Westminster celebrates the 38th running of the Main Street Mile

Westminster celebrates the 38th running of the Main Street Mile The Westminster Road Runners Club is a non-profit organization, based in Carroll County, Maryland. The goal of the club, according to information obtained from its website, https://sites.google.com/site/wrrclub/, is to promote a healthy and active lifestyle through running. Courtesy Westminster Road Runners Club April 10, was … Continue reading Westminster celebrates the 38th running of the Main Street Mile

Gamber and Westminster hold a recruitment open house

April 7, 2019 by Westminster Fire Company PIO and Chaplain Kevin Dayhoff Two Carroll County Fire stations hold a retention and recruitment open house in April Gamber and Community Open House will hold an open house today, Sunday, April 7, 2019 at 3838 Niner Rd, Finksburg, Maryland 21048. And Westminster will hold an open house … Continue reading Gamber and Westminster hold a recruitment open house

Westminster Fire Company annual Big Money Raffle slated for May 23, 2019

Westminster Fire Company annual Big Money Raffle slated for May 23, 2019 Big Money Raffle Chances are now available for the raffle with the drawing on May 23, 2019. Big Money Raffle Chances are now available for the raffle with the drawing on May 23, 2019. By Westminster Fire Company PIO and Chaplain Kevin Dayhoff, … Continue reading Westminster Fire Company annual Big Money Raffle slated for May 23, 2019

Military Lessons Learned from the Battle of Wakanda

“The Battle of Wakanda in Avengers: Infinity War is a master class in how not to use an infantry battalion. However, from his failure, we can extract some fundamental lessons: …”

The Angry Staff Officer

By Matthew Ader

The world is blessed that Steve Rogers never made it past captain. The Battle of Wakanda in Avengers: Infinity War is a master class in how not to use an infantry battalion. However, from his failure, we can extract some fundamental lessons:

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To set the stage – Captain Rogers and his host nation ally Black
Panther positioned a Wakandan infantry battalion in close order on the plains
outside Benin Zana, the capital city of Wakanda. While they were transported to
the battlefield by vehicle, these craft were sent away. This dramatically cut
down on the tactical mobility of the overall force and forced an engagement at
that location. Given the enemy had superior numbers, this complete disregard of
manoeuvre was a critical mistake.

It is true that the transport craft were unarmoured and open-topped. If fighting an adversary with strong anti-armour or indirect fire capabilities…

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Training for Defeat

An excellent study: “We’re far more comfortable talking about potential victory than we are discussing the possibility and – let’s be honest – very strong likelihood of loss. And even when we are discussing loss, we spend more time talking about mitigating risks than we do how to react should the adverse occur. This means that we have a generation of young leaders who learn about loss only when it actually happens. This is decisively the opposite of how we treat everything else in the Army as regards training. We don’t send soldiers into battle without ever having fired their weapon; why should we send commanders to war without at least having some training on how to deal with loss and defeat?…”

The Angry Staff Officer

In the U.S. Army we have a long tradition of victory – or so we tell ourselves. We proudly carry the campaign streamers from past conflicts on our unit colors and enjoy hearing about the exploits of past heroes. Victory is our expectation. But what if that isn’t what happens? Now, I’m not talking about the nebulous idea of strategic victory in places like Vietnam, Iraq, or Afghanistan; I’m talking about the sharp and nasty feeling of operational and tactical defeat. Retreat. Withdrawal. Being overrun. Loss of soldiers. Loss of entire units. Disaster.

Battle of the BulgeA sight we are not used to: U.S. soldiers surrendering to the Germans after their unit was overrun during the Battle of the Bulge in World War II.

We’re far more comfortable talking about potential victory than we are discussing the possibility and – let’s be honest – very strong likelihood of loss. And even when we…

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Sunday afternoon fire heavily damages home in Finksburg

Sunday afternoon fire heavily damages home in Finksburg Sunday, March 24, 2019 by Kevin Dayhoff Westminster fire company firefighter EMS Sergeant Emily Morris on the left, and Lt. Kim Zepp Darby carry equipment back to the Tower 3 after exiting from an interior fire suppression attack at the house fire in the 2800 block of … Continue reading Sunday afternoon fire heavily damages home in Finksburg

Where’d the Minutes Go?

Like many folks – especially folks well versed in government – I also had questions about the decision by the Carroll County Commissioners to no longer publish the minutes.

As a writer and an historian, I have always found meeting minutes to be a valuable tool…

So appreciated this discussion.

Find more information here: https://www.carrollcountytimes.com/opinion/editorials/cc-op-editorial-meeting-minutes-20190124-story.html

Recently, Carroll Commissioners announced they would no longer publish minutes of board meetings.
https://www.carrollcountytimes.com/news/local/cc-board-of-commissioners-stop-written-minutes-20190124-story.html

Carroll RINO

https://www.carrollcountytimes.com/opinion/editorials/cc-op-editorial-meeting-minutes-20190124-story.html

Recently, Carroll Commissioners announced they would no longer publish minutes of board meetings.

https://www.carrollcountytimes.com/news/local/cc-board-of-commissioners-stop-written-minutes-20190124-story.html

***Below are my emails (last to first) with Carroll Co. Board abt No Minutes ***

Ms. Windham, Thank you for your quick and detailed response. I clearly was off-base in my use of “transcripts” – apologies for the mis-direction. I have spent some time now looking at the links and suggestions you sent me, again, thank you. Once I figured out the tools, I am impressed with the features and information that is provided online. Please continue to guide/educate me (and the public).

However, after looking over the archives, I am now more confused/concerned than before. In summary: the minutes are not that extensive, but appear to be the only written summary of what actually happened at the meeting. My issues are:

  1. Need a summary of the outcomes/announcements/decisions of the meeting.
  2. Need a word…

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2018 Md. Delaware and DC Press Assoc. journalism awards

Congratulations to the journalists at the Carroll County Times for being recognized as winners of the annual Maryland Delaware and DC Press Association writing and journalism awards. March 22, 2019 According to information found in the MDDC “Friday Planner” newsletter, which announced the 2018 contest winners on the MDDC website here: http://www.mddcpress.com/news/2018-mddc-contest-winners: “These winners represent … Continue reading 2018 Md. Delaware and DC Press Assoc. journalism awards

Muslims celebrate holiday – Carroll County Times Jan. 21, 2005

Muslims celebrate holiday - Carroll County Times Jan. 21, 2005 Muslims celebrate holiday By Jaime Bloss, Times Staff Writer Friday, January 21, 2005 updated 15Mar2019 due to a link that no longer works… BRENDAN BUSH/STAFF PHOTO Muslims kneel in prayer as they meet for a community gathering to commemorate the holiday of Eid al-Adha at … Continue reading Muslims celebrate holiday – Carroll County Times Jan. 21, 2005

A tribute to the passing of 4 great Carroll countians who made a difference: Haddad McDonald Schaeffer Law

A tribute to the passing of 4 Carroll countians 10Mar2019 by Kevin Dayhoff https://www.facebook.com/kevindayhoff/posts/10215983059342901 Seems that my Sunday article in the Carroll County Times is not online. Makes me sad. The good news is that the paper printed the long version. The story may be accessed in the digital edition – find it here: http://tinyurl.com/4GR8CCiansContinue reading A tribute to the passing of 4 great Carroll countians who made a difference: Haddad McDonald Schaeffer Law