For several years I worked as a civilian contractor alongside service members at a military installation.
There was much to admire. Initially it was the unforgettable scope of ships housing 5,000 people like hulking, gray floating cities. Everyone had their jobs from running a post office to publishing the ship’s newspaper to making sure aircraft safely landed on the flight deck.
Whether it was aboard ship or on base it was clear that service members had a mission, a purpose — move with precision to serve the greater good of the organization and by extension make the country and the