I just spent a week that reinforced one of my core beliefs… when you give sincerely, you get back in volume! I just had the honor of teaching a 5-day class to 31 transitioning Army soldiers at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Tacoma, Washington. These guys were some of the brightest, most educated, and extremely humble students I have ever taught. Their years of service ranged from 4 to 27 and most of them had served both in Iraq and Afghanistan several times. They really went out of their way to make me feel at home on their base and in their world!

During the five days I spent with them we studied, asked questions, planned several projects and laughed a lot! During the course they offered several suggestions to improve the 120VC Standard that will be adopted in version 5 of the Guidebook. In fact, this class developed such a solid understanding of risk assessment and health rating that they pointed out the formula we have in the Guidebook to identify critical path tasks for the purpose of rating project health was… wait for it… WRONG!

I started the 120VC Foundation and went to Washington to teach a free PM class, because I thought it would be a GOOD thing for ME to do. I left with improvements to the 120VC Standard, feeling like part of their family and truly honored to have had the opportunity to learn from them! Each one of these soldiers has spent their entire professional life in the Army and defended our liberty in wartime! The most humbling realization was that transitioning to civilian life requires as much of their COURAGE as serving our country! I want to sincerely thank each of you in my class at JBLM, and everyone serving in our Armed Forces, for your service to this country!

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