Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
In the midst of war, I am home and in one piece.
In the midst of recession, I have a good job.
In the midst of so much ill-fortune, I have a healthy and whole family.
In a world full of despotism and authoritarianism, I live in a country that still maintains a high level of freedom.
I can understand why our forefathers felt they were especially blessed to be here. I feel so too.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Veteran's Day 2010
Uncle Jack in 1943
and others like my Explorer Post leader, Chuck Reed. I had grown up hearing of service, and even jumped in myself.
Me, in 1985
But I since I was "in", I never saw myself the way I had seen those before me - the ones who had gone and done something and were now the veterans that myself and others could talk to about "how it had been".
Even after I went to war, twice
Me, Afghanistan, 2004
Me, in Iraq, 2008
But now I am going to a middle school assembly today - and I am the one telling the kids "how it was". It feels like I have joined a group I have always looked up to... it is humbling.
Tuesday, November 09, 2010
Free Speech Suspension - outrage!
Monday, November 08, 2010
Help with Project VALOUR-IT
The Future is so bright, I have to wear (ballistic) shades
We had all of Soldiers that our next class of Officer Candidates will be drawn from on the base. Well over a 100 were coming to find out about going through the State Officer Candidate School (OCS) and becoming commissioned officers.
So why does this make the future bright?
These were all enlisted Soldiers (and junior NCOs) that had already joined in time of war. Think about that self-selected group - they volunteered to join a group of people who were constantly being sent to combat (from our little blog alone, I was in OEF 2004-2005 and OIF 2007-2008, CSM Bones was in OEF 2004-2005 and 2008-2009 and the Inner Prop was in OEF 2004-2005). Now, they want more responsibility and a longer committment, while we are still at war. Some of them had already been to war themselves, as enlisted or junior NCOs.
Those are the people you want leading your Soldiers, ladies and gentlemen. Our officer ranks look like they will be filled by some pretty impressive folks, for the foreseeable future. I'm going to go find my ballistic shades...
Monday, November 01, 2010
NaNoWriMo 2010 Begins