The 2018 NORAD Tracks Santa Operation Center at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, on Christmas Eve. Photo by Staff Sgt. Alexandra M. Longfellow, courtesy of the U.S. Air Force.

‘Faster Than Starlight’—How Troops Track Santa’s Trek Across the Globe

How does Santa do it? A lot of it is classified, but Santa most likely operates within his own space-time continuum.
Marine Corps Sgt. David E. Martin assists a veteran during his visit to the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Washington, D.C., in 2014. Photo by Sgt. Alvin Williams Jr., courtesy of the U.S. Marine Corps.

Climate Change Makes Things Harder for Unhoused Veterans

Unhoused Veterans Provide a Mini View of How Climate Change Affects Homelessness
Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin listens to Col. Chris Jones, Task Force Liberty J4 commander, during a visit to Liberty Village at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, Sept. 27, 2021. The Department of Defense, through U.S. Northern Command, and in support of the Department of Homeland Security, is providing transportation, temporary housing, medical screening, and general support for at least 50,000 Afghan evacuees. Photo by Staff Sgt. Jake Carter, courtesy of the U.S. Air Force.

Is the Cure for America’s “Next War-itis” a Military Culture Shift?

Just as with the end of the Vietnam War, scandals and battle fatigue will likely impact military recruitment efforts—not just in numbers, but in quality.

“He Tried to Kill Me in His Sleep”—a Military Spouse Learns How Gridlock Gets You Killed

As traffic slowed to a stop and the color drained from his face, Liesel Kershul began to see that Tom had changed. Then he tried to kill her in his sleep.
Baby makes three. Amanda Huffman, her husband, and their son. Photo courtesy of the author.

A Life of Service Doesn’t End When You Take Off the Uniform. Now I Forge My Own Path.

The military changed me in ways I didn’t fully appreciate. Now it was over and I was a mom and a military spouse but no longer a service member.
U.S. Army paratroopers with the 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 11th Airborne Division, “Arctic Angels,” proceed to a staging area after completing airborne training at Malemute Drop Zone, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Dec. 8, 2023. Photo by Airman Raina Dale, courtesy of the U.S. Army.

US Military Can’t Sustain Arctic Operations, ‘Let Alone Dominate,’ Experts Say

For years, the military and Congress have recognized the strategic importance of investing in Arctic capabilities. But change has been incredibly slow.

Diving Shipwrecks of Futures Past During Navy Dive School

Tenley Lozano dove the retired aircraft carrier USS Oriskany, encountering great barracuda and memories of the ship she’d been serving on six months prior.

Sailing the Atlantic Ocean – 2005

Tenley Lozano watched the Barque Eagle's bow cut through the Atlantic Ocean's night waters, which swelled with bioluminescence and dolphins.
All military mental health programs are geared toward suicide prevention and increasing resiliency, according to military public affairs. The military also offers unit-based resiliency training, stress- and anger-management training, outpatient counseling services, family advocacy, and alcohol and drug abuse counseling. Photo by Joshua J. Seybert, courtesy of the U.S. Air Force.

‘Valhalla Can Wait’—The National Guard Stands at the Crossroads of Crisis

As National Guardsmen deploy more often in response to fires, floods, storms, and civil unrest, the solution won’t come with the end of the forever wars.