Army Chief wants to select next pistol, sounds good but…

Gen Milley CSA Photo Johnny Bivera

There’s been a rash of articles about Gen Mark Milley wanting authority to select the Army’s next pistol.  This isn’t new.  Gen Milley has been broaching the issue since October not even two months into his tour as the current U.S. Army chief of staff.  On the surface, the argument makes a lot of sense …

The OV10 Light CAS Aircraft Temporarily Reappears

OV-10 at the Hill Aerospace Museum.  Photo courtesy of Howard Jackman

Special Operations Command recently experimented using two OV10 light observation/utility aircraft in the close air support role in combat against ISIS.  This incident has made a small splash in various forums and a discussion of the Air Force obtaining prop engine type light aircraft to do CAS especially with the venerable A-10  being constantly offered …

BOTH SIDES OF THE CHOSIN Task Force Faith (Part 3) By Yankee Papa

MacLean (L) and Faith

“…Because Washington permitted soldiers to make and to act on decisions that were beyond the purview of the military, because it forced them to bring purely military thinking into matters that remained in essence political…in short because Washington still sometimes acted as if there could be a separation between war and politics, the United States, …

BOTH SIDES OF THE CHOSIN Task Force Faith (Part 2) By Yankee Papa

7th Marine Regiment heading for the Chosin Reservoir; some wearing, others carrying cold weather gear (DOD)

  “A sense of security is very often the beginning of disaster…” -Velleius Patercuslus- re Teutoburger Wald, 9 AD   “That’s impossible.  There aren’t two Chinese Communist divisions in the whole of North Korea…” -Major General Edward M. Almond- Noon, 11/28/50 when told of eight Chinese Divisions attacking X Corps at Chosin – – – …

Iran Seizes US Sailors. Unanswered Questions

US Sailors captured by Iran

The seizure of two US Navy riverine patrol boats January 12th has been widely reported.  For those not following or remembering details, two Navy Riverine Command Boats (RCB) were captured by Iranian Revolutionary Guard forces near Farsi Island, a sensitive Iranian naval base.  One of the boats had engine trouble and somehow the GPS units …

Christmas Gift 1776, a cautionary tale…

Americans crossing Delaware

During this joyous time of year military history appropriately takes a back seat to Christmas shopping, family and most importantly the reason for the season.  That said and wishing all of you the best holiday I’d like to shine a spotlight on a seminal event often forgotten in our military history, the largest, riskiest and …

Cadets, a Limo & Delta Force; Stealing the Navy Goat, a True Story

Evan Habeeb/ US Presswire

It’s Army-Navy week where the MILITARY Academy and the Naval Academy (there’s a reason behind the names) ramp up school spirit culminating at the annual Army-Navy football game.  One of the more spectacular pranks is mascot stealing of which much has been written.  I was personally involved in the most obscure and largely unreported mascot …