Trainin’ in the Rain

Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz practice deterring intruders during a force-protection exercise October 11 near San Diego.

The War Winds Down…

Two different, but mutually reinforcing, newspaper takes Sunday on the U.S. role in Afghanistan:

— In a lengthy editorial, the New York Times says it’s time to speed up the U.S. military’s withdrawal, well before the 2015 …

No More Bad Commanding Officers?

The headline in the June 18 Navy Times that arrived in my mailbox screamed NO MORE BULLIES, DRUNKS, & PLAYBOYS. It went on to detail Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jonathan Greenert’s “tough new rules” for screening …

On Austin Tice, And the Tug of War

About a month ago, a friend posted an article — a Facebook post, rather — that Austin Tice wrote before he went missing. Austin is a freelance journalist, fellow Marine, and fellow Georgetown student apparently captured by …

Love Boats

A retired Navy captain is sounding an alarm over women serving on warships.

“We can’t have both chastity and mixed-sex complements,” Kevin Eyer argues in October’s Proceedings, the professional naval journal published …

My Kayak

As I type this I am sitting in the San Diego airport preparing to head home to Dallas. The TAPS weekend seminar is over and I am filled with a powerful sense of faith.

I am not sure what I was hoping to get from this weekend, …

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