Angry Staff Officer

Angry Staff Officer

Angry Staff Officer is an engineer officer in the Army National Guard with an enlisted infantry background. He has blogged under the name 'Angry Staff Officer' since 2014 and is a member of the Military Writer's Guild. He has served in multiple positions in both staff and line units, at the company, battalion, and division levels, and served one tour in Afghanistan. Angry Staff Officer holds his master's degree in history. He enjoys snark, satire, cynicism, history, and overanalyzing foreign policy.

Recent articles from Angry Staff Officer

Army Chief of Staff Mark Milley projects power.
Humor
6 Poses Every Soldier Needs To Master In The Army
The way you stand says a lot about who and what you are.
U.S. Army soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, tell stories while waiting for a night static-line jump during Large Package Week at Pope Army Airfield, N.C., Feb. 6, 2016. )
Community
The 3 Things That Make Service Members Great Storytellers
Stories serve as a way for service members and veterans to make sense of what they have experienced.
Carrying on the legacy of Audie Murphy
Humor
23 Literal Translations Of Military Graphics That Actually Make Sense
These interpretations make way more sense than their intended meanings.
A screenshot from the “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” trailer on YouTube.
Community
How The Star Wars Franchise Started As A Commentary On American Imperialism
George Lucas’ original intent was that his original trilogy be remembered as a striking blow against American imperialism.
Best Of The Best 2013 Day Four
Humor
The Reflective Belt: An Icon Of The Global War On Terror
The U.S. is still involved in conflicts throughout the Middle East. It's a dangerous world. Don't forget your reflective belt.
OSW Hooah!
Humor
10 Phrases That Make No Sense Outside Of The Army
These phrases sound pretty funny to people outside the military.
“Men Of Iron” by Don Troiani depicts the 109th Pennsylvania National Guard stubbornly hold their ground against German attacks during the Champagne-Marne Offensive, July 1918.
History
How The War Overlooked In History Books Changed The Course Of America
Few Americans can name World War I campaigns and battles, let alone why and when U.S. service members fought overseas.
First Sgt. Travis Wewers inspects his company before the unit's change of command at Forward Operating Base Falcon in southern Baghdad.
Humor
10 Lies Troops Use On Their First Sergeants
First sergeants hear some pretty outrageous lies come out of the mouths of junior enlisted troops.
Portrait of Theodore Roosevelt standing next to a large globe at the White House, 1903.
History
How ‘Big Stick Policy’ Still Influences US Foreign Relations Today
The influence of Theodore Roosevelt is still writ large on American foreign policy.
Operation Regular Flint
Community
Why The Woobie Is The Greatest Military Invention Ever Fielded
The poncho liner has been a staple of deployed life since it was first introduced in Vietnam, but the origin of the “Woobie” is shrouded in mystery.
Officers of the American Expeditionary Force (AEF) receiving medals from General John J. Pershing, Commanding General of the AEF.
Community
The Army’s Tortured History With Drawdowns And Budget Cuts
As the Army suffers significant draw downs and cuts, look to the time following World War I as a historical example.
A junior officer studies his shot groups to determine what adjustments he needs on his weapon during Best Junior Officer Competition in Grafenwoehr, Germany, July 24, 2012.
Community
5 Times Failing Made Me A Better Company Grade Officer
Sometimes in order to succeed in the military, we have to fail first.
A portrait of James Swan.
History
The Militiaman, Businessman, And Patriot Who Singlehandedly Paid Off The US War Debt
James Swan was a patriot who fought in the Revolutionary War with both rifle and billfold, eventually taking over the nation’s post-war debt.
Union soldiers at Appomattox Court House, April 1865.
History
What The Surrender At Appomattox Court House 150 Years Ago Teaches Us About Reconciliation
One act by Union Brig. Gen. Joshua L. Chamberlain during the surrender ceremony at Appomattox Court House is a bright moment in one of the darkest periods of U.S. history.
battle of antietam
History
How A Drunk Decision By A Terrible Commanding Officer Led To A Medal Of Honor
Following the order of a drunken senior officer, Thomas W. Hyde led his men on a suicidal charge, and then went back for the wounded.
National Guard versus reserve
Community
When Is The Right Time To Merge The Army National Guard And Reserve? Never.
The question of whether to merge the Army National Guard and the Army Reserve has a long and bitter history in the United States. Here's why.
Families welcome back Soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard's 34th Combat Aviation Brigade at Holman Field in St. Paul, April 25, 2015, from a deployment to Kuwait.
Community
Why The National Guard Needs Its Community Connection
The National Guard is running the risk of losing its long-held community ties as it becomes more aligned with the regular Army.