My Affordable IKEA Standing Desk

I’ve wanted a standing desk for a long time but I could never stomach the price of many of the options. After using the Ivar system at IKEA to build some storage for my kitchen, I realized it would be a good option for a cheap standing desk. The total price of my desk is…

Read More

The Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti Survival Guide: Dorie Miller Galley

One of the most essential items for surviving at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti is knowing when it is worthwhile to go to the Dorie Miller Galley. This will vary between each person on the camp, but I will share my own experience with dinning at the Dorie Miller Galley for the better part of a year.…

Read More

The Camp Lemonnier Survival Guide: Daily Life

In this part of the Camp Lemonnier Survival Guide, we will talk about creating a routine for your time here. Why is this important? Because the camp/galley rules, heat, frequent walking, and work requirements mean you need to be smart and efficient to avoid making multiple trips across camp. Also, I know many people are…

Read More

The Camp Lemonnier Survival Guide: Packing List

Congratulations! You just found out you are coming to Camp Lemonnier. What do you really need to survive in Djibouti? Not really anything. Everything you absolutely need is provided by the camp. That includes bedding, food, gym, and entertainment. The bigger question is what do you need to be comfortable here? What do you need…

Read More

How to Sign Up for the Thrift Savings Plan

The smartest thing you can do when you join the military is invest in the Thrift Savings Plan. The Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) is the government version of a 401(k) retirement account. The Thrift Savings Plan offers both a regular retirement account and a Roth retirement account. The Thrift Savings Plan is preferred over civilian…

Read More

United Nation’s Post-Gulf War Sanctions on Iraq

Written in November 2012 Prior to the 1991 Gulf War, Iraq was a powerful player in the Middle East because of the economic potential of its natural resource reserves, religious and cultural significance, strategic location within the region, and aggressive foreign policy. After Iraq invaded Kuwait in 1990, the United Nations (UN) implemented wide-ranging sanctions…

Read More

Republic of Columbia Writing Assignment

Written in May 2015 The purpose of this paper is to explore the current and future significance of the Republic of Colombia to the United States and its regional role in both North and South America. Colombia’s location, history, and desire to end the domestic production and exportation of illicit drugs make it an important…

Read More

Christ Lutheran Church of Lower Saucon Cemetery Pt. 2

My last blog post focused on the grave of Jacob Shimer (the second, 14 June 1734 – 6 June 1764) and the bronze plaque that honored his father, Jacob Schiemer (1679 – 1757), and five brothers. Jacob Shimer’s grave is located in Christ Lutheran Church of Lower Saucon Cemetery. This post will offer more details about…

Read More

One of the Original Marine Corps Devil Dogs, Private Chester Lancaster

Private Chester Lancaster served as an United States Marine in World War I. He found at the Battle of Belleau Wood and is one of the original USMC Devil Dogs. He enlisted on 5 May 1917 and went to basic training at Mare Island California. He transferred to the 78th Company, 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine…

Read More

Things to do at Fort Huachuca – Bisbee

No stay at Fort Huachuca would be complete without a trip or two out to Bisbee. A former mining town, it has developed an eccentric identity of its own. The gradual closure of many of the local mines led Bisbee to move towards tourism as the basis for its economy in the latter half of…

Read More