Time and time again, the Soldiers whose stories we feature in On Your Guard credit their military training for sharpening their instincts and giving them confidence and the courage to never give up on any mission no matter the size or importance.
The skills and values the U.S. military instills in its Soldiers have won formidable battles and wars that have altered the course of world history. They’ve also made a difference in our own backyards, helping to protect or rebuild communities affected by floods, wildfires or other natural disasters. Even out of uniform, Soldiers like Arizona Guardsman PFC Samuel Pineda, who was featured in this blog last year, said it was his training and his instincts that kicked in to help him rescue his neighbors from their burning home.
Not everyone is cut out to be a leader. Not everyone can look danger in the face and act without hesitation, but that’s what our men and women service members are trained to do.
Happy Veterans Day, and thank you to all those who have served our country and to those who continue to do so.