"...do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic..."

"For the good of the Air Force, for the good of the armed services and for the good of our country, I urge you to reject convention and careerism..."
- Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Maxwell AFB, April 21, 2008

"You will need to challenge conventional wisdom and call things like you see them to subordinates and superiors alike."
- Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, United States Air Force Academy, March 4, 2011

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Nickel on the Grass - RIP Ed Rasimus

Sadly, Ed Rasimus crossed the fence for the final time yesterday.  Fortunately for the rest of us, he did his work well while in country.  Beyond his military service, and a Silver Star and multiple Distinguished Flying Crosses, Rasimus continued to give back in the realm of ideas in many different ways.  He was personally approachable and eager to share his gathered wisdom, and even while talking with him in his later years, it was clearly evident that he never lacked the fighter pilot spirit or the love of flying great war machines.  On the professional level, he left behind many books that join the annals of history, with his latest and perhaps most noteworthy being the excellent read on General Robin Olds.

This blog has had the benefits of his contributions from time to time, and fortunately he gave me a few shots on his own blog every once in awhile.  He was educated, opinionated, sometimes right and sometimes wrong, but most importantly he cared enough to have an opinion and to engage in worthy ideas in the shared desire to make our nation stronger.

He cared about America.  He will be missed.  Him.

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