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Capitol Tech Thanks Our Veterans for Their Service

Dear active duty military personnel, retirees, and veterans,

Thank you for your service. On behalf of Capitol Technology University, we appreciate your willingness to serve our nation proudly.

My military journey started in May of 1969 upon being drafted into the United States Army.  It was a rude awakening for a young man from New York City.  After the initial shock of basic training, I quickly discovered that military service was about opportunities. I met men from different backgrounds and areas of the nation. We had the chance to learn about each other and work as a team.

Upon leaving the service as an enlisted military policeman, I joined a civilian police department.  The tenets learned in the Army served me well as a cop. More importantly, the Viet Nam Era GI Bill provided me with the financial resources to obtain an associate and bachelor's degrees. During this time, I served in the Army Reserve and National Guard.  As a member of the National Guard, I obtained my commission as an Army Officer.

My love of the military moved me to return to active service. The Army provided me with opportunities to serve in positions of leadership.  Additionally, the military provided the financial resources for me to complete my master's degree.  Along my academic journey, Military personnel (Enlisted and Commissioned) mentored me in leadership's operational art.  This mentorship forged me into the person I am today.  My military service included tours at various installations in the United States and Germany.

As I reflect on my military journey, I am drawn to words spoken by the Late General Douglas MacArthur in a 1962 speech at West Point Military Academy.  As we recognize our fellow veterans this year, I hope you will think about this theme, "DUTY, HONOR, COUNTRY.  I encourage you to reflect on the underlining meaning "…those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be. They are your rallying points to build courage when courage seems to fail, to regain faith when there seems to be little cause for faith, to create hope when hope becomes forlorn…" (MacArthur 1962).

Again, on behalf of the Capitol Technology University Family, we thank you for your service.

Dr. Ron Martin
Professor of Practice