Tuesday, September 11, 2001 started out like any other clear, crisp, late summer morning. That is until 0846 when the first plane hit the North Tower of the World Trade Center and began a chain of events that would become the longest day for many of us.
I had what every man envied, a wife that made life meaningful. Beautiful. Caring. Funny. Since the day she first caught my eye, I thought of her constantly - I still do. I could laugh with her over anything. Her smile could crush me and heal me in the same instant. We made fun of each other and told one another things no transitory couple would (or could).
The Silent Warrior Scholarship Fund was started in 2010 by Reconnaissance Marines to honor the memory of their fallen brothers. After returning home from Afghanistan a small group of men were presented with the idea of a scholarship to keep the memory of their brothers alive.
Ahhhh, military regulations. Few topics evoke a more volatile cocktail of insatiable, fanatically polar opinions.
I learned a valuable lesson while sitting on the flight line in Jalalabad, Afghanistan waiting on a helicopter that never arrived: always have a clear extraction plan.
It’s taken me 31 years to figure out that there are two types of people in your life: balloons and anchors.
Relevant issues that make full integration of women into combat units a counter-productive move.