Back Home from the CLNC Trip

Rolled in late last night from the >48 hour trip to the 28542. I went down for the retirement of one of the Det One Marines. A long trip but worth all the effort– it was one of the best retirement ceremonies I have ever seen, beautifully conducted and packed with people who had traveled much farther than I had, and I did about an 800-mile round trip. One of the best lines came at the point when usually the spouse of the retiree is presented with a giant bouquet of flowers, “In lieu of flowers, Colonel K will donate both paychecks every month to Mrs K’s bank account.”

Congrats to him, on an extraordinary career.

And by the way, the MARSOC compound is pretty impressive. I hadn’t been to that end of Lejeune since the summer of 1991. Hardly recognized it! I got to chat for a minute with the MARSOC CG, Major General Osterman, with whom I had done a MEU SOC float back in ’93, when I was a lowly lieutenant and he was a captain who was very clearly headed for greater things. What an outstanding officer and Marine, and a real gentleman.

Finally, I went to and fro on the motorbike, the longest ride I have done in a while. In fact, the longest ride I had done since I rode to Lejeune three years ago. It never fails to amaze me what a lonnggg waaaay a-waay that is. I planned the outgoing leg to stop at the Virginia Diner in Wakefield– worth a visit from every Cadet!– and then passed by the birthplace of the great General William Mahone, VMI 1847 just before crossing in to NC.

About vmijpp

VMIJPP hails from the star city of the south, Roanoke, Virginia. A 1989 graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, he is a retired artillery officer in the United States Marine Corps, with time in both the active and reserve sides. He served in Iraq in 2004, and in Afghanistan in 2009-2010. He joined the magnificent as a guest blogger from the now defunct but never uninteresting Rule 308, where he denounced gun control and other aspects of tyranny, and proclaimed the greatness of the United States. When the sun set on, he migrated here with Keydet1976 and the others.
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