This one is pretty easy….
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Had a conversation tonight that included “Donkey Dick” and “Dogbone” both of which are terms universally applied in lieu of proper nomenclature for c0mmon items in the Infantry. In fact, in both cases, I don’t know the actual nomenclature. Tactical radios were commonly referred to as “pricks” but that was mostly because their actual designation began with “PRC-___.”
It’s awfully common for items in the Army to be known by a name that has no relation to what the government actually calls it.
What have you seen called by a common name that may raise some eyebrows?
USS GEORGE H.W. BUSH, At Sea (NNS) — The Navy’s X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstrator (UCAS-D) has begun touch and go landing operations aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) May 17.
For UCAS-D, this represents the most significant technology maturation of the program. Ship relative navigation and precision touchdown of the X-47B are critical technology elements for all future Unmanned Carrier Aviation (UCA) aircraft.
Don Blottenberger, UCAS-D Deputy Program manager, commented, “This landing, rubber hitting deck, is extremely fulfilling for the team and is the culmination of years of relative navigation development. Now, we are set to demonstrate the final pieces of the demonstration.”
Earlier in the week, the UCAS-D test team and CVN 77 worked together to successfully complete the first ever launch of an unmanned aircraft from an aircraft carrier proving the importance of introducing unmanned aviation into the already powerful arsenal of aircraft squadrons.
“We are proud to be a part of another historic first for Naval Aviation. The landing was spot-on and it’s impressive to witness the evolution of the Carrier Air Wing,” said Capt. Brian E. Luther, Commanding Officer USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77)
I missed this story on Friday. Compared to a catapult launch, this is a far more impressive accomplishment. When the cat strokes, you WILL go flying. But performing an approach to touchdown in the landing area of a carrier is far, far more complex. I’d be interested in hearing some of the inside details (are all X-47 approaches made from Marshall or do they fly a daylight, zip-lip pattern like their meat-brained counterparts?).
Sometime this summer, they’ll put the hook down, and make an arrested landing. After that, they’ll likely start looking how a UAV integrates with manned aircraft and cyclic carrier operations.
It’s the weekly gun thread over at Ace of Spades, written by our buddy Andy. And the Scary Gun of the Week is an early Assault Rifle, the Springfield M1903A3.
We have a long affinity for, and association with the ‘03A3.
In the fall of 1982, as we began our sophomore year, as a member of the high school NJROTC, we tried out for, and were accepted onto, the Armed Drill Team.
The Armed Drill Team would compete against other JROTC teams in the area in three phases of competition- In Ranks Inspection, Regulation Drill, and Exhibition Drill. Obviously, the “armed” part meant that the members of the team had to be under arms, and for that, the US Navy had provided our unit with a selection of M1903A3 rifles. But for various reasons, the Navy wasn’t keen on giving out actual honest to goodness weapons (mostly a matter of secure storage). So the weapons had their barrels plugged, and their bolt actions welded shut. Further, the wood stocks had been replaced by a plastic stock, which was much more resistant to breaking when we inevitably dropped the piece.
At about 9.5 pounds, the ‘03A3 was a pretty hefty piece, but it was also wonderfully balance, and for drill, just about perfect. It may have been surpassed as a weapon of war, but to this day it is still the preferred piece for ceremonial units such as the Army Drill Team, and for color guards both in and out of the service.
It was also quite capable of inflicting some significant trauma. Esli was there when I lost my two front teeth to one. And Esli and Jay were both present when I had one thunk me right on the crown of my skull and leave me dazed and confused. And goodness knows all the times I picked up minor cuts and bruises from one.
Just about the day after graduation, I memory dumped all the nomenclature and other information about the ‘03 (I had to memorize all the M16A1 stuff in its place!).
But when I found myself in college, and again on an armed drill team, I had to relearn all that stuff. And at the college level, the weapons were not demilitarized, but actual functioning weapons. That meant finding secure storage for them. We ended up storing them at the campus police office.
There are quite a few Springfields in civilian hands, and are popular rifles. Very well made, they have a great reputation for reliability and accuracy. And the .30-06 cartridge rightly holds a place as one of the greatest rounds in history.
SAN DIEGO — In the ocean off Coronado, a Navy team has discovered a relic worthy of display in a military museum: a torpedo of the kind deployed in the late 19th century, considered a technological marvel in its day.
