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Capt. Neptunus Lex, 1960-2012

Journal Entry: Wed Mar 7, 2012, 10:06 AM
I Have Neither The Time Nor The Inclination
To Explain Myself To A Man Who Rises And Sleeps
Under The Blanket Of The Very Freedom That I Provide
And Then Questions The Manner In Which I Provide It
---U.S. Marine Corps---


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"Invisible Souls ... Leave .308 Holes." - USMC

When once you have tasted flight, you will forever,
Walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward,
For there you have been, and there,
You will always long to return.
---Leonardo da Vinci


Alright, my unstable and insatiable journal minions,

I have some sad news today. For anyone who cruises the MilBlogs as much as I do, passing and receiving intel here and there, y'all will know that we lost a fellow MilBlogger, Defense Analyst and veteran. It was noted that a pilot from Fallon, Nevada, in his Israeli F-21 Kfir jet, had crashed. For those that are wondering why there was an Israeli jet in our airspace, it would be because TOPGUN is at the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center (NSAWC) at NAS Fallon, Nevada. Fellow MilBlogger Will Dossel, from Steeljaw Scribe, reported from a friend in the area that the weather conditions, as best as he can gather, were not ideal – snowy, foggy, high winds.

Later on it was confirmed that it was Neptunus Lex, AKA Captain Carroll "Lex" LeFon, United States Navy (Ret.) was the pilot. It had been noted by a number of sites and blogs, worry running rampant as there probably weren't many F-21s in stock up there, and that is understandable. A guest blogger on Lex's blog opened up a condolences thread for the retired Navy pilot, here.



I never met the man myself, and I never made it to his blog before he died; I also imagine that if I did right now I would wish he was still around to share his insight with this ol' boy. Friends of his paint him as an indomitable badass, and from what I have found, I will definitely concede to that. I will look more into his blog, and all that will probably become more and more confirmed.

Lex flew for a civilian company contracted by the U.S. Military to fly aggressor squads for TOPGUN training (where he had been an XO during his commission days), ATAC -- Airborne Tactical Advantage Company, in his F-21 when he was kill. In all honesty, he died doing what he loved, and it'll be damned if that isn't exactly how he wanted to go out. I know I sure as hell would want to go out like that, doing what I love. Fellow bloggers had outlined his retirement, and more blogs are coming online with tributes to Lex, as from the USNI Blog simply stating, Pardon Him, Theodotus: Neptunus Lex: Carroll LeFon.
When I first thought about serving my country, I considered the Air Force, but decided I'd rather be in the military instead. My father told me once that in the Army, you'd live like rats and die like gentlemen. In the Navy, you'd live like gentlemen, and die like rats. I rather counted on living, and that has made all the difference.

Quote Yeats to me and you've won my heart... ---Lex


The guy could write. In three sentences in his first freakin' post he managed to pull up a forgotten truism, allude to the poet Robert Frost and mention Yeats. It's not all grunting and emoting in this world, you know; there is poetry in it, and too few military people admit to being poets. CAPT Lefon was a prose poet. He referenced Guinness and The Hobbit and poetry and classical history. He treated people as equals and kicked the tails of fools. There was a beloved wife, two daughters and a son, a beloved Old Dominion and a San Diego, California house draining him of extra money, his sincere dislike of the night trap. All of these came up in occasional conversation, and would include painfully honest hints–and then a full monty confessional description–of a troubled child on the brink. We remembered that he was once XO of TOPGUN, and that it was one word and all caps. We knew how much he hated being competent in a cubicle, and the joy of being able to escape the rule that "once you retire you never are in full grunt again". We know enough of his family to mourn along with them. Could write, I tell you.

Friends of mine from in the military can confirm from experience, and I from watching them, that you never totally come back from being full-grunt.

