Rachel Fikes


United States of America


Belton Journal

The Belton Journal

Ghosts of Belton Past: Part III

The Belton Journal

Ghosts of Belton Past: Part II

Belton Journal

Ghosts of Belton Past: Part I

Harker Heights Evening Star

Downs But Not Out Walk

The Belton Journal

Coffee and Tea and Hospitality, Oh My!

Paying it Forward

In Process

Relighting the Torch

EAGAN, Minnesota (August 1, 2014)—Flash back to 2006 when Pursuit of Happyness hit the big screen. We follow the true story of a man played by Will Smith, who loses everything...



Bunker of Absolution (Excerpt)

by Rachel Fikes Prologue-August 2011 The acerbic stench of ammonia smacked her in the nose. She slowly opened her eyes to find that she was in a dimly lit room that resembled a...

Articles While Deployed to Afghanistan


Afghan soldiers clear the way

ISAF - International Security Assistance Force, LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan (Jan. 28, 2013) - As the sun sluggishly peaks out from behind the expanse of the Hindu Kush...


Maj. Gen. Mayville recognizes combat engineer

U.S. Army Maj. Gen. William Mayville, commanding general of Combined Joint Task Force-1 and Regional Command-East, recognized combat engineer Pfc. Michael Bardford of Yuba City,...


Long Knife Soldier in Afghanistan watches birth via Skype

LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan (Jan. 7, 2013) -- While many are familiar with the 1970s song "Love Will Keep Us Together" by The Captain and Tennille, the title can be tweaked...


Artist continues to paint and inspire while deployed

ISAF - International Security Assistance Force, On a typical day at Forward Operating Base Gamberi, Afghanistan, you will see Sgt. 1st Class Michelle John, the career counselor...


Bon appétit at COP Xio Haq

The tantalizing smell of sizzling bacon, fried eggs and fresh coffee makes your mouth water as you enter the "Spartan Shack" dining facility at Combat Outpost Xio Haq. While...


Choosing the road less travelled and making a difference

e squints as the alarm clock blasts at 3:30 a.m., Spc. Kyle Gutfleisch is one of 29 soldiers who make up Route Clearance Platoon 73, C Company, 4th Brigade Special Troops...


Two Soldiers bump into serendipity in Afghanistan

ISAF - International Security Assistance Force, As the Chinook gradually descended into the small valley, he sucked in a deep breath and leaned against the chilly interior of...


Cloudy with a chance of mission impact

The rhythmic drum beat of rain reverberates through the tactical operations center on Forward Operating Base Gamberi. It's a few minutes before the morning shift change brief...


Long Knife Soldier composes music while deployed to Afghanistan

LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan— While many of his battle buddies opt to play video games or watch movies to make the time pass by during deployment, U.S. Army Spc. Michael...