Category Archives: Army National Guard

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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The Curious Case of Major General Schwartz, of the DC Guard

Here’s a further look, with some explanations, of the unfortunate recent episode in which the current commander of the DC National Guard, one Major General Errol R. Schwartz, appeared at first blush to have been fired (FIRED!) by incoming President … 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

Posted in Afghanistan, Army, Army National Guard, Army Reserve, Iraq, Leadership, Readiness, The Long War, Uncategorized, Veterans' Issues | 7 Comments

New CSA Easing Tensions With Guard

Been in a couple of meetings and have seen this first hand.  General Milley gets it.  Just like his reaching out to members of Congress he is reaching out to members of the Guard through personal relationships.  Clearly the tenure … Continue reading

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Meet Brigadier General Lapthe Flora, VMI ’87

Congrats to VMI’s newest general officer, and the class of 87’s fifth if I’m not mistaken. He has a great story: The son of a South Vietnamese merchant marine, Flora came of age as Communist forces cracked down on the … Continue reading

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Relegate the ARNG to COIN

Once again the Army War College is proving it is the mental midget of the Senior Service Colleges (that is saying a lot as the Air War College is considered a gentleman’s school for aspiring USAF GOs).  It released a … Continue reading

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Report on the National Commission on the Future of the Army.

I had a chance to review the Report of the National Commission. NCFA_Full Final Report_0-2 The panel was headed Retired General Carter Ham and Mr. Tom Lamont former Assistant Secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs.  I know … Continue reading

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