Posts

Finding Peace in Lederhosen

A jaded Gulf War veteran needed a break, and found it in a small Bavarian town. A reflection by Dave Boe

When “Be Strong” Is Bad Advice

A military spouse wants to redefine what having strength looks like.

The author on bridge watch as the Officer of the Deck, 2007-2009. Photo courtesy of Alison Maruca

Minding the Ship

Even with sound decision-making by a capable and loyal team, the wrong leader can make any mission feel doomed.

The Curse of the White Cloud

All he wanted was to see combat. Fortunately, he missed out.

The Road Home

The Army had been her life until it turned into her enemy. A former combat medic reflects on the ultimate betrayal of giving her all in service and feeling abandoned in return.

Soldier bounds down a 40 ft tower during a training exercise at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wa. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Jacob Kohrs.

Moral Waivers

Not everyone is fit for the Army, but a loophole overlooks that. 

Heidi Agostini embedded with the Regimental Combat Team 7 Female Engagement Team during Operation Enduring Freedom in 2010. Marjah, in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Photo courtesy of Sgt. Megan Sindelar

Why Isn’t Infertility in Military Women a Bigger Conversation?

For female service members, putting off children and career advancement are linked. Yet, research shows that military women are at a higher risk of infertility. What is the Defense Department doing about this dilemma?

Running for My Life

How a high-functioning facade masked a critical bout of depression for a former Army sergeant. 

First Lieutenant Harry Whitlockin a HMMWV near Tallil Air Base, Iraq, March 1991.

Anger Management

A former medical platoon leader spent years resenting his commander, until he realized what his pent-up rage truly meant.