All posts tagged: united states military

The Bi-Products of Our Labors: Charting Progression Through Progress Charts

This week I hand in my thesis on media-military relations to my adviser, the Georgetown University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Proquest, and hopefully a few people who will be generous enough to edit it before then. As is often the case when you write something longer than 700-800 words, getting people to read something closer to 10,000 words can be a bit tricky. I am not suggesting tools of deception, “psych-ops,” or anything so ordinary as blackmail. Rather, humor and a little prodding. Inspired by the magnanimous work of Bill Mauldin, Second World War cartoonist with the U.S. Army, I created a few cartoons, one of which I am sharing here. Without further ado, some scenes from the war room (gentlemen, no fighting…): In the past two years as a student in the security studies program at Georgetown, I have learned to adjust my own pedagogical background in various ways to a culture where the military dominates. One aspect of this has involved adjusting to methods I never quite understood, such as Power …

American Women Veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq Wars in New York City

This picture of Captain Tracey Frink, 30, of Astoria, Queens at center in uniform, with other female veterans with the organization American Women Veterans in signature red scarves was taken this past Thursday, Veteran’s Day in the United States, during the New York City Veteran’s Day Parade on Fifth Avenue. I met women who had served in Korea, Vietnam, the First Gulf War, Bosnia, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Guantanamo Bay in all branches of the American armed forces except the coast guard (although Genevieve Chase of American Women Veterans just wrote me, “We did have a Coastie there… even a Coast Guard Academy grad!” so in fact all branches were present) : the army, navy, air force, marine corps. I am currently at work on a photo essay that looks at women veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq Wars residing in New York City. My hope is to find a woman in every borough of the city, so Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx and Staten Island, who will allow me to photograph part of their civilian …