A High Speed Low Drag Way of Life

I joined the Marines at the age of 17. I’m 40 now. For most of my adult life I’ve worked in occupations where people shot at me or tried to blow me up, I almost always went armed everywhere I was, or I was surrounded by wild animals who saw me at the bottom of the food chain. Don’t get me wrong, it’s been a lot of fun. It has also shaped how I live.

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Combine Jack Bauer and Indiana Jones, add a fierce red beard, take away all the handsomeness and the hair, and you’ve got me.

All of this helped hone a way of life I call High Speed Low Drag Living.

The Urban Dictionary defines the term as “No extra fluff or “baggage” that is irrelevant to the person, product, or idea being described. Basically, “very efficient” or “lean and mean”. It’s a term we often used in the Marines because of its nautical connotation. A vessel with low drag or extra crap will go faster. It applies in so many ways too.

Just think about your own body. Weigh less, run faster.

What about your business? Less debt, more mobility.

These days I get shot at much less than I used to, but there are the occasional contracts I take that I often can’t reveal where I trade my button down shirt for a plate carrier. Mostly these days I help other people develop a high speed low drag life. Not everyone can afford me and not everyone is willing to pay for help in life transformation though, and that’s fine. I’d rather have the right number of great clients than too many bad ones who aren’t willing to work hard. That’s why I wrote my book on Rapid Skill Acquisition. It’s an anonymous inexpensive way to check out what I do.

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Rapid Skill Acquisition has been on the best seller lists in the areas of cognitive psychology and experimental education because it works. It’s pretty cheap too if you buy it for your tablet. Click on this link right HERE and you can check it out. If you think you’re ready for more, send me a message and we’ll see if we’re a good fit for moving you forward.

This message was written by a team of geeks, nerds, gamers, and Dr. David Powers. You can always find us at www.drdavidpowers.com. Thanks for reading!

A Career Transition Story- Meet Former Marine Joshua Alexander

I’d like to introduce a friend and fellow Marine Joshua Alexander. I met Josh through the geeky pursuits that we share in common, like comics, beards, and kilts.

I wanted to tell you about Josh because I was intrigued by his efforts to go back to the military and further a career within the armed services. As we enter a post-war military and the drawdowns and budget crippling begins, you’ll hear more stories like his.

I also wanted to do my bets to put his name out there in case a job opportunity is just waiting for him from one of my readers. If anyone would like to get in touch with him, you can find him at jbalex26@gmail.com or on Facebook at Joshua Alexander.

And now, in Josh’s words…

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In high school, my brother Jeff joined the Army. He wanted to be an ELITE, so he became an Army Ranger. I didn’t understand what this meant. I looked up to my brother. I wanted to join the military because of his war stories and the brothers he fought for. He said, “Josh, what do you want to be?” I said, “I wanted to be an Apache Pilot and if I couldn’t fly, then I wanted to be a SEAL in the US Navy. He gave me tips, told me to swim, do good in school, and never leave a brother on the field, or a war veteran who is struggling.

My brother deployed to Afghanistan in 2001 and lost half of his unit in combat. He saw his brothers pass and got in trouble and was later discharged with a General other than Honorable. He got released due to misconduct. He sought help but couldn’t find it. He became addicted to alcohol and nicotine. I watched him struggle with his job, girlfriend, and his VA shut him down. He went to prison for five years and is now off parole seeking a better life. My brother is still a hero. He fought the good fight. He never left his brothers. He served his country with honor. He screwed up because there was no help. He asks, “What has my country done for me?”

Towards the end of high school I joined the Utah National Guard 19th Special Forces Support. My recruiter put me in for NBC (Nuclear, Biological, Chemical Warfare). I was going to fix gas masks for Operators, go to jump school, speak a foreign language, grow a beard, build a country and don the John Wayne Green Beret. After 9 months of drill, the option to go to boot camp was upon me. During a career fair, a Marine recruiter approached me and said,” What do you want to be.” I said, I don’t know. I want to be like my brother, an SF Operator. I want to go where others wont. The Marine Corps said, “We have Force Recon and we have to get you out of the National Guard.” I said, Let’s go and, by the way, nice uniform Marine!

