October 5, 2015: Ten Years Later: Remembering A Special Group Of Georgians In Iraq

What a difference a decade makes. Ten years ago this week I was at Camp Striker in Iraq, reporting on the men and women of Georgia’s 48th Brigade Combat team, under the command of a great American and Monroe County native, Brig. Gen. Stewart Rodeheaver. Why I made the decision to go to Iraq is […]

October 6, 2014: Some Random Thoughts On Some Random Subjects

If I die anytime soon — and I have no plans to do so at the moment — please see that the first paragraph of my obituary reads, “He was past president of the University of Georgia National Alumni Association.” You can save for later paragraphs the part about my being often mistaken for Brad […]

June 23, 2014: Retired General Sees Hope In Future Iraqi Generations

  In my home hangs a photograph of a rather large and deep hole on the side of an asphalt road. It is the aftermath of an IED (Improvised Explosive Device) — or in more simple terms, a homemade bomb — that went off just as the Humvee in which I was riding passed over […]

November 5, 2012: A Salute To The Hero That Made It Home And To Those That Did Not

Because of the timing of my column deadline, I will have to defer comment on the elections until next week.  I can say this much, however.  We cast our votes freely and with no tanks in the street. As imperfect as we may think ourselves to be, this is still the greatest country on earth.  […]

Oct. 1, 2007: Reflections On Iraq Two Years Later

REFLECTIONS ON IRAQ TWO YEARS LATER It has been two years since my trip to Iraq to see the war through the eyes of Georgia’s 48th Brigade Combat Team located in the aptly named “Triangle of Death”, south of Baghdad. The longer I am away, the scarier it seems. Would I do it again? In […]

Oct. 14, 2005: Iraq Column #7

MIXED EMOTIONS: LEAVING THE 48TH BRIGADE COMBAT TEAM I am coming home. As you read this, I should be on a C-5A headed for Dover, Del. and then to Home Sweet Home. I leave with mixed emotions. Taking the world’s longest shower and sleeping in a real bed with a real mattress will be a […]

Oct. 13, 2005: Iraq Column #6

COLUMNIST SEES THE WAR ‘UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL’ With Georgia’s 648th engineering battalion in the Triangle of Death. I saw the war in Iraq up close and personal today. In fact, it was up closer than I wanted. A couple of bad guys exploded an IED (an improvised explosive device) as we were crossing a […]