McQ, from BlackFive, noted that one of Lex's last posts was slightly eery, but "but pretty much stated his philosophy best when it came to what he was doing.  He'd had a drag chute malfunction on landing and had to "wrestle snakes", as he put it, for a bit before finally landing the aircraft safely". The final words from that posting was; "When I taxied back to the line the maintenance guys told me to go away for 10 minutes. Just in case the brakes might, you know: Catch fire. Which they didn't, so no harm done. It's funny how quickly you can go from "comfort zone" to "wrestling snakes" in this business. But even snake wrestling beats life in the cube, for me at least. In measured doses."

My regards, salutes, thoughts and prayers go to his wife, his Navy pilot son, and his daughters for his service to this country. Captain Carroll LeFon, to the rest of the world – is gear-up, flaps-up and well on the way for his final mission. Semper Fidelis, partner. And, a carried promise, I'm going to leave him with a lil' Yeats.

TO A CHILD DANCING IN THE WIND
W. B. Yeats (1865-1939)

Dance there upon the shore;
What need have you to care
For wind or water's roar?
And tumble out your hair
That the salt drops have wet;
Being young you have not known
The fool's triumph, nor yet
Love lost as soon as won,
Nor the best labourer dead
And all the sheaves to bind.
What need have you to dread
The monstrous crying of wind?




Carry on, Sir.



  • Listening to: Clutch
  • Reading: American Sniper
  • Watching: Nothing
  • Playing: God
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: Gatorade
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Kwokheichan Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012
Hi there, KahunaSniper, I'm a friend of evilqueen112 on DeviantArt net work and she recommend me to come talk to you about this issue that have been floating around on the internet, the Kony 2012 campaign. I just want to know about what you know this organization and see if this is just another scam for the US forces to invade Africa for oil? I'm not saying that it is a 100% scam but there is alot of advance that point this to be a scam and this Kony 2012 is just going to be another Iraq war(war for oil)?

I don't want to argue with you so just tell me what you know about this situation right now and we'll go from there.
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KahunaSniper Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
And, Jordan did just put out a new journal on the topic for a little more depth, here.
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KahunaSniper Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
You could say that it's a propaganda thing. The guys behind KONY12 are from Invisible Children, and IC has always been a very shady organization. The fact of the matter is that Kony has been under the radar and relatively inactive for near'bouts five-years, and probably longer than that.

The Ugandans are going ape-shit over this whole thing (against it), because the film bloated and over-faceted a very simple problem. Kony was active during the war over there between 1999 and 2004. And the districts that were hit hardest had the highest child prostitution numbers out there, so there weren't any solid numbers backing which ones were Kony's.

In reality it can be seen as thing. And, for the record, someone more caught up on the topic, ~jrk1089, agrees with me. He's an analyst buddy of mine. But, the thinking is that the U.S. Government, or a number of organized personnel inside the government, with enough pull, wanted to get in there to procure rights to things like oil, diamonds, gold, silver, natural gas --- because Africa is really the last untapped source) --- and IC needs muscle.

So, here's the trade-off. IC wants Kony gone because they're trying to do the good thing, so they need muscle. Certain personnel in the Government want to retire with very-nicely lined wallets, so there it is. The other issue is where the money is really going. Your dollar, for instance, goes from your account to IC's account and then it goes to the Ugandan Government. That's a mistake. It shouldn't go to their government, because who's to say where that money is really going from there? Nobody.

I'm a Defense Analyst, so, I can correspond with a lot of this information. al Qaeda has been the main thing since around the same time Kony dropped off a map. A lot of correspondence coming from Ugandans, videos like this. Oh, and IC's co-founder just got arrested for masturbating in public, vandalizing and allegedly being under the influence. Like I said, the Ugandans are against this because they know the facts.

Some dumbass American (I say that as one) just looked up some information and didn't get the facts, dates, places or any of that shit. Right now, you want to know what Ugandans are suffering from now? Nodding Disease. Reports are that over four thousand children are victims, and it's incurable. It’s a neurological disease that has baffled world scientists and attacks mainly children from the most war-affected districts of Kitgum, Pader and Gulu.

Hope this all helped, partner.
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razortheedragon Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012
Indeed it is a shame to lose one of our military men, and I salute those who are fighting for there country, those who are still in training and so on and so forth. Those men and woman are certainly the bravest people of all.

