Hi all. It’s a post; they are rare these days, with grad school, parenthood x3, and such. Originally I was planning to thank the bot army that has lately been sending me near-daily notifications that is now following my blog. I stand ready to serve our robot overlords and – well, hey, do you supreme electronic beings need some aerial refueling while you take over the world? The Navy’s got that coming right up!

But then this happened.

Semper Fi, Gunny.



This patriot and performer will be missed.



Tax Dollars at Work

Haven’t posted here in a while… things are busy, dontcha know. So here’s a quick post, just so you can’t say you didn’t know the Navy was out there staying busy on your behalf.

Read the details over at USNI.

Happy Tuesday.


Yemen: Your Future Case Study

Latest update: watch for a coalition advance in the west, focused on the Red Sea port of Hodeida.

Yemen, right where we left it (The Economist)

Yemen will continue to be a featured topic here at The Salty Wog. And why not? Terrible as everything about the Yemen situation is, those involved in military education will never escape it, as this theater can provide the basis for just about any conceivable case study. May as well get started now.

Keeping up with the news today will be a big assist for your Joint Professional Military Education tomorrow!


Tales from the Front

Not the Onion. Nor the Duffel Blog. Sometimes these things just happen.

BEHOLD: “Wild boars overrun Islamic State position, kill 3 militants

“Three Islamic State militants setting up an ambush in a bitterly contested area of northern Iraq were killed by a herd of stampeding boars, local leaders say.

“…[T]he militants were hiding on the edge of a field about 50 miles southwest of Kirkuk when the boars overwhelmed them Sunday.”

And thank you to USA Today’s headline writer for writing one of the most informative-yet-sardonic headlines you’ll ever see.

But don’t miss perhaps the most important part of the story: the counter-ISIS coalition has new members. And they’re hungry.