190503-A-YD127-1086 STRAIT OF HORMUZ (May 3, 2019) Gunner’s Mate 1st class Tyson Hinkley stands watch aboard the Cyclone-class coastal patrol ship USS Whirlwind (PC 11) while transiting the Strait of Hormuz. Whirlwind is forward deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations and support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in … Continue reading We’re missing a post-hostilities Iran-US future
USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN The Abraham Lincoln Strike Group is steaming towards the Persian Gulf, and additional Patriot anti-missile batteries are shipping to nearby nations. Iran confidently declares it can sink the US Navy with one missile. Everyone is focused on what might become a shooting war. But the shooting part doesn't matter in the long … Continue reading Could Iran go pro-US?
The offending hospital for this article When someone thanks me for my service, I normally reply with "Just doing my job." Because, honestly, most of my non-deployed days are just like everyone else's days. I wake up, workout, and head to work, where most of my work is done on a computer. Then I head … Continue reading Living in pain with military medicine
If you're not following the Shameless Popery blog, you're missing out. Not only is the author a regular writer, but he writes in a way that is both deeply theological while also being easy to read. His piece this week on Judas is no different, and it should give us some pause as we finish … Continue reading On Judas and Notre Dame
BALTOPS 2018 participants As NATO celebrates its 70th anniversary, the media focus continues to be on whether President Trump will leave NATO. I don't view that as highly likely, but I do think he is going to continue his march towards rewarding countries that contribute to the alliance, while continuing negative rhetoric towards those that … Continue reading The Baltic Sea…Europe’s South China Sea equivalent
I had the pleasure of traveling to Estonia this past week to prepare for an upcoming exercise. While I was there, some of the Estonian officers briefed me about how Russia is running a disinformation campaign in Estonia. That part was no surprise to me; we know the Russians have been doing this for years. … Continue reading Russia’s disinformation is all the same
The SSC-8, an INF-Treaty Violator On Friday the United States announced suspension of the Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. A simple Google search would make you believe the sky is falling and soon to be littered with nuclear weapons. I couldn't find a single positive article about the withdrawal. But all is not lost. Let's … Continue reading The INF treaty was a sham
After Governor Cuomo celebrated expanding the ways to kill more innocent children, the head of Cuomo's diocese, Bishop Edward Scharfenberger…sent him a letter. A really, really harsh letter…well, actually just a letter. Excommunication? Well, that's too hard legally. Yeah, that's only for people who actually get abortions. Politicians that celebrate such things? Meh. It would … Continue reading Do we owe our Bishops anything?
The DoD recently announced the names of those who died in the suicide attack in Syria. Among them was CTIC Shannon Kent. The two questions I now get are one, Did you know her, and two, Why is the Navy over in Syria? Given her duty stations and our Navy being small, I'm surprised I … Continue reading Are we really interested in Syria?
Navies are expensive. Ships drive through the ocean, a thoroughly corrosive environment. Wooden ships fight off rot, worms and barnacles. Steel ships are no safer, eating constant sacrificial anodes to prevent rust from breaking holes in their hulls. This caustic environment has driven innovations in marine engineering to design and build warships that can survive … Continue reading Why navies aren’t cheap
My 3 kids are not perfect. I've had my share of tantrums, meltdowns, late-night puking and the like. It sometimes causes me to cancel plans. Sometimes in gets in the way of things I want to do. But overall, I'd have to say they are worth the occasional pain. I'm not sure if they are … Continue reading Those crazy, expensive kids
For over a year now, I embarked on a journey to design and build a custom house. I've lived in 10 homes over the past 14 years, all with their own style. That experience gave me a pretty good idea of what kind of house worked for me and my family. I worked with a … Continue reading The purpose of city executives
I didn't know who Senator Mark Green was until I saw a news article saying he thought vaccines caused autism. So I started looking into his background. Low and behold, he's an actual doctor, and he inserted into Iraq with some of the initial SEAL teams as their medic. He talked about it in a … Continue reading What wasn’t said about vaccines
Over this past week, I had the pleasure of participating in the BALTOPS planning conference. I say pleasure literally, because the interactions with all of the participating BALTOPS nations was great. That may come as a surprise to readers, since I've been fairly critical of NATO in the past. Those that know me better know … Continue reading Questioning NATO
It appears that a no-kidding schism is coming to the Church... Wait, nope, wrong church Probably the most under-reported story right now is the massive spat between the Russian Orthodox Church and the Archbishop of Constantinople, Bartholomew I. The Ukrainian Orthodox Church was originally aligned under the Russian Orthodox Church, which had originally established a … Continue reading The coming schism in the Church