Charles Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol” is an entertainment staple of the holiday season. In the story, a wealthy and miserly Ebenezer Scrooge is visited on Christmas Eve by a procession of three ghosts who accompany him through scenes of Christmases past, present, and future. It is a story that resonates with us.
A Christmas Past
In a Christmas past, I found myself searching house to ... Continue Reading →
Found below are a few news items that caught my attention this past week. I am hopeful that the titles and short commentary will encourage our readers to click on the embedded links to read more on subjects that may be of interest to them.
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Military Pay Raise of 2.1% for 2017? Continue Reading →
Troops would receive a 2.1 percent pay raise in 2017 under a plan ...
As military service members deployed in Iraq begin come home, the alarm bells are beginning to sound as the Veterans Administration (“VA”) now seems over-stretched to deal with alarming number of cases of service members with PTSD.
According to a recently published Rand study, excerpts of which are reported by Health Affairs, “There is a large and growing population of veterans with severe and complex general medical, mental, and substance use disorders including schizophrenia, bipolar I disorder, PTSD, and major ... Continue Reading →
The Secretary of Defense has proposed cutting $78 Billion out of the DoD budget over five years. That’s $78 Billion, or less than $20 Billion a year. Are you kidding me — why even bother with such a miniscule amount? Anyone with even a brief, passing knowledge of the DoD over the last 2 decades has to be amused that the national media has viewed this proposal as a “substantial cut.” With an enormous DoD budget that exceeds THREE ... Continue Reading →
The initial U.S. end strength goal of Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) by October 2011 is approximately 300,000. A new plan entails hiring an additional 73,000. The bill to Uncle Sam is an additional $6 billion with unknown future budget outlays. But before another shekel is spent, don’t you think we should gauge the quality of the current force and assess capabilities. You know, take the training ... Continue Reading →
Lest we forget that close to 50,000 US troops remain in Iraq supporting Operation New Dawn. At least the Iraqi Prime Minister made it abundantly clear that all US troops must leave at the end of 2011 as planned. Maliki put the issue to rest for Pentagon planners and some Iraqi officials that are hoping to extend the deadline. In the meantime ... Continue Reading →
Never knew that the Department of Defense publishes a Medical Surveillance report , but even without the findings everyone knows that mental health problems are the number one health issue facing our troops. That’s a no-brainer. The November report highlighted in this story by CNN points out the fact that mental health issues send male troops to the hospital than any other cause, and are the second highest for hospitalization amongst women ... Continue Reading →
Try this one on for size if you find yourself in an airport terminal during this holiday season – introduce yourself to a servicemember in uniform, thank them their service, and ask if there is anything you can do for them. Most will be surprised, nod humbly, and refuse. And off they’ll go on the way to or from a flight. But if you want to know what it’s like in Iraq and Afghanistan, be persistent and engage them in ... Continue Reading →
To all the Devil Dogs out there today, congratulations on the 235th Birthday of the Marine Corps!
If there was any question as to whether the M4 Carbine currently issued to Soldiers and Marines will be replaced for a more durable and lethal carbine or not, one only needs to look ... Continue Reading →
The New York Times reports that a NATO field commander suggests that the “fate” of the Kandahar Campaign will not become clear until June (2011).
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- A NATO offensive to secure the Taliban’s birthplace of Kandahar is putting pressure on militants, but genuine success will not be clear until next June, the region’s top commander said on Thursday. British Major-General Nick Carter’s comments were the latest by U.S. and NATO ...