Airborne

Andy called me Saturday morning. He was driving back to Camp Lejeune from Fort Benning in Georgia. He usually calls me when he is bored, and apparently the drive across Georgia is amazingly boring. He had been at Fort Benning for three weeks in Airborne school, part of his Special Forces training. “I graduated,” he […]

A Few More Good Men

 The light at the end of the tunnel.  Today we were given our duty station wish list. It’s been a wild ride so far. I’ve accomplished so many things I didn’t know I could do, but it’s not over yet. There’s no other place I’d rather be than overcoming every challenge thrown at me with these fine […]

Silver and Gold

Most mornings when my brain begins to function without fuzz, I go through a mental list of things that need to be done that day. Almost always they are normal, mundane, easily forgotten things that are nothing to write home about. And then there are the days, every now and then, that you will remember […]

Cherish Is the Word

When Andy was seventeen, he announced that he had decided to join the Marine Corps. I cried for three days. I pictured him just as he pictured himself in the video games he played, jumping across rooftops and through abandoned buildings, shooting anything that moved. “College, sweetheart?” I asked in vain. I know, though, he […]