Byron's Babbles

Marine Lessons on Veterans Day

Posted in Education, Leadership by Dr. Byron L. Ernest on November 11, 2011

Today I had the honor of introducing Corporal Austin Scott for our Veterans Day program at Lebanon High School. Austin was a student of mine and graduated in 2007. Austin was a Marine and served in Afghanistan. During my introduction I read this email that I would like to share with you.

“Hello Mr. Ernest, haven’t talked to you in a while but I wanted to let you know I’m in Afghanistan and that the welding you taught me came in handy for a mission. We only have one certified welder in our company and he was falling behind on getting things done. So I went to him and told him I knew some stuff and jumped on some projects for multiple missions. Now we are all caught up until the next mission comes down. Other than that I am good. I have seen some crazy stuff, but staying safe. Hope all is well with you and thank you for what you taught me. In a way you served the Marine Corps without even enlisting. You are a great man Mr. Ernest. Have a good one.” Austin Scott

How about Austin learning to be a servant leader and using the skills he has wherever they were needed. He spoke today about how you never know where the things you are learning in school will be used. His email reminds me every day how important it is to form the relationships and to make education relevant so that all students, just like Austin did, can apply what they are learning to real life.

Austin, thanks for serving our country and for reminding us how to be a servant leader!

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