Your Bag of Randomness for Thursday, July 11, 2024

  • I used a pencil sharpener on Tuesday night at trivia. That made me wonder when I last sharpened a pencil, maybe over a decade ago.
  • I bet there’s a proper way to put my sunglasses in my car’s sunglasses department, but I’m not smart enough to figure it out.
  • BoyGeeding and I were in the car the other day, and Tear for Fear’s Everybody Wants to Rule the World played on the radio. To my surprise, he knew every word. He said it was popular because it was attached to some YouTube video.
  • My father enlisted in the Navy but retired from the Army as a Chief Warrant Officer 4 (CW4). At the time, CW5 didn’t exist, and I think he said something about serving longer as a CW4 than anyone else. Maybe he was exaggerating, but he wasn’t using that tone of voice with me when he said it. When I interned at Dyess Air Force Base, I started to learn about the different officer ranks and was sad to find out that the Air Force doesn’t have any warrant officers. They used to, with the last one retiring from the Air Force Reserves in 1992. But, last night, I found out that in February 2024, U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff General David W. Allvin announced that the Air Force will re-introduce the warrant officer rank within the information technology and cyber fields as a way to maintain technical leadership with those skills. Here’s a little more on warrant officers and their history, even Fort Wolters in Mineral Wells is referenced.
    • Warrant officers are interesting folks. W-1 is technically enlisted. Above E-9 and below other warrants. W-2, 3, 4 and 5vare Chief Warrant Officers and are commissioned. A 2LT outranks a W-5. W-1 makes below 2LT pay. CW-2 pay is comparable to 1LT. W-3 is comparable to CPT, W-4 is comparable to MAJ and W-5 is comparable to and even exceeding LTC. WO is the best rank in the Army. Respected, technical experts, technically officers and rating a salute, but with psychology of NCO’s! They are selected from the best and brightest of NCO’s, and serve as pilots, boat captains, technical section leaders and commanding officers of special units or detachments. The military decided early in WW2, that all pilots would be officers, not NCO’s. A shortage of college graduates who were otherwise qualified to be pilots created a dilemma. These men could not be commissioned as lieutenants. The WW2 equivalent rank of flight officer was created in response and non flying chiefs were created. By the time if the war in Vietnam, to fill the ranks of ever increasingly needed chopper pilots, the Army took warrant officer candidates to flight s hool at Ft. Wolters TX. They were sent straight from basic as chopper pilot candidates during Vietnam. These young 19 year old pilots mostly flew Hueys as W-1’s, but this program ended during the end of that war. Many Vietnam Chopper Warrant pilots served until they were just weeks shy of age 62 (mandatory retired age for warrant officers), and served in the Persian Gulf War, Iraq and Afghanistan. Many became civilian bush chopper pilots, police, air ambulance and news chopper pilots, a proud legacy of Army aviation.
  • A friend was nice enough to invite me on his boat to watch the Fourth of July fireworks in Little Elm on Lewisville Lake. I didn’t know his girlfriend was tagging along, that made me feel like a third wheel. I also wasn’t expecting to hear Lee Greenwood’s one hit and Toby Keith’s I”ll Put A Boot in Your Ass on repeat.
  • Trump was asked about debating Biden again. If I were advising him, I’d tell him not to because there’s nothing to gain and just say something like you don’t like to beat up on elderly men.
  • I know it’s Biden’s mind everyone is worried about, but I would have advised him long ago to walk around with a walking stick. Every time I see him walk on live television, I’m scared he’s going to stumble and fall. If anyone says it’s a sign of weakness, just quote Teddy Roosevelt and say Churchill used one.
  • Abbott seems to have the darndest time with electric companies – Texas Gov. Greg Abbott calls for investigation into Houston power outages after Hurricane Beryl
  • Texans use Whataburger app to track power outages caused by Hurricane Beryl
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