It is one thing to jump out of an airplane, it is one thing to volunteer to serve your country. It is one thing to raise your right hand, it is another to take the next step. Many ask me about jumping from a plane and how we ever got the guts to doContinue reading “What it means to be Airborne……. An essay by William Marshall”
Fifteen-year-old Ava stood at the edge of the small cliff, peering over the precipice to the winding river below. Her heart raced, not from fear but from excitement. Her friends had dared her to leap from the cliff, a rite of passage in their small town. Many had done it before, but not her. Yet.Continue reading “Whispers in the Wind……. An essay by William Marshall”
SGM(R) Bobby Howard is one year older than my dad. He was the Soldier of the Year and the NCO of the Year and Drill Sergeant of the Year in every unit that he was in. He joined the Army in 1963 at age 17. He talked about how Korea didn’t have any trees leftContinue reading “I spent the weekend in Heaven………. An essay by William Marshall”
Everyday about this time, I get an email from Google that tells me all about Air Defense Artillery. I continue to watch us try to send capabilities away from our border. At every turn, we are pushing out. Expanding. We are giving and pushing, selling and donating every old bomb and bullet, missile and mortarContinue reading “I want war…….. An essay by William Marshal”
As I sit here tonight, my mind is troubled by a conversation I had with a friend, a fellow warrior. He told me that I should leave the country because I spoke out against our country’s warmongering ways. He compared me to Eric Snowden and called me a hypocrite. But is it hypocritical to wantContinue reading “Can a Warrior beg for Peace, who can speak out?…… An essay by William Marshall”
The Cherryyyyyyyy just seemed to go on and on. In my world of the 82nd, if you dropped something in the mess hall, fumbled your weapon, messed up just a little somehow, and you heard it from your buddies……. Cherryyyyy!!!@@@@ AATW!
I remember the first time I heard the term, I think I was a SSG. I thought, this is kinda silly, isn’t every day SGTs time. Turns out, looking back, SGTs time was a great program. It made you stop, prepare for, and conduct training at a level that previously was overlooked. SGTs time allowedContinue reading “Sergeant’s Time……. An essay by William Marshall”
Blankenbecler, Thagard, Santana, Arroyo, Calderon, Cranston, Gillings, Oxendine, Paternostro, Leach, Bennett; Squad leaders Cuevas, Rodgers, Diggs, Hunter, Godwin; Platoon Sergeants King, Hilton, Lehr, Chavez, Stout, McGovern: First Sergeants Parker, Adams, Harvey, Patterson, Miranda, Eimer, McBride, Tilley: Command Sergeants Major Burnley, Foley, Harris, Martinez, Davis, Brown, Copeland, Ferrierra, Buynar, Hayward, Felicetti, Craig, Friend, Smith, Miga, Feilmeier: Continue reading “Name dropping……. An essay by William Marshall”