Here’s an interesting article from yahoo/AP:

Col. David B. Haight, commander of U.S. forces in Logar and neighboring Wardak province, half jokes that some frustrated Afghans come to him and say: “‘You can put a man on the moon so can’t we get a road here?’ and I have to tell them, `You know, it’s a lot harder to build a road in Afghanistan than put a man on the moon. That skill is not in abundance here.'”

 

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We aren’t really a “foodie” per se. Sure, we like to eat, but we have a taste more towards institutionally bland food, rather than “cuisine’.

Still, we’ve been known to come across the occasional cooking show. Now, Padma and Gaia are the usual hotties on cooking shows. But the first celebrity cook show host to trade on her good looks was Rachel Ray.

Wolfhound Warrior

I just found out a bit of sad news (from Neptunus Lex of all places).

COL (USA, Ret) Lewis L. Millet, Medal of Honor, passed on November 14th, 2009.  COL Millet, as a Captain, was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions on February 7, 1951 in Korea:

Capt. Millett, Company E, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action. While personally leading his company in an attack against a strongly held position he noted that the 1st Platoon was pinned down by small-arms, automatic, and antitank fire. Capt. Millett ordered the 3d Platoon forward, placed himself at the head of the 2 platoons, and, with fixed bayonet, led the assault up the fire-swept hill. In the fierce charge Capt. Millett bayoneted 2 enemy soldiers and boldly continued on, throwing grenades, clubbing and bayoneting the enemy, while urging his men forward by shouting encouragement. Despite vicious opposing fire, the whirlwind hand-to-hand assault carried to the crest of the hill. His dauntless leadership and personal courage so inspired his men that they stormed into the hostile position and used their bayonets with such lethal effect that the enemy fled in wild disorder. During this fierce onslaught Capt. Millett was wounded by grenade fragments but refused evacuation until the objective was taken and firmly secured. The superb leadership, conspicuous courage, and consummate devotion to duty demonstrated by Capt. Millett were directly responsible for the successful accomplishment of a hazardous mission and reflect the highest credit on himself and the heroic traditions of the military service.

While I was stationed in Hawaii, I was privileged to be assigned to the 1st Battalion, 27th US Infantry, The Wolfhounds.  The Wolfhounds are a very proud unit, considering they have a relatively short history. The regiment was only formed in 1902, but quickly acquired a reputation as a “can-do” unit. In addition to service in Siberia immediately after the Russian Revolution, the Wolfhounds, as part of the 25th Division, served with great distinction during WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and now in Iraq.

Many units in the Army pay lip service to their heritage. The Wolfhounds live it. One program we had was making sure there was a real connection from the past to the present. Several times while I was in Hawaii, we hosted COL Millet to unit functions.  There were some semi-formal events, dinners and such. But the real benefit was having “Lew” come out and just spend time with us as we went about our training. We tend to elevate our heroes up onto a pedestal. But by meeting and talking with Lew Millet, many young troops had chance to meet a real hero, and see that he was human. Each of us could, if not guarantee that we would perform to his level of valor and gallantry, at least aspire to it.

 

Rest in peace, COL Millet.

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I hate to admit it, but I’d never heard of Stacey Keibler until she showed up on Dancing With The Stars. I gave up on watching wrestling sometime in the late 80’s, so I never saw any of the women wrestlers.

Now, I’m gonna hang onto my guy card a little longer, cuz I don’t really watch DWTS, I just like to skim the first episode of each season to see who’s on. And in this case, it was definitely worth watching.

While Stacey is famous for being a WCW Nitro Girl (and later with WWE), she’s had  a surprisingly long career as a model and an actress, earning her SAG card at the ripe old age of 8.

Ospreys in Afghanistan

Well. It looks like the first squadron deployment of MV-22B Ospreys to Afghanistan has begun.

I’m ambivalent about the whole Osprey program. I’m willing to stipulate that it is a very impressive aircraft. But is it the right aircraft for the Marines? What say you?

H/T: Theo Spark

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I’m looking forward to this…

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Sunday night on the History Channel.

Our Dad missed WWII by about a year, but other family members fought the whole war through (one uncle was at Pearl Harbor) and as a history buff, you just can’t avoid being interested in the war. I’ve seen a goodly amount of the clips in the trailer, but over the course of 10 hours, there’s sure to be plenty of footage that is new to me.

Veteran’s Day

For a guy that served in the Army as long as I did, I was a little unusual in that I only went on one deployment that lasted more than a month. These days, people in the Army can routinely spend half their enlistment on overseas deployments. And too be sure, that separation from families, friends and other loved ones is a real burden.

One of my favorite activities when I was a kid growing up in a Navy family was going to the Air Station to watch the squadrons returning from deployment. It was of course pretty cool watching the jets fly in, but it was really cool seeing the aircrews finally getting to hug and kiss their families after 6 months at sea.

And while many of you, my dear readers, will know that I’m the proud servant of Sox the Cat, you may not know that, at heart, I’m a dog person.  I love me some puppies. And it’s a rule of nature that puppies like soldiers.

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And if you follow that link to MentalFloss, you’ll see there’s even some kids that like soldiers.