I served in the United States Army for ten years. For seven years, I was a forward observer for field artillery. I finished my career as a hand grenade instructor for officers headed to combat in Iraq and Afghanistan.
My unit was deployed after 9/11 when my son was only 3 months old. My wife had the toughest job of all, taking care of a newborn and everything that comes along with a deployed husband.
I was fortunate to serve with amazing men and women. I saw bravery, leadership, selfless service, and dedication from every soldier. The army creates professional soldiers and professional leaders; I'm very proud of my Army service.
The Army taught me to lead by example. I learned when to listen and think and when to make a decision and act.