It takes a special person to endure a long career in the military. Wartime deployments, long family separations with missed birthdays, anniversaries, and holidays, and the strain of command compete against the strong sense of duty, camaraderie, and public service officers feel as they decide whether to continue in the military or leave to pursue a civilian career. Colonel Tom Thompson, U.S. Army (Retired), experienced all these factors and more as he navigated his twenty-six-year career in the Army that included two combat deployments to Vietnam. Throughout it all, he balanced duty and family as best he could to make both sides win. This is his story.
I’m not sure I’ve ever read anything by Ernest Hemingway before, so I thought it was about time to try. Without doing any research into any of his works, I selected A Farewell to Arms because it was a title I recognized. All I knew was it had something to do with World War I. […]