The Sergeant Major

The Sergeant Major

I’ve been meaning to write this one up for a long time. What finally prompted me to do it was a comment from a retired British Army sergeant major friend of mine: Have a sinking feeling; have just read my … More »

Great Enlisted Men: Determination

Great Enlisted Men: Determination

The kid’s name wasn’t Sears, but Sears is close enough to do for our purposes.1 He was a home boy, which is to say from the Boston area, as I am, though I think he was from one of the … More »

There Are No Bad Regiments…

There Are No Bad Regiments…

I’ve written before here1 about some of the problems in the United States armed forces that make the idea of reform – and we badly need reform! – problematic; indeed it is problematic to the point of preposterous. I’m going … More »

When Reillys Attack (or Aggressively Defend)

When Reillys Attack (or Aggressively Defend)

Things in the Fort Sherman jungle continued at a lesser pace for the next week or ten days. Reilly’s boys managed to destroy one more company in a single action and basically traded off themselves more or less one for one for an equivalent of a company. More »

Lt Reilly Strikes Again

Lt Reilly Strikes Again

Once upon a time, circa 1983, in the magical place called “Panama,” on a little jewel of a post known as “Fort Kobbe,” the S3 of 3rd Battalion, 5th Infantry was in a bit of a quandary. More »

Heroic Army Vet Saves Life, Gets Arrested

Heroic Army Vet Saves Life, Gets Arrested

Sometimes the law enforcement system’s definition of “justice” does not match up with common sense, as in the case of an Army veteran from Athens, Georgia who saved the life of an innocent dog. When Michael Hammons saw that someone … More »