There has been a spate of articles on the state of the Army in the past several weeks, which I have been desirous of commenting upon. There have been too many things of greater importance that have distracted me, but these two which both appeared in the Washington Post within the last two days. The first entitled “Why The Army Should Fire some Generals and Promote Some Captains” is I believe spot on. I am of the generation or half generation ahead of the bunch he proposes firing. We are baby boomers, we believe we are infallible, that we posses [...]
Brigadier General Jeffrey G. Smith Jr. ’79. Impressive resume. Welcome aboard, General, and best wishes.
Toxic leaders. You know them. Male, female, in uniform or Armani, you know them. No day goes buy without being subjected to ridicule in a public briefing, or yelling that can be heard over the 60Kw generators. The air stinks of doom. Every day is a special report to the RDC of Hell. There are VMI grads among them, much to my chagrin. I am equally embarrassed, as a Soldier Emeritus, to learn of the Army’s on-going deception when dealing with the Washington Post in its expose’ of toxic leaders in DoD. The Army mentioned it promoted competence over likability, and [...]
Colonel Bill Wanovich ’87, named Commandant: LEXINGTON, Va., Jan. 28, 2014 – U.S. Army Col. William J. Wanovich ’87, commander of VMI’s Army ROTC unit since 2010, has been appointed commandant of the VMI Corps of Cadets. He will take up his duties this summer, following the retirement of Col. Thomas Trumps ’79. Trumps has been commandant since March 2007. ’87 counts three (3) general officers and now VMI Commandant. Not bad, not bad at all. *I* of course might have favored an ’89 solution, but ’87 will do. ;-) Seriously– Congrats to him, and good luck.
Amazing story of a fellow alumnus, pressing up the hill of science with extraordinarily noble emulation: From an early age, Lyles said he aspired to be a professional baseball player. He secured a baseball scholarship to Virginia Military Institute, but a shoulder injury put a swift end to that dream. After college, Lyles decided a military career would put him on the right track. He joined the Army in 2003, and deployed twice to Iraq as an infantry officer. Always striving for excellence, Lyles was accepted into the Special Forces Qualification Course in March 2009. “I wanted to work with [...]
So I guess the Institute is continuing its Culturally Aware ways. Although I will say, as a Cadet from the West, that I did not understand Lee-Jackson Day. In reality VMI doesn’t care. In fact VMI only cares about two holidays, one of them is Founders Day, which is also Veterans Day. When I was at VMI, they cared little that November 11th represented something other than the founding of the Institute. And then you have New Market Day.
The core of VMI are its graduates living honorably, succeeding and failing as their own merits, demerits and as luck permits. The mechanism that raised the bar and distinguishes VMI from the service academies and near-peer educational organizations is VMI’s Honor Code. Yesterday, 1/3 of America’s Strategic Defense force was exposed as non-combat capable. USAF officials, including senior members of its officer corps approved a blatant lie meant to undermine concerns. Growing up in the 70s and 80s, the primary mechanism for maintaining peace was the doctrine of Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD). Apparently the new philosophy is “By Any Means [...]
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It’s right around midnight here in the Occupied Territories of Northern Virginia. (Where, O Where, is John Mosby when we need him??) On behalf of COL Hank, DaveO, BullNav and young Mr Slater, I’d like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a happy 2014. This goes double for the boys (and girls) overseas, especially our fellow VMI alumni. May this time next year see them all home, safe and sound, wreathed with the laurels of victory. Lastly– someone’s bringing gifts to RC(SW)… GOOD STORY.
I was informed by a Brother Rat of mine yesterday evening that one of our Brother Rats had passed away. Richard Lee of Covington, Virginia, was a 2011 graduate of the Virginia Military Institute. He was commissioned as an Military Police Officer, he was serving as a Basic Training Company XO at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. His previous assignment was a year tour in Korea. He went by Rick. He matriculated as a member of Band Company. Rat year we were members of the VMI Glee Club together, he would go on to be a member for the remainder of [...]