Sunday, September 23, 2012

11 September 2012 "Moving Tribute" Flag Run

On September 11th I  was part of the Team RWB “moving tribute” at West Point New York in memory of the victims of the 9/11 attacks on this country. All day long teams of runners kept Old Glory starting at 6 AM and going until the colors went down at 5 PM.


Here is a picture I capture from my Go Pro camera while I was running with the Flag  at West Point.

Here is a link to the Team RWB Facebook page which captured the meaning of the day with this post and picture:

125 cadets, Soldiers and family members participated in today's "Moving Tribute" at West Point---where 7 teams worked together to keep American flags moving from 6 am until 5 pm. The event finished at the flag pole where the group watched the American flag lowered from half-staff, to the top and then to the ground. Pictured here are about 50 of the participants in the day's tribute.

Read my blog entry  on my run to the Thomas Burnett Heroes Garden at the Pepperdine University campus in Malibu, CA.  Thoma Burnett was a Pepperdine Alumnus and heroe of Flight 93.


Saturday, September 22, 2012

It Is All About The People to My Left and Right- 25 Years Serving as a Member of The Team of Teams

Recently I celebrated my 25th year of service in the United States Army.  What started out as a 3 year break between high school and college has turned into a great career.
I started the day off with a "25 Year WOD" with members of the team from the Center from Advancement of Leader Development and Organizational Learning(CALDOL).

Shortly before I changed out of my first company command, COBRA Company, 1-72 AR at Camp Casey, Korea, General (Retired) Fred Franks (Former Commander of VII Corps in Operation Desert Storm) sent the note below to me in an e-mail in August 2008

Teamwork and relationships of people you know and served with is so important in the Army as you know because of your own background. That is why it is so important to have professional relationships with your peers and others as you never know when you will run into them and under what circumstances. Some people work hard at being just difficult to get along with professionally when that is never a good idea. The Army is a team of teams and you just need to find a way to make things work no matter the personalities.
-General Fred Franks in e-mail comment to me on 11 August 2008

What I have learned during my service is the people to my left and right are really what matter, and everything is based of relationships. The people to my left and right are unified with a shared purpose in serving this nation and serving each other. When conditions get rough, no matter what the environment, the people on your left and right are going to carry you through to the objective. The Army is the team of teams!

 A couple years ago I was honored to receive the General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award. As I reflect on the last 25 years General MacArthurs words come to mind No man is entitled to the blessings of freedom unless he be vigilant in its preservation. I have spent the last 25 years of my life being Vigilant in the preservation of Freedom and serving with some OUTSTANDING Americans. I am just as FIRED UP if not more, than when I entered the Army 25 years ago.

I am ending this post with the mottos of the last three units I have served in in tribute to those I have had the honor of serving with, and the  privilege of leading as a commissioned officer:

"Toujours Pret" - Killer Troop 3/2 ACR

"Strike Fast-Kick Ass" COBRA 1-72 AR

"Row Faster or Die" Aggressor 1-353 INF (FSF-CA)

Sunday, September 9, 2012

The Team Inspires!

As I monitored the numerous social media sites I belonged to over the weekend I was truly inspired by the Team Red, White, and Blue (RWB) chapters across the nation as they competed in local races or held remembrance events to remember the men & women killed on Sept 11th, 2001 and those servicemembers who have been killer or wounded in action since that day. I had the privilege of participating in one of the events, the 9/11 Remembrance 5K at West Point, NY where 40 Team RWB members came out and ran.

Through social media I monitored the other events as they happened in Texas, South Carolina, Louisiana, and Western Pennsylvania. What made this more powerful is the personal connections I have with each of these Team RWB Chapters, which really gave me the sense of shared purpose, teamwork and community. That is the power of team and the TEAM INSPIRES!

FIRED UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!