But don’t look for the primary discoverers to get a promotion or an invitation to meet the admirals at the Pentagon — although they might get an extra fish for dinner or maybe a pat on the snout.
The so-called Howell torpedo was discovered by bottlenose dolphins being trained by the Navy to find undersea objects, including mines, that not even billion-dollar technology can detect.
“Dolphins naturally possess the most sophisticated sonar known to man,” Braden Duryee, an official at the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific said after the surprising discovery.
Might cool. Even a 19th Century torpedo is an incredibly sophisticated piece of machinery. Just the depth control mechanism is very complex. We tend to forget just how brilliant some engineers were in those days.
Deployed dad makes surprise return — disguised as catcher while daughter throws first pitch | Big League Stew – Yahoo! Sports
Your feel good story of the day.
I have no ear for music. I couldn’t tell a G flat from a flat tire. But one thing I can tell is the sound of the Pratt & Whitney R-3350 radial engine. So as I was sitting by the pool today, my ears perked up in an autonomic reaction, as FiFi, the world’s only flying B-29 went overhead.
No pics this time. But as always, a joy to hear.
Hadfield comes home to $1.37 million Rogers phone bill – The Beaverton – North America’s Trusted Source of News
KAZAKHSTAN – After five months in space, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield was shocked to discover his cell phone provider has charged him well over a million dollars for data usage and roaming charges while he was in space.
“This is ridiculous,” said the 53 year-old who recently commanded the International Space Station and a proud owner of an iPhone 5. “I only Instagrammed a few hundred pictures of the sun coming up over the Sahara Desert and a thunderstorm over the Pacific Ocean, posted my videos of me eating in space a few dozen times on Twitter and watched a few YouTube videos of goats that sound like humans and that’s it!”
His phone had airplane mode, but not spaceship mode.
It’s the 12th anniversary of my cousin’s business. Every year, he holds a BBQ at the shop to celebrate (and generate a touch of goodwill with the local plumbers). So I had pulled pork, smoked sausage, and ribs with about 600 of my closest friends.
This was just one of about half a dozen grills/smokers.
Mr. RFH told the story today of his co-worker having to go to the Army Surplus store to buy a vintage ACU. Seems that he has to turn in an ACU that he’s had since ROTC days, and that was many moons and many moves ago. It was either buy an ACU for $100 from the surplus store or the Army will charge him $180. Yay.
This reminded me of having to turn in everything every time I completed a co-op quarter. There was a 23-item checklist, including keys and labcoats. I never did find out what would happen if I didn’t turn in everything. My first co-op quarter ended with a snowstorm in December and most of the management chain taking the day off. It took some searching to find a workaholic willing to sign that I had indeed turned in everything. My last co-op quarter, they insisted that I still had a labcoat checked out. I searched all over until a co-worker took pity on me and let me turn in one of his. I returned the favor when he retired. Gonna be interesting when I retire, to see if they still have one more labcoat on my tab. Bets?
From about 1890 to the end of the Cold War, the US Navy had a fairly stable system in place for naming ships. The easiest was to show this is in tabular form.
|Carriers- CV||Famous Battles or ships|
|Carriers, Escort- CVE||Bays, Harbors|
|Cruisers- CA, CL, CLAA||Cities|
|Destroyers- DD||Navy/Marine Corps Heroes|
|Destroyer Escorts/Frigates- DD, FF||Navy/Marine Corps Heroes|
|Submarines- SS. SSN||Fish, Nautical Creatures|
For a long time, the Navy mostly followed these guidelines. There were some exceptions (and I’ve left out dozens of ship classes) but in general, just by knowing the name of the ship, you could know with some fair precision just what type of ship it was. It was logical, orderly, neat and tidy.
So of course, the Navy quit doing that.
Let’s take a look class by class.
Battleships- No more were built after World War II, so that convention was suspended for a while.
Carriers- With the end of World War II, plans for future construction were shelved, and only the three Midway class “battle carriers” were finished. Of these, two maintained the convention, but one, CVB-42, was named for recently deceased Franklin D. Roosevelt. We can bemoan the practice of naming carriers for presidents, but if any president should have earned the honor, a strong case can be made for FDR. Few presidents loved the Navy as much, and certainly none were as well regarded by the Navy as a whole.
