U.S. Army Veteran Shares Painful Experiences of Military Racism, Part 23

U.S. Army Veteran Shares Painful Experiences of Military Racism, Part 23

“THOSE ORDERS WERE NOT LEGITIMATE” by Sharon Rondeau (Mar. 19, 2019) — Part 22 of our series about the military experiences of former Capt. Gary Mason concluded with Mason’s having returned to Hawaii from a strange temporary assignment in South Korea, where his accommodations, to his surprise, proved to be “a Korean whorehouse” rather than […]

U.S. Army Veteran Shares Painful Experiences of Military Racism, Part 12

U.S. Army Veteran Shares Painful Experiences of Military Racism, Part 12

“A REFLECTION OF YOUR LEADERSHIP” by Sharon Rondeau (Aug. 3, 2018) — In the last installment in this series, former U.S. Army Captain and chaplain Gary Mason described how a physical assault by an enlisted soldier at FOB Paliwoda in Iraq went unaddressed and his subsequent discovery that the command in the 3/4 Cav unit […]

Thoughts on Transitioning from “Enlisted” to Officer & Chaplain

Thoughts on Transitioning from “Enlisted” to Officer & Chaplain

“THE CHAPLAINCY IS NOT WHERE YOU DO THAT” by former U.S. Army Capt. Gary Mason, ©2018 (Jun. 2, 2018) — [Editor’s Note:  The following is a stream-of-consciousness account by former Army Captain Gary Mason of his observations of his transition from enlisted soldier to chaplain candidate and his goal of ministering to effect positive change […]

U.S. Army Veteran Shares Painful Experiences of Military Racism, Part 3

U.S. Army Veteran Shares Painful Experiences of Military Racism, Part 3

FROM “SPECIALIST” TO “LIEUTENANT,” BUT NOT WITHOUT INSULT by Sharon Rondeau (Apr. 30, 2018) — In Part 1 and Part 2 of this series, Captain Gary Mason (retired) related his experience in the U.S. Army Infantry, which surprisingly included unexpected racism. In 2000, Mason had already graduated from college with a degree in Communications when […]