Jason B. Ladd

Ask the Questions. Embrace the Answers. Make the Leap.

Broad is the Path (Excerpt from One of the Few)

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An excerpt from One of the Few. Click here to receive updates on the release in November 2015! If you can manage not to get blown off the ship while navigating the crowded and dangerous flight deck while trying to find your jet, you’ve won half the battle. The landing pattern is different at night and allows for […]

A Response to Buddhist-Based Training in the Corps

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This is my response to recently proposed Buddhist-based training in the Corps. While Christ is being involuntary separated from the Marines, the Buddha is expanding his sphere of influence in the military’s latest pilot project to address rising numbers of suicides and cases of PTSD. If Christ is retired as the military’s longest ranking spiritual mentor, he […]

Splashing Myths (Excerpt from One of the Few)

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An excerpt from One of the Few.  I was running out of missiles and we already lost one fighter. We managed to hold back the first wave of enemy aircraft, but air intercept control (AIC) was already calling out more groups. There was no time to mourn for Dash-4; he made a tactical error and paid […]

The Routine (Excerpt from One of the Few)

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An excerpt from One of the Few. Pre-order today, buy a book for the troops, and help me reach my funding goal by March 22nd! (Update: our pre-order funding goal was met! Stay tuned for the official launch in November!) My alarm buzzed at 6:00 p.m. Time to wake up. I rolled out of the bottom bunk and […]

Officer Candidate School (Excerpt from One of the Few)

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An excerpt from One of the Few. Pre-order today, buy a book for the troops, and help me reach my funding goal by March 22nd! (Update: our pre-order funding goal was met! Stay tuned for the official launch in November!) Day one began in a parking lot where a Sergeant Instructor assembled the new officer candidates. He instructed […]

What Happens in Bangkok (Excerpt from One of the Few)

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An excerpt from One of the Few. Available now on Amazon. It was Friday night in Bangkok, and we were ready to cut loose after an intense week of flying exercises with the Royal Thai Air Force. Unfamiliar smells came in waves as we maneuvered the crowded street to find the next meeting place. I passed by […]

Please Think Carefully Before Thanking Our Veterans

Thinking about thanking our veterans? Stop. Don’t be so hasty. Let me give you something to think about before you walk up to that service member. As a veteran, I know the satisfaction that comes when you take time to say, “Thank you for your service.” I understand your intention, and I appreciate the sentiment. […]

NEW BENEFITS NEAR FOR PILOTS WITH TYPE CONFUSION

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MCAS MIRAMAR, CA — Fresh stubble sprouts on the face of Marine Major Pat “Brownout” Greyson. He rubs his oddly rough cheeks awaiting the results of a Congressional hearing on type confusion in the military. “You’re supposed to shave, even when on leave. But l don’t feel like shaving today.” Greyson has been battling depression […]

The Ballad of Betty and Chesty

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For Marines, the Crucible is both a test and a way of life. This test of courage and strength begins at basic training, extends into combat, and often continues after their service is complete. This ballad describes one small part of the Crucible and is dedicated to the men and women of the armed forces […]

Listening, Learning, and Leadership

Is it better to be feared, or to be loved? The American war film Twelve O’Clock High explores this Machiavellian question in the context of American bomber squadrons in World War II.  The story unfolds to highlight the similarities and differences between two commanding officers with different leadership styles. The first was close to his men […]