The more things change, the more they stay the same

Adm. Bill McRaven, the head of U.S. special operations, is mapping out a potential Afghanistan war plan that would replace thousands of U.S. troops with small special operations teams paired with Afghans to help an inexperienced Afghan force withstand a Taliban onslaught as U.S. troops withdraw. While the overall campaign would still be led by conventional military, the handfuls […]

Is the National Guard back to being 2nd rate soldiers again?

Prior to 9/11 the National Guard was looked down upon by Active Duty forces. Since I served half my career in both both services I can tell you some of that was earned and some was just ignorance by active duty forces. When I was active duty we never took the National Guard (or as […]

Great Story of the NY National Guard splashing into action

Little did I know on Sunday afternoon, while boating around the Niagara river with my boys celebrating Father’s Day, that earlier that morning one of my old NCOs, now an officer, LT Postle was helping rescue a stuck Park Police boat. The whole rescue of the four teenage boys before they went over the Falls […]

Next National Guard units to deploy is official

The 27th is my old brigade that and the home to many friends, old Army buddies and soldiers whom I used to lead but are now leaders themselves. It is the Brigade my son deployed with in 2008-2009. Now here it is 2011 and they are going again. Boy we ask a lot of our […]

Vermont NG soldiers find the bad guys

Soldiers from Troop A, 1st Squadron, 172nd Cavalry Regiment, 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Mountain)conducted an air assault and captured an important insurgent leader in amountain cave in Parwan Province June 30. “Two platoons of Troop A Soldiers used vehicles to cordon the area where theinsurgent leader was suspected, and another platoon inserted into the area […]