US Army Officer
My career in leadership development began as a cadet at the Virginia Military Institute. Upon graduation, I was commissioned an infantry officer in the US Army. After asking to go to Korea (one of the least desired choices for duty assignments), I was surprisingly sent to Fort Lewis, Washington (the No. 1 destination choice, Army-wide). My luck didn’t end there: I was assigned as a Rifle Platoon Leader, to THE unit experimenting with the “Medium Brigade” – a brand new doctrinal concept the Army was adopting. In 2003, I volunteered for the war and they actually sent me! In Kuwait and Iraq, I worked military intelligence for the ’03 invasion. I spent my last year in Korea, working as an assistant war-planner in a division headquarters. In six years of Active Duty, I was able to see and work across the tactical, operational and strategic levels of national defense. And I worked in three, completely different functions doing it. It was a hell of an education.