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“All that is gold does not glitter; not all those who wander are lost; the old that is strong does not wither; deep roots are not reached by the frost.”
J. R. R. Tolkien

“The leader’s main job is to make themselves obsolete.”
Lao Tsu

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This blog was inspired by multiple small tirades about the forgotten Junior Officer, or, as my XO would endearingly call them, “little speeches at our training meetings.” Between the hustle and bustle of taking over your first platoon or entering a new staff position, LTs can become lost…and it’s ok!

My name is Ive Velez. I served in Korea as a platoon leader in Air Defense Artillery where the operational tempo was high and the kimchi continues to be spicy. Currently, I work as an Executive Officer for a line unit in Baumholder, Germany. Born and raised in the Army, I followed my parents’ footsteps and commissioned in May 2016 from a Point in the West.