Many of us spent the weekend reflecting on the memory of the men and women who have served our nation in the military and who did not return home alive or whole. I attended a very moving service at Harvard's Memorial Chapel hosted by the Harvard Veterans' organization. Col. Everett Spain led us through a litany of Harvard men and women who have paid the ultimate price for freedom - from the Revolution to Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Across the nation, parades were held, speeches were given, wreathes were laid and flags were flown. It was altogether fitting and proper that we should do so in their memory.
Now that the Memorial Day weekend has passed, it is time to turn our attention to the veterans who remain with us, many of whom are struggling to find the right place to serve and to work when their time of service as active duty military has come to an end. I am working closely with a large number of men and women in this category. I will use this space in The White Rhino Chronicle from time to time to draw your attention to specific veterans, and in doing so, ask you to work with me in exploring opportunities for these men and women to find their next place of service in the private sector, social sector or government service.
Today, I pleased to make you aware of a gifted U.S. Army veteran who is transitioning out of the Army and into the Private Sector. I have asked Colonel Dowd to tell part of his story, so that readers of The White Rhino Chronicle might begin to grasp his unique qualities that could easily be translated into a leadership role in a business.
I asked Colonel Dowd to select several stories that describe leadership challenges he has faced during his Army career. I am pleased to share those stories with you today.