As an Army brat, I was not destined to roam the Lone Star State, my home, all my life. It was during my childhood and teenage years that my thirst for adventure and travel began as my father led my family and I to various military posts.
No one was surprised when I joined the U.S. Army as an Infantryman. My first duty assignment, in 1985, put me at the tip of the Cold War spear, 110 miles inside communist East German territory, in West Berlin.
It was in West Berlin, that my view of the world suddenly expanded – especially being part of the U.S. Armed Forces inside the Berlin Wall during the Cold War. No longer was I just along for the ride with my father’s assignments. Instead, I was in the thick of it. Right smack where politics and ideologies met. It was while serving with the US Army I acquired and learned from great leaders and managers the skills, knowledge and wisdom that would be the foundation for my adult life long after leaving Berlin and the US Army.
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