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…

Rules of enragement

When you consider all of the pre-deployment preparations, training, re-training, and ramping up, my Afghan adventure spanned more than two years.  Our ultimate destination changed 3 times and our actual mission changed more times than that.  It was typical Big Army uncertainty with several hundred lives left flapping in the breeze of bureaucratic inefficiency.  “Army…