About LariatAdvance.com


Lariat Advance. This terse and odd phrase, typically delivered via telephone in the early hours of the morning, served over years of the Cold War as an unmistakable notice to U.S. soldiers in Germany that a unit alert had been declared and that henceforth every second counted until such time as the unit’s response to alert had been assessed, and hopefully found satisfactory. Soldiers who lived outside the unit’s base reported in, vehicles and personal equipment were made ready, and finally, the unit deployed to its designated alert location in the countryside.

In 1987, I made a bold decision, well, for a young 17 year old kid. I decided to join the United States Army. I was always a patriotic type, but the events of Beirut, Iran, and Grenada infused me with a zeal like I had never felt before. Little did I know what I was getting into!

After attending BASIC training and the Armor School at Fort Knox, Kentucky, I was whisked off to Germany where I would spend the next few years of my life. As a tall lanky kid from the South, I realized two things. The first, was how cold it got in Germany! Snow was something I hadn't anticipated in my "master life plan." Second, tall guys and tanks don't mix well! But I managed.

Oh, the crazy adventures we had! I left Germany with legendary places, and people forever etched into my mind. Grafenwoehr. Hohenfels. REFORGER. Winter Warrior. Area Mud. CSM Tadina. The list goes on. I wouldn't trade those memories for the world! Millions of other Cold Warriors around the world have similar memories. Korea. South and Central America. Italy. The United Kingdom. Guam. Okinawa. And countless other hot spots around the globe.

Fast forward to today. I am a member of many military-related groups on Facebook, and they've been terrific tools to allow us old Cold Warriors to reconnect virtually. But I felt like something was missing from those groups. It took me a while to put my finger on it. The results have become manifest in this new community site - LariatAdvance.com.

I did not make a career out of the military. Sometimes I think maybe I should have. Like most of us, I moved on from the military and started a career in the private sector. But one thing is for sure - there are certain things I miss. I miss hating the Soviets. I miss real German bier. And most of all, I miss the camaraderie I shared with my fellow soldiers. I hope to bring a little of that back here at LariatAdvance.com.

Once you create your FREE account, you can customize your profile, including configuring your "virtual uniform rack", complete with all your hard earned ribbons, medals, ranks, branches of service, and more! Join unit-specific social groups to connect with your old comrades-in-arms, organize reunions, share those precious old photos, and just catch up. Then jump into our forums for some lively banter between battle-buddies. We have so much more planned — this is just the beginning!

If you served in the U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Merchant Marine, DoD, State Department, or any such agency between the years 1947 and 1991, I sincerely hope you take a moment to join our community here. It's free, after all! Our goal here is to create the best online experience possible for this rather unique fraternity in which we are all esteemed members. I look forward to seeing you online!

Our collective story needs to be captured and preserved. I hope that LariatAdvance.com can help with that. Just remember. OPSEC is forever. You never know when a commie bastard might be lurking nearby! :p


Scott Burkett

3rd Battalion, 64th Armored Regiment
3rd Infantry Division (Mechanized)
U.S. Army (Sep.)

Me, back in the day! (circa 1988)