Deserters: CPL Wassef Ali Hassoun surfaces.

Marine Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun, who has been declared a deserter on two separate occasions a decade ago, has turned himself in to U.S. custody and will face charges, the Marines confirmed. The 34-year-old arrived in Norfolk, Va., on Sunday and is scheduled to go Monday to Camp Lejeune, N.C., where his case will be adjudicated, according to a Marine spokesman. He had been in the Middle East, the spokesman said. I must say summer is a crazy time of year.  Bring one home and another wants to come back.  Should he be found guilty, he faces a maximum penalty […]

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 […]

Interesting Article by Tom Ricks

Ricks has written a interesting article on the relationship between Marshall and Lejeune.

Speech by General (Retired) Mattis

Follow this link, great speech by“Mad Dog” Mattis.  Link is now fixed.

New Army Camouflage!

According to Military.com the Army will begin looking a lot like the USMC!  Thoughts?

Scrap the JLTV Program, or start over.

Currently I’m stationed at Ft Bliss, TX. I see M-ATVs everywhere.  The Army talked of scrapping a lot of MRAPs, well here we see M-ATVs having replaced almost all of the HMMWVs in the 1 AD BCTs.  In fact the amount of M-ATVs here is a bit on the ridiculous side. When it comes to the JLTV program it’s something I’ve followed relatively close for the last  five years.  In 2008 the there was a down-select to three platforms [from seven],  which were offered: the BAE Valanx, GTV Eagle, LockMart JLTV, for the engineering and manufacturing development phase.  Of those […]

Donald Rumsfeld, A Documentary

I ran across the trailer for the Documentary: The Unknown Known.  The title of the documentary comes from a DoD briefing in February of 2002 when he famously said: “There are known knowns.”  It was directed by Academy Award winner Errol Morris whom also directed The Fog of War, which was an excellent documentary about the life of Robert McNamara. I’m unsure how I will take this, I grew up in the shadow of war following, 11 SEP 2001.  However, I will say I was well read, knowing of the Neo-Conservative movement and all of the folks that were in […]

Stray Shots from Across the Net–Thursday Edition

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 […]

Stray Shots from Across the Net

I haven’t done this in awhile, but scattering of articles gathered from across the Internet on all things military. Item 1:  This just proves that most in the Army are ham fisted when it comes to anything to do with dealing with Congress or the media.  An email sent to two people dealing with the opening of roles for women, is then forwarded to every Public Affairs Officer in TRADOC.  Did not the recipient before he hit send think about what he was doing?  Does it pass the Washington Post test (in this case the Politico test), will it stay […]

Breaking Story–Two General’s Fired for Security Laspes

This from the Washington-Post; the Commandant of the United States Marine Corps has fired the two Senior Commanders of Camp Bastion for their failures that allow the base to be successfully attacked.  Stunning News–of course one would expect no less from the USMC unlike the Army who promotes them or allows them to retire with their reputations intact.