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i stand relieved

Eight years ago today, my father administered the following oath to me while we were both standing on the quarterdeck of the Georgia Institute of Technology Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps unit:

I, [Linoge], do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any [...]

we all must look alike

I am really, really trying to sum up some outrage over this recent bout of idiocy from the Democrat National Convention, but, really, all I can manage is a complete and total lack of surprise, coupled with almost predictable acceptance:

While retired Adm. John Nathman, a former commander of Fleet Forces Command, honored vets as America’s best, the ships from the Russian Federation Navy were arrayed like sentinels on the big screen above.

These [...]

one-line review: battleship

Battleship – It may be based off a game, its actual ties to that game might be a little… tenuous, and the "I believe" button-whacking may have been hard and fast*, but you did not really think about that during the movie much, and damned if it was not exactly what it was advertised to be – a delicious-computer-graphics-filled visual orgy documenting the United States Navy kicking some unfriendly aliens’ ass, and I can live [...]

one-line review: act of valor

Act of Valor: In this day and age, I sincerely hope and pray they would not actually need it, but should the SEALs ever find themselves desiring a recruitment video, I dare say this would do in a pinch (though, be forewarned – they do not shy away from the cold, hard realities of special forces operations, and they put you through an emotional wringer at the end).

(Brief aside to the nitwits amongst [...]

keeping people onboard

One of the more sobering experiences during Better Half’s and my recent trip out to my parents incongruously occurred during an office holiday party / smoke-out they hosted at their house. This office employs a large number of former Navy folks and currently does a lot of contractor work for the DoD, so these salty-and-crusty old sailors have a day-to-day operating knowledge of how the world and the military has changed around them.

So [...]

support your overseas soldier

Hopefully you have already decided where your Thanksgiving dinner is going to be held, and you are working on the setting for your Christmas festivities, but not all of us have the ability to make such plans for the impending holidays. Having had the distinct… "privilege"… of being away from home for a back-to-back Thanksgiving and Christmas, I can personally attest to just how much it sucks to miss out on those festive occasions by [...]

water always wins

In a previous life, I served for two years as the Electrical Engineering Officer onboard an FFG-7 class Guided Missile Frigate (kind of a misnomer, given that the Mk13 "Single-Armed Bandit" missile launcher had been removed a year before I stepped aboard) – a position that gave me a somewhat unique view of the ship, its operations, and the Navy as a whole. One of the interesting pieces of data I acquired in those years [...]



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