VMI Needs to be Left of Bang

What does that mean? It does not mean it needs to control the narrative, but that is an added plus. VMI is out there to teach young ladies and young gentlemen to be leaders in this harsh world. If VMI cannot be left of the bang, how can it teach cadets to be leaders that can analyze situations in a way that they identify solutions and stay a step ahead. That is what being left of bang is: a step ahead. The reason why I said it did not mean to control the narrative was specifically because of what occurred […]

Story on Rape of Cadet by Post Policeman

From the Lexington News Gazette: “Cadet Claims Policeman Assaulted Her By Roberta Anderson A Virginia Military Institute cadet has filed a discrimination complaint with the U.S. Department of Education for Civil Rights alleging she was sexually assaulted by a Virginia Military Institute post policeman. In the complaint filed June 12, the cadet alleges she was strip-searched by a male officer without a female officer being present. She further states that she was “made to feel that she had to [submit to the search].” The incident occurred on March 5. According to a source close to the woman, the strip search […]

What Say Yeah, Should Our Military Leaders Swing From The Yardarm?

Interesting piece core at Best Defense. 

Red VMI Comforters

RF wrote in: Does anyone know the manufacturer of our Red Comforters from the early 70s? I have a brother rat who is looking… my son took mine to VMI for his cadetship and it didn’t make it back home… Not just from the 70s on, I got mine in August of ’85. And I was wondering the same thing! Does anyone know??

Character Counts

Character is a person’s usual qualities or traits that demonstrate a conspicuous moral firmness. With apology to the late Blake Edwards, VMI entered the days of swine and roses. Hank, who has VMI and Lexington and Rockbridge County in just about every fiber of his being, has taken up the cause of getting General Peay replaced because character counts. General Peay’s inactions, omissions, and belated handling of misconduct not his own, while disgraceful for an Army officer and would normally lead to career-ending punitive measures from higher ups, are destructive to the character of VMI. Character counts. And, General Peay […]

This Day in History: Task Force Smith

Not a pretty story, not the greatest hour for American arms. http://www.aei.org/article/foreign-and-defense-policy/defense/the-lesson-of-task-force-smith/ The soldiers of Task Force Smith were the victims of a conscious policy, even if not stated openly, to be unready. When you hear people say, “No more Task Force Smiths!” understand that they mean no more being caught unready. Yet, readiness has a steep price tag and it has to be planned out and paid for up front. Don’t let anyone ever tell you otherwise. The cost of the alternative is even steeper.

Safety brief

Thank you to our readers and our commenters – be safe! See you on Monday!     What… you expected a vehicle inspection and a powerpoint brief on “STD and YOU”?

Has the American Economy Hit the BRICS?

The American dollar is worth only what other countries will pay for it. Now it looks like a healthier alternative is available. So what happens when no one will buy US debt? Guess what pays for your military and Social Security retirements?

Re-writing the Declaration of Independence

Just in time for the 4th of July comes this question: of what value is a period? So what does punction, or lack thereof, mean in this case?

Deserters: CPL Wassef Ali Hassoun surfaces.

Marine Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun, who has been declared a deserter on two separate occasions a decade ago, has turned himself in to U.S. custody and will face charges, the Marines confirmed. The 34-year-old arrived in Norfolk, Va., on Sunday and is scheduled to go Monday to Camp Lejeune, N.C., where his case will be adjudicated, according to a Marine spokesman. He had been in the Middle East, the spokesman said. I must say summer is a crazy time of year.  Bring one home and another wants to come back.  Should he be found guilty, he faces a maximum penalty […]