The Little Screaming Fact

And the little screaming fact that sounds through all history: repression works only to strengthen and knit the repressed. –John Steinbeck (The Grapes of Wrath)

Two RDCs Charged

Navy Times has a short blurb up about two RDCs who failed at their mission. The pair of Recruit Division Commanders (the Navy’s drill instructors) were suspected of hazing. From the brief article in the Navy Times: Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Fuels) 1st Class (SW) Christopher Pustam is charged with failing to obey an order or regulation, cruelty and maltreatment. . .

Special M1 Garand for Sale

I can’t look at an M1 Garand without thinking of my Drill Instructor yelling at us during rifle drill. My M1 at OCS had a trigger problem and no matter my tinkering, I could not get it to snap back perfectly. I’ll bet this beaut, awarded by the SecNav in 1997 to the winner of the All-Navy Match, has no such problems:

M1 Garand, a Navy Trophy Rifle awarded by the SecNav

This auction is for an M1 Garand in 30-06 Caliber that was awarded by the Secretary of the Navy to the winner of the “ALL NAVY MATCH” in 1997. The rifle was shipped to the winner from the the CRANE Naval Weapons Center. The documentation will be included, the documents are, the Shipping Document, the registered Mail Receipt and the Data Sheet. The rifle was manufactured by SSpring Field Armory in 1953, the barrel is marked SA 5-53. There is NBO trophy plate attached to the rifle, this was kept by the winner and never attached.

Current bid is $1,300, but the reserve has not been met.

Falling in Love, with an Airplane

Okay, lean in close. I gotta crush. A biggee. I have had it ever since I was young. Heck, thinking about it, I got several. One is on the Tomcat. And the Bronco. I really like the Viper, and the Warthog. The Blackbird? Hell yeah. What are all these animals that I love? Warplanes. And here is a picture that reader NavyDavy sent me of the OV-10 Bronco:

The OV-10 Bronco at the Naval Aviation Museum

The Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Florida is a heck of a place to visit. Last time I was there, it was the night of my commissioning. And my Drill Instructor was talking to my Grandmother. Great musuem. Visit early. Visit often. One more of the OV-10 in action:

OV-10 Broncos

Thanks NavyDavy!


Dwight Schrute: When I was in the 6th grade I was a finalist in our school spelling bee. It was me against Raj Patel. I misspelled, in front of the entire school, the word “failure.”

President Obama and Chinese Sailors in formation

My drill instructor would have been seething angry if we had made faces like that in formation. “Hey crazy,” he would have yelled. “You an alien?”

The title of the article where the picture came from: Ahoy there! President Barack Obama catches the eye of a sailor during China visit

The President, to his credit, is all killer
while the Chinese Sailors appear to be deep in thought: