Tuesday, May 30, 2017

I Am A Navy Veteran

Mad Dog Replies: Defense Secretary James Mattis Gives Blunt Response To Reporter's Question

Speaking about threats to the U.S., a reporter asked Secretary of Defense James Mattis what kept him up at night.

“Nothing,” the retired Marine General known as “Mad Dog” replied. “I keep other people up at night.”

Good answer.

Note: Below is the Defense Department biography of Secretary Mattis:

Jim Mattis became the 26th Secretary of Defense on January 20, 2017.

A native of Richland, Washington, Secretary Mattis enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve at the age of 18. After graduating from Central Washington University in 1971, he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps.

During his more than four decades in uniform, Secretary Mattis commanded Marines at all levels, from an infantry rifle platoon to a Marine Expeditionary Force. He led an infantry battalion in Iraq in 1991, an expeditionary brigade in Afghanistan after the 9/11 terror attack in 2001, a Marine Division in the initial attack and subsequent stability operations in Iraq in 2003, and led all U.S. Marine Forces in the Middle East as Commander, I Marine Expeditionary Force and U.S. Marine Forces Central Command.

During his non-combat assignments, Secretary Mattis served as Senior Military Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Defense; as Director, Marine Corps Manpower Plans & Policy; as Commanding General, Marine Corps Combat Development Command; and as Executive Secretary to the Secretary of Defense.

As a joint force commander, Secretary Mattis commanded U.S. Joint Forces Command, NATO’s Supreme Allied Command for Transformation, and U.S. Central Command. At U.S. Central Command, he directed military operations of more than 200,000 soldiers, sailors, airmen, Coast Guardsmen, Marines and allied forces across the Middle East.

Following his retirement from the U.S. Marine Corps in 2013, Secretary Mattis served as the Davies Family Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, specializing in the study of leadership, national security, strategy, innovation, and the effective use of military force. In 2016, he co-edited the book, Warriors & Citizens: American Views of Our Military.

Monday, May 29, 2017

On This Day In History The Late Great Comedian Bob Hope Was Born

On this day in 1903 Bob Hope, the late great comedian, actor and USO troop entertainer, was born.

You can watch a video clip of Bob Hope and read about his life at Biography.com via the below link:


You can also read his obituary via the below link:


Note: The top two photos are of Bob Hope in one of my favorite films, The Lemon Drop Kid, which was based on the Damon Runyon short story. The above photo is of Bob Hope entertaining U.S. troops at one of his many USO shows overseas.

Afghanistan Honors

In the above photo U.S. Army Gen. John Nicholson, commander of Resolute Support, pays his respects to service members who made the ultimate sacrifice in Afghanistan during a Memorial Day ceremony in Kabul, Afghanistan on May 29, 2017. 

The Air Force photo was taken by Tech Sgt. Robert M. Trujillo.

Memorial Day 2017

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Happy Birthday To The Late, Great Thriller Writer Ian Fleming

Happy birthday to the late, great thriller writer Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond and author of Dr No, From Russia With Love, Goldfinger and other thriller classics.

You can read two of my Crime Beat columns on Ian Fleming via the below link:



And you can read my Counterterrorism magazine piece on Commander Ian Fleming's WWII experiences via the below link:


Note: You can click on the above photos to enlarge.

Some Gave All: Two Songs For Memorial Day Weekend, 2017

Enjoy your Memorial Day weekend, but please take a moment or two to think about and honor those who did not come home from American's wars.

We should never forget that those soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines gave their lives to ensure your freedoms.  

You can listen to Billy Ray Cyrus' song Some Gave All and read the lyrics via the below link:


You can also listen to Lee Greenwood's I'm Proud To be An American and read the lyrics via the below link: