Preserving a piece of US Maritime History - invaluable

The USS Olympia is a cruiser that fought in the Spanish American War in 1898 and has been preserved in Philadelphia. She's a one of a kind ship, a national historic monument, and in danger. She needs approximately $10-15 million in repairs to keep her a viable museum for years to come. If you have the resources, or connections to those resources, please consider helping. (full disclosure - there is no financial benefit to me to ask the question - we need to save this ship for posterity). Please contact me at 612-599-1935 or bdskon@fedex.com if you have additional questions.

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Sunday, December 30, 2012

WWII vet, 92, gets Distinguished Flying Cross - Navy News | News from Afghanistan & Iraq - Navy Times

WWII vet, 92, gets Distinguished Flying Cross - Navy News | News from Afghanistan & Iraq - Navy Times

Saturday, December 29, 2012

CDR Salamander: Take a Powder: You Voted for Him

CDR Salamander: Take a Powder: You Voted for Him: Oh, this is just rich. They’re ready to jump off a real cliff. New Yorkers of all income levels got a rude awakening yesterday when they...

People are now suprised??

Thursday, December 27, 2012

CDR Salamander: Hawaii trades Sen. Inouye for ....

CDR Salamander: Hawaii trades Sen. Inouye for ....: No further commentary needed if you know Inouye's background. Here is the life experience taking his place . Brian Schatz grew up in Hawai...

CDR Sal is spot on here..........Sen Inouye had another set for his position, but the Obama people would have nothing of this...........Me think's the good Senator knew what was coming and was trying to keep another 'community organizer' away from the US Senate.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Iwo Jima ARG, 24 MEU Return from Deployment

Iwo Jima ARG, 24 MEU Return from Deployment

The amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) returns to Naval Station Norfolk after a nine-month deployment to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility.

Merry Christmas from the Fleet!

Yeah - probably not the greatest idea to tell the world the fleet is in - but wow, this is simply cool:



NORFOLK (Dec. 20, 2012)1 of 4
The aircraft carriers USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), USS Enterprise (CVN 65), USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), and USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) are in port at Naval Station Norfolk, Va., the world's largest naval station. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ernest R. Scott (Released) 121220-N-ZN152-189

Russia sends warships to Mediterranean | Navy & Maritime Security News at DefenceTalk

Russia sends warships to Mediterranean | Navy & Maritime Security News at DefenceTalk

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Report on Libya attack cities 'systemic failures' in security, CONFIRMS NO PROTEST

The Scandal that is Benghazi, Libya - This confirms what we already know



A State Department-ordered investigation into September's attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, concluded that "systemic failures" left the facility inadequately protected, according to the independent review board's report, which confirmed that no protest preceded the deadly attack.
The report, posted Tuesday night on the State Department's website, also identified "leadership and management deficiencies at senior levels within two bureaus." It suggested 29 ways the department can improve its operations, but recommended no disciplinary action.
The Accountability Review Board's report comes after more than three months of intense debate in Washington over who was behind the attack, what motivated the attackers and why U.S. authorities weren't able to stop the violence, which took the lives of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.


Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/12/18/benghazi-report-cites-state-dept-for-security-failures-confirms-no-protest/#ixzz2FVXHzE7B
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ATLANTIC OCEAN (Dec. 16, 2012) The aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) transits the Atlantic Ocean en route to homeport at Naval Station Norfolk after operating in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jermaine M. Ralliford/Released)

X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Completes First At-Sea Tests

X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Completes First At-Sea Tests

The X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator taxies on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75).

DDG 1000 Program Successfully Integrates Deckhouse

DDG 1000 Program Successfully Integrates Deckhouse

The deckhouse for the future USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) sits on a barge at Norfolk Naval Station after being diverted due to weather during transit.

Blue Angels 'Boss' Receives International Air Show Award

Blue Angels 'Boss' Receives International Air Show Award

Sunday, December 9, 2012

CDR Salamander: Fullbore Friday

CDR Salamander: Fullbore Friday: Pearl Harbor Day and FbF.  What to do? Well, why not put out one of my favorite stories of what professional leadership at sea does. The...

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Detroit councilwoman to Obama: We voted for you, now bail us out

""Our people in an overwhelming way supported the re-election of this president and there ought to be a quid pro quo and you ought to exercise leadership on that," said Watson. "Of course, not just that, but why not?"

Hey Obama - we supported you, now we expect some CASH!

Uh - who is 'our people' (sarcasm intended).  I was under the strange assumption that we are all American's.

An insider attack: Trust cost two lives - Navy News | News from Afghanistan & Iraq - Navy Times

An insider attack: Trust cost two lives - Navy News | News from Afghanistan & Iraq - Navy Times

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Friday, November 30, 2012

CDR Salamander: USN's Corporate Welfare Sludges On ...

CDR Salamander: USN's Corporate Welfare Sludges On ...: Priorities.   All you really need to know about the Great Green Fleet is summarized in the following from Reuters; The Senate voted 6...

Elections have consequences................Elections have consequences...............Elections have consequences

Sunday, November 4, 2012

The Endorsement of Endorsements

“We, the undersigned, proudly support Governor Mitt Romney as our nation’s next
President and Commander-in-Chief.”
Brigadier General Arthur Abercrombie, (USA-ret)
Lieutenant General James Abrahmson, (USAF-ret)
Major General Chris Adams, (USAF-ret)
Rear Admiral William V. Alford, Jr., (USN-ret)
Brigadier General John R. Allen, (USAF-ret)
Lieutenant General Teddy Allen, (USA-ret)
Rear Admiral Henry C. “Cub” Amos, (USN-ret)
Lieutenant General Marcus A. Anderson, (USAF-ret)
Major General Joseph T. Anderson, (USMC-ret)
Lieutenant General Edward G. Anderson III, (USA-ret)
Lieutenant General Edgar Ratcliffe “Andy” Anderson, Jr., (USAF-ret)
Major General Joe Arbuckle, (USA-ret)
Brigadier General John C. Arick, (USMC-ret)
Major General Nora Alice Astafan, (USAF-ret)
Brigadier General Loring R. Astrorino, (USAF-ret)
Brigadier General Richard Averitt, (USA-ret)
Vice Admiral Albert Baciocco, (USN-ret)
Brigadier General Garry S. Bahling, (USANG-ret)
Major General Bowen Ballard, (USAF-ret)
Major General James D. Bankers, (USAF-ret)
Major General James F. Barnette, (USAF-ret)
Brigadier General Donald E. Barnhart, (USAF-ret)
Major General Robert W. Barrow, (USAF-ret)
Rear Admiral John R. “Jack” Batzler, (USN-ret)
Rear Admiral John W. Bayless, (USN-ret)
Lieutenant General Buck Bedard, (USMC-ret)
Vice Admiral A. Bruce Beran, (USCG-ret)
Major General John E. Bianchi, (USA-ret)
Major General David F. Bice, (USMC-ret)
Vice Admiral Lyle Bien, (USN-ret)
Rear Admiral David S. Bill III (USN-ret) ADD
Rear Admiral Linda J. Bird, (USN-ret)
Brigadier General Charles L. Bishop, (USAF-ret)
Rear Admiral James H. Black, (USN-ret)
Brigadier General William A. Bloomer, (USMC-ret)
Lieutenant General Harold Blot, (USMC-ret)
Lieutenant General Steve Blum, (USA-ret)
General Billy J. Boles, (USAF-ret)
Rear Admiral Peter A. Bondi, (USN-ret)
Rear Admiral Pete Booth, (USN-ret)
Major General John Borling, (USAF-ret)
Vice Admiral Mike Bowman III, (USN-ret)
Major General Thomas Braaten, (USMC-ret)
Major General Edward R. Bracken, (USAF-ret)
Major General Robert J. Brandt, (USA-ret)
Rear Admiral Jerry C. Breast, (USN-ret)
Rear Admiral Bruce B. Bremner, (USN-ret)
Brigadier General Clayton “Gary” Bridges, (USAF-ret)
Vice Admiral Edward S. Briggs, (USN-ret)
Brigadier General Jeremiah J. Brophy, (USA-ret)
Lieutenant General Richard “Tex” Brown III, (USAF-ret)
Rear Admiral Thomas F. Brown III, (USN-ret)
Brigadier General R. Thomas Browning, (USAF-ret)
Brigadier General David A. Brubaker, (USAF-ret)
Vice Admiral Mike Bucchi, (USN-ret)
Rear Admiral Jack Buffington, CEC (USN-ret)
Lieutenant General Walter E. Buchanan III, (USAF-ret)
Major General Dave Burford, (USA-ret)
Lieutenant General Richard A. Burpee, (USAF-ret)
Admiral James B. Busey, (USN-ret)
Lieutenant General Kevin P. Byrnes, (USA-ret)
Rear Admiral John F. “Jack” Calvert, (USN-ret)
Lieutenant General William J. Campbell, (USAF-ret)
Rear Admiral Jay A. “Rabbit” Campbell, (USN-ret)
Lieutenant General Mike Canavan, (USA-ret)
Major General Henry Canterbury, (USAF-ret)
Rear Admiral James J. Carey, (USN-ret)
Brigadier General Chalmers R. “Hap” Carr, (USAF-ret)
Rear Admiral Nevin Carr, (USN-ret)
Brigadier General Paul Carroll, (USANG-ret)
Brigadier General Fred Castle, (USAFR-ret)
Rear Admiral Stephen K. Chadwick, (USN-ret)
Lieutenant General James E. “Bear” Chambers, (USAF-ret)
Rear Admiral Lawrence C. “Larry” Chambers, (USN-ret)
Rear Admiral W. Lewis “Lew” Chatham, (USN-ret)
Rear Admiral Geof Chesbrough, (USN-ret)
Major General Carroll D. Childers, P.E., (USARNG-ret)
Rear Admiral Ronald L. Christenson, (USN-ret)
Brigadier General Clifton C. “Tip” Clark, (USAF-ret)
Brigadier General Robert V. Clements, (USAF-ret)
Vice Admiral Edward W. Clexton, Jr., (USN-ret)
Brigadier General Christopher T. Cline, (USAR-ret)
Major General Jeff Cliver, (USAF-ret)
Rear Admiral Casey Coane, (USN-ret)
Brigadier General Maralin K. Coffinger, (USAF-ret)
Rear Admiral Ike Cole, (USN-ret)
Brigadier General George Peyton Cole, Jr., (USAF-ret)
Brigadier General Richard A. Coleman, (USAF-ret)
Brigadier General John W. “Rip” Collins, (USA-ret)
Lieutenant General John B. Conaway, (USAF-ret)
Major General Stephen “Pat” Condon, (USAF-ret)
General James T. Conway, (USMC-ret)
Major General Richard M. Cooke, (USMC-ret)
Major General R. Craig Cosgrave, (USANG-ret)
Lieutenant General Marvin Covault, (USA-ret)
Rear Admiral Bob Cowley, (USN-ret)
Major General J.T. “Mike” Coyne, (USMC-ret)
Rear Admiral Robert C. Crates, (USN-ret)
Major General Tommy F. Crawford, (USAF-ret)
Vice Admiral Terry M. Cross, (USCG-ret)
Brigadier General Mike Cushman, (USAF-ret)
Major General John R. D’Araujo, Jr., (USA-ret)
General Terrence R. Dake, (USMC-ret)
Major General Gerald A. Daniel, (USAF-ret)
Rear Admiral Jack Dantone, (USN-ret)
Rear Admiral James P. Davidson, (USN-ret)
Major General William J. “Bill” Davies, (USA-ret)
Brigadier General Sam DeGeneres, (USAF-ret)
Rear Admiral Kevin F. Delaney, (USN-ret)
Major General James D. Delk, (USA-ret)
Brigadier General George A. Demers, (USAF-ret)
Major General Robert E. Dempsey, (USAF-ret)
Rear Admiral J. Ronald Denny, (USNR-ret)
Brigadier General Howard G. DeWolf, (USAF-ret)
Brigadier General Michael DiBernardo, (USAF-ret)
Major General Robert S. Dickman, (USAF-ret)
Brigadier General Arthur F. Diehl, (USAF-ret)
Rear Admiral Jim Doebler, (USN-ret)
Major General Doug Dollar, (USA-ret)
Vice Admiral William H. Dougherty, (USN-ret)
Major General Hunt Downer, (USA-ret)
General Michael Dugan, (USAF-ret)
Lieutenant General Brett Dula, (USAF-ret)
Lieutenant General Leo J. Dulacki, (USMC-ret)
Major General Felix Dupre, (USAF-ret)
Major General Thomas A. “Tommy” Dyches, (USAF-ret)
Vice Admiral Bill Earner, (USN-ret)
Major General Neil L. Eddins, (USAF-ret)
Brigadier General David Kimball Edmonds, (USAF-ret)
Major General Jay T. Edwards, (USAF-ret)
Brigadier General Jeff Ellis, (USAF-ret)
Admiral James O. “Jim” Ellis, (USN-ret)
Lieutenant General John S. Fairfield, (USAF-ret)
Brigadier General Anthony J. Farrington, (USAF-ret)
Major General John R. Farrington, (USAF-ret)
Rear Admiral Francis Filipiak, (USN-ret)
Lieutenant General Bruce L. Fister, (USAF-ret)
Admiral Mark “Lobster” Fitzgerald, (USN-ret)
Rear Admiral James H. Flatley III, (USN-ret)
Major General Charles W. Fletcher, Jr., (USA-ret)
Major General Bobby O. Floyd, (USAF-ret)
General Ron Fogleman, (USAF-ret)
Admiral S. Robert Foley, (USN-ret)
Lieutenant General Gordon E. “Gordie” Fornell, (USAF-ret)
Major General Larry D. Fortner, (USAF-ret)
Brigadier General Jerome V. Foust, (USA-ret)
General Tommy Franks, (USA-ret)
Rear Admiral Joseph F. Frick, (USN-ret)
Rear Admiral Ronne Froman, (USN-ret)
Vice Admiral David E. Frost, (USN-ret)
Rear Admiral Vance H. Fry, (USN-ret)
Rear Admiral R. Byron Fuller, (USN-ret)
Rear Admiral George M. Furlong, (USN-ret)
Brigadier General Norm Gaddis, (USAF-ret)
Rear Admiral Frank Gallo, (USN-ret)
Brigadier General Robert Gatliff (USAF-ret)
Rear Admiral Ben F. Gaumer, DO, MHA, (USN-ret)
Rear Admiral Harry E Gerhard, Jr., (USN-ret)
Major General Daniel J. Gibson, (USAF-ret)
Brigadier General E.J. “Ed” Giering, (USA-ret)
Vice Admiral Henry C. Giffin III, (USN-ret)
Rear Admiral Andrew A. Giordano, (USN-ret)
Rear Admiral Fred S. Golove, (USCGR-ret)
Major General Richard N. Goodard, (USAF-ret)
Rear Admiral Robert H. Gormley, (USN-ret)
Rear Admiral H.E. Rick Grant, (USN-ret)
Major General Jeff Grime, (USAF-ret)
Major General Robert K. “Ken” Guest, (USA-ret)
Rear Admiral William A. Gureck, (USN-ret)
Major General David R. Gust, (USA-ret)
Major General Tim Haake, (USAR-ret)
Major General Otto K. Habedank, (USAF-ret)
Major General Kenneth Hagemann, (USAF-ret)
Rear Admiral Thomas F. Hall, (USN-ret)
Major General Patrick J. Halloran (USAF-ret)
General Alfred Hansen, (USAF-ret)
Brigadier General Robert H. Harkins, (USAF-ret)
Rear Admiral Dave Hart, (USN-ret)
Rear Admiral Donald P. Harvey, (USN-ret)
Admiral Ronald J. Hays, (USN-ret)
Admiral Thomas B. Hayward, (USN-ret)
Major General Leonard W. Hegland, (USAF-ret)
Vice Admiral Peter M. Hekman, (USN-ret)
Rear Admiral John Hekman, (USN-ret)
Major General John A. Hemphill, (USA-ret)
Rear Admiral Ronald H. Henderson, Jr., (USN-ret)
Rear Admiral Larry Hereth, (USCG-ret)
Vice Admiral Richard “Dick” Herr, (USCG-ret)
Major General Wilfred Hessert, (USAF-ret)
Lieutenant General Tom Hickey, (USAF-ret)
Rear Admiral Robert P. Hickey, (USN-ret)
Rear Admiral Don “Smoke” Hickman, (USN-ret)
Major General Geoffrey Higginbotham, (USMC-ret)
Brigadier General Mack C. Hill, (USA-ret)
Major General Kent H. Hillhouse, (USA-ret)
Lieutenant General Walter S. Hogle, Jr., (USAF-ret)
Rear Admiral Grant Hollett, (USN-ret)
Major General Jerry D. Holmes, (USAF-ret)
Major General Weldon Honeycutt, (USA-ret)
Brigadier General Thomas W. Honeywill, (USAF-ret)
Brigadier General Stanley V. Hood, (USAF-ret)
General Chuck Horner, (USAF-ret)
Brigadier General James J. Hourin, (USAF-ret)
Major General Victor Hugo, (USA-ret)
Major General James P. Hunt (USAF-ret)
Brigadier General Jack C. Ihle, (USAF-ret)
Rear Admiral Steve Israel, (USN-ret)
Lieutenant General Ron Iverson, (USAF-ret)
Major General James T. “Jim” Jackson, (USA-ret)
Major General William K. James, (USAF-ret)
Lieutenant General John E. Jaquish, (USAF-ret)
Rear Admiral John S. Jenkins, (USN-ret)
Rear Admiral Tim Jenkins, (USN-ret)
Rear Admiral Ron Jesberg, (USN-ret)
Brigadier General Thomas G. Jeter, (USAF-ret)
Brigadier General William Herbert Johnson, (USAF-ret)
Admiral Jerome Johnson, (USN-ret)
Rear Admiral J. Michael Johnson, (USN-ret)
Rear Admiral Pierce J. Johnson, (USN-ret)
Brigadier General Charles Jones, (USAF-ret)
Lieutenant General Donald W. Jones, (USA-ret)
Rear Admiral Steven B. Kantrowitz, (USN-ret)
Vice Admiral Douglas Katz, (USN-ret)
Vice Admiral Bernard M. Kauderer, (USN-ret)
Rear Admiral John T. Kavanaugh, (USN-ret)
Admiral Tim Keating, (USN-ret)
Lieutenant General James M. Keck, (USAF-ret)
Major General George W. Keefe, (USANG-ret)
Rear Admiral Steven Keith, (USN-ret)
Brigadier General Ken F. Keller, (USAF-ret)
Lieutenant General Jay W. Kelley, (USAF-ret)
General Paul X. Kelley, (USMC-ret)
Admiral Robert J. “Barney” Kelly, (USN-ret)
Admiral Frank B. Kelso II, (USN-ret)
Major General Dennis M. Kenneally, (USA-ret)
Major General Michael C. Kerby, (USAF-ret)
General Buck Kernan, (USA-ret)
Vice Admiral Tom Kilcline, (USN-ret)
Brigadier General Mark T. Kimmitt, (USA-ret)
Lieutenant General Timothy A. Kinnan, (USAF-ret)
Admiral George E.R. “Gus” Kinnear II, (USN-ret)
Lieutenant General Joseph W. Kinzer, (USA-ret)
General William L. Kirk, (USAF-ret)
Vice Admiral Hal Koenig, M.D., (USN-ret)
Vice Admiral Albert H. Konetzni, (USN-ret)
Brigadier General Charles E. Kruse, (USA-ret)
Rear Admiral David Kunkel, (USCG-ret)
Brigadier General Wayne W. Lambert, (USAF-ret)
Major General Geoffrey C. Lambert, (USA-ret)
Rear Admiral Bud Langston, (USN-ret)
Vice Admiral John B. “Bat” Laplante, (USN-ret)
Lieutenant General Buford Derald Lary, (USAF-ret)
Brigadier General Jerry Laws, (USA-ret)
Lieutenant General Lloyd R. Leavitt, (USAF-ret)
Brigadier General Thomas Lennon, (USAF-ret)
Vice Admiral Tony Less, (USN-ret)
Rear Admiral Fred Lewis, (USN-ret)
Lieutenant General Frank Libutti, (USMC-ret)
Rear Admiral Thomas G. Lilly, (USN-ret)
General James J. Lindsay, (USA-ret)
Major General James E. Livingston, (USMC-ret)
Vice Admiral Stephen Loftus, (USN-ret)
Major General Al Logan, (USAF-ret)
Major General John D. Logeman, Jr., (USAF-ret)
Rear Admiral Noah H. Long, Jr., (USNR-ret)
General William R. Looney III, (USAF-ret)
Rear Admiral Don Loren, (USN-ret)
Brigadier General John M. Lotz, (USAF-ret)
Major General Andy Love, (USAF-ret)
Brigadier General Larry V. Lunt, (USAF-ret)
Rear Admiral Thomas C. Lynch, (USN-ret)
Admiral James A. “Ace” Lyons, Jr., (USN-ret)
Rear Admiral Steven Wells Maas, (USN-ret)
General Robert Magnus, (USMC-ret)
Vice Admiral Michael Malone, (USN-ret)
Brigadier General Robert S. Mangum, (USA-ret)
Major General Robert M. Marquette, (USAF-ret)
Rear Admiral Larry Marsh, (USN-ret)
Major General Clark W. Martin, (USAF-ret)
Brigadier General Frank Martin, (USAF-ret)
Vice Admiral Edward H. Martin, (USN-ret)
Major General William M. Matz, (USA-ret)
Rear Admiral Gerry Mauer, (USN-ret)
Admiral Hank Mauz, (USN-ret)
Vice Admiral John J. Mazach, (USN-ret)
Vice Admiral Dan McCarthy, (USN-ret)
Vice Admiral William “Scot” McCauley, (USN-ret)
Major General James C. McCombs, (USAF-ret)
Lieutenant General Fred “Assassin” McCorkle, (USMC-ret)
Rear Admiral William J. McDaniel, MD, (USN-ret)
Brigadier General James A. McDivitt, (USAF-ret)
Rear Admiral E.S. “Skip” McGinley II, (USN-ret)
Lieutenant General Thomas G. McInerney, (USAF-ret)
Rear Admiral Henry C. McKinney, (USN-ret)
Brigadier General Joe Mensching, (USAF-ret)
Major General Robert Messereli, (USAF-ret)
Major General Douglas S. Metcalf, (USAF-ret)
Major General Keith W. Meurlin, (USAF-ret)
Brigadier General Richard L. Meyer, (USAF-ret)
Major General John Miller, (USAF-ret)
Admiral Paul David Miller, (USN-ret)
Rear Admiral James E. Miller, (USN-ret)
Brigadier General Lawrence “Larry” A. Mitchell, (USAF-ret)
Vice Admiral Joseph S. Mobley, (USN-ret)
Rear Admiral Patrick Moneymaker, (USN-ret)
Major General Mario F. Montero, (USA-ret)
Rear Admiral Benjamin F. Montoya, (USN-ret)
Major General Burton R. “Burt” Moore, (USAF-ret)
Rear Admiral Douglas M. Moore, (USN-ret)
Major General Walter Bruce Moore, (USA-ret)
Major General William Moore, (USA-ret)
Rear Admiral James A. Morgart, (USN-ret)
Rear Admiral John A. “Jack” Moriarty, (USN-ret)
Rear Admiral David R. Morris, (USN-ret)
Brigadier General Michael P. Mulqueen, (USMC-ret)
Major General Stanton R. Musser, (USAF-ret)
Lieutenant General Carol Mutter, (USMC-ret)
Rear Admiral George Naccara, (USCG-ret)
Rear Admiral Ron Narmi, (USN-ret)
Rear Admiral John T. Natter, Esq, (USN-ret)
Brigadier General Mike Neil, (USMCR-ret)
Rear Admiral Edward Nelson, (USCG-ret)
Brigadier General Ben Nelson, Jr., (USAF-ret)
Major General Robert A. Nester, (USAF-ret)
Brigadier General William H. Neuens, (USANG-ret)
Brigadier General Jack W. Nicholson, (USA-ret)
Brigadier General Robert A. Norman, (USAF-ret)
Major General George W. “Nordie” Norwood, (USAF-ret)
General Robert C. Oaks, (USAF-ret)
Rear Admiral Robert C. Olsen, (USCG-ret)
Rear Admiral Phillip R. Olson, (USN-ret)
Rear Admiral J.D. Olson, (USN-ret)
Major General Raymund E. O’Mara, (USAF-ret)
Major General Hugh R. Overholt, (USA-ret)
Brigadier General Maria C. Owens, (USAF-ret)
Rear Admiral Robert S. Owens, (USN-ret)
Lieutenant General Ira C. “Chuck” Owens, (USA-ret)
Rear Admiral John F. Paddock, (USN-ret)
Lieutenant General Dave R. Palmer, (USA-ret)
Brigadier General Dave Papak, (USMC-ret)
Brigadier General Gary A. Pappas, (USANG-ret)
Brigadier General John Pappas, (USAR-ret)
Major General Robert W. Paret, (USAF-ret)
Vice Admiral Ted Parker, (USN-ret)
Lieutenant General Garry L. Parks, (USMC-ret)
Brigadier General Robert V. Paschon, (USAF-ret)
Rear Admiral Bob Passmore, (USN-ret)
Major General Earl G. Peck, (USAF-ret)
Major General Richard E. Perraut, Jr., (USAF-ret)
Major General Gerald F. Perryman, (USAF-ret)
Rear Admiral W.W. “Bear” Pickavance, (USN-ret)
Lieutenant General Charles H. Pitman, (USMC-ret)
Rear Admiral David P. Polatty III, (USN-ret)
Lieutenant General Steven R. Polk, (USAF-ret)
Rear Admiral Thomas J. Porter, (USN-ret)
Rear Admiral John J. Prendergast, (USN-ret)
Rear Admiral Fenton F. Priest, (USN-ret)
Rear Admiral Frank Edward Raab, (USN-ret)
Brigadier General Allen K. Rachel, (USAF-ret)
Major General Martha Rainville, (USAF-ret)
Major General David C. Ralston, (USA-ret)
Vice Admiral William E. Ramsey, (USN-ret)
Major General Bentley B. Rayburn, (USAF-ret)
Lieutenant General Joseph J. Redden, (USAF-ret)
Lieutenant General Clifford H. “Ted” Rees, Jr., (USAF-ret)
General Victor E. Renaurt, Jr., (USAF-ret)
Brigadier General Jon Reynolds, (USAF-ret)
Rear Admiral Harry Rich, (USN-ret)
Rear Admiral Rollo Rieve, (USN-ret)
Rear Admiral Tommy F. Rinard, (USN-ret)
Brigadier General Edward F. Rodriguez, Jr., (USAFR-ret)
Major General Richard H. Roellig, (USAF-ret)
Rear Admiral Michael S. Roesner, (USN-ret)
Major General Davis Rohr, (USAF-ret)
Rear Admiral Peter J. Rots, (USCG-ret)
Brigadier General HW “Rudy” Rudolph, (USAF-ret)
Rear Admiral William J. Ryan, (USN-ret)
Brigadier General Roger W. Scearce, (USA-ret)
Rear Admiral William A. Schachte, (USN-ret)
Brigadier General Klaus O. Schafer, MD, MPH, (USAF-ret)
Major General Loran C. Schnaidt, (USAF-ret)
Major General Carl Schneider, (USAF-ret)
Major General John P. Schoeppner, Jr., (USAF-ret)
Major General Edison E. Scholes, (USAF-ret)
Vice Admiral Dutch Schoultz, (USN-ret)
Brigadier General Dennis Schulstad, (USAFR-ret)
Major General Gregory A. Schumacher, (USA-ret)
Rear Admiral Robert H. Schumaker, (USN-ret)
Rear Admiral William S. Schwob, (USCG-ret)
Major General Frank Scoggins, (USAF-ret)
Major General David J. Scott, (USAF-ret)
Rear Admiral Hugh P. Scott, (USN-ret)
Rear Admiral John A. “Jack” Scott, (USN-ret)
Lieutenant General Charles J. Searock, Jr., (USAF-ret)
Major General Richard V. Secord, (USAF-ret)
Rear Admiral James M. Seely, (USN-ret)
Brigadier General John Serur, (USAF-ret)
Brigadier General Joseph L. Shaefer, (USAF-ret)
Rear Admiral Wiiliam H. Shawcross, (USN-ret)
Rear Admiral Doniphan B. Shelton, (USN-ret)
General H. Hugh Shelton, (USA-ret)
Major General Donald W. Shepperd, (USAF-ret)
Brigadier General Graham E. Shirley, (USAF-ret)
Lieutenant General E.G. “Buck” Shuler, (USAF-ret)
Brigadier General Ray Shulstad, (USAF-ret)
Major General Joseph K. Simeone, (USAF and ANG-ret)
Major General Darwin Simpson, (USANG-ret)
Major General John K. Singlaub, (USA-ret)
Rear Admiral Greg Slavonic, (USN-ret)
Lieutenant General Alexander M. “Rusty” Sloan, (USAF-ret)
Rear Admiral D.O. Smart, (USNR-ret)
Brigadier General Stan Smith, (USAF-ret)
General Lance Smith, (USAF-ret)
Major General Donald Bruce Smith, (USAF-ret)
Major General Richard D. Smith, (USAF-ret)
Major General David R. Smith, (USAF-ret)
Brigadier General Ralph S. Smith, (USAF-ret)
Rear Admiral C. Bruce Smith, (USN-ret)
Lieutenant General Hubert G. “Hugh” Smith, (USA-ret)
Admiral Leighton “Snuffy” Smith, Jr., (USN-ret)
Major General Henry C. Smyth, (USAF-ret)
Brigadier General David M. “Tanker” Snyder, (USAF-ret)
Rear Admiral Paul Soderberg, (USN-ret)
Vice Admiral Robert J. Spane, (USN-ret)
Lieutenant General Glen F. Spears, (USAF-ret)
Major General Stan Spears, (USANG-ret)
Rear Admiral Bob Spiro, (USN-ret)
Brigadier General Mike Squire, (USA-ret)
Major General Henry B. Stelling, Jr., (USAF-ret)
Rear Admiral Dan Stone, (USN-ret)
Vice Admiral Edward M. Straw, (USN-ret)
Major General Joseph S. Stringham, (USA-ret)
Major General A.M. “Buddy” Stroud, (USA-ret)
Major General J.A. Studds, (USMC-ret)
Major General William A. Studer, (USAF-ret)
Vice Admiral William D. Sullivan, (USN-ret)
Rear Admiral Hamlin Tallent, (USN-ret)
Brigadier General Hugh Banks Tant III, (USA-ret)
Brigadier General Michael Joseph Tashjian, (USAF-ret)
Major General Robert C. “Bob” Taylor, (USAF-ret)
Major General Larry Taylor, (USMC-ret)
Rear Admiral Jeremy Dolph Taylor, (USN-ret)
Major General J.B. Taylor, (USA-ret)
Lieutenant General David J. Teal, (USAF-ret)
Major General Thomas R. Tempel, (USA-ret)
Major General Richard L. Testa, (USAF-ret)
Lieutenant General Billy M. Thomas, (USA-ret)
Vice Admiral Donald C. “Deese” Thompson, (USCG-ret)
Rear Admiral Jeret Thompson, (USN-ret)
Vice Admiral Alan S. Thompson, (USN-ret)
Lieutenant General Herman O. “Tommy” Thomson, (USAF-ret)
Vice Admiral Howie Thorsen, (USCG-ret)
Major General Robert C. Thrasher, (USA-ret)
Lieutenant General William Thurman, (USAF-ret)
Lieutenant General R.A. Tiebout, (USMC-ret)
Brigadier General W.H.J. Tiernan, (USMC-ret)
Rear Admiral Byron E. “Jake” Tobin, Jr., (USN-ret)
Brigadier General Richard J. Toner, (USAF-ret)
Vice Admiral John Totushek, (USNR-ret)
Lieutenant General George J. Trautman, (USMC-ret)
Lieutenant General Garry R. Trexler, (USAF-ret)
Rear Admiral Roger W. Triftshauser, (USN-ret)
Vice Admiral Jerry Tuttle, (USN-ret)
Major General Larry Twitchell, (USAF-ret)
Rear Admiral Jim Underwood, (USCG-ret)
Vice Admiral Jerry Unruh, (USN-ret)
Brigadier General Richard Ursone, (USA-ret)
Brigadier General Earl S. Van Inwegen, (USAF-ret)
Rear Admiral Lloyd R. “Joe” Vasey (USN-ret)
Brigadier General Thomas Verbeck, (USAF-ret)
Major General Russell L. Violett, (USAF-ret)
Major General John G. Waggener, Sr., (USA-ret)
Rear Admiral George F.A. Wagner, (USN-ret)
Brigadier General John D. Wakelin, (USA-ret)
Rear Admiral Edward K. “Ted” Walker, (USN-ret)
Major General David E.B. “DEB” Ward, (USAF-ret)
Lieutenant General Claudious “Bud” Watts, (USAF-ret)
Major General Charles J. Wax, (USAF-ret)
Rear Admiral Donald Weatherson, (USN-ret)
Rear Admiral John C. Weaver (USN-ret) ADD
Major General Kenneth W. Weir, (USMC-ret)
Major General Jack Welde, (USAF-ret)
Lieutenant General William “Bill” Welser, (USAF-ret)
Major General Gary Whipple, (USA-ret)
Rear Admiral Joel R. Whitehead, (USCG-ret)
Rear Admiral James B. Whittaker, (USN-ret)
Major General Geoffrey P. Wiedeman, (USAF-ret)
Rear Admiral Charles Williams, (USN-ret)
Rear Admiral H. Denny Wisely, (USN-ret)
Rear Admiral Ray Cowen Witter (USN-ret)
Rear Admiral Theodore J. Wojnar, (USCG-ret)
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Lieutenant General C. Norman Wood, (USAF-ret)
Brigadier General Terrence P. Woods, (USAF-ret)
Brigadier General Robert V. Woods, (USAF-ret)
Lieutenant General John “Jack” Woodward, (USAF-ret)
Lieutenant General Michael W. “Mike” Wooley, (USAF-ret)
Rear Admiral George K. Worthington, (USN-ret)
General Ronald W. Yates, (USAF-ret)
Brigadier General Mitchell M. “Mick” Zais, (USA-ret)
Brigadier General Allan Ralph Zenowitz, (USA-ret)
Lieutenant General Richard “Rick” Zilmer, (USMC-ret)
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US Navy Provides Disaster Relief in the Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

