The claim from every head of the armed services that the military can solve this problem and leave intact the chain of command issues is about to be tested. Issue your orders to your subordinates. Let it be known that the "look the other way" and "boys will be boys" culture is over.
There are few guidelines for stepmothers and stepfathers about how to understand child development or to parent effectively, instantly. They jump into middle of a kid's development and try to make sense of it. Usually with little support.
For almost 75 minutes, nearly 1,600 of us sat spellbound hearing him tell his story. It was like we were frozen in place as he walked us through his journey from his home in Houston, Texas to that fateful day nearly 30 years later in Afghanistan.
The only redeeming feature of this past week was watching how Boston reacted to this senseless tragedy. A torrent of aid workers and others raced to assist and used direct pressure and impromptu tourniquets to keep the injured alive.
As the combat exclusion for women comes to an end and open service for gay, lesbian and bisexual Americans edges closer to truly equal service, it becomes more and more obvious that there is no rational basis on which to bar qualified transgender people from serving in our armed forces.
Seventy years ago the first African-American Marines endured grueling training at Montford Point Camp, breaking ground -- and breaking racial barriers -- to transform the face of the Corps. Because of those brave men, I am able to serve today.