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 …

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For years, I had been debating on whether or not I would actually write this particular story from my younger days. Personally, I have always found that some stories are funnier when they are told, rather than read. However, a question lead to the inevitable "second act" where I have made a valiant attempt to …

Happiness Through Progression and Career Stagnation

Originally posted October 15, 2014. The instructions for the assignment were "Write a narrative in which you tell about an experience that affected you in a positive way. Write your narrative for a general audience that would include your classmates..." According to most senior enlisted personnel in the Army, I would be considered, among other …

May 26, 2007 – “Go Your Own Way” (Part Three of Three)

Originally published June 2, 2012. It started innocently enough – I started going through my old posts and ended up  re-reading one of my all-time favorite pieces. Now I’m listening to Fleetwood Mac, twitchy from the caffeine influx earlier and the flood of memories from that day and that flight. The urge to elaborate and edit is …