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Flying Warrants

Posted by lex, on January 8, 2008

 

I spoke at the retirement of a master chief petty officer a few years back. Over supper the night prior he told me that when he’d been a brand-new boot in his first squadron the senior chief petty officer there had been one of the Navy’s last enlisted flyers, a program that dated back to World War II.

Well, here we are again:

The U.S. Navy awarded wings to its first two non-officer pilots in over sixty years. Faced with a growing shortage of pilots, the U.S. Navy has finally adopted a solution the U.S. Army implemented long ago; warrant officer pilots. The first fourteen navy warrant officer pilots were commissioned a year ago and sent off to flight school.

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Aviator Memorial at NAS Lemoore – Lex

Thanks to OldAFSarge and his daughter, the WSO, we Lexicans at the F/B group got together when they were building this memorial and got a brick for Lex.

Thought I  would show you a few pictures, and thanks go to both OldAFSarge and the WSO for facilitating this.

I am putting this into the Rest of Index for posterity…

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Too Good to Fact Check?

Posted by lex, on August 9th, 2011

Last week, freelance journalist Nicholas Schmidle ran a piece about the bin Laden raid so detailed it implied personal interaction with the operators on the mission, if not actual presence. The story quickly made its way around the blogosphere, including these pages.

This week an acquaintance of the writer questions the underpinnings of the article:

All of this makes for a gripping read. Too gripping I thought to myself.  As it turned out, there is one very serious problem with Mr. Schmidle’s account: Schmidle never met any of the SEALs involved, as reported (with great tact and restraint) by Paul Farhi on August 3.

Farhi reached the same conclusion as I had: “a casual reader of the article wouldn’t know that [he had not interviewed the SEALS]; neither the article nor an editor’s note describes the sourcing for parts of the story. Schmidle, in fact, piles up so many details about some of the men, such as their thoughts at various times, that the article leaves a strong impression that he spoke with them directly.”

It’s an interesting read, although you may well forgo the comments section.

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Hope and Change?

Posted by lex, on August 9th, 2011

So two-and-a-half years ago.

The new theme is slash and burn, according to Politico:

Barack Obama’s aides and advisers are preparing to center the president’s reelection campaign on a ferocious personal assault on Mitt Romney’s character and business background, a strategy grounded in the early-stage expectation that the former Massachusetts governor is the likely GOP nominee.

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Culture of Conformity

By lex, on August 9th, 2011

An interesting article on the Army’s “culture of conformity” submitted by occasional reader Red which may shed some light on what the authors believe is a long-running and systemic inability of the elder service’s officer corps to adapt to changing conditions:

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New Sub

Posted by lex, on August 9th, 2011

Huntington Ingalls Industries-Newport News Shipbuilding has delivered the future USS California to the Navy for commissioning over eight months ahead of schedule, according to the UPI:

“The quality and professionalism of our Navy/shipbuilding team is evident in California’s outstanding performance during its recent sea trials and early delivery,” said Program Executive Officer for Submarines Rear Adm. David Johnson.

California required 65 months to build. It is the eighth Virginia-class submarine and is the first delivered under the HII–NNS banner, the company said.

The next major event for California will be its commissioning Oct. 29 in Norfolk, Va.

California’s commissioning is the second-to-last major acquisition milestone for the Virginia-class program in 2011.

Unlike her namesake, the California will only spend part of her time under water.

 

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A Week Late

Posted by lex, on August 10th, 2011

Thirty-eight lives short:

The Taliban who shot at a US military helicopter which crashed, leaving 38 American and Afghan troops dead, have been killed, a US commander has said.

General John Allen, US forces commander in Afghanistan, said those responsible had been targeted in an air strike.

Separately, Nato said in a statement the strike had killed Taliban leader Mullah Mohibullah and the insurgent who fired at the helicopter.

“The strike killed Taliban leader Mullah Mohibullah and the insurgent who fired the shot associated with the August 6th downing of the CH-47 helicopter,” the Nato-led International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) statement said.

But Isaf did not specify whether it was Taliban fire that had brought down the Chinook in Wardak province, west of Kabul.

Speaking to reporters at the Pentagon on Wednesday, Gen Allen said international forces learned where the insurgents had fled to, sought them out and killed them.

“We dealt with them in a kinetic strike,” Mr Allen said.

Traditionally, the blogger attempts to place something pithy or wise here.

Today, I’ve got nothing.

 

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