The Army Has a Credibility Problem

This story from the Washington Post says that the Army has a credibility problem.  Comments?

A *Fifth* Star for ’87!

Thanks to MSS3 ’87, we learned that Colonel Lapthe C. Flora, of the Virginia National Guard and the VMI Class of ’87, has been nominated and confirmed for the rank of Brigadier General.  He is the fifth member of ’87 to pin on stars. COL (P) Flora ’87 is, I hasten to add, one of my fellow Roanokers, part of the sizable contingent in that class from the Star City and environs. Look him up and read about him, he has a tremendous story. Also from MSS3’87, a running count of the classes in recent memory with the most stars– […]

I Wonder What Patton and Marshall Would Say?

USMC0802 tossed this (angrily) our way: “The Army’s Confederate Cowardice,” wherein an Army captain and lawyer shares his opinions on Army base names. I’ll not quote from his little article, you can read it yourselves, but I will float two three questions of my own. Does “military mediocrity” appear anywhere in his OERs? What would Generals Patton and Marshall, neither of them being mediocrities, say to him? Or, indeed, General Ridgway, who spent a good deal of time at (dare I say the name??) Fort Bragg?

DoD’s new rules for the Media

Many people have forgotten how open the US military has been to war reporters and photographers, even when those people have been openly hostile to the military and its mission. Bryan Whitman, deputy assistant secretary of defense for public affairs, said in a C-SPAN interview this morning that he believes reporters should be allowed extensive access to military operations because they’ll cover what he likes to call “the good, the bad and the ugly.” “They’ll see the goodness with which our troops carry out their missions. Our troops are human though, too, and they’ll make mistakes, and I believe that […]

George C. Marshall and the American Nuclear Age

From former VMI Professor of Chemistry Frank Settle, who taught from 1964 to 1992, a brief opinion on the role of George C. Marshall ‘901 on the development of the American nuclear age. Marshall is unique in having a senior level vantage point for over a decade in which he participated in or witnessed all of the important decisions about the arrival of the nuclear age. Professor Settle spoke on this topic at VMI on August 6th. If anyone attended and can give a review, please contact us.

The Last Raid on Japan

Add this to the list of things we ever knew: What did the U.S. do between the second atomic bomb on Nagasaki on 9 August 1945, and the Japanese capitulation on 15 August? Answer: We started bombing the living shit out of them, again. And as it turned out, that last raid, 70 years ago today, with the promise of more to come, might have contributed greatly to the decision to capitulate. Thanks to the Roanoke Times, we have the amazing tale of one pilot who flew on that raid, Dallas Bowman. “Oddly enough, it was Bowman’s first — and […]

What they teach at the VMI of the North (USMA)

So, I guess this professor up at Hudson High School must have gotten his PhD. from a place that teaches revisionist history.  I don’t know, I’m not about that life personally.  But here’s a video of a guy who has birds on his shoulders and is on the permanent faculty of a place that I just don’t think puts out a good product. I would ask Col Seidule to go read Shelby Foote and then retire, because he is a poor educator by claiming that the Civil War was only about Slavery.  I’m a strict unionist and do not believe […]

FOR SALE: Chesty Puller’s Home in Virginia

Yep, the Saluda home of the greatest Marine that ever lived, LtGen Lewis Burwell “Chesty” Puller, VMI 1921– for sale. Great little town and county, too. Sure would be nice if some VMI Marine bought it.

What Ike Jacket and a Service Cap Looks Like

According to Army Times the new SMA Dailey poll has found overwhelming support for outfitting the  Army with an Ike Jacket and for E7 and above the Army Service Cap. If that happens then our Senior NCOs and Officers will look like this fellow.  Even the USAF will be more military looking!  Somebody please get the SMA out of the fashion business.    

“8 Big Changes That Have Improved Load-Bearing Combat Gear”

“That ‘GIO Pattern’ web equipment of belt and pouches had been developed in the early 1960s and universally condemned thereafter. The design was such that loads were unbalanced, the load capacity was inadequate, the webbing itself inflexible. Because it was absorbent, it often froze. In the Falklands War it proved exasperatingly uncomfortable and quite useless for its task. We deserved better from twenty years of peacetime research and development.“ Take That Hill! Royal Marines in the Falklands War, by Nick Vaux, Major-General Royal Marines Commando Forces [emphasis added] So, I thought of that quote above, clearly remembered from my last […]