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 […]

Stars for ’88 and ’89!

I am pleased to report that Colonel Steve Neary ’88, USMC, and Colonel Paul Pardew ’89, USA (my and BullNav’s Brother Rat), have been nominated for promotion to the rank of Brigadier General. They will be the first General Officers from those classes. Congrats to both and to their families!

VMI Grad Follows in Brother’s Footsteps

Many thanks to GW’64 who sent this in today: LEXINGTON (WSLS 10) –  Nearly three years ago Lexington and Rockbridge County rallied around a family who lost a son too soon. Army Ranger Chase Prasnicki was killed just days after he deployed to Afghanistan. His death left a lasting impression on his younger brother. In a WSLS 10 exclusive we were there for the emotional day as Tyler Prasnicki officially joined the ranks of the military and takes the next steps in following his older brother. Tyler Prasnicki took the officer’s oath, volunteering to serve in the United States Army […]

New Market Thoughts

On Saturday May 9, the Potomac River chapter had a New Market gathering in Washington DC.  I was asked to say something about New Market, I thought I would share my remarks with our OP-FOR readers. This coatee, this NCO belt (which I took to the event) are part of the flotsam of our cadetship. They represent the memories of our cadetship. Memories of parades, dyking out, dykes, inspections, bones the good and bad. It represent something else the connection with the past. The buttons are the same or similar as those worn by the Cadets who answer their native […]

New Market Day, 2015

New Market Day greetings to all! While I was reading excerpts online from The Corps Forward, because I’m endlessly fascinated with the cadets of the New Market Corps– who they were and what they did– I came across the entry for Cadet Thomas H. Shriver, of Union Mills, Maryland. Cadet Shriver is an interesting study for several reasons: first, he was one of the substantial number of Marylanders who zealously espoused the Southern cause; second, he was an experienced combat veteran by the time he matriculated; third, he was one of a tiny handful of Roman Catholics in the Corps […]