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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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 …

May 26, 2007 – “CPL Millard” (Part Two of Three)

Originally published August 7, 2007.Current mood:stressed. It was bugging me, not knowing who it was on our bird that day, so I did a little bit of research and found the site the family put up.“Now what?” I asked after reading the messages left by friends and family that had lost someone special. What do you …

Plums in Afghanistan – Another Army Story

A friend’s teenage daughter shared an update on her relationship issues, to which I shared one of my favorite “Bluntcards” with oddly astute advice: “Love is like a fart. If you force it, it is probably shit.” “Take it from someone who almost discovered the wisdom of this statement after too many preflight plums in …