Last Official Act on Active Duty--and a Wargaming Angle

Recently returned from a three week stint teaching at the Baltic Defence College and was honored last Thursday with the BDCOL Medal of Merit Bronze--the article (with photos) can be found here. This is my last official act as a Marine Colonel before I retire in a ceremony aboard Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek on 20 September.

Dr. James Corum (an author many wargamers know from his books) is the dean of the college and his office has copies of several East Front wargame titles on the shelves (he really likes GMT's ROADS TO LENINGRAD). The college recently got a copy of MMP's BALTIC GAP and I turned them onto Against The Odd's BUFFALO WINGS and World At War magazine's game on the Russo-Finnish Continuation War.

The Joint Command and General Staff Course, consisting of junior field grade officers from many countries, to include Canada, the U.S., Germany, Denmark, as well as many Eastern European nations, does three "Staff Rides" to battlefields in Estonia. I was there when we went to Narva and Sinimaed to cover the Soviet 1944 offensive on the ithsmus there (you easily see why the Soviets gave up trying to force their way through using Leningrad Front and shifted the weight of the attack to the south (subject of MMP's BALTIC GAP game). We also walked the Meerusu beach where the Estonians came ashore in January 1919 to cut off the Bolshevik column advancing towards the capital of Tallinn, the turning point of the Estonian War of Independence. The college does a staff ride on the German amphibious assault of the Baltic Islands (OPERATION ALBION) and has one for the Battle of Cesis in 1919. These provide lots of scenario ideas for tactical-level games such as Clash of Arms LANDSHIPS (at least the 1919 situations) and any number of WW II tactical combat systems (for Narva-Sinimaed 1944).

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Comment by Eric Walters on September 14, 2010 at 7:24pm
Thanks to you all for the best wishes! Yah, we'll see what the next chapter brings. I have my bohemian aspirations, but methinks my wife has other ideas; after all, I must keep her in the lifestyle to which she has become accustomed. Well, I just hope I can wargame more often!
Comment by David Allen on September 14, 2010 at 6:26pm
Congratulations, and thank you for your service to this country!
Comment by Vince Wolfs on September 6, 2010 at 11:52pm
Congratulations and all the best in your 'next life'.
Remember that in life, sometimes one door closes but another one always opens.
Well done.
Comment by Jim Werbaneth on September 6, 2010 at 8:34pm
Congratulations on retirement, and good luck with civilian life!
Comment by Mark Herman on September 6, 2010 at 9:44am
Congratulations Eric. My appreciation for your service to our country. I hope to see you in DC for some gaming.

All the best,
Comment by Dave Smith on September 5, 2010 at 10:46pm
Thank you for your service.
Comment by Eric Walters on September 5, 2010 at 9:53am
Chris, I'm aiming to combine my love of intelligence analysis, wargaming, and teaching/education together in my next job. If I'm lucky, I'll get 2 out of 3! Ideally, I get to do all three! We'll see! Oh, and I very much want more free time to wargame on the weekends...
Comment by Chris Gammon on September 5, 2010 at 1:39am
Thank you for your service! What's next for you?
Comment by brian s. b. on September 4, 2010 at 6:22pm
congrats! i visited tallin in 1992, estonia is beautiful-i guess technically your a "civilian", but we both know the corps will never leave you! thank you for your service to our country!
Comment by Thomas G. Chapman on September 4, 2010 at 6:16pm
Thank you for your service to our country and the Corps, Sir.
*Salute* from a former USMC Corporal (VMA-224, H&MS-14, 2nd MAW)
May you enjoy a long and well-earned retirement!

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