National FFA Foundation
Q: How did you become involved with the Army? I began working with the National FFA Foundation in 2003. The U.S. Army was one of the sponsors that I worked closely with due to their exhibits in the Career Show, which is now referred to as the Expo. The Army has been involved with National FFA since 2001 with exhibits, state specific grants, teacher and student workshops.
Q: Why do you think the Army is a good partner for your community? The Army is a great partner for National FFA as we embody many of the same values. The FFA motto gives members twelve short words to live by as they experience the opportunities in the organization. Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve. By sharing the opportunities within the U.S. Army, many members learn that they can receive further education while serving their country. It is a noble profession. They have shown that the Army is a supportive network for Soldiers to achieve the level of success that he or she would desire.
Q: What were you surprised to learn about the Army through your involvement? The number of opportunities that tie to agriculture. We just visited Fort Knox with two of our National FFA officers and found many vet science and energy opportunities that are offered to those who choose a career with the Army. Although many of our members are looking to remain in agriculture fields, we have just as many that pursue interests outside agriculture but are advocates of agriculture.
Q: What has been your most interesting or memorable experience or interaction with the U.S. Army since you have been involved? I have many memories of interactions with the U.S. Army, but during our National FFA Convention & Expo, it is always amazing to see how many girls love to take part in the push up challenge.
Q: Why do you feel military service should be considered a viable post-secondary option? So many strains are being placed on the youth of America with higher education loans. Military service offers another opportunity for students to choose a technical program all the way through masters. They are shown a unique way of getting paid to learn. There are many employment opportunities through the Army. I believe that they are removing the myths about military service and that it should not be seen as a last resort.
Q: Why do you feel it was important to support the Army as a leader in your community? Due to the critical nature of protecting our country, it is a wonderful opportunity when our members are face-to-face with those heroes. Due to our relationship with the Army, FFA members can learn how better prepared they are for joining through the skills and ethics they already possess.
Q: What is the most important thing for people to understand about the U.S. Army? First and foremost, show respect to those who serve. Those who serve are learning real life work experience and training. This will better equip them with the skills needed for a highly-competitive job market. This is a pathway to success.