Army

Nick Russell on November 11th, 2011

Each one of us, as Americans, owes a debt that we can never repay. A debt that grows larger every day. I’m not talking about the national debt, or out of control budgets, or anything else of a political or financial nature. I’m talking about the debt that we all owe to every man and […]

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Nick Russell on November 18th, 2010

For reasons I never understood, my maternal grandmother never seemed to like me. As a child, I remember her giving cookies and milk to my sister and cousin during a visit to her home, and telling me “If I give you something, you’ll make a mess.” I don’t know, maybe she knew what a klutz […]

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Nick Russell on June 2nd, 2010

Somebody once asked me why I preferred the outdated, heavy Colt .45 semi-automatic pistol as a defense weapon, and I told them that I carried a .45 because they don’t make a .46. I was reminded of that when I read a recent Associated Press news report that claims that the Army’s M-4 rifle has […]

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Nick Russell on March 24th, 2010

Back in my Army days, my company commander had the above words in a frame on the wall behind his desk. Captain Edgerton told me that people spend way too much time thinking about how to handle a situation, talking about how to handle it, and arguing about how to handle it. He wanted his […]

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Nick Russell on February 3rd, 2010

Yesterday, Admiral Mike Mullen, the military’s top uniformed officer, publicly stated that gay men and women should be allowed to serve openly in uniform, arguing that it is “the right thing to do.” Speaking before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday, Admiral Mullen  said he is deeply troubled by a policy that forces people […]

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Nick Russell on January 18th, 2010

My Mom was a wonderful lady who was the stereotypical stay at home mother. After she married, she never held a job outside of the home, she never learned to drive a car, and she always had a treat waiting when her kids came home from school. She had her share of grief in life, […]

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Nick Russell on January 10th, 2010

While dining at a restaurant recently, I couldn’t help but overhear the conversation between two young couples at the table next to us. One of the young men was telling his group that he is considering joining the Army, because he’s been out of high school for three years and cannot find a good job, […]

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Nick Russell on December 6th, 2009

I’m sure by now most of you know that Friday night my wife and I returned to our motorhome to find an armed burglar in the process of ransacking our home on wheels. If you happened to miss that, rather than go through the whole story here, you can read two Nick’s Blog entries about […]

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Nick Russell on December 2nd, 2009

I wasn’t any kind of hero when I was in the Army, and I am not a scholar of military history, but having spent some time in uniform, I just can’t understand this nonsense of putting deadlines on a war. The United States has a timetable which calls for the withdrawal of all combat troops […]

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Nick Russell on September 1st, 2009

At one time I knew a woman who had been a teenage victim of incest. It was a terrible thing to have happened, and I truly sympathized with her for a while. But the more I got to know her, the more I realized that she had never dealt with the experience, in spite of […]

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