Growing up in California through my teen years, I was exposed to a society that often encouraged a counter culture. At the time, it coupled nicely with an even more common rebellious teenage attitude. I lived in a world that praised being different, special, valued, and exceptional—all because we were born that way. It was our right to be different.
The use of mortars as an effective enabler to Combined Arms Operations is quickly becoming a lost art. As a Battalion level asset, mortars can be a very effective and responsive enabler to the combined arms battalion. But that requires a change in perception in how we view training, equipping and employing a Combined Arms Battalion Mortar Platoon.
I did my last ruck march as a platoon leader this morning. It was still dark when I stepped off on a route I’ve come… Continue Reading
Bob Dylan may have had it right. After about a decade, the Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq winding down. How I Met Your Mother… Continue Reading
Ok. So in light of my upcoming deployment I’ve been getting a lot of questions from friends and family wanting to know what I do… Continue Reading
By 1LT John Haynes, USMA Class of 2011 Photo by: Mike Laeding of Sulphur Springs Photography The following is an article written by my classmate,… Continue Reading