How little we have learned

Recently, I was asked by LTC Bob Brown, Editor and Publisher of Soldier of Fortune Magazine, to review the latest offering by author Bing West, One Million Steps.  Following that assignment, I felt a desire to read other works by West.  His writing style is very appealing to me and his work is, without question,…

Know Your Role

I will admit that I spend an inordinate amount of time reading the published opinions and articles of others.  For me it can be both educational and frustrating.  I thought I would share a few of the fallacies that are actually quite common here in this country – perhaps around the world.  I call this…

ARE YOU READY?

In just a few more days, the next installment in the Fireman Saga will go live as an e-book.  Soon after that, this novella will be available in print version. Written in the first person, this short story turned novella takes place after UNHINGED and plays the roll of lead-in to the upcoming novel, The…

Alone: Killing the warrior class

“How you doing, bro?” “Check on your buddy.” We’ve all heard these things repeated thousands of times over these long years of war.  Although many of us don’t heed the warnings and most of us will reply to any inquiries with a simple, “I’m fine”, we repeat these phrases reflexively on many occasions. The most…

Why

Why is it so important to you? Why do you work so hard to help others? Why? I will tell this one time.  It is something unknown to all but those closest to me.  Even many of my fellow soldiers with whom I served in combat are unaware of these things. I shouldn’t be here.…

Your own worst enemy

  Many years ago, when I walked away from the military the first time and began my journey as a civilian the 2nd time around, I sat through a very interesting job interview.  The supervisor interviewing me, himself a Vietnam veteran, told me what he thinks when he’s interviewing a veteran. “Reliable.  Hard working.  Respect…