In June 2014, Vice Chief of Staff of the Army General John F. Campbell was asked to address members of the Asian American Government Executives Network. In his remarks GEN Campbell focused on the importance of mentorship and how his mentors influenced his direction in life.
Thirty five years ago, as a newly commissioned 2LT, his original intent was to serve his five-year obligation in the Army and then embark on another career. However, he related that the counsel and example of senior NCO's and officers, whose character, competence, and commitment he greatly admired, inspired him to continue serve as an Army Professional. His mentors, mostly Vietnam Veterans, were dedicated to strengthening the Army after protracted years of war. Their example encouraged him to become a Soldier for Life. He concluded by reminding his audience - and all of us: "Soldiers don't care how much you know until they know how much you care."
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