Recent articles from Michael Lane Smith
UNSUNG HEROES: The Soldier Who Rode A John Deere ATV Into Battle
Sgt. Felipe Pereira rode into a firefight with the Taliban on a John Deere to recover his trapped men.
Family & Relationships
5 Crucial Lessons Military Brats Learn Early In Life
Five things you learn growing up as a military brat.
UNSUNG HEROES: The Staff Sergeant Who Prevented The Taliban From Overrunning His Outpost
Staff. Sgt. Erich Phillips woke up to an assault on his outpost and by reacting quickly, repelled the insurgents.
The United States Was Called The United Colonies Until Sept. 9, 1776
Contrary to popular belief, the United States was officially named on Sept. 9, not July 4.
UNSUNG HEROES: The Green Beret Who Crawled 90 Yards Under Heavy Fire To Save His Men
Sgt. 1st Class Brendan O’Connor crawled through a 14-inch ditch under heavy fire to save his injured men.
5 Times Service Members Made The News For Doing Something Hilariously Stupid
Five times a service member’s bad decision ended up as front-page news.
72 Years Ago, Former President George H.W. Bush Almost Died In World War II
Former President George H.W. Bush escaped a terrible fate as a naval aviator in the hands of the Japanese on Chichi Jima.
UNSUNG HEROES: The 3 Americans Who Stopped An Armed Gunman On A Train In France
Two American servicemen and their friend wrestled and incapacitated a gunman aboard a train in France.
6 Women Who Fought In Direct Combat In Iraq And Afghanistan
These women served honorably and bravely in a complex war in Iraq and Afghanistan without frontlines.
You’ve Never Done Corporate Teambuilding Like This Before
Two combat vets are taking their military skills to the private sector by providing mission-focused, team-building events to New York companies.
UNSUNG HEROES: The Air Commando Who Called In Crucial Air Support After Taking A Grenade Blast
Tech. Sgt. Matthew J. Greiner proceeded to fulfill his duties after sustaining crippling injuries from a grenade.
Gear & Tech
7 Memorable Moments From General Odierno’s Tenure As Army Chief Of Staff
Here are seven great videos from Odierno's time as Army chief of staff.
Kyle Carpenter Stole The Sergeant Major Of The Marine Corps’ Chair
How many corporals have stolen the seat of the top enlisted Marine? Kyle Carpenter has.
UNSUNG HEROES: The Combat-Decorated Marine Who Sprang Into Action When The Washington Navy Yard Was Attacked
Staff Sgt. Zachary Rubart mobilized a quick reaction force in response to the 2013 Washington Navy Yard shooting.
Here’s What It’s Like To Visit The 9/11 Memorial Museum
As a millennial, I thought I remembered Sept. 11, 2001. The 9/11 Memorial Museum proved me wrong.
Without A Bomb, What Is Iran’s Military Capable Of Doing?
Keeping Iran from getting a nuclear weapon has been an international priority. Without a nuke, how does the Iranian military shape up?
UNSUNG HEROES: The Marine Who Carried 3 Men Out Of Harm’s Way Under Heavy Fire
Sgt. Aubrey McDade Jr. directed cover fire and risked his life, carrying three critically injured men out from under heavy fire.