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Military Retirement Is Just the Beginning

In a couple of hours I will attend the retirement ceremony of my friend, Tami. She is a Navy Captain (full "bird" as the other services' Colonel.)

She leaves the military having worn two different military service uniforms in her lifetime. Her service began with much more humble beginnings. And she is one of those who has "done it all," including being a Naval aviator.

One of the things that strikes me about Tami, and her style of leadership, is her openness to listen to those with new ideas. She is the kind of leader that I would have loved to have in my lifetime--military or civilian. She sees possibilities and is not threatened by others who also see possibilities. Instead, however, I get to experience her as my friend.

My wish for her is that the next leg of her journey will be as exciting as the past couple of decades, if that is what she wants. After all, every time we step out, we have an opportunity to ask, "What's next?" Knowing Tami, she will look for more things she can conquer.

Congratulations, Tami! May this sunset day be as beautiful as the sunrise is tomorrow!

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wolfgirl569 wrote on July 17, 2015, 2:43 PM

Congratulations to her. She sounds like the type of leader that is needed in many places

MegL wrote on July 17, 2015, 4:56 PM

Whatever Tami does next, I wish her every joy and happiness.

CoralLevang wrote on July 17, 2015, 8:48 PM

wolfgirl569 &AbbyG MegL
I have shared the link with her for her to peruse at her leisure. I told he to look at the comments, as well. Thank you so much. She is a remarkable woman.

DWDavisRSL wrote on July 17, 2015, 10:48 PM

Congratulations to your friend and sincere gratitude and appreciation for devoting her life to the service of our nation.

Shellyann36 wrote on July 18, 2015, 2:31 AM

Congratulations to her! I hope her new ventures are exactly what she wants.

CoralLevang wrote on July 18, 2015, 3:01 PM

DWDavisRSL Shellyann36
It was a lovely ceremony and a great party last night. She will be incredible, no matter what she chooses.

cheri wrote on July 20, 2015, 1:31 AM

Congratulations to your friend. You are lucky to ahve a friend like her in your lifetime

CoralLevang wrote on July 20, 2015, 2:07 AM

Cheri I count myself fortunate for all the friends I have ever had in my lifetime. She is definitely one of the pearls.

AliCanary wrote on July 20, 2015, 3:16 AM

What a wonderful tribute to your friend! She sounds like a very smart, accomplished woman. Here's hoping she will continue to have opportunities to bring about positive change. We need good leaders i every community!

CoralLevang wrote on July 20, 2015, 3:28 AM

AliCanary She is incredibly wonderful a human being in so many ways. I am excited to see what the next part her journey holds for her.