Wednesday, February 27, 2013

State Employees Key to Georgia Dept. of Defense

By Mr. Seth G. Stuck
Command Information Officer
Public Affairs Office, Georgia Department of Defense

There are more than 500 state employees who work for the Georgia Department of Defense (Ga. DoD) in capacities ranging from sanitation services, to human resources, to public affairs. Often, that there is even such a thing as a state DoD gets forgotten or overlooked because the National Guard is the driving force within the organization. The Ga. DoD is comprised of three primary components: the Georgia Air National Guard, Georgia Army National Guard, and the all-volunteer Georgia State Defense Force. With such visible and important flag-bearers, it’s easy to see how the hundreds of state employees who serve them are often overlooked.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

From McAllister to Maine: The strange career of the U.S. Montauk

By 1st Lt. William Carraway
Public Affairs Office, Georgia Dept. of Defense

The American Civil War is replete with curious turns and connections. People, places and events intersect in ways unpredictable to the participants at the time. But in retrospect those chance circumstances move inexorably as if drawn by imperceptible chains to an inevitable conclusion. The wayward career of the Union monitor Montauk links historic battles, Georgia plantations, the Lincoln assassination and ultimately naval reserve service during the Spanish-American War

There was nothing unusual about the Montauk itself. One of more than 60 ironclad warships constructed by the Union, the Montauk wallowed low in the water from the weight of its iron armor. Its single round turret echoed the design of the original U.S.S. Monitor which had been described as “a Yankee cheese box on a raft.” The Montauk was armed with two smooth bore cannon of 380 mm and 280 mm caliber. The Montauk was captained by Cmdr. John Worden, a spectacularly bearded naval veteran who had commanded the U.S.S. Monitor in its historic battle at Hampton Roads with the C.S.S. Merrimack. The March 9, 1862 battle marked the first engagement between two iron ships.