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Army Values: Honor
Lieutenant General Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson, Thanksgiving in Iraq was a bittersweet event. It is hard to be thankful when you are away from home. However a warm meal, good friends, and a good mission

Army Values: Honor

Maj. John Croushorn, MD (retired veteran)

“What is life without honor? Degradation is worse than death.”

Lieutenant General Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson

Thanksgiving in Iraq was a bittersweet event. It is hard to be thankful when you are away from home. However a warm meal, good friends, and a good mission is as comforting as any soldier could ask for. As we walked into the DFAC there was a familiar face behind the serving line. The Colonel and the CSM were serving everyone and smiling from ear to ear.

The contract workers were getting a kick out of it. The commander and CSM didn’t miss an opportunity to thank each and every soldier that passed through the line. Later that evening, the Colonel and I were talking while puffing on a couple of cigars and I asked him if he enjoyed himself. He smiled and said, “You have no idea how thankful I am to be here, now, with these men and women. They’re the best people I have ever served with.”

A man of integrity, a man known as intrepid these terms are used by many to describe those who live in a manner above reproach. These are strong men and women with a moral bent for strength of character and justice. But beyond the public persona, the honor lies in their actions and motivations. The man with honor is seen for what he does for others and not for himself.

The Army values honor as a sacred virtue. Without it men are thrown by circumstance. Their decisions are based in self-centered vision instead of the outward concern for others. This is what makes a commander great in the eyes of his men. It is what motivates them to fight for him and sacrifice. It is truly a powerful thing.

Prayer:

Allow me to place others before my own interest. May my focus be on you, Father. Protect me from my own selfish pride, that through humility I may honor you by honoring others.


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