I'm proud of the content we produced over the past six months. It's invaluable to be able to read about the direct experiences of people who have seen war up close, both soldiers and embedded journalists. It's also important to hear from spouses and parents of soldiers, remembering that the military life takes a tremendous toll on loved ones back home. read more »
These two young Marines lived life by "Honor — Courage — Commitment" right to the last second. It's not how they died, but rather how they lived. Let's raise a glass to Yale and Haerter, and to their fellow Marines, soldiers, sailors and airmen standing watch for you this Christmas season and Christmas seasons to come. read more »
As careful as The New York Times was about guarding the information protecting one man, I'm surprised it has taken part in the dissemination of stolen state secrets. This will forever change the world, and in my opinion not for the better read more »
As I sit with my soldiers for dinner on Thanksgiving evening, or open up Christmas care packages with them in the December cold, I'll try my best not to sulk around my men for missing my own family back home. Rather, I am resolving now to live in the moment; to find some holiday cheer in the company of the amazing men I live and serve with every day. Spending the holidays with my soldiers will, indeed, be a memorable time for me. read more »
Bold Alligator is a seven-day "virtual exercise" designed to reacquaint high-level Marine and Navy commands with their amphibious doctrine, tactical skill sets and logistical requirements. These skills have atrophied after nine years fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq. Bold Alligator is Marine Commandant Gen. James Amos's opening effort to return the Marine Corps to its expeditionary roots. read more »
Sometimes, it's the noise level and hustle and bustle of the kids that is hard for my husband to get used to. For me, it's often the "this-is-how-we-do-things-now, I-control-all" mode I get into, after handling everything from minor repairs to homework and kid meltdowns, solo. read more »
A deployment changes a couple, both individually and collectively. The service member has spent months living by different rules, following nothing but his assigned mission. The spouse has developed her own methods of coping with her new roles and responsibilities. They both faced challenges that neither one of them could ever empathize with or fully comprehend. When the deployment ends, they aren't the same people they were when they said good-bye months earlier. read more »
To be honest, it's a bit daunting to go through our first set of holidays together knowing that our second set could be spent apart. I feel like we'll be on a serious curve when it comes to learning how to celebrate as a couple. read more »
want to thank you for trying to pave a path for these people that makes their lives easier and so they have options. I'm acknowledging your sacrifice, and that of your family's. Your life is a balancing act, trying to straddle the war while maintaining ties to home. I know, it isn't easy. So, of all the presents I can give to you, I hope you will take my gratitude to heart, and keep it with you throughout your life. read more »
The soldiers searched for their packages with the same passion with which they would search for their wives. They embraced the cardboard containers with the same fervor with which they would hug their children. This wasn't your typical Black Friday sweep through a department store. It was a reunion -- a reunion of love transferred in the form of thoughtfully purchased electronics and dry, crumbled cookies. read more »
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The End of Regarding War
Revisiting Rohde: Publishing Secret Information in a Time of War
Direct Line: Living in the Moment in Afghanistan
Exercise Bold Alligator: Projecting American Influence in the 21st Century
Readjusting When Your Soldier Returns Home
Post-Deployment Reintegration, From a Spouse's Perspective
How Do You Start Holiday Traditions When You're a Military Family?
Christmas Letter 2010
Holiday Mail Drop
Weekly News Roundup: Taking Stock of Afghanistan, a Rare Look at the Taliban, FET Photos
A Senator Calls For Permanent Bases in Afghanistan?
Weekly News Roundup: Obama Touches Down in Afghanistan, Diplomatic Cables Hit the Internet
Troop Supporters: Neither in Lock Step Nor Complicated
Book Review: "Lullabies for Lieutenants"
Being the Hard Target
What Does Veterans Day Mean To You?
Weekly News Roundup: A New Date and Weapons in Afghanistan, Medal of Honor for Giunta Back Home
A Deployment is a Deployment is a Deployment. Period.
