Tragic News from VMI

We reluctantly pass on this release from VMI: VMI Cadet Dies LEXINGTON, Va., April 22, 2014 – A Virginia Military Institute cadet died unexpectedly in Rockbridge County Tuesday evening. The body of Eric B. Alter, 22, of Centreville, Va., was found by Rockbridge County Sheriff’s deputies near Goshen. Local law enforcement and emergency agencies responded. He is survived by his parents, Bruce and Beth Alter of Centreville, and his sister, Betsy. Funeral arrangements are pending. The VMI Corps of Cadets was informed of Alter’s death early Tuesday evening. Counseling and pastoral care is available to cadets, faculty, and staff. “Our […]

How to Break An Officer-Bump

Young officers are like moldable clay; they take lessons to heart fast.  Some of them will be amazing, most will be good, and then you will have a lot of bad.  It is easy for them to become enraptured by their own image when they’re doing well; it is even easier for them to fall flat on their face.  How do I know this?  I’ve been there.  When a new officer comes into the FORCE/FLEET he needs to be embraced by the battalion and company level organizations he is a part of.  In the Army we tend to have a […]

Clearly I Am Not a Chosen One

From a source not connected with VMI, I learned, that the premier of the Field of Lost Shoes was reserved, “Two weeks ago, he informed me that V.M.I. had decided to buy out the entire theatre for its donors and supporters, so there would be no tickets available.” I guess the donors and supporters were only those who live in Richmond and have numbers after their name.  “Heaven to besty we can’t have the unwashed from places like DC or Roanoke mingling with us the denizens of the Holy City and holders of names like Deuce, Trip, Trey, Four. . […]

If I Sat on the VMI Board of Visitors, Pt II

Or, perhaps more accurately– “If the VMI Board of Visitors Sat on Me.” S-Eating Third left a great comment on DaveO’s previous post, saying in part: I am an out-of-state third from Maryland. I’m extremely fortunate to have parents who are willing to pick up the full tuition with no cost to me. However, [I] have friends who couldn’t pay for VMI if it weren’t for their ROTC scholarships. These scholarships are going away soon– as will the potential for great cadets and officers. Indeed. So, with the state’s share of the burden dwindling, and the bill for an ambitious […]

Interesting Article by Tom Ricks

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

If I sat on VMI Board of Visitors

If I sat on VMI Board of Visitors: I would ask what the long term plans are for the VMI’s physical environment. Usually when redundant facilities are built, it means that the orginal facilities will be torn down and the land re-used in some way. I haven’t seen any long-range plans that indicate that. If that is the case, perhaps an ‘academic village’ for VMI employees: well-built townhomes or condominiums for employees who make below a certain salary, or visiting professors and the like. If I sat on the Board of Visitors: I would also like to see the Academic staff’s […]

VMI Video From Reveille to Taps

Take a look great video, however was not inspired by the narrator, Three himself! I received my local Lexington rag today, VMI will start on its 80 million dollar indoor physical training facility which will replace parts of Cocke Hall, Cormack Hall (Indoor Track), and Swimming Pool and will duplicate the physical training facilities on North post. I have a couple of questions?  Why duplicate the outdoor facilities that are found on North post.  While I am all for physical fitness, it seems to me that physical fitness and military activities are dominate and that academics is being given short […]

Rah for the winners!

Rah Virginia Mil! All the winners! Go Keydets!

George C. Marshall: Global Commander

Good read here– a transcript of a very good lecture given, of all strange places, at the Air Force Academy. What were the roads he followed to reach this end? One was that of the good soldier who learned his trade and another of an officer with a burning desire to know and the willingness to see problems whole. It is the story of a man who learned to control and order his own life, gaining through his personal struggle the secret of commanding men. His early experience did not provide special training for global leadership. He often said that […]

New Market Movie, “Field of Lost Shoes,” Set to Premiere

Thus sayeth the Richmond Times-Dispatch: The movie “Field of Lost Shoes,” written and produced by Thomas F. Farrell II of Dominion Resources, will make its world premiere in Richmond on April 13. The movie, filmed in Virginia last year, tells the story of seven youthful Virginia Military Institute cadets caught up in the American Civil War, and the fatal charge of their corps at the Battle of New Market. I’m all for it, I just hope that they didn’t F it up with weirdness and “artistic license.” Any Richmonders going, and care to serve as Op-For film critics? Let me […]