Sit back and think about what coffee has meant to you throughout your life. I'm fairly certain that many of you leaned heavily on coffee to get yourself through study sessions, as a wake-up elixir after a night out on the town, or maybe just the "normal" use, as a way to get your day started. I've relied on it in those ways too, but coffee has meant more to me, and my brothers and sisters-in-arms in the military. As a military member, we work some very odd hours. Most military units work 24 hours a day and as such, we rotate through a “watchbill” to make sure there is someone "on watch" at all times. Because of the number of people and hours of the day to fill, we rotate through the watches, which often results in standing a different watch each day. So one day you might be standing watch from 8:00 PM to midnight and the following day you'll stand midnight to 4:00 AM...you get the idea. It all leads to a lot of general tiredness and the need for coffee. Massive amounts of coffee. However, coffee in the military is not like anything you would call coffee. If you'd like to simulate the flavor, go buy some instant coffee and then leave it opened in front of a portable heater for a week. Then put it through a drip maker and place on a hot plate set on high. Leave it a minimum of three days before you drink it. If it is too thick, just add water. Sound horrible? It is...like really horrible. However, we all guzzle it down like it is going out of style. Although that description may have seemed negative, it isn't. Although it sounds like some very bad coffee, it was a staple over the years of a career that I have loved dearly. I think it has also created a real appreciation of great coffee. I now feel like I've finally graduated to real coffee! What are some fond memories that you have of coffee? Pic is of me and my division at my first command back in 1990ish.