129 Army battalion, brigade commanders fired since 2003

Since 2003, the Army has relieved 98 battalion commanders and four lieutenant colonel staff officers, according to information provided by the Army. Twenty-four of those reliefs were conducted in combat. In that same time period, 31 brigade commanders and four colonel staff officers were relieved; one of those was conducted in combat. via 129 Army […]


What’s in Those Supplements? – NYTimes.com

The authorities said they had run tests on popular store brands of herbal supplements at the retailers — Walmart, Walgreens, Target and GNC — which showed that roughly four out of five of the products contained none of the herbs listed on their labels. In many cases, the authorities said, the supplements contained little more than cheap fillers […]


Let’s do this – pass the Clay Hunt SAV act!

A message from Clay’s Mom Yesterday, Clay Hunt’s parents, Susan and Richard Selke, joined IAVA on Capitol Hill to push for the passage of the Clay Hunt SAV Act, which will improve access to veteran mental health care. After unanimous approval by the House, the bill goes to the Senate to be considered as early […]


Wendy Anderson heads back to defense

This could be a big deal: Former Hagel deputy chief of staff Wendy Anderson is leaving Commerce. Anderson, who also served Ash Carter, the former Deputy Secretary of Defense as his chief of staff, is announcing this morning that she will leave the Commerce Department after only five months for a job back inside the […]


McMahon & SGT ribbon

Gratitude for the time we had – RIP SFC Patrick McMahon

Today, a real trooper rides to Fiddler’s Green. Sergeant First Class Patrick McMahon, US Army (retired) passed from this earth and rode toward the cool grass of the shady meadow green. I hope that he is at peace but the world is a less happy place. We have lost a great one. A family – […]


Sunday Cleanup

So, it is Sunday, and, instead of getting on with my next Statistics section, I am checking out the features of Yosemite and what is on the computer. I am typing this in Mars Edit – supposedly a great blogger. The above should be a screenshot of a tag list in some program. And, indeed, […]

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IAVA – 2014 Voters Guide | Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America

IAVA is back with their voter’s guide.  This is not easy to do for a lot of reasons, and often infuriates donors and influencers, but it is among the most useful things they do.  Check it out and pay attention: IAVA – 2014 Voters Guide | Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.