Category Archives: ARMY TRAINING

Fly Navy: GoPro Aircrew Edition

Looks like great fun.

Of course, not every day is skittles and beer. We don’t see the endless hours of effort put in and lonely late night watches stood. But when the military life is fun, it’s really, really fun.

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Grandson of Enola Gay pilot to command B-2 unit

The grandson of the pilot who flew the Enola Gay will command the Air Force’s stealth nuclear bomber unit.

Brig. Gen. Paul W. Tibbets IV will command the 509thBomb Wing at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh announced Friday. Tibbets is currently the deputy director of nuclear operations for U.S. Strategic Command at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska.

via Grandson of Enola Gay pilot to command B-2 unit.

Talk about the family business.

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McCain Launches Goldwater-Nichols Review; How Far Will He Go? « Breaking Defense – Defense industry news, analysis and commentary

WASHINGTON: Sen. John McCain plans a long-term review of the law underpinning the modern American military, the Goldwater-Nichols legislation that created the current chain of command from president to defense secretary to combatant commanders.

“The Committee will be conducting a preliminary examination of the structure, roles, and missions of civilian and military organizations within the (Defense) Department. That will set the stage for a broader review of these issues starting after this year’s NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act) and extending into next year, many of which are tied directly to Goldwater-Nichols Act,” a congressional staff member wrote in an email after McCain spoke this morning at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

via McCain Launches Goldwater-Nichols Review; How Far Will He Go? « Breaking Defense – Defense industry news, analysis and commentary.

I think it is high time to review, and revise, Goldwater-Nichols. Let’s face it, GW was designed for the Cold War. Also, it has long been argued by many that GW and the DOPMA 1980 have contributed greatly to the bloat in higher headquarters.

Exactly how a reorganization should look is an interesting question, and one I haven’t answered in my own mind yet. But it is a question that should be asked. I’m not certain McCain is the right man for the job, but at least he’s got the ball rolling.



First Australians Graduate Growler Program | Homeport Northwest

OAK HARBOR, Wash. – The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) graduated its first five aviators from the training pipeline of the EA-18G Growler during a ceremony at the Naval Air Station Whidbey Island (NASWI) Officers’ Club, Feb. 27.

Australia currently flies F/A-18 Hornets and F/A-18E Super Hornets so joint cooperation on the new EA-18G Growler is based on a familiar airframe.

“It’s gone very well for the first [Australian] graduates,” said Cmdr. Tabb Stringer, Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 129 commanding officer. “It was obvious they hand-picked them and sent really bright people.”

RAAF will continue to train and work with electronic attack squadrons in preparation for receiving their own Growlers. One of the five graduates is already deployed with VAQ-135.

via First Australians Graduate Growler Program | Homeport Northwest.

I have no  doubt that the Oak Harbor community has been making them feel right at home. Indeed, it’s probably something of a social coup to host them for dinner.



Egypt-Saudi Invasion of Yemen Imminent – The American Interest

Events in Yemen continue to accelerate much faster than many experts predicted, and the potential for widespread sectarian war between Sunni and Shi’a grows more acute by the day. In some ways this portends even more trouble than ISIS’s fight against Iran’s proxies in Syria and Iraq: that fight is both bloody and strategically important, but ISIS is also an enemy of the Sunni powers (whose rule it wants to overthrow). Now, the Saudis and their allies are clearly prepared to confront Iran’s allies head-on.

via Egypt-Saudi Invasion of Yemen Imminent – The American Interest.

In the long term, I think events in Yemen will be of greater strategic importance than those involving ISIS. For one thing, I don’t think ISIS can truly destabilize Saudi Arabia.

Also,  I’m kinda scared to read the news this morning, for fear of finding out what the heck else our feckless leadership has screwed up overnight.

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CDR Salamander: Fullbore Friday

One way to know that someone is Fullbore? Well, for starters, they have their own tag at CDRSalamander.

For well over a decade I have seen Ayaan Hirsi Ali for exactly what she is; a hero to the West and the ideals of The Enlightenment.

Strong, fearless and direct – there is no better advocate for the freedoms that the West takes for granted, and few better at describing the true nature of the fringes that threaten modernity, human rights, and the progress of our civilization.

via CDR Salamander: Fullbore Friday.

Like I said at Sal’s place, there’s a reason the left vilifies Ayaan.

Any acknowledgment of Ayaan as a true victim of the war on women (in Islam) has to be avoided or discredited because it shows what an utter sham the supposed GOP war on women is.

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Bowe Bergdahl Charged with Desertion :

Weeks prior to the Army’s announcement on Wednesday that it would charge Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, with desertion, personnel assigned to a unit within the military’s Tampa, Florida-based Central Command headquarters read signs of bad things to come for the man they spent five years searching for in Afghanistan.

“Shortly after Bergdahl disappeared, his parents gave one of Bowe’s horseshoes to Gen. Mattis as a keepsake,” says an Army source who has knowledge of the incident.

General James Mattis, the charismatic, now-retired Marine Corps four-star, was head of Central Command at the time. “Mattis hung the horseshoe at CentCom. He put it on a wall. He hung it prominently, where everyone could see it, every day, as a constant reminder that we were searching for Bowe.”

via Bowe Bergdahl Charged with Desertion :

We don’t usually link to People Magazine,* but SKK is a long time friend of the blog, and she tells an interesting story.


*We do like to read it while waiting for our haircut at Supercuts. Gotta find Load HEAT candidates somewhere!