Two Years Since the Fort Hood Shooting

Soldiers and civilians take cover during the shooting. US Army photo by Jeramie Sivley.

I just realized that last Saturday was the 2-year anniversary of the Fort Hood shooting. It is a tragic reminder of what can happen in “gun-free” zones. Even to this day, soldiers are still not allowed to carry firearms on post. All weapons are kept secured in arms rooms across the installation. The only thing that keeps another lunatic like Nidal Hasan from entering Fort Hood and going on another unopposed killing spree is (more…)


Chairs Versus Guns

Fox news published an article on their website today:

Witnesses testified that a gunman wearing an Army combat uniform shouted “Allahu Akbar!” — which is Arabic for “God is great!” — and started shooting in a small but crowded medical building where deploying soldiers get vaccines and other tests. The gunman fired rapidly, pausing only to reload, even shooting some people as they hid under tables or fled the building, witnesses said. Witnesses say the gunman fatally shot two people who tried to stop him by throwing chairs, and killed three soldiers who were protecting civilian nurses, according to testimony.

It would have taken only one soldier with a Concealed Handgun License to stop this madness. Instead, soldiers were gunned down at point-blank range. Soldiers had to resort to futile efforts of hiding under desks and throwing chairs. THROWING CHAIRS???? (more…)

James Rowe: The Legacy of an American POW

The life of James “Nick” Rowe left a legacy within the United States military that impacted how modern-day forces train, in part, because he survived as a prisoner of war during the Vietnam War. Today, pilots and Special Forces personnel endure rigorous training that Rowe helped define. It was Rowe’s survival and escape from enemy captivity that laid the foundation for decades to come. Rowe resisted enemy attempts at extracting information and successfully escaped captivity with honor.