In The Navy

July 30, 2016

Harvey Bernard Milk (May 22, 1930 – November 27, 1978) was an American politician who became openly gay person to be elected to public office in , when he won a seat on the an Francisco Board of Supervisors.

On November 27, 1978, Milk and Mayor George Moscone was assassinated by Dan White, another city supervisor who had recently resigned but wanted his job back.

Milk joined the United States Navy during the Korean War. He served aboard the submarine rescue ship USS Kittiwake (ASR-13) as a diving officer. He later transferred to Naval Station, San Diego to serve as a diving instructor. In 1955, he was discharged from the Navy at the rank of lieutenant, junior grade.

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Ensign Harvey Milk

 In July,Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, indicated he intended to name a planned Military Sealift Command fleet oiler  USNS Harvey Milk (T-AO-206). The ship would be the second of the John Lewis-class oilers being built by General Dynamics NASSCO in San Diego, Calif.

In certain corners of the navy, hilarity has ensued over this decision.  Here’s why:

Refueling at Sea

You can watch the entire process here.  This isn’t easy to pull off.

 

 

Headlights

July 28, 2016

Now we know where Jeep got the idea for their headlights.

Headlights

 

White Trucks

July 9, 2016

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AUTOCAR TRUCK

July 8, 2016

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BOMARC

May 14, 2016

BOMARC

Isn’t it great to settle back into your butterfly chair, pick up your brand new Admiral television remote control and watch a BOMARC equipped with a W-40 10Kt nuclear warhead fly off to commence nuclear Armageddon?

At least she’s not smoking those cigarettes.  They can be bad for your health.

Everything Old is New Again

April 13, 2016

Flitlock Lantern

 

Flashlight Pistol

Hope Springs Eternal

February 1, 2016

Date

Go Bernie

January 23, 2016

Hillary and Convenience

January 21, 2016

I opted for convenience to use my personal email account, which was allowed by the State Department, because I thought it would be easier to carry just one device for
my work and for my personal emails instead of two,” a self-assured Clinton told more than 200 reporters crowded into a U.N. corridor.

Was she correct?  Was this really allowed by the State Department?

Here’s what the State Departments guidance for storing and safeguarding classified material says.

“Do not store classified material at a facility outside the chancery, consulate, etc., merely for convenience. To store classified material, a post must demonstrate to
the regional security officer (RSO) a legitimate need to have material at a given location and provide a justification for the level of classified material to be stored.”

Source: 12 FAM 530 STORING AND SAFEGUARDING CLASSIFIED MATERIAL
(CT:DS-241; 10-16-2015) (Office of Origin: DS/SI/IS)

Granted, this guidance is referring to State Department consulates and posts, but would logically also apply to the Secretary of State storing classified material at a facility outside  the State Department’s security controls.

Oath Keepers

January 5, 2016

In a recent video, Jon Ritzheimer tearfully tells his daughter that he couldn’t be home for Christmas because, paraphrasing “…Daddy took an oath to protect the constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.”

Protecting the Constitution is a noble cause. It’s just that your Oath of Enlistment isn’t exactly the correct vehicle to attach your efforts.

Lets see why by unpacking this oath taking a little bit.

Here’s the text of the Oath of Enlistment to which all United States military enlisted personnel affirm.

There are two parts to this oath:

I, _____, do solemnly swear (or affirm) 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;

The first part of the oath is the part that is often quoted by people such as Jon Ritzheimer. Much is made of the sacred oath taken by members of the military. In fact, there are “Oath Keepers” websites where similarly confused former military types vow to protect the Constitution in keeping with their Oath of Enlistment.

The Oath Keepers rarely mention the second part  of the Oath of Enlistment. This is because when you consider the second part of the Oath of Enlistment, it becomes clear that the Oath has no meaning outside of the context of being in the military.

The second part of the Oath states that the individual will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over the individual.

and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”

An individual who has left the military,as many militia members have, is no longer in the chain of command, and has no appointed officers issuing orders to which he must obey and is no longer subject to the jurisdiction of the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

Thus, a former Marine, for example, Jon Rizheimer, who was apparently discharged from the Marine Corps for violating the Corps tattoo policy, is no longer bound by the Oath of Enlistment, no longer has any officers giving him orders, and is not subject to the Uniform Code of Military Justice. and therefore has no excuse for not spending Christmas with his daughters.


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