Iran, Er, “Iraq” Opens Tikrit Offensive

The commander of Iran's Quds Force, Maj. Gen. Qasem Solaimani, went to Baghdad this week. Shahaboddin Vajedi

Iran, Er I mean “Iraq”, surprised US officials with an offensive aimed at Tikrit that started a couple of days ago.  The composition of the offense, the manner it is being conducted, the lack of US involvement and the target all signal deeper truths about the current struggle going on in Iraq and Iran’s growing …

Soldiers don’t trust Generals, Army dealing with immoral leaders

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Two dueling and paradoxically supporting reports surfaced today. The Daily Beast published a story by Rep Duncan Hunter reference the falling lack of trust soldiers have in their Generals.  The belief that senior military leaders have the best interests of their soldiers at heart dropped from 53% in 2009 to 27% last year.  He cited …

Operation Inherent Resolve is mostly conventional troops

1st Armored Div soldier, trains Peshmerga fighter  Kirkuk, Iraq, on June 14, 2010. - U.S. Army

Operation Inherent Resolve has been largely reported as a special operations effort to stop ISIS’ progress in Iraq and assist the Iraqis in taking the offense against them.  Not counting the significant Navy and Air Force conventional forces supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, the surprising and largely unreported truth is the majority of ground troops committed …

Female Combat Arms Integration Driving Specialty Specific PT Test

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The Army in again evaluating establishing military occupational specialty (MOS) specific physical training (PT) fitness tests.  Military.com reports the latest initiative considers maintaining the general test that is in practice but also create one for combat arms like Infantry and Armor. The most likely reason for the latest effort is to create specific individual standards …

70 years ago today, American Humor & Defiance

BG Anthony C. McAuliffe (left) & LTC Harry Kinnard, at Bastogne. - US War Dep't

70 years ago today American troops found themselves engaged in the second largest battle in its history.*  Over half a million American troops eventually fought the Nazis during that Battle of the Bulge but in its early days the odds were very much in the Germansd favor. From the city of Bastogne emenated major highways …

Navy Corpsman to be Replaced by Marines (Fake Story)

Photo by CPL Artur Shvartsberg USMC

Correction: Below is my response to a fake story about the Marines getting rid of Navy Corpsman.  The story has been debunked.  It’s a reminder to me to not respond so quickly to “news” until I confirm from multiple sources.   Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus announced the Marines will take over unit level …

Yemen SOF Raid Details Makes US Troops Vulnerable

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Just like the data dump following the failed Syria raid to rescue James Foley exposed US tactics techniques and procedures, the administration has repeated the mistake with the recent failed raid to rescue American journalist Luke Somers. While a simple statement saying, “US Special Operations Forces were unable to rescue an American hostage who was …

Operation Inherent Resolve (Iraq/Syria) Update

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There’s been a flurry of events going on over the last month that have put events in Iraq and Syria on the back burner.  After about three months of airstrikes and deploying well over 1000 “advisors” the operation has been publicly named “Inherent Resolve” a striking paradox considering neither word lends itself to describe the …

2014 Happy Veteran’s Day Vets!

U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Jamal Banks, second from left, and Sgt. Solomon Benavides, second from right, both with Bravo Troop, 3rd Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, participate in an oath of enlistment ceremony in Ghazni province, Afghanistan, June 9, 2012. (DoD photo by Spc. Andrew Baker, U.S. Army/Released)

Veteran’s Day has a very unique and somewhat strange history.  It has become a uniquely American celebration in that while its roots like many nations started as a commemoration of the sacrifice of WWI vets it has become a celebration of the service of all living vets. World War I, “The War to End all …

2014 Marine Corps Birthday Message

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Every November 10th Majrod has me perform the proper benedictions and deliver the Gruntsandco Marine Corps Birthday greeting.  “It is altogether fitting and proper that we do so…” I usually just remind my fellow Marines that even though our beloved Corps is absolutely drenched and besotted with glory… that we did not do it all.   …