NOT going my way…

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Another long day of travel sprinkled liberally with stretches of waiting around and I have arrived at my final destination. We’ve been very busy the past couple of days here in scenic Al Assad. Once on deck there are a battery of classes we must undergo before we are allowed to go “outside the wire”. […]

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Boot Camp Letters 1:

I was looking through some old letters I sent home from boot camp. The stationary looks old now and I see things I didn’t notice at that time. Hindsight is a crazy thing. Along the left side of the stationary they made us use are five small pictures of recruits in various phases of their […]

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The Longest Day

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Everyone who has spent any time in the military is familiar with the concept known as ‘hurry up, and wait.’ Waiting is fundamental to Marine Corps doctrine. Why, you may ask? Because if we eliminated waiting from our planning and operations we would be back from our deployment already and that is just not acceptable. […]

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