Do you have a “holiday” from your office today? If you are working in a position for the federal government, then you can probably answer “yes” to this question. What have you done to acknowledge Veteran’s Day? I have been reflecting on how fortunate we are to live in a free country, and I’d like to share a recent experience I had.
While working on an emergency response training exercise, I had the privilege of working with a veteran of the Gulf War. He was a member of the U.S. Marines, and now works with a contractor for the Department of Homeland Security in implementing emergency response and bio-terrorism response programs in various locations. I was hired to develop the training program materials and gather the content. I had the privilege of working with this man.
This U.S. Marine was my subject matter expert and provided the content for the training materials I developed. I learned he had a set of working criteria that was different from what I experienced when I had worked with other content experts. Everything was very specific – either black or white, and nothing in between. He didn’t have to check with others, or hold a committee meeting to make a decision on questions I had. He had a different sense of humor that was probably affected by his years fighting as a Marine. We had deadlines to meet and specific criteria to include in the training. When he gave instructions for the work project, he was very thorough and specific with his wording. There was no question, he was in charge, and would not become distracted by small issues. I had a sense of awe by the precision-like manner when he spoke, and the details of instructions he provided. I felt a lot of respect for this man, and realized how our success in the Gulf War was a result of his work in the Middle East. Precision and accuracy in his work was the reason!
Today I thank all the members of the U.S. Armed Forces, defending our freedoms and our right to live in a world free of terrorism.
Let’s all remember to Magnify Our Performance in every way!