There are only a few times in life when you are privileged to witness something few people get to see, and so it was on a recent USO trip to SW Asia. I chose the word privileged because that was the overwhelming feeling I had watching the young men and women who represent us in remote, hostile locations on the other side of the world.
The are proud and confident. They are the kind of people you want your children to become when they grow up. They go about their jobs without complaint, without questioning the politics or military orders that took them away from their families to a desolate and dangerous part of the world. Thousand of miles from home, I felt an overwhelming pride in America, because that is what they are. They are America.
Thank you for the privilege.