"After 30-years I remember one word. A word that describes best how I felt 30-years ago. That word is Grateful.
I am grateful to be part of a legacy. I am grateful to be part of the here and now—and also grateful to be part of the future. I am grateful to have had the lucky fortune to have been accepted into a great company. I am grateful to have served my nation through my service to that company."
Grateful? I don't feel grateful. After 35 years I've participated in successes and failures. I've resolved problems and avoided creating many. I have seriously supported our customers and made them successful (sometimes despite themselves), the direct ones who pay our contracts and the indirect ones who go into harm’s way almost daily since 9/11. I've worked hard long hours for that success with teams who also worked hard long hours in support of our customers. I'm proud of the things we did and do today. I'm not grateful to anyone. It's the country and company that needs to express some gratitude. A 10" compound miter saw and a fancy dinner with a VP doesn't really cut it.