Tagged: Army

A Warrior’s Path to Geekdom

When people look at me today they don’t see a warrior.  People are mistaken when they look at someone and believe they know who that person is.  It’s a mistake people make every day.  Continue reading

Lions of Kandahar

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I once read that an individual Soldier’s ability to effect change on the battlefield is limited to the maximum  range of his weapon.

That may have been more true in the dark days of sword and shield, but its spirit is just as alive today as it was in yesteryear. Continue reading

Physical Rejuvenation: Week One

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I learned early in my career that progress and personal development rely heavily on self-evaluation and willful action, but in the Spring of 2008 when I shed my military uniform and began my lengthy transformation from Soldier to civilian, I couldn’t begin to understand how muddy that process could be upon assimilation. Continue reading

Ghost of War

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Today I received the latest edition of Connections.

Connections is Empire State College’s official student and alumni magazine.

I love when Connections arrives on my doorstep!  As a non-traditional student, at a non-traditional school, the magazine gives me a tangible link to the college wide community.  I deeply appreciate the value it brings to my life. Continue reading

The Brotherhood: Inter-Generational Reflections on Basic Training

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Every once in a while I go through spells where I have trouble sleeping at night.  Kind of like mini-seasons of my life where sleep is just fleeting; but only for a couple of weeks. Continue reading

Systems Analysis and Design: First Impressions

This will soon be me!!!

I’m so excited for my upcoming moment.  This will be me soon!!!  Look forward class of 2015.  Clear eyes and full hearts!!!

These are busy days in my journey at Empire State College.  The summer term(s) kicked off, adding two more studies to my busy schedule (Systems Analysis and Design, and Introduction to C++ and OOP).  Memorial Day weekend served as the opener for my family’s 2015 camping season (we started this year’s series of outdoor adventures at Cranberry Lake State Park), even while in the midst of all of this activity my classmates and I have been preparing ourselves for a rite of passage; as the college is preparing to host its Forty-Third Commencement Ceremony. Continue reading