In Your Honor - Fort Wood Hotels Veterans - A Tribute to Veteran's Day
Veteran's Day is next week and it's important that we honor and value our Veterans. Over the past month, we have featured the wonderful Veterans that are employed with us at Fort Wood Hotels. We've had the opportunity to spotlight and pay a tribute to some incredible people. If you haven't got the chance to learn more about our Veterans, be sure to check out our previous blogs. We have one last tribute - our Director of Operations, Rick Morris! Read on to learn more about his time spent serving our country!
CSM (R) Rick MorrisDirector of Operations, Fort Wood Hotels by Ehrhardt Properties
1. Dates served in the MilitaryJuly 1983-October 2006 (23 Years)
2) Branch of Service
3) What Locations Did You Serve and What Units/Positions Did You Hold?
1983: July-November: Military Police One Station Unit Training (OSUT) Fort McClellan, Alabama
December 1983-January 1985: 1st Military Police Company, Fort Riley, Kansas
January 1985-March 1985: Traffic Accident Investigator School, Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, TX
March 1985-October 1986: 188th Military Police Company, Taegu, South Korea
November 1986-November 1988: Military Police Activity, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas
December 1988-February 1989: US Army Recruiting School, Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana
March 1989-March 1992: Wichita Recruiting Company (With duty in Wichita, Kansas and Arkansas City, Kansas)
April 1992-March 1995: 701st and 66th Military Intelligence Brigade, Field Station Augsburg, Germany
April 1995-November 1998: 101st Military Police Company, Fort Campbell, Kentucky
November 1998-May 1999: 701st Military Police Battalion, Fort McClellan, Alabama
May 1999-June 2003: United States Army Military Police School, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri
June 2003-June 2004: 2d Military Police Company, Camp Casey, South Korea
June 2004-June 2005: 342d Military Police Battalion, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri
June 2005-December 2005: Task Force Peacekeeper. Afghanistan
June 2005-October 2006: 716th Military Police Battalion, Fort Campbell, Kentucky
4) What Did You Enjoy About the Military and/or What Did you Learn While in the Military?I enjoyed the Army in so many ways...When I was young (Private to Specialist) I knew that it was an opportunity to learn skills, gain self-discipline and earn money for college while getting an opportunity to have experiences that I would never be afforded if I had stayed in my hometown. When I was promoted to Sergeant, I realized that I was serving something much larger than me. I had responsibility for others and how they performed (Good or Bad) and knew that I could make a difference. I also felt a strong sense of duty and pride and knew that serving my country was an important part of my life.
I met my Wife (AJ) in Korea, where we were both serving our country, for the past 35 years we have had the opportunity to serve all over the world and meet wonderful people from so many different cultures and develop friendships that will last a lifetime.
I learned so many things from the Army: I learned that the United States of America is the best Nation in the world and that the United States Army provides opportunities to so many who choose to serve. We get the absolute best training in the world and make a difference in our efforts to Keep America Safe.
For over 245 years, The United States Army has been the backbone of our Nations's Defense and I am proud to be a small part of that!