“Bring NATO Back:” The Story of How I (and Others) Enabled Iraq to Fight Terrorism Through a Partnership with the Allies

On one of the most beautiful days I had seen in Baghdad, Iraq in my five months being posted to the Political-Military Affairs section of the US Embassy there, I had my final lunch with Colonel Mike Russell, and Irishman and officer in the British Army. We went to the dining facility and had whatContinue reading ““Bring NATO Back:” The Story of How I (and Others) Enabled Iraq to Fight Terrorism Through a Partnership with the Allies”

From Negative to Positive: How Mourning an Iraqi Tragedy Jump-Started My Musical Creativity and Solo Music Project

I lived at the US Embassy in Baghdad Iraq from 2011 to 2012. It was a transitional time for the US and Iraq, as Coalition Forces had ended both its combat and support missions in the “Iraqi Joint Operating Area” in December 2011. As 2012 came along, Iraqi Security Forces were taking charge of theirContinue reading “From Negative to Positive: How Mourning an Iraqi Tragedy Jump-Started My Musical Creativity and Solo Music Project”

Gaining Confidence: The Story of How a Movie, a Football Coach, and a Skydive Changed My Life

It was Wednesday, August 13th, 2003 at about 8:00 a.m. I was in Colorado Springs, Colorado at the campus of the US Air Force Academy. But I wasn’t on the campus. I was above it. I was sitting in the back of a US Air Force UV-18B Twin Otter, quickly climbing up to our cruisingContinue reading “Gaining Confidence: The Story of How a Movie, a Football Coach, and a Skydive Changed My Life”

Never Giving Up: The Story of My Heart-Wrenching, Eight-Year Quest to Commission in the Military

The only thing I knew when I was 17 years old is that I wanted to be a pilot. In fact, little did I know about anything. I just knew I wanted to be in the air, in the military, like my hero, my grandfather. I had no idea that it would take me eight yearsContinue reading “Never Giving Up: The Story of My Heart-Wrenching, Eight-Year Quest to Commission in the Military”