Matriculation Day

Happy  Matriculation Day!   Unlike some of the group I am a firm believer that they need to re-integrate more adversarial interactions during the rat-line, it can still be professional.  And if a Shit Eating Third or dumb Second crosses the line, then give them con pro and a 10-6-30.  But it is the hardest school, that puts out the best products, VMI graduates are akin to Demascus Steel, continuously beaten on the anvil and hardened.

FOR SALE: Chesty Puller’s Home in Virginia

Yep, the Saluda home of the greatest Marine that ever lived, LtGen Lewis Burwell “Chesty” Puller, VMI 1921– for sale. Great little town and county, too. Sure would be nice if some VMI Marine bought it.

“Done Been Girled…”

A frequent link favorite at WRSA, our fellow Virginian and fellow Marine, Fred Reed is not everyone’s cup of tea, and truth be told sometimes he sends one out of the impact area. However, far more often than that he gets first-round effects on target. Better still, he doesn’t give a rat’s ass who gets wrapped around the axle about it. Record this as a target, and end of mission, “Done Been Girled: the Price of Matriarchy,” with my emphasis added in this one passage out of too many to quote– It is the nature of women to complain, endlessly, […]

CNO Publishes His Plan

In the plan Greenert explains the requirement to the four enduring functions around which the Navy has historically organized, trained and equipped: deterrence, sea control, power projection and maritime security, as well as capabilities related to a new fifth function, all domain access. The link to CNO’s plan is at the link. I’ll have to defer to our resident experts on the DON on whether the plan is ship-shape or pogey-bait for suckers. There is some news over where URR writes. XBradTCX posts on the return of 39 Marines killed during the battle for Tarawa. We’ll leave it to Jennifer […]

Marines “Ran Back Into The Fight”

Here’s a lot more detail on the Chattanooga attack, more than I’ve seen reported thus far: A military official says several troops “ran back into the fight” after getting their colleagues to safety during an attack in Chattanooga that left four Marines and a sailor dead. Maj. Gen. Paul W. Brier, commanding general of the 4th Marine Division, said during a news conference Wednesday in Chattanooga that there were 20 Marines and two Navy corpsman inspecting equipment at a joint Marine-Navy facility when the attack happened on Thursday. Brier says the troops “reacted the way you would expect” during an […]

S C U M

Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez: human filth. RIP, Marines. And how do exact revenge? How do we make it so painful for our enemies that they’ll think twice about doing this on our soil? Do we need a moose-limb pogrom? Mr Kipling might have just the thing…

Happy Birthday, Chesty

Born this day, in the Year of Our Lord, Eighteen Hundred and Ninety-Eight. VMI class of 1921, he was.

Marines seek ocean-going Uber to provide sea-Lyft

Faced with a shortage of U.S. Navy ships, the Marine Corps is exploring a plan to deploy its forces aboard foreign vessels to ensure they can respond quickly to global crises around Europe and western Africa. The initiative is a stopgap way to deploy Marines aboard ships overseas until more American vessels are available, said Brig. Gen. Norman Cooling, deputy commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Europe and Africa. Meanwhile, guess who’s been press-ganged into falsifying climate information, just like NASA! I’m so old I remember when NASA’s core competency was science. Will I live to be old to remember when our […]

“The Conquering Tide: War in the Pacific Islands, 1942-1944″

Got a hot tip today that the next book by Ian Toll— author of the incomparable Six Frigates and Pacific Crucible— is due out soon. This masterful history encompasses the heart of the Pacific War―the period between mid-1942 and mid-1944―when parallel Allied counteroffensives north and south of the equator washed over Japan’s far-flung island empire like a “conquering tide,” concluding with Japan’s irreversible strategic defeat in the Marianas. It was the largest, bloodiest, most costly, most technically innovative and logistically complicated amphibious war in history… I think I need to sell another unit of blood plasma and order a copy.

McGuire ’96 in Roanoke Times: “Honor Their Sacrifice”

Rusty McGuire ’96 has written a fine op-ed in the Roanoke Times, honoring his Brother Rat Captain Jamie Edge ’96, USMC, who was killed leading a company in combat, ten years ago in Ramadi. (We are honored and humbled to have been asked by the Times to use one of our photos for the piece, taken a few years ago by Colonel Hank himself at Captain Edge’s grave in Arlington.) Please go read it. Read, reflect, remember.