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Honoring our Military Students on Veterans Day

Honoring our Military Students on Veterans Day


It is an amazing experience
to jump in an F-18 and to be able to take
off and essentially strap two giant rockets to
your back and accelerate 300, 400, 500 miles an hour and
to blast through the clouds. What happens when you dive
the submarine under the ocean for the first time and all
the hatches are closed, you realize that you have to
depend on everyone around you. There is no one
else that is going to come in and save the day. I faced my toughest
challenges in Iraq. I was 24 years old. I was in charge
of about 45 guys. And we were facing a
significant enemy threat. I flew helicopters. I moved people around. I moved equipment around. You kind of have to
maintain composure. People were trying
to attack you. But you’re surrounded
by a group of people that are just really good
people and very supportive. You have this mission that
you have to accomplish. And you’re putting
yourself secondary to that. Folks in the military are
often exposed to very austere conditions where things happen. And you really have
to adapt on the fly and learn what you can do. It’s a very different experience
living in a steel tube with 120 people that
quickly become your family. When you transition
from submerged to just below the surface to
where you have your periscope up so you can see,
being a junior officer, that was my favorite
part of the job. Just really getting
good at that evolution and learning how
to be comfortable in overwhelming amounts
of data and being able to successfully
carry out your mission. You’ve got three
radios to listen to, plus a person in the back seat. Plus you’re operating a radar. You’re listening to
oral cues for if you’re being targeted by enemy radars. You’ve got your
weapons system that you have to make sure is ready
to go and ready to launch. And you’re also just
flying the airplane. You’re going about
the speed of sound. I think it’s a fallacy
that officers just say take the hill and
people take the hill. It’s anything but. Military leadership is far
more in-depth with trying to make people understand
why you’re doing it and then compel them to go. As an officer in the military
pretty much from day one, you’re in charge of people. And you’re in charge
of the success or your failure of a project. My last job, I was
in cyber security. And it’s a relatively new
field, even for the military. And one of my first
projects on my cyber team was to actually make
this team operational. We didn’t have all the
information at the time. We didn’t have a
clear set of guidance, which is something you come
to rely on in the military. So developing that on
our own, pitching that, taking the feedback, putting
together a cohesive process was really one of the
situations where you’re out of your comfort zone. Having to build
multidimensional teams to address really
complicated problems, I think that sense of
commitment and duty, the higher mission and purpose,
is something that veterans really bring to the table. One thing that comes to mind for
me when I think about Veterans Day is just gratitude. I think of service. I think of somebody
that chose to put the mission and the country
ahead of their own desires. You know it’s hard to talk
about what goes on in a war. There’s a brotherhood and a
sisterhood that’s developed. An intangible bond that
exists between every veteran, whether or not we’ve
actually met each other. There are definitely
people who haven’t had the advantages that I’ve had. And it’s incumbent
upon me to make sure that I pay it forward.


Reader Comments

  1. See Internet Videos for "American Genocide in the Philippines"

    See Internet Images of "American Genocide in Iraq"

    See Internet Images of "American Genocide in Vietnam":

    Take a good hard look at the victims that you murder in the name of your personal so-called glory.

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