McDew ’82 Takes Command at TRANSCOM

Congratulations to General Darren McDew ’82, now the commander of TRANSCOM! If I’m not mistaken, that would also make him the senior alumnus now in uniform, would it not? In any case, congrats to you General!

VMI’s 2014 Salaries

Over at the Richmond Times Dispatch you can find Virginia State Salaries for 2014.  I of course pulled the VMI Salaries what I found interesting is that there are 54 Administrative-Lecture or Administrative-Professor positions, or what really is the great Smith Hall Bureaucracy. I did not include the Professional-Lecture which adds even more.  Even more interesting is that on the lower end of the scale, whomever has those positions is not getting a living wage and most likely is working a 2nd or 3rd job or they are summer help. Not sure what they all do, perhaps Slater can enlighten […]

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.

A *Fifth* Star for ’87!

Thanks to MSS3 ’87, we learned that Colonel Lapthe C. Flora, of the Virginia National Guard and the VMI Class of ’87, has been nominated and confirmed for the rank of Brigadier General.  He is the fifth member of ’87 to pin on stars. COL (P) Flora ’87 is, I hasten to add, one of my fellow Roanokers, part of the sizable contingent in that class from the Star City and environs. Look him up and read about him, he has a tremendous story. Also from MSS3’87, a running count of the classes in recent memory with the most stars– […]

George C. Marshall and the American Nuclear Age

From former VMI Professor of Chemistry Frank Settle, who taught from 1964 to 1992, a brief opinion on the role of George C. Marshall ‘901 on the development of the American nuclear age. Marshall is unique in having a senior level vantage point for over a decade in which he participated in or witnessed all of the important decisions about the arrival of the nuclear age. Professor Settle spoke on this topic at VMI on August 6th. If anyone attended and can give a review, please contact us.

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.

Obit General Sam Walker

Former Superintendent Sam S. Walker passed away August 8, 2015, obit from News Gazette.

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, 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 […]