Most recently published stories in Serve.
Phantoms of the Seas
“Conn, Sonar, we have a surface contact! Designate Sierra Six-One!” The Captain, a trim man with curly blonde hair and grey-blue eyes looked up from the navigation chart at the announcement over the 1MC intercom. He reached for the handset dangling from the low ceiling and keyed it.
MAN OF WAR
1. MAN OF WAR Man of War. My ship, on the horizon, anchored off the desert shore. The US Navy deployed the helicopter carrier to engage in a joint military exercise with Oman’s forces. My assignment: video document the action.
Marine Corps Stories: Chief of the Boat
The tight space aboard the submarine provided a theater for the lead senior enlisted actor to deliver his speech. “We’re in a place where we’re going to fight until the last bit. We can give our best, and that might not be enough. But god dammit we’re going to fight against this sea. We’re out in the arctic. They’re going to search for us no matter what. Our role is to keep morale as high as possible. I know that things seem bleak.”
Why I Served
On December 13, 1978, I had just passed the entrance exam to enlist in the Army. That evening I was on a Trailways bus leaving Roanoke, VA going to Richmond, VA. I went to th hotel and checked in, then out to eat and to bed. On December 14, 1978, I went through an entire series of medical examinations that included, x-rays, visiting a psychiatrist all the way to getting caught up on my vaccinations. I was then taken to a room where over one thousand of us to the oath of enlistment. After we had said, so help me God it was then that most realized we had just signed a blank check payable to the United States government payable for an amount up to and including our lives.
The Elusive Merlot
The soldier rubbed his hands together as he stepped out into the crisp, autumn air. The blue hour had just receded, and night had fallen. Smoke from the barrel fires wafted past him in thick clumps. Street lamps lit the path ahead of him, the path that would take him through the cracked concrete streets of Gospic. He turned left of the barracks, tucking his chin into his jacket collar, and then made his way past the football field, the crumbling apartment blocks and finally the government building that stood tall on the corner, unaware of its insignificance in the grand scheme of the world. He nodded to passing locals, parents of friends he had known since high school, relatives he actively avoided interacting with unless he was forced to at family engagements.
Marine Corps Stories: To the Lady in the Place, With Style and Grace
“I was thinking the same thing but...you haven’t touched your wine,” Nancy Larce said. Joyner Falk flashed his car keys and said, “Arrive alive in Delaware. No ‘buzzed’ driving.”
Know Some Important Tips To Apply For a VA Loan
A VA loan is basically a home loan in the United States secured by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, specifically the VA. This is basically to help veterans and their families with the cost of home ownership and to assist them in gaining access to the home of their dreams. The VA is the United States government's lead agency for helping to educate veterans about their options in home ownership. If you are a veteran or active duty military, you can use the services of a VA loan professional who specializes in home loan for veterans in Florida. A VA real estate specialist will be able to answer any questions that you have, and help you find the right loan for your needs.
My Private Life
Recalling where we left off with the story, my buddy Little Slim Capone , ( 6'3" and 185 at 16 ) and I were on 89th & Manhattan Place, and wanted to get into something, stir up some shit so to speak. So I went and got my keys to the car my dad ( Moose ) had given me, remember the 1965 Pontiac 2+2 I mentioned in part 1? Well it was mines now, canary yellow with black vinyl interior, dad and I had restored it by this time, it was one of the coolest most recognizable cars in and around my part of Los Angeles.
Escalation of tensions between Russia and Ukraine with the massing of Troops at the Border.
Since mid-March this year there have been warnings from Ukraine and many Western governments that Russia is continuously increasing its strength in Russian annexed Crimea and around Eastern Ukraine. Till now the Russian intentions are not clear. Is it preparation for war or just plain saber-rattling? Russia has said that the movement of troops in the Russian territory is just an exercise, it was an internal affair, and has accused Ukraine of the resulting provocations.
Introduction To S1000D-IETP
A new buzzword in the technical publishing world. New word? Not exactly new, but surely it’s a new word in the Indian Defense Technical Publishing segment.
25 years of a different kind of war
First, I ask for your forgiveness but I write this story not out of hate for anyone but as a way for us to maybe as how done solve a very big problem.
Mandatory Military Service in Finland
Finland was voted the happiest country in the world in 2020. It tops the world rankings frequently for its civil liberties, education, and quality of life. Yet it also has mandatory military service. Conscription was once common across most of Europe but is nowadays more associated with authoritarian countries in the popular mind.