If it sounds cool, it's a secondary effect. There are some really cool ways to earn them, though. The main way is usually via your name and if there's a way to make it sexually suggestive, it usually happens (up until about 10 years ago).
The military has ambitious energy goals - like the Navy sourcing 50 percent of its on-shore energy from alternative sources by 2020, or the Army and Air Force each aiming to have 1 GW of renewable energy installed on their bases by 2025. To realize those goals, it's going to take significant resources and planning from the public and private sectors.
This story is small but powerful and its lessons timeless. If only every elected official in D.C. and across the country would read this over the holiday break perhaps we might inspire the seeds of a new kind of leadership this spring. One can only hope.
In truth, of course, no one deserves first-class treatment more than the men and women, like Paula, who have given so much to our country. And they certainly shouldn't have to wait until they're dead - or even longer than that - to be treated with the dignity and respect they deserve.
There is currently legislation in the Senate, known as the Clay Hunt SAV Act named for a Veteran lost to suicide. The cost is minimal, a drop in the bucket compared to the $1.1 trillion spending bill recently passed. But it's currently being held up by one man.
Focusing on women, peace and security does not mean shifting focus from "hard" to "soft" issues. Women constitute half the world's population. Incorporating their perspectives is not merely the right thing to do, it is also the smart and strategic thing to do.
As service members, we joined the military to ensure that our distinctive American identity remains robust. That identity includes the iconic landscapes that Americans can enjoy on our public lands, from sea to shining sea.
We have seen over time, that humans are capable of the best and the worst. Nobody heals unless there is truth about what happened. We have a chance to open this book, and I hope we take it.
As veterans return from war, how ready are we for them? Are we doing enough to help with that transition? What more can and should we be doing to streamline assistance to veterans and their families?
With new DOD leadership, troops returning to Iraq, and an extension of the U.S. stay in Afghanistan, doing more of the same is clearly not enough; it is time to embrace fresh national security ideas.
No matter how many deployments come and go, the absence of the most important person in our lives leaves us vulnerable in ways hard to express. These ghosts of my Christmases past remind me. If your spouse is deployed this Christmas, I don't know what you face, but I remember you.
I have been blessed with this ESP. I gladly concede to this clairvoyant gift so long as my husband remains untouched -- but that is impossible. The demon is sewn to my husband's soul. We can lock him up, but he will never leave us.
As a veteran myself, I am aware of the harsh realities facing veterans today. With VA backlogged and the veteran unemployment rate around 10 percent, to say that being a veteran is tough would be an understatement. We can all make an effort to give back to those who have risked their lives for us.
If police are supposed to protect us, who is supposed to protect us from the police? Despite all this conundrum, we CAN have a better life and make a better future if we aim our resources, voices and votes in the the right direction.
I was mesmerized as I rode down Fifth Avenue in New York City. I was honored to ride on the City University of New York (CUNY) float during the annual Veterans' Day parade.
But while we prepare our service members to hang up their uniforms and to enter the civilian workforce, we must stop the media vomit of stories that position military women as victims because the truth is the exact opposite of that.