With amazing candor, Luis Delgado, talked to me about his most intense thoughts as a F-18 pilot. Flying off the USS Nimitz at night into a pitch blackness that can scare him so much he screams into his mask, Delgado admitted to me that he feels like he “dies a little death every day”. Delgado loves his work, but has such tension that he suffers from insomnia. He admits that these feelings are not unusual for fighter pilots, and that the Navy cannot really train the pilots to deal with the fear, but can only hope that they can learn the skills to get the job done. Talking to him made me happy to have pilots like Delgado protecting our country.