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Veterans' Day

I'll post Part III of Becoming a DBA tomorrow (meaning there will be two posts). Veterans' Day is typically celebrated on the 11th, but when it comes on a weekend, we tend to formally observe it on the following Monday. Today is a day in the United States where we honor those who have served in our armed forces, of which I had the privilege of doing. The date itself has significance, for it is the date when the Armistice to end World War I was signed, thereby ending the "War to End All Wars." Unfortunately, that war didn't end all wars and military personnel are needed to this day.

I'm intentionally refraining from any sort of political statement, for that would do a disservice to those men and women who have worn the uniform. Regardless of one's stance, in today's climate there certainly is a vehement opinion against. Instead, I'm taking the day to reflect on my time in service, offer my prayers for my friends and family who still serve as well as countless more in uniform who I have never met, and consider how I may continue to serve others in my civilian life with my talents, abilities, and time.

I close with the US Air Force core values. They are fitting for any individual, not just an airman:
  • Integrity First
  • Service Before Self
  • Excellence in all we do
Secretary of the Air Force, Michael W. Wynne, eloquently explained what is meant by these concepts in a letter to the force in 2006. It is well worth reading.

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