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WHAT DO I MISS THE MOST?

I miss the friendships and team concept which is very powerful in military life. During my time in the army I was vehemently against Facebook, especially my final two years as a Battalion Command Sergeant Major. My Commander was trying his best to convince me that it was a great way to communicate to our soldiers and their families; but I was not buying into it at all. One day while stationed in Germany I was sitting with my middle daughter and looking at her Facebook page. We sat for hours looking at pictures of my oldest daughter and other family members; it was then that I decided I would give it a try. It’s almost a year since that day and I’m very happy I made the decision to get connected. Now that I’m out of the military, social media has been an instrumental tool in reconnecting with many members of my biological family; and also with my army family. I served with thousands of soldiers in peacetime and in war for more than 30 years, but upon getting out I thought I would just put that life behind me. I did not realize how painful it would be to leave something I’ve done for so long and loved so much; likewise I did not realize how good it would feel to reconnect with some of the people that I’ve previously served with. There are many who have reached out to me, and there is one in particular who was one of my best Soldiers. Thanks to the many soldiers that I have served with who have sacrificed so much to accomplish every mission given to them. Thank you for allowing me to be a member of your team then and now. For those who have reached out to me you have given me a new sense of purpose; we are Soldiers 4 Life and I’m here for you as a sounding board just like when we served together. I’m interested in hearing if you have any experiences with reconnecting to past friends or colleagues who have helped with your transition. If you are feeling disconnected always remember you are not alone and S4L is here to help you.

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Standing Tall

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S4L Platoon Sergeant (Transition Mentor)