Claudette Colvin: ‘The First Rosa Parks’

I’m straying off my usual Military history with this post in honor of Martin Luther King’s birthday and the civil rights movement that changed American history. This is the little know story of Claudette Colvin  a fifteen year old girl who just months prior to Rosa Park standing up for her rights, refused to give her seat to a white woman, subsequently getting arrested for “breaking the law” of segregation. I learned of this young lady today–which bothered me, she should be more well known–hence this post today.  Enjoy!


Claudette Colvin (b, September 5, 1939) is a African American woman from Alabama. In 1955, at the age of 15, she refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery bus to a white person, in violation of local law. Her arrest preceded civil rights activist Rosa Parks’ (on December 1, 1955) by nine months. Read more

Monday MILspeak


Here’s another list of lingo used by our military. Some of the words/phrases have endured  history but the post 911 veterans have made their mark on the language by adding a few more while revising some that were a little outdated.  I  never get tired of these, Enjoy! 

Waging war is a risky, all-encompassing endeavor physically, emotionally, and psychologically. It displays humankind at its best and at its worst, and the war fighter’s slang reflects the bitter, terrible, and inspiring all of it. A quick scan of these phrases illustrates the spectrum: disciplined bravado provides the glitz and glamour; earned camaraderie, the sincerity and warmth; irony, the realist’s edge; scorn, the punishing barb; and insistent vulgarity, a rowdy,leveling earthiness. A little verbal bravado and swagger has genuine utility. Hollywood bravado is little more than chest thumping bluster, but seasoned vets know that disciplined bravado indicates confidence and courage.  

Funny Military Pictures (10)  Physical and moral courage and the confidence they create are essential warrior virtues. But God—or the first sergeant—help the fake macho and especially the “REMF,” “fobbit,” or “suit” who talks the talk but hasn’t walked the walk.


  1. COP: Combat Outpost. A small base, usually housing between 40 and 150 soldiers, often in a particularly hostile area. Life at a COP is often austere and demanding, with every soldier responsible for both guard duty and patrolling.

  2. DFAC: (pronounced dee-fack) Dining Facility, aka Chow Hall. Where soldiers eat. At larger bases the meals are served by contracted employees, often from Bangladesh or India. These employees are called TCNs, or Third-Country Nationals. Read more

‘I Have a Dream,,,’


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and His Children.


Image of the Day: 19 January. 2015

U.S. Marines patrol a road in Khowst Province, Afghanistan, on Feb. 13, 2005. The Marines are assigned to Headquarters and Service Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines, and are conducting security and stabilization operations in the province. DoD photo by Cpl. James L. Yarboro, U.S.

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.” 
Ronald Reagan

Image from DoD