47 years of incredible selfless service…

Today I had the honor of serving as the presiding official for a team member who is retiring from the government after 47 years of faithful and dedicated service. 47 years…

This particular teammate started in the business in her very early 20’s. She came to Washington on a whim and stayed for the next five decades.  

She worked and served in the national security space through dating her eventual husband, the birth of her children, America going to war several times, the attacks against the Pentagon on 9/11, and the wars that followed. In the last few years, she served with us as her first Grand Daughter was born.  

This incredible human absolutely loves people and loves serving. She is one of the most caring people one could ever serve with and I could not be more grateful for being able to honor you, even in the middle of COVID.

Congrats CR on your incredible career.  You gave it your all, and you made an incredible impact on everyone who ever had the joy of working with you – especially through the joy that you brought everyone who walked through our door each and every day.

Enjoy that Grand Baby!!

The Author is currently serving as an active-duty military officer.  Any comments or recommendations on this post or on this site are solely and expressly my personal views and do not represent the position of any branch of the United States Government, the Department of Defense, or the Department of the Air Force.

Old Friends and Brothers

I had the honor this morning of having an early breakfast with one of my college classmates and someone who I have respected since the day I met him.

“Chief” is a retired USMC Colonel and current Senior Law Enforcement Officer. He is one of the wisest men I’ve ever known. He is a dear friend and I trust him with my life.

As we often do, we talked about a wide range of things. The military, America, friends, family, and the challenges that America is facing.

He reminded me today in his quiet special way that despite all the challenges our Nation is working through, America is, and will, remain the greatest country in the world.

Thanks Chief.

The Author is currently serving as an active-duty military officer.  Any comments or recommendations on this post or on this site are solely and expressly my personal views and do not represent the position of any branch of the United States Government, the Department of Defense, or the Department of the Air Force.

The Leaders Playbook: “I do solemnly swear or affirm…”

“I (state your name) having been appointed a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Air Force, do solemnly swear or affirm that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies – foreign and domestic, and that I will bare true faith and allegiance to the same, that I take this obligation freely without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion and that I will well, and faithfully, perform the duties upon the office of which I am about to enter… So help me God.

Yesterday I had the incredible honor and privilege of swearing a brand new 2nd Lieutenant into the United States Air Force. Both into the military, and into the service of our country.

As I stood there in my dress blues on Zoom, while He and His Classmates stood at attention at the other end and he took the Oath of Office, I was reminded of the day a few years back where I took the same Oath of Office. It was a special day for my family and I, and one I remember to this day.

When a Servicemember takes an Oath of Office they are making a legally and morally binding commitment. They are committing to time away from home, they are committing to long hours, and yes they are committing to give their lives for another and for our way of life. If they have a family they are also committing their families to the same selfless sacrifices required to serve. This is a big big deal for anyone.

In this dynamic and difficult chapter we are living through, yesterday was a warm spot that again confirmed the hope that I have for the future of the United States of America.

This young 2LT does not have to serve – he wants to serve and for that, I am incredibly grateful to you and your family.

Thanks, Lieutenant for the honor of Commissioning you, congrats, and now onward to leading great Americans. May you never forget the gift of service upon which you are now entering and may this chapter enriched your life as much as it has mine.

The Author is currently serving as an active-duty military officer.  Any comments or recommendations on this post or on this site are solely and expressly my personal views and do not represent the position of any branch of the United States Government, the Department of Defense, or the Department of the Air Force.