The marine recruiter and myself went to the national guard. My Army 1st Sgt said, ” What do you want to do Alexander, the choice is now!” Being impatient, I want to be a Marine. I choose the Marine Corps. During the rigors of the Marine Corps Delayed Entry Program, I trained hard. Never gave up and lived with my depressed brother. He motivated me with stories, the things I will see. He put check points in my life that I needed to achieve while in the Corps.

I took my ASVAB. I chose radio operator. It was the closest to Infantry. I went to boot camp in 2003. I came from San Diego not the Island. I pushed hard to pass, struggled with Marine Combat Training, and then to Comm School. I loved the radios and stories of air strikes. I learned what potential I could have. In boot camp, recon indoc happened. I should of raised my hand. I stepped into my unit and deployed to Iraq 2004. I was attached to an Army grunt unit and provided base security and patrolled every three days. I saw the enemy and never fired because America didn’t want us too. I did radio watch for 12 hrs a day and led good units back to base so they can call their families back home.

I came home and was attached the 24th MEU, the greatest group of Marines I ever worked with. We deployed to Beirut/Jordan/Dubai/Kuwait. We rescued over 12,000 Americans in Lebanon. Israel attacked Hezbolah and the Americans were evacuated. It was a good time. On this deployment, I became the Colonel’s personal radio operator and was awarded. I was completing my check mark my brother had set for me.

Well, I continued and ended my enlistment with 3rd Bn 9th Marines and we had a possible deployment to Afghanistan. I went to my career planner and I denied combat orders (I had 4 months left, family wanted me out, America was changing). I was given an re-entry code of RE-3C. I did not understand this code. I completed my enlistment and discharged Honorably. I walked out with a Good Conduct Medal, an Iraq Campaign Medal, and others. My brother would be proud…

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I sat for a few weeks and I found a job doing construction. I couldn’t get a government job. I guess its for special people. My friend told me of a job in North Carolina. He said, “Have you heard of Blackwater USA.?” They are hiring Comm Controllers. I applied and got accepted. I trained hard yet again and shot more weapons than I did in the Marine Corps. The Operator dream was coming true. At the end, I was cut because they lost my paper work and they said that my radio operator job was not a combat MOS. Here is your $1000.00 check. Take care.

I went back to construction and the thought of depression and sadness built in. I worked construction for five years. I sat back and looked at my choices. I chose to go to school. In school, I wanted to be a nurse (too many applicants), a cop (one job available, 200 applicants), a veterinarian (too long for school). While applying to the nursing program, I called the Navy Officer Program and they told me NO because of my RE-3C. I was denied. I chose to be a Paramedic. I want to save lives or even combat rescue. I called the Air Force, they told me no tattoos. I called the Army, they said NO to RE-3C’s and his 1st Sgt said NO. The Coast Guard said no jobs available.

WHY DOES IT HAVE TO BE LIKE THIS? I SERVED HONORABLY. I FOUGHT THE GOOD FIGHT! I EARNED IT! In addition, BORSTAR (Border Patrol Search and Rescue), no openings! The Border is open America. Close it for the Veterans. We would like to earn our dreams. We earned it. My friend in college, Josh Sams (Marine Corps Sniper) wounded in Afghanistan taking out the enemy. He wants to FIGHT AMERICA still! I want to still fight for him because of his story. I still want to serve my brothers. America has spoken, the answer is NO!

Today, I am 29. I own a beard and soon will shave it for my program. I know God has a job for me and even though the answer is NO, he will come back with a better YES. I have a beautiful wife and 2 kids and even though I cant be Special Forces, I’ll just be a Special Daddy Veteran Style. My children will learn of my check marks in life. 

In retrospect, I learned from a pro, swam like a SEAL, saw the Army SF, wore the dress blues, earned the title Marine, fought the fight, rescued the sick, got a 4.0. I will be the best PARAMEDIC THIS COUNTY HAS EVER SEEN. Veterans are special and by what I’ve seen, this country just covers them up. I’m ready to take this life on. “SO THAT OTHERS MAY LIVE!” I will don a Purple Beret!

 Once a Marine, Always a Marine. I WILL OPERATE even if the answer is NO!

 Cpl Joshua Alexander

RIP Sgt Kevin Balduf & Cpl Kyle Wilks

Beard Up!

