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    Updates to AR 670-1 take effect

    March 31, 2014
    Since I'm in law school and wear civilian clothes to class, the new release of AR 670-1: Wear and Appearance of Army Uniforms and Insignia won't affect me quite as much, but, because I'm a nerd, I still read all the changes. The change...Read More
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    New Year: Setting Some SMART Goals

    January 20, 2014
    Oddly enough, one of the few things I remember from my MS I class is goal setting. "What does SMART stand for?" was one of the questions on my final exam for that class. I thought it was silly at the time, but now I use this method regularly...Read More
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    Giving Thanks

    November 26, 2013
    The holidays are coming quickly, and things are starting to get crazy. I have finals starting next week, so my husband and aunt are flying here to Baltimore to celebrate Thanksgiving with me, which means I get to try to cook a turkey! (And by this...Read More
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    Cultural property and the Army

    November 04, 2013
    Recently I was lucky enough to go to a conference by the Lawyers' Committee on Cultural Heritage Preservation on the preservation of cultural heritage during times of armed conflicts. The panels discussed not only issues resulting from art stolen...Read More
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    Army Ten Miler, Round 2!

    October 22, 2013
    Really, is there anything better than running in downtown DC? The Army Ten Miler is definitely one of my favorite races I've ever been able to run, and this is the second year in a row I raced it. This year I was particularly excited for the...Read More
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    Surprise! Coming home early

    October 08, 2013
    Surprise! My husband is already home! I'm sure there were a few different random reasons for this, but, bottom line, he's back, in Georgia, and it's time for another adjustment. Long distance relationships are never easy, and every...Read More
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    Things I Never Thought I'd Say

    September 16, 2013
    Believe it or not, growing up, I never thought I would end up in the Army. As part of the "Army culture," there are a few things that I never would have dreamed I would say when I was growing up. For example, "I get to sleep in until...Read More
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    39th Judge Advocate General

    September 04, 2013
    Congratulations to LTG Flora D. Darpino, the 39th Judge Advocate General of the US Army! I remember when I was a cadet, at LDAC on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, and heard that the first woman had been nominated for promotion to four-star general....Read More
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    2 Months In

    August 22, 2013
    Today marks two months since my husband left for his first deployment. I can't say that time flew by, but it does feel good to mark off this second marker, and know it's that much closer to the end! In addition to all the other changes...Read More
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    Making a place home

    August 06, 2013
    Since moving to my new assignment in Baltimore, people keep asking me, "Does it feel like home yet?" Well, that depends. What does it mean to be "home"? Is my home in Ohio, where I grew up and all my family lives? Is it in San Diego,...Read More
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    After the PCS: Settling in

    July 26, 2013
    So, what happens after that whirlwind of packing and shoving and organizing and throwing stuff away? You take a deep breath, relax, and think, the hard part is over. WRONG! Especially not for me, who is moving into a 12th floor apartment in...Read More
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    Space-A Adventures

    July 02, 2013
    I am writing this from the passenger terminal on Ramstein Air Base in Germany, waiting for a flight back to the USA. I decided this would be the summer I take advantage of one of the Army's best benefits, space available travel. Quite basically,...Read More
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    Moving, Army-style

    June 20, 2013
    Right now, my house looks like a hurricane blew through. I'm at the starting point of my first major Army-style move, and my house is only a minor representation of the confusion I'm feeling. The Army typically offers two options once you...Read More
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    A rough ending

    June 13, 2013
    Pretty soon, the chapter of my life at Fort Gordon will be over. I hope. I'm currently trying to outprocess Fort Gordon, which is apparently a lot harder than it sounds. Every time I think I'm one step closer, I get two more forms that put...Read More
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    Standing up

    May 09, 2013
    There's been quite a bit in the news lately about how the Armed Forces deals with sexual assault, partly due to this recent case. Over the past years, new programs have been rolled out to try to reduce the number of sexual harrassment and assault...Read More
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    Temporary Separation

    April 18, 2013
    As I wrote before, I'm getting ready for my next big adventure, law school! Whenever I tell people about where I'm moving next, they usually ask, "Is your husband moving with you?" He is also active duty, also stationed here at Fort...Read More
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    Funded Legal Education Program

    April 09, 2013
    The past few months of my life have been pretty busy trying to get into law school. I suppose I started "trying" about two and a half years ago, when I first decided to submit my packet for the Army's Funded Legal Education Program (FLEP),...Read More
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    Writing Army History

