I had the honor and the very good fortune to spend much of my 25-plus year military career teaching at the Air Force Academy. I came there after serving as a “finger on the button” ICMB launch officer up the road from Colorado in Cheyenne. In both assignments there was an absolute premium placed on the concept of honor and truthfulness. At the Academy, the cadets lived under the Honor Code — "A cadet will not lie, cheat, steal, or tolerate those who do." And I taught my students that this code was practice for the “real” Air Force in which they would serve after graduation. On active duty, I taught, your word must be your bond, because so much is at stake. There was only one “acceptable lie” for a cadet, called the “social lie.” If a cadet found him or herself asked if they enjoyed eating the eggplant and Brussels sprout pizza, they were allowed to say yes to their host. And in checking my spelling just now, I learned that you capitalize the “B” in Brussels sprouts – so even if you hate this column, well, that’s something useful.