It’s been about 8 months since I last published. Back in December/January I mentioned that I got a new job that I was super excited about but that was going to require a lot of travel. What I didn’t mention was that this travel was tied to a Marine Corps deployment to Europe. That deployment has ended and everyone is back home safe and sound. I had the chance to visit nearly 20 different countries and interact with leaders and military planners in each of these locations. This was such a great opportunity with significant personal and professional growth and development. I will go in more detail on many of the lessons I learned and the perspectives and insights that helped to shape this growth in the coming weeks.
Photos from traveling around Italy.
While I had hoped to continue writing on a regular basis while deployed I quickly found that this was not going to be likely. Now that life is settling back to normal I will be drafting up a new series covering some of the day-to-day challenges I experienced while away; the importance of routines, the power of personal connections, personal accountability, and more. Stay tuned for these in the coming weeks.
One of my early articles, Stages of Team Development Within the Navy and Marine Corps Team surpassed 200 views this past month. Not a ground breaking achievement in the larger blogging world, but it is my first article to hit this milestone. This was originally a contest submission for the Naval Proceedings magazine in 2019 but was not selected. Since publishing this I have had the opportunity to lead a handful of classes and training on the importance of understanding these stages and recognizing the signs of each to include one such class while deployed.