Thursday, July 11, 2019

TheList 5040

The List 5040 TGB

To All,

I hope that your Fourth of July was a great one and you have a great weekend. Today's Bubba Breakfast was great.



Today in Naval History

July 5

1801 David G. Farragut is born near Knoxville, Tenn. Known for the quote, Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead during the Battle of Mobile Bay in 1864, he is appointed vice admiral by President Abraham Lincoln in 1864 and is commissioned an admiral, the first-ever in the US Navy, by a Congressional Act in 1866.

1814 The sloop-of-war, USS Peacock, captures British vessels HMS Stranger, HMS Venus, HMS Adiona, and HMS Fortitude.

1859 Hawaiian bark Gambia, commanded by Capt. N.C. Brooks, discovers the Midway Islands. The islands are named "Middlebrook Islands." On Aug. 28, 1867, Capt. William Reynolds of the USS Lackawanna takes possession of the atoll for the U.S., making Midway the first offshore islands annexed by the U.S. government.

1862 The Navy Department is reorganized by act of Congress.

1942 USS Growler (SS 215) torpedoes and sinks the Japanese destroyer, Arare, in the Salmon Lagoon, off Kiska. In the attack, USS Growler damages destroyers Kasumi and Shiranui.

1944 USS Thomas (DE 102) and USS Baker (DE 190) from Task Group 22.5, sink German minelayer submarine (U 233) off Halifax, Nova Scotia.

July 6

1747 John Paul Jones is born in Arbigland, Scotland. Originally appointed to the Continental Navy in 1775, he is known for his quote, Ive not yet begun to fight! during the battle between Continental frigate, Bonhomme Richard, and HMS Serapis on Sept. 23, 1779.

1898 During the Spanish-American War, the auxiliary-cruiser USS Dixie captures the Spanish vessels, Three Bells, Pilgrim, and Greeman Castle, off Cape Cruz, Cuba.

1943 Following the Allied landing on New Georgia, the Japanese attempt to land reinforcements with 10 destroyers, resulting in the Battle of Kula Gulf. In the battle, USS Helena (CL 50) is hit by three torpedoes, breaks apart, and sinks, with nearly 170 of her crew lost.

1944 USS Paddle (SS 263) attacks a Japanese convoy northwest of Halmahera and sinks destroyer Hokaze off Sangi Island. Also on this date, USS Sealion (SS 315) attacks a Japanese convoy in the East China Sea and sinks merchant passenger cargo ship Setsuzan Maru off Ningpo, China while USS Tang (SS 306) sinks Japanese freighter Dori Maru in Chosen Bay.

July 7

1798 Congress rescinds treaties with France, and the Quasi War begins.

1846 During the Mexican-American War, Commodore John D. Sloat, disembarks from his flagship frigate, USS Savannah, at Monterey and claims California for the U.S.

1915 Thomas A. Edison becomes the head of the Naval Consulting Board, which screens inventions for the Navy.

1948 The first six enlisted women are sworn into Regular Navy: Chief Yeoman Wilma J. Marchal; Yeoman Second Class Edna E. Young; Hospital Corpsman First Class Ruth Flora; Aviation Storekeeper First Class Kay L. Langen; Storekeeper Second Class Frances T. Devaney; and Teleman Doris R. Robertson.

1979 USS Emory S. Land (AS 39) is commissioned at her homeport of Norfolk, Va. The submarine tender is named after Adm. Emory S. Land, an officer noted for his designs of submarines.

Thanks to CHINFO

Executive Summary:

• Today's national headlines are dominated by a 6.4 magnitude earthquake in Southern California and the 'Salute to America' 4th of July event which included military flyovers and a speech by President Trump.

• The New York Times reports that British marines in Gibraltar detained a supertanker that was carrying crude oil from Iran to Syria in violation of sanctions.

• The Russian government announced that the submarine that caught fire earlier this week was nuclear powered, but that the nuclear reactor was isolated from the fire, reports the Wall Street Journal.

• USS Ronald Reagan arrived in Brisbane ahead of the Talisman Sabre Military exercise with the Australian military.

Today in History July 5


The Declaration of Independence is first printed by John Dunlop in Philadelphia.


A Spanish army repels the British during their attempt to retake Buenos Aires, Argentina.


U.S. troops under Jacob Brown defeat a superior British force at Chippewa, Canada.


The German government begins curtailing freedom of the press after German Democrats advocate a revolt against Austrian rule.


British naval forces bombard Dingai on Zhoushan Island in China and occupy it.


Federal troops occupy Vicksburg, Mississippi and distribute supplies to the citizens.


Andrew Beard is issued a patent for the rotary engine.