Weekly News Roundup: Veterans Day, Four More Years in Afghanistan
Veterans Day Roll Call
Veterans Day: The Breathtaking Beauty of Brotherhood
The 235th Birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps: November 10, 1775 - 2010
Photos from Kabul: Emergency Surgical Center for War Victims
Adjusting to Life as a "Nasty Reservist"
Weekly News Roundup: A New Generation of Fighters in Afghanistan, Rising Tensions in Kabul and Kandahar
The Sudden Leap From Teenager to Soldier: Spc. Gerald R. Jenkins
Talking With the Taliban
Weekly News Roundup: Four More Years in Afghanistan, A Warning From Mullen, the Latest From WikiLeaks
How Much Do You Tell The Kids?
Book Review of "Lethal Warriors"
Joao Silva: Photojournalist Wounded in Afghanistan
Talking About War With Sebastian Junger
Weekly News Roundup: Progress and Damage in Kandahar, Talks in Kabul
When Afghan First Means Afghan Last
Does Absence Make the Heart Grow Fonder or Fungus?
The Woman Next to General Shelton: An Interview With Mrs. Carolyn Shelton
Photographs from Life in Kabul
Weekly News Roundup: Talking in Kabul, Air Assaults, Civilian Deaths, and Iran's Influence
Homosexuality and the ANA
Snyder v. Phelps: Contemptible Speech or Freedom of Expression?
The Cost of a Nation That Doesn't Care
Weekly News Roundup: Afghan Anniversary, Pakistan's Influence, and Still No Government in Iraq
Married to the Army and Learning to Cope
Weekly News Roundup: Still No Government in Iraq, Gates Urges More to Volunteer, Drones in Pakistan
The Last Flight Home
Scenes From Afghanistan: Two Photo Collections
The Murphy's Law of Military Spouses
Weekly News Roundup: Serving Under Don't Ask, Don't Tell; Afghan Casualties and Elections; and the Children of Al Qaeda in Iraq
Lessons Learned From a Year at War
Riding the Pre-deployment Roller Coaster
Telling My Mom and Dad I'm Going Back to Afghanistan
Q&A with Holly Pickett
Weekly News Roundup: Medal of Honor, Elections, and a Major Offensive in Afghanistan, Al Qaeda and Art in Iraq
An Ordinary Marine Tale
Q&A with Maria Saucedo
The War I Know: What's Being Done in Afghanistan
Deployments and children
War By the Numbers: Statistics and What They Mean
Weekly News Roundup: A New Way Forward in Afghanistan, an Impasse in Iraq
Book Review: "The Afghan Campaign"
Worth a Listen: NPR Interview with Female Apache Pilot
Eat, Pray, Love: A Soldier's Reintegration
Weekly News Roundup: Operation New Dawn, reaction from Iraqis and U.S. soldiers
Marriage and War in Today's Military
Q&A with Kathleen Causey
Iraqis React to President Obama's Speech
The Battle for Kandahar
Q&A with David Tate
Has War Apathy Set In?
Q&A with Jennifer See
Weekly News Roundup: Changes Afoot in Iraq
How to Win Hearts and Minds in Afghanistan
Q&A with Andrew Lubin
Who Cares About the Average Iraqi?
Reflections of a Military Spouse
Q&A with Wife on the Roller Coaster
What Soldiers Eat, Pray and Love
Q&A with Lewis Manalo
Weekly News Roundup: The End of Combat Operations in Iraq
Q&A with Stacy Bannerman
Gaining Perspective via Interactive Media
A Military Spouse's Gratitude in Time of War
Q&A with Kanani Fong
Weekly news roundup: Civilian casualties in Afghanistan, another decade in Iraq?
Back in the news: Iran and Israel
Q&A with Tim Lynch
Combatting the Taliban in Jalalabad, Afghanistan
Weekly news roundup: Another deadliest month in Afghanistan, photos from the war, leaving Iraq
The Last Patrol
Q&A with Rajiv Srinivasan
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