The Stare – The Full Chapter

I’m sure many have heard of the term “1,000-yard stare”, a term used to describe the blank expression some get after experiencing war. And I will never forget the first time I knew for sure I had seen it. And it wouldn’t be the last. Though it would have been nice to have a tougher, […]

The Gift – The Full Chapter

In the Lower Shabelle Hoose region of Somalia, outside a small village somewhere between the cities of Qoryoley and Barawa, on February 16 of 1993, I would experience what I now refer to as the ‘The Gift’. As I describe the events of that evening, I am sure you might misconstrue the meaning of this […]

War is a Racket (and always has been) Chp.1

  This concept isn’t new….it’s the face of War in the industrial age. Examining some of the writings of a hero. I do not own the copyright of the below material. Smedley Darlington Butler Born: West Chester, Pa., July 30, 1881 Educated: Haverford School Married: Ethel C. Peters, of Philadelphia, June 30, 1905 Awarded two […]

Jesus of Merca – a full chapter

**************setting, a full chapter and some comic relief******************** “I never knew whether I was drawn to eccentric people or if they were drawn to me.”   ~ Dean Koontz, author. Like most of this book, the story of Jesus in Somalia isn’t widely known. A secret weapon of the US Army, Jesus was in fact a […]

Our PSG – “The Godfather”

The Godfather is one of the finest all around NCO’s any of us ever had. Usually I can categorize a leader by a specific stength, but for the Godfather, that is pretty much everything; tactically proficient, knowledgeable & competent, driven and leads by example. And to make life in a combat zone exponentially more fun, […]

Chuckles the Bear – A Racist

When it comes to the topic of race and equality, the military by large is light years ahead of the rest of society. Though it wasn’t always that way until equal rights became the law of the land, just as same sex marriage became the law of the land recently. The military doesn’t pick and […]

1 Simple Way to Fix the VA

In this article published in 2014, a disabled veteran who lost both legs as a 20 year old while serving in Vietnam, repeatedly called the VA for assistance for a new wheelchair. Finally, in desperation he went to the local Lowes hardware store in an attempt to purchase the parts required to fix his wheelchair […]