Stories By Brandon Lingle

  • Lingle: Aspiring storytellers take flight The airmen and guardians (Space Force members) came from bases around the globe for a storytelling workshop. We salute their work.
  • Lingle: ‘Top Gun’ relaunch is propaganda that hits its target “Top Gun” is an adventure story full of competition, romance, intrigue — it’s also propaganda.
  • Lingle: Amid COVID delays, life keeps moving The delay between her death and service made the loss feel close and yet far away.
  • Lingle: Center for the Intrepid eases darkness of war A place of 360 healing, the CFI has also dampened the trauma of war that echoes through generations. That is a light in a dark world.
  • Lingle: Don’t look away from war’s horrors A photo of a bike rider, killed in the war in Ukraine, burns into our minds and hearts. Don’t look away.
  • Lingle: A border sheriff cuts through the politics In Del Rio, immigration politics and rhetoric meet reality with a constant flow of immigrants and asylum seekers.
  • Lingle: Burn pit vets can’t wait, yet Congress dithering If we cared about the big picture, America would have already honored its “sacred obligation,” as President Joe Biden has said, to care for its veterans and their families.
  • Lingle: A snapshot of Operation Lone Star in Del Rio is murky A fence with holes. Border residents who sometimes feel more secure. Guardsmen watching and waiting.
  • Lingle: Drawn to this ‘fundamental moment for Liberty’ in Ukraine The former Air Force officer with experience in Afghanistan called the war “a fundamental moment for Liberty.”
  • Lingle: Taking risks to share the horror in Ukraine Martin Kuz, a former Express-News reporter, is in Ukraine, covering the war for the Christian Science Monitor.
  • Lingle: Dropkick Murphys took me to a different time and place By my count, I’ve attended at least 8 Dropkick concerts. Emotions and memories tied to the old songs jabbed me, but the simple, bold gesture of solidarity with Ukraine was a gut-punch.
  • Lingle: After the battlefield, vets left battling toxic exposures The full effects of war take years to comprehend, let alone care for.
  • Lingle: Ukraine’s story may inspire; still, it’s one of horror We may not comprehend the specifics of the unfolding trauma, but we can all agree Putin’s invasion is obscene and evil.
  • Lingle: As invasion looms, lessons go unlearned Beneath the rhetoric and posturing, each country is enmeshed in deception and efforts to reveal the other’s next move before they make it.
  • AF general goes viral for tweet about mental health In sharing with the world his own mental health appointment, Gen. Mike “Mini” Minihan has sparked conversations across the military.
  • Lingle: Searching for a battlefield and finding camaraderie As with much history, my mind wrestles with the scale and senselessness of the violence.
  • Lingle: At Endeavors, the promise of wellness for veterans “I mean, if it wasn’t for them, I’d still be on the streets,” one veteran said.
  • Lingle: Vets unaccompanied, yet they’re not alone During the brief ceremony, and forever after, those in attendance became the dead’s family, friends and loved ones.
  • Lingle: DOD bombshell a clear warning to Russia Let’s pause a beat and consider the Defense Department’s comments Friday on how the Russians are poised to stage a fake attack to ignite war with Ukraine?
  • Lingle: Khruangbin played for San Antonio, and the burden eased For two nights in December the universe smiled on San Antonio as the band Khruangbin mesmerized audiences at the Tobin Center.