Local hero: A fighting man; my kind of guy: And there are some Yankees too: More to follow.
By all means enjoy your long weekend, folks, but remember the fallen. I don’t think I have to preach that to the readers of this blog, but I encourage you to evangelize your friends and neighbors whose understanding of the day in question might have slipped. (This is where I plan to be on Monday morning.)
A very moving piece from the UK: They gave their lives fighting for their country and had remained buried in an anonymous French field for almost a century. But four British soldiers killed in action during the First World War were finally buried with full military honours today during an emotional service in northern France attended by their families. Lieutenant John Pritchard, 31, and 28 year-old Private Christopher Elphick were re-interred along with two unidentified comrades from the Honourable Artillery Company (HAC) after being killed during the Battle of Arras. (More pics here.) RIP to them. And thanks to Maj [...]
I have sad news to report: A Major General in the United States Air Force was killed Friday afternoon when a small plane crashed in the Williamsburg area. WAVY, citing Virginia State Police, reported that Major General Joseph D. Brown IV, 54, had died in the crash. Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller identified the female passenger as Brown’s wife, Susan, according to the Associated Press. … He had been in the Air Force since 1980, when he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant after receiving his bachelor’s degree from Virginia Military Institute, where he was in the ROTC program. [...]
I understand through FB that folks will be raising a glass to the late SEAL Chris Kyle at 2000. I’ll be adding on in the Eastern Time Zone. Fair winds and following seas to you, warrior.
PsyOp Cop sent us this very sad news: Lieutenant Colonel Richard Hauben, of the U.S. Air Force, passed away Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, at his home in Henderson. Lt. Col. Hauben was born in Saigon, Vietnam, and lived overseas for over 18 years, graduating high school in Islamabad, Pakistan. He was commissioned in 1995 after completing Virginia Military Institute’s Air Force ROTC program as a distinguished graduate. Rest in peace.
Very sad news for the VMI family: The valedictorian of Virginia Military Institute’s Class of 2006, Hogan shared the stage with Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld during VMI’s graduation ceremony. The mechanical engineering major graduated with a minor in writing. He was also a member of the cross country and indoor and outdoor track teams since his first year at VMI, and was elected captain of the cross country team his last two years at the school. According to a 2006 VMI news release, Col. Timothy M. Hodges, professor and head of the mechanical engineering department, said: “Cadet Hogan [...]
RIP. Update: Michael Yon on how the Taliban did the attack. (I know he’s not everyone’s cup of chai, but there it is. Offered for your review and comment.)
In a crash at NAS Fallon yesterday morning, one of my favorite bloggers and writers in general was killed doing what he loved: flying high performance fighter aircraft, in this case a F21 Kfir. When I went to Neptunus Lex as I customarily do at lunch everyday, I noticed that he had not posted anything new. I figured it was just because he must have had multiple hops in the morning and had not had a chance to post. But in the back of my mind, I had a not-good feeling that something was wrong, given that his aircraft had [...]
Sad news from my old reserve unit, 4th ANGLICO: Major Sam Griffith was killed in action yesterday in Afghanistan. A great guy, a great Marine, a great leader; a husband and father. He was a pleasure to serve with. He will be sorely missed. *** And when I heard of this earlier today, the man who told me– also a Marine from 4th ANGLICO– was dwelling on vengeance. He, and other West Palm Beach Marines, are now or will soon be in a position to do so. “For the Burmans said/That a white man’s head/Must be paid for with heads [...]