Unfortunately, after the aborted attempt to build CV-58 – The USS United States- the next ship, the first US supercarrier to be built, was named for the first US Secretary of Defense, James Forrestal. While Forrestal was in many ways an admirable man, it started a rather lamentable trend of naming capital ships after politicians. Fortunately, the rest of the ships of that class were named in a rather more traditional manner. Not until CV-67 would the Navy name a carrier for a man, John F. Kennedy. In a misguided attempt to honor a fellow sailor, the navy opened the floodgates. While the next carrier would be named for an admiral, pretty much the rest of the Nimitz class could be better described at “the political class.’ And by naming ships after politicians in a nation with an often bitter political divide, they set the stage for bitter partisan battles over naming ships. How long until we see a USS Bill Clinton or USS Barack Obama?
Some changes were the result of advancing technologies. For instance, while a nuclear sub was a nuclear sub, a Ballistic Missile Nuclear Sub with more firepower than all the battleships of history combined probably needed a more fitting name than, say, “USS Hagfish.” And so the “41 for Freedom” ballistic missile subs were named for historical American figures, starting with George Washington. That’s pretty defensible. Especially since the honorees at least were dead, and for the most part, quite historical figures.
When the Los Angeles class nuclear attack subs faced an authorization vote in congressional committee, suddenly the naming convention for subs switched from fish to cities. Arguably, the SSN is a successor the the cruiser in many ways. But in a remarkable coincidence, the names chosen for the first 12 boats were cities in the states of the members of the committee. As ADM Rickover famously noted, “Fish don’t vote!”
But with subs being named for cities, when the Navy decided to again build cruisers,* they started naming them after historic battles of American history, such as Ticonderoga, and Hue City.
So far, only destroyers and frigates have a solid record of maintaining their naming convention, with one or two exceptions, none too egregious.
The LCS class…. When the names of the first two ships were announced, there were howls of derision, and in the case of LCS-2, outrage. LCS-2 was christened USS Independence. The previous USS Independence was a Forrestal class carrier, and thousands of sailors thought it an insult to that fine ship’s heritage to name such a lowly ship after it.
In the wake of that PR fiasco, the Secretary of the Navy came up with the retroactive, and insulting, explanation that the ships were named for mid-sized American cities. Sure, there’s a town called Freedom somewhere, and of course, Independence, MO. But really, it was just the Navy pinning patriotic buzzwords on the ship. I mean, who in Congress would vote to kill Freedom?**
The follow on ships have mostly been named for cities, but even here, we see the convention being abandoned, with LCS-10 being named for former US Representative Gabrielle Giffords, who’s only c0nnection to the Navy I can see is being the wife of a sailor. The naming of LCS-10 was widely seen as the SecNav pandering to the President’s gun control legislation push, and few if any sailors were thrilled by the announcement.
To some extent, ship naming has always been influenced by political considerations. But the sheer level of pandering to special interests, and shunning of naval tradition and heritage of the last few years argues strongly for Congress to revisit the sole authority granted to SecNav to name ships, and perhaps they need to codify some of the conventions in law.
*Actually, just really big destroyers, but their huge price tags justified calling them cruisers.
**OK, yeah, I know, every Democrat in Congress and the White house is trying to kill Freedom…. as a concept.
Days after Hitler’s suicide a group of American soldiers, French prisoners, and, yes, German soldiers defended an Austrian castle against an SS division—the only time Germans and Allies fought together in World War II. Andrew Roberts on a story so wild that it has to be made into a movie.
My Mom won’t read this, as she’s computer illiterate. But to all the Moms out there that read this (or write for it), here’s to you, and I hope you have a wonderful day.
A year or two ago, in discussing small infantry units, Esli mentioned that the current doctrinal emphasis of the Maneuver Center of Excellence (formerly, the Infantry School) was on making the rifle squad more lethal, more effective, more of an overmatch to the enemy equivalent.
The current US Army 9 man rifle squad* versus an enemy of comparable size has several significant advantages, and yet also faces serious disadvantages.
First, US squads tend to be better educated and better trained in infantry combat, in both the technical and tactical aspects. They are virtually never without some type of supporting fires on call, from machine gun teams and anti-armor weapons at the squad level, company and battalion level mortar fire, through brigade and higher level artillery, and even close air support.
The soldiers of the rifle squad have body armor, clothing and load bearing equipment that is far better than their opponents. Their food is healthier, and less likely to lead to illness. Their communications are generally better. His night vision devices are almost always far more capable than the enemy’s.
