Summer is here. School is out for some and almost wrapped for others. Vacation plans are being made. Moving trucks begin lining the streets. If the weather is any indication of the season, I have been feeling the summer heat. I am sure many of you have, too.
Sunday was Mother’s Day. Well wishes and Happy Mother’s Day greetings were abundant. I heard friends and neighbors saying it in passing. I watched my social media feeds fill up with fond descriptions of what Mother’s Day means as stories of strength and sacrifice were shared.
Friday is Military Spouse Appreciation Day. The day is celebrated on the Friday before Mother’s Day. The day recognizes and pays tribute to the contributions and sacrifices our military spouses make every single day.
May is Military Appreciation Month, a time to honor those who are currently serving in our great U.S. armed forces. On May 28, near the end of the month, we’ll observe Memorial Day — the day we honor those who gave their lives while serving our nation.
There is nothing better than filling the soul with family and friends. This past week, I headed out of town to watch my brother get married. It was such a joyous occasion filled with family and friends celebrating the love of this couple.
Last week, we had our monthly unit coffee. Like many units, we are always looking for different and creative things to do when we get together. It always ends up being such fun to spend some quality time, but we like to have some sort of activity for those attending to enjoy.
The 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, is seeing the largest contingent of U.S. athletes ever at a Winter Olympics with more 244 athletes (135 men, 109 women) representing our great nation.
In the past few weeks, there have been many posts across social media about loud booms, windows shaking and rattling across the Fort Hood area. In every post, there was one consistent response among the dozens of replies. The one constant — “this is the sound of freedom.”
Almost every day as I drive around the Great Place, I find myself catching the Phantom Corps vision on the electronic billboards. Sometimes I get a chance to read through all of the pillars, other times I just catch one or two. Every single time, the importance of the vision makes me pause a…
Last Thursday I attended the holiday tree lighting in front of the III Corps flagpole. Seats filled up with Fort Hood service members and their families, members of the Fort Hood Good Neighbor community and so many little ones hoping to get a glimpse of Santa.
Recently the argument to begin using medical marijuana to treat veterans with post traumatic stress has been in the news.
On Nov. 12, 2016, lives were changed forever. In the early hours of the morning, the 1st Cavalry Division Sustainment Brigade was beginning the day more than 7,800 miles away in Afghanistan when a suicide bomber detonated an explosive device on Bagram Airfield. The explosion killed five and …
This past weekend, I was lucky enough to have my mom come to visit. Most of my family lives on the other side of the globe, so time together is treasured. As my mom was here and I was showing her some of my favorite spots, I appreciated the time together as we laughed and enjoyed some great …
When people hear the word yoga, they often think to themselves, “I am not flexible enough” or maybe that it’s just stretching. What people don’t think about is the real practice of yoga, which is the science of the mind. Yoga is transformational. Here at Fort Hood, the impact can be life changing.
National Hispanic Heritage Month has an odd date framework from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, with good reason.
Although we haven’t hit Halloween yet, Christmas is right around the corner and there are organizations on post who have already begun gearing up to help our military families.
Last week, I had the pleasure of attending a lunch-time presentation by two local higher education institutions, Central Texas College and Texas A&M University–Central Texas. The two institutions spoke about the unique challenges that military families face and the desire to pursue educa…
Military spouses have enough trouble finding employment. When it’s time for their servicemember to transition out, it can be daunting. The fear of the civilian sector can be intimidating. What servicemembers and their families need to remember is how much transitioning military have to offer.
As Hurricane Harvey continues to impact families across this great state, I am amazed and in awe of our military families coming together to help families in need. So many of our local families rallied together to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey, and continue to do so.
You may have heard the term underemployment. I recently read a story on a public radio website about the impact underemployment has on military families. If you are not familiar with underemployment, it is when someone who is highly skilled but working in jobs below their experience level, e…
As Hurricane Harvey prepared to make landfall on the Texas coast, my Facebook timeline began to light up with all my battle buddies within the 36th Infantry Division of the Texas Army National guard saying they were headed out to Galvaston/Houston/Corpus Christi areas.
The summer has been non-stop in our house. It’s probably like that for many of you. Whether you work full time or are a stay-at-home parent, the summer can bring on some unnecessary stress. Kids are out of school and you are trying to keep them busy.