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VMI Cadet and Jessica Simpson

Posted in Band with tags , , , on July 9, 2009 by sergeantatarms

This picture is an instant classic. This was taken last week at some kind of Tiger Woods event that the VMI Brass Quintet was playing at.

Josh Applewhite and John Brodie

Josh Applewhite and John Brodie

EYES TO THE FRONT APPLEWHITE!  YOU THINK THIS IS SOME KIND OF A GAME SON?!?!?!  LOOKING AT LADY PARTS WHILE YOU ARE IN YOUR DRESS WHITES WILL GET YOU A WEEKS WORTH OF CLEANING LATRINES AND SHINING BOOTS!  Maaaaaan. It looks like all his dreams are coming true right there.  He’s gonna enjoy the back of that dress too.  Unfortunately, Jessica’s tail game is not going to hold it down.

See the post at Us Versus Them


Swine Flu in Lexington

Posted in Administration with tags , , , , , on May 2, 2009 by sergeantatarms

Received this email today from someone in administration:

The state health commissioner reported last night that two students at Washington and Lee University who were treated with mild flu symptoms are probable cases of swine flu.

There are no suspected cases of swine flu among cadets at VMI. Institute officials are monitoring the situation and at this time are not calling for any exceptional actions.

According to Dr. David L. Copeland, Institute physician, cadets with a high fever and aches should report to the Post Infirmary any time day or night for evaluation.  Faculty and staff with any flu-like illness should see a family doctor.  Sick employees should stay home and sick cadets should report to the Infirmary.

The best preventive measures are careful hand washing and covering a cough to avoid spread of viruses.

The VMI pandemic flu Web site ( provides information concerning the flu and preventative measures individuals can take. Another excellent website for accurate and up to date information is  The epidemic continues to be a cause for concern but not panic.  The Institute has prepared for an epidemic like this and we are ready to react appropriately.

I still don’t think there’s anything to worry about. Famous last words, right? Today finals, tomorrow Bacon Lung!

Midwinter Formal Hop Permit 2009

Posted in Midwinter formal, VMI events with tags , , , , , on January 27, 2009 by sergeantatarms





9 December 2008

Midwinter Formal Hop

1. EVENT. The VMI Corps of Cadets is permitted to attend the Midwinter Formal (MWF) in Cocke Hall on Saturday, 14 Feb from 1900-2300 in accordance with the following eligibility requirements.


a. A cadet must have a date to attend the MWF. Male cadets must have a female date and female cadets must have a male date to attend.

b. A cadet must pick up tickets for his/her date from the S7 staff to attend the MWF, as tickets will be taken at the door of Cocke Hall.

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Ghost Storys of VMI

Posted in Life with tags , , on January 26, 2009 by sergeantatarms

Some cool ghost stories. There’s a few that have been left out…. but still interesting.

Virginia Mourning Her Dead

A beautiful bronze statue, Virginia Mourning her Dead, by Moses Ezekiel, has captivated generations of VMI cadets. The statue has a long history of suspected paranormal activity, including moans and cries that are reported to come from the area in which it stands. Many alumni claim to have seen tears coming from Virginia’s eyes when they went to inspect the mysterious sounds in the vicinity.

VMI ghost storys

VMI Jazz Band in Germany

Posted in Band, VMI events with tags , , , , on January 26, 2009 by sergeantatarms

Thank God for the Jazz band and Colonel Brodie. Without these things, I wouldn’t have been able to visit Germany over break. We played in Munich at the Bundeswehr University, and in Garmish at the Edelweiss resort. I loved being out of the country and tasting some good European beer. Maybe I can go back for the starkbierfest some time. Here’s a picture of us playing at the resort:

VMI plays at Edelweiss resort.

VMI plays at Edelweiss resort.

VMI at President Obama’s Inauguration

Posted in VMI events with tags , , , on January 26, 2009 by sergeantatarms

Here’s some video of us in the parade. The buildup to the actual event was really annoying, but I’m glad we had the opportunity to march. I was kind of disappointed though because by the time we marched the entire crowd had left. We maybe passed 2000 people, most of which were security. Oh well. On the bright side, the first lady seemed really excited to see us. The president even gave us a salute!

2010 Ring Figure at VMI

Posted in ring figure with tags , on January 26, 2009 by sergeantatarms

Ring figure was amazing. It was all we hoped it would be and more. The week started out well with some kind of moderate celebration every day prior to the first event. At the class dinner we were given our combat rings. The theme for the dinner was combat, which is appropriate. The gym was dressed up and hardly recognizable with camo nets, cannons and guns. The class was pretty obnoxious, but very excited so it was understandable. After we got our rings, we started a new tradition by ring-tapping a brass helmet that we’ll pass to our rats. The idea is that we “left our mark” on the institute by denting this helmet.

The ring presentation ceremony was very long because they read the names of every cadet and presented the rings individually. General Pea gave a speech and cracked some okay jokes, but we were too busy admiring our rings to really take note. The ball was interesting. Originally the plan was to have assigned seating, but then someone realized there’s no way everyone could fit into the right seats. When we arrived, they changed the plan and said it was a free for all. In the end that worked out better and helped the atmosphere seem more like a ball.

Just after my date and I passed through the ring, My good friend Paul proposed to his girlfriend. When he dropped to one knee, the entire room went silent and the girls squealed. It was pretty cool.

This is my class ring. 14kt gold, light blue topaz, 1/4 kt diamonds.

VMI Ring figure 2010

VMI Ring figure 2010