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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
TSA’s Instagram Showcases The Craziest Items Found In Luggage
Here are 10 of the craziest things passengers have attempted to bring onto planes.
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.