Veteran Talk – Morning Quarters

(Niceville, Florida; 16 September 2021) – Twenty-four years ago today I was a trembling, quaking, skinny (yes, I was skinny!) 25-year-old kid swearing into the Navy at the MEPS in Jacksonville, Florida. It’s always fun to look back a bit and see how far you’ve come.  It doesn’t take a scanning electron microscope to see … Continue reading Veteran Talk – Morning Quarters

Veteran Talk – Twenty Years Later

(Niceville, Florida; 11 September 2021) – Twenty years ago today I was standing on the flight deck of USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) as we spun up the Tomcats of VF-213 for a routine day of flying over the Arabian Sea. One of our civilian tech reps had a small camera and waved to me, … Continue reading Veteran Talk – Twenty Years Later

Mental Health: Open Letter to Afghanistan Veterans 2

(Niceville, Florida; August 21, 2021) – It’s been five days now since we watched the horrific farce play out in Afghanistan. I can’t even look at any of my ‘Navy Pride’ stuff.  T-shirts, ball caps, anything.  Looking at it fills me with such rage, such betrayal, such a singular sense of senseless futility that I … Continue reading Mental Health: Open Letter to Afghanistan Veterans 2

Travel Log: Wings of Gold, Part 3

(Niceville, Florida; June 19, 2021) – The United States Navy answered the beckoning call of Florida’s mild, warm weather and generally sunny skies early in the 20th century, establishing its hub for naval aviation training in Pensacola. Today, Naval Air Station Pensacola hosts the National Naval Aviation Museum, one of the largest aviation museums in … Continue reading Travel Log: Wings of Gold, Part 3

Travel Log: Wings of Gold, Part 2

(Niceville, Florida; June 19, 2021) – The United States Navy is attracted by the same warm, sun-washed weather and smooth beaches of Florida that lures tourists to the Sunshine State every year. These environmental conditions led Naval Air Station Pensacola to become the center of naval aviation training, boasting not only a first-rate facility for … Continue reading Travel Log: Wings of Gold, Part 2

Travel Log: Wings of Gold, Part 1

(Niceville, Florida; June 19, 2021) – The United States Navy loves the warm, sun-washed weather and smooth beaches of Florida just as much as the tourists who flock to the Sunshine State every year. Today known as a vacation destination for nearly any season, Florida’s panhandle attracted the Navy’s attention due to the deep waters … Continue reading Travel Log: Wings of Gold, Part 1

Coming Next Year – The Accidental Detective is Back for the Very First Time!

Coming next year! The Accidental Detective is back--for the very first time! Murder in the barracks, conspiracy to commit more murder, attempted murder. Isaac Shepherd puts his head down and takes on his first case! "And So It Begins" hits the virtual bookshelves early in 2022!! Check out the following excerpt from the forthcoming first … Continue reading Coming Next Year – The Accidental Detective is Back for the Very First Time!

Travel Log: Under the Guns, Part 2

(Niceville, Florida; June 9, 2021) – Some of the biggest guns ever to go to sea will have you in their range once you’re within 20 miles of Mobile, Alabama, and USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park. Commissioned in August 1942, the ‘Bama’ had her genesis long before the war began.  Owing to stipulations in the … Continue reading Travel Log: Under the Guns, Part 2

Travel Log – Under the Guns, Part 1

(Niceville, Florida; June 9, 2021) – Drive within twenty miles of Mobile, Alabama, and you’ll find yourself in range of some of the biggest guns in naval history. USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park is a hub for naval history in Mobile, Alabama.  Originally the final home for the battleship USS Alabama (BB 60), the park … Continue reading Travel Log – Under the Guns, Part 1

Memorial Day 2021

BIVOUAC OF THE DEAD The muffled drum's sad roll has beatThe soldier's last tattoo;No more on life's parade shall meetThat brave and fallen few.On Fame's eternal camping-groundTheir silent tents are spread,And Glory guards, with solemn round,The bivouac of the dead. No rumor of the foe's advanceNow swells upon the wind;Nor troubled thought at midnight hauntsOf … Continue reading Memorial Day 2021