I have experienced and observed a phenomena across our culture with regards to a flexibility of values. I have heard many times in my office after a moral failure of how a Soldier felt he or she could keep his or her personal life and professional lives separate.

Last summer my Family grew sunflowers. My little ones were amazed the sunflowers turned upward to the sun each day, and then followed the sun’s arc throughout the rest of the day. Not only did the sunflowers track the sun daily to grow tall, but they readied themselves each evening by facing…

The beginning of fall reminds me of New Year’s Day. It has the feel of new beginnings. New and existing programs start with their kick off events. Schools come back into session and our children begin a new academic year. And, the new sports season ramps up.

I am the spender in my Family. My wife restrains my impulsive buying. She asks me, “Is this a ‘need’ or a ‘want’?” Usually it is a want, especially during the holiday season, I notice how easy it can be to can get swipe happy with the credit card. It is easy buying gifts for others or oursel…

On a cool, rainy Saturday I was driving with my 5-year-old daughter to pick up pizza for lunch when she said, “Daddy, the leaves are really pretty colors.” I hadn’t noticed, but as I lifted my gaze from the road I realized the leaves were indeed changing from the deep green of summer to the …

I was born and raised in southside of “the projects” in Chicago. Way back then as a middle school student I remember needing to fight for my survival. I clearly remember one day when I came back from school some kids were picking on me about my accent and calling me names. They started to sh…

To provide good customer service, you first have to know what is customer service. Customer service is the act of taking care of the customer’s needs by providing and delivering professional, helpful, high-quality service and assistance before, during, and after the customer’s requirements are met.

In her book “Code of the Warrior,” Shannon French points out that unlike the rules of war that are imposed through treaties and agreements, the warrior code is understood by its adherence to originate from inside the warrior culture. Warriors themselves hold one another to the standards.

When I was a second grader, I learned and memorized the Ten Commandments in Sunday school. I did not care about some commandments including the seventh: “You shall not murder.” As a little girl, I believed that I did not have a chance to murder.

The boxing great Mike Tyson once said this about his opponents, “Everyone has a plan until they get hit in the mouth.” I love that quote. I love it because it represents what also happens in life. We all make our plans and then life hits us in the mouth … and there go our plans.

One of the realities of Army life is moving. Sometimes it is good, and sometimes, well it just happens. But every time my Family and I move, I face the same daunting challenge – hanging pictures. Having pictures hung on the walls really makes everything a little more cozy, a little more comf…

Officially spring started with the Vernal Equinox, and now we are looking forward to the warmth in the air and long sunny days. As for the Nishimura household, we are expecting to move across the country to Fort Bliss, Texas, during this summer.

Managing a home by oneself can be overwhelming. As a chaplain, I hear from many spouses who face this challenge regularly. Being married to someone serving in the Army guarantees time apart. Trying to work, pay bills, clean a house, get the oil changed, fix the washing machine, shovel snow a…