Revista

From the January 2020 magazine.

Reporting for Duty

He thought his long, distinguished service career was over. Turns out he had more giving back to do

By my mid 30s, I was happily married and had a successful Army career, along with the ability to compartmentalize my life. Though I didn’t know it, I also had alcoholism.

While I was not on my way to becoming a four-star general, my career was well-grounded: ROTC, airborne and ranger training, a four-year stint in a tank battalion where I commanded a company in Germany and a stateside tour as a public affairs officer in a mechanized infantry division. My reputation in Army public affairs was such that I was a “by-name-request” to serve as a special augmentee during the 1983 Grenada operation.

-- George W.

Louisville, Ky.

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