On Veteran’s Day, Thank You to Vets & Americans

  There are 22 million vets in America today, 7% of the US population.  Veteran’s Day is America’s way of celebrating her living veterans.  A veteran is an American who at one point or the other served in our armed forces during war or peace.  Most are volunteers, some were draftees.  They all took an …

The Carson West Point “Scholarship” Hoopla

Recently the media alleged that presidential candidate Ben Carson lied about receiving a “scholarship” to West Point as a teenager.  My intent here is to explain the very unique process one goes through to get into the Academy so as one reads the various reports one is better educated than the overwhelming majority reporting on …

Marines Adopt M4

Marine Commandant Gen. Robert Neller approved making the M4 the primary rifle for all infantry battalions.  The Marines are adopting the M4 as its primary Infantry rifle something the US Army did for its light Infantry in the late 90’s and for the rest of its combat arms troops in 2006.  I presaged this decision …

What do Poland and Syria have in common?

What do Poland and Syria have in common?  Both have been playgrounds for Russian adventurism and political manipulation by the application of brute (sometimes brutal) military force. History tells us of the product of the Molotov-Ribbentrop meeting.  Ribbentrop  was Hitler’s foreign minister and Molotov was Stalin’s representative.  At the meeting they agreed to invade and …

It’s not a war crime if your hospital is also a bunker

Recently, US forces struck a hospital in operations to recover Kunduz Afghanistan from the Taliban.  The hospital was engaged because it was reported Taliban forces were firing on Afghan Forces (initially reported as US Force) inside or in the vicinity of the hospital.  The hospital was engaged by an AC 130U gunship.  This version is …

On Leadership & Training by Terry Baldwin

  Published here with permission from LTC (RET) Terry Baldwin & Soldier Systems Daily.  (Thanks!)   I was a freshly minted Infantry Staff Sergeant in the spring of 1981 attending the 25th Infantry Division’s Basic Non-Commissioned Officers Course. We had a 2-Star guest speaker one day. I admit I don’t recall his name or job …

Maneuver Conference 2015

I attended the Maneuver Conference 2015 at Ft. Benning this 14-17 September.  As usual, it was a great event and if you are ever in Columbus Ga when the conference is being held it would be well worth your time to attend.  I always leave informed impressed and foot weary from all there is to …

Chattanooga, Another Gun Free Zone this Time with Bloody Uniforms

The facts are still coming in.  Next of Kin are still being notified.  Thankfully the “T” word isn’t being avoided. I have some sad predictions.  As soon as the authorities announce the type of rifle Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez used to murder four unarmed Marines the anti-gun community will revisit their attempts to limit American’s right …