Month: December 2016


The Mouse and the Elephant

This post originally appeared in The Nugget News, September 13, 2016.  This piece concluded my series from Hohenfels, however I will be adding some fresh afterthoughts here in the BC in the coming days. JMRC Hohenfels, Germany.  When Russian troops poured through the Roki tunnel in 2008, after months of international legerdemain and carefully stage-managed ...


The Eagle Huntress

This post originally appeared in The Nugget News, December 27, 2016 If you are a parent – particularly a father – and you have a daughter, or if you like great movie scenery, or even if you are merely a curmudgeon with gender axes to grind, here’s a fun holiday season idea: Go see “The ...



This piece originally appeared in the Nugget News, November 8, 2016 I have a photograph somewhere, taken from the rear seat of a British Norman Islander, of my father and uncle. My uncle, the captain on this flight between Pago Pago and the Samoan island of Ofu, is hoisting a beer and flashing a decidedly ...


Saved Rounds

This piece originally appeared in The Nugget News, August 30, 2016. Hohenfels, Germany:  One of my companions for the evening was U.S. Marine Gunnery Sergeant Robert Gallup. Gallup, 32, was wounded in the second battle of Fallujah in 2004, scene of the bloodiest fighting in the Iraq War, where 82 Americans were killed, and some ...


Operation Sad Panda

This article originally appeared in The Nugget Newspaper, August 23, 2016. Joint Multinational Readiness Center, Hohenfels, Germany: On the outskirts of this training village, known to the real world as Raversdorf but today serving as the notional Afghan village of Spinchai, someone has propped a large stuffed panda on a fence. The panda stares out over ...


Dispatches from Bavaria

This article originally appeared as one in a three part series in the Nugget Newspaper, August 16, 2016 Hohenfels, Germany.  There is a grim certainty of purpose among the 30-odd professional military officers gathered in the room. We are at the orders briefing, in a non-descript hut among a village of huts, berms and concrete ...


Return to Norms

If I have any readers left, I would like to assure you that I will soon be returning to this page in force.  Although I am, in theory, retired from gainful employment, my life seems to have become busier than I would have expected.  Here on the Figure 8 we have many, many, irons in ...

Jack Donovan

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