Leadership Learned The Hard Way

There are many articles and books detailing successful leadership traits to emulate, and an aspiring leader should consume as many as possible. I’ve always felt that it is better to find something to work toward, rather than away from, so I’ve felt that criticism was most helpful when it gave me something constructive to focus…

Throat Punched By Satan

In the winter of 2005, I was in a Scout Sniper team with Echo Company, Second Battalion, Seventh Marine Regiment (E Co. 2/7). During the balmy last months of the year, we were languishing in a little section of Iraq called The Zaidon. Not “Zaidon,” it was “The Zaidon.” I still have no idea why. Compared…