"I will exercise initiative by taking appropriate action in the absence of orders."
In my mind, the best men i have known live by a creed. They dedicate their lives to the good of others simply because it is the right thing to do. A goodly number of them have been Non Commissioned Officers or as many of you know them Sergeants.
What they do is no easy job. Foremost in their minds are their troops and from before the crack of dawn till long after the sun goes down these men and women spend their time making sure the mission is fulfilled and that their Joes are in good stead. A good NCO is part Babysitter, part life coach, part nightmare creature and part adamant defender.
For most of them this way of thought carries them throughout the rest of their lives. They are expert team builders and often times experts in many fields that would surprise you. Today i want to introduce just such a man who spends his days insuring that my warfighter is well stocked for any mission and trained to win.
+matt jackson is a Sergeant First Class who watches the wall for us. He regularly puts in 18 hour days 7 days a week, and that's a slow week. He has loads of Joes who each act as integral parts of the puzzle that is world wide military operations during a time of war. That's quite a bit to do, and an average man would find it an all consuming act. But Sar'nt Jackson still finds time to not just take care of his joes, but to help cover down on his fellow vets who have left parts of themselves back at war and are trying to live a normal life here in their homeland.
I could go on about the lives of these men who are the blood and bone cost of warfare and it's effects on them and their families, but better men have put so much pen to paper on that topic i can only suggest that if you are interested search it out. Their tales are ones of sacrifice, love and idealism and i am always grateful to know so many of them.
But i digress. This was supposed to be about gaming.
Sar'nt Jackson's blog has become the starting point for an endeavor that does double duty.
The Maps For Heros Project not only backs up his battle buddy, but supplies the gaming community with some of the most incredible and inspiring locations for your gaming tables. So that while you are rolling your dice you can be assured that there is a deserving Veteran who is benefiting from each critical hit.