To whom it may concern, I saw your recent decision to inact an “Expert Action Badge” whatever the hell that’s supposed to mean. Just a couple of years after the “Combat Action Badge”. You dissapoint me. I guess you have fallen victim to the idea that everyone deserves a participation trophy. Everyone should […]Read more
Anyone who has ever served in the armed forces will tell you that not all time spent in the service of this great nation is productive. These are the stories of those times, told by those who lived them… PART I: Grunts 1 – Tankers 0 Until getting Drill sergeant orders to Fort Jackson, I had […]Read more "Waiting on the Word: The chronicles of the time wasting shenanigans only found in the deadliest fighting force in the world…"
I haven’t written much lately. I didn’t think I have had anything of value to say. Life beyond service has taken a harsh toll that has consumed me until recently. I have had to learn what it is to be an American citizen again. All the awards, accomplishments, and evaluations all nullified and put into […]Read more "America Today"
Growing up you always hear the old cliché sayings. Hindsight is 20/20. The grass is always greener. Be careful what you wish for. You hear them so often that you forget why it is they have been repeated over and over again. It hasn’t even been six months since I left service and for me […]Read more "Civilianification"
I remember my mother sitting at the table of our old farmhouse with my recruiter signing the forms to make it possible for me to enlist at 17 years old, and get into the delayed entry program. I remember walking across the stage at my high school graduation with an impressive 45 absences and a […]Read more "The Many Masks of The Faceless"
Someone once told me that, when a man goes to war, he comes home six feet under or six feet over, and either way it’s in a box. It’s a powerful statement that I didn’t fully appreciate until I took a hard look at myself after coming home from my last tour. The box that I, and so […]Read more "Six Feet Under or Six Feet Over-Everyone Comes Home In A Box"
I have always used writing as an outlet during my life. The following is something I wrote on my first deployment in southern Baghdad. I was 20 years old. Feb 2, 2006 1:42 PM Patrol Its dusk. The smell of human stench fills the air but you have become used to it. All you can […]Read more "Patrol"