I Don’t Ask the Veterans Administration for Much, But This Lack of Service is Troubling

I am a veteran of the United States Navy Reserve. I commissioned in 2009, spent four years as a “weekend warrior,” served a four-month active duty deployment to the Middle East in 2013, and received my honorable discharge in 2017. I readily admit that my military service is actually very little compared to others, thereforeContinue reading “I Don’t Ask the Veterans Administration for Much, But This Lack of Service is Troubling”

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”

Planning to Lose Weight in the New Year? Read These Valuable Lessons I Learned as a Navy Command Fitness Leader

When I was in the US Navy, I was in Office of Naval Intelligence Unit 0466 (ONI 0466), a reserve unit attached to the National Maritime Intelligence Center in Suitland, Maryland. When I was a Lieutenant Junior Grade, my commanding officer (CO), Captain Eileen Laubacher asked me to take the physical training reins and leadContinue reading “Planning to Lose Weight in the New Year? Read These Valuable Lessons I Learned as a Navy Command Fitness Leader”