Michael E. McBride retired as a Major from the Marine Corps in 1998. During his tenure in the Marine Corps he served in RF-4Bs as an Airborne Reconnaissance Officer; and F/A-18D Weapons and Sensors Officer; a leadership instructor at The Basic School, Quantico, VA; and a Requirements Officer, CINCPACFLT, Pearl Harbor, HI. He received his B.A in History from Tulane University in 1978, and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant immediately thereafter.
He is currently a Maintenance Manager for a forging company in Rancho Cucamonga, CA. Major McBride has served in various advisory capacities for the State of Oregon, the Oregon Trail Chapter of the American Red Cross, and the Beaverton, OR School District. He has been previously been published in The Marine Corps Gazette, Naval Proceedings magazine, and Plant Engineering magazine. He currently resides in Fontana, CA and writes part time for http://www.mysandmen.blogspot.com.
“The Word” is the culmination of instructions that guides the conduct of the next event. It includes uniform, time, method of transportation (usually the Shoe Leather Express, or individual buses), other equipment, such as rifles/packs/etc., and any special instructions. Much of OCS, after push-ups and bends-and-muthas, is spent waiting for the Word.
The trial and tribulations we are experiencing in Iraq do not sit in solitary isolation in our military history, but that they may indeed be more indicative of our military operations than we either know or care to believe.
I would like to take a moment to compliment Spencer Ackerman on a particularly sane piece written about Iraq published online at the Washington Monthly. Although Spencer has left leaning credentials, he has written a balanced and tempered piece that gives excellent advice to the Democrat Presidential hopefuls.
Politicians don’t make laws, lawmakers do. And sadly we have plethora of politicians and a dearth of lawmakers.
Foxnews.com picked up on an Arab News story coming out of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) in Islamabad, Pakistan on Thursday that describes Islamaphobia as “the worst form of terrorism” and the OIC was asking for steps world wide to curb it.
Wars have always had their discernable differences. Some extremely nuanced, some extremely dramatic. Strategists have been able to draw on tactics and strategies from previous wars or engagements and adapt them to modern principles and equipment.
Conventional wars are tests of nations. It is manpower versus manpower. Logistics versus logistics. Lethality versus lethality. Mobility versus mobility. And the nation with the most advantages across the spectrum usually wins. Typically, the one better at all of the combined elements of modern warfighting claims victory.
Patrick Ruffini uncovered a gem a couple of days ago when he linked to Matt Sotller's Pollyanna romance novella where Matt announces to the world how much he loves to pay his taxes. And in true lib fashion, instead of espousing his love for taxes in isolation, he chooses to include a thrashing of "right-wingers" and presumably regular conservatives in the process, because they don't love paying their taxes quite so much.
Army leadership is failing to manage its part of the war, as today's announcement, coupled with rocketing re-enlistment costs, highlight. It is the abject responsibility of Pentagon leaders to develop an overall strategy for manning their service in such a way that promotes not only accomplishing the near-term mission, but the sustaining of that mission over time.
Much of military life cannot be completely comprehended by those who have not shared the experience. This is not to say that the general populace cannot respect the efforts or accomplishments of the military, but they might not comprehend that the physicality of the beach landing at Normandy, demanded the equivalent of a couple of marathons…and it continued into the night, the next day, and on, and on.
It seemed strangely odd to me that a country that could produce a multi-billion dollar industry out of thin air, one that also has produced zillions of cross-generational, and inter-continental memories, could be so self-loathed by a huge portion of its population.
New, profound magic is much less compelling, because the “tricks” are covered with hi-tech gadgets, fireworks, and overblown theatrics about the magician’s physical well being…all meant to distract the audience, and all gross in scale when compared to the subtleties of a slight of hand artist.
The kooky domestic terrorists at the Animal Liberation Front have struck again, this time in animal friendly Portland, Oregon.
While the over-staged drama of Congressional hearings will continue to dominate the Walter Reed story for weeks to come, there are some real cautions for our Congress and media before they jump in and help the military “solve” the problems at Walter Reed.
I am through. After this semester, I am pulling my daughter from public school. I won’t be enrolling her in private school either.
I am not one to explain all things…I remember thinking my brain was probably full when I was learning the aircraft electrical systems of the F/A 18 Hornet. Having previously learned the T-2 (Fighter) Buckeye, The T-39 Saberliner, the TA-4J Skyhawk…The F-4 and the RF-4B…I felt it was getting a little cramped upstairs.
Our country has gone to great lengths to ensure that everyone is franchised into our democracy. It has been an imperfect struggle, but we are finally at a point where all are equally represented, and their vote is now equal in measure to all other votes cast. As it should be.
Our country has gone to great lengths to ensure that everyone is franchised into our democracy. It has been an imperfect struggle, but we are finally at a point where all are equally represented, and their vote is now equal in measure to all other votes cast.
Does anyone else miss the light brown M&Ms? Me too.
When I cracked 1776 on Wednesday to give it its long overdue read, there were two pleasant surprises. I found that it was autographed by the author…something I am appalled at myself for not remembering. And secondly, alone on the inner leaf just prior to Part One, I was greeted by a simple and profound quote from General George Washington…