Hello Altercators, old and new. LTC Bob here, just checking in to thenew place.
All this Altercation moving around these past few years really has notbugged me too much. The reason is fairly obvious if you know who I am,or perhaps more specifically, what I am. Among other things (writer,father, historian, husband, singer-of-bad-songs, university professor),I am a professional US Army infantry officer, and I have been for almosttwenty years now. That’s what that little “LTC” in front of my namemeans. Iam a Lieutenant Colonel, and that is the way that the Army abbreviatesthat rank.** This matters, you see, because be it peace or war, wesoldiers are America’s gypsies. Indeed, by the time my oldest daughterwas nine years old she had lived in Hawaii, Kentucky, Texas, Ohio, NewYork, and was in the midst of moving to her sixth state, Virginia. Thatis just the way it is for Soldiers and their families. Packing up andmoving is so much a part of the experience that it ceases to be uniquein any way. So one more Altercation jump really does not make too muchof a difference on this end, my motivation remains the same.
I write for Eric’s page because, well, I think that it is important thatpeople should have some knowledge of, and connection to, their ownmilitary. To that end I figured it just made sense to write for theaudience least likely to have a whole lot of experience with or personaldirect connections to the military in general and the Army inparticular. At the same time I hope to demystify where needed, explainsome things, and express outrage when appropriate…mostly on issuesrelating either to the US military or some of my other afflictions,notably journalism and history. All of which brought me to Eric’s pagevia my buddy (and former running mate) Pierce.
Now since these are new digs, that means that some healthy proportion ofall of you out there reading this have never heard of me. That’s cool.I’m not exactly famous by any stretch of the imagination, so don’tworry. You are in a majority consisting of 5.999999 Billion. But withthat being said I suppose I ought to start out with some disclaimers,just so that we can get them out of the way.
1. No, I am not a Public Relations person (or as we callthem in the Army, Public Affairs Officers). Nor am I a virtual avatarcreated by some consortium of PR and Intel people working deep in thebowels of the Pentagon, intent on twisting your malleable minds. Ireally do exist. I live on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, for now andseveral Altercation readers have actually met me, as have Eric, Pierceand others.
2. Nothing I write is vetted by any higher authority. At thesame time, you will not see me violating “OPSEC” (Operational Security,meaning that I won’t tell you any secret stuff), and you will not see memaking any disparaging comments about any currently seated politicalleader of either political party. That is the small trade off, the bitof my First Amendment rights that I give up in return for the power
given to me by Congress.