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Magic Body Control of the Mercedes Benz

Move over Camel.  These are some true Funky Chickens.

Marketing genius.

H/T to LisaF

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Load HEAT – Jaclyn Smith

I didn’t see a Load HEAT in the hopper for today, but XBrad’s been traveling. I’m going old school today and picking Jaclyn Smith. How many of you guys had crushes on the Charlie’s Angels? She’s been on Law & Order and CSI in recent years.

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Load HEAT – Candace Bailey

She’s been on Jericho and Attack of the Show!. A little skinnier than I would normally pick, but XBrad had nothing and Mav had a repeat. Please welcome Candace Bailey to the Load HEAT!

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Load HEAT – Kristin Chenoweth

Since XBrad doesn’t seem to have a Load HEAT post, I will step in with Kristin Chenoweth. West Wing, Pushing Daisies, Glee, and some Broadway work, and she looks nice on the red carpet.

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Leadership and Responsibility on the Longest Day

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Our landings in the Cherbourg-Havre area have failed to gain a satisfactory foothold and I have withdrawn the troops. My decision to attack at this time and place was based upon the best information available. The troops, the air and the Navy did all that Bravery and devotion to duty could do. If any blame or fault attaches to the attempt it is mine alone.

The troops did not fail.  More than 140,000 Allied soldiers came ashore at Normandy, on this day 69 years ago.   The Second Front so long in the coming was established.  The cost was more than ten thousand casualties, of which approximately 4,000 were killed.  The same number that died in Iraq in eight years, died on the French coast in a single morning.   Tens of thousands more would die before Nazi Germany surrendered unconditionally eleven months and one day later.

General Dwight Eisenhower’s famous note hearkens to a brand of leadership seemingly all but extinct today.   People in positions of great responsibility shouldering the burden for their decisions and everything that is done or fails to be done by those in their charge.    What difference does it make?   The difference between victory and defeat, liberty and subjugation, existence and extinction.

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1 April 1945: Love Day

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Today is the 68th anniversary of L-Day, known as “Love Day” to the half a million Allied soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines whose mission was the conquest of the island of Okinawa.    An armada of 1,300 ships included 40 CVs, CVLs, and CVEs, and close to 400 amphibious vessels carrying 187,000 troops, thousands of trucks, artillery tubes, mortars, tanks, amtraks, and many thousands of tons of ammunition and all classes of supply to sustain the landing force of the XXIV Corps and the Marine III Amphibious Corps in the fighting ashore.

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The Japanese, to the surprise and immense relief of the invasion force, barely contested the beaches.  Almost every unit came ashore without opposition, as the first night saw more than 60,000 ashore.   The Japanese 32nd Army’s 100,000 defenders and the locally recruited militia of Okinawan men would instead meet their American enemy inland, in expertly-prepared and defended positions on key terrain.   But all of that, the massive kikusui of the kamikaze aircraft, the drenching rains that turned the island into a reprise of the horrors of the Western Front in the Great War, the savage fighting for Naha and the Shuri line, the Half-Moon, Sugar Loaf, the sacrifice of the Yamato battle squadron in Operation Ten-Gō, the massed suicides of civilians, was yet to come.   On this day, casualties were negligible, and a lodgment established.   The question became not if, but when, Okinawa would fall.

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Fire Support In Vietnam

Most of the video is just run of the mill artillery stuff, and thus not terribly interesting, but check out the three-shot grenade launcher at 6:10. What the heck is that thing?

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Load HEAT – Berenice Bejo

Don’t know where XBrad is, so you get my pick for Load HEAT. Bérénice Bejo was in “The Artist” last year and looked very nice at the awards shows. I want that blue dress.


Y’all have a good day.

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Load HEAT – a four year review

I occasionally ask XBrad if he’s had whatshername as Load HEAT, and the answer is usually yes. So in honor of XBrad’s four years of blogging, I bring you the ultimate Load HEAT link page.

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Load HEAT – Debra Messing

I haven’t seen “Smash”, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”, “The Starter Wife”, or even “Will and Grace”. But I do know that XBradTC has a weakness for redheads. So I bring you this week’s Load HEAT, Debra Messing.

