Like it or not, the Army and our Country are in the midst of a seemingly profound change. It’s not the first or last time we Soldiers and Citizens have been challenged. We will prevail through the graceful application of genuine leadership with virtue and valor.
This profound change, the storm, or life stressors abound, have impacted the majority of us in some way. But the sky is not falling. Why? Because despite the storm and at the end of the day, it’s why we exist! We professional warriors embrace a challenge and foster esprit-de-corps while decisively achieving our objective. It is our way and our ethos. Our leaders, our Soldiers, and our Country demand we hold strong, chin up and chest out. I shout, “Bring it on!”
For all, as Soldier or Citizen, I charge - lead you and lead others through the storm. This proverbial storm is different for all, but we all have a storm or that unfamiliar road we must navigate. On the path, reflect on the image you display, the words you use, your actions, cause and effect. Does it inspire commitment to excellence or breed fear and disillusionment? Does it motivate towards success or instill resentment and lethargy? Would you follow you?
With over 17 years serving the Army and through three deployments, I hope to continue living up to the ideals I serve until my pulse is taken. I’ve seen the bad and the good, but what has defined me is the good. And this good I speak of, such as lives saved and tears of joy, could not have been witnessed had I not raised my hand in the summer of ’95 and said, “I would be honored to serve.” And everyday since has truly been a time for leadership and reflection.
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