Since this is my last column I thought it only fitting to let each of you read the comments I made at my retirement ceremony in November. I will have retired by the time you read this and I want each of you to know that it has been an honor and a pleasure to have served with you, the 108th Training Command (IET) and the United States Army Reserve.
There are so many individuals I need to recognize and thank that if I started naming names I would surely miss some. So for the many commanders and leaders and soldiers who that played a tremendous part in my career, I say thank you. To those of you in the 108th Tng. Cmd. (IET) thank you for your support and friendship. I would like to thank my family for their support over the years and especially my wife Jackie, who was always there. Whether I was at home or away I say, “thank you honey.” Well how do you put almost 40 years of service into a few sentences? I’m not going to write about all the things I’ve accomplished throughout my career because there are many. I’m not going to write about all the great leaders and Soldiers I’ve worked with and for, because there are even more. And I know you have heard a great deal about our current and future force so let me say; be prepared for change. What is here today will surely change tomorrow. I do want to say my career has been challenging and rewarding and believe I’ve done my best and was rewarded in kind. I am privileged to have been part of a team which achieved great success and we can all take pride in the 108th Tng. Cmd.
First of all I believe each of us must have a belief in some higher authority and this must be first and foremost in our lives. For me personally, my religious faith and beliefs have enabled me to get to this day. I am a firm believer that how we live our personal lives reflects greatly on our professions and those we are in daily contact with.
I believe you have to have a strong family. One that understands how important you job is and one that will support you.
Taking care of Soldiers; I know you hear this over and over. But it’s true. And it’s not just the Soldiers you supervise, but any Soldier you see that needs help. I’ve always tried to be a good mentor I’ve always tried to assist any Soldier that needed help and most of all I’ve tried to remember that we are all different in both our physical and mental capabilities.
Look for the best in your job and the people whom you come in contact with; keep a good positive attitude; your attitude towards life defines not only who you are, but the quality of life you are after. And be happy about what you do; give more and expect less. These are some of the principles I have tried to live by and what I believe has made me a better person.
As we get older and prepare for retirement I think our lives are like a bank account. You withdraw from what you’ve put in. So, my fellow Soldiers my advice to you would be to deposit a lot of happiness in the bank account of memories! Thank you for your part in filling my memory bank - I am still depositing.
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