9 Nov 2012
New aerial photos

The Naval Academy recently posted new photos on Facebook. The image below is from Google Maps. The remainder start north of campus, and proceed clockwise. What do you think about adding labelled arrows to the GoogleMaps image to show the position and direction where each aerial photo was taken?   Email me.

09 Nov 2012
Class of 2016

09 Nov 2012
Navy going to Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl

NavySports FAQ is here

09 Nov 2012
The future: the weak, the fearful, the courageous

09 Nov 2012
General James Mattis poster

General James Mattis is passionate and inspiring without peer, and the current commander of United States Central Command (USCENTCOM).   As a Major General, and the commander of the 1st Marine Division in Kuwait in March of 2003, his Message to All Hands on the Eve of Battle was a masterful exhortation  –  "... Be the hunter, and not the hunted ... Engage your brain before you engage your weapon. Share your courage with each other. Keep faith in your comrades on your left and right and Marine Air overhead. Fight with a happy heart and strong spirit."

The General Mattis entry in Wikipedia is here   A collection of his quotes are here   My favorite General Mattis story appears below the poster.

When General Charles Krulak was Commandant, he and his wife would bake hundreds and hundreds of Christmas cookies and package them in small bundles. Then on Christmas day, the Commandant would load his vehicle at 0400 and drive himself to every Marine guard post in the Washington-Annapolis-Baltimore area to deliver a small package of Christmas cookies to whatever Marines were pulling guard duty that day.

At the Quantico command center, he gave a package to the Lance Corporal on duty. He asked, "Who's the officer of the day?" The Lance Corporal said, "Sir, it's Brigadier General Mattis." And General Krulak said, "No, no, no. I know who General Mattis is. I mean, who's the officer of the day today, Christmas day?" The Lance Corporal, feeling a little anxious, said, "Sir, it is Brigadier General Mattis."

About that time, the Commandant spotted the daybed in the back room. He said, "No, Lance Corporal. Who slept in that bed last night?" The Lance Corporal said, "Sir, it was Brigadier General Mattis."

About that time Brigadier General Mattis came in – in a duty uniform with a sword, and General Krulak said, "Jim, what are you doing here on Christmas day? Why do you have duty?" General Mattis told him that the young officer who was scheduled to have duty on Christmas day had a family, and General Mattis decided it was better for the young officer to spend Christmas Day with his family, and so he chose to have duty on Christmas Day.

When General Krulak shared this anecdote, he closed with, "That's the kind of officer that Jim Mattis is."

09 Nov 2012
Marine Corps birthday

The Marines have landed, and the situation is well in hand.   Happy 237th!

        'Till the last landing's made,
and we stand unafraid,
on a shore no mortal has seen,
'Till the last bugle call,
sounds taps for us all,
It's Semper Fidelis, MARINE!
-- Palmer Brown, LtCol, USMC (ret)

Here's health to you and to our Corps, which we are proud to serve.
In many a strife we've fought for life and never lost our nerve.
If the Army and the Navy ever gaze on heaven's scenes,
They will find the streets are guarded by United States Marines.