I joined the Army right out of high school and never looked back. I started as a private and worked my way up to colonel. In between, I served in some of the most dangerous places on earth and saw firsthand the true cost of war. But through it all, the Army has been my home and my family. Here’s my story.
I enlisted in the Army immediately after graduating from high school. I was young and idealistic and wanted to make a difference in the world. I can still remember my drill sergeant bellowing at me during basic training. I was sure I wouldn’t make it through those first few weeks, but I did. And when I emerged on the other side, I knew that the Army was where I belonged.
I served two tours in Afghanistan and one in Iraq. I saw firsthand the human cost of war and the toll it takes on soldiers and their families. But I also saw the strength and resilience of the human spirit. There were times when I doubted whether we could win, but I always had faith in my fellow soldiers. And in the end, we did prevail.
Now, after more than 20 years of service, I am a colonel. I have seen firsthand the impact that the Army can have on individual lives and on the world at large. And I am proud to have been a part of it.
The Army has been my home for more than 20 years. It has taken me to some of the most dangerous places on earth and shown me the true cost of war. But it has also given me a sense of purpose and belonging that is unlike anything else. The Army has shaped me into the person I am today, and for that, I will be forever grateful.