Military History

Trying to Make Sense of the Senseless…

What have I learned from the tragic shooting that took the lives of six Sikhs in Oak Creek, Wisconsin on Sunday? It reminded me of who I am.

People wept for the senseless loss of life. Some were afraid to come out of their homes. They complained that their leaders had segregated them and that their pleas for justice had fallen …

Hiroshima…

Hard to believe the first, and next-to-last, combat use of the atomic bomb happened 67 years ago today.

Battleland has always been fascinated and appalled, for all the predictable reasons, concerning its use.

“Afghan Good Enough”

U.S. troops working with the Afghan military have long known that the American way of war – lot of manuals on how to do things, the money to make it happen, and the mindset to get it done – isn’t practical in Afghanistan. So …

For Want of An ROE…

Army Major Bryan Bowlsbey spent much of 2006 and 2007 in Iraq as a logistics officer with a unit from the Illinois Army National Guard unit. He became frustrated with the hidebound nature of a military force at war.

Bowlsbey spoke about his deployment in this recently-posted May interview with the Combat Studies Institute at Fort …

Mail, Medals and Condolence Letters…

Army Major Kenneth Gettinger served as a planner with the 3rd Corps Support Command (COSCOM) at Camp Virginia, Kuwait, and Joint Base Balad, Iraq during 2003 and 2004, supporting the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Such personnel are part …

Female Vets Running for Congress: Into Double Digits

Four months back, I wrote about four female veterans running for Congress. It turns out they’re not the only ones, by a long shot.

And boy are they needed: in the 112th Congress, women only hold 16% of the 435 House seats and 17 of the 100 seats in the Senate. Amazingly, there are only 92 veterans in the House of Representatives, …

Fun Facts To Know & Tell

Ever want to know how many U.S. military veterans they are? How many are men, where they live, how much they earn and how educated they are compared to their non-vet peers? How many fought in more than one war?

Of course, it doesn’t make any difference if you want to know – you’ve already paid for the information. It has …

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