“I joined because while I was working in New York, there wasn’t much to do. Usually the average ranged from working minimum wage and living check to check. In order for me to actually succeed, I thought, ‘Why not join and improve myself as a young adult who goes to college?’So I took one step forward, I took the oath, and I enlisted.”“I wanted to join ever since sophomore year (high … [Read more...] about Viewpoint: Why do you serve?
“I like to explore my surrounding areas, go hiking. I like to go off-roading in my Jeep out in Devil’s Elbow. That’s always fun.I like to do things I don’t usually do on a daily basis, whether it be an hour, two hours away, kind of giving me an understanding of my surrounding areas.”“I like to go off-roading, hiking and camping. I do a lot of fishing. I’ll admit I play a lot of video games … [Read more...] about Viewpoint: How do you unwind?
“Know your swimming ability, and if you know that you can’t swim, either wear a life jacket or invest in swim lessons.It’s an important life skill that everybody should have. It really starts there. Everybody wants to have fun, but it needs to be safe.”“Wear sunscreen. Put it on every time after you swim, or if you’re just swimming a lot.It’s been cloudy this summer and kind of rainy, … [Read more...] about Viewpoint: What is your best summer swimming safety tip?
“My favorite activity is trap shooting — the excitement, the adrenaline you get out of it. It’s a good way to relieve some stress.(After) being cooped up for eight hours inside, it’s nice to go outside. We have skeet and trap (shooting) here.”“(My favorite outdoor activity is) probably float trips. It gets me out of the house. It gets my mind off of everything in real life —getting out … [Read more...] about Viewpoint: What is your favorite outdoor activity and why?
“Anything in your workplace that may cause you short-term or long- term health effects, we try to mitigate that and come up with a solution to keep it from affecting you.We have a diverse (team), but all of us work in industrial hygiene. We have people from different parts of the nation; we have a person who’s efficient in chemistry, we have some in environmental science, we have some in … [Read more...] about Viewpoint: What effect does your team have on readiness?
“My favorite period of Army history is the Civil War. I have a Master’s degree in American History with an emphasis on the Civil War. Today, I get to take noncommissioned officers and officers to Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield on Staff Rides, so I get to use a Civil War battlefield as an outdoor classroom for today’s Soldiers.”“The Mexican ‘Punitive’ Expedition, 1916 to 1917 after Pancho … [Read more...] about Viewpoint: What is your favorite period of Army history and why?
“I would say working with the kids and being able to help them with the things they have weaknesses in, and in being able to compliment them and encourage them on the things they have strengths in, whether it’s sports or arts and crafts.The best part is the mentoring program we have here.”“We get to go actually have fun with the kids and watch them grow.We have kids that start in 6th … [Read more...] about Viewpoint: What is the best part about working with Child and Youth Services?
Photos and interviews by Amanda Sullivan Guidon Volunteer“Helping families through the most difficult time of their lives. Putting lives back into a new normal and helping in any way possible.”“Serving America’s finest — our service members. It’s an honor to serve these service members’ families.These service members have sacrificed so much for our country. We are accountable to … [Read more...] about Viewpoint: What is the most fulfilling part of your job?
“History is what makes a society. Without history, you don’t have a society.How did all societies exist? Because someone recorded their history.”“It provides a connection, a personal connection. The artifacts that we collect, people are more generally apt to connect with (human) examples.We use artifacts for studying. There are examples of current conflicts where the terrain is such … [Read more...] about Viewpoint: Why should society preserve history?
Interviews by Sam Campbell“EEO is important because it enforces federal regulations regarding equality in the workplace that everyone is treated fairly throughout their employment. It is about addressing the balance so everyone feels equal, treated fairly and ensures that employers do not discriminate against employees based upon characteristics, such as race, color, religion, national origin, … [Read more...] about Why is equal employment opportunity important?
Photos and interviews by Amanda Sullivan“I love working with military dependents – they have a wealth of experiences to draw from. Their excitement and enthusiasm are infectious. I also appreciate the outstandingly positive culture at Partridge Elementary.I truly love my job and can’t imagine doing anything else.”“My favorite part of teaching is building those relationships with … [Read more...] about Viewpoint: What do you love most about teaching?
Photos and interviews by Sam Campbell“I had a couple of family members who struggled with mental health issues. I saw the difficulty they had accessing care and feeling like they weren’t supported all the time.I really wanted to give back in a way and make a difference in peoples’ lives. I really enjoy celebrating the little victories with my patients. I think that’s my favorite part of my … [Read more...] about Who or what was your inspiration to go into the medical field?
Photos and interviews by Sam Campbell“I’m from Fort Walton Beach, so it’s obviously the hurricane. It’s absolutely fascinating — just (because of) the enormous size of it, the power, the beauty.I was there for (Hurricane Katrina). I wasn’t in any danger because I evacuated at once. But I was at Fort Walton and we went to the beach and we saw the waves. I’ve never seen anything like … [Read more...] about Viewpoint: What weather-related phenomenon do you find most fascinating?
Photos and interviews by Sam Campbell“We keep our house at about 65 (degrees) in the winter, and in the summer we keep it at about 72 (degrees). We (keep) all the lights off, and all the doors are closed to the rooms we (aren’t using).”“I built (my home) with two-by-six construction, so I could have added insulation. From there, I installed heat pumps, which make use of heat transfer, … [Read more...] about Viewpoint: How do you conserve energy at home?
Photos and interviews by Sam Campbell“To be a part of the (U.S. Army) Corps of Engineers means that we get to be in an essential position in risk management. Anytime they are to go down range, our job is not to blow anything up. Our job is to protect those who are protecting us.We want to give them as much support as they give us — and (that applies) even beyond the engineers. When you’re … [Read more...] about Viewpoint: What does being an engineer mean to you?