Meet in the middle

  When I was a child my mother put this picture on the refrigerator, it is simple and telling.   I put this picture up at work as a constant reminder of the benefits and challenges of working with others. Regardless of who is at fault or the challenges we face it is my hope that …

Dispatches from the Front: 5 December 2012

Christmas Day is 20 days from now.  I wish for you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas.  It is a very special time of the year when even salty old dogs like me enjoy the magic the season brings.  What is your favorite Christmas holiday song?  My wife's favorite is "Silent Night". Although …

Remember

In support of our Warfighter Creed

Perception  "Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one." - Albert Einstein Google "Contractors Creed" and this is what you get from http://www.militaryphotos.net/forums/showthread.php?57037-Contractors-Creed THE CONTRACTORS CREED I am a contractor. I look out for myself, the operators to my left and right, and no one else. I will always take advantage of the fact …

Dispatches from the Front: 11 September 2012

From Kenny Today, September 11, 2012, eleven years to the day, each of our worlds changed forever.  How will you celebrate such an epoch in world history? Here on a Forward Operating Base, Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, we will be mourning the loss of 3 men on duty and 8 wounded from enemy rockets and …

Dispatches from the Front: 19 August 2012

Today ends Ramadan.  Previously, I experienced this month long Islamic holiday during the two years deployed in Saudi Arabia.  Back then, it was more of an annoyance than an igniter to increase our threat readiness level.   Not only do we have the Taliban to worry about, recently, there is an increase of Green (Afghan soldiers …

“All lives end in suffering and tragedy” says the ferryman (1:24)

This isn't a movie review.  I was watching Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief with my children last week and heard the ferryman say this as they traveled into what equates to hell.   Unfortunately,  this one line struck a chord with me. We all experience some form of suffering and tragedy.   This is …

For Those Who Serve (Forgotten Troops)

In my office I have a plaque that Kenny Williams gave me when I decided to leave Joint Forces and move on to work with DISA. I see this almost every day, sometimes I am facing it for hours.    What does it mean? What does it mean to you? What does it mean? As …

Dispatches from the Front: 29 July 2012

... From Ken Friends, In some of the return e-mails, several have asked I not include or discuss the "un-pleasantries of war" in my "Dispatches".  To those kind souls, my advice is to simply delete all future e-mails from me. Unfortunately, I am not in a pleasant place to accommodate such a request.  The truth …

Kenny Dispatches from the Field 20 July 2012

For a few hours this morning between 0400 when I got to my desk, up until 0700 having just completed the 19 July 2012 Significant Activity Report, I thought today was going to be a good day.  There were several IED explosions recorded the past 24 hours which included US wounded but fortunately no KIAs.  Joy …

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