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Leadership: The Colonel Steps Up

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Washington, Braddock and the Battle of the Mon Poor George, he comes down through history as a white haired, grimacing founding father with sore gums and a paunch. It’s hard to imagine the tough, hardened veteran who was fearless in battle again and again. Ah, but a chance to remember: this week is the 264th […]

Normandy Check-In: D + 30

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There to Stay Much hullaballo surrounds June 6, 1944, but the events following seemingly drop off our radar; the battle surely didn’t stop, though. Success depended on pushing inland at Normandy and the Contentin peninsula, both to foil German counterattacks and to make way for succeeding waves of troops, weapons and support elements. Airborne troops […]

IAFF: And Just Like That, Tom Was Gone

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Woodley McGillivary No More Tom Woodley, longtime IAFF legal counsel and managing partner at his law firm has (been) disappeared. Woodley worked with and for the IAFF for decades, going all the way back to when the firm was known as Mulholland and Hickey, more on that later. Woodley advised former IAFF presidents McClennan, Gannon […]

Leadership: D-Day + A Little Luck

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Hitler Micromanages Much is made of D-Day, but the Supremes would never have given it a go without a reasonable expectation that they could at least get ashore. Staying ashore was another matter entirely. Allied forces knew they would face an inevitable counterattack and unlike the decision to choose Normandy, they would have no say […]

IAFF: Beware the Fallen Hero

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What Pat Tillman’s Death Teaches Us Pat Tillman was an NFL player who turned down a 3.6 million dollar contract to join the Army, along with his brother Kevin, after the 9/11 attacks. Their father said,  “We were at war and the idea that my kids would allow someone else to fight their battles for them… […]

Race: Franklin, Earl and Ike

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There’s a meme making the rounds this week marking the anniversary of the decision to imprison American-Japanese and others, after the Pearl Harbor attack in 1941. The error and hastiness of the decision is decried, perhaps as a pointed reference to Trump’s views towards immigrants. The back story is interesting and noteworthy. Many will know […]

Rolling Thunder: Destination Patriotism

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  News reports last week indicate that 2019 will be the final year of the massive motorcycle rally. Rolling Thunder is a subset of Vietnam-era and other veterans and their supporters who love motorcycles and any opportunity to ride them. For many, these motorcycles have become a potent symbol of veteran solidarity and patriotism. One […]

IAFF’s Golsteyn Charged with Murder

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Charges Stem from Afghan Incident IAFF Chief of Operations Mathew Golsteyn has been charged with premeditated murder in the killing of an Afghan man in 2011 while he was deployed there. Read more about Golsteyn here. The news of the killing isn’t really news. The Times reports that the Army investigated the killing in 2013 […]

Leadership: Liars, Cheats and Thieves

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Wishing for Incompetence Oh, for the good old days when the misdeeds and blunders of our leaders were policy-related and borne of incompetence. The worst disasters were errant and stupid wars where presidents led us into military quicksand even when the writing was on the wall. Lyndon Johnson didn’t start us on the road to […]

EMT as White Nationalist

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A Racialist Token This week, Huff Post, the National Enquirer of the left, “outed” Alex J. McNabb, an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) in rural Virginia, as an aspiring Blanco Supremo. Like that was hard to do. McNabb has a foot in every major social media camp including twitter, YouTube, Facebook, podcasts and at least one […]

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