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After the Yellow Ribbon

I had the opportunity to attend a most wonderful conference in November 2011.  It was organized and led by wonderful Duke Divinity School students in their beautiful Goodson Chapel and school classrooms.  Each and every speaker and panelist was insightful, knowledgeable and inspiring.  I have never experienced anything so intellectually, emotionally and spiritually moving in my life.   After the Yellow Ribbon was presented by a young organization, Duke Milites Christi, on November 11-12, 2011. 

To the organizers, especially Logan Mehl-Laituri and Alaina Kleinbeck, thank you from an engineer who looks forward to uniquely contributing to support veterans in her future research. I was proud to be one of just two engineers at the conference (as far as I know) along with a Duke undergraduate Biomedical Engineering student with whom I had the pleasure of dining at lunch.  Just meeting him and learning of his plans and goals was uplifting to know such great young people contribute to our world. 

Again, After the Yellow Ribbon, thank you for such a moving experience. Truly a pleasure and great opportunity of my life (so different from my normal engineering/technical things) to hear the best minds in their fields discussing such important topics. Overwhelming for me and so reassuring that such brilliant people are out there addressing these important issues. Blessings to all of you!

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I owe a debt of gratitude to my ECU CTECS Leadership Lecture Series speaker, LTC Peter G. Kilner, who informed me of the After the Yellow Ribbon conference so that I could attend.  I have learned so much in the last three years after having the opportunity to learn about military leadership principles thanks to US Army CPT Annie Khamphengphet Hester and LTC Steven Delvaux who first introduced me to their world while they were leading at East Carolina University’s Army ROTC Battalion… as what they shared has forever changed me.  I never had the opportunity to know this until the age of 40.  I am so happy to have been able to share this with my students, as we all have learned from great leaders who shared their experiences and wisdom with us.  My students have had the chance to learn at a much younger age a strong set of leadership principles to follow… and, perhaps even more important, a set of characteristics for which to look in a leader in their lives and careers.   

Thank you to all who serve… in God we trust.

– Stephanie Sullivan, Ph.D.

P.S.  I have started reading the book On Killing that I purchased at the conference – I was again surprised by my strong interest… not unlike I found when reading The Pentagon Wars.  I definitely missed a calling and hope to get back on track here soon.

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