The thought of leaving the military never really entered my head, until about two years ago. I always thought I would be retiring as some Command Sergeant Major still ready to kick in doors and bust heads. I always believed that my will would push me though anything, never believing that time would catch up with me or that a kink in my brains armor would be my Achilles heel. I never thought that I would be retiring like this. Today 13 Feb marked the end of my career in the United States military. Today has been such an emotional roller coaster. Today has probably been the most incomplete, loneliest and confused I’ve ever felt, maybe even the lowest part of my life. Empty and unimportant, ashamed and proud, lost and deserted are a mere fraction of the thoughts running through my head. I will admit some of the adventures I embarked on weren’t always the best and somewhat devastating even catastrophic to my life, but I am grateful for all of it. What this life gave me was the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people. I have served with countless brave and heroic Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Airman, across oceans, on distant lands, over state lines, atop mountainous terrain, and deep in the valleys. Some of them followed me to the worst places on earth and even further. We shared heartaches and pains, shed tears and accumulated shame. Some of my favorite times were watching my troops grow and blossom into leaders, watching them flourish throughout their military careers. They became the stories we heard as children and the living legends within their units. I am so thankful and so proud for knowing each and every one of them and their courage and love for their fellow brothers and sisters, and thank them for believing in me.
*Below are some pictures throughout my career that I am able to share. Some have been altered to remove certain identifying marks. Please enjoy
Farewell… Until we meet again.