But the US rifle squad also has its problems…
That body armor and load bearing equipment leads to soldiers carrying loads that severely limit the mobility and agility of the squad. These same heavy loads also lead to an increase in sports type injuries. Rules of engagement often delay or prevent supporting fires from higher echelons from joining the fight in a timely manner. That healthful and nutritious food is heavy, further increasing the soldier’s load, and tying him to a logistical chain. His communications and night vision devices all require large amounts of battery power, all of which has to be manpacked.
As to weapons, frankly small arms are small arms. We can spend the next fifty years debating the relative merits of the M16/M4 family versus the AK family that have spent the last fifty years fighting one another. But neither weapon so overmatches the other as to be decisive. The same is true for any other weapons found in the rifle squad or the threat squad.
So, today we find ourselves in a situation where a US squad can pretty much hold its own with any similar sized threat. And generally, it will come out better than the enemy.
But that isn’t the goal. The goal, the desire is to be confident that virtually any time a US squad encounters an enemy formation of similar size, the US squad can fix it, fight it, finish it, hunting it down and destroying it. Today, most squad on squad engagements are not decisive- either one or the other force breaks contact and lives to fight another day.
Now, in the context I just shared with you, that sounds kinda nuts. One of the primary problems the dismounted infantry squad faces is the crushing burden of carrying the stuff they already have.
But the report does make some sense. The Army has spent untold billions designing network centric warfare capabilities the give commanders unprecedented ability to “see” the battlefield. A commander can know almost instantly where his forces are, and with support from UAVs and other intel assets, very often where enemy forces are, even before the battle is joined.
But once a squad leaves its vehicles, it is cut off from this network. Its only data stream, if you will, is voice radio. And the “bandwidth” of voice radio is awfully narrow. It is very, very difficult to transmit a clear tactical picture through words alone, especially absent the non-verbal cues humans routinely use in face to face communications. Even with standardized formats, the limits to how much information can pass from the squad to higher, or from higher down to the squad is very limited.
In the past, we’ve mentioned the possibility of using smart phones on the battlefield to increase the dismount squad’s ability to access data, rather than just voice. And there’s some hope for that. But smart phones aren’t exactly set up to run on Army tactical radio networks. Further, a smart phone is not the most ergonomic way to present information. You know it is foolhardy to text and drive. How much more foolhardy is it to text and shoot? So a more “heads up” method of presenting the information in an intuitive manner will eventually be needed.
And whatever technology comes along, it will have to weigh less than the current state of the art. And not only will it have to weigh less, its batteries will have to weigh much less.
Further, for all the advantages technology may in the future give the squad, it is not without its own burdens, even beyond simple weight. Every piece of equipment calls for maintenance and training, both of which take time. And time available for training is limited. What other training should the squad sacrifice to achieve competency in these new technologies?
Do we sacrifice time spent on marksmanship? Fire and movement? First aid? Weapons maintenance? Map reading? Sexual assault awareness and prevention training? Language and cultural training for upcoming deployments? It isn’t like there isn’t enough on the plate already.
The report also pings Big Army for spending far more money and attention on big ticket acquisition programs than on the bread and butter of everyday stuff used at the squad level. The Program Executive Officer for Command and Control technologies is a Major General. The PEO for small arms is a Colonel, who, judging by the fact he’s been there for several years, ain’t a “comer” for stars.
So what do we do? I don’t know. I’m not entirely sure, absent a far greater willingness to take casualties, we can make the rifle squad capable of decisively defeating a threat squad.
And I’m not even sure that should be the goal. The great strength of the Army, and indeed all our services, has long, long been not so much our technology, but our ability to “systemize our systems.”
In an artillery duel, the US doesn’t fight gun against gun. It pits US target acquisition, communications, fire control, guns and ammunition (as well as soldiers, doctrine, and training) against the foe. And no other nation has shown the talent for tying together these elements to effectively produce a whole far greater than the sum of their parts. I’ve used artillery here as an example, but the general rule applies across the entire armed forces. The challenge is to continue to understand that technology is a tool that enables this synchronization, and not a substitute for it.
*Marine rifle squads have thirteen members. Basically, they add an extra fire team to each squad.
The Luftwaffe’s JG-71 “Richtofen” is one of the most storied fighter squadrons in history.
JG-71 formed in 1959 and equipped initially with the Canadair Sabre, the Lockheed F-104 Starfighter and (up until very recently) the McDonnell Douglas F-4F Phantom. They are now flying the Eurofighter Typhoon and have recently been solely equipped with the type.
