No simple affair

Army's Bilateral affairs position in Ukraine a demanding, dynamic mission (Note: This story originally appeared on Defense Department websites in 2016). By Will Martin @wmartin89 Maj. Alexys Scott speaks in a deliberate manner that betrays his background as an Army officer. His sentences are unhurried, his gestures so intentional they seem calculated to mirror his words. But when … Continue reading No simple affair

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Growing the Guard

A Campaign from the Defense Policy Front Lines (Note: This post originally appeared on the Johns Hopkins University Communication Career Blog in 2014). By Will Martin @wmartin89 In early 2011, Operation Iraq Freedom became Operation New Dawn, marking the close of U.S. combat operations in Iraq. Later that year, President Obama began speaking less about “surge” and … Continue reading Growing the Guard

Warrior in the ring

Military Police soldier applies Warrior Ethos to ‘sweet science’ of boxing (Note: This story originally appeared on Defense Department websites in 2012). By Will Martin @wmartin89 When Spc. Neil Tremethick of the 49th Military Police Brigade landed a full-time gig at the California Military Department headquarters in Sacramento, he began scouting the area for a good gym. The Yellow … Continue reading Warrior in the ring

Escaping toward hope

Army Captain Recalls Journey from Cambodia's Killing Fields to the American Dream (Note: This story originally appeared on Defense Department websites in 2012). By Will Martin @wmartin89 Army Capt. Thoeuth Duong’s life story is a study in contrasts. Parts tragedy and providence, it is torn from the annals of history and speaks to the authenticity … Continue reading Escaping toward hope

Excluded no more

The California National Guard is on the frontlines of LGBT diversity efforts (Note: This story originally appeared on Defense Department websites in 2016). By Will Martin @wmartin89 Susan Matsubara found herself faced with a document in 2001 that drove a wedge between her integrity and her desire to serve. Only weeks before the attacks on … Continue reading Excluded no more

‘You won’t even realize I’m gone’

A National Guardsman's surprising journey to Iraq and Pentagon accolades (Note: This story first appeared on Defense Department websites in 2016). By Will Martin @wmartin89 Ryan Anderson struck a deal with his wife. She would support his decision to join the military, but only if he could get in on that “one-weekend-a-month” deal and pursue … Continue reading ‘You won’t even realize I’m gone’