I Just Found My Journal Entries from Basic Officer Training from 2004; Here’s What I Wrote

As I have written before, I was in Air Force ROTC from 2002 – 2005 at The Ohio State University. The first chapter of my book recalls my selection to pilot training, a surprising and devastating discharge because of a minor medical condition, and my eventual commission in the US Navy Reserve in 2009. AsContinue reading “I Just Found My Journal Entries from Basic Officer Training from 2004; Here’s What I Wrote”

In Basic Officer Training, I Just Couldn’t Shut Up, and It Cost Me an Award and Could Have Cost Me My Future Career

Everyone who knows me would agree I’m an extrovert, as I get my energy from being around and interacting with other people. In basic training, you don’t get that opportunity. Your interactions are limited and controlled, and most of what you say is a response to something from a drill instructor or flight captain. ItContinue reading “In Basic Officer Training, I Just Couldn’t Shut Up, and It Cost Me an Award and Could Have Cost Me My Future Career”

The Nine Lessons I Learned in Basic Training and How They Prepared Me for Parenthood

My wife and I are grateful that we recently became parents to a wonderful little girl. She just turned two months old, which means that I feel like I haven’t slept in that same amount of time. And I feel like it has caught up to me. My friends said not to worry. “You’ll sleepContinue reading “The Nine Lessons I Learned in Basic Training and How They Prepared Me for Parenthood”

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”