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A Grim Reminder: Military Training Death, 17 April 2019 [Updated]

 

A West Virginia National Guard soldier fell to his death in a parachute accident during a military training exercise in Virginia.

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Area 71 isn’t a UFO Landing Strip

 

Andy Anderson is 66 years old and an Air Force veteran. Art Quigley is 78 and a Navy veteran who served in Vietnam. What do these men have in common? They are members of the American Legion, which is celebrating of its 100th anniversary. And these men are connoisseurs of fried swai (fish) hush puppies, […]

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1st Brigade, 1st Cavalry Divison

 

Was happy to be able to time my leave to get to see my brother (Mike) take Command of 1 ABCT, 1CD. More

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America celebrate the arrest of the founder of Wikileaks leader Julian Assange, the man responsible for the largest publication of classified material in history that risked compromising American troops and operations. They also remember all the times the media pushed disgraced attorney Michael Avenatti as a serious candidate for 2020 after Avenatti was indicted on 36 charges of tax dodging, perjury, and theft from clients. And they wonder what lessons have really been learned in Virginia after Democrats in the state apologize for rushing to judgment on Ralph Northam. 

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Richard Cole, RIP

 

The last of the Doolittle Raiders, retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Richard “Dick” Cole, has died at age 103.

Cole, originally from Dayton, Ohio, was mission commander Jimmy Doolittle’s co-pilot in the 1942 bombing attack less than five months after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The bold raid on Japan is credited with providing the United States with a morale boost and helping turn the tide of the war in the Pacific.

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A-10 Thunderbolt, a pilots account

 

We had the pleasure to be joined by Matthew “Ace” Orlovsky, an A-10 Pilot. Hear his story here: http://tocradio.libsyn.com/ More

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Administrative Law in the Crosshairs

 

The United States Supreme Court heard oral argument last week in a critical if obscure administrative law case: Kisor v. Wilkie asked the simple question of whether the courts should be highly deferential to federal administrative officials in the interpretation of their own statutes. Rebuffing agencies—like the Department of Veterans Affairs, in this case—could reshape the world of modern administrative law. The specific question at issue in Kisor is how to determine the date at which a veteran becomes eligible for disability benefits. Few people seem interested in the particulars of the case, not even the nine Justices, but a clear understanding of them and other key cases is needed to orient the basic theoretical discussion. Ultimately, giving judicial deference is either unnecessary or mischievous. It is best to make agencies defend their legal position like any other party in the system.

In this case, James Kisor applied to the VA for a disability claim for post-traumatic stress disorder. No one doubted that he had the condition. The dispute was over when it started. Kisor claimed an earlier date than the VA allowed, and he sought to introduce evidence from his file to support his contention. The VA disregarded his new evidence. On its view, the governing statutory provision requires that claims for disability benefits be reconsidered only if the VA gets “relevant official service documents” that pertain to his claim. Kisor thought that he should be able to introduce evidence already in the record when his initial claim date was determined. The VA refused to consider that new evidence from the record because it predated the “last denial” of Kisor’s claim. Kisor responded that this earlier evidence should be reviewed in any event so long as it has “any tendency” to tip the outcome in the case. Kisor wanted, therefore, a broader reading of the term “relevant” than the VA allowed, and he claimed that the Federal Rules of Evidence supported him because it used the same broad “any tendency” definition of “relevant” that he endorsed.

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Honoring a Fallen Hero: Staff Sergeant Travis Atkins

 

On Wednesday, 27 March 2019, President Trump honored Staff Sergeant Travis Atkins‘ supreme sacrifice for our country. He presented the Medal of Honor, in the name of the Congress, to Staff Sgt. Atkins’ son, Trevor. This family’s members present in the room, embodied a long tradition of answering the nation’s call to arms. As is customary, previous Medal of Honor recipients were present to honor their latest member.

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Supervising Women is not for the Fainthearted

 

Towards the end of my Army career I was supervisor to about 15 women typists and their direct supervisor. The trouble started with evaluation time and a new Colonel. The direct supervisor gave all the women max evaluations. I was also new but that is no excuse for what I did. I figured that’s how […]

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Rob Long of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America applaud President Trump for telling the Russians to get out of Venezuela but worry about what might happen if they don’t. They also groan as congressional Republicans still don’t have a strategy on health care if Obamacare gets struck down in the courts. And they ask if even politics is becoming a 1990’s rerun after longtime DNC chairman and former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe hints he will run in 2020.

