Archive for September, 2013

So there I was, minding my own business, parked in a dark parking lot watching a crime hot spot across the street. This was years back, when worry about terrorism was way high. Officers were still assigned to guard critical sites like electrical stations and water purification plants. A friend of mine was guarding one […]


This essay was published in Iron Mike Magazine on 25 September. http://ironmikemag.com/the-cost-of-desk-jockey-decisions-and-honoringtrue-brotherhood/ —————————————————————————————- A few days ago I saw a video of soon-to-be Medal of Honor recipient Captain Will Swenson in combat. The video was taken by a medevac helicopter crewman who flew in to pick up a badly wounded Soldier, Sergeant First Class Kenneth […]


Just wanted to drop a last minute reminder that I’ll be speaking with two other authors and signing books tomorrow at the River Oaks Bookstore in Houston. I realize I should have done this earlier, but I’m really bad at this whole self-promotion thing. I now have printed copies of my book for sale. If […]


This was published by BreachBangClear in two parts on September 17th and 18th. http://www.breachbangclear.com/site/10-blog/485-should-we-award-purple-hearts-for-ptsd.html http://www.breachbangclear.com/site/10-blog/486-should-we-award-purple-hearts-for-ptsd-part-ii.html Yes, it’s a long essay. But some things can’t be explained in a short blurb. Especially something this close to my heart. ————————————————————————— SHOULD WE AWARD PURPLE HEARTS FOR PTSD? No, we shouldn’t. I came home from Afghanistan angry and […]


Patriot’s Day

11Sep13

I got out of the Army National Guard in August 2001. I had been on inactive status for a year, while I worked as a UN police officer in Kosovo. When my enlistment expired I considered just staying out. Yes, the Guard is allegedly only one weekend a month and two weeks in the summer. […]


Friday afternoon I picked one of my boys up from school in my Army uniform. At his school, parents wait at the playground for their kids to come outside. I had just walked up to the playground when an older man sitting beside the playground got up and walked toward me. The man was wearing […]


This essay was published in two parts by BreachBangClear.com on September 4th and 5th. http://www.breachbangclear.com/site/10-blog/473-the-tyranny-of-risk-assessments-in-the-military-pt-1.html http://www.breachbangclear.com/site/10-blog/474-the-tyranny-of-risk-assessments-in-the-military-pt-2.html ——————————————————— No joke there I was, at a National Guard training camp’s range. This was in mid-2002, not long after the Twin Towers fell. I was in a tank unit, and we were pretty sure we’d be in combat […]