Category Archives: Respect

Hero: Jorge Otero Barreto

By | February 6, 2015

[February 06, 2015] The war in Vietnam was a conflict that most Americans remember. Today I would like to honor U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Jorge Otero Barreto who has been called, “the most decorated soldier of the Vietnam War” having earned 38 decorations, including three Silver Star Medals. Barreto served five combat tours from 1961 to 1970… Read More »

The Great Raid: January 30, 1945

By | January 30, 2015

[January 30, 2015] Considered the greatest and most morale-boosting prisoner rescue of World War II, the military raid of a Japanese prison camp near Cabanatuan, Philippines was a demonstration of great leadership, bravery, and audacity. With a mixed force of U.S. Army Rangers and Alamo Scouts, plus Filipino guerillas, a total of 511 prisoners were freed with only… Read More »

The Cadet Honor Code

By | January 22, 2015

[January 22, 2015] Carved in granite for all to see is the West Point U.S. Military Academy (USMA) cadet honor code. It’s a simple description of those things that make for a better leader and is there for all to see. It states that “A Cadet will not lie, cheat, steal, or tolerate those who do.”1 When followed,… Read More »

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

By | January 19, 2015

[January 19, 2015] Today we pay our respects to Martin Luther King Jr. His leadership through insight and persistence helped pave the way for equality under the law for all races. He used nonviolent means to help bring about fundamental change based on the belief that people should not be judged by their race but by their character.… Read More »

Hero: Sergeant Dan Daly

By | December 28, 2014

[December 28, 2014] As part of the tribute to the 100th Anniversary of the beginning of World War I, we are recognizing U.S. Marine Sergeant Dan Daly. Sergeant Daly is notable because he entered WWI already having received the Medal of Honor twice. The bravery of Daly during his military service is awe inspiring and he is a… Read More »

Christmas in Iraq

By | December 25, 2014

[December 25, 2014]  In a lonely field near the Baghdad International Airport in December of 2010, I found myself handing out gifts to young Iraqi children. The area was under heavy guard by a variety of Iraqi and U.S. troops but the children were excited beyond comprehension. They knew of a gentleman called “Saint Nick” and his bag… Read More »