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Load HEAT- Katharine McPhee

I’ve heard she’s a singer. But I’ve never heard her sing.

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Load HEAT- Kaley Cuoco

I’m not a big fan of Big Bang Theory, though some in my family are. In fact, I just saw it for the first time about a week ago. Meh. If I wanted to hang out with dorks, I’d spend more time alone. We are, however, fans of cute blondes. They’re no redheads, but they’re still pretty nice. Like Kaley Cuoco.

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Load HEAT- Mercedes Masohn

So, I personally like the quirky Bones spin-off The Finder. And of course, I like the sexy US Marshall played by Mercedes Masohn. Can you blame me?

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Load HEAT- Jolene Blalock

I’ve been watching “Enterprise” on Netflix. After seeing Sub-Commander T’Pol in several fetching outfits, I thought she might do for Load HEAT. (If she doesn’t, blame me, not XBradTC.) Jolene Blalock has also appeared on House, CSI: Miami, Legend of the Seeker, and Stargate SG-1.

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Vintage nose art

Roamy here.  XBradTC seems to have lost internet access today, so I am putting up a much-promised post on nose art.  I thought about a Load HEAT with these, but why wait until Monday?  These are from the book, “Vintage Aircraft Nose Art” by Gary M. Valant.  I believe I bought it at the bookstore at the USAF Museum in Dayton, many years ago.  There are more than a thousand photographs in the book, some that look too good to be on the side of a plane, some X-rated, a few where you wonder whose four-year-old was let loose with a paintbrush.  It was a personalized touch, something to do between missions, a memory of the girl back home (or last R&R).  And the planes are cool, too.


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Load HEAT- Patti Ann Browne

It was hard finding enough decent pics, but I’m pleased to have Patti Ann Browne as this week’s Load HEAT.  Time to watch some RedEye.

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Load HEAT- Tea Leoni

So, we took yesterday off to celebrate our national independence with beer and BBQ. As the founding fathers intended!

But that doesn’t mean we aren’t going to have Load HEAT this week.

We’ve had a crush on Tea Leoni ever since we first saw her on Flying Blind way back in the day when Fox was just a plucky upstart. And now that she and David Duchovny are finally separated, I can resume my long time pursuit of her.

Click each pic to embiggen.

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Load HEAT- Leean Tweeden Edition

She does USO shows, was a Hooters girl (I think I met  her at the Colorado Springs location), appears frequently on Red Eye, is the face of Rethinking Autism,  and made this statement:

Referring to the U.S. Military, “If it weren’t for those men and women, there’s no way I’d be on TV or be able to do FHM,” Leeann says. “I’d probably be covered in a burka—and what a waste that would be”

She’s from Manassas, VA (nods to Craig) and wears a Cav slouch hat (nods to Esli).

How could I NOT post Leean Tweeden?  (click to embiggen)

Thanks to Cyn, who’s let me bogart her BBF girl twice now…

 

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Load HEAT- Kat Dennings

So, I’m not sure I really remember seeing Kat Dennings in anything, but some folks are pretty happy she’s getting her own show.

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Uniformly Stupid? Part 2

See Part 1 here.

I’m on the road, so I’ll be doing some “best of” posts. Right now, this is the most searched for post. 

While most people in the Army spend just about all their time in a working uniform like the ACU, there are occasions when something a little more formal is needed.

Since the late 1950s the standard Army Service and Dress uniform for most soldiers has been the Army Green Uniform. Folks in the Army almost universally refer to it as “Class A’s”.

When the uniform jacket is removed, the Army Green Uniform can be worn as the Class B uniform, suitable for most office environment jobs. When I served as a recruiter, most days we wore the Class B.

No, that's not me...

No, that's not me...

The problem with the Army Green Uniform was simple. It was ugly as sin in church. There was an alternative, however, one with a great history dating back practically to the first days of the Army. The Dress Blue Uniform.

Female Officer and Male Enlisted Service Dress Blues

Female Officer and Male Enlisted Service Dress Blues

There’s a reason why the trousers are a different shade blue from the coat. Back in the days of the Old West, when cavalry troopers wore the blue uniform as there work clothes, they would routinely remove their coat, roll it up and carry it strapped to the back of the saddle. The trousers faded from the sunlight and wear and tear, but the coat didn’t. Hence the difference.

