Looking at the weather, it calls for sunny days, and that gets me thinking of all the things that I want to accomplish over my three day weekend. It looks like it will be the perfect weather for grilling, getting some much-needed yard work done, and enjoy a cold beer while I enjoy a clean backyard. Then, I get an email from my leadership that our Best Buy corporate campus has a guest speaker. A Command Sargent Major who is responsible for finding top-tier troops will be sharing a conversation on his service, sacrifice, and shaping of successful teams. Next to the announcement was a picture of a familiar face of a person who I have shared the elevator with, and have had occasional small conversations on the weather. My curiosity grew to learn about the services our guest speaker had in the U. S. Army, and I decided to listen to the interview.
You see, I don't share any immediate family or close friends that have served, so I went into this interview knowing very little. However, while I was there, I was able to hear how his journey in the U. S. Army began. He had originally tried a different military branch, but it did not appeal to him. Finally, after having a conversation with a representative from the U. S. Army, he was convinced that this was the branch for him. He spoke about telling his family, which as a mother, I understood how it was tough it must have been to convince his mother of his decision. He spoke very highly about how the U. S. Army has welcomed all genders, recognizes that women are stepping up and holding high roles within the organization, and spoke about the efforts to support mental health. He even shared a very personal story about how he helped a young gentleman join and then got the call from his mom that he had died while stationed in Iraq.
It was a very educational conversation for me, and I couldn't help but feel honored to have a Command Sargent Major take time out of his day to speak with us about his journey, and to have him work for Best Buy.