Friday, May 7, 2010

MILITARY: A mile in his shoes

Wives of enlisted Marines take part in day of combat training
Girls can do anything boys can do. Or so the saying goes.
About 100 wives of enlisted U.S. Marines put that theory to the test during Jane Wayne Day on Thursday at Camp Pendleton.
"This is a ladies day," 5th Marine Regiment Commanding Officer Col. Willard Buhl said. "We kept it at 100 spots for this event so we could give every lady special love and attention."
The all-day event featured activities including an obstacle course, weapon firing at the shooting range, a martial arts demonstration and a combat fitness test.
"So many times, wives will drop off their husbands at 4 a.m. and wonder, 'What are they doing all day?'"

This sounds like a lot of fun. If they had this when I was a Marine my wife would have kicked ass at it. She was crazy athletic back in the day. Three sport letter man, tournament MVP, and basketball queen at Noble High School yeah, I wish I was as athletic as she was.

The Marine Corps has come a long way toward incorporating the family into the unit. When I was a Marine some, ZOMG! 28 years ago,  the attitude was, "If the Corps wanted you to have a wife, they would issue you one." Today it seems the family is an integral part of the Marine Corps, just the way it should be. Ooorah! Semper Fi gals.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Number 1 hit today in 1915

Babe Ruth is, without question, the single greatest presence in the history of American baseball, the one player who will always define "the slugger."
Ruth created a sensation. In his 15 seasons with the Yankees, Ruth and his team won seven pennants and four World Series. Aggressively compiling records, Ruth glamorized baseball. "The Sultan of Swat" hit more than 40 homers per season in 11 seasons—a record never equaled—and 60 in one season. Before he retired in 1935, Ruth hit 714 career home runs, a record few players have even approached.

Babe Ruth hit is first of 714 home runs this day in 1915. He was a great one.

Today it's Dirigible Awareness Day

It's amazing to me that this was a viable mode of transportation and military technology.

The German dirigible Graf Zeppelin inaugurated the first commercial passenger service across the Atlantic by air in October 1928. It carried 20 passengers at a time, with a crew of 43.

A crew of 43 and 20 passengers? Imagine if that ratio was kept today for air travel.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

36 hours? That's not bad

The FBI has arrested a 30-year-old Bridgeport, Conn., man in connection with the failed attempt to set off a car bomb in New York's Times Square, federal authorities told late Monday night.

The man was identified as Faisal Shahzad, a naturalized American citizen, who had recently returned from a five-month trip to Pakistan and the city of Peshawar, a known jumping off point for al Qaeda and Taliban recruits.

Shahzad was arrested at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York City where FBI agents said he was attempting to leave the country to go to Dubai.

At a press conference early Monday morning, Attorney General Eric Holder said, "It's clear that the intent behind this terrorist act was to kill Americans." He urged America to "remain vigilant."

Apparently he was no chemist. And really didn't think out the "whole leave the country thing" very well either. But I'm glad we caught him and I hope after we get done torturing interrogating him, that he gives up some contacts in foreign lands. 

36 hours, that's kicking ass.Good work everyone.

Changes in store for our Marine Corps

(Reuters) - Defense Secretary Robert Gates has cast a fresh pall over a proposed $13.2 billion fleet of General Dynamics Corp-built amphibious vehicles designed to storm enemy shores loaded with Marines.

Gates cited the vehicle on Monday as one of two examples of weapons systems that may face adjustments to match changing Pentagon threat perceptions.

President Barack Obama's sole holdover from the Bush cabinet, Gates first called into question the need for the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle, or EFV, 13 months ago.

As conceived by the Marine Corps, it would ferry an 18-strong Marine Rifle Squad at high speeds on land and sea.

The other weapons system he questioned was the aircraft carrier strike groups, of which the United States plans to have 11 through 2040.

"Do we really need 11 carrier strike groups for another 30 years when no other country has more than one," Gates told a conference of the Navy League of the United States.

HA! I made a rhyme.
Sounds like the Navy and thus the Marine Corps will have to refocus their dollars to address the potential changing threats to the fleet. I know I heard about changes when I was just a PFC attending Artillery School at Las Pulgas, Camp Pendleton (43 Area) back in the summer 1983. Our Artillery instructor, Sergeant Cramp, told us, "some day all this will be replaced with rockets."

"All this" consisted of traditional howitzers in at least three sizes. 105mm, 155mm and 8 inch self propelled. We thought, this guy doesn't know what he's talking about. He had only got through the 10 grade and did some things that made us wonder if all of his oars even touched the water. But DAMN was he right. Little did we know that the Army had taken delivery of its first M270s that year. It took the Marine Corps 20 years and the Army 10 years to do it more or less, but he was right. Today my unit Fox Battery 2nd Battalion 14th Marines is MLRS.

Props go out to Sergeant Cramp.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Rural Oklahomans are Bored and Stupid

Enid, Oklahoma — Learning to fly is hard, learning to fly a military aircraft is even harder.

And learning to fly a military aircraft at night is hardest of all.

Because of the fact many combat missions over Iraq and Afghanistan are flown after dark, more emphasis has been placed in recent years on training military student pilots to fly at night.

Each of the Vance aircraft hit by lasers had two pilots aboard, but about 10 to 15 percent of missions flown each night that week were solos. If a solo pilot was temporarily blinded by a laser, he or she might have no option other than to eject. Military pilots are trained to do their best to point their aircraft away from populated areas if they are forced to eject, but might not have the chance if they find themselves literally flying blind.

“It’s a federal crime to do anything that’s going to endanger an aircraft or endanger a pilot who’s operating an aircraft,” said Maj. Jim Annexstad, Vance’s staff judge advocate.

Anyone caught and convicted of shining a laser at an aircraft would face a jail term up to 20 years and a hefty fine, he added.

Dumbasses. Someone please tell me there are other things to do in Enid than point lasers at aircraft. I know they used to play golf in the dark with glow-in-the-dark golf balls. Surely there is something else these idiots can be doing.

I hope they catch these dipshits and illuminate the inside of their colons with the lasers. For the record, selection of the representative photo is for our lady readers, all four of you. YEAH! We added one last week. Remember last week, Akinoluna - a female Marine scolded us about our Real Women Have Curves post. She blogs about her life in the Marine Corps on her site The day to day, semi-normal life of a female Marine. Anyway, welcome Akinoluna and thank you for serving.
Based at Vance Air Force Base, Lt. Che' Coleman instructs in the T-6A Texan II, a tandem-cockpit, turboprop aircraft. He said he loves to teach, and that it’s very rewarding to see that “light come on when a student gets it.”

Magic 'Pixie Dust' made from pig bladders helps 'regrow' limbs of wounded soldiers

A powder nick-named "Pixie Dust" is being used to save the limbs of war heroes who have been wounded in Afghanistan.
Surgeons have already used the dust to save several soldiers so badly mutilated that they were at risk of amputation.
Made from pig bladders it has the ability to help the human body grow new tissue to replace large areas of a leg or arm destroyed by blast damage.