THE WEAPONS EXPLAINER — WHY USE TOMAHAWKS: Curt Knowles

Curt Knowles
LtCol USMC (ret)

Curt Knowles, LtCol USMC (ret), and F18 pilot in Iraq and Afghanistan veteran joined the program to discuss factors taken into account when planning a response to Syrian use of nerve gas.

What does the Russian air defense mean to U.S. planners?  How did the nature of the target influence the choice of a strike package?  Curt helps us understand.

TOM HUBNER CRASHED HIS PLANE IN KOREA TO SAVE HIS WINGMAN & A GERMAN FIGHTER ESCORTED A DAMAGED B-17 TO ENGLAND: Mike & Mike

Mike McNamara
Mike Musselman
Afghanistan 2010

The Boys discuss two stories they had seen separately but were written by the same author:  Adam Makos.

Devotion tells the story of Naval Aviators Tom Hubner & Jesse Brown.  Hubner crash lands his Corsair in the vicinity of the Chosin Reservoir to save Brown who was shot down and trapped inside his aircraft.  Hubner was awarded the Medal of Honor and recently had a U.S. Navy destroyer named in his honor.

Gunner, upon hearing that, recounts another story (also written about by Makos) about a German M-109 that safely escorted a badly damaged U.S. B-17 bomber to the English Channel and safety instead of destroying it and the crew.  The book is entitled A Higher Call.  The pilots meet here in the United States in the 1980’s — incredible.

MARINE CORPS GAZETTE HOUR: Capt Eric Hovey — “Dance With the One That Brought You — An innovative culture will save USMC unmanned aviation before buying Air Force technology will”

Captain Eric Hovey
USMC

Captain Eric Hovey advocates for a smarter use of the RQ-21, a Marine Corps Program of Record and a better understanding of procurement system for all leaders in the Marine Corps.