Tag Archives: So There I Was

Random Memory: Breakdown of a leadership challenge

By: Peter Sessum How someone handles an issue will determine if they are a leader or a manager. Everyone wants to think they are a leader, but in reality, few actually are. Here is an issue that I encountered as … Continue reading

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Girl Among the Grunts

By: Peter Sessum In the late ’90s I was part of 1-26 Infantry in Germany and we almost never saw women. In Schweinfurt, the military garrison was split into two and our part didn’t have any women soldiers. So when … Continue reading

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Sometimes You Just Gotta Dance a Jig

By: Peter Sessum So there I was, smoking a cigar and dancing on a bunker in Afghanistan, no shit. Why am I dancing on a bunker in Afghanistan? From an existential perspective, why is anyone anywhere doing anything? In truth, … Continue reading

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The Infamous Dump Truck Mission

By Peter Sessum So there I was, in Afghanistan, no shit. We were on a mission in the middle of nowhere. Normally, it can be nice to watch the sun rise, but being up since 0200 made it difficult to … Continue reading

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Why Booms are Bad

By: Peter Sessum As the fireworks were going off around the neighborhood right before the Fourth of July I was asked if they bothered me and I had to think about it for a minute. I can honestly say that … Continue reading

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Wearing Camouflage After 1700

So there I was, in Germany, no shit. As soon as we were released the married guys would ghost and the single guys would haul ass back to the barracks. When we would get into the room we would drop … Continue reading

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The Story of Ervin Schmidt, Pearl Harbor Survivor

Ervin Schmidt said they were just a couple good Christian boys on the way to church when the “Battle Stations” call went out. Schmidt and his friend, USS California shipmate Herbert Curtis, ran to the ship. It was Dec. 7, … Continue reading

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Where were you on 9/11? Veteran’s Day Speech from a Former Naval Officer

By: Allie Proff From a speech to Cedarcrest High School Students at the Veteran’s Day Assembly, November 2004 The first article from the Armed Forces Code of Conduct states, “I am an American, fighting in the forces which guard my … Continue reading

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Why I Joined: From a Young Naval Officer

By Allie Proff When I was young, I loved stories about heroes. Greek demigods, shining knights, or caped crusaders, it didn’t matter to me. I loved how strong they were; not always physically but definitely courageous in standing up and … Continue reading

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The Spec-4 Mafia, If You Ask You Lose All Deniability

By: Peter Sessum Recently, I was filling in as a production assistant for a few days and I think I impressed the boss with my work ethic and performance. I joked that they were going to miss me and told … Continue reading

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