US Navy Provides Disaster Relief in the Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

Sunday, October 21, 2012

CDR Salamander: Fullbore Friday

CDR Salamander: Fullbore Friday: There are some men whose true story should give all a pause to ask, "Am I as dedicated to my cause?" "What risk will I take?" "What is the...

CDR Salamander: Gods of the Naval Engagements

CDR Salamander: Gods of the Naval Engagements: We don't do guest posts often, but when we do .... it's poetry. Better than Vogon poetry ... over to you URR! (With sincerest apologi...

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

CDR Salamander: Who Wants a 15'x6' painting ...

CDR Salamander: Who Wants a 15'x6' painting ...: ... of THIS. PHOTO OF THE DAY: USNS John Ericsson sailing off the coast of Japan. Photo courtesy of the Royal Australian Navy! Hat ti...



Monday, October 15, 2012

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday - a little late, to the United States Navy.

On Saturday we celebrated the 237th Birthday of the greatest Navy ever to sail the oceans in Minneapolis.

276 people toasted to the United States Navy

Monday, October 8, 2012

Navy Commissions USS Michael Murphy in Big Apple

Navy Commissions USS Michael Murphy in Big Apple

The ship's officers and crew man the ship.
NEW YORK (Oct. 6, 2012) The ship's officers and crew man the ship during the commissioning ceremony of the Arleigh-Burke class destroyer USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112). Murphy is named after Lt. Michael Murphy, a Navy SEAL and Medal of Honor recipient who posthumously received the nation's highest military honor for bravery during combat in Afghanistan in 2005. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Peter D. Lawlor/Released)

Welcome to the Fleet!  And to the fight.

CDR Salamander: Yes, those Boomers

CDR Salamander: Yes, those Boomers: Yep - I'm going after the Boomers again; but as an early-cohort Gen-X type, I have been at them for over two decades.   Why on a maritim...

Don't lump me in with them - I'm in the last year at 1963

CDR Salamander: Another LCS Facepalm

CDR Salamander: Another LCS Facepalm: Rejoice dear hearts ! More and more people are joining the front porch circa 2006! The Navy’s new Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) is not onl...

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Friday, September 28, 2012

I don't usually get political on my blog - but this is true


A history lesson you will not find in the news, weather TV or Print. You won’t find it in our schools either, I wonder why?
DO YOU REMEMBER JANUARY 3, 2007?

Your history lesson for today. Some people have short memories…..
I’ve been saying this for years, but this email probably explains it
better and more clearly. This is NOT a political message, but rather
a clarification to remind us all of the correct facts.

Remember that on October 9, 2007, 11 months before our “economic
crisis” occurred (that was actually created), the Dow hit its highest
point ever, closing at 14,164.53 and reaching 14,198.10 intra-day
level 2 days later. Unemployment was steady at 4.7%. But things were
already being put in place to create the havoc we’ve all been
experiencing since then. And it all started, as this email explains,
on January 3, 2007.

I'm sending this to each of you regardless of your party preferences
because I believe it is something you may not have considered.

This tells the story, why Bush was so “bad” at the end of his term.

Don't just skim over this, it's not very long, read it slowly and let
it sink in. If in doubt, check it out!!!

The day the Democrats took over was not January 22nd 2009, it was
actually January 3rd 2007, which was the day the Democrats took over
the House of Representatives and the Senate, at the very start of the
110th Congress.

The Democrat Party controlled a majority in both chambers for the
first time since the end of the 103rd Congress in 1995.

For those who are listening to the liberals propagating the fallacy
that everything is "Bush's Fault", think about this: January 3rd, 2007
was the day the Democrats took over the Senate and the Congress.

At the time:
The DOW Jones closed at 12,621.77
The GDP for the previous quarter was 3.5%
The
Unemployment rate was 4.6%
George Bush's Economic policies SET A RECORD of 52 STRAIGHT MONTHS of JOB GROWTH

Remember the day...
January 3rd, 2007 was the day that Barney Frank took over the House
Financial Services Committee and Chris Dodd took over the Senate
Banking Committee. The economic meltdown that happened 15 months
later was in what part of the economy? BANKING AND FINANCIAL
SERVICES!

Unemployment... to this CRISIS by (among MANY other things) dumping
5-6 TRILLION Dollars of toxic loans on the economy from YOUR
Fannie
Mae
and Freddie Mac FIASCOES!

Bush asked Congress 17 TIMES to stop Fannie & Freddie - starting in
2001 because it was financially risky for the US economy.

And who took the THIRD highest pay-off from Fannie Mae AND Freddie
Mac?        OBAMA And who fought against reform of Fannie and Freddie?  OBAMAand the Democrat Congress.