Service Dress Blues were always an optional item for enlisted personnel. You could buy them, but you didn’t have to. Since they cost a lot of money and there were relatively few occasions to wear them, most junior folks did without.

Back in 2005 or so, the Chief of Staff of the Army made the decision to do away with the Army Green Uniform and modify the Blue uniform to replace it.The new variations are shown below.

The Army Blue Uniform

The Army Blue Uniform

Personally, I wish they had done this about 25 years ago. I always hated the Green Uniform, and as soon as I could, bought a set of Blues. And anytime I had a chance to wear them, I did. One fairly common occasion was the “Dining Out”. A Dining Out is when a unit, typically a battalion, has a formal banquet, with spouses and sweethearts invited*. This is a social occasion run on military lines- the colors are presented, the chaplain gives the invocation, there are a couple of (usually brief) speeches, and maybe some awards and recognitions. Then there is usually some dancing. The important thing is, your best girl gets a chance to put on her best dress and go out to be seen. Chicks dig that.  Since a lot of guys didn’t own Dress Blues, they made do with the Army Green Uniform with a white shirt and a bow tie.

Your author, center, in Dress Blues, flanked by two friends in Class A's.

Your author, center, in Dress Blues, flanked by two friends in Class A's.

Incredibly, I managed to save this picture, but lost the picture of my date. You’ll have to take my word for it that she was stunning. Really. The two guys in the photo were great friends and fellow warriors, but neither was all that attractive….

*You could invite your spouse, or your sweetheart, but NOT your spouse and your sweetheart…

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Pentagon Ratifies U.S. Army Modernization Decisions – Defense News

The U.S. Army has formally announced its decision to terminate the Class I Unmanned Aerial System and the Tactical and Urban Unattended Ground Sensors, a move expected after the Army issued a stop-work order to prime contractor Boeing on Jan. 6.

So the Army had a vision for what it called the Early Infantry Brigade Combat Team, or E-IBCT. It was “transformational” in which the power of technology would be leveraged to make the force “all seeing, all knowing” by using futuristic sensors, UAVs, and ground robots. Only problem was, none of these technologies existed.

After the first Gulf War, and especially in the late 90s, early 2000s, all the services were obsessed with “transformational” technology. But that fascination ran into two walls at almost the same time.

First, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Both wars showed that while technology was great, and a critical tool, that’s all it was- a tool. Troops were still the critical asset on the battlefield, and that quantity had a quality all its own when it came to numbers of troops on the ground.

Secondly, the services found that moving from a PowerPoint presentation of what the future force would look like to fielding that force was a heck of a lot harder than they expected. Cost overruns have been almost constant, and greater than the anticipated value of the programs.

With the exception of the Network Integration Kit, pretty much all the technology from the E-IBCT program has been cancelled.

The Army (and the other services) would be well advised to make their next technological advances evolutionary, rather than revolutionary.

 

via Pentagon Ratifies U.S. Army Modernization Decisions – Defense News.

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Pork

No, not political pork. I made a pork roast for dinner, and I thought it came out so well, I felt compelled to share it with you.

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Roast pork (with Merlot sauce when served), black-eyed peas, and a green salad. Life may not be fair, but sometimes, it is good.

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Load HEAT

Lordy, Lordy, Look who’s forty.

Slideshow for Michael.

NSFW (for language) video below the fold: Continue reading

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Load HEAT

Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend, ate far too much on Thursday and are thoroughly tired of leftovers. Let’s get the week off to a good start.

Tired of turkey legs? How about dancer’s legs instead? Bebe Neuwirth is best known for her role on Cheers as Dr. Lilith Sternin. But she started out as a dancer, and is mostly working on Broadway these days. And man, has she kept in shape.

Slideshow for Michael.

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25th ID in Vietnam

I was poking around youtube looking for fuzzy kittens and came across this little clip. I hate Dan Rather, but it IS an interesting clip. Notice the M14s, and M14E2s. Also, the heavy artillery, the 175mm gun? Look at the size of the powder charge they put in that thing. No wonder the 175mm was the longest range tube we had.

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