    March 21, 2013
    The Army is built on traditions and history. Almost everything we do is just a version of what has always been done in the past, with some updates. Recording that history is an important part of learning from the past, in the hopes that we get better...Read More
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    Unit safety

    March 05, 2013
    One of my additional duties is the Brigade Safety Officer. I've been preparing this week for our quarterly safety council brief with all the battalion commanders, and I'm glad to report that the 35th Signal Brigade is looking pretty safe! Our...Read More
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    Operation Lion's Fury, or, more nightshift

    February 05, 2013
    Some people have all the fun. I, for example, get to be on night shift for most of my unit's major exercises. This definitely has some pros and cons. Pro: fewer people in the TOC talking. Con: no sleep. For this brigade exercise, we again designed...Read More
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    Lifting the ban

    January 24, 2013
    The Pentagon announced they are lifting the ban on women serving in ground combat positions. To help you out, this does not mean they are going to be infantry. That is still iffy. This means that women can perform their jobs assigned to a battalion...Read More
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    Great Opportunities

    January 09, 2013
    The Army really does offer some of the best opportunities, to anyone willing to jump in. In the last few weeks/days, I've had the opportunity to not only attend an awesome convention and speak to people on behalf of the Army, but I also have been...Read More
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    Deployment Ceremonies: Time to say goodbye

    December 10, 2012
    Now that I work on Brigade staff, I get to see everything that goes on behind the scenes for all the teams we have deploying soon. Getting ready to send anyone overseas, whether it is a whole battalion or just a few smaller teams, is a lot of work....Read More
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    Time to take a breath!

    December 05, 2012
    Sometimes it seems like life is too busy even when things slow down. I think this time of year should be taken to review and refresh, and get ready to go for next year. Here's what's been going on around here: - I got promoted to Captain!...Read More
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    Dining In

    November 09, 2012
    One of the military traditions most units observe is the unit dining in. A dining in is a private event, just for the members of the unit and specially invited guests. It is an opportunity for units to build camaraderie, play a few inside practical jokes,...Read More
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    Army Ten Miler!

    October 22, 2012
    This weekend I got to check one more thing off my race bucket list: the Army Ten Miler!! I've been wanting to do this race for a while, but somehow always missed the registration date on my calendar. This year I was very prepared, and set my calendar...Read More
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    It's dark and I'm hungry

    October 09, 2012
    One of the facts of being on night shift is that I am forced to plan ahead for everything I eat, and it definitely shows me all the holes in my eating habits. Since everything In Georgia closes by 9 (except for that brand new Steak N Shake, which is...Read More
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    Building relationships

    October 02, 2012
    The other week ago I got to attend a graduation ceremony for two girls I have known since they started college, and are now graduates of the Basic Officer Leadership Course for Signal. On one hand, it was really great to see them all grown up and ready...Read More
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    Running strong

    August 22, 2012
    As my "doctor" (he's really a PA) told me this week, if you run, you will probably be in some pain. An important part of being fit is knowing the difference between pain and injury, and taking the right steps to fix things that are broken....Read More
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    17 August 2012

    August 17, 2012
    The past few days/weeks have brought some changes. New people are coming to the unit, and other people are leaving. The weather in Georgia is just barely starting to change. And, unfortunately, one of my mentors lost her battle with breast cancer. Whenever...Read More
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    Weekend adventures and Monday morning consequences

    July 24, 2012
    For this year, I had three goals for my physical fitness level: complete a triathlon, complete a marathon, and learn to golf. So far, I have completed two triathlons, am training for the Richmond Marathon in November, and own a really cute pair of...Read More
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    Taking Leave: To Comic-Con and beyond!

    July 19, 2012
    I recently got back from ten days of leave, the first time I've taken leave in over 18 months, and boy was it awesome! I go to visit with some old friends, enjoy gorgeous weather, attend Comic-Con in San Diego, AND wear whatever I wanted every...Read More
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    Sending care packages

    July 03, 2012
    Part of being in the Army is having friends in the Army. Part of having friends in the Army is always knowing someone who is deployed. Part of knowing someone who is deployed is mailing care packages. I recently spent about an hour at the post office...Read More
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    More Staff Duty!

