Tahlia Y. Burton

Tahlia Burton is a veteran of the United States Air Force, where she served six years as a Chinese, Pashto, and French cryptologic language analyst. She spent four years working real-time intelligence operations out of Fort Meade, Maryland, where she supported special operations units in five U.S. combatant commands. In 2014, she was named "Airman of the Year" at the squadron and group levels. After being honorably discharged, Tahlia was accepted to Columbia University where she currently studies political science and human rights.

Recent articles from Tahlia Y. Burton

New Movie ‘War Dogs’ Is Ridiculous In All The Right Ways
This high-caliber comedy about two amateur gun runners’ flash-in-the-pan success is a total blast.
Senior Airman Mark 
Forester was killed on Sep. 29, 2010. He posthumously received the Silver Star for his heroic actions.
Unsung Heroes
UNSUNG HEROES: The Airman Who Died Leading His Team In An Intense Ambush
Senior Airman Mark Forester was killed leading a rescue team when he exposed himself to heavy enemy machine gun fire.
Swedish pilot Emelie Bonin, 31, Co-founder of AviatrixArt.
Badass Female Pilots Team Up To Take On Cancer
Fight or flight? These 13 international female pilots are doing both — by fighting cancer with an aviation-themed calendar.
During the Civil War, criminals were sometimes branded with the first letter of their crime on various parts of the body — usually the forehead
10 Brutal Punishments That Used To Be Legal In The Military
Next time you cry about having to work an extra CQ shift, remember that in the past you could have been flogged.
Stephen Colbert gets an earful from an Army drill sergeant.
Joining the Military
8 Military Punishments That Wouldn’t Fly In The Civilian World
These laws and punishments seem antiquated, but they’re still used in the military.
VA Secretary Bob McDonald became enrollee number 441,196 to join the Million Veteran Program.
Health & Fitness
Million Veteran Program Research Will Change The Way We Study Troops’ Health
VA’s Million Veteran Program will build one of the world's largest medical databases by safely collecting blood samples and health information from 1 million volunteers.
Staff Sgt. Cierra Rogers died after rescuing a family from a building fire in South Korea.
Unsung Heroes
UNSUNG HEROES: The Airman Who Died After Rescuing A Family From A Burning Building
Staff Sgt. Cierra Rogers died soon after leading a rescue effort that saved a mother and her three children from a building fire in South Korea.
GORUCK bags were designed to thrive in war, but they're great for all environments.
Gear & Tech
A Bag Made For War And The Chaos Of Everyday Life
These GORUCK bags are already beloved in the military, but they’re suitable for anyone, anywhere, anytime.
These women from The D.C. Project stormed Capitol Hill in defense of gun ownership.
50 Women Stage Unconventional Pro-Gun Demonstration In DC
These 50 American women from The D.C. Project took to Capitol Hill to defend gun ownership.
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Cossairt teaches English to Afghan Security Guard members in Kunar Province, Afghanistan.
10 Things Only Military Linguists Will Understand
Only those who have gone through the rigors of the Defense Language Institute will appreciate the myths, legends, and realities of Monty.
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The Portrayal Of Veterans In ‘Orange Is The New Black’ Is Appalling
For a show that positions itself as challenging stereotypes, the new season of “Orange is the New Black” does a huge disservice to the veteran identity.
Anna Chapman, a Russian spy who was busted in a New York City spy ring, enjoys celebrity status in Moscow.
6 Spies Who Risked It All For Drugs, Fame, Sex, And Diamonds
These modern-day spies didn’t have strong ideological allegiances, except perhaps to the high life.
R. Riveter founders Lisa Bradley and Cameron Cruse pitch their company on “Shark Tank,” February 2016.
Here’s How 2 Army Wives Built A Badass, All-American Business
Lisa Bradley and Cameron Cruse grew what is now a hugely successful, all-American business from very little resources or material, all in the name of helping other military spouses.
Nightclub Shooting Florida
Did An Ill-Advised Stand-Down Order Cost Lives In Orlando?
An Iraq War veteran describes being one of six cops inside Pulse nightclub in Orlando, ready to go after the shooter, and ordered to stand down.
USS William D. Porter
This WWII Naval Ship Was So Unlucky, It Almost Killed FDR
The USS William D. Porter was a source of mayhem during its whole existence, including the time it nearly killed then-President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Col. Gentry Boswell, 28th Bomb Wing commander, reads a book in the flight deck of a B-1 bomber.
The Air Force Easily Has The Best Reading List Of All The Branches
The list, which encompasses a wealth of topics in various mediums, could give airmen a much-needed edge in their careers.
Capt. Matthew D. Roland, Class of 2010 of the U.S. Air Force Academy, was killed in action in Afghanistan, Aug. 26, 2015. He posthumously received the Silver Star medal for his actions the day he died, when he acted quickly to save the lives of his teammates. (Courtesy photo/Released)
Unsung Heroes
UNSUNG HEROES: The Airman Who Gave His Life To Warn Others Of Insider Attack
Capt. Roland could have saved himself, but instead yelled, "Insider attack!" moments before being shot and killed.
This mallet was discovered in a traveler’s carry-on property at the Burlington International Airport, May 2014.
TSA’s Instagram Showcases The Craziest Items Found In Luggage
Here are 10 of the craziest things passengers have attempted to bring onto planes.
Fountain, Colorado, unveils a bench in honor of fallen servicewomen after 18-year-old Michayla Cassano spent 3 years raising money to fund the project.
This Girl Scout Made It Her Mission To Honor Fallen Servicewomen
A Colorado community unveiled a memorial honoring fallen servicewomen that was made possible by one Girl Scout.
Arlington National Cemetary
5 Times Brands Forgot The Meaning Of Memorial Day
Sometimes brands miss the meaning of Memorial Day, seeing it as a chance to promote themselves over a long weekend.