A Real American: SFC Michael Gholston, U.S. Army
Operation Yellow Elephant salutes U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Michael Gholston [above, right], age 52, a Navy veteran eligible to [re]-enlist after age 41 because of his prior service.
Money quote [from the end]:
“Be prepared for challenges,” he said. “It won’t be a cake walk. You have to get in shape and you can’t be complacent. Don’t expect to automatically be successful just because you have lots of experience. Seek out challenges and learn. Don’t just say, ‘I’m in charge.’ You have to earn the respect.”
We know nothing about SFC Gholston's personal politics, and we don't care. We thank him for his prior and continuing service to our nation where he is most needed.
We also thank him for his advice to all aspiring leaders: You have to earn the respect. So true.