My recent trip to Syria

Dear supporters, I recently traveled to Syria with a US Army team to explore ways SoA might be able to ease local suffering while furthering US objectives on the ground. I’ve been to Syria a number of times, but this trip in particular was different. I had the opportunity to tour Manbij Public Hospital, a … Continued

American sacrifice, American commitment

Dear SoA team members, This week, as we reflect upon the tremendous sacrifices made by our forefathers 73 years ago on the beaches of Normandy, I’d like to share with you the recent experience Jim and I had visiting similar sites of steadfast American courage and commitment in the Pacific. Jim and I just returned … Continued

Memorial Day: Remembering The Fallen

Greetings, Memorial Day is the day set aside to remember those who have given their lives in service to the nation. Last week, I was in Okinawa, Japan and South Korea meeting with US Marines and soldiers. Both places are powerful reminders of Americans who have laid down their lives for our country. Okinawa was … Continued

From Iraq to Syria – Part 1

Despite the bloody conflicts roiling across both, my military flight from Iraq to northern Syria was a routine affair. I was traveling into Syria with three goals in mind: to meet with the US Army Civil Affairs teams, assess the humanitarian situation on the ground, and explore assistance projects that would help ease the suffering … Continued