As I transition from my current position in Uganda in the middle of 2020 I look back over the last 10 years working for INGO’s (international non-governmental agencies) and now as a consultant contractor for the Dept of Defense/AFRICOM, Dept of States Global Peace Operations Initiative (GPOI) and in collaboration with the US Mission to Uganda via the US Embassy in Kampala. I work closely with the Office for Security and Cooperation (OSC) and the DATT/Col DuPont.
I get to spend some time thinking of what I have actually contributed over the last 25+ years. I like to think that the world and its inhabitants taught me how to not just be a better leader or contributor or even American but a better and more human person inside.
I remember my first civilian job in 2009. After 12+ years of service and being a major I thought I knew a lot. I had a lot more to learn!!! #stayhumble. My first supervisor told me to learn project management. I had no idea what she meant or was talking about. Sometime in Haiti in 2015 I learned what it was. I wanted to gain my PMP.
I finally attained my PMP last Feb, 2020. It was a great personal achievement following my departure from the Marine Corps.
I will wrap it up here noting that without so much exposure, patience and mentorship from friends, colleagues, recipients, beneficiaries and the galaxy of stakeholders from each walk of life I wouldn’t have been able to leverage all these fancy titles and achievements to help the communities and world I live in at large.
It’s been a journey, one in which I would do again… in a twinkling of an eye.
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