Aug 2020


When I served as a Chaplain in the United States Air Force and was deployed to Iraq in 2009—I was honored to serve with our soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, and guardsmen and I was challenged by their sense of pride in volunteering to “serve.”

The opportunity to serve our nation’s interests gave these military service members the opportunity to live out such principles as duty, honor, and country – ideals that were worth living and dying for.

It is for this very reason that our military service members proudly volunteer to serve in harm’s way. They place their life in jeopardy standing with their comrades-in-arms for the sake of others.

People oftentimes refer to the military as “the service.” The word “Service” sounds like a noun—something we belong to. But in fact, it’s a verb—something we do.

More specifically it’s something we do for someone else. Today’s military member is
not defined “as one in the service … but as one who serves.” That’s what motivates these selfless servant leaders—their sense of pride and satisfaction in serving.


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