January 5, 2013 |
The Navy Annex was never intended to last long or, for that matter, to house human beings. The 1 million-square-foot complex, perched on an Arlington County hill overlooking the Pentagon, was designed as a temporary warehouse but pressed by wartime needs into service as offices for the Navy and Marine Corps. Seven decades later, including more than 50 years as Marine Corps headquarters, the Navy Annex is coming down. Demolition crews are gutting the interior and, late last month, began tearing down the complex's exterior walls.
May 4, 2013 |
Gordon D. Gayle, a retired Marine Corps brigadier general who received the Navy Cross after a fierce World War II battle in the Pacific and who later directed an influential study of tactics and battlefield planning, died April 21 at an assisted-living facility in Farnham, Va. He was 95. He had an intracerebral hemorrhage, his son Mike Gayle said. In World War II, "Lucky" Gayle served in the 1st Marine Division. He took part in all the division's campaigns from the struggle for...
May 17, 2013 |
Melvin James Kaminsky, known far and wide and forever as Mel Brooks, turns 87 next month. He is one of those comedy legends who can't complain about lacking respect or accolades, which might make it difficult to find another 90 minutes to spend watching PBS's appreciative retrospective, "Mel Brooks: Make a Noise," airing Monday night on the "American Masters" series. He seems plenty honored enough . The good news is that the film, directed by Robert Trachtenberg, makes a fast...
September 17, 2012 |
In 2010, Ken Follett published " Fall of Giants ," the opening movement of his vast, dauntingly ambitious "Century Trilogy. " In the course of that 1,000-page epic, Follett introduced readers to five families from a variety of countries — England, Wales, Russia, Germany, the United States — and used their lives to illuminate the events of the early 20th century. Those stories encompassed the struggle for women's suffrage; the increasingly bitter relations between the...
March 12, 2013 |
It wasn't the toll from lugging a heavy tool box to work that finally sent Ray Clark to the gym. It was something more profound. He lost his wife of 67 years. Then he lost his daughter. He was looking for something to fill the empty hours. "I was getting a little lazy at home, and I decided I'd go down to the exercise club," he recalled. That was more than three years ago, when Clark was 98. As he turned 102 last week, Clark was able to curl 40 pounds, work out vigorously on a...
April 19, 2012 |
Since the end of the military draft in 1973, every person joining the U.S. armed forces has done so because he or she asked to be there. Over the past decade, this all-volunteer force has been put to the test and has succeeded, fighting two sustained foreign wars with troops standing up to multiple combat deployments and extreme stress . This is precisely the reason it is time to get rid of the all-volunteer force. It has been too successful. Our relatively small and highly adept military has made it all too easy for...