This is the 11th entry in our contest about finding meaningful endeavors after leaving the military.
Colin Blair writes: “My transition from the military was simply disastrous: a technical disqualification from my hometown’s police department coincided with a failed marriage and a profound sense of uncertainty as to who I was and how I could leverage my strengths in the civilian world.
After almost four months of feverish searching, I landed a job with Alaska’s Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Management, traveling across the state’s remote towns to develop emergency response plans.
It was during this travel that I gained perspective, and with it meaning: while this position may have lacked the status and camaraderie implicit in military life, I had the chance to improve communities in desperate need of help and of recognition that their existence mattered to the outside world.
While I’ve since moved on to another career, I’ve found that meaning – in your work or post-military life – is the intersection of efforts to excel in the position you’re in (even if you hate it) and the sum of the mark you make on the community around you.
Join a Crossfit gym, plan activities with a local Team RWB chapter, explore your faith community; make a genuine effort to improve yourself and the lives of those around you, and you won’t be disappointed.”
A pair of U.S. Navy Grumman F-14A Tomcat aircraft from Fighter Squadron VF-211 Fighting Checkmates in flight over Iraq in 2003/Department of Defense
Since the sequel to the 1986 action flick (and wildly successful Navy recruitment tool) Top Gun, was announced, there's been a lot of speculation on what Top Gun: Maverick will be about when it premieres in June 2020. While the plot is still relatively unclear, we know Tom Cruise will reprise his role as Naval aviator Pete "Maverick" Mitchell, and he'll be joined by a recognizable costar: The iconic F-14 Tomcat.
It looks like the old war plane will be coming out of retirement for more than just a cameo. A number of recently surfaced photos show an F-14 Tomcat aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt, alongside Cruise and members of the film's production crew, the Drive's Tyler Rogoway first reported earlier this week.
Every once in a while, we run across a photo in The Times-Picayune archives that's so striking that it begs a simple question: "What in the name of Momus Alexander Morgus is going on in this New Orleans photograph?" When we do, we've decided, we're going to share it — and to attempt to answer that question.
Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces control the monitor of their drone at their advanced position, during the fighting with Islamic State's fighters in Nazlat Shahada, a district of Raqqa. (Reuters/Zohra Bensemra)
MUSCAT (Reuters) - The United States should keep arming and aiding the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) following the planned U.S. withdrawal from Syria, provided the group keeps up the pressure on Islamic State, a senior U.S. general told Reuters on Friday.