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10 years later

Its been 10 years since I was first in Afghanistan. Tenth anniversaries are big milestones and there have been several of them this year. Today marks 10 years since my first alive day that I actually recognized. I have written about this day many times on this blog, which you can find at http://bouhammer.com/?s=alive+day You can […]

How many more?

How many more have to die either by waiting to be treated or who kill themselves out of frustration? A 76-year-old veteran committed suicide on Sunday in the parking lot of the Northport Veterans Affairs Medical Center on Long Island, where he had been a patient, according to the Suffolk County Police Department. Peter A. Kaisen, of […]

What’s the problem?

So a presentation on insider threats that was used for 18 months has now been pulled from the training that is done for soldiers. It was effective, it was honest and I am sure the students over the last 18 months learned something from it. A PowerPoint training slide listing former Secretary of State Hillary […]

Tourists hurt in Afghanistan! Wait, WHAT?

A rocket hit a van carrying American tourists and others in western Afghanistan on Thursday, according to local officials. Six people were hurt in the attack. When I first saw the headline, I really thought it was a story from the Duffel Blog, but then I went to read it and realized it was real. […]

This week’s WTF moment

The Army’s top enlisted leader says there are not enough female NCOs and officers looking to transfer to combat arms jobs. “Currently, we have over 100 young women across America who have volunteered to join our ranks as cavalry scouts, armor crewmen, fire support specialists and infantrymen,” Sergeant Major of the Army Dan Dailey wrote […]

Simple acts that give hope

It doesn’t take much. It doesn’t take a house or a parade, or even the ability to throw out the first pitch at a ballgame. This was costly for someone, but the anonymous donation to just help a guy out is an awesome testament to the true patriotism, love and appreciation of this country. Along […]

Your Monday Morning WTF Post!

Trump is blaming Obama for police shootings. But seven years ago Republicans halted a federal study that sought to detect potential radicalization by veterans.   Classy (NOT) piece by uber-left online trash mag politico blaming the shootings in LA and TX on “returning veterans” and the GOP. As the right-wing outrage machine would have it, […]

TREASON!!

When I first saw this headline, I thought it had to be from The Onion. It just has to be right? Obama Limiting Airstrikes on Islamic State to Protect Environment Sadly no it is not from a news satire website that creates outlandish stories for comedic reasons. This is a real headline from a real, […]

Movie Review of Range 15

When I first talked to Nick Palmiscano about writing a review of this movie, I mentioned to him that I knew I would need to watch it at least twice because I was sure I would miss something. Based on the trailers I had seen, beind the scene stories I had heard and just knowing […]

Why we celebrate Memorial Day

It it clear that the last 15 years of constant combat for our military has brought about a new perception of what Memorial Day is about. For years growing up as a military brat, as a peace-time soldier, then a combat veteran myself and then back to being a peace-time soldier again that Memorial Day […]

Bring back the War Department

Will someone let me know when war is easy and uncomplicated? I have tried to write about the complexities, the milli-second decision making, the wide gray area between right and wrong when it comes to war. In fact I just wrote about it some the other day. You can watch war movies all day, and […]

Blatant Lies

I encourage you to please check out the video at http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/may/04/charles-keating-iv-navy-seal-isis-battle-video and tell me how that is not combat!! I realize that not everyone who reads this site has been...Show More Summary

The US Army did the right thing

Who knows if it was Rep. Hunter (who is two for two on helping out soldiers being railroaded), the media pressure and publicity, or if there are truly leaders in the right places that care more about doing the hard right rather than the easy (politically correct) wrong. Either way, great news came out tonight […]

This stuff is complicated

If only complex foreign policy decisions could be as easy as they sound like when they are being talked about on the campaign trail or in a debate. If only they were as quick as they seem during a 30 second news soundbite. Top U.S. military commanders, who only a few months ago were planning […]

Range 15 is coming

I know the debates, primaries and everything else have been clogging the airwaves, so you may have missed it, but Range 15 is coming (hopefully to a theater near you). The 4th largest indiegogo crowd-sourced movie ever created by veterans, for veterans and filled with veterans humor is going to premiere at the GI Film […]

Just In case you forgot

Sometimes a person’s memory gets clouded and it is human nature to forget the bad things in our past. We can’t help it, as we are wired that way. When thinking about things that happened in our past that have both good and bad moments, the good things are always what we remember first and […]

The BlueFalcon Leader

As sad as it is, and trust me this is the ultimate BlueFalcon by a leader (especially a leader like the President), but I am not surprised. Also as sad is that even though it is April Fools Day, this is no joke. So as an experienced and combat-proven leader is about to move out […]

Twenty Years….WHAT?

I am sitting here a little amazed that today is actually the 20 year anniversary of the day I signed out of Active Duty Army. What is cool about it is because yes, I actually got out on Leap Day and it was in 1996. Of all the days to get out or have a […]

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