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Thunder & Lightning Over Arizona 2019

 

Davis-Monthan AFB in Tucson, Arizona will be hosting an Open House and Air Show on March 23-24. General admission and parking is free. More

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Gaming the System

 

This past week, we were treated to a phenomenal story about lawnmower parents illegally gaming the various mechanisms necessary to achieve entrance to the college of their dreams. This isn’t a story about that. This is a story about those who successfully (and legally) gamed the system.

In the middle of the 1990s (about 1996), the USAF held a promotion board to decide which Captains should be promoted to Major. These promotion boards are generally held annually and include Captains who have been previously passed over for Major. In an amazing development, hundreds of Air Force pilots wrote the promotion board to ask to not be promoted.

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Moral Cowardice

 

I just read this article about Arizona Senator McSally. She is revelling in victimhood, claiming that she was raped by a superior officer when when was in the air force. Apparently she forgot to report it. Well, a really good friend of mine did report a rape by her battalion XO while she was in […]

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WW2 What if

 

What if the U.S. had shipped in early 1944 four additional divisions and the landing craft sufficient to launch simultaneous invasions of Normandy and Southern France in June 1944. The breakout from Normandy would have been accelerated and perhaps the Allies would have crossed the Rhine in 1944. Could the war have been won in […]

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The Best Music Ever

 

In the mid-eighties, I was on a bus ride in Germany with my platoon. We were going to place called North Point, in Kirsheim Bolandin. The directions included, when you get off the autobahn, follow the signs with the bullet holes. I was half awake in a sort of trance like state. One of my men was blasting The Pretenders on a boom box. I remember thinking, man o monkeys, this is the best music I’ve ever heard. Another thought was that I was so happy and proud to be serving with these great men and women who would have done just about anything for me. It had been my experience that aside from chow and mail, you could screw a soldier pretty good as long as you told them it was coming. It was an honor and privilege to serve as an American Fighting Person.

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Are Women Meant for Combat?

 

C&Rsenal is one of my favorite YouTube channels, I even support them on Patreon. They are doing a collaboration with Ian from Forgotten Weapons where they are testing out various WWI light machine guns against each other. Now for those of you who don’t care about any of those things, please stick around, because I have a larger point. Here’s one of their latest videos; please go to about 33:33:

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Daniel Foster of National Review Online and Greg Corombos of Radio America are pleased to see President Trump walk away with no deal with Kim Jong-Un rather than give in to Kim’s thoroughly unacceptable demands. They also slam Trump for taking Kim “at his word” that he knew nothing about the horrific treatment of American Otto Warmbier in a North Korean prison and that Trump made some nuclear concessions even before beginning talks. And they have fun with the news that media darling Beto O’Rourke is likely to run for president.

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Pakistan Shoots Down Indian Jets

 

So far, two jets have been destroyed near the India/Pakistan border and airlines are suspending all flights. This could be pretty awful. Despite the fact that both sides seem evenly matched in the Kashmir conflict, the India/Pakistan war could erupt and we could see a limited exchange of nuclear weapons.

The problem for Pakistan is that they lack strategic depth. If a war happens, their plan involves invading India and trying to gain enough territory to force concessions. India knows this and has prepared broad defenses. It hopes to draw Pakistan in, run up against the Indian defenses, then go on the offensive and drive deep into Pakistan itself. That’s when the nukes get involved, if India takes too much territory and threatens the integrity of Pakistan.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America recoil at the Trump world sleaze revealed by former Trump attorney Michael Cohen in his testimony to Congress, but also realize he’s the least credible witness Congress could have called on the subject. They also worry about escalating tension between nuclear powers India and Pakistan after Pakistan claims to shoot down two Indian military planes. And they get a kick out of the House Democrats having to adjourn their own hearing on climate change denial because not enough of them attended.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America fume after a federal judge decides the debate over whether women should have to register for the draft has gone on long enough and rules the all-male draft is unconstitutional. They also defend California Sen. Dianne Feinstein after supporters of the Green New Deal send small children to beg Feinstein to join their cause. Then Jim unleashes a powerful response as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez questions whether the planet is in such peril that young people should no longer have children. And they have their favorite catch phrase ready as former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid bashes Pres. Trump and says he misses President George W. Bush, whom Reid derided as a loser and a liar a decade ago.

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