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"Military Appreciation Month"

"Military Appreciation Month"

May 20, 2024

In observance of Military appreciation month and Memorial Day, I wanted to take a moment to reflect and comment.

Admittedly people’s experience in the military varies. Speaking from my personal experience, it was one of the most positive life-altering decisions I’ve made. I spent four years on active duty in the United States NAVY from 2009 to 2013. I was stationed in Norfolk, VA on DDG 107 USS Gravely, however that was after a six to nine month detour in Mississippi while our ships building process was being completed. My primary function was serving as a logistics specialist, which in civilian terms would be supply chain management, meets hazardous material, meets postal service, meets accounting. I had notable collateral duties ranging from being one of the ships two master helmsman to vessel boarding search and seizure. Though the roles and functions were amazing responsibilities and created a once in a lifetime experience/challenge, the overall influence of the military culture created the biggest shift in me. Through extreme pressures and challenges I had the opportunity to explore what I was/am completely capable of mentally and physically. I realized that prior to that experience I truly never learned how to “learn”. I became more selfless as the military doesn’t request that you operate as a team member, it demands it. Personally, it was my first acknowledged, cognitive success. Up until that point in my life I had a pretty insecure view of myself that was masked in ego and arrogance. Very opposite from what I value today as a servant leader. I left the military with an honorable discharge in 2013, truly not sure if I was making the right decision as I truly found purpose in my role as a sailor, however time is the ultimate sacrifice in military duty. The schedule is demanding, and ever changing and generally doesn’t provide well for family life (the ultimate reason for my choice).

My story is one of growth and development. However, as I stated in the beginning, that is not every service member’s story.  I reflect often on my experience and have tried to maintain those same traits and standards that I believe made me successful in that atmosphere. Gratitude, integrity, energy, tenacity, and most importantly the want to serve others over myself.

Going from an intern at Family Capital Management to President and CEO is an achievement I could’ve never imagined; however, I internalize the responsibility quotient much stronger than the title. I’m very clear in our why, and who we’re here to serve.

Those who have and continue to serve in the US Military are extremely special individuals and truly know what sacrifice is. We at Family Capital Management genuinely appreciate what the US military stands for and what it provides. As we move towards Memorial Day, we appreciate the significance of honoring those who have given their lives to protect our freedoms, though as we appreciate our veterans, active-duty and reserve military,  Memorial Day is truly to observe the fallen.

On behalf of Family Capital Management, I extend our gratitude to the US Military.