Simo Orts and the Missing American [Redacted]

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On January 17, 1966 – at the height of the Cold War – a B-52 and KC-135 tanker collided while conducting aerial refueling over the air above Palomares, Spain. Of the eleven total crewmembers of both planes, seven were found dead near the Palomares cemetery, and over the next three months, eighteen vessels and over 3,800 men would undertake a search and recovery mission which cost over $84 million.[1] Missing was one of four Mark 28 hydrogen bombs lost in the accident, and the man who led American rescue efforts was a 46-year-old fisherman – Francisco Simo Orts.[2] Continue reading “Simo Orts and the Missing American [Redacted]”

Golf Sierra Event

One of my more interesting “thought experiment” assignments during an Oceanography discussion last May centered around the unlikely idea that the Gulf Stream suddenly, and without reason, stopped. Writing from the perspective of an Operations Manager for an unnamed shipping company reacting to this crisis, I looked at the immediate impact and offered several possible “contingency plans.”  Continue reading “Golf Sierra Event”

Deception and Death – Linking a Submarine to the Battle of Kursk

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HMS Seraph (Source:

In the early morning light of the 30th of April, 1943, the HMS Seraph surfaced near the Spanish town of Huelva and crewmen retrieved the canister which had been stowed on the torpedo racks since leaving England two weeks earlier. The men had been told that the container held a “weather buoy,” but they were ordered below before they were able to watch the officers extract, prepare, and push overboard the body of “Major Martin”.[1] This simple act – the lynchpin of Operation Mincemeat – involved an corpse, paperwork, and a carefully crafted web of deception proved to be so successful in playing on the paranoias of Adolf Hitler, that it impacted and influenced the impending invasion of Sicily as well as disrupted chances for German reinforcements to arrive at the battle of Kursk months later.[2] Continue reading “Deception and Death – Linking a Submarine to the Battle of Kursk”

Hitler, Hussein, and the Problems of Comparison

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Recent commentary once again has provided me with an opportunity to offer my opinions and perspectives about the problems associated with history – specifically Hitler. This being said, while it may appear that I am critical of the cartoon in the following response in an academic forum, I fully appreciate and admire the symbolism intended. My issue is – and always will be – with the overbearing and terrible figure Hitler was and my own perspective of quick and casual comparisons. Continue reading “Hitler, Hussein, and the Problems of Comparison”

Inspiration and Frustration

Originally posted January 31, 2016.

There are some times when my forum posts make me want to bury my head in the sand and wait for sanity to reconvene. Guess the “more analysis and reflection” the professor recommended should come with a prescription of antidepressants. Continue reading “Inspiration and Frustration”

Behind the Scenes

Originally posted June 30, 2016.

FOB Speicher. Iraq, 2006.

I’ve been back and forth between RallyPoint and Facebook in what started off as a “math-avoidance” tactic, but turned into refining my retirement and trying to make sense of the fact that I don’t have to sign back in off of leave… EVER.

I came across the post of one anonymous Sergeant who was trying to sort out his personal feelings about Memorial Day and just plain old tired of the politics, politicians, foreign policy, and the overall bullshit which can become a substantial obstacle to a mid-career NCO. He posed the question “is there anybody else that can relate?”, and I answered: Continue reading “Behind the Scenes”

The Anthem, Football, and Observations.

Originally posted September 13, 2016.

Bagram, Afghanistan 2004.

Time to share my thoughts.

The recent controversy over the national anthem required some serious thought and a steadfast refusal to hop on the “standing room only” bandwagon of social outrage and justification. After all, that is all that this “controversy” really is… that and a chance to examine the concept of social contradiction. Continue reading “The Anthem, Football, and Observations.”