First Honorable Mention, Enlisted Essay Contest
When we join the armed services, we swear to protect our country from all enemies—foreign and domestic. We know it is possible our country will go to war, and that we might give our lives protecting it. Dying for our country in wartime is honorable; in peacetime, when a service member dies while performing his duty, it is almost always preventable. The deaths of Coast Guardsmen Scott Chism and Chris Ferreby, and others like them, have left a dark question mark on our hearts and consciences.