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 […]

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Waiting on the Word: The chronicles of the time wasting shenanigans only found in the deadliest fighting force in the world…

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 […]

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America Today

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 […]

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Civilianification

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 […]

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Patrol

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 […]

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