Once again I am reminded of how privileged I am to be surrounded by people who choose to live their lives in service of others. Giving up not only time with family but potentially their lives is a humbling thought and one I am fortunate to have grown up with. Today, though it wasn’t my first time on MacDill Air Force Base, it was the most memorable. Our class was able to experience a fantastic tour led by Lt Col Jason Wolf, TSgt Stephen Miles, and SSgt Tristan Nicholas. One of the best parts of the tour on top of being able to sit in the flight simulator was meeting those who work at the post office that we ship all of our supplies through and giving them thanks in person.
This class has truly enabled me to meet so many heroes. From postal workers who spend up to 3 hours making shipments for the cause our class has adopted to the members of the U.S. military that have either been willing to give us a memorable tour or who have partnered to deliver supplies in Afghanistan. I have consistently been humbled by the sheer amount of great people that this class has introduced me to and I am so fortunate to be able to take this experience with me the rest of my life.
Greg Mortenson is responsible for saying in his book Stones Into Schools that “when you take the time to actually listen, with humility, to what people have to say, it’s amazing what you can learn.” Even though he made this statement in regards to children it is applicable to everyone and this course has not only taught us this but really enabled us to put it into practice. Thank goodness we are spending next class putting together some well deserved thank you notes!