May 29, 2017 Fort Report
On Memorial Day, we honor those who gave their last full measure in service to our country. We stop the busyness and pause: to observe, to reflect, to remember. The formal remembrance of our nation’s war dead is more than a nostalgic tradition. That a person would lay down his...
May 22, 2017 Fort Report
In front of a congressional building in Washington, there are two statues. One is entitled Majesty of Law, the other Spirit of Justice. Majesty of Law is a Moses-like figure, with a sword in one hand pointed downward and a book in the other emblazoned with the United States Seal...
May 15, 2017 Fort Report
In his book, Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life...And Maybe the World, retired Admiral William McRaven walks through 10 Life Lessons that he learned during his Navy SEAL training. The book flowed from a commencement address he gave at the University of Texas...
May 8, 2017 Fort Report
As I prepared to vote Thursday, I asked a Nebraskan visiting my office what he thought about the new health care bill. He said, “It’s a start." I agree. The bill is a “start” to creating a health care system that all Americans deserve. My goal in health care repair remains the...
May 1, 2017 Fort Report
Our nation recently watched in horror as flight staff at a publicly traded airline, having failed to motivate volunteers with sufficient compensation, enlisted Chicago Aviation Police to forcibly remove one of the randomly selected passengers so they could seat their own...
Apr 24, 2017 Fort Report
In the opening chapter of the book I Am a Man: Chief Standing Bear’s Journey for Justice, author Joe Starita vividly describes the heroic, harrowing story of Standing Bear and the forced relocation of his Ponca Tribe from their Nebraska homeland to “Indian Territory” (present-...
Apr 17, 2017 Fort Report
An important religious figure in Syria once asked to see me and other members of an American delegation. I assumed we were in for a strident lecture about America’s role in the Syrian conflict. It was quite the opposite. He humbly asked us to understand the circumstances of the...
Apr 10, 2017 Fort Report
I once met a young man who had escaped from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), commonly known as North Korea. He shared his harrowing tale of fleeing, capture, jail, and, ultimately, freedom. He is grateful for his new life and shares the enthusiasm of liberation...
Apr 3, 2017 Fort Report
Upon a visit to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, I noticed among its many noteworthy qualities that the bucolic campus reflected a harmony, orderliness, and dignity, a call to something higher. Creating a sense of place as a message for the ages used to be...
Mar 27, 2017 Fort Report
As I got on the plane to return home to Nebraska yesterday, I had to maneuver with baggage in one hand and dinner in the other to get to my seat. After I was settled, the nice lady next to me politely said, "There must be an easier way."  I replied, "Yes, I agree." I don't think...