Just read that long time Professor of Military History at VMI, Colonel Tyson “Ty Ty” Wilson died on December 21, 2011. Here is the link to his Obit . I have a plefora of Ty Ty stories. He was a real character, a great professor, and a Marine through and through. Ask all VMI graduates who knew to share a story. He was one of the greats. May he Rest in Peace. So long faithful warrior and teacher.
Five Year men are a reality at VMI; for those who are not graduates they are Cadets who for academic, disciplinary, or other reasons do not graduate with their class and end up graduating with a class who matriculated after they did. This article in the RTD gives new meaning to the term Five Year Man. Not sure I could do what these three have done!
There are several posts over at Battleland’s that I recommend that you read; they are on a variety of subjects, and are worthy to be read, think about and discuss. First article, on the possibly of a return to a draft. Highly unlikely. However, given the rising personnel cost, would a return to the draft allow initial military compensation to be lower. Not sure, since I am not a numbers guy, someone else will have to figure that out. An aside note on the draft, according to some information I was recently reviewing, that when the All Volunteer Force (or [...]
Good article over at Slate by Fred Kaplan on the post 9-11 military. I agree with his analysis to a point that the Army and USMC are flexible, learning organizations. He cites three big changes to the military since 9-11: · The basic Army formation is now the Brigade not a Division. · There are some branches in the Army that are dead men walking: Field Artillery and Armor; with a caveat you still need cannon cockers and tanks, but on a smaller scale. There is no need for massed fires of a Corps Artillery Group however at the BCT [...]
For those who are uninitiated into the ways of Washington DC; this article in the 11 July 2011 Wall Street Journal is the opening salvo in the coming Pentagon Budget Wars which will pit the United States Air Force and the United States Navy and their air-sea concept of power projection against the United States Army land base expeditionary concept of power projection. I don’t know what is right for the United States, there is great pressure in Congress to achieve real savings in the Defense Budget, one area which is increasingly getting scrutiny from Congress are United States bases [...]
I came across today in the New York Times. It is the first of a multiple day series. These are the stories of Marines who are still fighting; now the enemy are their wounds and not the Taliban, while their bodies may be broken their fighting spirit is not. When we hear all the negative comments about this or that, these stories inspire me and remind me that our future is bright, that the generation these Marines represent has True Grit.
From SWJ an article in Stars and Stripes regarding General Mattis’ leadership.
” I sought the Lord and He answered me.” Psalm 34:4 The Last Six Seconds One can hardly conceive of the enormous grief held quietly within General Kelly as he spoke. ____________ On Nov 13, 2010, Lt General John Kelly, USMC gave a speech to the Semper Fi Society of St. Louis , MO. This was 4 days after his son, Lt Robert Kelly, USMC was killed by an IED while on his 3rd Combat tour. During his speech, General Kelly spoke about the dedication and valor of our young men and women who step forward each and every day to [...]
Captain Nathan Cox USMC has a set, his opinion piece in today’s Washington-Post, takes the Commandant of the Marine Corps to task over DADT. When I was a Captain, I would not have been so bold. Agree or disagree with him, hats off to him for taking a bold stance.
Regardless of one’s view regarding the repeal of DADT; I would commend this opinion piece from the today’s Washington-Post. While the author argues for the repeal of DADT; she has high praise for the men and women of the USMC, and provides thoughtful insights into why many of the leaders of the USMC resist repealing DADT.