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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Miami Moment: George George

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To a Soldier Dying Young Whilst in Miami this week, I spent the better part of a day wandering in the City Cemetery (more on that later,) and my eye caught a flat military grave marker, probably because of the soldier’s name: George Manuel George. PFC George was with the 1st Marine Division which meant […]

Thank You for Your Service

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In Harm’s Way In this 17th year of the war in Afghanistan, we Americans express thanks to the troops, the question is for what? Two days ago, at least 55 people were killed and 94 injured in a suicide bombing in the capital, Kabul, during an event “commemorating the birth anniversary of the prophet Muhammad,” […]

11-11-11 and Trump Stays Cozy

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The End of World War One Tomorrow at 11am will mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the first world war. Historians remind us that the war was often fought with 19th-century tactics and 20th-century weapons meaning that troops were endlessly slaughtered by automatic machine gun fire or pulverized by long range artillery barrages, […]

Guiding: Wet But Still Wonderful

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Like many parts of the nation, we have had our share of rain (and more) the past few weeks. There was a nine-day stretch where the sun seemed on vacation from the skies. We can echo that from the standpoint of rain it’s been one of the wettest ever. Because the Potomac River bisects the […]

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