Choices

Over the last few weeks I have had the pleasure of wearing the Velvet Hat of Sage Advice for a friend’s daughter as well as my own son as they are confronted with two very distinct challenges in life. In the case of my friend’s daughter, her high school U.S. History class was recently disrupted …

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The Anthem, Football, and Observations – Round Two…

“I was lookin' back to see if you were lookin' back at me To see me lookin' back at you…” I was on my way to go see the dentist earlier today and my mood dictated that I transition from my 70’s playlist to Massive Attack – the soundtrack of a deep and dark place …

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 …

“What is one thing you hated when you served in the US armed forces?”

Sometimes, there is never a simple answer because the question brings back too many memories... The day I received my DD-214. This sounds odd, I know, but those of us who have sat waited, reviewed, and received that one important piece of paper can appreciate the finality it represents. There were many things I outright detested while I was on …

First-Person History

The assignment for War and Diplomacy II was to write an account of a historic diplomatic event from the perspective of a key figure involved. I chose Jimmy Carter's meeting with the former hostages released from 444 days of Iranian captivity... January 20, 1981 Wiesbaden, West Germany [recording starts] “Sorry I am late… the press …

Billy Mitchell’s Legacy

Examine the life and military biography of William "Billy" Mitchell (1879-1936). How did Mitchell's professional military career and experiences inform his views on the possibilities of American air power?  What is his legacy to American air power? They cyclic nature of history provides an interesting look at the theories and warnings espoused by Mitchell in …

What Advice Would NCOs Like to Give to Unseasoned Officers?

This question originally came from Quora and, like others, I took it and ran with it a bit more than I could... and probably still missed some valid points.  Oh, these topics really make me smile with all sorts of great answers from folks too numerous and well-spoken to list with any brevity. Speaking from …