They told, They’re out!

1st Lt. Dan Choi, 2002 West Point graduate, Arabic linguist and Iraq War veteran, is being fired from the United States Army for publicly announcing that he is gay. In the Army equivalent of a pink slip received by postal mail on 23 April 2009, Choi was informed of his firing because of what he […]

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Substance and Style

January 20, 2009 dawned as a day filled with anticipation, excitement, hope and celebration as Barack Obama was sworn into office as our 44th president.  It was a great day for America.  And for most of it, with the exception of a workout, I sat planted firmly in front of a television with laptop and […]

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The Moment of the Oath

I am at a loss of words for the momentous and seismic shift we witnessed today with the inauguration of Barack H. Obama as the 44th president of the United States of America. The joy and hope of people everywhere was palpable as a new chapter in our Nation’s history opened. Today was a day […]

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A Few Good Women

Porcelain on Steel: Women of West Point’s Long Gray Line was borne out of my experience as a high school volleyball coach in 2004.  Concerned with whom some of my athletes admired and considered role models, I began thinking about some of the women with whom I went to school and served along side in […]

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Women in Combat — Just Doing Her Job

The topic of women in combat remains controversial.  Conventional wisdom and current law prevent women, no matter how able, from serving in units with direct offensive combat missions — Infantry, Armor, Artillery and Special Forces.  The justifications for this exclusion include that women are not fit for combat and battlefield stress because they lack the […]

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Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things

Often I encourage young girls as well as my middle-aged friends to always be on the look out for women role models.  Role models provide us a renewed sense of optimism and increase our confidence in our own ability to succeed.  Role models set examples for us and our daughters.  Their actions and words demonstrate […]

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It’s a Bad Girls World — Some Would Have Us Think

It’s a bad girl’s world and good role models for young girls are difficult to find, or so the media would have us believe.   Americans are bombarded with images of women to sell everything from beer to cars.  Meanwhile, young women searching for role models may have difficulty seeing past the “sex sells” mentality that […]

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