Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Mystery Dolphin Question

I recently ran across these dolphins and couldn't believe I had never seen them before. Any guesses from the learned of the fleet?

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Submariners of 9/11

Pat Murphy
Brian Moss
While we take a collective moment to remember the cowardly terrorist attacks of 9/11, let's take a special moment and remember our brother Submariners that perished that day, doing their duty.

ET1 (SS) Brian Anthony Moss USN, USS Alabama
LCDR Patrick J. Murphy USNR, USS Sand Lance, USS Daniel Webster
LCDR Ronald J. Vauk USNR, USS Glenard P. Lipscomb, USS Oklahoma City

Moss was on active duty and assigned to the Pentagon while Murphy and Vauk were both Reservists completing their AT.

Ron Vauk
Let us remember these brothers today and keep their families in our prayers.

If I missed any submariners from 9/11, please let me know and I'll update the post.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Up From The Ranks

COL Rocky Farr, SF, CM, PF, FS, etc., etc.

I saw this and just had to pass it along. Col. Rocky Farr has gone from the jungles of Viet Nam to the halls of medicine and now serves as the SOCCOM Command Surgeon. Needless to say, this Doc knows his stuff. Can you imagine a Navy Doctor with more than 40 years of service with the formative portion being in a line unit as a trigger puller?

If this guy can hold on for a few months, I will nominate him to be Surgeon General. Whenever he decides to retire, I think I may know a worthy successor from the Naval Service.

To often, very talented enlisted personnel never make rank and ultimately leave the service. But here recently, it seems like prior enlisted officers are popping up all over the place. This is a good trend as I see it and I hope it continues. Anybody that can come up as a hard way warrior has my vote of confidence.

When I first arrived at Lejeune to serve alongside Uncle Sam's Misguided Children, I saw a pattern emerge over the course of two week of Marine Corps Indoctrination Training with a group of Chaplains and RP's. We were a mixed lot with both officers and enlisted folks who were there to learn about the mission of the USMC.

Several of the Chaplains had been prior enlisted but one of them was constanlty stopped by young enlisted Marines that need someone to talk to. He had been a Force Recon Marine and had served out his enlistment, gone to college and then to Seminary, was ordained in the Southern Baptist Church and had returned as a reserve Chaplain Captain.

Once those young Marines saw the Parachutist Wings and the Dive Badge combined with the Cross, they were drawn to him. We waited quite a few times for the good chaplain to hear a request or give advice. But it proved the necessity of the Chaplains role in the modern force.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Hero Nominates Hero

Imagine my surprise when the GOP roll call of states at the convention reached Maryland and the votes for John McCain were cast by none other than Commander Everette Alvarez. Alvarez was the longest serving POW in Viet Nam having been shot down in 1964.

Alvarez flew A-4's off of the USS Constellation. When Alvarez was shot down, the North Vietnamese Communists staged a parade through the streets of Hanoi with locals shouting, "Alvarez, Alvarez, Sonovabitch!Sonovabitch!"

Alvarez has been vocal in his support of McCain, writing an article entitled, "War is Personal for McCain and Me."

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Sound Off On Uniforms

Navy Times wants to hear from the Navy community (that includes vets too!) what you think about the new enlisted khakis. I touched on this a couple of weeks ago. I know change is inevitable but the US military seems to be hell bent on haggling with tailors on new uniforms while we have bigger fish to fry.

I forgot to mention the Coast Guard's recent tune up of the ODU. They call their fatigues "operational" vs. "battle" dress uniforms. The Coasties can now leave their shirttails untucked. If you're in the USCG, USCGR or the Auxiliary you can pick up the old uniforms at fire sale prices.

Not to be outdone by all of this maritime change, the Army has announced the death of the office greens. The venerable old blues will now be used in their place. Though, come to think of it, I don't ever see the doggies in green. They apparently get to wear BDU's everywhere while Marines can't stop to get gas on the way home from the base in them.

While the cover story the DoA is pushing talks about the history of the blues going back to the days of the horse cavalry and Washington's Continentals, I tend to remember the blue uniform as the one that burned down the South during the War of Northern Aggression.

The Army could use a regional variant for use in the South to avoid unearthing bad memories. The Citadel uses a nice, welcoming uniform.

Anyway, if you are interested in keeping up on the latest uniform changes, check out Military Uniform Gouge.