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The Arctic Adventure

By Joy Smoots At the altar nearly forty-three years ago, a new life much different from the life I had known was about to begin.  As we walked back down the church aisle, my husband in his “dress whites” smiled and asked, “Are you ready for the adventure?”  Little did I know what lay ahead  Read More

Twelve Hours for a Lifetime

By Benjamin Rednour, United States Army, United States Marine Corps It is 2:30am or 0230 for us. The context seems different although it is the same. We are heading into the most significant event of our lives in a beast of a helicopter known as the Sea Stallion. My Marine brethren and I are heading  Read More

The Harsh Reality

By Keylle Locklear, United States Air Force I wanted to be important. I wanted to find my purpose, help people, see the world. I wanted to leave the small town I grew up in and do something extraordinary. I sat down in the recruiter’s office and began the process of joining the United States Air  Read More


By Bridget Floyd Ron Hemenway, or the Sergeant Major as we like to call him, is a dedicated and caring father. He is a devoted husband to my mother with 40 plus years of marriage. He served four times in Iraq post 9/11 as a civil servant even after he had retired from the National  Read More

Charlotte’s Pen

By Sarah Flores, United States Marine Corps My earliest memory of writing was around the fifth grade when I was supposed to write a fictional short story. I don’t remember writing as much as I remember sitting down with my mother crying from the painfully constipated block of words. Like any mother, she coached me  Read More

She Called

Lawrence Dean aka “Life”, United States Marine Corp and She called… Blacks, Whites…wait. African American or Caucasian, I’m Asian, excuse me. I’m Vietnamese, Philippine, Korean, or Jamaican. I’m Haitian, Hispanic Y’all, please be patient. I’m Mexican, Puerto Rican, Venezuelan, Cuban, Dominican, Panamanian, Democrat I beg your pardon, you see I partied with the late, great  Read More

I Wonder

By Andreah Anderson, United States Army I wondered would it ever go away The pain, the nightmares, and all the regrets. Would time do its course and would it become easier to bare Does waking up in the middle of the night in cold sweats come to cease? I wondered would it ever make sense  Read More


By Marilyn Alkire, United States Navy “The sea is eternal and so are the traditions that accompany it. As long as there are imaginary lines by which we travel, we will attach a special significance to crossing over them – a significance which also bonds the crew together in a way few things can.” Unknown  Read More
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