VMI News: A New Superintendent?

Welcome aboard to the the newest member of the Board of Visitors, David Miller! By the way, sir, the helmet you’ll be issued is best used as a seat cushion. Miller describes an interesting duty for his first term. “When I was selected, it was such a humbling experience. I remember back in 1970, you had a bank of phones and I had to call my parents collect to tell them. I was so proud,” he said. Mr. Miller will help VMI select a new superintendent for the college during his four-year term on the board, which started July 1. […]

Big pay packages for Virginia’s University leaders

From Watchdog.org, care of the Fairfax Times, a quick look at how much Virginia’s university leaders make. General Peay makes enough to fund Cold Beer Charlie. There’s problems that come with that. It’s common knowledge that university tuition nationally is increasing at a rate faster than inflation, but the increasing pay for university presidents may be about the only thing outpacing it. The Chronicle estimates university presidents’ pay rose about 7 percent from 2013 to 2014. Tuition at Virginia’s colleges and universities has increased 36 percent from 2008 to 2015, an average of a little more than 6 percent. Student debt […]

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 […]

A Prince of a Man

USMC0802 and I had just come home from a trip up on the mountain to zero his new SIG 716 (more on that tomorrow), when who should stop by with a house-warming present but one DaveO, VMI ’90. Now THAT is a welcome addition to the household. And a welcome visit; despite us working closely here together, I hadn’t actually seen Dave in twenty-some years. I do believe he shall be returning. MANY THANKS!

Happy Birthday, Chesty

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

It is time to remove the Stars & Bars from State Flags

Updated with illustrations of the Stars & Bars and the Confederate Battle Flag.   There is a long history of the Confederate battle flag, the Stars&Bars, as a symbol for heritage, courage, racism, outlawry and on and on. As a battle flag it served its purpose: to provide a visible identity of combat community. Likewise, state flags provide a visible identity for the citizens of the state, and that identity is a value shared by all of the state’s citizens. State flags containing the Stars&Bars were designed by Dixiecrats specifically to exclude anyone who was other than they; and, to express […]

In Every Clime and Place (VMI, That Is…)

There I was this past week, walking along the dyke path in the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge with my two sons, a.k.a. Suntan and Paleface, when I spy a man in a VMI hat– Class of ’79. We’re everywhere. (Also, sat next to a professor from the CE department on the flight back.)

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.

VMI and Memorial Day 2015

Thank you gentlemen, from Townie76, Lt. Col. P, Bullnav, Slater, and DaveO The Global War on Terror: Charles W. Mathers, ’62.  On 9/11, World Trade Center David L. Williams, ’91.  On 9/11, Pentagon Lowell T. Miller, II, ’93 Paul R. Syverson, III, ’93 John R. Teal, ’94 Gregory R. Wright, Jr., ’95 James C. Edge, ’96 Ryan E. Doltz, ’00 Joshua C. Hurley, ’01 Charles A. Ransom, ’01 Luke C. Wullenwaber, ’02 Dale R. Griffin, ’03 Michael W. Newton, ’03 Luke J. Mercandante, ’07 William L. McMillan III, ’08 Desert Storm: Thomas C. Zeugner, ’76 Terry L. Plunk, ’88 Vietnam: […]

Higher Ed 2015, a very quick survey

As the Class of 2015 exits VMI, and the new Queens and Kings of Barracks take their place, a quick survey of higher ed and some commencement speeches are in order. First, Robert de Niro entertains the Tisch School of the Arts. Robert De Niro opened his commencement speech to the graduates of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts with a simple message: “Tisch graduates, you made it… and you’re f*cked.” [edited by author] Rather blunt, but considering the promise of higher ed is more money, today’s graduates will be paying back loans for decades. Many are opting […]