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Is a young Cavalry Officer on the Frontier.

As the drums were beaten to War

2016 marked the Centenary year of the Somme, a battle that took a million men off this place during a four month period.   Today marks our entry into World War I, on 2 April 1917, then President Woodrow Wilson … Continue reading

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Mission Creep

It depends on your lens.  I personally think we should have been continuing to reduce our presence in Afghanistan and Iraq as much as possible.  Our forces are pretty much in the same state as Canada’s.  In 2010 it was … Continue reading

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War Sycophants and ROTC Kids

Last night I had the pleasure of attending the Tom Ricks lecture at Arizona State University.  In his retirement as a defense reporter he is a Fellow at Center on the Future of War.  He currently writes the Foreign Policy Blog: … Continue reading

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Bed Down No Longer Authorized

For those Alumni and friends who follow the musings of a recent graduate and his comic Kadet Life you will have most recently have learned that the Lexington Fire Marshal has forbidden hay down until 1600. The Old Corps was authorized hays … Continue reading

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Cadre and the the curious case of the coloring book

As we all know, the Superintendent put out a statement saying that he supported cadet life initiatives for the Corps during exams and that “stress-busters” were a long standing wellness initiative. LtCol P had addressed this in a previous post. … Continue reading

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When you get overpaid, you pay it back

When 10,000 Soldiers get overpaid while in the National Guard because the Pentagon and the NGB made a mistake.  Why should they have to pay it back.  We all remember during the height of the war how the bonuses were … Continue reading

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I went to VMI. . .

But you wouldn’t know by the car I drive…sometimes our alumni can get famous:   Word to the wise you gentlemens and ladies. . .don’t be that guy.

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