of all the services. General Mundy oversaw a reduction of the Marine Corps from 194,000 troops to 170,000. But more important, his time as commandant was also a period when social pressure was brought to bear on the […]

RIP, Gen Mundy

From Military Times: The Marine Corps’ 30th commandant, retired Gen. Carl Epting Mundy Jr., has died, his family confirmed to Marine Corps Times. He was 78. Mundy was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, Merkel cell carcinoma, several months ago, said his son-in-law, Bob Gunter. He died Wednesday night at his home in Alexandria, Va. Mundy served as commandant from 1991 to 1995 and helped to restructure the Marine Corps following the denouement of the Cold War. A true Marine and a real gentleman. May whole squadrons of angels sing you to your rest, General.