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If we don’t figure out why soon, it will become a national security crisis.

Movies have always had an unhealthy influence on me. I came of age in Ronald Reagan’s neon-tinted 1980s, complete with big hair and big action heroes. …


My Requirements for my Next Personal Assistant

I’m thinking about hiring a personal assistant. Here are the best requirements curated from Twitter:

  • Has an Olympic gold or silver medal in the breaststroke (preferred).
  • Proficient in deep tissue massage and shiatsu.
  • Is capable of presenting conflict resolution in the form of…

Any day now, the intelligence community is going to release its unclassified report to congress detailing everything it knows about the decades-old UFO phenomena.

In 2019, several U.S. Navy fighter pilots came forward to disclose encounters they experienced with unidentified flying objects while performing training missions off the U.S. …


There is a foolproof way to tell when Memorial Day approaches every year: Car dealerships and mattress stores flood the airwaves advertising their Memorial Day discounts; also, grocery stores start running low on hot dog buns and seasonal allergies are in full swing.

For millions of Americans, Memorial Day signals…


While in the Army infantry, I served alongside servicemembers of every conceivable ethnicity, religion and gender. No one was given special treatment and I learned very quickly that my life often relied on the men to my left and right.

To reinforce this point, there is a 30-foot, multi-platform tower…


My first minimum-wage job was a rite of passage. In 1993, I proudly cleared tables as a busboy at CiCi’s Pizza in Dallas, Texas, for a whopping $4.25 per hour.

Four years later, after graduating high school, I joined the U.S. Army as a high-velocity projectile interceptor (also known as…


Author’s note: This article is pure speculation. Some facts were obtained from astronomers and scientists, who warn the reader to take this article with a grain of salt.

It’s not often that I experience existential dread. In fact, it’s downright rare. As the clock wound down to midnight on December…


It’s been said that September 11th, 2001 was our generation’s Pearl Harbor, our defining moment. But that bold and shameful attack against America in 2001 was different from Pearl Harbor in one key aspect: Most casualties on that day were civilians.

It was like a dagger in the heart of…


Coming of age in Ronald Reagan’s neon-tinted 1980s, complete with big hair and big military spending, the Vietnam War was still a fresh wound on the psyche of America.

It was in this pre-Desert Storm environment that I was subjected to the over-the-top action movies of the 1980s like Commando


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The tragic disappearance and murder of Army Specialist Vanessa Guillen, stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, has cast new light on a decades-old problem in the world’s finest military: sexual assault and sexual harassment.

The death of Spc. Vanessa Guillén at Fort Hood has brought renewed attention to the long fight…

Wes O'Donnell

Indie filmmaker, writer, TED speaker & veteran of the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force. Law student. The Intermittent Fasting Guy. Reach out at wes@warriorlodge.com

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