Ring dance late junior year was the epitome of social life for the Cadet at the Academy.  He flew her out.  It was a bit funny when he introduced her to his old roommate, and they both had the same dress.  Needless to say, the night was wonderful.  Pictures on the Terrazzo, a beautiful sunset. … Continue reading Thirteen


For Christmas he at least sent a message.  Thinking about her with the meathead upset him and motivated him at the same time.  He was home a few days before Christmas when the phone rang.  It was Nicole and she was crying.  Joe was stunned.  He didn’t know what to say.  “I want to hold… Continue reading Eleven


Sophomore year is tough.  For Joe it was crushing.  He was deflated, lonely, tired.  Training the next class, and the academic load put huge strains on him.  Without Nicole, he was irritable and unfocused.  He was hardly the guy he was supposed to be.  He was a lost puppy.  Struggling through the year, he missed… Continue reading Ten


Summers were short but sweet.  After freshman year, Joe had survival training.  It was practice POW camp.  She was his foundation and Achilles heel.  The survival part wasn’t bad.  He did some scouting growing up, so it was hungry camping.  Groups were divided by social security numbers, so he was with other cadets from the… Continue reading Nine