Marshal Henri Petain's Vichy government breaks off diplomatic relations with Great Britain.


German troops reach the Dnieper River in the Soviet Union.


The Battle of Kursk, the largest tank battle in history, begins.


The Japanese garrison on Numfoor, New Guinea, tries to counterattack but is soon beaten back by U.S. forces.


American forces engage the North Koreans for the first time at Osan, South Korea.

Just a note from 4 July

1942 the 8th Air Force flies its first mission in Europe using borrowed British equipment. Only three of the six aircraft return to England.


Thanks to Mike….another story I had never heard before

Miles City, MT Bombed by the Air Force

Miles City forum:

When Montana has a problem, they FIX it!


Thanks to Rich and Mud's Marines ….This was a last minute addition to today's list because when I opened it up and read it I laughed my a.. off

Learning to Cuss

And increased their vocabulary 10 fold.

14 years later they both enlisted in the Marines.

A 6 year old and a 4 year old are playing in the yard.

The 6 year old asks, "You know what? I think it's about time we started learning to cuss". The 4 year old nods his head in approval.

The 6 year old continues, "When we go in for breakfast, I'm gonna say something with hell and you say something with ass".

The 4 year old agrees with enthusiasm.

When the mother walks into the kitchen and asks the 6 year old what he wants for breakfast, he replies,

"Aw, hell, Mom, I guess I'll have some Cheerios".


He flies out of his chair, tumbles across the kitchen floor, gets up, and runs upstairs crying his eyes out, with his mother in hot pursuit, slapping his rear with every step. His mom locks him in his room and shouts, "You can stay there until I let you out!"

She then comes back downstairs, looks at the 4 year old and asks with a stern voice, "And what do YOU want for breakfast, young man?"

"I don't know", he blubbers, "but you can bet your ass it won't be Cheerios"..


Thanks to Mugs……..what a fun job flying ACM EVERY DAY

Adversary Flight Training - Draken

Here is a video on the Development of Draken International,

now providing Air to Air Combat flight training to the USAF

and other military services.

You may find it very interesting.


Thanks to Carl

Lido Has Shuffled

By Eric Peters - July 3, 2019

Lee Iacocca just died. And with him, an era.

The era of the car guy executive.

Iacocca wasn't a transplant from a toothpaste company – and he was an engineer, not a "human resources" manager. He smoked cigars, told ribald stories.

Most of all, Lido knew cars – and the car business. Put more precisely, he knew how to sell cars by making cars people wanted to buy;


from Mark,

A little known fact. The "Bone" did more CAS sorties in OEF (Afghanistan) than any other aircraft. The A-10 was second. Note the term "sorties". If measuring by amount of weapons dropped then the Bone would far exceed any other aircraft. The B-52s dropped a butt load of weapons, but those were typically pre-planned and not CAS.

Back to the Bone...

They modified their ejection racks and software to enable simultaneous drops. Meaning, the three multiple ejection racks were originally programmed to drop one weapon at a time, rotate, drop another, in a sequence, etc. So the squadrons figured out how to fool the system into dropping several JDAM or Paveways at the same time. And they carried up to 80 separate bombs...uh huh...80! Depending if 250, 500, 1000 or 2000lbs. A lot of iron!

An airborne forward air controller (AFAC) in a fighter or more typically a ground-based TACP embedded with ground troops, very often SpecOps guys (early on Delta, SEALS, other SOF) coordinated CAS directly with Bone crews.

Why the Bone? It carried a lot of weapons, it could dial in multiple DMPIs ("dimpies" for Desired Mean Points of Impact, i.e. target coords) all at once and make a whopping multi-hit show of force, it could loiter for hours, day or night. And it had the Sniper pod (or Litening II, I'm not sure) to do the same targeting, laser designating and "buddy lasing" (for another platform) as A and F series aircraft.

Driving up to northern Afghanistan from Diego Garcia or Al Udeid required a couple air refuelings, and tankers typically came out of Uzbekistan, UAE or Diego. It all worked well. Think about this, though. The B-1s had to overfly Pakistan to get to Afghanistan. I'm not sure the average Pakistani would be thrilled about all the bombs overflying their country. But it went on day after day.

So at your next outing, ask "which aircraft did the most CAS over Afghanistan?" Most will assume the A-10 or F-16. Nope. "Da Bone".


from Alan,

If this is to be believed one has to accept a new definition of close air support. Nonetheless, the Bone has proven to be a useful combat aircraft. As for it no longer having a nuclear capability, don't worry about it. What was done to make it non-nuclear capable can also be undone to make it nuclear capable again. Just need to go to the old spare parts bin and get after it.

Subject: B-1B

This article mentions the ability to offer CAS using the SNIPER Pod. I recall a "60 Minutes" article which takes exception to that capability.

