Oahu, Missile Drills, and Chaos

This post was originally intended to be published on December 4, 2017 – shortly after the initial testing of these sirens on Oahu. December 1st marked the start of the monthly testing of attack sirens on Oahu, and – as usual – a conversation on Facebook got me to thinking about the article, its purpose, …

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Professional Regrets? None.

"Do you ever regret entering your field of work?" On February 29, 2016, I retired from the U.S. Army after 20 years as a 67T/15T, a military occupational specialty (MOS) officially known as a “Utility Helicopter Repairer.” During that time, I logged a total of 3904.9 flight hours – 1230.2 of which were combat hours. …

Light Reading, Heavy Thinking

Most of my ideas and inspirations occur when I am driving my truck. Apart from negotiating and the occasional profanity at the growing trend of distracted drivers (we have smart bombs and smart phones, but combining the latter with vehicles makes for more destructive power than any GPS-guided munition), I am usually rocking out to …

Waffle House, Leadership, and Lucien Truscott

Inspiration comes from the strangest sources. A while ago, my wife and I stopped in a random Waffle House and due to the early Sunday afternoon post-church rush, they were slammed, and the only seats available were at the counter. There, we had front row seats to the eleven-person shift calling out, cooking, and picking …

What Does it Mean to be a Veteran?

I posted this to Facebook four years ago, shortly before my last flight in the Army, and it popped up in my “Memories” today. I am reposting with the commentary from the post as they are words from folks with whom I have proudly served as their contributions illustrate the bonds between former strangers turned …

Soviet Shipping and American Subs – A Look at Fratricide

At times, Quora can be irritatingly problematic due to the inconsistent moderation of the discussions, but there are times when I enjoy the inspiration provided by some of the questions. What do you know about WWII that I probably don’t? Soviet merchant ships were accidentally engaged by American submarines during the war. According to Clay …

Information Whack-A-Mole

My digital rabbit hole runs deep and has lots of branches. Over the last few days, I have found myself browsing interesting articles on the idea of hybrid warfare and Information Operations. One of which resonated strongly: John Little’s podcast, “Propaganda, Influence, and Disruption.” There is some sort of perverse fascination in what the predictions …

A Conversation with Curtis and Mical

A recent conversation thread brought me to a topic which, for me, is a sensitive subject to discuss in an open forum – experiences with racism. Central to this discussion was a 32-year-old article from The New York Times, summarizing first hand experiences with the lingering effects of the Jim Crow laws in Alabama, Georgia, …

Post-Soviet Russian Diplomacy and the Western Media

This was my final paper for my Diplomacy and War II class - the final academic requirement for my Bachelor's in Military History.  I have a couple of minor issues with this product, and the instructor had noticed. First was the inclusion of the American Revolutionary War - a point that I had intended to …