The Marine wife mentioned below is our own Shannan Limon
THE ROGER HEDGECOCK SHOW
KOGO/AM 600 - 3P - 6P (Pacific)
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA
THE RADIO MAYOR OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 11TH , 2006
TODAY ON THE RADIO: Roger’s debates continue. We may get Roger’s Prop
Picks today as you begin voting by paper ballot (you should)…Boss rants on
topics various and sundry and you add to the commotion by phone. Pass the
Pepto. Please review Macarena’s morning brief:
THE DEHESA VALLEY GAZETTE
(Formerly the Gopher Killer Gazette)
TWO ITEMS TO BEGIN…that have absolutely nothing to do with each other.
The first has to do with gummint contracting. The feds live by the
minority contract rules. First dibs on almost every deal let out for bid
goes to womens, minorities (white folks? Nope) and anyone else who can
prove disadvantage. And so when it comes to a deal here in San Diego
having to do with a fence and heavy equipment, the feds hire a minority
contractor out of San Francisco who runs a painting company? Huh? Yea, a
But it works. Because here’s what happens. The feds do the deal with a
minority contractor who can’t do the work and the minority contractor then
sub-contracts to a firm that actually knows how to do the job. (the pea
was under the first shell, now it’s under #2 or is it #3?)..so on paper
the deal went to the minority group, in reality the work is done by folks
of whatever stripe, color or confection who can actually do the work.
We’re told this is common practice. Makes the paperwork look good and
helps the statistics. Burp!!
The second item has to do with military helmets. A few months ago we got a
call from a U.S. Marine wife. Her husband was deploying to Iraq and she
was concerned about the quality of the combat helmet he had been issued.
She had done her homework and concluded that there was an “upgrade kit,”
available that would better protect her husband’s head from shrapnel.
Wanted some help getting the word out to put pressure on DOD and raise
funds to buy the inserts for soon to deploy Warriors.
We listened, took notes and then flashed the problem off to Duncan
Hunter’s office. Back comes a reply that DOD has issued the best helmet
available and the reply included lots of pages of field research and
testing. Bottom line is that the DOD had concluded that the helmet inserts
provided no more protection than the standard issue helmet, tho some units
(U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as I recall) had been issued the inserts.
So we took a pass on getting involved in Operation Helmet. There are
enough other battles to join to allow a campaign that seemed without
Meanwhile the Marine wife and others raise funds privately and buy the
helmet inserts and give them to deploying and deployed troopers. It
becomes a national campaign. A non-profit is setup etc. And thousands of
the inserts are purchased privately and distributed.
Opps. Turns out now that that Marine wife was right. DOD is beginning now
to issue the helmet inserts routinely. We get an email from the wife this
week announcing the decision and indicating that Operation Helmet will
close up shop. “Mission Accomplished.” But as with another MA announcement
of some years ago, this one proved premature as well.
The mission of Op Helmet is complete, except that it will take DOD time to
ramp up, buy and distribute the helmet inserts…so the charity will stay in
business, continue to raise funds to buy the inserts on the private market
and distribute them while the gummint gets it’s act together.
Egg on my face. Yea. I did the research. Actually read the test results
provided by military battlefield equipment agencies from Duncan’s office.
And it’s not like I don’t have an interest in this topic…I’m of a serious
mind that we’re spending way too much on fancy war platforms that have
nothing to do with killing Islamic Fascists. Billion dollar fighter
aircraft in a world where war is fought in an alley. Tilt Rotor stuff that
we won’t risk in combat situations etc. While we neglect the up armor on
humvees and ….helmet inserts. The stuff that we actually need to protect
our Warriors and allow them to win.
Lesson learned…never doubt the word of a U.S. Marine wife.