Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Bold Alligator continues. Camp followers multiply.



Great, short vid on Bold Alligator.  I'm pleased to see how mechanized the French forces are.  They appear to have put on the ground a pretty credible ground force.

A couple of thoughts.

1.  Really pissed at a certain Marine General.  Time for him to retire or transfer full time to SOCOM.

2.  Speaking of SOCOM.  I'm a bit tired of that outfit crowding its way into every exercise whether specific to them or not.  This was suppose to be about revitalizing LARGE scale amphibious operations.  If those boys are so stressed by operational tempo then let them get some rest.  Them being at this exercise is not warranted in my opinion.

3.  Speaking of camp followers and glory hounds, I'm a bit peeved at some of the actions I've seen here.  The Commodore of Riverine Force inserting himself into the scenarios?  Not bloody likely and an ego trip if I ever saw one.  Pathetic.
Riverine Group 1 Commodore, Capt. Chris Halton, Command Master Chief Jeff Covington and Lt. Isaac Hartsell perform a key leader engagement with simulated host nationals during Exercise Bold Alligator 2012, the largest amphibious exercise in the past 10 years. The exercise represents the Navy and Marine Corps' revitalization of the full range of amphibious operations. The exercise focuses on today's fight with today's forces, while showcasing the advantages of seabasing. This exercise will take place 30 Jan - 12 Feb, 2012 afloat and ashore in and around Virginia and North Carolina.

Riverine Group 1 Commodore, Capt. Chris Halton, Command Master Chief Jeff Covington and Lt. Isaac Hartsell perform a key leader engagement with simulated host nationals during Exercise Bold Alligator 2012, the largest amphibious exercise in the past 10 years. The exercise represents the Navy and Marine Corps' revitalization of the full range of amphibious operations. The exercise focuses on today's fight with today's forces, while showcasing the advantages of seabasing. This exercise will take place Jan. 30 - Feb. 12, 2012, afloat and ashore in and around Virginia and North Carolina.

4.  Gotta repeat myself here.  The French came to play.  The Brits, Australians and Dutch can be excused for smaller contingents...Cobra Gold is going on in the Pacific and The Brits and Dutch have something going on way up in the waters of northern Europe.

5.  Congressional Aides showed up and of course they're getting the royal treatment.  When we were warned about the defense industrial complex, he forgot to mention that elected officials and their minions would see the military as a play thing.  Rolling out the red carpet for these legalized hoodlums reinforces their sense of entitlement.

We're at the halfway point of this exercise and more is to come.

4 comments:

  1. Solomon, I appreciate what you're trying to get across but unfortunately you have no idea what you're talking about. This is a Certification event for Riverine Group which requires interaction with the Commodore at appropriate levels. He's doing his job. I do, however, find you very qualified to diagnose someone as "Pathetic." Have a nice day.

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  2. Bold Alligator is NOT a certification event.

    doing his job?

    not bloody likely. glory hound much? yep.
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    you?

    sad. hidden. cowardly.

    have a nice day.

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  3. I work at the Command Certifying them. I'm also a Riverine and Veteran of Iraq who has run multiple Key Leader Engagements requiring O-5 or O-6 engagement. Standying by for your qualifications.

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  4. oh and please Mateo...tell me what command is certifying the Riverines during this exercise. its a certifying exercise for the MEU but i'd love to know who the Riverines are certifying for...especially since you work for the command.

    no flame.

    i'm actually curious because i don't understand the Riverines function or mission set.

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