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With Gratitude & Confidence
I was privileged to sit done today with my good friend and boss, Jeremy M., to talk about his years in service to our country. Now the General Manager of pAuto.com, a pre-owned car dealership, Jeremy still carries himself with Army Pride; from his hair cut to his attitude, he still bespeaks his military past.
Jeremy enlisted in the United States Army when he was 18 years old. At the time, he was attending school majoring in Criminal Justice. When asked why he enlisted, Jeremy replied, “ I thought that the life experiences I could have while in the military would benefit my career in a quicker amount of time, and also enhance my knowledge and skills for my choice of career,” which was at the time was to be a policeman.
After enlisting Jeremy would be shipped out for 5 months of basic training, OSUT (One Station Unit Training), AIT (Advanced Individual Training), and his MP schooling.
“I was really blessed to be able to combine all my school and training.” He remarked. “That really shortened my stint at Basic.”
After completing his basic training Jeremy was stationed at Fort Myer, Virginia, where he faithfully performed the duties of a Military Policeman.
It was very interesting to talk with him about his service, I could tell he was quite humble and yet very proud. He still has the Army spirit, as he continued to tell of his experiences it showed with each word.
“When a person drives up to the front gate of a military post, they may have never been on a military base before, I could be the first soldier they've ever seen, and they may go away and never see another. I knew that while I was with anyone I represented the entire armed forces.”
It was a good thing he represented his branch well, Fort Myers was home to 30 Generals, including the Chairman of the Joint-Chiefs-of-Staff, Henry Shelton, who was decorated by then Secretary of Defense Ronald Rumsfeld.
While serving at Fort Myers, Jeremy met his future wife. They were married at the Old Post Chapel and were received as man and wife under a glittering salute of swords.
After five years of service, Jeremy received his Honorable Discharge from the service.
Looking back over his time in the military Jeremy's summation is completely positive.
“The overwhelming pride of being a serviceman cannot be measured. It gave me a strong foundation,” he remarked. “It also gave me the confidence to go out and succeed in all my endeavors. I got to work with the best, most honorable and integritous people on the planet, and I would do it again in a heart beat.”
That is the standard of any serviceman or woman that I have ever met. Like Jeremy, they are regular people, our neighbors, and yet they give up their time, comfort, and abilities so that we may live our lives in a nation that is free. I am overwhelmed with gratitude to them, and I can’t help but feel even more secure. If men and women like my boss still serve, and would again, what have we to fear?
To our Veterans, and current Armed Forces members: I thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for all you have given to make our lives better and to protect our freedoms!
To the Citizens of the United States of America: Today is Veteran’s Day, and we have a task we must not shirk from: we must never take for granted the citizens who put their lives on hold to serve our country, and we must always show them our support.
Get out there and do it!
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