Military History

The Soviet Troops Who Stayed Behind

Remember those long-ago black-and-white films of Japanese World War II soldiers blinking their way into daylight a decade or more after the war was over? They’d emerge from a cave on some Pacific atoll promising to fight on for the Emperor…

Something similar has happened in Afghanistan, among Soviet troops who decided to stay …

Texas Is Sinking!

No, not the state – the battleship: the USS Texas (BB-35), a 32,000-ton vessel that fired 255 14-inch shells toward Nazi positions during D-Day’s opening 34 minutes in 1944. The 100-year old vessel has been on display in the …

Staying Inside Iraq and Outside the Wire

Army Major Michael Bugaj, a field artilleryman, had two striking experiences during his first tour in Iraq in 2005-2006: the gloom that permeated his unit when it learned its tour had been extended without notice, and what it’s like to come under fire for the first time.

Bugai, who has since pulled a tour in Afghanistan, spoke of …

Air Force Capt. Tony McPeak, Over Vietnam

Merrill “Tony” McPeak served as the U.S. Air Force’s 14th chief of staff – its top officer – from 1990 to 1994. A fighter pilot — who flew over Vietnam, in war, and as a member of the Air Force’s Thunderbirds aerial acrobatic team, in peace – McPeak ran the service during 1991’s Gulf War. He has always been an outspoken …

New Standards for Navy Skippers

The Navy seems to have hit rough seas in recent years, repeatedly canning command officers who have fallen short on the job. To the Navy’s credit, it announces these ousters more loudly and clearly than the other services. But …

Art Attack

Those Air Force guys – some of them, at least – are so uncouth. Now they’re complaining about the artwork gracing Air Force hallways inside the Pentagon. Take this painting, for example. “It looks like the F-16 just …

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