Report questions costs of villas and mansions for top military brass (Los Angeles Times):

Gen. Philip M. Breedlove, the Air Force four-star who commands NATO, gets a 15,000-square-foot, 19th century chateau in Belgium. Lt. Gen. Steven A. Hummer, head of Marine Forces Reserve, enjoys a 19th century plantation house in New Orleans listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Joint Chiefs of Staff and their deputies inhabit historic quarters in and around Washington — all staffed with chefs, drivers, gardeners and security teams.

Hey, it’s just a function of the circles Lt. Gen. Steven A. Hummer travels in …

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Phyllis M. Taylor, one of the wealthiest people in the world, stands alongside Lt. Gen. Steven A. Hummer. Photo credit: Cpl Fenton Reese/U.S. Marine Corps Forces Reserve

From the article that accompanies the above photo:

A single tear traveled down her face. Flushed with emotion, her voice slightly cracked as she addressed the silent auditorium for the first time as a Marine.

For 21 years, the U.S. Marine Corps has recognized individuals from the civilian community for their dedication, support and extraordinary contribution to the Corps. By the hand of the commandant of the Marine Corps, these selected individuals have earned the title of “Honorary Marine.”

Phyllis M. Taylor, philanthropist, life-long Marine Corps supporter and wife of the late veteran and entrepreneur Patrick F. Taylor, was the latest to be inducted into this elite group of individuals, June 14. As an additional reward, the ceremony was hosted in her home state of Louisiana at the Marine Forces Reserve Headquarters, Marine Corps Support Facility New Orleans.

Apparently, being a top military commander requires no small amount of schmoozing of wealthy power brokers, which undoubtedly can be facilitated with expensive real estate.

Derek Bridges lives in New Orleans, trading in words and pictures. A carpetbagger of long standing, he grew up in the top right corner of IL and later went to college in the middle cornfield part. He has also lived in MS and FL, for educational purposes only, and was diasporized for a time in TX.

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