Respect

RESPECT. It’s one of the army values. I spoke about sexual assault last time—that’s a major violation of this Army value. I’d like to talk about another kind of respect today. That’s the respect we must show on this mission to our partners. We’ll be working in Muslim nations. We will be their guests. They…

Integrity

Integrity. The Army defines it as “Do what’s right, legally and morally. Integrity is a quality you develop by adhering to moral principles. It requires that you do and say nothing that deceives others. “ It was exemplified by the life of the man born this date in 1732: George Washington. We’ve heard the story…

Self-Sacrifice

On March 6, 1836, the Alamo fell to Santa Anna’s army after a 13 day siege. Delegates from throughout Texas were meeting in Washington-on-the-Brazos. On March 2 they had signed the Declaration of Independence.  Those delegates made Sam Houston commander-in-chief, and he immediately began to prepare the Texas Army for battle even as Travis held…

Personal Courage

On March 8, 1946, the Bell 47 became the first helicopter certified for civilian use. Adapted by the Army that same year, it became the H-13 Sioux. Thus began the tradition of naming helicopters after Indian tribes. The Sioux was tiny by comparison to today’s aircraft. Last month, I marveled at one on display at…

Preparing for Deployment

It’s time I gave you an update of what I’ve been doing. I’ve been on full-time orders with the Army since early January. We started off with a couple of weeks of premobilization training at Camp Swift, near Bastrop, TX, then I did the Combat Medical Ministry course at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio,…