My Afghan Friend Could Be Murdered Soon

Tim Patterson is contacted by his Afghan friend, Zabi, who is in danger of being executed by the Taliban. Will Zabi and his family ever find safety?
Paratroopers from the 1st Platoon, A Battery, 2nd Battalion, 377th Parachute Field Artillery Regiment, Task Force Spartan Steel conduct security combat patrols in Khost province. Photo courtesy of U.S. Army.

We Saluted Under the Night Sky. Each New Loss Felt Harder Than the One Before.

The images of desperate Afghans swarming to flee Kabul at the end of the mission filled me with a painful sense of loss.

US Military Pledges Principled, Responsible Approach to Artificial Intelligence

The Pentagon is a lumbering bureaucracy where priorities can shift with political tides, which makes the trajectory of progress on AI unclear.

The Country We Loved Didn’t Love Us Back. Maybe This Time Would Be Different.

I remember being taken in by our neighbors, how they embraced my family and introduced us to football, fireworks, and the spirit of America.

The Man with Half a Head

Who helps wounded veterans? Adele Levine shares her experience working with military amputees as a physical therapist at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
Midshipmen march to lunch at the U.S. Naval Academy during the National Discussion on Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment at America’s Colleges, Universities, and Service Academies in 2019. Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Sarah Villegas, courtesy of the U.S. Navy.

Short Changed: Military Women’s Deaths by Suicide Linked to Sexual Trauma

While men in the military have alarmingly high rates of suicide, the rates among military women are rising faster, and their reasons are different.
Following monthly readiness drills, Delta Company passed through a small impoverished village where, it seemed, every kid needed their nose wiped. Photo courtesy of the author.

In an Unsteady Peace, Soldiers Built Bridges With Hankies, C Rations, and Salami

Our officers told us almost every week that North Korea could resume hostilities at any moment, with or without a reason. It was our job to be ready.
Marvin Wolf, first row, second from left, in his NCO Academy photo. Courtesy of the author.

A Poncho, a Bayonet, and a 1943 C Ration Chocolate Against a Fort Lewis Snowstorm

I reconciled myself to staying put until daylight. I’d fasted every Yom Kippur since my bar mitzvah at age 13, going without food or water for more than 24 hours—so I knew that I wouldn’t starve from a day and a night without eating.

Reliving Military Sexual Trauma on Her Last Day of Active Duty

Joy Craig hadn't wanted to spend her last morning of active duty reliving sexual assaults, but there she sat in the base NCIS office, talking with an agent.