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When Dan Miller describes "The Launch", the sculpture he commissioned that took form during INNOV48, it is just like the decision to retire from the military for me. He describes the bird with wings extended expectantly, body poised, fully committed to flight with no thought of retreat. As an Air Force pilot, that nailed the way I feel now.
I entered the service during the culmination of the cold war, saw Desert Storm unfold, was in Port au Prince, Haiti the day after the invasion was recalled after takeoff. I've been to Iraq, Afghanistan, India, Djibouti (Africa), Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Kuwait, Qatar, and been stationed in Japan, Korea, Hawaii, and throughout the continental United States. Throughout that time I have been proud to be surrounded by people committed to integrity, to service before self, and to excellence in everything they do. They are men and women who are smart, talented, and upbeat in the most dire circumstances. Most of the complaints I heard were when things were easy and carefree.
It was difficult for me to leave the military, but because of Dan Miller's program I was able to join a great organization that is devoted to developing the next generation of military leaders to succeed in the most difficult and dangerous work of the nation. I continue to work with individuals who are motivated more by the mission than by the pay.
The post title is a quote from John Maxwell who appeared on Dave Ramsey's radio show on Friday, November 14. It's a powerful warning against complacency. I've seen great people implode after years of success, blinded by a sense of invincibility. Coming from a military background, we studied a concept called the…Continue
I've accepted a civilian position with the Air Force in an organization I became interested in four years ago. I got the word out through my network about a year ago that I was interested in relocating to Las Vegas and got a note from a colleague that this particular job was opening up this fall. There is no way I would have seen the position announcement as I was enjoying my military terminal leave on the beach in Vermont if my friend hadn't given me the heads-up, and because I already had…Continue