One of the few squadrons tasked strictly with the air-defense mission, JG-71’s Phantom days go back to 1974 and were one of the Luftwaffe fighter squadrons to fulfill NATO QRA duties over the Baltic and Iceland. On 8 May 2013 those Phantom days came to an end.
From 2010 to 2013 JG-71 flew both the Phantom and the Eurofighter Typhoon. This month they’ve said auf wiedersehen to the Phantom.
It’s been a fun ride indeed…
[Updates]: Photorecon has some photos and a short JG-71 Phantom history.
Also, the “official” site for the Phantom retirement is here (in German). Lot’s of cool geedunk there if you’re so inclined.
Today, May 10, is Military Spouse Appreciation Day.
I don’t have one, but many of you do. Go appreciate the heck out of her. It’s a tough gig.
And for those readers who are military spouses, here’s a big hug. Thanks for supporting your trooper.
China’s top newspaper on Wednesday published a call for a review of Japan’s sovereignty over the island of Okinawa — home to major US bases — with the Asian powers already embroiled in a territorial row.
The lengthy article in the People’s Daily, China’s most-circulated newspaper and the mouthpiece of the ruling Communist party, argued that the country may have rights to the Ryukyu chain, which includes Okinawa.
The island is home to major US air force and marine bases as well as 1.3 million people, who are considered more closely related to Japan in ethnic and linguistic terms than to China.
The authors of the article, two scholars at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, considered China’s top state-run think-tank, said the Ryukyus were a “vassal state” of China before Japan annexed the islands in the late 1800s.
“Unresolved problems relating to the Ryukyu Islands have reached the time for reconsideration,” wrote Zhang Haipeng and Li Guoqiang, citing post-World War II declarations that required Japan to return Chinese territory.
I knew in my bones I’d see it at CDR Salamander’s place this morning.
China in the last 5 or so years has become increasingly expansionistic. As their military and economic power has risen, so to has a significant percentage of both the leadership and the population become more vocal about reclaiming territories they deem their own.
Ten years ago, the supposition was China primarily posed an expansionistic threat to Taiwan. Today, the emphasis has shifted away from Taiwan. That doesn’t reflect a change in mainland China’s goal for control of Taiwan, but rather a belief by many that sooner or later, Taiwan will fall effectively, if not de jure, under Chinese rule.
What is interesting in this case is that most of the previous recent disputes about maritime properties have related to areas with potential for resource exploitation such as oil, gas, or fishing rights. While there is certainly economic potential in the Ryukyus, any Chinese control of Okinawa would best be seen as an outpost of a defensive chain, much as the Japanese used several chains of islands during World War II. For that matter, much as we use it as a forward outpost today.
This increasingly aggressive foreign policy has sparked something of an arms race along the Rim of the Pacific. South Korea, already committed to strong self defense against its nutty neighbors to the north has in the past few years put great effort into expanding its navy. Today is it fielding world class blue water destroyers and helicopter carriers. The North Koreans have virtually no navy, and while this buildup can be seen as a balance against Japan, the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force has long had a significant destroyer force. That force never lead to South Korea building up its navy before. Once can only conclude it is in response to the expansion of the Chinese fleet.
One wonders what major shift in US foreign policy may have occurred in the past five years that might have encouraged China to embrace an increasingly confrontational foreign policy. Of course, the Chinese bear ultimate responsibility for their actions, but failure of the US to provide clear leadership and an unambiguous policy in the region isn’t helping matters.
I don’t normally tell people to turn to Cracked for the skinny on what military life is like.
But in this case, the “5 Things” is actually not half bad. The author is most likely Air Force, as I can tell you we in the Army didn’t spend endless hours on our uniforms. We spent endless hours marching (well, walking, really) to and from various classrooms.
Waaaaaay back late last Autumn, Anthony at Lucky Gunner sent me two boxes of PMC Bronze .45 ACP ammunition to evaluate. Well, winter came not long after Thanksgiving here in Vahmahnt, don’tcha know. And it lasted until about two weeks ago. (So much for Global Warming.) I have become rather unwilling, in my old age, to endure misery without a damned good reason. And, unfortunately, I consider standing in the sleet or in a 20 knots breeze generating a wind chill of single digits or below zero to be somewhat miserable.
