Permanently Disqualified. Those were the words stamped on the first piece of documentation I ever received from the United States Military. I was 17, and was attempting to pursue a dream that began at the age of 11. Those two words broke me more than anything I had experienced in my life. The journey to … Continue reading Fit to Serve?
I wrote this one year ago, I still believe every word, with every fiber of who I am. 240 years is the blink of an eye. Regardless of the political arguments over how and why this country was founded and declared independence, it was, and remains to this day, an opportunity. In the 39 years … Continue reading Freedom Isn’t Free
It is an honor to wear a military uniform. It is one opportunity among many to serve others. It does not entitle an individual to special treatment, and should never make the military member think that ANYONE owes them ANYTHING. Military service is a privilege, and in my eyes, should be treated as such. Military … Continue reading A Day to Remember
Are you sickened, or surprised by what you see in Manchester? I can understand sickened, it is a natural reaction. I don’t understand surprised. If you are surprised by an attack on an unsuspecting and undeserving group of young people, executed with planning and efficiency to inflict maximum damage and casualties, then you are living … Continue reading Stop Being Surprised
There are Navy SEALs, and there are Team Guys. Both go through the same training, work at the same team, and wear the same uniform. The difference exists well beneath the selection process, the name on the side of the building, and the cloth and metal that designate a military occupation. The distinction between the … Continue reading Navy SEALs Vs. Team Guys
We made it. We survived longer than most thought was possible after the election of Donald Trump. During the election, I heard talk of the “end of the world.” I am happy to report that so far, that has not happened. I am not saying that everything is perfect, I am not saying that everything … Continue reading 101 Days
I found this picture in an old email folder, it is my view of a valley from a sniper over watch position in Afghanistan, 2010. I was going to post it as a Throwback Thursday, but the more I looked at the image, the more it got me thinking about the world of today, much … Continue reading A Crisis of Character