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In Praise of the Heroic Marine Who Gave Us Taco Bell
I've always been drawn to stories about service members finding success after their time in the military is over. There's no shortage of inspiring stories to highlight.
Entrepreneurs, politicians, athletes, educators, and entertainers are all covered in the arena of successful veterans. But there are some whose stamp on our culture is almost unequaled.
Glen Bell is one of those veterans. After his time in the Marine Corps during World War II — he served as a steward in the general's mess through during the Guadalcanal campaign — he opened a string of successful burger and taco stands. After selling his shares, he founded Taco Bell in 1962, franchised it by 1964, and had 868 locations by the time he sold it to PepsiCo in 1978.
"You would think that serving food to generals in Guadalcanal wouldn't have much relevance later on," Bell said of his time in the Marines in his 1999 biography, Taco Titan: The Glen Bell Story. "But it taught me how to estimate how much food was needed based on the number of people served. That knowledge gave me confidence to start a restaurant."
He's the hero America needed, and his legacy should always be remembered as you're drunk and struggling to stay conscious at 3 a.m. as you shove a hastily assembled gordita down your gullet.
Bell passed away in 2010.
There's something very, very wrong with a recent tweet from the official Twitter account of the Defense Department. Can you spot it?
Let's zoom in, just in case.
The main takeaways from this whole incident:
1. That's clearly a Stryker, not a Paladin.
2. The use of #KnowYourMil in this tweet is the funniest self-inflicted wound of 2019.
3. We have no idea how the crew of this Stryker, clearly named 'Tazerface,' might feel about this flub, but we can venture a guess according to the vehicle's Guardians of the Galaxy namesake:
I love this job.
2 years after the Fitzgerald and McCain collisions, the Navy has no idea if its new ship-driving training is working
Two years after a pair of deadly collisions involving Navy ships killed 17 sailors and caused hundreds of millions of dollars of damage, the Navy still can't figure out whether its plan to improve ship-driving training has been effective.
In fact, according to senior Navy officials quoted in a recent Government Accountability Office report on Navy ship-driving, it could take nearly 16 years or more to know if the planned changes will actually have an impact.
The command chief of the 20th Fighter Wing at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, was removed from his position last month after his chain of command received evidence he disrespected his subordinates.
An Air Force private housing company faked its maintenance records to get millions of dollars in bonuses
SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Reuters) - A U.K. company that provides housing to U.S. military families came under official investigation earlier this year, after Reuters disclosed it had faked maintenance records to pocket performance bonuses at an Oklahoma Air Force base.
At the time, Balfour Beatty Communities said it strove to correctly report its maintenance work. It blamed any problems on a sole former employee at the Oklahoma base.
Now, Reuters has found that Balfour Beatty employees systematically doctored records in a similar scheme at a Texas base.