Thanks. Ralph

Why the B-1 Bomber Is Such a Badass Plane


Thanks to Al

Monday Morning Thoughts and Humor--Independence Day

Submitted by Mike Ryan:

Honoring God for Independence Day (see attachment)

Submitted by Al Anderson:

America, Why I Love Her recited by John Wayne at

Submitted by Dave Chamberlin:

Things That Make Our Nation Great by Leonard Pitts Jr. of The Miami Herald

Is America great?

We were on a road outside Freetown, Sierra Leone, en route to the tiny village of Yoyema when Saido Kamara asked me that. The drive to Yoyema, they told me, was about 75 miles. Getting there would take us half the day. Sierra Leone has few highways worthy of the name; just craters separated at intervals by a poorly maintained road. It also has crushing poverty, epidemic corruption and many amputees maimed in a civil war that ended only a few years ago.

Is America great? I've written before about the question my 22-year-old translator asked when I visited West Africa back in 2004. I resurrect the question now because it seems an apt one for a troubled nation that today marks the 231st summer of its existence.

For all our prayers of peace, we are a nation at war this Independence Day. Our military is fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq, of course, but that's not what I mean – or at least, not all that I mean. We are also at war with ourselves, with the very idea and ideal of the United States of America.

We are fighting about immigration, a necessary conversation about securing our borders that nevertheless sinks often into mud holes of xenophobia and racism. We are fighting about diversity, and the Southern Poverty Law Center warns that the number of hate groups in this country has risen 40 percent since 2000. We are fighting about the abridgement of civil liberties, the conduct of war, the idea that torture should be a tool of interrogation. We are fighting about identity, about who we are and who we are willing to be.

Is America great? I told him yes, of course -- hedged it with disclaimers so he would not get too rosy an impression. But I told him yes.

Not that he needed my affirmation. The beatific smile on his face suggested he had already made up his mind beyond my ability to change or subtract. That smile bespoke a conviction: Hope lives in the United States. In so many places, hope lies strangled or stillborn, abandoned or forgotten. But hope has a home in America.

Lately, I have been hearing more and more a term I like: "American exceptionalism," as in the abiding conviction that this is a nation set apart, a nation unique among all the nations of the world.

And it seems to me it is not the people who make America great, but America that has made the people great. Meaning that we are blessed to have been shaped by revolutionary ideals. Equality before the law. The freedom of speech. The freedom of assembly. The freedom from unreasonable search and seizure. The inalienable right to pursue one's own happiness.

Is America great? Not always, no. And when we are not great, it has usually been because the people have been unable or unwilling or scared to be as large as the nation's ideals. History tells us it has happened too often: with the Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798, with slavery, with government censorship of periodicals and songs during World War I, with the internment of Americans of Japanese heritage during World War II, with segregation, with McCarthyism, with government surveillance of civil rights workers and anti-war activists in the 1960s.

One can only wonder what history will someday say about this era where torture is defended, the rule of law is flouted, civil liberties are abridged, hate groups are rising, people are frightened and the very idea of American exceptionalism, that there are some risks you take, some things you don't do, some challenges you just have to meet, because this is after all, America, seems frayed and worn and spent.

And you might say, well, who cares? It's just an ideal. Can ideals save this country?

Actually, ideals are the only things that ever have.

Submitted by Jack Ensch

A Letter from the Founding Fathers by Don Feder

From: The Founding Fathers

To: The current generation of Americans

On this the 232nd anniversary of our independence, those of us you call the Founding Fathers have assembled in Continental heaven to assess the condition of the republic we bequeathed to you.

It's true America has become the wealthiest, most powerful nation on earth. But so was the British Empire in 1776.

Before we get specific, we must confess that we are annoyed by your habit of misinterpreting our words. Take the First Amendment, where we said Congress shall make no law "respecting an establishment of religion." You usually neglect the other half of the injunction, "or prohibiting the free exercise thereof."

As anyone in the first Congress, which passed the amendment, could have told you, "establishment of religion" means an established church, which all are forced to support. We never intended to create a virtue-less republic, by prohibiting public expressions of faith. In the Declaration of Independence, we acknowledged that rights are endowed by our Creator. Absent a Creator, there are no inalienable rights.

In the Second Amendment, we said the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. In our day, if private citizens hadn't owned guns there would have been no Lexington and Concord. Why would we bother guaranteeing a collective right to arm state militias? The rights enumerated in the first 10 amendments are restraints on government, not grants of power to it. If you ever wake up to what's going on, your leaders will have cause to fear an armed citizenry.

