From VMI Athletics: New Football Coach

“TM” wrote in to suggest that this deserved a look, saying, “AD Diles has been making some promising moves for Keydet athletics.” As you know I am not the man to speak to about VMI athletics, however this is after all a VMI-centric blog and we like to listen to our readership. Anyone more knowledgeable than I care to weigh in?

“Finding Americans to do Beijing’s Dirty Work”

Thanks to Ragnar Lothbrok, this disturbing piece. Apparently there’s no shortage of that sort of “American” in academia. What the hell??

How one Keydet got assigned to the 101st

It was mid-August, and a group of Guardian Angels were sitting in the shade of the trees surrounding Fryar Drop Zone. Two angels popped in, carrying brown drink carriers loaded with coffee. All the angels but one crowded around to get their drink. Double whipped lattes, machiatos, and one quadruple espresso no sugar or cream. That last was for the angel guarding a marine. He grunted his joy, sounding more like a hog. ‘Ooh ooh oohrah yeah!’ “How can you drink that?” asked one angel. “OOH RAH! My human’s a Marine! He’s going to be a rough, tough Recon Scout […]

New Campaign, and not a dime

I have donated to VMI Alumni agencies in the past.  And I’m pretty sure I will continue this next year, the Keydet Club will continue to receive my hard earned dollars.  I will not donate a dime to the general fund until he is gone.  But nice little video from the Foundation.

Founders Day 2014: “Among an Excellent Set of Fellows”

Founders Day in Leesburg, Virginia, 2014– I was able to visit the grave of Valentine Cook Saunders, Class of 1842, and lay some red, white and yellow flowers. Saunders was one of the first twenty-five cadets to matriculate on this day, 175 years ago. He was a Leesburg native, and wrote the oldest existing letter from a cadet to his parents, which contains some fascinating details about early life at VMI, such as how many weapons were stored at the old Arsenal. Although they apparently had way more free time than we did, their guard duty (and parade practice) was […]

Firearms Friday: 1851 VMI Cadet Musket for Auction

WOW. This is one of the 500 initial production muskets, manufactured during 1851, that were sent to the Virginia Military Institute for issue to the cadets. The musket has matching 1851 dates on the lock and barrel tang… $6795. I hope a deep-pocketed alumnus can buy it.  

Book Review of George Marshall: A Biography

Not sure if I shall bother reading this new biography of George Marshall, but here is a review of it in the New Republic.  Concluding paragraph says a lot about George Marshall the man: For a military man, Marshall’s heroism was peculiar. It did not arise from his conduct on the battlefield. It arose from his modesty, including “a modest daily schedule that often ended at three or four o’clock in the afternoon” and his avoidance “of lucrative corporate board memberships so commonly available to retired high military officers in our more avaricious times.” Most importantly, Marshall’s modesty flowed from […]

Salaries At the Institute

According to the Richmond Times Dispatch, VMI along with UVA and VA Tech’s salaries are out of line with their peer institutions. VMI’s resident flack provided this answer to the Times Dispatch, None of the schools fits easily into the “cookie cutter” cohort used to make the comparisons, VMI spokesman Stewart MacInnis said in an interview. “The report’s trying to fit everybody into a certain hole. And we don’t fit more than others don’t fit.” The U.S. military academies are the only applicable comparison for VMI, which is the smallest of the state’s 15 four-year schools, with 1,700 cadets “who […]

Doctor LBL’94, Paging Doctor LBL’94…

Based on the untoward happenings in Dallas, et al., what analysis and commentary can you provide? What do we need to know that is either not being reported at all, or perhaps isn’t being well reported? I say this not out of alarm or panic, but to set out some facts and place them in context.

The Ride to the I, 2014

Thanks to CHC87’s timely reminder I was able to sign up for the 7th Annual “Ride to the I,” VMI’s own little Rolling Thunder. Alumni chapters from across our native state (to whom we are attached and of whose fame we are proud) are organized to gather at various points and then converge on Lexington, where we unite and ride in column of twos through the town and up to the parade deck. My day began early, to make my scheduled rally in Culpeper at 0700. It was maybe 50 degrees when I set out and I felt every one […]