    June 20, 2012
    I get to be on staff duty today. In one way, maybe I'm lucky, since it is the longest day of the year. That means sunlight will be available much later than any other staff duty shift for another year. Not that it matters much on a 24 hour shift....Read More
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    More opinions: Ranger School

    June 13, 2012
    Most of my normal days start with checking email, replying to anything particularly pressing, adjusting the order of my sticky notes that list out what I need to do today, and then reading the news, usually the headlines from the Wall Street Journal,...Read More
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    Just twittering away...

    June 08, 2012
    Don't you just hate when you write a particularly witty blog post, then your internet goes down for just long enough to lose it all before you can dramatically hit the "save post" button? Yeah, me too....... Anyways, my lost blog...Read More
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    View from a night shift, Saturday night

    June 02, 2012
    Well, it's 11:30PM. On a Saturday night. And I'm at work. Boy, do I love being in the Army. You see, my unit is "in the field." To be specific, parts of my brigade are conducting field exercises all over the States. My job right...Read More
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    More view from a nightshift: current events

    May 31, 2012
    Well, there seems to be a lot in the news lately about issues that affect women in the military. And since I am again on night shift, I have plenty of time awake to ponder my opinion on all this news. For starters, Senator Shaheen from New Hampshire...Read More
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    Co-ed Ranger School: My thoughts

    May 23, 2012
    Just a few days ago marked the 69th anniversary of women serving in the US Army. About the same time, the Army Chief of Staff General Odierno announced that a plan is in place to permit females to attend Ranger school. The opinion storm that followed...Read More
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    Gas Chamber, Gas Chamber Complete

    May 17, 2012
    This morning my company completed our annual NBC training requirement. This is quite possibly my least favourite day of the year. The dread the night before of knowing the next day you have to go through a gas chamber, the trying on of the gas mask...Read More
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    At the Milblogging Conference

    May 14, 2012
    This past weekend I got to attend the Milblog Conference in Arlington, VA. For some reason they let me on a panel to talk about blogging in the military today, which kind of evolved into a discussion about what kind of social media bloggers are using...Read More
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    The stuff on my desk

    May 01, 2012
    Sometimes I can't really think of something to write about, so I start thinking about boring things to write about. Today, I decided to write about the stuff that I have on my desk, since this is where I spend so much of my time. Going from left...Read More
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    Milspace Rendezvous 2012

    April 24, 2012
    This past weekend I was lucky enough to be able to attend the Milspace Rendezvous again, this year in Boston, Massachusets. In addition to all the long hours of discussion and sitting over my laptop reviewing forum details, the branch topic leads for...Read More
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    Currently Reading: "Monuments Men" by Robert Edesl

    April 05, 2012
    Now that I have finished all three Hunger Games books, and fulfilling a random urge for some light fiction, I have finally gotten around to starting to read The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History,...Read More
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    My Army Shoe Collection

    March 07, 2012
    Growing up, I recall my dad being confused by the number of shoes I felt was necessary to be socially acceptable. Obviously I needed white church shoes and black church shoes, tennis shoes, sandals, flip flops, flats, running shoes....the list went...Read More
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    New PT uniform survey

    February 09, 2012
    The Army recently launched a survey asking for Soldiers' opinions about the current PT uniform. The Army homepage has some more info and a link to the survey itself. Here's my opinion on the current uniform: It doesn't fit females very...Read More
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    Another week on night shift

    February 03, 2012
    Last week I spent another week on the night shift in the TOC for 67th, as our Brigade did another FTX, Operation Vanguard Lion II. The twelves hours every night spent in the battalion TOC area, this time only two tents plus one for the ALOC, left me...Read More
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    New Year, New Shoes

    January 10, 2012
    In January, I like to start with a few new goals and resolutions for the coming year. Some of them are reoccuring, like a list of 12 books I want to read. I adjusted that one this year to reading one biography a month. I also usually select a few events...Read More
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    Patience is a virtue

    December 27, 2011
    I hope everyone had a very merry and safe Christmas weekend! I went home for the weekend, and learned I am allergic to my family's new dog, a 75 pound "puppy" Rottweiler named Tank. On coming back in to work today, I browsed through...Read More
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    Studying for the LSAT

    December 04, 2011
    This past Saturday I took the LSAT. Sometime in the future I'd like to perhaps attend law school and switch from Signal to the Army JAG Corps, so I've spent the last ten weeks or so on some serious studying. One of the things they tell...Read More
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