On Thanks……

A lot to be thankful for this year. Despite larger setbacks in foreign and domestic affairs…..the CI compound stands in good order, ready for the Zombie Apocalypse.

Until then, I’m thankful for having both of our beautiful, smart Princesses home for the long weekend. The home feels whole again.

I’m thankful that I’m not deployed again this holiday season.

I’m thankful for having a wife who is a partner my soul mate and my best friend. One who doesn’t conform to social norms and conventions just for their sake.……and who’s just as ferocious as I am when the dander is up. It doesn’t hurt that she’s still a smoldering hottie.

And I’m thankful for 57 pounds of good-boy puppy (Loki) for us to love this year……after losing our good girl (Molly) last year.

So today brings putting on the hiking kilt for a jaunt up the Appalachian Trail, followed by some custom pizzas and wine.

Round out the weekend with some quality time with my chainsaw and a bonfire……and hoping I don’t have any calls from work.

Life is pretty good. I need to stop and enjoy it a little more…..

On this National Dog Day……Support 2 Vets at Once

Forget about politics for a moment and remember who is always there for us….our dogs. Consider giving a donation to Second Chance K9. In their words:

Second Chance K9 is a rescue organization that pairs working military dogs and rescues with special operations veterans who suffer from PTSD. It’s a very focused program that places dogs who thrive on having a job, with veterans who desperately need a purpose. 

Your tax-deductible donation to Second Chance K-9 could be the key to saving not one, but two lives. Often, military dogs end up being euthanized once their service is complete. And in many cases, veterans who have seen and experienced unbelievable trauma take their own lives as a result. 

Connecting a military-trained dog with a special forces veteran unites them both with a purpose. That’s what Second Chance is all about. 

Founded by special forces Veteran and former Special Forces dog handler Travis Hall, Second Chance has evolved from Hall’s own experience with Bear, a dog who was deployed four times to Iraq. Hall said of Bear, “I didn’t realize it at the time, but that dog changed my life.

Give until it feels good. Now……who’s a good boy?

Summer Life on the Homestead

Never a day goes by when I’m not happy about moving to my “zombie apocalypse compound”.

The view in front of the property:

And we’re wicked close to several trailheads:

And most importantly, the most faithful member of the family and chief chicken-herder, gets new adventures every day:

Enjoying as much as I can before I have to take another trip to less desirable places overseas again.

On Veterans Day


Another year gone by, and our longest war still carries on….with no end, or solution in sight. And crass patriotism continues to be consumed like pornographic pablum by a society that knows this day, as a day off from work and mattress sales….

This Veterans Day, remember not only those who wore the uniform…but also those with a fur coat. No truer comrade than ‘man’s best friend’.

If you have the opportunity, find a WWII veteran, and introduce yourself and especially your children. As we commemorate the 11th hour of the 11th day of 1918…we do so with no living witness to that carnage. The day will come very soon, where we say the same when we observe V-E and V-J days.


photo h/t: https://maddmedic.wordpress.com/2018/11/10/dog-days-766/


Officer “Boone” Passes….


It is with deep sadness that the Front Royal Police Department must report that K-9 Boone has passed away earlier today, just 2 days after his 12th birthday, from a brief illness he was being treated for. Boone and his handler, Sergeant J.B. Courtney, have been partners since June of 2007 when the K-9 program with our department was started.

K-9 Boone graduated from the United States Homeland Security Customs and Border Protection Canine School in 2007. He was actively serving our department, having been deployed on over 1000 occasions to assist in detecting illegal narcotics in vehicles, residences, and schools. Those deployments provided support to not just the Front Royal Police Department, but also the Warren County Sheriff’s Office, Northwest Virginia Regional Drug Task Force, National Park Service, and other area agencies. Sergeant J.B. Courtney and Boone have over 400 documented seizures of illegal narcotics and paraphernalia and have provided numerous K-9 demonstrations for area schools, civic organizations and has been a featured demonstrator at National Night Out.

Boone gave 100% to our department and the community he served for 11 years and will be missed by all. Please keep Sergeant J.B. Courtney and his family in your thoughts and prayers as they heal from his passing. – Link


Boone was a friend to us, a stalwart Law Enforcement Officer, and a beloved member of the Courtney family. He will be truly missed.