I had the privilege of serving in the US Marine Corps from 2003-2011 as an AH-1W Super Cobra pilot, an expeditionary unit Air Officer, and special unit Forward Air Controller (FAC). For the unfamiliar reader: my job was providing and coordinating fires in support of ground units, both from an attack helicopter and while embedded with ground units.
I deployed to combat three times. I had purpose, experienced the intensity that life has to offer, and witnessed the indomitable will of the human spirit. Perhaps most rewarding during my active duty days was serving alongside some of the finest humans I’ll ever know. Those were good years.
Throughout my time on active duty there was a pattern of motions for keeping pace and delivering optimal results in dynamic environments. The highest likelihood of mission success always centered around one thing: agility.[Read more…]