What’s it like to live in Oahu and what’s it like to live in Virginia Beach?

Posted 14Nov2017. This is an interesting question for the random pairing of two very distinct locations for a comparison. Having lived in both locations – Virginia Beach (mid ‘80s to mid ‘90s) and Oahu for a total of 14 years (mid ‘90s through 2011) – I can honestly say that it really depended on the …

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How did you manage to say goodbye to your children and partner, knowing you might not come back (soldiers deployment)?

Posted 15Aug2017. You went. You hoped you would return in one piece and mobile. You wondered. It sucked. Three deployments, for the Army, meant six “goodbyes” due to the mid-tour leave you could take. My first deployment to Afghanistan was… surreal when I first left, but absolutely disturbing when I was leaving after two weeks back in Hawaii. Shortly before departing back …

What life was for you when you were 34?

Posted 14 Aug 2017. To put it into a more general context, I will specify the timeframe from October 2007 through October 2008. Professional I turned 34 shortly after my second, and longest, deployment to Iraq (15 months). I was the Standardization Instructor for C Co 3-25 stationed at Wheeler AAF, training and evaluating the …

What do deists think of atheists?

Posted 5Sep2017. I really don’t put too much thought into the belief structures of others for the sake of judgement or the formation of a bias. This goes back to the “water” analogy from last week… I’ve known some annoying atheists, and I have known some great ones - just like monotheists, polytheists, agnostic, and deists. As …

How do Deists normally act toward people of other beliefs?

Posted 2Sep2017. One of the most important moments I have ever had when it comes to the topic of faith was when I came across Robert Fulghum’s Uh-Oh - Some Observations from Both Sides of the Refrigerator Door. Three pages - from 135 through 138 - made so much sense, and is relevant to the topic of how I …

Kobiyashi Maru – Army Style… or… Scenario-Based Training

Effective training rarely needs high-end technology and impressive graphics to truly be effective. In some cases, the basic ingredients require a checklist, a dry-erase board, an engaged audience, and a demented imagination.   “Bad Soup Scenario” Day VFR flight / ILS approach into Columbus 1648L, WX – overcast w/ 1000’ ceilings, 92̊ F, wind 030@30 …