Jun 10, 2017 Fort Report
After 9/11, crime all but vanished from the streets of New York City. In other words, the shock and horror caused a community to rally together above any social discord in the spirit of unity. We glimpsed this same spirit of solidarity when Osama bin Laden was finally confronted.
Jun 2, 2017 Fort Report
On Memorial Day, I met a gentleman who had flown fifteen bombing missions from England to Germany during WWII. A quiet and unassuming man, he had come to the graveside ceremony in Elmwood, Nebraska to pay respects to our war dead. He shared with me that he was the last remaining...
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...