Brigadier General (Retired) Kris Campbell RN PhD
I am thankful for my 30-plus years in the Army. I didn't plan to stay that long, it just kind of happened. I joined the Army to travel, stayed because I loved the professional practice of Army Nursing and Army Medicine, and stayed even longer because I felt I had a commitment to give back. Along the way I had incredible experiences and made wonderful friends. My career was a blend of Active Duty and Army Reserve, which worked out well for me and allowed me to experience, I think, the best of both worlds.
There are so many reasons I am thankful for my Army career. It is satifying to work for an organization that is mission-driven and value-based. The bottom line is taking care of soldiers and their families. Always. I loved the focus on mission and sense of purpose in my work. The Army is an organization that develops leaders at all levels. Those professional development experiences are challenging and fulfilling, personally and professionally, and I benefitted tremendously from that education and training. That's not to say I always liked it, but I did always learn. It can be hard, but don't we value the things we work hardest for?
I have wonderful, amazing friends because of our shared Army lives. Those friendships enrich my life. I met my husband in the Army, and I'm pretty happy about that, too. I saw more of the world than most and am working on seeing the rest. Thanks to the army, I'm also quite healthy. I started running about 36 years ago because I had to, and I'm still running now because I can.
So, I'm thankful for my Army career. I think I'm a better and happier person because of my time in uniform. I also have tremendous respect for the men and women who serve. I'm thankful I had the opportunity to serve some of them.