My philosophy here is to be open and candid as possible. I read a lot of things on the Web before I retired but nothing truly resonated with me in terms of what I would see and feel. Perhaps my voice and thoughts may help others - I am certain it will help me.
I write from the perspective of a retired US Army field grade officer. There are many articles, posts, and advice that speak to veterans in general. I want to add something that I did not find when I was transitioning out that speaks to this small group. If the words help others too I would be pleased by that.
Who I am will progressively elaborate over time in my writing. However the short of it is I spent just over 33 years in the Army, 23 of those on active duty and 19 of those as a commissioned officer.
I retired as a Major, in historical times that might have been respectable, nowadays others might wonder why. I choose to retire, was not passed over and not sent away - it was time to go. Being prior enlisted gave me that fine option.
I loved the Army, loved most of the work I did. I was not the best officer to have ever served, I viewed the profession differently than some, had a smart mouth and sometimes marched to my own drum - I did make a couple enemies - but I can honestly say that in the times I did what God created me to do I did it well.
I am a Christian, the father of two kids in college, a good husband to my wife and nice to her dog.
Barry Lee Clark
Read more about my mission here at Finding Purpose