So when someone tries to blame Bush. REMEMBER JANUARY 3rd, 2007....
THE DAY THE DEMOCRATS TOOK OVER!"

Budgets do not come from the White House. They come from Congress and
the party that controlled Congress since January 2007 is the Democrat
Party.

Furthermore, the Democrats controlled the budget process for 2008 &
2009 as well as 2010 & 2011.

In that first year, they had to contend with George Bush, which caused
them to compromise on spending, when Bush somewhat belatedly got tough on spending increases.

For 2009 though, Nancy Pelosi & Harry Reid bypassed George Bush
entirely, passing continuing resolutions to keep government running
until
Barack Obama could take office. At that time, they passed a
massive omnibus spending bill to complete the 2009 budgets.

And where was Barack Obama during this time? He was a member of that very Congress that passed all of these massive spending bills, and he signed the omnibus bill as President to complete 2009.

If the Democrats inherited any deficit, it was the 2007 deficit, the
last of the Republican budgets. That deficit was the lowest in five
years, and the fourth straight decline in deficit spending. After
that, Democrats in Congress took control of spending, and that
includes Barack Obama, who voted for the budgets.

If Obama inherited anything, he inherited it from himself. In a
nutshell, what Obama is saying is I inherited a deficit that I voted
for and then I voted to expand that deficit four-fold since January
20th.

There is no way this will be widely publicized,unless each of us sends it on

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Navy: 4 missile cruisers to remain in service - Navy News | News from Afghanistan & Iraq - Navy Times

Navy: 4 missile cruisers to remain in service - Navy News | News from Afghanistan & Iraq - Navy Times

Good...........'nuff said.

USS RANGER CV 4 - a great name in US Navy History

USS Ranger (CV-4) at Norfolk Naval Base, Virginia, 7 June 1934.   Photographed from a U.S.A.A.C Plane.  NHHC Photograph Collection, NH 93546.

On 26 September 1931, the keel to USS Ranger (CV 4) was laid at Newport News, Virginia. She was the first US Navy ship designed and constructed as an aircraft carrier. Amongst her many notable duties during World War II, she provided air cover for Operation Torch (the North African Invasion) in November 1942 and Operation Leader (raid on German shipping at Norway) in October 1943. Following training and aircraft transportation duty in early 1944, Ranger was overhauled and sent to the Pacific, where she prepared air groups for combat operations. In October 1946, she was decommissioned and was sold for scrapping in January 1947.26 Sep 1931: Keel to USS Ranger (CV 4) was laid (8 photos)

Monday, September 24, 2012

CDR Salamander: How Do You Say, "To H311 With You" in Arabic?

CDR Salamander: How Do You Say, "To H311 With You" in Arabic?: Hmmmm. Basics . I, Sal, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreig...


I, Wharf Rat, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.

Fort Worth joins the fleet!

Sailors assigned to the Freedom-class littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) man the rails during her commissioning at Galveston, Texas.

USS FORTH WORTH LCS 3 joins the fleet!
US Navy Photo
Commissioned 9/22/2012



Sunday, September 23, 2012

In Memory of Lt. Col. Chris Raible: CO VMA-211 | SLDInfo

In Memory of Lt. Col. Chris Raible: CO VMA-211 | SLDInfo

This weekend, June 22/23 I had the priveledge of visiting with Marines from Yuma that brought up two Harriers to the Duluth, MN Air Show.  They knew the two Marines killed in this attack and to a man, are honored to have known Lt. Col. Raible, are pissed, and are ready to take th fight to the enemy.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

CDR Salamander: So, Who Has the Branch Plan?

CDR Salamander: So, Who Has the Branch Plan?: Since DEC of 09, you've read my stuff about this - no need to repeat it again. After President Obama's West Point speech of 2009, many of u...

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

CDR Salamander: Those Sneaky Dutch Bastards ...

CDR Salamander: Those Sneaky Dutch Bastards ...: Hey .... they are the peoples' representatives. One of America's finest! Save yourself the trouble of excessive drain bramage and go strai...

Sometime Sal is just to funny

Thursday, August 23, 2012

CDR Salamander: At Least Someone is Getting a New Frigate

CDR Salamander: At Least Someone is Getting a New Frigate: We tainted them a bit with the marketing gimmick for the name ... but otherwise, it's a frigate . The design of the Royal Navy's latest wars...



Monday, August 20, 2012

The world's oldest commissioned warship, USS Constitution, sails under her own power.

120819-N-MJ265-210
CHARLESTOWN, Mass (Aug. 19, 2012) The world's oldest commissioned warship, USS Constitution, sails under her own power. This is only the second time in 131 years traveling without help. The last time Constitution sailed was 1997. This exercise commemorates the 200th anniversary of the Constitution's victory over the British frigate Guerriere during the War of 1812. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Andrew Meyers/ Released) 

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Mackenzie Eaglen: Defense vs. Food Stamps—What Would You Choose?

Defense or Foodstamps?

Not difficult for me:

1.  If you build it, and pay people to build it - no need for foodstamps

2.  Foodstamps?  This president has done such a poor job understanding the economy, it causes people to go on foodstamps.  Plus, something in me makes me think he wants people dependant on government.

Third LCS nears debut amid manning worries - Navy News | News from Afghanistan & Iraq - Navy Times

Third LCS nears debut amid manning worries - Navy News | News from Afghanistan & Iraq - Navy Times

The littoral combat ship Fort Worth heads to Galveston, Texas, on Aug. 6. Navy officials say they are working to correct issues discovered with the two previous LCS vessels.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

CDR Salamander: PORTER Collision: 1st Hand Report

CDR Salamander: PORTER Collision: 1st Hand Report: This is fairly well sourced and passes the smell test - so here you go. I've not copied it in whole and have anonomized it a bit; though i...