By lex, on January 24th, 2007
You’ve had ‘em. I’ve had ‘em. We’ll have ‘em in the future: A slice of life kind of day.
Meetings of course, the bane of civilization. Might be a good idea that no one gets to sit down during a meeting. Keeps the pontification factor to a minimum.
Then there was homework in the Operations Management class. Not hard so much as merely painful. Manual data entry, foregone conclusions that had to be analytically demonstrated. And so on.
Then there was the other class: Major Group Project telcon, and there’s always that one guy who can’t be bothered to do the actual prerequisite reading that would make the telcon a useful expenditure of everyone else’s effort and time. This particular guy has been drafting off the crowd since we came together 18 months or so ago, and the patience, she is wearing thin. Grad ed degrees are all about group projects, and if someone isn’t holding up their end, the eyes of the world, they fall upon him.
Me? I’m not thinking so much about eyes falling upon him. I’m thinking baseball bats.
Slice of life.
Back To The Index
By lex, on January 6th, 2007
Jason L. Dunham, Corporal of Marines, Medal of Honor winner **– the first of the “Long War,” and the first Marine so honored since 1970.
On April 14, 2004, in Iraq near the Syrian border, the corporal used his helmet and his body to smother an exploding Mills Bomb let loose by a raging insurgent whom Dunham and two other Marines tried to subdue.
The explosion dazed and wounded Lance Cpl. William Hampton and Pfc. Kelly Miller. The insurgent stood up after the blast and was immediately killed by Marine small-arms fire.
** 07-19-2018 Original link gone; replacement found – Ed.
Back To The Index
By lex, on January 5th, 2007
I have to admit that I didn’t know quite what to think about the news that Admiral “Fox” Fallon was leaving his command at PACOM to take the reins at CENTCOM. The Pacific Command is the pinnacle of achievement for a Navy four star – as a combatant commander the position is in some ways more to be envied even than that of our premier, the Chief of Naval Operations, who mostly focuses on policy and dealing with Congress.
Which I’m sure is a joy.
By lex, on January 4th, 2007
It’s tempting for us to view the conflict in Somalia between the Islamist Courts Union and the Transitional National Government backed by Ethiopia through our recently acquired understanding of the 21st century Islamist movement, but the conflict in that part of the world between the forces of Northeast African Islam and Ethiopian Christianity has been going on for at least 500 years.
Thu – April 8, 2004
Just a week, and a little distance and salt air to clear the head.
The strike group we were training did very well, in a new and complex scenario. Having fought and won our part in Operation Iraqi Freedom, the Navy is focused on the next campaign that might require naval fires.
By lex, on January 3rd, 2007
I don’t own any handguns, being more of a hunter than a shooter – although these, days, eh: Not so much. Limited access and noli me tangere quia Caesaris sum, etc.
I do enjoy poppin’ me some caps though, so when SNO encouraged me to go with him down to the local, it was with no great reluctance that I accepted. We had intended to get even with some clay pigeons, but the Miramar range * didn’t have the good grace to be open on the Second of January in the Year of Our Lord, 2007 so we defaulted to the indoor range and pistols at 10, 15 and 20 paces.