Stories from The Lantern

Posted: January 17, 2012 in Ohio State, The Lantern

Ohio State women’s basketball downs Northwestern

Ohio State women ready for Northwestern

Michigan ends Ohio State women’s basketball 15-game winning streak

Ohio State women’s basketball races by Nebraska


In 2008 I traveled with a team of Army doctors to a remote region of Cambodia. The objective was to treat patients in an austere location, while teaching and learning from counterparts in the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces. The medical exercise is part of an ongoing bi-lateral relationship between the RCAF and the United States military.

Columbus Casino

Posted: October 29, 2011 in Ohio State, Uncategorized

One of the hottest issues in Columbus is the casino project located on the westside.  Opponents say the casino will bring a seedy element to the city, while proponents think  gambling will spark economic growth in the decaying area.  Since the closing of a major manufacturing plant, the westide of Columbus has become one of the highest areas for drugs and prostitution in the State.  For our final class project in multimedia journalism, my partner and I decided to focus on the growth prospects the casino is offering.

IED’s have killed and maimed thousands of service members overseas. In 2007 Explosive Ordinance Disposal became a topic every Marine had to be aware of. To understand munitions disposal, Marines at Combined Arms Training Center, Camp Fuji Japan, disposed of a whole host of weapons on a winter afternoon in 2008. Out of all the stories I did in the Marine Corps, this was the most entertaining. Not only was it awesome seeing a bunch of shit blow up, but I also got to do a priceless interview with LCpl. Fernandez. She was the only female among 20 Marines that day, but other than her ponytail, five foot stature, and the lack of dip in her mouth, she was the stereotypical Marine.  I say that in an endearing manner, because out off all the Marines there that day, she KNEW  she wanted to take apart bombs for a living.  Her military occupation was supply, but she was trying to make her way into the male-domintaed EOD field.  I wish I could have aired my full interview with her, but her language was not agreeable with the American Forces Network broadcasting standard. After I told her repeatedly  she couldn’t say “fuck” or any derogatory terms for Iraqi’s, she gave me a brief soundbite that was semi-acceptable.  Thank you LCpl. Rachelle Fernandez!

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The Marine Corps gave me a multitude of opportunities, but I cherish none more than traveling to remote areas of the globe.  Once you witness third-world poverty you realize how fortunate America is.  In 2008 I joined the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit during a bi-lateral training excercise with the Filipino Armed Forces.  While the exercise focused on military readiness, I was assigned to cover the community relations aspect of the operation.  I was sent to a remote village where U.S. and Filipino Marines were renovating classrooms that made my high school like an Ivy League prep school .

IA billets offer new opportunites for Barstow personnel

Army reservists make repairs to rail

Maintenance crews prep fighters at Cope North

Barstow Marines take advantage of educational services

LAV veteran still serving corps

Barstow Marines learn keys to driving responsibly

Combat Casualty Care from daniel restivo on Vimeo.

While serving with the American Forces Network in 2008, I had the privilege to cover one of the largest military medical conferences in the world.  The Asian Pacific Military Medicine Conference invited military doctors from across the pacific to share their research with fellow counterparts in Singapore. During the weeklong summit, United States Army Major General George W. Weightman, lectured about a new and low-cost breakthrough in battlefield medicine.