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This message was written by a team of geeks, nerds, gamers, and Dr. David Powers. You can always find us at www.drdavidpowers.com. Thanks for reading!

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Remembering Grandfathers on Memorial Day

Here’s to my two grandfathers, warriors both, old soldiers now faded away.

Happy Memorial Day!

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Both my grandfathers served in the Pacific Theatre of Operations during World War II.

This message was written by Dr. David Powers. You can always find me at www.drdavidpowers.com. Thanks for reading!

 

World War Z (Zombies) and Against All Odds (Chuck Norris) Book Reviews

I’ve voiced many times in the past my aversion to borrowing books from other people. I won’t get into the reasons why yet again. What I will say is that, as of late, I’ve been pleasantly surprised by recent suggestions from other people.

During a recent trip to Atlanta, GA with my wife to attend the Catalyst conference, we stayed over a few days with an old friend Justin Purdy. I’ve known Purdy since our days together at Parris Island, otherwise known as hell-on-earth or Marine Corps boot camp. We hit it off immediately, mainly because we shared the same desire for reckless adventure and quite a few shared hobbies. Two predilections we share that sparked this month’s review are a love of martial activities and zombie tales.

World War Z by Max Brooks. Three Rivers Press. 342 pages. $14.95

I have to admit that the vast majority of my zombie fare comes from movies and comic books. I’ve never been a devotee of zombie prose until now. This book was first recommended to me by Jeff Small, a fellow devotee of all things horror and comic book related. My lack of zombie fiction experience notwithstanding, I have to say that World War Z (WWZ) is the best book of the genre that I’ve read thus far.

Brooks wrote WWZ as a follow-up to his immensely successful The Zombie Survival Guide, which is a collection of tips and training to survive an apocalypse of the undead. WWZ, rather than the simple prose retelling of a story, is instead a collection of accounts or personal history written by a United Nations reporter. Both books are written as if the incidents contained therein have really happened and the writing is to help us survive by having the right information.

The narrator’s job was to travel the world making an official report on the zombie war for the United Nations. The official report focused primarily on facts and numbers and eliminated the people aspects. That is why the narrator wrote this account of personal histories about incidents pre-, during, and post-war from all over the world. The incidents related involve famous celebrities, politicians, and plenty of normal folk who survived.

One of the things I look for in any new stories regarding the supernatural or monsters is how the writer changes the mythology. I really enjoyed the new additions to the zombie story in WWZ. The stories about how zombies have taken over bodies of water are a great addition. I also enjoyed the reaction of zombies to extreme cold, freezing in the winter and thawing out in the spring to roam the earth.

If you’re a fan of zombies, monsters, or really great human interest stories I’d recommend this one heartily. If you enjoy the book, you might be excited to know that Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment has optioned the book for film. The rumor is that Pitt is planning on playing the role of the narrator.

Against All Odds by Chuck Norris. B&H Books. 246 pages. $14.99

                I have always been a fan of Chuck Norris. I can fondly recall from my earliest days going to see his movies on the big screen. Lone Wolf McQuade was always my favorite. I followed Norris all the way through his career on into the Walker Texas Ranger phase of things. I never did like that theme song though.

I have to admit that although I was such a huge fan, I never knew that much about Norris’ personal life or martial arts career. I knew he’d been a champion of some kind and was great friends with Bruce Lee, but I didn’t know the stats. I also knew he was a professed Christian, but I didn’t know much about his religious life or his testimony. I’m glad I read the book.

Of course Norris explains how he learned martial arts and how that training took him higher and higher. He also told much more than that. Even with his phenomenal acting and physical success the book is written from a very humble point-of-view. Like any person Norris hasn’t done everything right in his life, but he’s is very quick to point out his mistakes. Not only does he point them out, he also takes all the responsibility for them. Before reading the book, I liked Norris as an actor and martial artist. Now I respect him as an honorable Christian.

If you haven’t thought about reading the book, let me throw you a little nugget to look for. You might have heard of all the Chuck Norris superfacts spreading over the Web, such as “Chuck Norris hides under the Boogeyman’s bed.” You’ll have to read the book to find out the real story behind how Norris had twins a decade after having a vasectomy.