One of the great feelings is the fact that you’re participating in a tradition that spans, you know, well over 200 years as part of our country’s military. You know, when you’re young, and I thought about this in my own life, I mean, what is the attraction to the military? I think for me, and I see it for other young men and women is, you want to be part of something bigger than you. You know, the attraction of being part of something big, something that means something, because I think the human heart is always looking to touch something that really matters.
There’s a poster that I had, now, it’s a framed poster in my office. It’s a picture of a submarine, similar to the one I served on and it talks about, the captions refers to a brotherhood, where people work together and understand what teamwork is, because we all kind of go down together and we all come up together. We’re all relying upon one another. And so, when you talk about the idea of team, not only does that resonate with me, I look to foster that wherever I can. You know, my day-to-day in the office. You know, sometimes, you can get kind of pigeon-holed into the silo mentality where you’ve got folks doing their own things, not really looking to create that synergy and that energy that a team can really… that when you create a team that’s dynamic, can really produce. And so, team, when you talk about the idea of teams, I know exactly what that means because I’ve been on them. I’ve been on high-performing teams and I’ve been on teams where you’re putting your life in the hands of somebody else and somebody is putting their lives in your hands. And so, I think it’s all about that, at the end of the day.