Roger Michelson: Today In History (2/27/2013)

Here’s today’s past doings from Roger.  Roger’s “bio” comes after the history:

American Revolutionary War:        In 1776, North Carolinian revolutionaries defeated loyalists at the Battle of Moore’s Creek Bridge. General Donald McDonald, who had amassed some 1,600 Scottish Highlanders and North Carolina Regulators, marched toward

Moores Creek National Battlefield, North Carol...

Moores Creek National Battlefield, North Carolina, USA. The picture shows the restored earthworks of the patriotic militia in the Battle of Moores Creek Bridge on 1776-02-27 (February 27th 1776) in the American Revolutionary War. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Wilmington, North Carolina, to join British troops coming by sea from Boston and England. A rebel militia, about 1,000 strong, under Colonels Alexander Lillington and Richard Caswell, was assembled and positioned at Moore’s Creek Bridge, 18 miles northwest of Wilmington. The loyalists attacked the rebel force at the bridge but were quickly defeated. The rebels, of whom only one was killed and one wounded, captured or killed more than half of the loyalist forces and seized arms, supplies, and £15,000 sterling.

In 1801, the District of Columbia was placed under the jurisdiction of the US Congress. The first government of the city of Washington, established in 1802, comprised a mayor appointed by the president of the United States and a city council elected by the people.
In 1884, Paul Kruger, president of the South African Republic, signed a treaty in London that disavowed British authority over the Transvaal.
In 1911, Charles Kettering demonstrated the automobile starter motor in Detroit by starting a Cadillac with the push of a button rather than the turning of a crank.
In 1933, the Reichstag (parliament) building caught fire, a key event in the establishment of Nazi dictatorship.
Indian Wars:    In 1973, some 200 members of the American Indian Movement (AIM), led by Russell Means and Dennis Banks, took the reservation hamlet of Wounded Knee by force, declared it the “Independent Oglala Sioux Nation,” and vowed to stay until the U.S. government met AIM demands for a change in tribal leaders, a review of all Indian treaties, and a US Senate investigation of treatment of Indians in general. The Indians were immediately surrounded by federal marshals, and a siege began, ending on May 8, when the Indians surrendered their arms and evacuated Wounded Knee in exchange for a promise of negotiations on Indian grievances. Two Indians were killed and one federal marshal was seriously wounded during the siege, which alternated between negotiation and exchanges of gunfire.
World War IV:    In 1991, President George Herbert Walker Bush declared that “Kuwait is liberated; Iraq’s army is defeated,” announcing that Allied offensive operations would cease at midnight. In mid-January 1991 a coalition of nations, acting under the authority of the United Nations and led by the United States and Saudi Arabia, began launching air strikes against Iraqi forces, and five weeks later it conducted a ground assault into Kuwait and Iraq. By late February Kuwait had been liberated from Iraqi control.
Regards, Roger Mickelson
Source material includes Associated Press International and Encyclopædia Britannica.
“It’s too bad that the people who really know how to run the country are so busy cutting hair and driving taxis.”          George Burns                Sequel: “…or talking on the radio or TV shows, or texting while driving, or colluding with like-minded pundits.”

Roger’s military career began in World War II, when his father bought him a complete military uniform—brass buttons, epaulets, His brother entered the US Army in 1942 and fought in the Aleutian Campaign and the final months of the war in Europe.

Aspiring to become a pilot while in high school, he fraudulently enlisted in the South Dakota Air National Guard, failed the eye test for flight school, and went for an Army commission via ROTC at the University of South Dakota. The transition from a 3-year active duty tour through voluntary indefinite status to a regular army commission set the path for a very non-traditional career.

He taught nuclear weapons in the 1950s, having been granted a Top Secret clearance as a new Lieutenant. He served as a Field Artillery Battery commander in “peacetime” South Korea, commander of an Air Defense Missile Battery at Fort Bliss, and entered graduate school at New Mexico State University. That pesky TS clearance resulted in orders to an acronymized intelligence organization in Washington, DC, as a utilization tour.

He went on to command a nuclear Ordnance Company in an unnamed boot-shaped country, followed by more than a year as the Ground Munitions Officer in MACV. After attending the Command and General Staff College, he was “civilianized” with assignment to the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He then commanded a large nuclear Ordnance battalion in Europe (with more Military Policemen than any normal MP battalion—and exactly one Military Policewoman), and was assigned to the Command Group at Headquarters, US Army Europe.

To ensure his thorough homogenization, he was sentenced to the Naval War College, followed by Pentagon duties in Army Operations, Army Science Board, Logistics Operations and Plans, and another OSD tour in Emergency Planning. In his second career, he retained a consultant agreement with the Under Secretary of Defense for almost 7 years and simultaneously shifted from government classified work into the same work with a Defense contractor over the next 20 years.

He attended appropriate military schools at intervals between real jobs and retained semi-formal “contacts” with government colleagues well past his “official” assignments. His best career event was receiving a Top Secret clearance at an early age; the worst was receiving access to a host of DoD, CIA, State Department, FEMA, White House, and other compartmented programs in the world of national security. He held a TS clearance for more than 50 years.

He is a Charter and Life Member of the Military Conflict Institute, currently serving as President. He is the President of the Albuquerque Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America, promoting veteran-friendly legislation and supporting many deserving charitable military groups. He is active in neighborhood, city, county, and state government affairs, seeking to instill some small degree of sanity into the bureaucratic processes.

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