What I Learned About Leadership

Yes, I actually learned something about leadership.

In the military, especially as an officer, your contemporaries are constantly going on and on AND ON about leadership: the traits of good leaders, their habits, philosophies, priorities, favorite foods, musical tastes, preferred canine breeds, boxers or briefs, back-clasp vs hook-and-spin, etc. By the time you’re an old, bitchy officer like me who’s seen a lot of shit go down (literally), when somebody starts rapping about leadership, you hear, “Leadership is like a box of choc-oh-lates…,” and your eyes glaze over, and you start thinking hard about what you’re going to make for dinner tonight, and who Jon Snow’s real father could be.

Maybe that’s just me. In any case, nothing compares to learning something through actual experience, and my deployment gave me an opportunity to do just that. So here’s what I learned: Continue reading “What I Learned About Leadership”

On My Way to Kabul, Part 1

It takes a long-ass time to get to Afghanistan from the US.

First, I flew from Boston to Norfolk, where I hung out waiting for a day.

Leg One! So far so good...except the part where I sobbed like a baby in the middle of the damn terminal saying goodbye to my husband and kids.
Leg One! So far so good…except the part where I sobbed like a baby in the middle of the damn terminal saying goodbye to my husband and kids.

Maybe one of the flight attendants took pity on my teary-snotty self, because I got bumped or something to a first-class seat, which happened to be the nicest plane seat I’ve ever sat in. There was an option to transform the seat into a bed! Hellz yeah!

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