Enough sniveling. A couple weekends ago, the weather was sufficiently improved (40 and sunny) to take those two boxes of ammo, and three of my 1911s, to the range. I hadn’t pulled triggers for real in four months, being limited to presentation, dry-fire, and magazine change drills. So I did some warming up with all three pistols, a modified full-size 5″ 1911 with a match trigger and hammer, a 5″ Colt Gold Cup, and my carry piece, a 3.5″ Para-ordnance 12-45, using CCI .45 ACP at 230 grains.
Once I re-established sight-picture for each weapon and gave each a few strategically-placed drops of CLP, I was ready to test the PMC ammo. The ammunition was 230-grain round-nose (“ball”) FMJ, generating 350 ft-lbs of energy with a MV of 830 fps. I fired first two strings of slow fire (5 rds ea.) from each pistol at 25 yards. Recoil was very consistent, as was ejection of the casings. Each pistol functioned flawlessly with the PMC ammunition, without any feeding, chambering, or ejection problems. Except for a pair of wanderers when the hammer fell in the wrong spot on the “figure eight”, all the rounds were tucked safely in the eight-ring, nine-ring, and ten-ring, with a number of X-shots.
The next string was 25 yards rapid, firing a magazine as fast as I could re-acquire the target from each weapon. The ammunition was again as accurate as the shooter, and then some. I fired some pretty good strings, and had that sense that the ammunition was impacting exactly where I’d been aiming when the hammer dropped. Each weapon again functioned flawlessly. Recoil was smooth and consistent, making second-round acquisition quite manageable.
The final string was 15-yard double-tap drills with each weapon. One mag of 6 rds each from the Gold Cup and the custom gun was fired, but I concentrated, not surprisingly, on my carry sidearm in expending the remainder of the ammunition. The PMC ammunition went through each weapon without a stoppage or malfunction, the consistent recoil paying big dividends with accuracy in the double-tap, especially with the Para 12-45.
I inspected each weapon thoroughly upon the conclusion of firing, and found that the PMC Bronze burned cleanly and without leaving brass shavings from the primer or case rim, as others have. Cleaning was light lifting. I would highly recommend PMC Bronze from your 1911, or from any .45 ACP-chambered handgun you might own.
*About Damned Time
In the course of writing that post on cold launches, I drifted off and started looking at legacy missile systems, including the Titan ICBM. I’m mostly familiar with the Titan II. Why I never gave any th0ught to the Titan I, I just don’t know.
Here’s what caught my eye. Unlike most ballistic missiles, the Titan I wasn’t guided by an inertial platform, but rather was a radio command guidance system. An ATHENA digital computer at the Launch Control Complex managed the radar tracking and command guidance.
One presumes that after a certain time to establish the missile on a proper trajectory to its target, the radar and command guidance terminated. Each LCC had three Titan I missiles, but only one ATHENA system.
Titan I was fueled with RP-1 (very purely refined kerosene) and liquid oxygen. Since LOX doesn’t store very well, the missiles had to be stored unfueled, and only loaded with LOX prior to launch. That takes time.
The Titan II missile that quickly replaced the earlier model used storable propellant- namely hydrazine and dinitrogen tetroxide. While those were more storable than kerosene and LOX, they had their own issues. The Titan II also used an inertial guidance system.
Being a missileer has to be on of the more frustrating career paths in the Air Force. At least back in the days of SAC, they got a modicum of respect. Today, half the country doesn’t even realize they still pull duty in the bunkers. And I’m just guessing they don’t always get the top performers from the various officer accession routes.
“At 0001 hrs BDST 7 May 1945 the mission of this Allied force was accomplished. signed Eisenhower.”
Such a simple message. The efforts of millions of men of the Allied Expeditionary Force, the blood of tens of thousands, the treasure of nations. An epic struggle to determine the course of humanity.
The war in western Europe was without a doubt the greatest achievement of American arms. The Army was willed into existence, trained, deployed, supplied, fought and won in a space of time that today would find staffs and program managers today still trying to gin up a good acronym to name the program.
USAF sexual assault prevention chief arrested for sexual battery | Air Force Times | airforcetimes.com
The Chief of the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response branch of the Air Force was arrested and charged with sexual battery in Arlington, Va., over the weekend.
Lt. Col. Jeff Krusinski, 41, of Arlington is accused of fondling a woman in a Crystal City parking lot shortly after midnight May 5.
“A drunken male subject approached a female victim in a parking lot and grabbed her breasts and buttocks,” the Arlington County Police Department crime report reads.
Really, what the heck can I say?