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Celebrating Asian American Pacific Islander Month By Recognizing True American Heroes

By: Peter Sessum When most people think of the “Greatest Generation” they picture a platoon of fresh faced, corn-fed farm boys from the Midwest and one wise cracking kid from Brooklyn. It is the movie stereotype of the WWII American … Continue reading

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The Inherent Racism of Star Trek

By: Peter Sessum When you say that Star Trek is racist, geeks around the world freak out. They want to point out the diversity in the Federation and lament on how a black woman was fifth in command of the … Continue reading

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Real Heroes: Meeting SFC Leroy Petry

By: Peter Sessum So there I was, on the 18th green, no shit. It was the last day of Rumble on the Ridge golf tournament. It was military appreciation day and the pin on the 18th hole was an American … Continue reading

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Is the Infantry Ready for Females?

By: Peter Sessum Don’t ever put the words “women” and “can’t” in the same sentence around my mother unless you want to start a fight. So I do not make this argument lightly. I have no doubt that someday women … Continue reading

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Why Grunts Hate POGs

By: Peter Sessum So there I was, in Afghanistan, no shit. I was in Khost Province on FOB Salerno and about to go on a mission. There was a part missing from my machine gun mount so I went into … Continue reading

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Hazing in the Military

By Peter Sessum In April 1994, I was standing on a drop zone after the final jump in Airborne School. Now, I was a paratrooper. It was a proud moment for me. I was still a new Private, fresh out … Continue reading

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U.S. Soldiers Murdering Civilians is an Anomaly in War

By Peter Sessum In 2010 in my mass media law class at the University of Washington a student stated matter of factly that soldiers are specifically trained to target children. I don’t really blame him, he is only going off … Continue reading

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In Afghanistan, What You Learn as a Parent Can Save Lives

So there I was, on a chopper in Afghanistan, no shit. Since I was wearing the headset to communicate with the pilot, I couldn’t sleep on the way out. A mistake I would not make again. “One minute,” the disembodied … Continue reading

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