Sorry im not big at righting speeches, but I respect the military and all their branches. I also think that they should get more respect from the younger generation, because to them they think war is a game and its fun. I sure as hell know that, that isnt the case, I cant really say much because I never served and I most likely cannot (high motabilism = skinney, and weak :()

To end this off I would like to say god bless and I hope all our troops (US and alike) may come home soon safely
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KahunaSniper Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Roger that, partner. Good luck in your endeavors.
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razortheedragon Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012
Solid copy. Good luck with the marines solider

Semper Fi :salute:
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Skoshi8 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I like his comment about the USAF. I guess that you could call it a gentlemen's flying club and retirement plan that occasionally drops a bomb.
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KahunaSniper Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
They actually do. Haha
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Weasel102 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012
Aye, carry on. It's never a good day when a fellow military man passes on. I've just entered the United States Air Force, and I haven't even gone to boot camp yet, but I already feel a certain kinship between people who serve, have served, or are about to. It's a great feeling, but I'm also very glad there are still people who can mourn the loss of a veteran, be he American or not. Carry on, sir. :salute:
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KahunaSniper Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Well, congrats, partner. But, if you don't mind my asking. There has been a standing complication on my end with the up-and-coming signing on due to my weight. What were the reqs, and did you meet them, when you signed?

Universally, I believe it's about 160-pounds to make the grade.
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Weasel102 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012
Well, it depends on your height. I'm 5 foot 6. I weigh about 125, and I met the requirements for the Air Force. Marines are obviously going to be different, for multiple reasons. Not sure what's up on that end. I also passed their physical fitness test, by some miracle, and am entering boot camp in June. They have maximum weights for me, and they have bare minimums as well. Such as: if I'm 5 foot six, which I am, I have to weigh between 115 and 145 or something along those lines. I hope that helps. I know it's woefully inadequate, but I'm joining a service Academy (Air Force's West Point) so it might be different. I'm not sure, though. :/
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KahunaSniper Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Roger that. Well, congratulations and good luck, partner.
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Weasel102 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
Thanks my friend. Good luck with you, my friend. You'll do fine, no worries. :)
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KahunaSniper Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Cheers!
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GeneralTate Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
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KahunaSniper Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Semper Fi :salute:
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GeneralTate Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Carry On !
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FirstSarge Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Professional Writer
It's always a shame to lose a warrior.
He died doing what he loved.
I guess I will go kicking liberal ass.
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KahunaSniper Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
We'll take D.C. first, and then have to fly to China and we can take them all on. Haha
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FirstSarge Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Professional Writer
Think about it... Clinton's NAFTA Ossama'... Hubarr... Obamma Bin ... whatever his name is, his disemboweling of our space program and reduction in forces (history PROVES time and again that is never a good move)... D.C. is not ours anymore. It belongs to the cheif leading economic source. CHINA.

We have had this discussion before my learned friend, how is your Cantonese? I hope they speak Russian.

By the way Men Sahib, may I say here in public that I do admire you're thoroughness and the authoritative tone in your writing. You take control of the article and leave no doubt as to what is going on.
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KahunaSniper Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Haha You'll have to educate me on the Cantonese. I know jack-and-shit.
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FirstSarge Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Professional Writer
Doesn't matter at the moment. When Obama throws open the doors of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and welcomes our new Chinese overlords in, I am sure that "Education Camps" will abound where you will have ample opportunity to learn Cantonese.

Me? I speak Mossberg.
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KahunaSniper Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Speaking of that, I heard some intel that our infrastructure base was voted for reworking and the Chinese won because they would work cheaper and send their own personnel. Conspiracy theory, for you, says that they are PLA infiltrators (sort of like the Army Pathfinders) and we let them walk it.
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FirstSarge Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Professional Writer
And people still think that asshole in the Whitehouse is swell. This is like letting crackheads work at ADT.

I see our fair country spinning quickly down the proverbial shitter.
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KahunaSniper Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
And, then, what Panetta said yesterday too. Fuck, we'd be in another Iraq every ten-years.
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