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In this class we talk about:
- Never having an exit strategy in life.
- Getting out of your comfort zone.
- Being from a military family.
- Knowing that loss and sacrifice would happen.
- The Hollywood perspective of what war is like.
- Being in a post-9/11 military.
- Being “all testosterone and gunpowder.”
- Not taking orders well.
- Having a very romanticized version of Special Forces.
- Not thinking about losing friends until he actually lost them.
- Not thinking about the possibility of losing his own life.
- Adapting to change.
- Being told the reality of loss.
- Learning the mission is more important than the men.
- Keeping in touch via social media.
- Reality of violence in combat zones.
- Trying to find humor in all situations.
- The list of lost friends growing each Memorial Day.
- Losing his first friend in Baghdad by explosives.
- Having to wait until after families are notified.
- Not dealing with memories until he is ready and able to.
- The constant change of leadership.
- How combat is pure chaos.
- Realizing his own mortality and that he has been given a lease on life.
- Making his life worth while.
- Losing at least a dozen of his friends.
- Having friends who committed suicide.
Related Link: Robert Patrick Lewis on Class #24