Rachel A. Brune served five years as a military journalist with the U.S. Army, including two tours in Iraq and a brief stint as a columnist for her hometown newspaper. After commissioning as a military police officer, she continued to write and has published articles for a number of military and civilian news publications, as well as short fiction stories and two novels.
For the past few years, Facebook Chief Executive Officer Sheryl Sandberg’s book, “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead,” has been a topic of conversation among my female officer peers. Many of them identify with the topics she addresses: leading as a woman in a male-dominated career field, managing the work-life balance, and taking risks in order to pursue career opportunities.
During my last week of basic training, several Army Reserve drill sergeants arrived as pinch hitters for our regular instructors, who by that time probably wanted to kill us all in our sleep. These drill sergeants were slightly less tightly wound than our regular noncommissioned officers, and engaged us in small talk as we cleaned our weapons for hours and hours.
The first thing a viewer notices about the documentary “That Which I Love Destroys Me” is the constant motion. Starting with the opening shot of the landscape moving by an airplane window, motion characterizes the two main subjects who often fidget back and forth in front of the camera; it seems the only time they remain still is traveling on public transportation. Then, the swaying of the bus in the background of the frame continues the constant motion, reminding the audience that here are two men of action, temporarily sidelined by the sort of horrific injury most viewers can only imagine.
When retired Marine Col. Eric Hastings returned from duty as a fighter pilot in the Vietnam War, he turned to fly fishing as a method for obtaining relief from the lingering stress of combat. For the past seven years, Hastings and a group of dedicated fly fishers have shared this relief with wounded warriors through their Warriors and Quiet Waters Foundation.
A few years ago, an email from Marine Gen. James Mattis began to make its viral way around the Internet. In it, Mattis extolled the importance of reading to gain an understanding of history, taking advantage of the experience of previous warfighters in order to prepare oneself for the future fight.