The Invisible Challenges of Deployment for Military Families

By Lizann Lightfoot Deployments are difficult for everyone. It doesn’t matter how long they are, where they are, or what branch they are with. Every deployment brings its own set of challenges. For the service member who deploys, those challenges are often tangible–physical discomfort, the danger of combat, stress, lack of sleep, and the loneliness […]

Changing the Conversation about Mental Health

Changing the Conversation about Mental Health

When people think of mental health linked to deployment their minds often jump to combat situations, being injured or dealing with dramatic situations. While these situations do happen overseas and can cause Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), there are other issues with being in a combat zone that can easily be overlooked. I deployed to […]

Target Development in Qatar – Among Other Things

Another story of being an Intel officer in Qatar at the Air and Space Operations Center in charge of Central Command (Middle East). Julie job was focused on Target Development and she gives us a little peek into what it was like to be overseas. Name: Julie Rank during deployment: Captain (O3) Current rank/current job […]

A Female Civil Engineer: Around the World

Kristina and I met when I was stationed at Holloman Air Force Base in the Civil Engineer Squadron. We were only stationed together for a few months, but her impact lasted with me long after I left for my deployment. As a female officer with so much advice and being willing to spend time mentoring me. […]

What Does A Lawyer Do In Iraq and Afghanistan?

Carrie* is a Attorney still serving the United States Military today. She has deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq. I loved seeing another different type of deployment as a lawyer overseas. I knew that there were groups training the Afghan National Army (ANA), but never thought that lawyers had that responsibility. Thank you for sharing your […]

A Female Interrogator in Iraq and Afghanistan

Cassie is another military veteran I met through an online community on Facebook. She is no longer in the military and now serves as a Online Strength Training Coach for Women. While she was in the Army she deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan. Today she is sharing her experience being deployed as a female interrogator.  […]

Challenges Inside the Wire: A Female’s Deployment to Iraq

Esmeralda is sharing her story of her Iraq deployment as an Air Force service member assigned to an Army unit. Esmeralda and I connected when she started liking and commenting on some of my posts on Facebook. She really related to my story of transitioning from military to motherhood. We quickly became friends through the […]