We viewed elective office as a sacrifice. For your politicians, it's an opportunity. We rid America of a monarchy. You've established an elected aristocracy. We were farmers, merchants and professionals who resumed our careers after a brief term of service and never lost touch with our constituents.

You are governed by an elite so different from you as to almost constitute a separate species. Your elected rulers hold office for 20 or 30 years, becoming increasingly detached from their roots, while rewarding themselves lavish emoluments and pensions.

We revolted over a modest tax on tea. Your tax burden is staggering. Despite the enormous expenditures of your prodigal politicians, even they can't spend it all. And still, many resist returning the federal surplus to its rightful owners. We rejected taxation without representation. You condone your own serfdom.

In the Declaration, we complained that King George III had "sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance." You complacently tolerate a bureaucracy that resembles all Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

Eat out their substance? Today, almost one in 13 Americans works for a branch of government. Harass our people? There are bureaucrats to tell you how to run your business, build on your property and raise your children. Government makes decisions for you regarding your health, safety and welfare. We envisioned the judiciary as a coequal branch of government that interprets laws based on the clear meaning of language. Your courts have become a law unto themselves -- raising taxes, deciding elections, ordering private relationships and substituting their will for that of legislators. We warned you against entangling alliances. You are eager to form defensive pacts with postage-stamp countries whose security couldn't conceivably be related to your own. This will only serve to drag you into their petty quarrels, sapping your strength.

We recognized that government and society must rest on divine wisdom. George Washington observed, "Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle." You cultivate national immorality, in the apparent belief that abortion, adolescent access to pornography, cohabitation, public distribution of prophylactics and compulsory acceptance of perversion will somehow lead to a society whose citizens have the self-discipline to sacrifice for the common good.

Benjamin Franklin said we gave you a republic "if you can keep it." From our vantage point, it does not look promising. Were we alive today, we'd raise another rebellion.

...and now for some humor...

Independence Day Groaners

Q: What would you get if you crossed the first signer of the Declaration of Independence with a rooster?

A: John Han-cock-a-doodle-doo!

Q: What quacks, has webbed feet, and betrays his country?

A: Beneduck Arnold!

Q: What protest by a group of dogs occurred in 1773?

A: The Boston Flea Party!

Q: What happened as a result of the Stamp Act?

A: The Americans licked the British!

Q: What do you call a parade of German mercenaries?

A: A Hessian procession!

Q: What would you get if you crossed a patriot with a small curly-haired dog?

A: Yankee Poodle!

Q: Did you hear the one about the Liberty Bell?

A: Yeah, it cracked me up!

Q: What would you get if you crossed George Washington with cattle feed?

A: The Fodder of Our Country!

Q: What did one flag say to the other flag?

A: Nothing. It just waved!

Q: What's red, white, blue, and gross?

A: Uncle Spam!

Q: Which colonists told the most jokes?

A: Punsylvanians!

Q: What would you get if you crossed Washington's home with nasty insects?

A: Mt. Vermin!

Q: How was the food at the Fourth of July picnic?

A: The hot dogs were bad and the brats were wurst!

Q: Why did Washington chop down the cherry tree with his hatchet?

A: Because his mom wouldn't let him play with the chain saw!

Q: The Declaration of Independence was written in Philadelphia. True or false?

A: False! It was written in ink!

Q: What would you get if you crossed a monster with a redcoat?

A: A bigger target.

Q: What has feathers, webbed feet, and certain inalienable rights?

A: The Ducklaration of Independence!

Q: What did King George think of the American colonists?

A: He thought they were revolting!

Q: What would you get if you crossed the American national bird with Snoopy?

A: A bald beagle!

Q: What ghost haunted King George III?

A: The spirit of '76!

Q: Where was the Declaration of Independence signed?

A: On the bottom!

Have a great Fourth,

Uncle Sam

"We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal."--Thomas Jefferson

"I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death."--Patrick Henry

"Our flag is red, white and blue, but our nation is a rainbow -- red, yellow, brown, black and white--and we're all precious in God's sight."--Jesse Jackson

"Our flag is our national ensign, pure and simple, behold it! Listen to it! Every star has a tongue, every stripe is articulate."--Robert C. Winthrop (1809-1894), Senator from Massachusetts

"You can't appreciate home till you've left it, money till it's spent, your wife until she's joined a woman's club, nor Old Glory till you see it hanging on a broomstick on a shanty of a consul in a foreign town."--O. Henry

"To live in the hearts of those you leave behind is never to die"--Robert Orr

"Soldier, rest! Thy warfare o'er, sleep the sleep that knows not breaking, dream of battled fields no more. days of danger, nights of waking."--Sir Walter Scott

"The greatest glory of a free-born people is to transmit that freedom to their children."--William Havard

"Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down his life for his friends."--John 15:13

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