Author Jenn Rafael

It is New Year’s eve and as the world starts to gear up for the end-of-year celebrations, my mind wanders back to memories of some of the good ones. 1. Mexico in a street-side cafe. It was Acapulco and we were on our honeymoon. At midnight the cooking crew emerged from the kitchen banging pots and pans in an impromptu parade. 2. Y2K. Stationed at one of the largest computing centers in the world, we waited for the year 2000 to roll around and bring about the end of the world. It didn’t happen but we managed to sip a…

Seventy years ago this month, World War II was raging. GIs were fighting all over the globe and a simple but poignant song hit the airwaves. It was titled, “I’ll be home for Christmas”, and featured the unmistakeable voice of Bing Crosby. Within weeks of its release it had reached number three on the charts and stayed there for eleven weeks (Library of Congress). The song told of a Soldier’s wish to be home for the holidays, and it struck a chord with civilians and military members alike. In December of 2013, that message continues to resonate with the thousands…

Colonel Tony Henderson, USMC You have to wonder how many times in our lives we have brushed against greatness and never known it. That almost happened to me when I met a Marine Corps Colonel named Tony Henderson. He was pleasant, gracious, and had just taken the helm of the Warrior and Family Support post as a direct-report to the Chairman. Only recently, while browsing through the Department of Defense website, did I stumble upon a story that took my breath away. It was about Col. Henderson. Back in 2008, he was a Lieutenant Colonel stationed in Afghanistan. “Just two…

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