Veterans as Journalists, or how to find an answer

An article over at DefenseOne paints journalist-vets as the heroes of the effort to expose a military cover-up over the use of WMD in Iraq. Perhaps it takes veterans to cover the news since our newsies are curiously incurious. What they uncovered was astonishing: U.S. and Iraqi forces had secretly recovered about 5,000 chemical weapons during the eight-year war, with the first report documenting 17 American and seven Iraqi soldiers injured by mustard and nerve agents—including the only documented battlefield exposures to a nerve agent in U.S. military history. The Pentagon, later prompted by the story,revealed the number wounded as higher than […]

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 […]

Opening Day of Virginia’s Rifle Season, 2014

Success, at last. Biggest deer I’ve shot so far. Location: Clarke County, Virginia; range: 50 yards; target angle: broadside; weapon: Steyr Scout .308; ammunition: 150 gr Remington Core-Lokt. Inside spread: 16 inches; main beams 22 inches; longest tines: 9 inches; bases: 5 inches.  

An American Air Force Hero: Master Sergeant T. E. Case, USAF

Thank you to BKPrice for this good news. Master Sgt. Thomas E. Case, an 18th Air Support Operations Group, Tactical Air Control Party member, will receive his second Silver Star during a ceremony Thursday at Pope Field. The Silver Star is the third-highest military combat decoration. The award will be presented to Case for his actions during combat operations against an armed enemy in support of Operation Enduring Freedom on July 16 and 17, 2009. He is credited with directing combat aircraft engaged in close air support for a joint task force.  

Dear Congress

Dear Congress, Nobody likes you except your mother. On a good day. Get over yourselves and get to work. You did not win this latest election – the POTUS worked very hard to lose it. He succeeded, you did not. You will be graded in two years. He will simply be left on some random golf course with some Secret Service agents and no plane tickets home. With Harry out of the way, you Congresscritters have the opportunity to get the Nation’s business done. I don’t mind horse-trading but do not sell me a sow and call it a horse, and me […]

I miss SAC

Warfare is deadly serious business. The Air Force is neither deadly nor serious about business. The world can’t wait for our Air Force to grow up or for Buttercup to learn to spell “You’re Fired.” Reduce the Air Force to the Civil Air Patrol and let’s get with securing the United States of America.

Fall of the Wall: Where Did the Stasi Go?

An interesting essay from Robert Wargas on the Stasi and its ‘day after.’   The Stasi’s methods of controlling the East German population were often wickedly creative. Even among those fairly knowledgeable of the German language, the word “Zersetzung,” used in a political context, is likely unfamiliar. Translated variously as “degradation,” “decomposition,” “disruptiveness,” or “disintegration,” the word is most often used in a biological sense. When it comes to espionage, Zersetzung refers to the Stasi’s practice of destroying a target’s personal life. [emphasis by DaveO] The methods, however, were much more subtle than the word implies. The Stasi perfected their ability […]

The Amazing B-17 Flying Fortress

Thanks to VFR Marine, we have THIS to present to you. Twelve thousand, seven hundred, thirty-one were built. Fewer than fifteen are still flying today. Wow. I remember seeing the movie, Memphis Belle, and saying to myself, “That’s America right there– American boys in American planes, dropping American bombs on America’s enemies.” BTW– we need an Air Force contributor. Any takers?

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.

Who won the Cold War?

Via “The Avationist,” an inside look at the Cold War. Meanwhile, Sarah Hoyt and Eric Raymond explore the USSR’s most potent weapon, which is not Vladimir Putin, though he was part of it. Do any of these look familiar? There is no truth, only competing agendas. All Western (and especially American) claims to moral superiority over Communism/Fascism/Islam are vitiated by the West’s history of racism and colonialism. There are no objective standards by which we may judge one culture to be better than another. Anyone who claims that there are such standards is an evil oppressor. The prosperity of the […]